Classic First Passage to the West
Vancouver to Calgary
Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons.
Survey the Canadian landscape for two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer, with two nights accommodation in Vancouver, one night in Kamloops, and one night in Banff.
Vancouver | Kamloops | Banff
• Two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf service
• Four nights hotel accommodation
• Three breakfasts and two lunches
• Vancouver Lookout
• Rail station transfers and luggage handling
• National Parks Pass
• Airport transfer from Banff to Calgary
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Breakfast Incl. (B), Lunch Incl. (L), Dinner Incl.(D)
Day 1 | Arrive in Vancouver
Arrive at the Shangri-La anytime and receive a welcome amenity of $100 for food and beverages. Early check-in and check-out, and room upgrade based on availability.
Day 2 | Vancouver (B)
Spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Make your own way to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Day 3 | Vancouver—Kamloops (B, L)
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf service from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.
Day 4 | Kamloops—Banff (B, L)
Our journey continues eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again, you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, the glaciers, and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Day 5 | Banff
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Banff hotel and transfer to Calgary Airport.
Operated by Rocky Mountaineer.
*Prices will be quoted in CDN$ p.p., dbl. occ. Taxes included. Not included: Airfare, any personal expenses, such as insurance, passport fees, meals not specified in the itinerary, or transfer costs between hotels in Vancouver.
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