Rainforest to Gold Rush at Leisure

Rainforest to Gold Rush at Leisure

Vancouver to Calgary

Enjoy the extreme and diverse landscapes of the Northern Rockies. From temperate rainforests to desert canyons, experience all that Western Canada has to offer.

Highlights:

Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Calgary

Includes:

• Vancouver Lookout
• Jasper Highlights Tour
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise (or reverse)
• Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff (or reverse)
• Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola (or reverse)
• Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
• Calgary Tower
• 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Eastbound)
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 afternoon meal (Westbound)
• 3 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
• Luggage handling and National Park Pass
• 10 nights hotel accommodation

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Day 1: Tour Start - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Whistler
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your check-in at and motorcoach transfer from your downtown Vancouver hotel, board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the North Vancouver Station at 7:40am PT. for a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Moun Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival at the Whistler train station between 11:30am and 12:30pm PT., you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 3: Whistler to Quesnel
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Whistler Station at 7:10am PT, you will travel to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. Arrive in Quesnel between 8:00pm and 9:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the town, or relaxing in your hotel. All hotels in Quesnel are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking.

Day 4: Quesnel to Jasper
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Quesnel Station at 7:10am PT, your journey continues to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. Highlights include the Fraser River, the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and Yellowhead Pass. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper between 9:00pm and 10:00pm MT.

Day 5: Sightseeing Tour Jasper Highlights

Day 6: Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7: Free Day in Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8: Sightseeing Tour Yoho Park Lake Louise to Banff
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. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise 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.

Day 9: Free Day in Banff
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10: Banff to Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 11: Tour End - Calgary

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