Grand Rail Circle Tour

Grand Rail Circle Tour

13 Days / 12 Nights Roundtrip Vancouver

Price fromCAD$7,166

An epic trip made up of two successive rail routes and a motor coach journey! Grand Rail Circle fuses the sights of the Canadian Rockies with a fun filled night in Canada's premier resort town, Whistler.

Enjoy a few days of sightseeing in Vancouver before beginning your adventure on board the Rocky Mountaineer. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops and then on to Banff. Then take a coach to the beautiful Lake Louise. A highlight will be a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway where you will see Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls.

Back onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to travel to the charming rural town of Quesnel. Your journey continues to the four-season resort of Whistler.

Return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.

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Day 1: Arrive Vancouver Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2: 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 3: Kamloops > Banff (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 resort town of Banff.

Overnight in Banff

Day 4: Banff Sightseeing This morning you are free to explore scenic Banff on your own. After lunch (own expense) enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

Overnight in Banff

Day 5: Banff Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities (not included) include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff's historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs

Overnight in Banff

Day 6: Banff > Lake Louise 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location.

Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., 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 in Lake Louise

Day 7: Lake Louise Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight in Lake Louise

Day 8: Lake Louise > Jasper Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Ice field, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Ice field is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible ice fields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Ice field Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon.

Overnight in Jasper

Day 9: Jasper Breakfast tour (B) Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include breakfast at Maligne Canyon tea house and a stroll to view the canyon itself. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Overnight in Jasper

Day 10: Jasper > Quesnel (B,L) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia's Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Overnight in Quesnel

Day 11: Quesnel > Whistler (B,L) Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events.

Overnight in Whistler

Day 12: Whistler > Vancouver The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver on board the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. On arrival at the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 13: Vancouver Your journey ends upon checkout from your Vancouver 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 Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • 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 Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

Please note: • All accommodations in Kamloops and Quesnel, while charming, are 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

• 5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 afternoon meal • 12 nights hotel accommodation • Vancouver Lookout • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper • Jasper Highlights Tour • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Pricing (per person) $CAD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2020

Prices start from

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$7,429

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$9,891

2021

Prices start from

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$7,166

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$9,258

Departs

2020 Departures Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27 2021 Departures Apr 25
May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19

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

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transportation from/to Vancouver airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities, other than specified • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Hotel early check in/late check out • Fuel surcharges

4 free perks!

Book a qualifying 2021 Rocky Mountaineer package of 8 days or more, and pay your deposit by 28 August 2020 to receive 4 free perks: two additional hotel nights' pre or post-package in Vancouver, Calgary or Victoria, 1 x set-menu dinner at a hotel in the destination of choice, excluding rail days 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.