Essential Rockies & West Coast with VIA Rail


Highlights

  • Banff – Banff National Park – Lake Louise – Moraine Lake – Icefield Parkway – Columbia Icefield - Jasper – Vancouver
  • Duration: 8 Nights accommodation.
  • Coach Tour of Banff, and its wildlife.
  • Admission ticket to Banff Gondola.
  • Half-day Moraine Lake & lake Louise Coach Tour.
  • Icefield Parkway Coach Tour from Banff to Jasper including visit to Columbia Icefield including Picnic Lunch.
  • Admission to Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk.
  • Coach tour of City of Vancouver.
  • Admission to Capilano Bridge.
  • Shuttle transfer from YYC International Airport/Calgary to hotel in Banff.
  • Overnight VIA Rail Economy Class ticket from Jasper, AB to Vancouver, BC.

On this tour, you will see the beauty of Banff and Jasper National Parks.  Stay in the alpine towns of Banff and Jasper and visit Lake Louise, and Moraine Lake. Journey north from Banff to jasper on the famous Icefield parkway.  Ride on the famous Ice Explorer and experience a walk at the Glacier Skywalk offering picturesque views of the Sunwapta Valley.  Witness breathtaking scenery and travel overnight on VIA Rail from Jasper to Vancouver.  And in Vancouver, go on a tour of this beautiful city including a walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.


Note: Operation of this tour is subject to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for information and assistance.

Itinerary

This afternoon arrive at YYC, Calgary’s International Airport.  After collecting your bags, proceed to the shuttle desk at the airport for your pre-booked transfer to the mountain resort of Banff, AB. The drive to Banff takes approximately 2 hours and as you leave the pains, you will get your first glimpse of the Candian Rockies.

With Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominating its skyline, the resort town of Banff is by far the largest town in the Rockies. Banff features chateau style hotels, plenty of shops and dining options and a range of sightseeing and soft adventure options.

On arrival in Banff, check into your hotel.  Rest of the day free to explore Banff Avenue with its many shops and restaurants on your own.

Overnight in Banff, AB.
You will go on a three-hour tour of the town of Banff that will help you discover the story of this picturesque town.  With our local tour guide leading the way, you will be witness to stunning views and visit Banff’s major landmarks. The tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff including Banff such as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka.  It’s a complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!  
Your tour package includes the Banff Gondola, one of the most popular attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Sitting over 4000 feet above sea level, this state-of-the-art cable car offers travelers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The ride up to the top is an exciting experience, as passengers pass through lush forests, steep cliffs, and alpine meadows on their way to the summit. Once there, visitors can enjoy a few different activities including hiking trails, restaurants, gift shops, an interpretive center, and much more. Whether you are looking for a unique adventure or simply want to take in the stunning beauty of this majestic place, the Banff Gondola is not to be missed!
Afternoon free.

Overnight in Banff, AB.

Today we go one full guided small group tour of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake.  Located inside the Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the lakes are well-known for their distinct turquoise hues. On this tour, you will get an insight into the area’s mountaineering history.  You will have a chance to admire the beauty of the views of the Valley of Ten Peaks.  The tour offers you plenty of time for postcard picture photos.  Maple cookie snack, fresh water is offered on the tour.


Overnight in Banff, AB.

This morning we check-out of our hotel and depart for Jasper. This 11-hour one-way tour from Banff to  Jasper takes you through some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in North America. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, you will witness a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and numerous glaciers. The entire day is spent in the beautiful majesty of Canada’s two most famous National Parks, Banff, and Jasper.  Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway will include Lake Louise, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, the Columbia Ice fields, the Weeping Wall and Athabasca Falls.

At the Columbia Icefield we will stop for about 4-hours giving you ample time to partake in  the world-famous Ice explorer tour onto the Athabasca Glacier and explore the Glacier Skywalk over- looking the Sunwapta Valley. You may also choose to enjoy the interpretive exhibits at the Columbia Icefield Centre or take a short, guided walk to a scenic viewpoint. Picnic lunch is included on this tour.

Your luggage comes with you on the tour coach.


Overnight in Jasper, AB.
The day is free for you to take anyone of the several optional tours offered.

Overnight in Jasper, AB.
This morning, transfer on your own from your hotel in Jasper to VIA Rail Station early morning.  Your overnight VIA RAIL Train # 1 departs Jasper at 9:30 AM on an 800 kilometers journey past  magnificent mountain passes and rivers along the way, allowing you to soak in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains and get a peek of the highest peak in Canada, Mount Robson.   

Overnight on VIA Rail # 1.
Arrive in Vancouver this morning at 8:00 AM.  Transfer on own from VIA Rail Station to your hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Hotel check-in starts at 4:00 PM.
Rest of the day free to explore Vancouver.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC
Vancouver fascinating past and present comes together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts, and the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver.
Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Do not miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars, and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique and informative experiences await, including the Treetops Adventure.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC.
This is the end of your Essential Rockies Tour.  Check-out of hotel is posted for 11 AM.  Transfer on own to YVR International Airport for your flight home.

End of your Essential Rockies Tour.
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Inclusions

  • 8 Nights accommodations.
    3 nights in Banff.
    2 nights in Jasper.
    1 night abroad VIA Train # 1 from Jasper to Vancouver.
    2 nights in Vancouver.
  • Coach Tour of Banff, and its wildlife.
  • Admission tickets to Banff Gondola.
  • Half-day Moraine Lake & lake Louise Coach Tour.
  • Icefield Parkway Coach Tour from Banff to Jasper including visit to Columbia Icefield including Picnic Lunch.
  • Admissions to Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk.
  • Coach tour of City of Vancouver.
  • Admissions to Capilano Bridge.
  • Shuttle transfer from YYC International Airport/Calgary to hotel in Banff.
  • Overnight VIA Rail Economy (reclining seats) tickets from Jasper, AB to Vancouver, BC.
  • Resort fees, Taxes & GST.

Exclusions

  • Airfare.
  • Breakfast and other meals.
  • Transfer from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to hotel in downtown Vancouver.
  • Transfer from hotel in downtown Vancouver to Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
  • Park Fees.
  • Porterage at hotels. 
  • Bottled Water in hotel rooms.
  • Visa and Documentation Fees.
  • Telephone calls, Laundry, and other expenses.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Gratuities for hotel staff.
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended. We require clients to provide us a signed Waiver in the event your client opts to decline your offer to sell Travel Insurance.  DMCI Inc. sells Manulife Travel Insurance.  Please check with us for rates.
  • Optional Tours and activities.
  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out charges.  Charges will apply.
  • Gratuities for Tour Guides/Driver cum Guides (Expected)
  • If applicable, cost of any RTPCR/Antigen Test or costs related to quarantine.

Accommodations Featured

DestinationHotel
BanffElk + Avenue Hotel or similar
JasperChateau Jasper or similar
VancouverVancouver City Centre or similar

Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for information and assistance.

Tariffs

Room Configuration Beds Occupancy
TWIN or
SINGLE or
TRIPLE
QUAD
TWIN + 1 YOUTH + 1 CHILD
TWIN + 2 CHILD

For more information on Rooming and how rates apply, please refer to Important Notes

Optional Tour

These optional tours can be booked with our package. Please contact our Canada Destination Specialist for rates.

Notes about this Tour

Operation Info

YearDates of Operation
202220 May to 30 September
20231 May to 30 September
Blackout dates may apply. Please check with us for details.


Note: Operation of this tour is subject to the evolving COVID-19 situation.

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