Vancouver & the Rockies by Rocky Mountaineer 2021
9 days with Tauck Rating:
Day 1 Arrive Vancouver
Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver. A transfer is included upon arrival from the Vancouver Airport to the Fairmont Waterfront. One of the most beautifully sited cities in North America, cosmopolitan Vancouver dazzles the eye wherever you look with views of the water, the mountains, and a glittering skyline. Your hotel is perfectly located to enjoy it all. Join us for our welcome reception followed by dinner. (D)
Day 2 Discovering Vancouver By Land & Air
Home to an active cultural scene and abundant natural resources, Vancouver is a city steeped in pleasures. Thismorning, a floatplane ride from Coal Harbour takes you flightseeing for a completely different perspective on this city by the sea – and it’s just as scenic from the air. Continue on to Stanley Park, a stunning green oasis in the midst of the city, and enjoy lunch on your own at your choice of Granville Island’s tempting eateries. On a sightseeing tour this afternoon, enjoy a docent-led tour of the Bill Reid Gallery, a showcase for contemporary Aboriginal art of the Northwest Coast. One of Canada’s greatest artists, Bill Reid was an acclaimed Haida master goldsmith, carver, sculptor and writer, whose work is on display here. Enjoy dinner this evening at a local restaurant. (B, D)
Day 3 All Aboard Rocky Mountaineer
Your awe-inspiring journey to the Canadian Rockies begins! Travel to the railway station for an early-morning send-off onboard Rocky Mountaineer. Relaxing in your GoldLeaf Service glass-dome coach, you will witness 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 British Columbia’s desert-like interior. One highlight of this leg of your trip is Hell’s Gate – rushing waters squeezing through an abrupt narrowing of the mighty Fraser River. In 1808, the explorer Simon Fraser described this whitewater chute as “a place where no human being should venture.” Your train rolls on to another highlight – and it’s quite a contrast: the landscape of steep slopes, rock sheds, and arid bluffs along the Thompson River. At the end of the day, Rocky Mountaineer glides along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Spend the night at Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops. (B, L, D)
Day 4 Over the Continental Divide by Rail
Your journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer continues to the breathtaking Canadian Rockies in Alberta. Prepare to be surrounded by dramatic scenery as your train follows the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Take in Mount Robson, at 12,972 feet (3,954 m.) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. See Pyramid Falls and climb over Yellowhead Pass. Your rail trip ends in the town of Jasper. Travel to Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, your resort in the heart of the Jasper National Park, for a two-night stay. (B, L, D)
Day 5 A Free Day in Jasper National Park
Wake up on the shore of Lac Beauvert in the remote wilderness of Jasper National Park, where you have the whole day to enjoy the activities and amenities offered at your lodge resort. You can go kayaking, canoeing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking... take a wildlife tour, play a round of golf, or relax in the spa (some activities are at additional cost). (B, D)
Day 6 The Spectacular Icefields Parkway
The Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise is among North America’s most stunning drives. Travel this roadway as it winds through snow-domed peaks past hanging glaciers – and make sure to keep watch for wandering elk, deer, bighorn sheep, and bears. At the Athabasca Glacier, board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a smooth, slow ride up this 7,200-ft.-high part of the Columbia Icefield. Your final destination today is Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, set on the lake within Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; you’ll stay in a lake-view room tonight. Set your alarm to be sure to catch the sunrise from your window tomorrow morning! (B, L, D)
Day 7 A Morning at Lake Louise as you please
Watching the sun rise over the mountains and Lake Louise is truly a sight to behold – and an inspiring way to begin the day. The color of the lake is a turquoise blue that hardly seems real; the water contains light rock flour, made by the grinding of glaciers, which reflects the sunlight creating a color so beautiful you won’t want to look away. Spend the morning at leisure exploring your resort and the area’s walking and hiking trails. Canoeing is available (at an extra cost). This afternoon, enjoy a change of scenery and pace when you travel to your next accommodations, another historic Canadian Pacific Railway Hotel in Banff National Park; known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” Fairmont Banff Springs is a grand resort built in the style of a Scottish castle. Set on the Bow River, this landmark has welcomed nature lovers in style for 125+ years. (B, L, D)
Day 8 A Bow River Valley Float Trip
Begin the day with a morning float trip* along the Bow River, a perfect way to take in the grandeur of the Rockies. Then spend the rest of the day as you wish. You can go into the town of Banff and discover that the town itself is filled with unique galleries to explore. For some amazing views, ride up into the mountains aboard the Banff Gondola. Your resort offers many activities (some available at additional cost); take a guided nature walk, book a treatment at the Willow Stream Spa, go horseback riding, play a round of golf, and more. Join us for a farewell reception and dinner tonight. (B, D)
Day 9 Journey home
Tour ends: Calgary. Travel through the Canadian Rockies to Calgary International Airport this morning (approx. 80 miles) for your journey home. Fly home anytime after 12:00 noon. Direct flights to the US will clear US customs in Calgary. Allow two hours for flight check-in at the airport. (B)
All This Included
A journey that will transport you, body and soul... from the sophisticated seaport city of Vancouver... to a classic train ride aboard the Rocky Mountaineer through unspoiled wilderness... to the snowy peaks and glacial lakes of the Canadian Rockies... experience nature at its most spectacular.
Explore Vancouver, known for its culinary innovation, art scene, and beautiful mountain backdrop, where you’ll take in bird's-eye views by floatplane, enjoy a private visit to a First Nations art gallery, and more... Ride the rails into the Canadian Rockies onboard Rocky Mountaineer, enjoying breathtaking scenery from a GoldLeaf Service glass-dome coach... Travel along the Icefields Parkway, discovering Athabasca Glacier by Ice Explorer... and stay at four premier Fairmont resort hotels in Vancouver and in Jasper and Banff National Parks!
Vancouver: Fairmont Waterfront
Kamloops: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Kamloops
Jasper National Park: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Banff National Park: Fairmont Banff Springs
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