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Rocky Mountaineer - Classic Rail Circle

10 Days Rail Tours

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This 8 night circle tour takes you from the bustle of Vancouver through the Sea to Sky corridor up into the mountainous resort of Whistler. Then it’s onwards through the magnificent Canadian scenery to the Gold panning town of Quesnel, scenic Jasper with its mountain backdrop and Kamloops before returning you to Vancouver. Soak up the awe inspiring landscape, wildlife spotting opportunities and history that can be found at every turn.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival

Sheraton Wall Centre, Traditional Room (SilverLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Harbour Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver Sightseeing

Sheraton Wall Centre, Traditional Room (SilverLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Harbour Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Enjoy a 6-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore.Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3: Vancouver – Whistler

Overnight in Whistler - Hotel confirmed at check-in for the Rocky Mountaineer 

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, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on 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, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B)

Day 4: Whistler – Quesnel

Overnight in Quesnel - Hotel confirmed at check-in for the Rocky Mountaineer 

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. (B/L)

Day 5: Quesnel – Jasper

Lobstick Lodge (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. (B/L)

Day 6: Jasper Highlights Tour

Lobstick Lodge (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Lunch is included, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7: Free Day in Jasper

Lobstick Lodge (SilverLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room (GoldLeaf) Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Jasper National Park on your own. A wealth of optional activities (not included) abound: taking the Jasper Skytram to the high alpine of Whistlers Mountain, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, cruising on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8: Jasper – Kamloops

Overnight in Kamloops - Hotel confirmed at check-in for the Rocky Mountaineer 

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)

Day 9: Kamloops – Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre, Traditional Room (SilverLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Room (GoldLeaf) Pan Pacific Vancouver, Deluxe Harbour Room (GoldLeaf Deluxe)

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. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)

Day 10: Vancouver Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

 

B- Breakfast
L- Lunch 

Optional Breakfast Supplement:
Breakfast supplement includes breakfast in tour hotels on all days not on Rocky Mountaineer. If this optional supplement is not taken then tour still includes breakfast on 2 days on the train. Not applicable to any extra pre and post hotels. 

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the 2019 itinerary and additional tour notes

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.