Grand Circle Rail Journey

11 Day Rail Tour

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An epic trip made of three successive rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with nights in Whistler, Canada’s premier resort town.

Holiday Highlights

  • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper

DAY 1 - VANCOUVER

Arrive in Vancouver and spend the rest of the day exploring on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

DAY 2 - VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING

Enjoy a six-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 TO KAMLOOPS

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer 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. B, L.

DAY 4 - KAMLOOPS TO BANFF

Your journey continues eastwards 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 and, of course, 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. B, L.

DAY 5 - BANFF SIGHTSEEING

This morning you are free to explore scenic Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

DAY 6 - BANFF TO LAKE LOUISE

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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

DAY 7 - LAKE LOUISE TO JASPER

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield 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. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

DAY 8 - JASPER TO QUESNEL

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. B, L.

DAY 9 - QUESNEL TO WHISTLER

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Overnight in Whistler. B, L.

DAY 10 - WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon snack is served onboard. On arrival at the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

DAY 11 - VANCOUVER

Your holiday ends with checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

PRICES ON REQUEST

There are a number of factors which will influence the price of your travel arrangements, including the month of travel, category of seat, the duration of your trip should you wish to add any additional nights or services.

Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Taxes and additional fees not included. Rates are available for Single, Triple & Children (2-11 yrs) .

You can choose from three categories;

Category SilverLeaf

Service: In SilverLeaf Service enjoy panoramic views through oversized windows in a single-level dome coach which has a larger viewing area than RedLeaf Service, a hot breakfast and lunch served at your seat (choice of entrées) and all non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary.

Category GoldLeaf

Service: Passengers who travel in GoldLeaf Service are accommodated in reclining seats in the Dome Coach, with panoramic views through full-length windows and access to a viewing platform. Meals are served in a lower level dining room and include a full range of beverages.

Category Deluxe GoldLeaf

Service: Guests booking GoldLeaf Deluxe Service will travel in GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, plus enjoy upgraded hotel accommodation throughout their tour (note: all accommodation in Kamloops and Quesnel is moderate).

Services Include:

  • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 afternoon snack
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Not Included

  • Transportation to/from Vancouver airport
  • Meals, other than specified
  • Activities, other than specified
  • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
  • Fuel surcharges
  • GST as applicable

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