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First Passage to the West Highlights

First Passage to the West Highlights

6 nights from
AU$3,959 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    11 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
6 nights from
AU$3,959 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    11 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 6-night accommodation in CanadaInclusionInclusion First Passage to the West excursion from Rocky Mountaineer, either GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf ServiceInclusionInclusion Panoramic helicopter flight in the RockiesTour Tour Scenic cable car ride via Banff GondolaTourTour Choice of included sightseeing tour in VancouverTourTour Visit Yoho National Park and Lake Louise

Summary

Surrender to the soul-stirring landscape of the Canadian Rockies from the comfort and luxury of Rocky Mountaineer's famous glass-dome coach. Get introduced to the highlights of west Canada as you ride the rails of the popular First Passage to the West route, with plenty of time to soak in the jawdropping nature of the Great White North.  Dive into the wilderness while enjoying Rocky Mountaineer's first class service, all-dome feet, and delectable cuisines being served as you mingle with others or enjoy the privacy of being at one with Canada's pristine wilderness.

From Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa, you're given enough time to ponder, take photo, or to simply breathe in the fresh mountain air of the Rockies. The First Passage to the West excursion is a luxurious affair for the senses, a way to smoothly chug along the coastal features of Vancouver, leading to the spirited city of Kamloops, where North and South Thompson rivers meet, then to the stunning Lake Louise and Banff, a nature's paradise that's sure to seduce. The smooth and scenic ride might be enough to lullabye you to a state of bliss, but try to stay awake and you'll get rewarded with hypnotizing scenery. From the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, to the pine forests and winding river canyons, to the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate, to Craigellachie, Rogers Pass, and Kicking Horse Canyon - this journey is epic in every sense of the word. Throw in an exciting panoramic helicopter tour from Banff to Calgary and this package becomes what dreams are made of!

Tour starts from Vancouver or Calgary.

2020 DATES

From Vancouver:

April: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

May: 02, 03, 06, 09, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31

June: 03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28

July: 01, 04, 05, 08, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26, 29

August: 01, 02, 05, 08, 09, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29, 30

September: 02, 05, 06, 09, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23 ,26, 30

October: 03, 07

From Calgary:

April: 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30

May: 03, 04, 07, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28, 31

June: 01, 04, 07, 08, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29

July: 02, 05, 06, 09, 12, 13, 16 ,19, 20, 23, 26, 27, 30

August: 02, 03, 06, 09, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30, 31

September: 03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27

October: 01, 04, 08

INCLUSIONS

  • 6-night hotel accommodation
  • 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 2 breakfasts and lunches
  • Choice of included sightseeing tour in Vancouver
  • Banff & Lake Louise
  • Banff Gondola
  • 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 Sightseeing
Today, select your choice of one of four activity options:

1. Enjoy a six-hour sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore. Travel across the Lions Gate Bridge and into the Coast Mountains. Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Treetops Adventure, discovering the coastal temperate rainforest and British Columbia’s First Nations heritage. Next, visit Grouse Mountain (gondola admission included), the Peak of Vancouver, and take in breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation;

2. Enjoy a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver’s highlights, and experience the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture while being active. The 23km ride takes in the seawall and rainforest of Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island (including the Aquabus ferry), False Creek, Chinatown, Gastown, and Coal Harbour. Includes helmet and bicycle rental. Please note: Guests’ heights needed to arrange appropriately-sized bicycles, and guests will need to make their own way to/from 1344 Burrard St. for the tour;

3. British Columbia’s mild climate and unique geographic location, tucked between mountains and sea, provide the province with an abundance of amazing culinary bounty which guests will explore on this in-depth “Made in BC” Vancouver food tour on Granville Island. In the company of an experienced local chef or food writer (maximum six guests/docent), this 2.5 hour walk will get under the skin (or peel) of this fascinating and delicious world as intellectually curious guests tour the market, meet some of the local producers and taste their delicious wares. Please note: Include any dietary restrictions or allergies, and the docent will adapt accordingly, as there are several tastings of fish or seafood, and guests will need to make their own way to/from 126 Davie St. for the tour;

4. Experience the Howe Sound coast line from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on a “Sea Safari”. With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water’s surface, surrounded by BC’s unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation;

5. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3, Vancouver to Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am 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 6:00pm and 7:30pm 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 4, Kamloops to Lake Louise
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am 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 7:00pm and 8:30pm MT. (B, L)

Day 5, Sightseeing Tour Yoho Park Lake Louise to Banff
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, 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 7, Tour End - Calgary
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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