Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle

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 Gold Rush, 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 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

Duration
13 days

Guide Price

£6,099 pp
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Cycling along the Seawall and Stanley Park, Vancouver

Trip highlights

  • Rocky Mountaineer's ultimate circle journey
  • Combines two classic rail journeys

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.

Suggested Accommodation

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

Today, begin your adventure on board 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.

Suggested 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.

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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. 

Suggested 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. 

Suggested Accommodation

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

Travel aboard 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. 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard

Today you continue your journey south enjoying the comfort and luxury on board 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.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Accommodation in Whistler is of moderate standard

This afternoon you'll return to Vancouver on 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.

Suggested 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.

Included

  • International Flights
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 days on board Rocky Mountaineer - GoldLeaf Service or SilverLeaf Service
  • Five breakfasts, five lunches and one afternoon meal
  • Vancouver lookout admission
  • 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