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Rocky Mountaineer - Rainforest to Gold Rush

3 days Rail Tours

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A Canadian rail journey’s all about the views, and this one packs in the Sea to Sky Corridor, with its amazing views of Howe Sound, then skirting Mount Garibaldi and Brandywine Falls enroute to Whistler for the first overnight hotel stop. Continue on to the charming town of Quesnel. Enroute, enjoy the varied scenery of Cariboo Plateau’s vast ranch lands and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the world’s highest rail bridges. Your journey then continues through the Rocky Mountain Trench, between the Rocky and Cariboo Mountains, climbing past Mount Robson, Canada’s prized peak to the pretty town of Jasper.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver – Whistler

Delta Whistler Village Suites, One bedroom Suite or The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Fairmont Room (SilverLeaf) The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Deluxe Valley View Room or Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Superior Room (GoldLeaf)

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. On arrival at the Whistler train station, you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B)

Day 2: Whistler – Quesnel

Overnight in Quesnel- Hotels to be confirmed at time of departure

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 to 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 glacial-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 3: Quesnel – Jasper

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 to the north by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains and to the south by the Cariboo Mountains. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and through the Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper. (B/L)

Tour also operates in reverse. Westbound - Jasper to Vancouver.

Meals: 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches.

Please note: This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents.

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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 itinerary and additional tour notes

Pre/Post Tour information

If you would like to extend your trip or make the tour part of a longer holiday, we can easily add on a pre or post night stays for you. Our Sales Team will work with you to arrange the best connecting flights and book any additional hotel stays. Simply tell us what you’d like and we can arrange it.

Time difference

Western Time Zone: GMT -8 hours

Tour inclusions

  • 3-day Rocky Mountaineer journey
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 lunches (Eastbound)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and afternoon snack (Westbound)
  • 2-nights hotel accommodation
  • Station and hotel transfers

Tour exclusions

  • International flight in economy class, including all UK and overseas airport taxes and applicable fuel surcharges
  • Flight upgrades and airport transfers in the UK
  • Arrival and departure transfers
  • Insurance
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, tips & gratuities, video camera fees at monuments
  • The required Canada Electronic Authorization (eTA)
  • Anything not detailed on the itinerar

Accommodation

Accommodation is a mix of 3-5V graded properties. Please note some tours are up to 3 weeks in duration and there may be some nights when staying in remote locations e.g. the National Parks, when the 'V' rating may vary. Hotels are subject to change up until 30 days prior to departure, but you will be advised of any changes.

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.