Explorer's Circle

Travel full circle from Vancouver through the Rockies and back again on two of Canada's premier rail trips. This tour is packed with incredible sights and unique experiences. Begin your travels with an overnight trip from Vancouver to Jasper on a VIA Rail train. This unique journey features dome cars with panoramic views, dining cars with delicious, made-to-order meals, and convertible sleeping cars. Arrive in the authentic mountain town of Jasper, known for its character and mountain charm.

Continue south along the Icefields Parkway, through mountain corridors surrounded by massive glaciers, towering peaks and sparkling waterways. Photograph the views from a glass viewing platform situated high above the Sunwapta Valley floor at the Glacier Skywalk, and step out onto the Athabasca Glacier during the unique Glacier Adventure attraction.

Place yourself in the postcard-perfect setting of Lake Louise, and delight in the rugged natural beauty of the mountains as you head towards Banff. All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train for a two-day rail adventure, featuring informative commentary and unbeatable views, all from the comfort of your seat. This epic holiday features the best sights and rail services Western Canada has to offer!
9 Days/8 Nights
from $4,033.00
per person based on double occupancy

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Highlights

  • Experience the dramatic landscapes between Vancouver to Jasper on board a VIA Rail overnight train
  • Pass through the Spiral Tunnels onboard a luxurious Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train
  • Set foot on the Athabasca Glacier during the Glacier Adventure
  • Step out 918 feet above the Sunwapta Valley floor at the Glacier Skywalk
Features & Inclusions

Features & Inclusions

Accommodations

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • 1 night onboard VIA Rail

Train Adventures

  • VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper
    •  Includes 1 breakfast and 1 lunch
  • Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
    • Includes 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts

Sightseeing Excursions

  • Rockies Discovery full-day sightseeing tour, including the Columbia Icefield
    • Includes lunch at Icefields

Activities

  • FlyOver Canada
  • Glacier Adventure
  • Glacier Skywalk

Transfer

  • Shuttle transfer from Jasper VIA Rail station to hotel
  • Shuttle transfer from Banff hotel to Rocky Mountaineer station

Extras

  • Personalized Journey Book
  • Columbia Icefield or Banff Gondola souvenir photograph
  • Itinerary, brochures, maps and vouchers
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Hotel luggage handling
Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver and enjoy an evening exploring this metropolitan hub of arts and culture. Visit FlyOver Canada for a scenery-rich introduction to the highlights of Canada. Prepare to be amazed during this breathtaking flight simulation that takes visitors from coast to coast. Stay overnight in downtown Vancouver.

Day 2 – Vancouver & VIA Rail to Jasper

The day is yours to explore Vancouver, relax or enjoy a day of sightseeing. Transfer to Pacific Central Station and board a VIA Rail Canadian train bound for Jasper. Sit back, relax and enjoy the picturesque scenery as you wind your way through interior British Columbia. Overnight onboard the train in cozy sleeping quarters.

Day 3 – Jasper Arrival

Continue by train through the rugged Monashee and Cariboo mountain ranges towards Jasper. Enjoy a hearty breakfast served in the dining car, while taking in the captivating scenery. Following arrival, the remainder of your day is free to explore the resort of Jasper and its many unique shops and galleries. Photo opportunities and wildlife sightings are plentiful in and around the town.

Day 4 – Jasper to Banff

Experience the incredible scenery and geographic features of the Icefields Parkway. This route is home to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls. At the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, board an Ice Explorer for an informative tour on the icy slopes of Athabasca Glacier. After a stop at the newly opened Glacier Skywalk, relax and enjoy magnificent views as the tour continues through the breathtaking Rocky Mountains. Following a stop at world-famous Lake Louise, continue to Banff for your overnight stay.

Days 5 & 6 – Banff to Vancouver

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day rail adventure! Experience the spectacular beauty of Kicking Horse Pass and travel through the the Spiral Tunnels, an amazing feat of engineering. Continue through rugged mountain corridors and scenic river valleys. Following an overnight stay in Kamloops, the train continues into the interior of British Columbia and Hell's Gate Canyon. A delicious breakfast and lunch are served onboard each day, complimented with insightful commentary and interesting historical tales along the way. Enjoy an evening of relaxation following your arrival in Vancouver.

Day 7 – Vancouver Departure

A morning check-out from your downtown Vancouver hotel concludes this spectacular rail holiday.
prices

Prices

  Value Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
02 May - 23 May $4,033 $3,873 $4,732 $2,791
26 May - 23 Jun $4,302 $4,065 $5,232 $2,810
27 Jun - 29 Aug $4,599 $4,363 $5,529 $3,033
01 Sep - 15 Sep $4,599 $4,363 $5,529 $3,033
19 Sep - 29 Sep  $4,599 $4,363 $5,529 $3,033
03 Oct - 06 Oct  $4,290 $4,156 $4,911 $3,033
 
  Moderate Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
02 May - 23 May $4,102 $3,916 $4,878 $2,791
26 May - 23 Jun $4,356 $4,098 $5,348 $2,810
27 Jun - 29 Aug $4,654 $4,396 $5,646 $3,033
01 Sep - 15 Sep $4,645 $4,391 $5,629 $3,033
19 Sep - 29 Sep  $4,645 $4,391 $5,629 $3,033
03 Oct - 06 Oct  $4,391 $4,221 $5,121 $3,033
 
  Deluxe Accommodations
  Double Triple Single Child
02 May - 23 May $4,992 $4,764 $6,373 $2,953
26 May - 23 Jun $5,363 $5,046 $7,077 $2,973
27 Jun - 29 Aug $5,795 $5,457 $7,571 $3,250
01 Sep - 15 Sep $5,779 $5,446 $7,539 $3,250
19 Sep - 29 Sep $5,496 $5,257 $6,972 $3,250
03 Oct - 06 Oct   $5,232 $5,060 $6,444 $3,250
 

Pricing available in US dollars


All prices are quoted per person in CAD funds. Rates are for 2016 and do not include taxes. A deposit of $200 per person is due at the time of booking (unless otherwise specified). Final payment is due at 65 days prior to tour departure. Tours booked within 65 days require full payment before reservations can be confirmed. Infants (less than 2 years old) travelling with an adult (and not occupying a seat) travel free of charge on most services. Reduced pricing is available for children 2 – 11 years old, please contact one of our vacation planners at 1-877-791-5500.  Additional pricing information: prices include all taxes and applicable rebates. Prices include administration, planning, and operational expenses. Prices are subject to change without notice, and subject to international exchange rate fluctuations. 


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Accommodation Options

Accommodation Selection

Location Value Moderate Deluxe
Vancouver Century Plaza Hotel & Suites Sheraton Wall Centre Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Onboard VIA Rail Upper and lower berth Upper and lower berth Cabin for 1/Cabin for 2
Jasper Marmot Lodge Chateau Jasper Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Banff Mount Royal Hotel Banff International Hotel Fairmont Banff Springs
Kamloops Moderate Hotel Kamloops Moderate Hotel Kamloops Moderate Hotel Kamloops

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