First Passage to the West

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Embark on a journey of luxury and romance to Canada’s most-talked-about destinations, Banff and Lake Louise. 

DESTINATIONS

Vancouver,  Kamloops,  Lake Louise,  Banff,  Calgary

TRIP LENGTH

7 Days / 6 Nights Total

2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer

Day By Day

Day 1 

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

Day 2 

Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities: a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver’s highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3

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. B, L.

Day 4

Your journey continues Eastward 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 mountain hamlet of Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise. B, L.

Day 5

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, 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. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 6

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

What's Included

  • Activities & Tours

    • Vancouver Lookout

    • Free Day in Vancouver

    • Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

    • National Parks Pass

    • Panoramic Helicopter Tour

    • Banff Gondola

    • Calgary Tower

  • Dining

    • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

  • Travel & Transport

    • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service

    • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Lake Louise

  • Accommodations

    • 6 nights hotel: Vancouver, Kamloops, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary

Services

SilverLeaf Service

GoldLeaf Service

Window Style

Oversized glass-dome windows for taking in the spectacular views

Full glass-dome windows with panoramic views

Breakfast and lunch served in the comfort of your seat

Gourmet a la carte meals in the lower-level dining room

Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating with ample leg room

Reclining, comfortable pre-assigned seating with ample leg room

Attended by two hosts, plus one culinary team member

Attended by three to four Hosts, plus a full culinary team

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks included

Gourmet sweet and savoury snacks included

Small outdoor viewing platform

Large, exclusive outdoor viewing platform

Engaging hosts with stories about historic sites, flora, fauna and wildlife

Engaging hosts with stories about historic sites, flora, fauna and wildlife

Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Quesnel, and Kamloops

Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Quesnel, and Kamloops

Dining

Seating

Number of Hosts

Beverages

Snacks

Viewing Area

Storytelling

Baggage Delivery

Coach Style

Custom-designed single-level dome

Bi-level dome with seating above and dining below

Business Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: 9am-12pm​​

​Sunday: Closed

110 9th Street, Suite 102  Honesdale, Pennsylvania 18431 United States

lisa@travelbylisa.org

Tel: 570-253-2727

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