What we love about this trip
• Two day rail journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer to the Canadian Rockies
• Unique, small group tours in the majestic Canadian Rockies
• Glaciers, waterfalls, forests and wildlife
• Stopover at the beautiful Lake Louise
• Sightseeing tour of Banff
Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call. Eastbound itinerary is shown. A westbound itinerary is also available.
Day 1 – Your Canadian Rockies by Rail Vacation Begins – Arrival Vancouver
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by towering mountains and sparkling ocean. Depending on your time of arrival, you can relax and dine al fresco or get out and explore on foot or start of your Canadian vacation with a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver (ask your vacation advisor for more details). Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 – On the Rocky Mountaineer – Vancouver to Kamloops
A lonesome wail sounds from the Canadian Rockies railroad whistle, and the smell of your breakfast wafts from the galley, as the Rocky Mountaineer train leaves Vancouver on the first leg of its journey through the Canadian Rockies.
Over lunch you’ll climb the steep Fraser Canyon, past the thundering water of Hell’s Gate, and take a trip through the high desert of British Columbia’s interior. Relax, chat, read, or stretch your legs on an outdoor viewing platform.
In late afternoon, the train arrives in Kamloops where you observe the lifestyle of locals in a small Rockies town.
Day 3 – On the Rocky Mountain train – Into the Canadian Rockies in Banff
The second day onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, anticipation builds over breakfast for your first sighting of the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the Canadian Rockies, and the railroad, keep your eyes peeled for elk, bald eagles and bears.
Finally you enter the famous Spiral Tunnels - ascending slowly, round and round through the darkness, until, blinking, you emerge to find yourself high in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by mighty peaks topped with snow. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4 – In the Canadian Rockies – Explore Banff
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Canadian Rockies air! On a free day, explore the sleepy mountain town of Banff and drink in the views of the surrounding you on all sides. Banff is home to unique heritage sites, boutiques, and world class eateries. Overnight in Banff.
Day 5 – Deeper into the Rockies – Banff to Lake Louise
Lean even more about Banff today, with a small group and expert guide. Travel to surrounding lakes and mountain valleys for great photo opportunities and a chance to see elk, moose, bear, and even wolves. The morning concludes with a thrilling ride up the Sulphur Mountain. The lofty peak is reached by a gondola swinging beneath the cable far above the valley floor and surrounded by jagged Canadian Rockies peaks, with the Bow River glistening in the distance.
After a chance to soak in the views, travel with your guide along the beautiful Bow Valley Park way, ending with the most famous view of your entire Canadian Rockies train trip - the turquoise water of Lake Louise, surrounded by glaciers tumbling off mountain peaks. This is a place to relax, stretch your legs on a stroll or a hike - or go for a paddle in a canoe. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 6 – Depart Calgary – your Canadian Rockies train vacation concludes
Filled with memories of the Canadian Rockies today you transfer by private vehicle to the Calgary airport and home as your train vacation across Canada draws to a close.
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Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...
Breakfasts and lunches aboard the train
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Small group sightseeing tour of Banff
Customize this trip a little... or a lot
Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area
Golfing at world-famous Banff Springs
Whalewatching in the Salish Sea