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Grand Rail Circle Holiday

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Rocky Mountaineer

This is truly a grand rail circle, starting in Vancouver you board the Rocky Mountaineer daylight train service into the Canadian Rockies.  Staying in the resort towns of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, all a highlight, you continue your journey by rail on Rocky Mountaineer’s Rainforest to Goldrush train.  Arriving into the mountain resort of Whistler enjoy some free time before returning to Vancouver along the Sea to Sky corridor, with breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains.

What's included

• International flights from London Gatwick on Air Transat in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 12 nights hotel accommodation
• 5 day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in SilverLeaf Service
• 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 afternoon snack on the Rocky Mountaineer Train
• Vancouver Lookout
• Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
• Yoho National Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
• Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
• Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
• Luggage handling and National Park Pass
• Tour director throughout

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 Fly from London to Vancouver

Depart London Gatwick on Air Transat’s direct flight to Vancouver. You will arrive independently at your hotel. Enjoy some free time to explore this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 Rocky Mountaineer 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. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you 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. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4 Banff Sightseeing

This morning you are free to explore scenic Banff on your own. After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5 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 6 Banff to Lake Louise

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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 7 Free Day in Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 Lake Louise to Jasper

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. 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. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 9 Jasper Highlights Tour

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10 Jasper to Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Quesnel.

Day 11 Quesnel to Whistler

Your journey continues south today to the four-season resort of Whistler. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in the resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. Breakfast and lunch included. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 12 Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canape style. On arrival at the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 13 Fly from Vancouver to London

Your holiday ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel where you then make your way to depart the city of Vancouver for your return flight home.

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Dates

Selected departure dates between May and Oct 2017

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Please note prices and availability are subject to change

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


12 Nights, 13 Days

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer Train
  • 4 breakfast, 4 lunches and 1 afternoon snack
  • Icefields Parkway Tour with Ice Explorer Ride
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • £640 per couple added value!
  • 2018 early booking offers!

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Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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from only £4,298 per person

Based on Gatwick Departure

£640 per couple bonus credit!

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At a glance


12 Nights, 13 Days

  • 12 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • 5 day Rocky Mountaineer Train
  • 4 breakfast, 4 lunches and 1 afternoon snack
  • Icefields Parkway Tour with Ice Explorer Ride
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • £640 per couple added value!
  • 2018 early booking offers!

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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