Rockies Highlights - 8 Days
Best Selling Independent Tour
This popular tour combines the highlights of the Canadian Rockies with stays in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper with the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer rail journey between Jasper and Vancouver.
Visit: Vancouver | Rocky Mountaineer | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff | Calgary
This popular Canadian independent tour combines the two day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey with a variety of sightseeing tours through the Canadian Rockies. Experience true Canadian hospitality as you travel on this journey of discovery; experience the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the iconic train rides in the world. Experience the fresh cool breezes of a Rockies summer day and the icing-sugar mountain tops reflecting in the clear blue lakes; experience the thrill of a ride in an ice explorer on the surface of a glacier formed from century’s old snow. Experience alpine villages, the thrill of looking for wildlife as you travel the highways and byways, the serenity that can only be found in the mountains. Experience the Rockies, there’s nothing like them.
- Jasper, a Rockies gem and wildlife haven
- A two day ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
- Explore Banff, a great year round resort
- Ride on the surface of the Athabasca glacier aboard an Ice Explorer
- See beautiful Peyto Lake and Lake Louise, two of the Rockies' jewels
Itinerary: Eastbound starting in Vancouver
Day 1: Arrive Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend the day exploring this scenic city. Admission to the lookout at the top of Vancouver Centre is included.
Hotel: Standard -Rosedale on Robson; Superior - Century Plaza Hotel, Superior Plus - Fairmont Hotel Vancouver; Deluxe -Fairmont Waterfront.
Day 2: Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the Fraser Valley and the scenic Fraser Canyon, past Hell’sGate where you will watch water cascade past the canyon’s walls. On leaving the Fraser Canyon follow the Thompson River to the city of Kamloops. Moderate grade hotel: allocated by Rocky Mountaineer. (B, L)
Day 3: Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper
Travel into the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Pass by Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 metres (12,972ft), before entering Jasper National Park. Arrive in Jasper early evening. Hotel for 2 nights: Standard - Lobstick Lodge; Superior - Sawridge Inn; Superior Plus - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Room; Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Deluxe Room. (B, L)
Day 4: Jasper - Evening Wildlife Tour
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of Jasper. This pleasant Alpine village is nestled amidst some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find anywhere. Perhaps take a gondola ride into Jasper’s alpine tundra for stunning views of six mountain ranges, or maybe a gentle raft ride down the Athabasca River; then stroll around the village and relax with a coffee. This evening experience the Jasper Wonderland for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife. Travel through the Maligne Valley to search for mountain goats, moose, elk, deer and bears and perhaps a visit to Pyramid Bench with its beaver ponds.
Day 5: Jasper to Lake Louise
Depart Jasper by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 325sq km’s and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 6: Lake Louise to Banff
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday. After checking in at your hotel the remainder of the day is free. Hotel: Standard - Spruce Grove Inn; Superior -Banff Caribou Lodge; Superior Plus - Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Room; Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs - Deluxe Room.
Day 7: Banff Tour & Transfer to Calgary
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride included), and Tunnel Mountain Drive - which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley. The balance of the afternoon is free to enjoy Banff prior to departing for Calgary at 4.00pm arriving into downtown Calgary at approx. 5.45pm Hotel: Standard - Sandman Hotel Downtown, Standard Room; Superior - Delta Bow Valley, Delta Room; Superior Plus & Deluxe - Fairmont Palliser, Fairmont Room.
Day 8: Calgary Departure
Your tour ends with check out from your Calgary hotel.
Itinerary: Westbound starting in Calgary
Day 1: Arrive Calgary
Arrive into Calgary and make your way to your hotel. Perhaps you’ll ride to the top of the Calgary Tower for views over the city. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2: Calgary to Banff
This morning depart Calgary for a scenic drive to Banff. Upon arrival in Banff continue on a sightseeing tour of the region. After checking into your hotel perhaps you’ll stroll along Banff Avenue or visit the Cave & Basin. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants to choose from this evening. Overnight in Banff
Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise
Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive along Bow Valley to Lake Louise. The jewel of the Rockies is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada and a walk around it is well worth the effort. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Day 4: Lake Louise to Jasper
Travel by coach along the Icefield Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield where you will join an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. Overnight in Jasper. (L)
Day 5: Jasper Evening Wildlife Tour
The day is free to enjoy Jasper. This pleasant Alpine village is nestled amidst some of Canada’s most stunning scenery. Perhaps take a gondola ride to Jasper’s alpine tundra for stunning views of six mountain ranges, or maybe a gentle raft ride down the Athabasca River; then stroll around the village and relax with a coffee. Your evening wildlife tour offers amazing close-up photo opportunities. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 6: Rocky Mountaineer Train - Jasper to Kamloops
This morning board the Rocky Mountaineer and pass by some jaw-dropping scenery en-route to Kamloops in central British Columbia. Sit back, relax and enjoy Rocky wonderful service. Overnight in Kamloops (B, L)
Day 7: Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver (B, L)
Day 8: End of Tour
Your tour ends with check out from your hotel.
May 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
June 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
Aug 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Sept 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 25, 29
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26
Aug 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Sept 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, 27
Cost Per Person
Standard Hotels Twin Single Triple 28 Apr 14 - 22 May 14^ £1487 £1877 £1393 25 May 14 - 12 Jun 14 £1633 £2100 £1509 15 Jun 14 - 21 Sep 14 £1659 £2151 £1526 25 Sep 14 - 29 Sep 14 £1601 £2035 £1487 Superior Hotels Twin Single Triple 28 Apr 14 - 22 May 14^ £1548 £1999 £1446 25 May 14 - 12 Jun 14 £1705 £2243 £1569 15 Jun 14 - 21 Sep 14 £1772 £2378 £1613 25 Sep 14 - 29 Sep 14 £1633 £2101 £1521 Superior Plus Hotels Twin Single 28 Apr 14 - 22 May 14^ £1934 £2725 25 May 14 - 12 Jun 14 £2358 £3185 15 Jun 14 - 21 Sep 14 £2236 £3260 25 Sep 14 - 29 Sep 14 £1910 £2607
Please contact us for rates staying in Deluxe hotels - Prices start from £2013 per person.
Fuel Surcharge - Important Note:
For bookings made from 01 November 2013, Rocky Mountaineer are imposing £35 per person fuel surcharge on this journey. This is in addition to the prices shown above and will be added to your invoice.
Children aged 2-10 pay £1015 (^£929) when sharing with their parents; £60 per person Calgary Stampede supplement if Calgary stay falls between July 3 – 13
- 7 nights accommodation as shown
- Meals as shown (B–Breakfast, L–Lunch)
- Rocky Mountaineer Train Jasper to Vancouver in Redleaf service
- Rail station transfers - Vancouver, Kamloops & Jasper
- Admission to Vancouver Lookout & Calgary Tower
- Evening Jasper wildlife tour
- Full day tour Jasper to Lake Louise, including lunch
- Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer ride
- Coach transfer between Lake Louise and Banff hotels
- Sightseeing Tour of Banff
- Sulphur Mountain Gondola
- Coach transfer between Banff hotel and Calgary
- National Park fees
- Flights to / from Canada
- Sightseeing shown as optional
- Meals, sightseeing and attractions not shown as included
- Airport transfers
Upgrade Your Rocky Mountaineer Journey
Upgrades to SilverLeaf & GoldLeaf service are available for your Rocky Mountaineer journey. Please see the Rocky Mountaineer page for more details of each service.
SilverLeaf Upgrade: from £389 per person
GoldLeaf Upgrade: £698 per person
If you would prefer to self drive through the Rockies (between Calgary & Jasper) please see our Rockies Rail & Drive Tour. This features a similar itinerary but includes car hire throughout the Rockies.