Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West

Rocky Mountaineer First Passage to the West

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Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by Craigellachie, the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. If you’re a history buff, this route is for you.

  • Activities & Tours
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer And Glacier Skywalk
  • Calgary to Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Vancouver Lookout, Calgary Tower
  • Dining
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches,1 dinner at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Travel & Transport
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service
  • Rail station transfers
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
Not Included
  • Airfare
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Transfers
Member Benefits
  • Onboard prepaid gratuities
  • $100 CAN per person to spend on merchandise on board the train.
  • Calgary, Banff, Lake Louise, Kamloops, Vancouver, Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer

10% nonrefundable deposit due at time of booking.
Rates are per person based on double occupancy. Single rate is available. Airfare and insurance are additional. Subject to availability.

Day 1, May 31, 2019: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in
Calgary. Includes admission to Calgary Tower. Hotel Arts

Day 2, June 1, 2019: Calgary to Banff with Panoramic Helicopter Tour

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff. Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa. Breakfast.
Panoramic Helicopter Tour 12 Minutes
Put on your best James Bond accent and take to the skies with a Panoramic Helicopter Tour. This 12-minute spine-tingling adventure will have you soaring 2,300 metres above sea level, giving you a totally incredible view of glaciers, mountain vistas, lakes, and waterfalls. This is the Rockies as you've never seen them.

Day 3, June 2, 2019: Free Day in Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff. Breakfast.

Day 4, June 3, 2019: Banff to Lake Louise, Yoho Park Sightseeing Tour

A half-day 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel. Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Breakfast, dinner.

Day 5, June 4, 2019: Icefields and Glaciers Experience

Today, enjoy a full-day tour along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Glacier Skywalk included. At the Columbia Icefield Centre, time is provided for lunch (not included) after you have had a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (admission included). Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Afterward, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise. Breakfast.
Ice Explorer 3 hours
Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this
ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a "monster-truck meets glacier" adventure
where you learn new things!

Day 6, June 5, 2019: Lake Louise to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise to Kamloops, in the heart of British
Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 7, June 6, 2019: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard. Vancouver Lookout admission included. Opus Vancouver Hotel.

Day 8, June 7, 2019: Tour Ends - Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel. Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver
hotel. Breakfast.

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8 Days

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