Rocky Mountaineer Train, Vermilion Lakes, Banff National Park

Golden Circle - 11 nights

This is one of the most comprehensive Vancouver round-trip packages offered, with plenty of time in the Canadian Rockies to take in the incredible sights. This package includes the luxury of 4 days and 3.5 hours onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service, and the rest is sightseeing by motorcoach. A range of hotel options are available. If any part is not suitable, let us know as we can easily make changes.

The Grand Rail Circle is very similar to this package, but in reverse and starts on Sundays, with one extra night and tour in the mountain town of Banff. This package starts on Fridays.

If you would like less time onboard the train, and prefer to end your travels in Calgary, then the Rainforest to Gold Rush at Leisure vacation is a good alternative. This 10 night package has two less days onboard the train, and includes a Banff tour and a 12 minute helicopter tour en route to Calgary.


Golden Circle
Route Map
Itinerary Summary
What's Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
2021 Rates

Route Map

Golden Circle map

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Itinerary Summary

Golden Circle
Day Activities Overnight
Friday Check in to your Vancouver hotel Vancouver
Saturday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Whistler Whistler
Sunday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Quesnel Quesnel
Monday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Jasper Jasper
Tuesday Jasper Highlights Tour Jasper
Wednesday Icefields Parkway Tour Lake Louise
Thursday Free Day in Lake Louise Lake Louise
Friday Yoho National Park. Transfer to Banff Banff
Saturday Free day in Banff Banff
Sunday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Kamloops Kamloops
Monday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Vancouver Vancouver
Tuesday Check out of your Vancouver hotel  

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What's Included?

Package Includes:

• 4 days Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches (onboard trains)
• 11 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Jasper Highlights Tour
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
• Yoho National Park, Lake Louise to Banff
• Luggage handling
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel, Jasper, Banff and Kamloops
• National Parks Pass

Our quotes do not include (unless specified):

• Transportation from/to Vancouver 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



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

SAT - Vancouver to Whistler - Rocky Mountaineer Train (3.5 hours)
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your check-in at and motorcoach transfer from your downtown Vancouver hotel, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight in Whistler. B.

SUN - Whistler to Quesnel - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues eastward to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel.
Overnight in Quesnel. B, L.

MON - Quesnel to Jasper - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues Eastward today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.
Overnight in Jasper. B, L.

TUE - Jasper Highlights Tour
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic full-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include lunch and a lake cruise at historic Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.
Overnight in Jasper. L.

Note: In the event the lake cruise is not operating, interpretive experiences will be offered on First Nations history, foods and culture.

WED - Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.
Overnight in Lake Louise. L.

THU - Free Day in Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.
Overnight in Lake Louise.

FRI - Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, 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 that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff.
Overnight in Banff.
Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

SAT - Free Day in Banff
The day is free for you to spend at your leisure in Banff.
Overnight in Banff.

SUN - Banff to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.
Overnight in Kamloops. B, L.

MON - Kamloops to Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.
Overnight in Vancouver. B, L.

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

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Departure Dates

This package starts on Fridays from late April through until late September 2021. The earliest start date is 30th April, 2021, and the latest is 24th September 2021.

Rates

Rates for this package in 2021 are currently from CA$6,392 to $11,076 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.

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