Rocky Mountaineer - First Passage to the West Highlights


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.

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Lake Louise

Lake Louise is a hamlet in Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies, known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks and overlooked by a stately chateau.

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Calgary Tower

The Calgary Tower is a 190.8-meter free standing observation tower in Downtown Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Banff Gondola

Scenic cableway ride to viewing decks & hiking trails at the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

  1. Day 1

    London to Vancouver

    Fly from London to Vancouver, On arrival transfer to your 4-Star hotel. Overnight Vancouver.

  2. Day 2

    Vancouver Sightseeing

    Today, select your choice of one of four activity options:
    Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore. Travel
    across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano
    Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate
    rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain
    (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking
    views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off
    transportation.
    Enjoy a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver’s highlights, and experience the
    best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture while being active. The 23km
    ride takes in the seawall and rainforest of Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island
    (including the Aquabus ferry), False Creek, Chinatown, Gastown, and Coal Harbour.
    Includes helmet and bicycle rental. Please note: Guests’ heights needed to arrange
    appropriately-sized bicycles, and guests will need to make their own way to/from
    648 Hornby St. for the tour.
    British Columbia’s mild climate and unique geographic location, tucked between
    mountains and sea, provide the province with an abundance of amazing culinary
    bounty which guests will explore on this in-depth “Made in BC” Vancouver food
    tour on Granville Island. In the company of an experienced local chef or food writer
    (maximum six guests/docent), this 2.5 hour walk will get under the skin (or peel) of
    this fascinating and delicious world as intellectually curious guests tour the market,
    meet some of the local producers and taste their delicious wares. Please note:
    Include any dietary restrictions or allergies, and the docent will adapt accordingly, as
    there are several tastings of fish or seafood, and guests will need to make their own
    way to/from 126 Davie St. for the tour.
    Experience the Howe Sound coast line from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on
    a “Sea Safari”. With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the
    towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen
    Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an
    unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water’s surface, surrounded by BC’s
    unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising
    through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off
    transportation.
    Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

  3. Day 3

    Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver to Kamloops

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to
    Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see
    dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through
    forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade
    Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the
    rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock
    sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels
    along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops

  4. Day 4

    Kamloops to Lake Louise

    Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province
    of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across
    ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the
    remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies.
    Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian
    Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the
    Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian
    Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise.
    Overnight in Lake Louise

  5. Day 5

    Lake Louise to Banff

    This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, 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
    that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to
    Banff. Overnight in Banff.

  6. Day 6

    Banff to Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour

    Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning
    with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake
    Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue
    on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic
    Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary

  7. Day 7

    Calgary

    Day at leisure. Overnight Calgary

  8. Day 8

    Calgary to London

    Today you will be transferred to Calgary airport for your return overnight flight to London

  9. Day 9

    Arrive London

    Arrive London

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  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banf
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

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