Grand Rail Circle

An epic trip made of two unique rail routes fuses the sigh-triggering sights of the Rockies with a night in Whistler, Canada’s premier resort town

13 DAYS | VANCOUVER - VANCOUVER

TYPE: INDEPENDENT

TRAVEL: APR - OCT 2020

FROM $8,139*


ITINERARY

DAY 1 VANCOUVER

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

DAY 2 VANCOUVER – KAMLOOPS

Board Rocky Mountaineer train. Travel to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon & the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. BL

DAY 3 KAMLOOPS – BANFF

Your journey continues Eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow- capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. BL

DAY 4 BANFF

This morning, 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), a lake cruise on Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.

DAY 5 BANFF

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Many optional activities available.

DAY 6 BANFF – 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.

DAY 7 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.

DAY 8 LAKE LOUISE – JASPER

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. L

DAY 9 JASPER

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks. Later, experience a 3-hour guided nature walk featuring spectacular nature & stunning glacial lakes. B

DAY 10 JASPER – QUESNEL

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort of Jasper to the charming rural town of Quesnel. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Pass through the town of Prince George and into Quesnel. BL

DAY 11 QUESNEL – WHISTLER

Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranch-lands 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. BL

DAY 12 WHISTLER – VANCOUVER

Explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon return to Vancouver onboard 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. Upon arrival to Vancouver, you will be transferred to your downtown accommodation.

DAY 13 VANCOUVER

In the morning, checkout from hotel and onwards journey as per own arrangements.

  • Destinations of outstanding beauty including Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Quesnel, Whistler

  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 afternoon meal
  • 5 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Luggage handling and rail station
  • Transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
  • Jasper Breakfast Tour
  • National Parks Pass
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper

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B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner •*Terms and conditions apply. From prices are per person, twin share, based on lead in grades and/or seasons unless specified. When available, optional upgrades can be applied at time of booking. See bentours.co.nz for more information