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

First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive - 5 nights

This Vancouver to Calgary one way eastbound itinerary gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace through Banff National Park and Yoho National Park as you drive yourself between Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. Included is one night in a handpicked hotel in Banff, followed by one night in the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel, overlooking breathtaking Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier.

This package includes the luxury of 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service from Vancouver to Banff, and the rest is self-drive from Banff and Lake Louise to Calgary. Disembarking the train in Banff, rather than Lake Louise, gives you additional time onboard to enjoy the scenery of Banff National Park, which includes Morant's Curve (pictured above).

Please be aware that due to the elevation of the Canadian Rockies, the weather can be unpredictable any time of the year, especially during the winter, spring and autumn months. If you are not comfortable driving in potentially wintry conditions, then you should consider the 5 night First Passage to the West Highlights (Eastbound) package instead.

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

This itinerary does not include Jasper. We can customize this itinerary to include an overnight in Jasper with the First Passage to the West rail route. If you have more time, you should consider the 7 night Journey Through The Clouds Discovery Self-Drive vacation. This rail and self-drive package includes the Rocky Mountaineer train to Jasper from Vancouver and two nights in Jasper.


First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive, Eastbound
Route Map
Itinerary Summary
What's Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
2021 Prices

Route Map

First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive map

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Itinerary Summary

First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive, Eastbound
Day Activities Overnight
Sunday Check in to your Vancouver hotel Vancouver
Monday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops Kamloops
Tuesday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Banff Banff
Wednesday Pick up rental car. Banff to Lake Louise Lake Louise
Thursday Lake Louise to Calgary Calgary
Friday Check out of your Calgary hotel and drop off rental car  

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What's Included?

Package Includes:

• 2 days Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches (onboard trains)
• 5 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• 3 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometers
• Calgary Tower admission
• Luggage handling
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff

Our quotes do not include (unless specified):

• Transportation from Vancouver airport
• Transportation to Calgary airport (in case of downtown car rental drop off)
• Meals, other than specified
• Activities, other than specified
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Optional services for rental car
• Additional car rental taxes and fees (refer to fact sheet attached to our quote)
• Hotel parking fees (where applicable)
• National Parks Pass

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 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.

TUE - Kamloops to Banff - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues eastward 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 resort town of Banff.
Overnight in Banff. B, L.

WED - Banff to Lake Louise
Make your own way to downtown Banff and collect your rental car. Enjoy the short drive to Lake Louise and continue 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. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy these magnificent locations.
Overnight in Lake Louise.

THU - Lake Louise to Calgary
Travel through scenic Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary.
Overnight in Calgary.

SUN - Calgary Car Rental Return
Drop off your rental car at Calgary International Airport, where your journey ends.

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Departure Dates

This package starts in Vancouver on Sundays, Thursdays and some Mondays from late April through until early October 2021. The earliest start date is 25th April, 2021, and the latest is 3rd October, 2021.

Prices

Rates for this package in 2021 are currently from CA$2,555 to $4,942 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.

Promotional bonus offers are added automatically to your quote from us (if applicable).

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