Canadian Rockies and Rocky Mountaineer
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All aboard the storied rails of the Rocky Mountaineer for a journey into Canada’s picturesque Rocky Mountains. Our journey begins in Vancouver, a coastal metropolis that boasts a thriving art scene, stunning views of both the mountains and the ocean, and sightseeing opportunities that pique the interest of nearly every traveler. We have a fully day to enjoy the city before boarding our daylight-only chariot into the Rockies, the Rocky Mountaineer. The train makes an overnight stop in Kamloops then continues through forests, canyons and mountain passes en route to Jasper. In Jasper, excursions to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island answer the call of the wild. Moving further into the Canadian Rockies, we make a stop at Columbia Icefield to explore Athabasca Glacier before arriving in Banff. This destination is a year-round hub of adventure, with all the amenities of a resort town and the beauty of one of Canada’s most beloved national parks at your fingertips. Seven days have never been so memorable.
Tuesday, July 21: Arrive in Vancouver
Depart from Terminal for the Airport for our FLIGHT TRANSPORTATION to Vancouver. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and get settled with the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Vancouver.
Wednesday, July 22: Vancouver - Tour Begins
Spend the day enjoying Vancouver's attractions. Later on, meet your fell travelers and TOUR MANAGER for a WELCOME DINNER that gives you the first taste of the city's excellent cuisine. Overnight in Vancouver. (D)
Thursday, July 23: Vancouver City Tour
Vancouver is a chock-full of history and culture, and we get a hefty dose of both on this morning's city tour. As we travel between popular locales, such as Stanley Park, historic Gastown, Granville Island and Chinatown, our guide offers interesting commentary and little-known stories to enhance the experience. The afternoon is at leisure for you to explore the city on your own terms. Soak in the beauty of nature form high above the treetops with a walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge, marvel at the Pacific from the scenic seawall or one of the beaches at Stanley Park or browse the great variety of shops, galleries, museums, and restaurants throughout the city. Overnight in Vancouver. (B)
Friday, July 24: Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Get ready for an exciting day of travel; today we board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. We will be transferred to Vancouver's train station from our hotel, and it is here that our train awaits. You will have ample space to spread out in your seat for this full-day journey, and you will be treated to some of the best railway cuisine in Canada with breakfast and lunch aboard the train. As you savor the delicious offerings, watch as the city and the coastline fade into the distance and the deep emerald hues of the Fraser Valley appear. Today's train ride takes us along the Thompson River, past Hell's Gate and through the dramatic peaks and valleys of the region before arriving in Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops, BC. (B, L)
Saturday, July 25: Rocky Mountaineer / Jasper
It is back on the rails for another grand day of pampering by your railcar attendant, impressive sightseeing and little-seen glimpses at the Canadian Rockies today. We will reboard the Rocky Mountaineer this morning in Kamloops and set out through the vast landscape en route to Jasper. Along the way, we will travel through Rogers Pass and Kicking Horse Canyon and make our way through one of the most incredible engineering marvels of the early 20th century, the Spiral Tunnels. Upon arriving in Jasper this evening, we will check into our hotel, and enjoy the remainder of the evening at leisure. Overnight in Jasper, AB. (B, L)
Sunday, July 26: Maligne Lake and Spirit Island
Get your fill at breakfast this morning, today's adventures are grand! Jasper is surrounded by natural beauty, thanks to Jasper National Park, and we get a taste of it with our visit to Maligne Lake. This glacier-fed lake features clear turquoise waters and an amazing backdrop, with soaring mountain peaks, glaciers, and lush forests encircling it. We set out onto the lake by boat, allowing us to take in all the glory and to learn more about the flora and fauna of the region. Our cruise ventures out to one of the most photographed locations in all of Canada, Spirit Island. This land is only a true island for a few days each year, but its cluster of trees set against the surrounding scenery make it a breathtaking sight to behold. Gather this evening for a group dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Jasper, AB. (B)
Monday, July 27: Banff / Columbia Icefield
Our journey into the theart of the Canadian Rockies continues today as we make our way to Banff. Also surrounded by protected National park land, Banff has appeal as both a resort town and a destination for nature lovers. Before arriving in the quant town, we will make a stop at the Columbia Icefield for in-depth look at it and Athabasca Glacier. Besides ice you will see waterfalls, beautiful mountain scenery and wildlife in its natural habitat. The Ice Explorer vehicle makes for an easy and unique ride across the icefield. Following the tour, we re-board the motorcoach and make our way to the world-famous Lake Louise for a picture-perfect photo opportunity. After checking into our Banff hotel, you have the rest of the evening to get acquainted with this charming town. Overnight in Banff, AB. (B)
Tuesday, July 28: Banff
Gain a different perspective of the Canadian Rockies today with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola. Located just five minutes outside of town, the Banff Gondola is situated on the shoulder of Sulphur Mountain and takes us nearly 7,500 feet above sea level to the summit. Each gondola car offers space for four passengers and is completely enclosed in glass, providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains, Bow Valley and Banff town. At the top, there is a short self-guided walkway, as well as an observation deck from which to take in all the surrounding mountain majesty. Following our descent of the mountain, we will return back to Banff, and you will have the afternoon and evening to hike, explore the local shops and art galleries, or even take a dip into the hot springs. The group will reconvene tonight for a FAREWELL DINNER at a local restaurant. Overnight in Banff, AB. (B, D)
Wednesday, July 29: Depart from Calgary
As you savor your breakfast this morning and take one final look around Banff, your time in Western Canada comes to a close. We will be transferred to the calgary Airport for our RETURN FLIGHT. (B)
- From Wednesday, 22 July 2020 to Wednesday, 29 July 2020