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Rocky Mountaineer Northern Explorer and the Rockies

8 nights

A variation on the Western Explorer, Rocky Mountaineeer Vacations' most popular tour. This holiday gives you a night in Whistler as well as then experiencing the Rainforest to GoldRush route. You will also visit Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise and enjoy a FREE Rockies helicopter sightseeing tour on this excellent Rocky Mountaineer holiday.

Please note this trip operates in both directions.

 

 

 

The Breakdown

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Day 1

Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the “Stampede City” in...

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Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjo...

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Day 3

Banff to Lake Louise

A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the...

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Day 4

Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the...

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Day 5

Jasper

You will enjoy a short scenic tour of this World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest Nationa...

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Day 6

Jasper to Quesnel

Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North...

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Day 7

Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and...

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Day 8

Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouv...

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Day 9

Vancouver

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Day 1

Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the “Stampede City” independently.

1 night in Calgary.

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Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Arrival in Banff late afternoon for an evening spent at your own leisure.

1 night in Banff.

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Day 3

Banff to 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 that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where you will be treated to a one hour guided lakeshore stroll. The remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location.

1 night in Lake Louise.

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Day 4

Lake Louise to Jasper

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. You will arrive in Jasper late afternoon.

2 nights in Jasper.

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Day 5

Jasper

You will enjoy a short scenic tour of this World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park, including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this area home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

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Day 6

Jasper to Quesnel

Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with 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.

1 night in Quesnel.

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Day 7

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 to 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 ends today on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events.

1 night in Whistler.

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Day 8

Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver on board the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of this “Sea to Sky” region. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Shannon Falls and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served onboard. On arrival at the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver.

1 night in Vancouver.

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Day 9

Vancouver

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Please note the Rocky Mountaineer runs from late April till early October.

 

“The Most Spectacular Train Trip in the World”
The Rocky Mountaineer train, designed especially with you in mind, travels through the day and stops for the night and ensuring you don't miss any of the phenomenal scenery and yet have a comfortable bed for the night.

The Rocky Mountaineer on this route has 3 levels of service; all of them good but offering different experiences:

 

GOLD LEAF

Gold Leaf Rocky Mountaineer

Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with assigned seating in a bi-level dome coach
•Hot breakfasts and lunches served in the GoldLeaf Dining Room
•Complimentary snacks and beverages
•A toast to start the rail journey
•One night moderate accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
•Service and interpretive commentary by our knowledgeable and friendly Onboard Attendants
•Motorcoach transfers between the train station and accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
•Luggage delivered to hotel room in Kamloops or Quesnel
•Rocky Mountaineer Information Package
•Commemorative Rocky Mountaineer pin

 

SILVER LEAF

Silver Leaf Rocky Mountaineer

Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with assigned seating in a single-level dome coach
•Breakfast and lunch meals served onboard each day at your seat, including hot entrée options
•Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
•A toast to start the rail journey, and wine or beer served with lunch
•One night moderate accommodation in Kamloops
•Service and interpretive commentary by our knowledgeable and friendly Onboard Attendants
•Motorcoach transfers between the train station and accommodation in Kamloops
•Luggage delivered to hotel room in Kamloops
•Rocky Mountaineer Information Package
•Commemorative Rocky Mountaineer pin

 

RED LEAF

Red Leaf Rocky Mountaineer

Two days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer with assigned seating
•A selection of chilled breakfast and lunch meals served onboard each day at your seat
•Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages
•A toast to start the rail journey, and wine or beer served with lunch
•One night moderate accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
•Service onboard by our knowledgeable and friendly Onboard Attendants
•Motorcoach transfers between the train station and accommodation in Kamloops or Quesnel
•Rocky Mountaineer Information Package
•Commemorative Rocky Mountaineer pin


The trains feature large viewing windows, while the seats are comfortable with plenty of legroom, reclining seats and leg rests.

 

 

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