(Lake Louise, Banff)
Monsterous snow-capped peaks, caniferous forests of pine and spruce, and meandering rivers; it's hard to imagine a more majestic backdrop in North America than that of the expansive Rocky Mountains. Travel in comfort by rail, round-trip from Vancouver, host of the recent 2010 Winter Games, inward through the incredible wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta's Rocky Mountains. With overnight pauses in your journey to explore the lovely resort towns of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise, you'll get a panoramic sense of the beauty that Canada has kept a relative secret from the rest of the world.
Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver.
Enjoy a half day (6hr) private city tour of Vancouver as well as the North Shore in the company of a knowledgeable, Driver-Guide. Throughout the tour you will have the chance to visit B.C. Place, G.M. Place, Science World (Olympic Sites), Gastown - Historical area of Vancouver, Canada Place, Alaska Cruise ship terminal and home of the new convention centre as well as visiting Grouse Mountain Skyride in an enclosed gondola (admission included) and Cross Lion's Gate Bridge. At the end of the tour, you will be brought back to your hotel. (Hotel pick up is also included).
Explore the ‘Sea-to-Sky’ highway, also known as the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics, on your way to Whistler Village. Marvel at the second largest granite monolith in the world as you travel amidst the 2133 metre high majestic peaks of the Coastal Mountains. Stops en route include Shannon Falls – the 3rd highest waterfall in British Columbia, several view points to take in the glaciers and glacier fjord (Britannia Beach) and admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Museum. Your guide provides historical anecdotes and practical information to maximize your four hours of free time to explore Whistler.
The remainder of your day today is spent at leisure.
A coach transfer from the hotel will bring you to the train station today.
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 theBC 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 ofKamloops Lake into Kamloops.
A coach will be waiting at the train station to transfer you to your hotel.
The remainder of your day is at leisure.
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park.
Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. A coach will be waiting at the train station to transfer you to your hotel.
Spend the remainder of today at leisure.
With a pickup from the hotel, travel by coach to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.
Spend the remainder of today at leisure.
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own.
After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Please note: While departure from your hotel will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies.
The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Meet the coach at the hotel and take a transfer to the train station this morning.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.
Upon arrival to Kamloops, join a coach transfer to your hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure.
You'll be transfered from your hotel to the train station.
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon.
Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening, where you will be transfered to your hotel.
The Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel by Hilton in Downtown Vancouver BC is conveniently located on Robson Street in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district. A member of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver Hotel offers the corporate and leisure guest, award-winning service, accommodations and lodging at affordable prices. From welcoming marble lobby, warmly decorated with a fireplace and comfortable seating, to cozy second floor mezzanine where you can enjoy your “On the House” Hot Breakfast, The Hampton Inn & Suites features a range of facilities all designed to make you feel instantly at home.
The Hampton Inn and Suites Hotel by Hilton in Downtown Vancouver BC is conveniently located on Robson Street in the heart of Vancouver's entertainment district. The Hampton Inn and Suites in Downtown Vancouver is within close proximity to many of Vancouver's most famous attractions. Take a short walk to get to one of Vancouver's award winning restaurants or hop in a taxi to reach most local attractions within minutes. All spacious guest rooms have been decorated in a naturally soothing "West Coast" tapestry.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Kamloops. Exact hotel will be advised prior to embarking the train.
Conveniently located on the main street of Jasper, Marmot Lodge offers 107 well appointed rooms. The lodge is nestled in the trees and visitors can often catch a glance of wildlife from their rooms. Standard Room features Air conditioning, fridge, hair dryer, complimentary in-room coffee and kettle for tea.
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.
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.
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