First Passage to the West Highlights
• Go West! To many, Banff and Lake Louise represent the holy grail of Canadian tourism. Embark on a journey of luxury and romance to Canada's most-talked-about destinations.
Please note: • This itinerary can be done in reverse commencing from Calgary. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for departure dates.
Day 1: Arrive Vancouver Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.
Overnight in Vancouver
Day 2: Vancouver Sightseeing Today, select your choice of one of four activity options:
Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver's spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia's First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation.
Enjoy a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver's highlights, and experience the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture while being active. The 23km ride takes in the seawall and rainforest of Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island (including the Aquabus ferry), False Creek, Chinatown, Gastown, and Coal Harbour.
Includes helmet and bicycle rental. Please note: Guests' heights needed to arrange appropriately-sized bicycles, and guests will need to make their own way to/from 648 Hornby St. for the tour.
British Columbia's mild climate and unique geographic location, tucked between mountains and sea, provide the province with an abundance of amazing culinary bounty which guests will explore on this in-depth "Made in BC" Vancouver food tour on Granville Island. In the company of an experienced local chef or food writer (maximum six guests/docent), this 2.5 hour walk will get under the skin (or peel) of this fascinating and delicious world as intellectually curious guests tour the market, meet some of the local producers and taste their delicious wares.
Please note: Include any dietary restrictions or allergies, and the docent will adapt accordingly, as there are several tastings of fish or seafood, and guests will need to make their own way to/from 126 Davie St. for the tour.
Experience the Howe Sound coast line from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on a "Sea Safari". With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water's surface, surrounded by BC's unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver
Overnight in Vancouver
Day 3: Vancouver > Kamloops (B,L) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.
Overnight in Kamloops
Day 4: Kamloops > Lake Louise (B,L) Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise.
Overnight in Lake Louise
Day 5: Lake Louise > Banff This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff.
Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., 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.
Overnight in Banff
Day 6: Banff > Calgary including Panoramic Helicopter Tour Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today's adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Your tour ends on arrival in Calgary late this afternoon.
Overnight in Calgary
Day 7: Calgary Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.
Rocky Mountaineer Train Service
SilverLeaf Service • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through over sized windows • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • A selection of delicious hot gourmet breakfast and lunch options, as well as tasty snack options, served by a culinary team member at your seat • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • A dedicated culinary team member and two on board Hosts in each SilverLeaf Service coach • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Kamloops • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package
GoldLeaf Service • Fully domed windows that give you unparalleled panoramic views from your seat in the upper-level of our custom-designed bi-level dome coach • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an A la carte menu, served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach • An exclusive outdoor vestibule in the lower-level of your dome coach • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • A full culinary team and three or four on board Hosts in each GoldLeaf Service coach • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Kamloops • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package
Please note: • All accommodation in Kamloops, while charming, is of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded • Please be sure to carry any medication with you as you will not have access to your checked luggage on board the train
• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 2 breakfast and 2 lunches on board the train • 6 nights accommodation • Vancouver lookout • One of the following tours in Vancouver; North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain; Guided cycling tour of Vancouver; Culinary walking tour of Vancouver's Granville Island; Zodiac tour on Howe Sound • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing • Calgary Tower • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops & Lake Louise • Luggage handling • National Park Pass
Pricing (per person) $CAD
Departs 2020 Departures
Aug 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
Sep 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 30
Oct 3, 7 2021 Departures Apr 24, 28
May 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 26, 29
Jun 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
Jul 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
Aug 4, 7, 14, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29
Sep 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 29
Aug 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30
Booking conditions • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars (CAD), and include the Canadian GST
• 2020/2021 Prices are subject to change until booked and confirmed
• Please contact World Journeys for the updated CAD exchange rate
• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars (CAD), and include the Canadian GST • 2020/2021 Prices are subject to change until booked and confirmed • Please contact World Journeys for the updated CAD exchange rate
Not included • Transportation from Vancouver airport
• Transportation to Calgary airport
• Meals, other than specified
• Activities other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Hotel early check in/late check out
• Fuel surcharge
• Transportation from Vancouver airport • Transportation to Calgary airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities other than specified • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Hotel early check in/late check out • Fuel surcharge
2 free perks!
Book a qualifying 2021 Rocky Mountaineer package of 5 to 7 days, and pay your deposit by 28 August 2020 to receive 2 free perks: one additional hotel night pre or post-package in Vancouver, Calgary or Victoria and one private airport transfer. Offer applies to new bookings only, in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service for travel on selected dates in 2021. JTC excursion and Rockies and Vancouver Island Circle excursion packages are excluded. Offer is subject to availability. Contact us for further terms and conditions.