On board Rocky Mountaineer’s all-dome fleet, travel through otherwise inaccessible terrain to unlock the unparalleled beauty of British Columbia, Alberta, and the Canadian Rockies. Journey through inspiring mountain vistas, and revel in the grand landscapes of some of Canada’s most remarkable national parks.
- Enjoy a panoramic city tour of Vancouver’s must-see sights.
- Delight in luxurious GoldLeaf Service on board the Rocky Mountaineer.
- Embrace the sights from the train’s glass-domed coach as you traverse over Fraser Canyon, by Shuswap Lake, and along the Continental Divide.
- Take advantage of the Rocky Mountaineer’s private outdoor viewing platform to spot the passing wildlife, which may include elk, bighorn sheep, black and grizzly bears, and soaring eagles.
- Admire the brilliant turquoise waters of iconic Lake Louise, surrounded by towering mountain peaks that carve through the serene landscape.
- Relish three nights in the Canadian Rockies with leisure time to explore the area, or perhaps choose to visit the inviting thermal waters of nearby Banff Hot Springs.
- Discover the epic natural beauty of Banff National Park during a scenic gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
- GoldLeaf Service Includes: bi-level coach with full-length panoramic windows; reclining upper-level heated seats; exclusive access to a private outdoor viewing platform; unlimited beverages (including beer, wine, and premium spirits), à la carte meal service in a lower-level dining room; and gourmet meals that feature locally sourced ingredients prepared by an onboard culinary team.
- What’s included: 6 nights hotel accommodations; 2 full days traveling on the Rocky Mountaineer in premium GoldLeaf Service; 6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, and special welcome and farewell dinners; full guiding services of an Orbridge Travel Director; all activities listed on the 7-day itinerary; private deluxe motor coach transportation with air conditioning and reclining seats; luggage porterage; gratuities for Orbridge Travel Director, Rocky Mountaineer staff, drivers, porters, housekeeping, and wait staff for included meals; and airport transfers for guests arriving and departing during the suggested times.
- Day 1: En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Day 2: Vancouver
- Day 3: Vancouver / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops
- Day 4: Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Banff, Alberta
- Day 5: Banff / Moraine Lake / Lake Louise / Yoho National Park
- Day 6: Banff
- Day 7: Banff / Calgary / Depart for U.S.
En Route from U.S. / Arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
After settling into your hotel, venture out to capture the sights and sounds of this bustling metropolis. Or perhaps indulge in the luxurious amenities at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. Known as the “Castle in the City,” the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver received a 2019 Forbes Travel Guide four-star rating and TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence.
This evening, meet fellow travel companions for a welcome dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (D)
Following breakfast, join your Orbridge Travel Director for a guided tour of Vancouver and Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Covering 12 city blocks, this stylish area blends hip with heritage. It’s best known for beautiful Victorian-style architecture, where visitors of Water Street find cobblestones, vintage lamp posts, and a statue of the man who started it all, Gassy Jack Deighton. Stop to see the city’s infamous attraction, the whistling Steam Clock, along with a mix of souvenir stores, boutiques, restaurants, clubs, and art galleries.
Then enjoy leisure time to explore Granville Island on your own. Art lovers will enjoy the island’s dozens of galleries and studios highlighting work from local artists, plus the opportunity to witness the creation of jewelry, leather goods, and more. Shoppers can browse the Railspur District featuring extensive collections of pottery and ceramics in addition to other handmade (and even delicious) goods. Outdoor enthusiasts can take joy in the forest, ocean, and city at the same time by walking the seawall, a path that extends for miles along Vancouver’s waterfront. Birders have an opportunity to spot the island’s many varieties of ducks, mergansers, geese, and cormorants. Architecture and history buffs will appreciate Granville Island’s original buildings, preserved and repurposed to house boutiques, artisans, and vendors of today.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B)
Vancouver / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer to freshly baked scones and a welcome toast on your way to Kamloops through Fraser Canyon and the fertile Thompson Valley. Riding the rails through the Canadian Rockies is an adventure like no other, combining breathtaking natural beauty and delicious samplings of regional cuisine with insightful educational content. Your enthusiastic Canadian hosts will tell you stories and describe in detail all the places you pass by. This train of world-class staff is beloved by Canadians and you’ll see people coming out to wave at you all along the route. They love the smiles and waves back!
Sit back and unwind, perhaps trying some Canadian libations served at your seat from the open bar. Canada’s national cocktail is the ”Ceasar,” which is similar to a Bloody Mary. At its simplest, this drink is made with vodka, Clamato juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, served in a glass rimmed with celery salt and garnished with a stalk of celery. For those wishing to kick that up a notch, some throw in a tablespoon of horseradish to the classic recipe. The train also has a selection of Canadian wines to consider.
Upon arrival, settle in to your hotel room in Kamloops for a restful night’s sleep. If a “nightcap” is desired, grab a local craft beverage and experience Canadian life at such small town favorite pubs as The Noble Pig or the Frick and Frack Taphouse.
Overnight: Kamloops Lodging (B,L)
Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Banff, Alberta
Gliding from the interior of British Columbia, embrace the dramatic changes in scenery from the outdoor viewing platform—a perfect spot to capture photographs of the enigmatic landscape and take in the fresh Rockies air. There will be no shortage of images worth capturing and remembering on this special trip.
Today’s highlights include Craigellachie—where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.
Keep a keen eye out for wildlife as well. Animals often spotted along the rail route the train travels include grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, and eagles. Your engineers and onboard hosts are also on the lookout, and they will notify guests when any creatures are spotted.
Later, arrive at the acclaimed Rimrock Resort Hotel, ideally situated directly across from Banff Hot Springs. This evening, perhaps visit the nearby thermal waters for an authentic heritage experience, a treasured activity of both locals and visitors.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B,L)
Banff / Moraine Lake / Lake Louise / Yoho National Park
Set in the rugged Valley of the Ten Peaks, Moraine Lake is surrounded by mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles, creating a scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. Take pleasure in this stop by taking photos, exploring nature, and admiring the color intensity of the water.
Next, take advantage of free time to walk around Lake Louise—a pristine setting world famous for its turquoise lakes, the Victoria Glacier, and marvelous mountains—providing more photography opportunities.
Afterward, visit Yoho National Park. Named for a Cree expression meaning “awe and wonder,” Yoho features magnificent natural wonders like majestic mountain ranges, waterfalls, the serene waters of Emerald Lake, and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B,L)
Today’s adventures include a visit to Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin and bask in endless views of six magnificent mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, and the town of Banff. During free time at the top, visit the interactive interpretive center and the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk, or grab a snack at one of the restaurants. From the observation decks at the summit complex, viscerally experience just why Banff is a part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Return to the base of the mountain by gondola and enjoy leisure time strolling Banff’s charming Main Street to peruse the quaint shops and boutiques. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon to explore why this town of less than 8,000 people counts over 4 million visitors a year and is a jewel in the Canadian Rockies.
This evening, join fellow travelers (and new friends) for a farewell dinner commemorating this memorable tour.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B,D)
Banff / Calgary / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested time take the complimentary group transfer to Calgary International Airport for flights home. (B)
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
(Itinerary subject to change.)
Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, walking and moving between coaches while the train is in motion and navigating stairs to the upper level of the coach. Guests should also be able to enjoy outdoor walking with sure-footing on uneven terrain, get in and out of a motor coach without assistance, and be able to manage stairs.