12 Night Tour Itinerary

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle

Rocky Mountaineer's outstanding circle journey

Step aboard an ultimate rail journey through Western Canada and the magnificent Canadian Rockies on-board the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer.

This magnificent journey combines two classic Rocky Mountaineer train routes, First Passage to the West and Rainforest to Goldrush, in one unforgettable circle adventure. As you travel through the dramatic scenery and incredible landscapes, you’ll be treated to an unparalleled, luxurious, five-star service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer trains. You’ll be indulged in the comfort of your seat by master chefs and impeccable attendants who provide exquisite food, wine and service throughout. Highlights of this itinerary include the city sights of cosmopolitan Vancouver, impressive resort town of Whistler, the breath taking National Parks of Banff and Jasper, stunning Lake Louise and the Icefields Parkway. Included is a ride on the incredible Ice Explorer to the Columbia Icefield and the Athabasca Glacier before journeying back to British Columbia's Gold Rush region back to Vancouver - an adventure not to be missed.

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Selected departure dates are available between April and September.

Starts Vancouver (Eastbound) - Sunday Departures

Our Experts Recommend:
  • Rocky Mountaineer's ultimate circle journey
  • Combines two classic rail journeys
  • Sit back, relax and indulge in five-star luxury service
  • Journey through the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies
  • Spot incredible wildlife among the dramatic scenery

Sample Itinerary Summary

We can tailor any part of this itinerary or create a new one just for you.

Duration
13 days
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • Book by the 1st of March 2019 and receive up to 500 Canadian Dollars per couple in added value credit
  • International Flights
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 days on board Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service or SilverLeaf Service
  • Four breakfasts, four lunches and one afternoon snack
  • Vancouver lookout tour
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway tour, including the Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Itinerary Breakdown

Arrive in Vancouver and spend some time exploring this cosmopolitan and relaxed city, from Coal Harbor to Stanley Park along the city's Sea Wall or through historic Gastown. Take an unforgettable sunset cruise to the Strait of Georgia to view breaching grey and humpback whales.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today, begin your adventure on board the Rocky Mountaineer from coastal Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia. Admire the dramatic change in scenery from lush green fields, winding river canyons and the mountain peaks, as you enjoy the five star luxury service on board. Highlights include Hell's Gate, Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River.Overnight in Kamloops.

Points of Interest

  • Cascade Mountains
  • Hell's Gate
  • Thompson River

Overnight Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard

Today, you continue your journey east towards the magnificent Canadian Rockies. You'll travel across rolling ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores and over high mountain passes enjoying a spectacular array of scenery. Today's highlights include: Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff where you will spend the night.

Points of Interest

  • Kicking Horse Canyon
  • Spiral Tunnels
  • Rogers Pass

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the scenic resort town of Banff. After lunch, you'll take a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and a trip on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. 

Points of Interest

  • Bow Falls
  • Lake Minnewanka
  • Banff Gondola

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Today is yours free to further explore Banff and Banff National Park. Shop among the quaint boutiques or take one of Rocky Mountaineer's optional excursions including the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. 

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Park Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Today you'll take a half day tour into Yoho National Park where you'll get to see some of the park's natural wonders including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour will end in Lake Louise where you'll have the remainder of the day to explore the spectacular lake at leisure. 

Points of Interest

  • Yoho National Park
  • Emerald Lake
  • Kicking Horse River

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Room / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Lakeview Room

Enjoy a free day in stunning Lake Louise. Take a guided hike around the Lake, try canoeing on the turquoise waters or just relax and take in the breathtaking views. 

Points of Interest

  • Horseback riding
  • Canoeing on the Lake
  • Wildlife Viewing

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Room / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Lakeview Room

Today you'll journey along the famous Icefields Parkway, enjoying stunning views of Banff and Jasper National Parks. Highlights include: Bow Lake and a ride on the incredible Ice Explorer to the middle of Athabasca Glacier, one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible Icefields in North America. 

Points of Interest

  • Icefields Parkway
  • Maligne Lake
  • Columbia Icefield

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park, Jasper National Park. Be inspired by the rugged peaks, dramatic landscapes and abundant wildlife, before having the rest of the day to explore Jasper on your own. 

Points of Interest

  • Jasper National Park
  • Jasper Skytram
  • Jasper Breweries

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Lobstick Lodge / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer again today, from Jasper to Quesnel. Highlights on your journey include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. 

Points of Interest

  • Yellowhead Pass
  • Mount Robson
  • Moose Lake

Overnight Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard

Today you continue your journey south enjoying the comfort and luxury on board the Rocky Mountaineer. You'll see 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 before arriving for your overnight night stop in the resort of Whistler.

Points of Interest

  • Deep Creek Bridge
  • Seton Lake
  • Fraser Canyon

Overnight Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Whistler is of moderate standard

This afternoon you'll return to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights along the journey include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the stunning Coast Mountains. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

Points of Interest

  • Coast Mountains
  • Mount Garibaldi
  • Cheakamus Canyon

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Sheraton Wall Centre / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Today marks the end of your Rocky Mountaineer experience. Take some time out for some last minute shopping on Vancouver's Robson Street or with a relaxing stroll through Stanley Park before making your way to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home or on to your next destination.

Points of Interest

  • Robson Street
  • Granville Market
  • Coal Harbor
  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Walk through the treetops at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    • Take a sunset cruise from Coal Harbour to view breaching gray and humpback whales
    • Stroll through Stanley Park and along the city's Sea Wall for incredible skyline views
    • Head to Granville Island's market to sample some fresh farm-to-table produce
    • Spend an evening in historic Gastown to enjoy its shops, bars and restaurants
  • Banff

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Explore Yoho National Park on an included sightseeing tour
    • Take an evening wildlife excursion to view grizzly bears, bighorn sheep and eagles
    • Head to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola and enjoy a dinner in the clouds
    • Take a dip in the natural Banff Upper Hot Springs
    • Relax in Banff town and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants
  • Lake Louise

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy a sunset dinner at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooking the lake
    • Hike the short trail around the lake for amazing views
    • Spot incredible wildlife around Lake Louise mountain
    • Take a canoe out on to the Lake's stunning turquoise waters
    • Make sure to set your alarm to watch the sunrise over the lake
  • Jasper

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Take the Ice Explorer excursion out to the amazing Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
    • Journey along the incredible Icefields Parkway - one of the world's most scenic drives
    • Take a scenic cruise out on the calm waters of Maligne Lake and visit Spirit Island
    • Tour some Jasper's fantastic breweries and sample some of the award-winning beers
    • View the breath taking night skies full of stars, or even the Northern Lights
  • Whistler

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Hike along the Rainbow Trail along some of the highest lakes in Canada
    • Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola up to the top of Blackcomb Mountain
    • Soar above the ground on a Treetop Adventure - perfect for all the family
    • Try a gentle white water rafting cruise down the Cheakmus River
    • Relax in Whistler Village and enjoy the lively atmosphere of shops, bars and restaurants