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GRAND RAIL CIRCLE

This epic circuit links the sigh-triggering sights of the Canadian Rockies with 2 nights to explore Vancouver plus Whistler - Canada's premier resort town.

Travel Style

Rail

Start

Vancouver

Finish

Vancouver

Trip Code

GRC118

Countries

1

Number of countries visited

Days

13

Duration of the trip

Pace

3

Pace level 3: Average
$

Price

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Itinerary

GRAND RAIL CIRCLE
Trip Code: GRC118

  • Map

    Trip Route

  • Overview

    About this Trip

    • Operator: Rocky Mountaineer
    • Countries: Canada
    • Min/Max: 2 or more passengers
    • Style: Rail (Rail Packages)
    • Duration: 13 days
    • Pace: 3 (Average)
    • Price:  Inquire about a price
    • Vancouver Lookout
    • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
    • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
    • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
    • Jasper Highlights Tour
    • Rail station transfers and luggage handling
    • National Parks Pass
  • Vancouver

    Day 1

    Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Overnight in Vancouver.

    SilverLeaf: Sheraton Wall Centre (Traditional Room), GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe City View Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Premier City View Room)

  • Vancouver • Kamloops

    Day 2

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer 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. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

      Breakfast and lunch.

  • Kamloops • Banff

    Day 3

    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. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Lodge Park (Superior Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)
      Breakfast and lunch.

  • Banff Highlights Tour

    Day 4

    This morning explore Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park including Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

    Banff Gondola (2 hours): Climb Sulphur Mountain in a record-breaking eight minutes and get a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Sorry, did we say 'climb'? We mean 'ascend in style' in your fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin! Phew! If you're keen to break in your hiking boots, try the 1-kilometre self-guided walk along the summit ridge and keep your eyes open for bighorn sheep and various bird species.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Lodge Park (Superior Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

  • Banff

    Day 5

    Explore Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, historic museums, Lake Minnewanka or golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

    SilverLeaf: Banff Lodge Park (Superior Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff • Lake Louise

    Day 6

    A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

    SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

  • Lake Louise

    Day 7

    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.

    SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

  • Lake Louise to Jasper Tour

    Day 8

    Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield 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. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

    Ice Explorer (3 Hours): Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a "monster-truck meets glacier" adventure where you learn new things!

    SilverLeaf: Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

  • Jasper Highlights Tour

    Day 9

    Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Jasper on your own. Overnight in Jasper.

    SilverLeaf: Lobstick Lodge (Standard Room), GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

  • Jasper • Quesnel

    Day 10

    Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Quesnel. Highlights include the Rocky Mountain Trench, Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass, Moose Lake and the Fraser River. Overnight in Quesnel.

      Breakfast and lunch.

  • Quesnel • Whistler

    Day 11

    Your journey continues south to Whistler. 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.

    SilverLeaf: Sheraton Wall Centre (Traditional Room), GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe City View Room), GoldLeaf Deluxe: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (Premier City View Room)
      Breakfast and lunch.

  • Whistler • Vancouver

    Day 12

    This afternoon return to Vancouver on the Rocky Mountaineer. Highlights include the Cheakamus Canyon, Mount Garibaldi, Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon snack will be served onboard. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

      Afternoon meal.

  • Vancouver

    Day 13

    Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.


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