Travel on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer on this one-way tour from Calgary, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, across to Vancouver on the Pacific Coast. Take in the mountain town of Banff before you board the train for a relaxed and luxurious two day, all daylight trip through the mountains. The sites and highlights are numerous but keep your eyes peeled for black and grizzly bears and Bald Eagles swooping around the banks of several rivers that you will cross. A short but fantastic way to see this amazing corner of a wonderful country.
Our expert tour specialists can tailor this trip to exactly meet your needs. We make the suggestions but the decision is yours
Travel from the UK to Calgary International Airport. Upon arrival, a transfer will take you to downtown Calgary for an overnight in this friendly little city. If you get time, a real highlight is a trip up the Calgary Tower for views from the heart of downtown out to the wonderful Rocky Mountains.
Take a scenic two-hour drive from Calgary to Banff, passing slow moving rivers and glacial lakes as the Rocky Mountains grow ever closer in front of you.
A full day to spend in the wonderful town or exploring outside amongst Banff National Park. Walk the pleasant streets, stroll by the Bow River or relax in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, whatever you do the views will be amazing. A must in Banff is to take the gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain and take in the spectacular 360-degree views from the impressive visitor centre, home to displays about history as well as gift shop and several choices for refreshment.
Day One on the Rocky Mountaineer and you head through the mountains towards an overnight stop in Kamloops, right in the heart of British Columbia. As you travel between glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Rockies, marvel at stunning scenery and some impressive feats of engineering such as The Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels, carved into the mountain over 100 years ago. Arrive in Kamloops early evening for an overnight stay.
Breakfast and lunch provided on the train
Overnight accommodation allocated on arrival by Rocky Mountaineer
Continue on West towards the Pacific Ocean and your eventual destination of vibrant Vancouver. After descending from the Rockies into central British Columbia on day one, day two continues through desert-like environments of the interior, along river banks and past vast lakes to the green fields of the Fraser Valley. Today’s main photograph opportunities include the Thompson River and Hells Gate.
Breakfast and lunch provided on the train
Two days to explore one of the most beautiful, friendly and wonderful cities of North America. Located on a peninsula between two bodies of water really lends so much to Vancouver while the Coastal Mountains north of the city give it a stunning backdrop. Walk the sea wall around Stanley Park, explore the waterfront promenade around Canada Place or even relax on the beach of English Bay, Vancouver has pretty much all. Couple this with amazing dining – especially in historic Gastown – great bars and trendy nightlife, you are sure to love Vancouver.
Final day to explore Vancouver. Get in some last-minute shopping along Robson Street, visit trendy Yaletown or browse the markets of Granville Island before a private transfer will take you to Vancouver International Airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.
‘Calgary’s Historical Landmark’
Located right at the heart of Calgary downtown, the Fairmont Palliser is a famous hotel right in middle of it all. With shops, bars and restaurants all within easy reach its centrally located for a visit to Calgary, it is also connected to the nearby train station, making it the perfect location to spend a night or two pre or post a trip on the Rocky Mountaineer. The hotel itself is a top level five star resort with onsite spa, fitness centre and a choice of fantastic restaurants. The 400 rooms and suites are all elegant and well-appointed with a range of options from simple Fairmont rooms to suites and the Fairmont Gold club as well.
‘Exceptional Views, Fine Dining and Unmatched Style’
The Rimrock Resort is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience. The 346 guest rooms including Signature Grandview rooms and a selection of suites offer a comfortable smoke free environment. The hotel boasts a full service spa, indoor pool, sauna and whirlpool. A fitness facility open to over 16 year olds which includes a squash court and during the summer months you can enjoy lunch on the outdoor patio decks. The resort has something for everyone with two restaurants, two lounges and a coffee shop.
‘Waterfront, Downtown Boutique’
The Loden Hotel is a boutique property located in downtown Vancouver and steps away from Coal Harbour waterfront. It’s in an ideal location, adjacent to many of Vancouver's most popular attractions including museums, galleries, world-class shopping and numerous restaurants. The hotel houses just 77 rooms and suites, all custom designed and with views of the city and water ways. Amenities include a fitness centre on site, spa services offered and its own unique bistro and bar, and there is a Wanderfit programme to make the most of the surrounding nature on bike, trekking and cycling.
Flights from the UK into Calgary and back from Vancouver
Seven nights’ accommodation as listed
Two-day trip on the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf
Station transfers in Lake Louise, Kamloops and Vancouver
Meals unless otherwise stated
GoldLeaf Options from £399 per person extra
National Park Passes
Share your ideas, tell us what you’re expecting and ask us as many questions as you like; together we can identify what will make your trip exceptional – only then will we begin to tailor-make your holiday.
We will use our destination expertise to plan an itinerary that will work for you – your personal specialist is happy to respond by phone, email or text. Your trip will be refined and reshaped until you love the way it looks, and it fits you perfectly!
We partner with only the finest hotels & resorts that we feel exemplify the Destinology experience. It’s these close relationships that help us to offer our clients that little bit more. We live luxury and we think you should too.