Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road

from £1944 excluding flights

  • 6 nights
  • May-Oct
Rocky Mountaineer train through fall foliage

Majestic Rockies by Rail and Road

from £1944 excluding flights

  • 6 nights
  • May-Oct

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Highlights

In pictures
Icefields Parkway

See lakes, glaciers and mountains along the Icefields Parkway

Spirit Island and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park

Enjoy the many attractions of Jasper National Park

Rocky Mountaineer and Castle Mountain

Sit back and relax on the Rocky Mountaineer

Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields

Explore the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer

Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain

Discover the town of Banff and its scenic surrounds

Glacier Skywalk

Step out onto the Glacier Skywalk for breathtaking views

Why this trip...

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How you travel

This holiday features transport that is an integral part of the overall experience

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Explore at leisure

With the route, transport and accommodation sorted, each day offers the freedom to explore

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Tailor made

This itinerary can be tailor made to suit you and is intended to give you a guideline of what is possible in a given timeframe

Overview

This compact itinerary incorporates the main highlights of the Canadian Rockies in a memorable week’s adventure. Travel on the renowned Rocky Mountaineer train and drive along the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway, often said to be one of the most scenic drives in the world.

The Rocky Mountaineer offers a world-renowned rail journey between Vancouver and Jasper, travelling through some of Canada’s most spectacular mountain scenery. The 2-day journey includes an overnight stay in a hotel in Kamloops, before continuing on to Jasper in the heart of the national park where you will collect your rental car.

Your itinerary includes a full day at leisure in both Jasper and Banff, allowing plenty of time to enjoy Canada’s landscapes, culture and wildlife. Drive the Icefields Parkway via Lake Louise and enjoy an included excursion onto the Columbia Icefield; relax in Banff’s Upper Hot Springs and enjoy magnificent views from the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Itinerary

The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1 Vancouver - Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops, gateway to the interior of British Columbia. Breakfast and lunch included.

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at Vancouver's Pacific Central Station. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops, gateway to the interior of British Columbia. Breakfast and lunch included.

Rocky Mountaineer train through fall foliage
Gold Leaf carriage, Rocky Mountaineer
Vancouver skyline

Day 2 Kamloops - Jasper (Rocky Mountaineer)

Back on board the Rocky Mountaineer follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres (12,972 feet), which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival into Jasper you will be transferred by taxi to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Back on board the Rocky Mountaineer follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres (12,972 feet), which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival into Jasper you will be transferred by taxi to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 3 Jasper

This morning collect your rental vehicle. Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

This morning collect your rental vehicle. Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Maligne Lake Cruise
Black bear
Pyramid Lake, Jasper National Park

Day 4 Jasper - Lake Louise (208 km)

This morning depart on the scenic drive that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over one hundred glaciers and pristine emerald-coloured lakes. Along the way see famous sights such as the Columbia Icefield, where you can take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier itself (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June).

This morning depart on the scenic drive that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over one hundred glaciers and pristine emerald-coloured lakes. Along the way see famous sights such as the Columbia Icefield, where you can take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier itself (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. (Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June).

Peyto Lake viewpoint
Glacier Skywalk
Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefields

Day 5 Lake Louise - Banff (62 km)

Take the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff today, travelling along the Bow Valley Parkway. This runs beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footway to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Take the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff today, travelling along the Bow Valley Parkway. This runs beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footway to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Day 6 Banff

A full day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Check out the Cave & Basin National Historic Site (not included) and the Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the natural mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

A full day at leisure to explore Banff and the surrounding area. Check out the Cave & Basin National Historic Site (not included) and the Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the natural mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

Banff Gondola at Sulphur Mountain
Banff Township
Bow Lake, Banff National Park

Day 7 Banff - Calgary (115 km)

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown depot.

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown depot.

Accommodation Options

With a wide choice of accommodation in Canada, we can mix and match different grades and styles to suit your personal preference - from motels and hotels to design properties and wilderness lodges in stunning locations.

Discuss your options with our Travel Specialists.

Excursions

Prices and Departures

Price from £1944 excluding flights

Airfares start from around £550 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Rocky Mountaineer train journey from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Car rental from Jasper to Calgary
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola, Banff
  • Taxi transfer from Jasper Rail Station to your hotel
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person

Based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom, including car hire. Prices for hotel upgrades, other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request. Other vehicle types also available. This itinerary is also available Westbound from Calgary.

Departure Duration Car Category* Twin Prices (pp)
01, 02, 05, 08, 09, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30 Jun 2020 6 nights Intermediate £2,353
03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31 Jul 2020 6 nights Intermediate £2,353
03, 04, 07, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28, 31 Aug 2020 6 nights Intermediate £2,353
01, 04, 07, 08, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29 Sep 2020 6 nights Intermediate £2,353
02, 06, 09 Oct 2020 6 nights Intermediate £1,944

* Add on GPS from £20. Upgrade to Gold Leaf on the Rocky Mountaineer from £438 per person.

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