The Rockies by VIA Rail®

Price per person
from £2,761

Price based on
London Heathrow
11th Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 10 days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

An enchanting Canadian railroad experience through the heart of the Rockies: weave through lush pine forests and glacial mountains, ride across the Columbia Icefield, sail relaxing island-dotted waters and wander the historic quarters of Vancouver and Victoria.

At a glance


  • Banff National Park Stay in the popular mountain resort: gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
  • Lake Louise A world-famous vision of turquoise magnificence.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® An overnight rail journey offering the best views of the Rockies.
  • Strait of Georgia Take a scenic cruise across the Strait of Georgia through the unique Gulf Islands.
  • Butchart Gardens Wander Brentwood Bay's 55-acres of beautiful and colourful flower displays.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

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Overview

An enchanting Canadian railroad experience through the heart of the Rockies: weave through lush pine forests and glacial mountains, ride across the Columbia Icefield, sail relaxing island-dotted waters and wander the historic quarters of Vancouver and Victoria.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

UK - Calgary

Day
1

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Calgary - Banff National Park

Day
2

The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. On this morning's tour you'll see many of its attractions including the Saddledome, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park and Canada Olympic Park. Then drive into Banff National Park and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park

Day
3

The day is yours to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps you'd like to take an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Jasper National Park

Day
4

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Then, precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes of exquisite colours come into view as you head through two mountain passes. Another highlight is a stop at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. End the day with a short tour to experience Jasper's unspoilt beauty, where you will stay for the next two nights.

Jasper

Day
5

Why not join an optional trip to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you can enjoy a narrated cruise?

Jasper - 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® - Vancouver

Day
6

Enjoy the morning at leisure before boarding 'The Canadian' VIA Rail® to Vancouver. The train departs early afternoon so there will be plenty of daylight available to admire the amazing Rocky Mountains. Take advantage of the Skyline Car with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park Car. Dusk in the summer is mid evening so after dinner, retire to the Dome Car for the sunset. Passing Mount Robson - at 12,972 feet the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies - the train follows the route of the 'Overlanders', 19th century homesteaders who attempted to settle this rugged region.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Vancouver

Day
7

Breakfast is included so there will be plenty of opportunity to see the city of Vancouver come into view. Upon arrival, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver's beautiful beaches, harbour, Chinatown, Gastown and lovely Stanley Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Victoria

Day
8

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.

Victoria - Vancouver - UK

Day
9

Morning departure for Vancouver. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver or on an Alaska cruise.

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Things to note

Special Departure: Calgary Stampede 8 July 2018. Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary

VIA Rail Service:Renovated rail cars; Impeccable service; delicious regional cuisine served in the Dining Car; comfortable berths with bed turn-down service; in-car shower access and personal toiletry kit; towels included ; private bedroom in Sleeper Plus Class;
Skyline Car with dome seating and lounge area; Park Car access

Important: Suitcases that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Vancouver and will not be accessible until Vancouver. Pack an overnight case to weigh no heavier than 25lbs.

Whale Watching: Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles

Accommodaton as stated or similar

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Calgary International Hotel

A flat-screen TV, seating area, and CD player and dining area are provided in each air-conditioned room. A microwave, refrigerator, and coffee machine with gourmet coffee and tea are offered. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and free toiletries.

  • Location

    220 4 Avenue Southwest, T2P 0H5 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Banff - Mount Royal Hotel

Mount Royal Hotel is situated in the mountains and provides an amazing view across the mountains. They provide a very modern experience with their hotel that’s design and decor reflects their heritage.

  • Location

    138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Wifi available

Jasper Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge Jasper features air conditioning and cable TV in each guest room. They have also equipped coffee/tea facilities and a small refrigerator. Located on main street, this hotel is surrounded by evergreens within Jasper National Park. It offers an award-winning steakhouse, indoor pool and free Wi-Fi throughout the entire property. The Jasper tramway is 5.6 miles away.

  • Location

    86 Connaught Drive, T0E 1E0 Jasper, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Vancouver Downtown Holiday Inn

A coffee machine and a desk are featured in all rooms at Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown & Suites. Ironing facilities are included. A private bathroom offers a hairdryer. The hotel is located just 200 yards from Granville Street entertainment district.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, V6Z 1R2 Vancouver, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Why book with Archers Holidays?