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First Passage to the West Culinary Exploration Holiday

Rocky Mountaineer
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Rocky Mountaineer

Spice up your Rocky Mountaineer holiday with a dash of foodie-focused features in Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary. Imagine touring through Rocky Mountain peaks in the morning, and feasting on gourmet meals in the evening!

What's included

• International flights based on London Gatwick on Air Transat in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 9 nights hotel accommodation
• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in SilverLeaf Service
• Breakfast and lunch each day on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
• Culinary walking tour of Granville Island or Chinatown
• Vancouver Lookout
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
• Six-Course wine-paired gourmet menu at The Post Hotel Dining Room
• Yoho National Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
• Six-course wine-paired chef's tasting menu at Eden Restaurant in The Rimrock Hotel
• Banff to Calgary Tour including Banff Gondola
• Panoramic Helicopter Tour
• A culinary tour of one of Calgary's neighbourhoods
• Rail station transfers in Lake Louise, Kamloops and Vancouver
• Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Upgrades
Celebrating anything?
Why not upgrade your flights to Club Class
Treat yourself and upgrade your train tour to GoldLeaf or GoldLeaf Deluxe

Itinerary

Day 1: Tour Start - Vancouver

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

Day 2: Vancouver Culinary Activities

Today, select your choice of one of two culinary activity options: 1. “Made in BC” Vancouver food tour on Granville Island 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. 2. Wok Around Chinatown It’s no secret that off-duty chefs love to shop for themselves and choose from the freshest local and exotic fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats. Get to know this colourful district from a culinary and cultural perspective with “A Wok Around Chinatown”. The adventure will begin at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens, and will meander through the diverse specialty shops and vendors, featuring products from barbequed crispy ducks and teas, to herbal medicines and cookware supplies. A viewing of historical landmarks, a visit to a symbolic merchant, and a well-deserved dim sum lunch will be part of the tour! Please note: guests will need to make their own way to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens (578 Carrall St.) for the tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3: Vancouver to Kamloops

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. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 4: Kamloops to Lake Louise

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. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 5: Icefields and Glacier Experience; Gourmet Dinner at The Post

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. Afterwards, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Tonight, surrounded by Canadian pine, fresh flowers, sparkling crystal, and the warm glow of the grand fireplace, the marriage of food and wine thrives. Savour the exquisite talents of the Post’s international cooking team led by European-trained Executive Chef Hans Sauter. The “Grand Award” winning wine cellar with more than 25,500 bottles and over 2,300 selections offers the perfect complement to the tastes of Chef Sauter’s six course gourmet menu… bon appétit. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6: 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 7: Free Day in Banff; Chef's Tasting Menu at Eden

Chef’s Tasting Menu at Eden
2 Hours
Tonight, you will relax in the luxurious atmosphere and take in incredible mountain views while enjoying Banff’s finest dining experience at Eden, renowned for its delicately crafted French cuisine, influenced by fresh local ingredients. Located in The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Eden has been honored since 2003 with AAA/CAA 5-Diamond and “Best of Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator awards. You will enjoy the diverse and imaginative flavours of a six-course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for each item that compliments and enhances each course. Overnight in Banff.

Day 8: 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 9: Calgary Culinary Neighbourhood Tour

Today, enjoy a culinary tour of one of Calgary’s neighbourhoods. Professional guides lead three hour small group walking/tasting tours, where you’ll meet local chefs, restaurant owners, and food artisans while enjoying a delicious progressive meal filled with Alberta’s best food, drink, fun and adventure. Along the way, the tour leader shares entertaining stories of the area’s history, art and culture. Lunch is definitely included! The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 10: Tour End - Calgary

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Want to alter anything?

Please call one of our travel experts on 0207 616 9184 to tell us your requirements

Dates

Selected departure dates between April and September 2018 and April to September 2019

Please note prices and availability are subject to change. 

The Tour Price is based on London Gatwick departure - Call us for other departure airports.

Services

Train Tour Service Levels

 

GoldLeaf Service

SilverLeaf Service

Coach Style

Bi-level dome

Single-level dome

Window Style

Fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs, private dining room on the lower level with large picture windows

Oversized domed windows

Included meals served onboard

Gourmet à la carte

Hot or cold breakfast options, Delicious hot entree lunch options

Gourmet Snacks 

Included

Included

Meal service style

Served in the dining room

Individual service at your seat

Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts

Three to Four, plus full culinary team

Three

Alcoholic beverages

Complimentary throughout journey

Complimentary throughout journey

Non-alcoholic beverages

Included

Included

Outdoor viewing area

Large open-air vestibule

Outdoor viewing between coaches

Luggage in Kamloops/ Quesnel

Delivered to your hotel

Delivered to your hotel

Full storytelling

Included

Included

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At a glance


9 nights, 10 days

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 2 Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Culinary Tours in Vancouver and Calgary
  • 2 six-course wine-paired meals
  • Available from London Gatwick, Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • Up to £480 credit! Learn more.
  • Many 2019 holidays held at 2018 prices!

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2017 - Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)
Winner of British Travel Awards 2017

Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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from only £4,713 per person

Tour Available in Reverse
Based on Gatwick Departure

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At a glance


9 nights, 10 days

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 2 Day Rocky Mountaineer Train Journey
  • 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Culinary Tours in Vancouver and Calgary
  • 2 six-course wine-paired meals
  • Available from London Gatwick, Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • Up to £480 credit! Learn more.
  • Many 2019 holidays held at 2018 prices!

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2017 - Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)
Winner of British Travel Awards 2017

Gold award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully protected - We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA
Fully Protected

ATOL, ABTA and IATA logos

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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