Grand Rail Circle

An epic trip made of two unique rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with a night in Whistler, Canada’s premier resort town.

DESTINATIONS
Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler, Vancouver

TRIP LENGTH
13 Days / 12 Nights total 
5 Days onboard Rocky Mountaineer

MODES OF TRAVEL
Rocky Mountaineer Train
Motorcoach

ROUTE TYPE
Circle Journey

PRICE

/_uploads/images/exclusive-email/goldleaf-.pngThe luxury and comfort is simply beyond compare. No wonder this is our most popular service. Two level, glass domed coach with full-length windows. Exclusive dining room. Gourmet hot meals Complimentary beverages and snacks. Deluxe accommodation


GoldLeaf Service + Hotel 
$9,699 + $484.95 tax per person dbl
Sep. 29, 2019 - Oct.11 2019
Roundtrip Vancouver

Includes:
An exclusive complimentary private transfer before or after your rail journey + Receive a FREE hotel night in Vancouver

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

ACTIVITIES & TOURS

Vancouver Lookout
Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper

DINING

4 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 1 afternoon snack

TRAVEL & TRANSPORT

5 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
Luggage handling and National Park Pass

ACCOMMODATIONS

12 nights hotel


Itinerary


Day 1: Tour Start - Vancouver

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

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking.

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff

Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am PT, your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your rail journey ends this evening upon arrival in Banff, between 8:00pm and 9:30pm MT.

Day 4: Sightseeing Tour Banff Highlights

This morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Free Day in Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: Banff to Lake Louise, with Yoho Park Sightseeing Tour

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. Overnight in Lake Louise Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 7: 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.

Day 8: Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper


Day 9: Sightseeing Tour Jasper Highlights

Day 10: Jasper to Quesnel

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. Please note that all accommodation in Quesnel is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.


Day 11: Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. 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. Your rail journey today ends on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Overnight in Whistler. Breakfast and lunch included onboard.

Day 12: Whistler to North Vancouver

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 upon your arrival in North Vancouver.

Day 13: Tour End - Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.



Terms and Conditions:
Land only - air not included.

Free hotel night: Offer applies only to new 2019 bookings made by June 28, 2019 for qualifying Rocky Mountaineer packages of 5 days (4 nights) or more, booked in GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service for travel during the 2019 Rocky Mountaineer season on selected dates. Offer must be requested at the time of booking and will not be automatically allocated or retroactively added. Offer is valid for one free hotel night in Vancouver, Calgary or Seattle at the beginning or end of a package. Offer is also applicable to an extra hotel night if package is extended. Free hotel night must match the accommodation grade of package booked. Offer is not applicable to a stand-alone one night bookings. Rocky Mountaineer reserves the right to amend hotels included in the package. Hotel properties are subject to availability based on inventory. Offer is not applicable to 2 or 3-day rail only bookings, Group Tour bookings or child prices. Offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Offer has no cash value and is non-transferable. Offer is capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice. The free hotel credit will be applied at the time of booking. Amendment fees apply to any amendment in accordance with our Change Fee Policy. Additional conditions apply.

Complimentary Private Transfer: *Offers are capacity controlled and may be modified, withdrawn or amended without prior notice. Applicable to new bookings only. Available in conjunction with any other Rocky Mountaineer offer. Not available in conjunction with any other Virtuoso offers. Guests on Rocky Mountaineer Circle Trips will receive private transfer for both departure and arrival. Qualifying rail journey can be purchased in either class of service and in any grade of accommodation. Offer must be used as part of the package and cannot be deferred to another date or refunded. Offer must be requested at the time of booking. Offer will not be automatically allocated or retrospectively added. For GPK, no date changes are permitted after final payment - 60 days prior to departure. Not available for group tour block bookings. We regret it is not possible to change the offer in the event a subsequent offer better fits the guest itinerary. Additional conditions apply.