Rocky Mountaineer - Grand Circle

At a glance

  • 15 day independent rail tour
  • Prices start from £5,275pp
  • Travel from April to September
  • Return international flights included
  • Train travel and accommodation included
  • Guided tours of three National Parks

Day 1 – 7: Vancouver to Banff

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Days 1 - 3: Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Spend three nights soaking up this vibrant, cosmopolitan city at your leisure. Vancouver must-sees include the beaches that surround the city, the gardens and forests of Stanley Park and the lively waterfront galleries and artists’ studios of Granville Island.

Day 4: Vancouver to Kamloops

It's time to ride the rails!  Depart bright and early on the Rocky Mountaineer train into the heart of British Columbia’s interior and the historic railroad town of Kamloops. Be prepared for dramatic changes in the scenery as you journey through the rolling hills of the lush Fraser Valley, all of which can be enjoyed through the train’s panoramic windows. Have your camera ready for the towering forests, gushing river canyons and the snow-capped peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Canada’s only desert-like region surrounds Kamloops and the early evening arrival here gives you time to explore after transferring to your hotel. 

Days 5 - 7: Kamloops to Banff

The Canadian province of Alberta will have you gazing out at ranch lands, shimmering lakes, glaciers and, of course, those soaring Canadian Rocky Mountains. Highlights of today’s journey include the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon and the climb over 4,360 feet to Roger’s Pass through the Selkirk Mountains. Keep an eye out for mountain goats and black bears. 

Your first full day in Banff is leisurely, starting with a free morning to explore followed by a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff National Park. Included will be visits to Bow Falls, the famous Banff Gondola, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. On your following free day in Banff, why not visit the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel for High Tea or a round of golf. If you're feeling energetic there's plenty of nature trails to hike, or you can relax in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs.

Day 8 – 15: Banff to Whistler

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Days 8 - 9: Banff to Lake Louise

Today, it's a short and scenic journey into Yoho National Park on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains. Here you'll encounter big peaks, expansive glaciers and cascading waterfalls. This park is also home to the ingenious Spiral Tunnels and stunning Emerald Lake. Your tour ends at one of the most photographed lakes in the world - Lake Louise. You'll have the rest of the day free to relax, or stroll around the lake and enjoy the scenery. Day 9 is free for you to enjoy at your leisure. We recommend rising early to watch the sunrise over the lake, it's a spectacular sight. Other options include enjoying the areas hiking routes or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Days 10 - 11: Lake Louise to Jasper

Experience one of the world's most scenic road trips as you journey along the Icefield Parkway, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle, and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Ride out into the middle of the Athabasca Glacier, in an ice tundra buggy, to get up close to the ice and learn about its geological features. There will be time for lunch before you arrive into Jasper late afternoon. 

The following day you'll discover the delights of Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a half-day sightseeing tour, taking in the natural attractions, rugged peaks and possibly a glimpse of the parks wildlife. The afternoon is yours to enjoy on your own, we'd suggest a gentle cruise on Maligne Lake out to Spirit Island.

Day 12: Jasper to Quesnel

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer again as you travel in style and comfort through the scenery of the incredible Rocky Mountains to the charming rural town of Quesnel. View the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, plus Yellow Head Pass, Moose Lake and the vast forests of British Columbia's interior. 

Day 13: Quesnel to Whistler

Enjoy the scenery from the comfort of your seat as you journey south to the pretty mountain resort of Whistler. Enjoy breath-taking and varied sights, 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 the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world.

Day 14: Whistler to Vancouver

The morning in Whistler is yours to enjoy at your leisure. Early in the afternoon you'll board the Rocky Mountaineer one final time for your journey back to Vancouver via the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Your Rocky Mountaineer host will point out the photo ops including Cheakamus Canyon, the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls and Howe Sound.

On arrival, transfer to your downtown hotel for a final night in Vancouver. 

Day 15: Vancouver

Have a final Canadian breakfast before transferring to Vancouver Airport for your early afternoon flight back to the UK.

 

How about adding a cruise to Alaska onto your holiday for the ultimate Rail & Sail holiday? Or if time is precious we have shorter options for the Rocky Mountaineer. Please ask for details

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