Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer

Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer

9 Days / 8 Nights Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa

Price fromCAD$4,151

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 Ice field Glacier Discovery Centre • Natural wonders of Yoho National Park • Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Ask us about adding on a stunning Alaskan cruise either pre or post itinerary.

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.

Rainforest to Gold Rush Explorer map

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

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Pan Pacific Vancouver - Deluxe Harbour Room

Day 2: Vancouver > Whistler(Train) 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.

Breakfast will be served on board the train

Depart Vancouver: 7:40 am Arrive Whistler: 11:30 am

Overnight Whistler

Day 3: Whistler > Quesnel (Train) 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.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board the train

Depart Whistler: 7:10 am Arrive Quesnel 7:30 pm

Overnight Quesnel

Day 4: Quesnel > Jasper (Train) 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

Depart Quesnel: 7:10 am Arrive Jasper 8:30 pm

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: The Crimson Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: The Crimson Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 6: Jasper > Lake Louise (Coach) 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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Lakeview Room

Day 7: Lake Louise > Banff (Coach) 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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 8: Banff > Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour (Coach) 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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Hotel Le Germain - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Palliser Hotel - Junior Suite

Day 9: Calgary Departure Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in "The Heart of the New West" independently.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Hotel Le Germain - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Palliser Hotel - Junior Suite

Day 2: Calgary > Banff with Panoramic Helicopter Tour (Coach) Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Deluxe Room

Day 3: Banff > Lake Louise (Coach) 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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Lakeview Room

Day 4: Lake Louise > Jasper (Coach) 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 at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: The Crimson Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

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. Lunch is included today. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: The Crimson Hotel - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 6: Jasper > Quesnel (Train) Travel on board 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.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board the train

Depart Jasper: 6:55 am Arrive Quesnel 6:30 pm

Overnight Quesnel

Day 7: Quesnel > Whistler (Train)** 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.

Breakfast and Lunch will be served on board the train

Depart Quesnel: 7:10 am Arrive Quesnel 7:30 pm

Overnight Whistler

Day 8: Whistler > Vancouver (Train) 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.

Depart Whistler: 3:10 pm Arrive Vancouver 7:00 pm

Overnight at: SilverLeaf Service + Hotel: Hampton Inn and Suites - Standard Room GoldLeaf Service + Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront Hotel - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Service + Hotel Upgrade: Pan Pacific Vancouver - Deluxe Harbour Room

Day 9: Vancouver Departure Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Rocky Mountaineer Train Service

SilverLeaf Service • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized 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 onboard 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 à 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 onboard 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 accommodations in 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

• 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches (Reverse itinerary features 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 afternoon meal) • 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

2019 Departures

Vancouver to Calgary

SilverLeaf Service + Hotel

26 Apr

3 May - 24 May

31 May - 21 Jun

28 Jun - 5 Jul

12 Jul - 20 Sep

27 Sep

4 Oct

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Service + Hotel

26 Apr

3 May - 24 May

31 May - 21 Jun

28 Jun - 5 Jul

12 Jul - 20 Sep

27 Sep

4 Oct

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Service + Hotel Upgrade

26 Apr

3 May - 24 May

31 May - 21 Jun

28 Jun - 5 Jul

12 Jul - 20 Sep

27 Sep

4 Oct

Meal Plan

2019 Departures

Calgary to Vancouver

SilverLeaf Service + Hotel

25 Apr

2 May - 23 May

30 May - 20 Jun

27 Jun - 4 Jul

11 Jul - 19 Sep

26 Sep

3 Oct

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Service + Hotel

25 Apr

2 May - 23 May

30 May - 20 Jun

27 Jun - 4 Jul

11 Jul - 19 Sep

26 Sep

3 Oct

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Service + Hotel Upgrade

25 Apr

2 May - 23 May

30 May - 20 Jun

27 Jun - 4 Jul

11 Jul - 19 Sep

26 Sep

3 Oct

Meal Plan

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$4,151

$4,710

$5,022

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$863

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$7,343

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$5,335

$6,110

$6,726

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$5,597

$892

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$9,106

$10,361

$10,443

$10,464

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$9,184

$1,319

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$11,237

$11,506

$11,289

$10,619

$10,010

$1,395

Departs

2019 Departure Dates from Vancouver Friday Apr 26
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Jun 7, 14, 21, 28
Jul 5, 12, 19, 26
Aug 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sep 6, 13, 20, 27
Oct 4 2019 Departure Dates from Calgary Thursday 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, 26
Oct 3

Booking conditions

• Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars(CAD), and include the Canadian GST • Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for triple or child prices • Please contact World Journeys for the updated CAD exchange rate • Meal plan includes all breakfast and dinners • Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of a moderate standard • Ask us about adding on a stunning Alaskan cruise either pre or post this itinerary

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transportation from/to 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

Receive $500 CAD per couple in added value

Book by March 1, 2019 and receive $500 CAD in added value to spend on extra hotel nights, sightseeing and more.

Offer applies only to new 2019 bookings made by March 1, 2019 for qualifying Rocky Mountaineer packages booked in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service for travel during the 2019 Rocky Mountaineer season on selected dates. Further terms and conditions apply, please contact World Journeys for more information.