7 Night escorted tour Itinerary

Rocky Mountaineer: Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Eastbound

One of the world's greatest journeys on one of the world's greatest trains

Experience breath taking western Canada on a tour like no other.

This incredible Rocky Mountaineer journey takes you eastbound from coastal and cosmopolitan Vancouver, through the dramatic changing landscapes of  mountains and lush forests to prairies and canyons. Disembark in Jasper and continue through the amazing scenery of the world-famous Icefields Parkway before exploring Banff (including an one-of-a-kind helicopter tour over the Canadian Rockies), Lake Louise and finally ending in cowboy city, Calgary.

Sit back and relax as Rocky Mountaineer takes you effortlessly through some of the most breath taking scenery that Canada has to offer - most of which is not normally accessible by road. Whether you decide to choose SilverLeaf or the luxurious GoldLeaf service, you'll be in safe hands, with a comfortable seat, delicious gourmet breakfast and lunch, all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and snacks included, as well as fascinating commentary on your surroundings.

The below itinerary relates to the eastbound routing of the Journey through the Clouds Explorer which starts in Vancouver, however you can also do the same journey in an westbound direction starting in Calgary and ending in Vancouver.

Selected departure dates are available between April and October.

Starts Vancouver (Eastbound) - Monday & Thursday Departures

Our Experts Recommend:
  • The ultimate itinerary for experience the majestic Canadian Rockies in style
  • Sample the sublime luxury and 5-star service aboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • For incredible inclusions from a Banff Helicopter Tour and Columbia Icefield excursion
  • o visit Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Vancouver in one amazing trip

Sample Itinerary Summary

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

Duration
8 days
Guide Price
£4,559 per person
Price based on
Based on 10 June 19 departure from London Heathrow flying with Air Canada, meal basis as per itinerary - Goldleaf Service (2 adults sharing).
Our guide price gives you an idea of pricing which will vary depending on exchange rates, accommodation, duration, dates, airline and cabin class.
Destination Breakdown
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Included
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service
  • 4 day transport by motorcoach
  • Meals as described in the itinerary
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation as described in the itinerary
  • Transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Day 1: Vancouver lookout
  • Day 4: Jasper Highlights tour
  • Day 5: Icefield Parkway Tour including Ice explorer
  • Day 6: Yoho Park Tour
  • Day 7: Banff Gondola, Summit Helicopter Flightseeing tour and Calgary Tower
Not included
  • Flights
  • Transport to/from airports
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Gratuities

Itinerary Breakdown

Your first day sees you arrive in Vancouver where you can spend time individually exploring the attractions of this scenic city. We recommend taking a sunset cruise out into the Strait of Georgia to catch breaching whales or to head to Grouse Mountain for incredible outdoor adventure and wildlife refuge. Overnight in Vancouver.

Points of Interest

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbourfront / GoldLeaf - Four Seasons Vancouver / GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Waterfront

Step on board the Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy the views as you travel from Vancouver to Kamloops. From the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate to the unforgettable beauty of the Thompson River, this stage of the journey takes you through some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery. Overnight in Kamloops.

Points of Interest

  • Thomson River
  • Cascade Mountains
  • Fraser Canyon

Back on board you’ll head onwards to the spectacular Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Witness the majesty of the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies – the 12,972 foot high Mount Robson and take in Pyramid Falls as you head through Yellowhead Pass and into Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper.

Points of Interest

  • Pyramid Falls
  • Yellowhead Pass
  • Mount Robson

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - The Crimson Jasper Hotel / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Today you will be staying in the beautiful Jasper National Park. As Canada’s largest national park, there is so much to see and your scenic tour will provide glimpses of natural attractions, soaring peaks and freely roaming wild animals that call the park home. Spend the remainder of the day exploring on your own or stay at the hotel. Overnight in Jasper.

Points of Interest

  • Maligne Lake & Spirit Island
  • Jasper Wildlife
  • Jasper Skytram

Overnight Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - The Crimson Jasper Hotel / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Today you will be travelling along the Icefields Parkways on your journey to Lake Louise. After stopping at the impressive Athabasca Falls you will continue to arrive at the Columbia Icefield where you can take a once-in-a-lifetime trip on an Ice Explorer to the very middle of the Athabasca Glacier. There will be time for lunch (not included) and then a stop at Bow Lake before completing the day’s travels by arriving at Lake Louise. Overnight at Lake Louise.

A 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. The tour ends in Banff. Overnight in Banff.

The penultimate day begins with a sight-seeing tour of Banff where you can marvel at the colour of Lake Minnewanka, admire the Hoodoos, take photos of the Fairmont Banff Springs from Surprise Corner and enjoy a trip on the Banff Gondolas too. Next stop is Kannaskis where you will be treated to a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the spectacular landscape of the Rockies before finishing the day in Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.

Your holiday finishes today as you checkout of your Calgary hotel.

Points of Interest

  • Vancouver

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy an included visit to the fantastic Vancouver Lookout
    • Take a whale watching boat cruise to the Strait of Georgia to spot breaching whales
    • Take a leisurely stroll through Stanley Park or along the Sea Wall
    • Visit the city's incredible indoor market at Granville Island
    • Hit the shops and restaurants along Robson Street
  • Kamloops

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Board the famous Rocky Mountaineer and indulge in its 5-star luxury and award-winning service
    • Savour the gourmet cuisine on board - with breakfast, four-course lunch and drinks included throughout your journey
    • Listen to the fascinating commentary as you pass through Fraser Canyon, Cascade Mountain and the Thompson River
    • Watch the dramatic changes in scenery as you relax in your seat
    • Overnight in Kamloops before boarding again for a second day of breath-taking scenery and luxury
  • Jasper

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy an included tour of rugged Jasper National Park - Canada's largest park
    • Ride on the Ice Explorer to the breath taking Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Glacier
    • A dark sky preserve - admire Jasper's incredible night skies
    • Journey along one of the world's most scenic highways - the Icefields Parkway
    • Take a cruise on Maligne Lake and stop at Spirit Island
  • Lake Louise

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy an included tour of Yoho National Park's natural wonders
    • Enjoy a gourmet dinner at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise overlooking the lake
    • Take a walk along the paths around picturesque Lake Louise
    • Experience Lake Louise's turquoise waters for yourself by canoe
    • Set your alarm early to get incredible photos of the deserted lake at sunrise
  • Banff

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Enjoy an included once-in-a-lifetime helicopter tour over the incredible Canadian Rockies
    • Take a wildlife excursion to view bears, elk, mountain goats and eagles
    • Head to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola
    • Relax in Banff Resort, with fantastic boutiques, bars and restaurants to enjoy
    • Take a boat cruise on scenic Lake Minnewanka
  • Calgary

    Itinerary Highlights

    • Head to the top of the Calgary Tower for panoramic views of the city
    • Enjoy a brewery tour to learn about the process and sample the city's excellent beer
    • Step back in time with a visit to Heritage Park
    • Stroll through Olympic Park - site of the famous 1988 Winter Games
    • Take a food tour to explore the city while sampling its cowboy cuisine