Rocky Mountaineer Train, Morant's Curve, Banff National Park

First Passage to the West & Vancouver Island - 9 nights

This Vancouver to Calgary one way eastbound itinerary includes extra time on the west coast to take in the sights. Included are two nights in beautiful Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, located on the southern end of Vancouver Island. Victoria's Victorian architecture is indicative of the city's British colonial past and is a popular stopover for our guests. Included in Victoria is the must-see designated National Historic Site, Butchart Gardens, which was established in 1904.

This package includes the luxury of 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service from Vancouver to Banff, and sightseeing by motorcoach from Banff to Calgary. This itinerary connects with the 7 night round-trip Holland America Alaska cruises we offer.

This itinerary is available in reverse, starting in Calgary on Sundays, Thursdays and some Mondays.

Extended versions of this package are available through us, please contact us for details.

First Passage to the West & Vancouver Island, Eastbound
Route Map
Itinerary Summary
What's Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
2021 Prices

Route Map

First Passage to the West & Vancouver Island map

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Itinerary Summary

First Passage to the West & Vancouver Island, Eastbound
Day Activities Overnight
Sunday Check in to your Vancouver hotel Vancouver
Monday Vancouver to Victoria (Vancouver Island) Victoria
Tuesday Victoria's Butchart Gardens Victoria
Wednesday Victoria to Vancouver Vancouver
Thursday Vancouver Activity Options Vancouver
Friday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops Kamloops
Saturday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Banff Banff
Sunday Yoho National Park, including Lake Louise Banff
Monday Banff Tour with Gondola and Panoramic Helicopter. Transfer to Calgary Calgary
Tuesday Check out of your Calgary hotel  

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What's Included?

Package Includes:

• 2 days Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches (onboard trains)
• 9 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Scenic Seaplane Transfer: Vancouver Harbour to Victoria Harbour
• Butchart Gardens including motorcoach transfer from downtown Victoria
• Scenic Seaplane Transfer: Victoria Harbour to Vancouver Harbour
• One of: North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain -OR- Guided cycling tour of Vancouver -OR- Culinary walking tour of Vancouver’s Granville Island -OR- Zodiac tour on Howe Sound
• Yoho National Park, including Lake Louise
• Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
• Panoramic Helicopter Tour (12 minutes)
• Calgary Tower admission
• Luggage handling
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
• National Parks Pass

Our quotes do not include (unless specified):

• Transportation from Vancouver airport
• Transportation to Calgary airport
• Meals, other than specified
• Activities, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff

Note: For your convenience, our quoted rates include all tax.

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Detailed Itinerary

SUN - Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.
Overnight in Vancouver.

MON - Vancouver to Victoria
Today depart by scenic seaplane from Vancouver Harbour to British Columbia’s garden capital city, Victoria. Among the highlights are a scenic flight over the picturesque Gulf Islands. The remainder of your day is yours to explore Victoria’s Inner Harbour, take a whale-watching tour, or experience high tea at the Fairmont Empress
Overnight in Victoria.

TUE - Butchart Gardens and Victoria
Travel by motorcoach on a scenic drive to Victoria’s premier attraction, Butchart Gardens. You’ll be enchanted by the beautiful sights and scents of this 55-acre floral garden and discover why it’s been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In the afternoon, return at your leisure by motorcoach to Victoria, where you are free to explore on your own.
Overnight in Victoria.

WED - Victoria to Vancouver
After checking out from your Victoria hotel, take a 40min scenic flight over the Strait of Georgia from Victoria’s Inner Harbour right into Downtown Vancouver. Highlights include aerial views of the Gulf and San Juan Islands, the Cascade, Olympic and North Shore mountains, and Vancouver’s Stanley park. You are free to explore Vancouver for the remainder of the day.
Overnight in Vancouver.

THU - Vancouver Sightseeing
Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities: a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver’s highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast.
Overnight in Vancouver.

FRI - Vancouver to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer Train
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. B, L.

SAT - Kamloops to Banff - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Today your venture into the heart of the Rocky mountains begins in earnest. Continuing east along the South Thompson River, you’ll witness historic Craigellachie. This spot marks where the Last Spike was driven home on the Canadian Pacific Railway line, uniting the nation. You’ll gaze in wonder at cascading waterfalls, and icy glaciers spilling over the lips of the peaks above, on your way to the charming alpine town of Banff and the brilliant waters of Lake Louise. All of this rugged wilderness is yours to embrace from the comfort of your luxurious Rocky Mountaineer train coach. Your rail journey ends this evening in the mountain resort town of Banff.
Overnight in Banff. B, L.

SUN - Yoho National Park including Lake Louise
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 before returning to Banff in a motorcoach transfer.
Overnight in Banff

MON - 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, 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.

TUE - Calgary Departure
Your journey ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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Departure Dates

This package starts in Vancouver on Wednesdays, Sundays and some Thursdays from late April through until late September 2021. The earliest start date is 21st April, 2021, and the latest is 29th September, 2021.


Rates for this package in 2021 are currently from CA$4,369 to $7,551 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices depend on the time of year you travel, the hotels you stay in and the level of service you choose onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train (SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service).

Let our Rocky Mountaineer specialist make the best choices for you, based on your preferences, to ensure you are not paying more than you need to for your Rocky Mountain train vacation.

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