Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer

Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer

9 Days / 8 Nights Vancouver to Calgary

Price fromCAD$4,441

From the coastal waters of the Sea to Sky region to the heights of the Gold Rush, this tour includes all of the highlights from the Canadian Rockies. • Jasper National Park - UNESCO World Heritage Site • Ride an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier • Deep Creek Bridge - one of the highest railway bridges in the world • Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre • Natural wonders of Yoho National Park • Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour • Sightseeing tour of Banff

Enjoy some of the most breathtaking and varied rail scenery found anywhere in the world on the Rainforest to Gold Rush route. Travel past stunning lakes, coastal rainforest and the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, moving through to the vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Visit the Gold Pan City of Quesnel, journey through the Rocky Mountain Trench, be awestruck by spectacular Mount Robson, and arrive in the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

Please note: This itinerary can be done in reverse commencing from Calgary. Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for departure dates.

Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer map

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

Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2: Vancouver > Whistler (B) Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your check-in at and motorcoach transfer from your downtown Vancouver hotel, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Whistler

Day 3: Whistler > Quesnel (B,L) Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Overnight in Quesnel

Day 4: Quesnel > Jasper (B,L) Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 meters (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board the train

Overnight in Jasper

Day 5: Jasper Highlights Tour 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. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Lunch is included today.

Overnight in Jasper

Day 6: Jasper > Lake Louise (L) Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, 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. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.

Overnight in Lake Louise

Day 7: Lake Louise > Banff This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch (not included), 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 8: Banff > Calgary with 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.

Overnight in Calgary

Day 9: Calgary Departure 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 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 Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

Please note: • All accommodation in Quesnel, 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

• 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches • 8 nights hotel accommodation • Vancouver Lookout • Jasper Highlights Tour • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola • Panoramic Helicopter Tour • Calgary Tower • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Pricing (per person) $CAD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2020

Prices start from

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$4,695

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$6,153

2021

Prices start from

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$4,441

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$5,630

Departs

2020 Departures Aug 7, 14, 21, 28,
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2 2021 Departures Apr 30
May 7, 14, 21, 28
Jun 4, 11, 18, 25
Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Aug 6, 13, 20, 27
Sep 3, 10, 17, 24

Booking conditions

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars(CAD), and include the Canadian GST • 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 Vancouver airport • Transportation from to Calgary airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities, other than specified • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Fuel surcharges • Hotel early check in/late check out

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.