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Rocky Mountaineer - Coastal Passage Classic, Banff-Seattle (Westbound)
- 3-Day Rocky Mountaineer Experience
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Combining one of the celebrated railway’s most legendary journeys with its latest adventure, you’ll experience the classic two day Banff to Vancouver route, before climbing back on board for the new Coastal Passage to Seattle. First rolling down the rails in 2014, the Coastal Passage snakes along the coast letting the Pacific Northwest show off its captivating wild shoreline, with photo ops like Puget Sound, Bellingham Bay, and Chuckanut Bay. And, this being the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll set off in style with a toast and delicious hot breakfast as you cross Fraser River. Of course, you’ll have already experienced this level of luxury on your first journey, travelling through the glacier, mountain, lake, canyon, and forest filled landscapes that lace the tracks from Banff to Vancouver – with evocative names like the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, and Hell’s Gate hinting at the drama you’ll see. Spending the night in Banff, Kamloops, and Seattle, you can take in the highlights of each town and city – with two nights in Vancouver giving you extra time for a little jaunt over to Victoria or Whistler, or more time to explore favourites like Stanley Park.
Day 1: Banff
Independent arrival and free time in Banff. Enjoy Banff at your leisure. Overnight in Banff.
SilverLeaf: Banff Caribou Lodge. GoldLeaf: Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, Premier Room with fireplace. GoldLeaf Deluxe: Rimrock Resort, Grandview Room
Day 2: Banff – Kamloops
Kamloops overnight stay - Hotel confirmed at check-in for the Rocky Mountaineer
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. Overnight in Kamloops. (B/L)
Day 3: Kamloops – Vancouver
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 Canon. our rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)
SilverLeaf: Georgian Court Hotel Downtown Vancouver. GoldLeaf: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Room. GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Deluxe Room
Day 4: Free Day in Vancouver
Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver, and check out Vancouver's must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park or Granville Island. Explore the city's museums, art galleries, gardens and varied neighbourhoods, or take a day trip to discover the nearby resort town of Whistler or British Columbia's charming capital on Vancouver Island, Victoria. Overnight in Vancouver. (B/L)
Day 5: Vancouver – Seattle
Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer's new Coastal Passage route from Vancouver to the gatewa to the Pacific Northwest, the 'Emerald City" of Seattle. A motorcoach will transfer you from our hotel to nearby Pacific Central Station early this morning, where you will clear US customs and board for the southbound rail journey to Seattle. After boarding, toast the voyage ahead and indulge in a delectable hot breakfast as you cross the mighty Fraser River and depart Vancouver. Highlights include the community of White Rock as the train hugs the Pacific Coast, views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Vernon, the fishing fleet (and Boeing jets) of Everett, and a unique view of the Chittended Locks linking Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington as the train nears Seattle. Upon arrival in Seattle at King Street Station, you will clear US customs and immigration, disembark and transfer to a motorcoach which will take you (and your luggage) to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Seattle. (B)
SilverLeaf: The Paramount Hotel. GoldLeaf: Fairmont Olympic, Deluxe Room. GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Olympic, Executive Suite
Day 6: Seattle Departure
Your holiday ends upon checkout from your Seattle hotel.
Dates & prices
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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.
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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.
Passport Requirements for the USA
Travel under the Visa Waiver program (ESTA) is restricted to travellers possessing passports with specified security features. Visa Waiver Program requirements are:
The passport must have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page
The passport must have an electronic passport with a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner.
As of April 1, 2016, all travellers must have an e-Passport to use the VWP. An e-Passport, denoted by a symbol on the front of your passport, is an enhanced secure passport with an embedded electronic chip. E-Passports are issued by the proper passport issuing authority and must meet international standards for securing and storing information corresponding to the passport and bearer.