(Banff, Lake Louise)
As the Rocky Mountaineer makes its steady climb up the soaring Canadian Rockies, the scenic highlights of western Canada glide past your window in a dreamscape of lush forests, stunning river valleys and snow-capped peaks.
The beauty of coastal Vancouver is revealed from your vantage point at Prospect Place that boasts views of the city towards the North Shore Mountains. The iconic Rocky Mountaineer will whisk you away on a panoramic train journey through the lush green fields of Fraser Valley, the winding river canyons and soaring peaks of the Cascade Mountains, the desert landscape of the British Columbia interior, and into the mighty snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the freedom of a rental car as you take the self-guided journey from the picturesque resort town of Banff to Lake Louise – known as the ‘diamond in the wilderness – via stops at Athabasca Falls, Peyton Lake and Crowfoot Glacier and onto Calgary through the pristine river valleys of Kananaskis Country.
This breath-taking trip combines the ease and comfort of panoramic train travel on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer with the freedom and independence of a self-drive tour. You’ll witness a constantly transforming slideshow of landscapes as western Canada reveals itself in all its incredible natural splendor, while you enjoy all the luxuries of a carefully-selected collection of big-city hotels, alpine chalets and a lakeside chateau.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver.
This city tour is a great way to see Vancouver’s most popular sights. You will be swept away on 3 hour journey including the glorious Stanley Park, historic Lions Gate Bridge, Old Gastown, the picturesque Cyprus Mountain view point capturing the full beauty of Vancouver, the Olympic torches, Robson Street, English Bay, Granville Island and much more. Guests may wish to personalize their tours with specific highlights of their own. Tours may be modified to accommodate requested and photo opportunities.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Join your transportation at the hotel this morning for a transfer to the train station.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Join your transportation at the train station for a transfer to your hotel.
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
On arrival in Banff collect your rental car, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Banff.
Retrace your route south to Lake Louise via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Allow time to visit highlights along the way you may have missed traveling north, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. With sightseeing stops, it is recommended that you allow at least eight hours for today’s drive. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Travel through awesome Kananaskis Country, a large parks and recreation area segmented naturally by rivers and valleys, and then through the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary.
Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your self-drive vacation ends.
The Georgian court Hotel is amongst the very best downtown Vancouver accommodations. This boutique hotel has been recently renovated and offers 180 spacious guest rooms and executive suites. A hotel where the extras aren’t extra, all guest rooms include complimentary high speed Internet access, daily bottled water, and Aveda bath products.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Kamloops. Exact hotel will be advised prior to embarking the train.
With chalet accents, the cabin-style Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is located in the Canadian Rockies, at Banff National Park, and approximately 90 miles from Calgary International Airport. This location is also a 10-minute walk from the town center, three miles from the Upper Hot Springs and Sulpher Mountain Gondola, and four miles from ski lifts. The property's amenities include the individual ski lockers, wax and tuning room, convenience store, Keg Steakhouse and Bar, and fieldstone fireplace in the lobby. The full-service Red Earth Spa offers massages, Vichy treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, a jetted hot pool, steam room, and separate workout room.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the only property located right on the lake itself in the heart of Banff National Park. It is one of Canada's most recognized hotels that have all the lodging and amenities to fulfill your every desire. Satisfy your culinary cravings with their exquisite selection of dining rooms. Pamper both body and soul with a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure in their newly renovated spa. Keep in shape on their trails and ski slopes or in their fully equipped Health Club. Take advantage of all that this treasured Alberta destination has to offer.
International Hotel Suites Calgary is an urban escape for business and leisure travelers. Casual style meets modern convenience at the International with simple, yet elegant décor that inspires relaxation and rejuvenation. Located at the hub of Calgary’s vibrant downtown core, the International features 248 suites, a stylish lounge bar, dining cafe, offsite catering, swimming pool and conference facilities for up to 120 people – all conveniently close to the award-winning Plus 15 indoor pedestrian walkway.
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