Rocky Mountaineer Train, Seton Lake, BC

Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer - 8 nights

This Calgary to Vancouver one way westbound 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 Quesnel and Whistler from Jasper to Vancouver. 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 Calgary to Jasper.

This itinerary is available in reverse, starting in Vancouver on Fridays.

If you prefer, you can split your time with overnights in Banff and Lake Louise with the "original Explorer, westbound" 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 Banff and Lake Louise (instead of four nights in Banff), also gives you more opportunity to explore at a leisurely pace.


Rainforest to Gold Rush Top Explorer, Westbound
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, Westbound
Day Activities Overnight
Thursday Check in to your Calgary hotel Calgary
Friday Panoramic Helicopter and Banff Tour with Gondola. Transfer to Banff Banff
Saturday Yoho National Park, including Lake Louise Banff
Sunday Icefields Parkway Tour Jasper
Monday Jasper Highlights Tour Jasper
Tuesday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Quesnel Quesnel
Wednesday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Whistler Whistler
Thursday Rocky Mountaineer Train to Vancouver Vancouver
Friday Check out of your Vancouver 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)
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 afternoon meal (onboard trains)
• 8 nights hotel accommodation (as specified in quote)
• Calgary Tower admission
• Calgary to Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
• Panoramic Helicopter Tour (12 minutes)
• Yoho National Park, including Lake Louise
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Banff to Jasper
• Jasper Highlights Tour
• Vancouver Lookout admission
• Luggage handling
• Rail station transfers in Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler and Vancouver
• National Parks Pass

Our quotes do not include (unless specified):

• Transportation from Calgary airport
• Transportation 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



THU - Calgary Arrival
Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently.
Overnight in Calgary.

FRI - Calgary to Banff with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon.
Overnight in Banff.

SAT - 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 by motorcoach transfer.
Overnight in Banff


SUN - Banff to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via Lake Louise and 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. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon.
Overnight in Jasper. L.

MON - 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.

TUE - Jasper to Quesnel - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.
Overnight in Quesnel. B, L.

WED - Quesnel to Whistler - Rocky Mountaineer Train
Your journey continues Southwestward today to the four-season resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert- like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake.
Overnight in Whistler. B, L.

THU - Whistler to Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer Train (3.5 hours)
The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canapé style. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Vancouver. At the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.
Overnight in Vancouver.

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

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Departure Dates

This package starts in Calgary on Thursdays from late April through until late September 2021. The earliest start date is 29th April, 2021, and the latest is 23rd 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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