Luxury Rockies Explorer

Explore the majestic Rockies with this luxurious experience that includes deluxe amenities at the upscale Fairmont hotels.

Tour Description

Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the Canadian Rockies, private daytime tours, and luxurious nights at the best Fairmont hotels. Start your travels in Vancouver with a trek along its famous Capilano Suspension Bridge and a trip up Grouse Mountain.

Begin the train portion of your journey next as you head up into the Rockies with Jasper as your destination. You have an entire day free to explore this mountain town on your own. Then a private tour takes you to Maligne Lake and provides stunning views of the rushing waterfalls of Maligne Canyon.

Next, embark on an adventure like no other in Athabasca Falls with an Ice Explorer Glacier Tour. A trip to Banff National Park and the emerald Lake Louise follows. You then have another day to explore all that Banff offers, and can view its amazing landscape with 360-degree views on your Gondola ride. Rejoin your train for a trip back through the Rockies as you return to Vancouver. 

Features & Inclusions

  • Rail travel on VIA Rail’s Canadian in Sleeper Plus from Vancouver to Jasper (1 night on train)
  • Two days onboard Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf Service from Banff to Vancouver
  • Deluxe hotel accommodations for 6 nights at Fairmont properties
  • 7 meals
  • Private Vancouver Mountain Adventure tour
  • Maligne Valley Boat Cruise private tour
  • Journey through the Rockies tour, including the Columbia Icefields
  • Banff Highlights with Gondola private tour
  • Private Airport & Rail Station Transfers
  • Driver gratuities for private touring and transfers

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver at your leisure. Your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you by private car to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. After checking in relax in your deluxe accommodations before exploring the area on your own. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver Mountain Adventure / VIA Rail from Vancouver to Jasper
Explore the city highlights and then travel into the local mountains to visit Vancouver's original tourist attraction – the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Spend time exploring the temperate rainforest and learn about salmon at the Fish Hatchery. Your tour continues its climb up Grouse Mountain where you'll take the Skyride to the Peak of Vancouver with breathtaking views over the Lower Mainland and Coast Mountain Range. After time well spent in Vancouver's backyard, your guide will drive you back downtown to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. This evening an included transfer takes you to Vancouver’s vintage rail station, where you’ll board VIA Rail’s Canadian and settle into your private cabin. Overnight train.

Day 3 – Jasper at Leisure
The Canadian Rockies greet you as you awake this morning. Spend time enjoying panoramic views from the observation dome of the Skyline Car or one of the salons in the Park Car. Arrive in the alpine town of Jasper after lunch. You have the day to explore the area and perhaps visit Jasper National Park. At night, enjoy the deluxe accommodations at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Overnight Jasper. (B, L)

Day 4 – Maligne Valley with Boat Cruise
This introduction to Jasper begins with a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Lake. A stop at Maligne Canyon offers staggering views of the river thundering through a series of magnificent waterfalls in a gorge 10,000 years in the making. Farther up the valley, stop to solve the mystery of "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Next, carry on to the pinnacle of the tour, breathtaking Maligne Lake! Overnight Jasper.

Day 5 – Journey Through the Rockies tour from Jasper to Banff
Depart Jasper for a short trek to Athabasca Falls, then south to the Stutfield Glacier on Mount Kitchener and Tangle Falls in the Sunwapta Valley. Upon your arrival at the Columbia Icefield Center, your Ice Explorer Glacier Tour awaits – board an Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure onto the Athabasca Glacier. Time is provided for lunch before continuing to Banff National Park. Enjoy scenic stops at glacier-fed Peyto Lake, and the Crowfoot Glacier. Wrap up your day with a stop at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, with time for a stroll and some pictures before traveling east to Banff. Overnight Banff. (L)

Day 6 – Banff Highlights with Gondola Tour
On this morning’s private tour learn about the people, geology, and wildlife while exploring the spectacular sights of the renowned mountain town of Banff. You will view Bow Falls, Hoodoos, Surprise Corner and drive up Tunnel Mountain Road. A highlight of this excursion is a ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a 360-degree view of six mountain ranges that surround the town. After a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka, you'll be returned to the Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight Banff.

Day 7 – Rocky Mountaineer Banff to Kamloops.
Travel up and through the majestic Rockies as you ride the rails from Banff to Kamloops. The Rocky Mountaineer is considered one of the world’s greatest rail journeys. Traveling in GoldLeaf Service, you will be immersed in awe-inspiring beauty as you travel the historic paths of 19th-century explorers. Highlights of today’s all-daylight rail journey 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 Kamloops. (B, L)

Day 8 – Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver.
Your journey west toward the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver begins early this morning when you transfer to the rail station for your second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Pay close attention as the scenery changes from the desert-like setting of Kamloops and Canada’s Interior to the lush green river canyons and forest of the Fraser River Valley. A highlight of today’s route is the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will be met by a driver and transferred to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for your final night. Bid farewell to the Rockies as you head west back toward cosmopolitan Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver. (B, L)

Day 9 – Vancouver
Your luxury Canadian Rockies rail vacation will conclude with a private transfer from your hotel to the Vancouver airport.

Add a Cruise

Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.

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Extend Your Vacation

Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.

Look for the Extend Your Vacation icon to identify those vacations which offer new city stay packages. Ask your rail specialist for details about these pre- and post-night extensions.

Accommodation Options

Hotels include the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and the Fairmont Banff Springs.  Accommodations at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel are in Fairmont Gold Rooms. Moderate accommodations will be provided in Kamloops. VIA Rail accommodations between Vancouver and Jasper are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to loungers and observation cars. Travel first-class aboard Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts travelers right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as they enjoy gourmet meals prepared by onboard chefs.

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Prices are land only, per person based on double occupancy.
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