Spirit of the Canadian Rockies

Price per person
from £5,227

Price based on
London Heathrow
30th Jun 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Elevate your senses on an epic journey into the heart of British Columbia. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer Train through imperial forests past mirrored-lakes and snow-capped peaks, and cross the 1,000 ft thick Athabasca Glacier on a tour that captures the true spirit of the Rockies.

At a glance


  • Vancouver Explore the city’s elegant waterfront and lively Chinatown.
  • Rocky Mountaineer Follow the Fraser Canyon aboard the famous Rockies locomotive.
  • Banff National Park See the Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and Surprise Corner.
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer Ride across the 1,000 ft thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Whistler Explore this popular mountain resort.
  • Victoria Head out on a whale watching excursion from Victoria's Inner Harbour.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
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.

Overview

Elevate your senses on an epic journey into the heart of British Columbia. Ride the Rocky Mountaineer Train through imperial forests past mirrored-lakes and snow-capped peaks, and cross the 1,200 ft thick Athabasca Glacier on a tour that captures the true spirit of the Rockies.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners

UK - Vancouver

Day
1

Fly to Vancouver and transfer to your hotel.

This evening you will meet your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Vancouver

Day
2

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The remainder of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops

Day
3

At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board the Rocky Mountaineer. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops.

Note - Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2- or 3-star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours; however, you can rest assured it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Banff

Day
4

Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake with its many miles of shoreline. Follow the Kicking Horse River and pass over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Banff

Day
5

Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, tour the highlights of Banff: Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. Enjoy your choice of activities this afternoon: take a leisurely Nature Walk with a picnic lunch or enjoy a thrilling ride on the Banff Gondola. Enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savour lunch.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Banff - Lake Louise

Day
6

En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.

Note-The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

Special Feature-Overnight at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Built as a log cabin in 1890, the historic chateau has become world famous, hosting celebrities and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine lake, pamper yourself in the spa, or just relax with Afternoon Tea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Day
7

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to Jasper National Park. Ride an exciting Ice Explorer on the 1,000-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Your overnight destination is the charming village of Jasper in Jasper National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jasper - Sun Peaks

Day
8

Departing Jasper, watch the scenery unfold while travelling the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Sun Peaks - Whistler

Day
9

A spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics—and settle into the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

Special Feature-Overnight at the all-season luxury resort, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, the chateau brings old and new together in a seamless meld of historical style and modern beauty. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in this pristine mountain wilderness.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Whistler - Victoria

Day
10

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Afterward, Victoria awaits! Board a BC Ferry for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. This afternoon, discover British Columbia’s capital on a city highlights tour. Later, perhaps stroll around the Parliament buildings or do some shopping. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this delightful harbour city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria

Day
11

Today, another choose-your-experience activity! Enjoy traditional Afternoon Tea at the Grand Fairmont Empress Hotel or, for the more adventurous, choose the Whale Watching excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This afternoon, visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Later, your tour director hosts a farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
12

This morning travel via BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland which is where your tour ends.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

UK

Day
13

Transfer to Vancouver Airport for your flight to the UK, or take an Alaskan Cruise.

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

Things to note

Book Early: With heavy demand for this tour and limited Rocky Mountaineer seat availability you are encouraged to book early

Your Train: The Rocky Mountaineer travels through spectacular Canadian scenery. SilverLeaf Service features a single-level dome coach offering panoramic views from oversized windows and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to GoldLeaf Dome Service offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining room.

Whale Watching: Enjoy 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.

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Hotels

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

Vancouver -The Fairmont Waterfront

This hotel has floor-to-ceiling windows which brings light into the hotel making it welcoming. Having floor to ceiling windows provide scenic views you won't want to leave your rooms.

  • Location

    900 Canada Pl, Vancouver, BC V6C 3L5, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Siutated in the heart of Banff, being surrounded by the alpine town provides spectacular views of the mountain and valleys. Take time to relax in the hotels on site spa whilst enjoying the amazing views.

  • Location

    405 Spray Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1J4, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor and Outdoor pool
    • Spa

Lake Louise - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Being surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains, glaciers and lakes makes this the perfect location to relax along with the recent introduction of their onsite serviced spa and salon.

  • Location

    111 Lake Louise Dr, Lake Louise, AB T0L 1E0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor pool
    • Spa

Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Situated near Beauvert Lake, this resort have exceptional views of the mountains and of the lake. Rooms have been decorated with warm colours and all have flat screen tv, whilst some rooms also provide a view of the lake.

  • Location

    1 Old Lodge Rd, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Swimming Pool
    • Spa

Sun Peaks - Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Sun Peaks Grand hotel makes it easy to immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. This hotel is located right next to award winning ski slopes making this hotel located in a prime location. To help you relax after a long day on the ski slopes this hotel has Free Wifi

  • Location

    3240 Village Way, Sun Peaks, BC V0E 5N0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

Victoria - Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Welcoming and cosy rooms offer Free Wifi meaning that you can stay connected with family and friends at home. You can relax in our comfortable beds while enjoying the falt screen TV or listening to your music on your Ipod Dock.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

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