First Passage tothe West Discovery Self-Drive

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 Is Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
Prices: 2022 and 2023

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 is 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)
  • 3 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometers
  • 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
MON - Vancouver to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer Train
TUE - Kamloops to Banff - Rocky Mountaineer Train
WED - Banff to Lake Louise
THU - Lake Louise to Calgary
SUN - Calgary Car Rental Return

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Departure Dates: 2022 and 2023

This package starts in Vancouver on Sundays, Thursdays and some Mondays from late April through until early October.

In 2022 the earliest start date is 24th April, 2022, and the latest is 2nd October, 2022

In 2023 the earliest start date is 16th April, 2023, and the latest is 12th October, 2023

Prices: 2022 and 2023

Rates for this package in 2022 are currently from CA$2,555 to $4,942 per person, based on double occupancy (subject to availability).

Confirmed package rates for 2023 are now available. Contact us for more information.

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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