Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers

Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers

7 Days / 6 Nights from Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa

Price from$2,980

• Vancouver • Jasper • Lake Louise • Icefields Parkway • Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Banff • Calgary

Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel on board VIA Rail for a journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Enjoy views of Pyramid Falls, the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Ice fields and see famous Mount Robson before ending in Calgary. A highlight will be Jasper National Park where mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beaver and bear roam freely. There is free time to enjoy the small mountain community of Jasper and close up photo opportunities of wildlife on the evening tour to Maligne Valley. Travel to Lake Louise by coach on one of the most scenic highways in the world - The Icefields Parkway, and enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier as well as the new Glacier Skywalk.

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VANCOUVER TO CALGARY

Day 1: Vancouver (D) This afternoon, check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail's 'Canadian' for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don't forget to visit the Dome Car "“ the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views. Some Sleeper Plus Class amenities include towels, pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2: Canadian Rockies by daylight on board Via Rail; arrive Jasper late morning (B) Rise to the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 3: Jasper Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 4: Jasper > Lake Louise (L) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefields that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an (included) Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 280m over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow Lake, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy.

Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Lake Louise Inn - Deluxe Queen Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lake View Room

Day 5: Lake Louise > Banff Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Morning sightseeing tour of Banff This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to Banff Gondola for breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360 degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 7: Banff > Calgary This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary depart midday. Following the Trans Canada Highway, depart the Rocky Mountain to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is 'cattle ranching country' and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive Calgary mid afternoon with drop-off at Calgary Airport or downtown hotels.

CALGARY TO VANCOUVER

Day 1: Calgary > Banff Leave the city of Calgary on the express service to Banff where you will have ample opportunity to take in the sights.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 2: Banff This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to Banff Gondola for breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360 degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 3: Banff > Lake Louise Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Lake Louise Inn - Deluxe Queen Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lake View Room

Day 4: Lake Louise > Jasper (L) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefields that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an (included) Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 feet (280m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy.

Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 5: Jasper Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Jasper (Brunch, D) This morning, board VIA Rail for Vancouver in Sleeper Plus Class. Leaving Jasper National Park, you'll travel the 'Yellowhead' route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson. Watch the scenery change from mountains to desert as you follow the Thompson River into central British Columbia.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don't forget to visit the Dome Car "“ the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views. Some Sleeper Plus Class amenities include towels, pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit

Day 7: Arrive Vancouver (B) Waking to the coastal city of Vancouver today, your tour ends upon arrival.

• Tailor-made journey • Hotel accommodation or 5 nights • Sleeping berth onboard VIA Rail Sleeper Touring service for 1 night • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper • Evening Jasper wildlife tour • Full day tour between Jasper and Lake Louise with picnic lunch included • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Scheduled coach transfer between Lake Louise and Banff hotels • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Banff Gondola • Scheduled coach transfer between Banff hotel and Calgary • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Vancouver departures) • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 1 brunch, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (Calgary departures) • National Park fees

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2019

3 1/2 Star

28 Apr - 10 May

12 May - 26 May

27 May - 30 Sep

1 Oct - 11 Oct

4 1/2 Star

28 Apr - 10 May

12 May - 26 May

27 May - 30 Sep

1 Oct - 11 Oct

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-

$2,980

$3,290

$3,974

$3,885

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$4,189

$4,868

$5,631

$5,322

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-

$3,773

$4,394

$5,308

$5,130

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$6,068

$7,425

$8,495

$7,879

Departs

2019 Vancouver to Calgary - Departs Monday, Tuesday and Friday Apr 29, 30
May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31
Jun 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28
Jul 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
Aug 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30
Sep 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30
Oct 1, 4, 7, 8, 11 Calgary to Vancouver - Departs Sunday, Monday and Friday Apr 28, 29
May 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31
Jun 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30
Jul 1, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 15, 19, 21, 22, 26, 28, 29
Aug 2, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30
Sep 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
Oct 4, 6, 7, 11

Not included

• Hotel early check in/late check out • Transfers to/from Vancouver Airport • Transfers to/from Calgary Airport • Meals other than specified