Winter Escapades

Winter Escapades

8 Days / 7 Nights Vancouver to Calgary or Vice Versa

Price from$2,524

Begin with a memorable train journey onboard The Canadian. Then snow-capped mountains, frozen lakes and blue skies make for a magical winter experience in the Canadian Rockies where you'll explore some of the country's most loved resorts!

Winter Escapades map

Departing Vancouver

Day 1: Vancouver > Jasper (Rail) This morning, 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. (Lunch and dinner today is included on board Via Rail)

Departing Vancouver 12:00 pm

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and relax. At night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks, or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train, whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening before dinner, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car, where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2: Arrive Jasper (Rail) Arrive in Jasper at 8.00 am and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community. (Breakfast today is included on board VIA Rail)

Please note: Scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

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

Day 3 Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk) Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead you along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep guests warm and secure as they explore this wonderland of rock and ice.

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

Day 4 Jasper > Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Travel southward along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute Sleigh Ride that takes place beside the lake.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 5 Lake Louise Today is free for you to enjoy the winter activities surrounding Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 6 Lake Louise > Banff Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley.

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

Day 7 Banff (Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon) Marble Canyon is a great introduction to snowshoeing that provides insight into the fur trade and its impact on Western Canada. Along the way hear stories of Banff's indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Snowshoe on an easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to Marble Canyon, a cultural treasure within our National Parks. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose, and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near Marble Canyon you'll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy!

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

Day 8 Banff > Calgary This morning is free to explore Banff, before your scheduled coach to Calgary departs midday.

Departing Calgary

Day 1 Calgary > Banff Leave the Stampede 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 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 2 Banff (Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon) Marble Canyon is a great introduction to snowshoeing that provides insight into the fur trade and its impact on Western Canada. Along the way hear stories of Banff's indigenous people, explorers and fur traders who lived in and traveled through the Rockies. Snowshoe on an easy trail through the Vermilion River Valley to Marble Canyon, a cultural treasure within our National Parks. This trip is on mostly flat terrain and you will have a chance to search for snowshoe hare, moose, and wolf tracks while exploring. Finally, near Marble Canyon you'll be rewarded with a unique Canadian treat - hot maple taffy!

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

Day 3 Banff > Lake Louise (Evening Sleigh Ride) Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise. Included this evening is a wonderful 40 minute Sleigh Ride that takes place beside the lake.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 4 Lake Louise Today is free for you to enjoy the winter activities surrounding Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Deer Lodge - Heritage Double Room 4 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room

Day 5 Lake Louise > Jasper Travel northward along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper today. This spectacular drive through glacier country will be highlighted by massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad reaching valleys.

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

Day 6 Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk) Experience the wonders of the Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead you along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep guests warm and secure as they explore this wonderland of rock and ice.

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

Day 7 Jasper > Vancouver (Rail) Day at leisure to explore Jasper on your own before transferring to the Via Rail Station. This evening 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. (Dinner today is included on board VIA Rail)

Please note: Scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs

Departing Jasper 7:30 pm

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and relax. At night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks, or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train, whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening before dinner, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car, where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 8: Arrive Vancouver (Rail) Today enjoy spectacular views of the mighty Thompson River all the way to the Fraser Valley and the coastal city of Vancouver. Your tour ends upon arrival in Vancouver at 6.00 pm. (Breakfast and lunch today is included on board VIA Rail).

• 6 nights hotel accommodation • 1 night sleeping accommodation onboard VIA Rail - Private Bedroom • Transfers between rail depot and hotel in Jasper • Maligne Canyon Ice Walk (15 Dec - 30 Mar) replaced with Maligne Wildlife Tour on days when not operating) • Scheduled express coach between Jasper & Lake Louise • Sleigh ride at Lake Louise (10 Dec - 15 Apr) • Scheduled express coach between Lake Louise & Banff • Snowshoeing to Marble Canyon (16 Nov - 15 Apr) • Scheduled express coach between Banff & Calgary • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner on board VIA Rail

Pricing (per person) $NZD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2019

3 1/2 Star

1 Jan - 2 Jan

4 Jan - 12 Feb

13 Feb - 26 Mar

27 Mar - 19 Apr

4 Star

1 Jan - 2 Jan

4 Jan - 25 Jan

26 Jan - 26 Mar

27 Mar - 24 Apr

-

-

$2,751

$2,464

$2,524

$2,704

-

$4,315

$2,953

$3,097

$3,276

-

-

$3,770

$3,196

$3,314

$3,495

-

$6,811

$4,086

$4,376

$4,555

Departs

2019 Departure Dates from Vancouver Tuesday and Friday Jan 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
Feb 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26
Mar 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
Apr 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23 2019 Departure Dates from Calgary Wednesday and Saturday Jan 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
Mar 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
Apr 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24

Booking conditions

• Ask your Travel Agent or World Journeys for Triple and Child rates.

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Hotel Early Check In/Late Check Out