Beautiful 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.

This itinerary is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on travel preference.

Features & Inclusions

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • 2 days of scenic rail travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer (onboard meals)
  • 3-day full-size car rental, including GPS and unlimited kilometers
  • 4 meals
  • Vancouver Hop-on Hop-off tour, including Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to Calgary Tower


Day 1 - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the 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. (B, L)

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. (B, L)

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. Overnight in Calgary.

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

Accommodation Options

Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of the custom-designed single-level dome coach in the new SilverLeaf Service. Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Rimrock Resort, Post Hotel, and Westin Calgary.

Discover why travelers rave about Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as you enjoy gourmet meals prepared by talented onboard chefs. Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Palliser Calgary.

Deluxe Plus
Experience upgraded accommodations at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Palliser. Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus deluxe room upgrades.

Passport & Visa Requirements
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are land only and are correct at the time this web page is published; however, are subject to change

Car rental drop charge is not included and will be charged at time vehicle is returned. *Accommodations in Lake Louise for 2019 departures are the Post Hotel
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