Canadian Rockies By Rail

$5,250.00

When: September 30- October 7

(Reservation deadline May 30, 2018)

 

PER PERSON RATES:

$6,275.00 single

$5,250,00 double

 

Price includes: 7 nights accommodations, 5 dinners, 2 lunches, 7 breakfasts, 2 full days of the Rocky Mountaineer train, Calgary tour, gondola ride, Banff National Park, Vancouver tour, Butchart Gardens, Lake Louise, Victoria tour, round-trip airfare from Philadelphia, transfers from Lancaster to Philadelphia airport and traveler’s protection insurance.

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary – Welcome to one of North America’s most rugged and beautiful cities, Calgary. Known for its cowboys and spectacular beauty, Calgary was brought to the world’s attention during the 1988 Winter Olympics. Meet your Tour Manager in the hotel lobby at 6:00 p.m. for a welcome dinner. (D)

Day 2: Calgary Tower and Heritage Park – Get to know Calgary on a panoramic sightseeing tour of the city. Get your first glimpse of the Canadian Rockies from high atop the 626-foot-tall Calgary Tower. Then, we take a step back into Canada’s colorful past at Heritage Park. Here you will learn about life as a 19th-century fur trader or old-fashioned blacksmith. Then we depart for Banff and our hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Explore Banff and Lake Louise – Today, we explore Canada’s first National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site, Banff. We see Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain before taking the gondola ride in enclosed cars to the peak of Sulphur Mountain for a spectacular panoramic view of the village and valley below. Later, we travel to beautiful Chateau Lake Louise, where majestic mountains soaring skyward are reflected in the vibrant blues of glacier-fed Lake Louise. (B, D)

Day 4: Ride the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops – Today, we board the Rocky Mountaineer in Silver Leaf Class and begin the journey westward. Departing Banff National Park, the train will travel through the unique Spiral Tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. We will also cross the Continental Divide. Beyond Craigellachie is Rogers Pass with its tunnels, glistening glaciers, and snow-capped mountains. Pass Craigellachie, where the “last spike” was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 and pass through the vast ranchlands to Shuswap Lake. Overnight in Kamloops, British Columbia. (B, L)

Day 5: Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver – Upon leaving the city of Kamloops, the train will follow the Thompson River through the Fraser Canyon. One of the canyon’s true highlights is Hells Gate, where you will watch water torrent past the canyon’s walls at its narrowest point. Enroute you will pass through the scenic Fraser Canyon and the fertile Fraser Valley. The Rocky Mountaineer takes us into the interior of British Columbia to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. (B, L)

Day 6: Vancouver Sightseeing and Capilano Suspension Bridge – Enjoy an included sightseeing tour to see Vancouver’s downtown core, the spectacular North Shore and beautiful Stanley Park. In the afternoon, we head to North Vancouver and visit the impressive Capilano Suspension Bridge. Originally built in 1889, the bridge stretches 450 feet across and 230 feet above the Capilano River. (B, D)

Day 7: Victoria and Butchart Gardens – This morning, we climb aboard the BC Ferry Service for the journey across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Here, picturesque Victoria maintains a delightful English flavor, spiced with red double-decker buses, Tudor-style buildings and immaculate gardens. Our guided tour features such sights as the Parliament Buildings, the British Columbia Provincial Museum, Beacon Hill Park, Christ Church Cathedral and the Helmcken House Museum. Next, we’ll discover why the Butchart Gardens are world-famous for ornate landscaping and superb Italian, Japanese, and rose gardens. Later, we climb aboard the ferry for the journey back to Vancouver. (B, D)

Day 8: Return Home – Following breakfast, we depart Canada with a group transfer to the Vancouver Airport for flights out today. (B)

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