Banff Rail & Drive

Discover the Canadian Rockies by rail and car. Enjoy two days aboard the scenic Rocky Mountaineer, combined with the freedom to discover spectacular Banff National Park at your leisure by rental car.

Tour Description

Your tour kicks off in Vancouver, where you can explore the scenic city on your own and visit the Vancouver Lookout for panoramic views. After a relaxing evening, you’ll start your second day with travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, from Vancouver to Kamloops, the heart of British Columbia. Get your cameras ready for dramatic scenery, from the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate to mountain peaks. Continue east to Alberta, across ranchlands, lakeshores, mountain passes and tunnels, arriving in the picturesque resort town of Banff. Spend the next day enjoying Banff on your own, then drive to Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Travel through Kananaskis Country and the wide-open ranches of Alberta before arriving in Calgary, where you’ll spend an evening touring the city before your trip comes to an end.

Features & Inclusions

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 days of scenic rail travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer (onboard meals)
  • 3 days car rental with GPS, LDW, and unlimited kilometers
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver and Banff
  • Admission to Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to Calgary Tower

Itinerary

Day 1- Arrive Vancouver
After arriving in Vancouver, transfer independently to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore this scenic city on your own. Admission to the Vancouver Lookout is included and will allow you to enjoy the most amazing views of the beautiful city. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 – 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 River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the 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 and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3 – Kamloops to Banff
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, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4 – Banff to Lake Louise
Today, collect your rental car in Banff, giving you the freedom to explore the area at your own pace. After exploring Banff, enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise and Yoho National Park to see the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 5 – Lake Louise to Calgary
Travel through awesome Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower. At 1228 meters above sea level, the Calgary Tower is home to the highest 360° observation deck in the world and is your gateway to Calgary’s art, culture, entertainment, and nightlife. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 6 – Depart Calgary
Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your vacation comes to an end.

Accommodation Options

Value Accommodations
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat. Hotels include the Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver, Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, Deer Lodge, Delta Calgary Downtown. Moderate accommodation will be provided in Kamloops.

Superior Accommodations
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch. Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Fairmont Room), Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room), Fairmont Palliser Calgary (Fairmont Room). Moderate accommodation will be provided in Kamloops.

Deluxe Accommodations
Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch. Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe Room), Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Lakeview Room), and Fairmont Palliser Calgary (Junior Suite). Moderate accommodation will be provided in Kamloops.

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