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First Passage to the West at Leisure

First Passage to the West at Leisure

7 nights from
AU$4,059 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    10 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
7 nights from
AU$4,059 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    10 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 7-night accommodationActivityActivity Icefields and glacier experienceInclusionInclusion 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journeyInclusionInclusion 12-minute panoramic helicopter tour over the RockiesMealsMeals Meals as per itineraryTourTour Banff tour including Banff Gondola

Summary

Marvel at the Canadian Rockies from many angles through this 8-day adventure package between Vancouver and Calgary. Explore the bustling city of Vancouver and board the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer train for Kamloops. Catch sight of the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and admire contrasting landscapes as you travel through Canada’s pristine wilderness. Continue the journey to Lake Louise, the famous glacier-fed lake cradled by soaring, snow-capped mountains. Enjoy a scenic drive on the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most beautiful highways, for a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, which offers an exciting ride to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier. Be an eyewitness to the natural wonders of Yoho National Park before departing for the lovely resort town of Banff, where you can trek mountain trails, cruise a lake, or try a rejuvenating hot spring bath. For an ultimate experience, hop in a Banff Gondola cable car and travel over stunning mountain ranges. Finally, indulge in a 12-minute helicopter tour over the Rockies before your transfer to the charming city of Calgary.

2020 Departure dates:

From Vancouver
April 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 29 & 30;
May 3, 4. 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28 & 31;
June 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 & 29;
July 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 27 & 30;
August 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30 & 31;
September 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24 & 27;
October 1, 4 & 8

From Calgary
April 10, 14, 27, 21, 24 & 28;
May 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 & 30;
June 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27, & 30;
July 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28 & 31;
August 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 & 29;
September 1, 4, 5, 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25 & 29;
October 2 & 6

Inclusions

  • 7-night hotel accommodation
  • 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • Icefields and glaciers experience
  • Tour of Banff and Lake Louise
  • Banff Gondola ride
  • Sightseeing tour of Yoho National Park
  • Panoramic helicopter tour

Itinerary

Day 1, Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2, Vancouver to Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30 am PT. Travel 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. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking. (B, L)

Day 3, Kamloops to Lake Louise
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25 am PT, to continue your journey east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. 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. Highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends upon arrival in Lake Louise between 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm MT. (B, L)

Day 4, Icefields and glaciers experience
Today, enjoy a full-day tour along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. 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. At the Columbia Icefield Centre, time is provided for lunch (not included) after you have had a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (admission included). Here, you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Afterward, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise. (L)

Day 5, Sightseeing tour of Yoho National Park and Lake Louise
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 pm, scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 pm. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 6, Free day in Banff
Today, you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 7, Banff to Calgary with panoramic helicopter tour
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, Lake Minnewanka, 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.

Day 8, Calgary
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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