Rocky Mountaineer: Journey Through the Clouds Explorer Westbound

Experience breath-taking western Canada on a tour like no other. This incredible Rocky Mountaineer journey takes you westbound from cowboy city Calgary, through the majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains and their resorts Banff and Lake Louise before journeying the world-famous Icefields Parkway up to Jasper. Board the train in Jasper and view the dramatic changing scenery of British Columbia before ending in cool and cosmopolitan Vancouver.

Sit back and relax as Rocky Mountaineer takes you effortly 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 westbound routing of the Journey through the Clouds Explorer which starts in Calgary, however you can also do the same journey in an eastbound direction starting in Vancouver and ending in Calgary.

Selected departure dates are available between April and October.

Starts Calgary (Westbound) - Tuesday & Saturday Departures

Duration
8 days

Guide Price

£4,019 pp
Options
Group basis
Start your journey
Calgary Skyline, Calgary, Alberta

Trip highlights

  • 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
  • To visit Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Vancouver in one amazing trip

Your holiday will begin today as you check in to your Calgary hotel. Spend some time exploring the city for yourself, head to the top of Calgary Tower for incredible panoramic views of the city and the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the distance. Perhaps take a food or brewery tour to get to know the city while sampling its famous cowboy cuisine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Delta Calgary Downtown / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Palliser Hotel

The first day of travels begins with a short journey to Kannaskis where you will be treated to a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the spectacular landscape of the Canadian Rockies before heading onwards to Banff National Park for a sightseeing tour. 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. Tour ends in Lake Louise where you'll have some free time to explore the lake, or even take a canoe out into its turquoise waters Overnight in Lake Louise.

Suggested Accommodation

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

Today you will visit the Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, from towering mountains, deep valleys and rushing waterfalls. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Today's tour will end in Banff, where you'll have some free time to enjoy the resort. Overnight in Banff.

Suggested Accommodation

  • SilverLeaf - Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa / GoldLeaf & GoldLeaf Deluxe - Fairmont Banff Springs

Today you will head towards Jasper, taking in plenty of sights along the way. Stop off at Bow Lake and then enjoy time for lunch (not included) before heading to the Columbia Icefield where you can take a once-in-a-lifetime trip on an Ice Explorer to the very middle of the breath-taking Athabasca Glacier. After heading onwards to the impressive Athabasca Falls you will travel along the Icefields Parkways to Jasper. Overnight at Jasper.

Suggested 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, perhaps taking a boat cruise out on Maligne Lake and visiting Spirit Island. Overnight in Jasper.

Suggested Accommodation

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

Today you will get to board Rocky Mountaineer for the first stage of your epic rail journey. Head through the Yellowhead Pass and onwards towards Kamloops, passing the Pyramid Falls and Mount Robson – the highest mountain peak in the Canadian Rockies. You'll get to watch the dramatic scenery from the comfort of your seat as you enjoy the 5-star luxury and award-winning service. Overnight in Kamloops.

Back on board you will be effortlessly transported through some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery, passing the majestic Thomson River and the rushing waters of Hells Gate before arriving smoothly into Vancouver for your final evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day eight concludes your holiday, as you check out of your last hotel, you'll have some time for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making your way to the airport for your return flight home.

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 2: Banff Gondola, Summit Helicopter Flightseeing tour and Calgary Tower
  • Day 3: Yoho National Park Tour
  • Day 4: Icefield Parkway Tour including Ice explorer
  • Day 5: Jasper Highlights tour
  • Day 8: Vancouver lookout

Not included

  • Flights
  • Transport to/from airports
  • Meals or excursions unless specified
  • Gratuities