Rocky Mountaineer Train, Seton Lake, BC

Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer - 8 nights

This Vancouver to Calgary one way eastbound itinerary really maximizes your time in Western Canada and utilizes Rocky Mountaineer's longest rail route, the Rainforest to Gold Rush route, which takes you through Whistler and Quesnel to Jasper. This package includes the luxury of 2 days and 3.5 hours onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train in SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf service, and the rest is sightseeing by motorcoach from Jasper.

This itinerary is available in reverse, starting in Calgary on Thursdays.

If you prefer, you can split your time with overnights in Lake Louise and Banff with the "original Explorer, eastbound" package (instead of two nights in Banff).There is an extended version of this package which includes two additional nights in Banff. The extended Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Leisure 10 night package is perfect if you have more time to use Banff as a base to explore the Canadian Rockies. The original 10 night Rainforest to Gold Rush at Leisure package, which includes two nights in Lake Louise and Banff (instead of four nights in Banff), also gives you more opportunity to explore at a leisurely pace.


Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer, Eastbound
Route Map
Itinerary Summary
What's Included?
Detailed Itinerary
Departure Dates
2021 Prices

Route Map

Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer map

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Itinerary Summary

Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer, Eastbound
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 Banff
Thursday Yoho National Park, including Lake Louise Banff
Friday Banff Tour with Gondola and Panoramic Helicopter. Transfer to Calgary Calgary
Saturday Check out of your Calgary hotel  

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What's Included?

Package Includes:

• 2 days Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Train (GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service)
• 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches (onboard trains)
• 8 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Jasper Highlights Tour
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Banff
• 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, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
• 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



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 Banff
Travel to Banff 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 Banff this afternoon.
Overnight in Banff. L

THU - 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 motor coach transfer.
Overnight in Banff.

FRI - 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.

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

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Departure Dates

This package starts in Vancouver 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.

Prices

Rates for this package in 2021 are currently from CA$4,521 to $7,586 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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