Coastal Passage First Passage to the West Discovery Self-Drive - Westbound 2019

Tour code DPGW

  • Highlights:
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • North Shore Tour with Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain
  • Calgary Tower
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (Eastbound)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches (Westbound)
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • 3 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charges and unlimited kilometres
  • Rail station transfers in Kamloops, Vancouver and Seattle (Eastbound)
  • Rail station transfers in Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver and Seattle(Westbound)
  • Luggage handling
  • 7 nights hotel
  • from $2,955.77 USD
route map

Day 1: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and collect your rental car. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Calgary on your own. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary to Lake Louise

Today's two and a half hour journey from Calgary to Lake Louise takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, Hoodoos, Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The day is yours at leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 3: Lake Louise to Banff

Today, drive the scenic one-hour journey from Lake Louise to Banff. Along the way, watch for deer and elk crossing the specially constructed wildlife bridges over the highway. Alternatively, take a more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the shops, restaurants, pristine scenery and plentiful wildlife of magnificent Banff National Park. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of the BC Interior. Enjoy the spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the Interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 5: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 6: Vancouver to Vancouver

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. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 7: Vancouver to Seattle

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer's Coastal Passage route from Vancouver to the gateway to the Pacific Northwest, the 'Emerald City' of Seattle. A motorcoach will transfer you from your hotel to the Rocky Mountaineer station this morning, where you will board your dome coach for the southbound rail journey to Seattle. After boarding, toast the voyage ahead and indulge in a delectable hot breakfast as you cross the mighty Fraser River and depart Vancouver. Highlights include the community of White Rock as the train hugs the Pacific Coast, views of Bellingham Bay and the San Juan Islands beyond, the fields at the foot of the Cascade Mountains near Mount Vernon, the fishing fleet (and Boeing jets) of Everett, and a unique view of the Chittenden Locks linking Puget Sound to Lakes Union and Washington as the train nears Seattle. Upon arrival in Seattle at King Street Station, you will clear US customs and immigration, disembark, and transfer to a motorcoach which will take you (and your luggage) to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Seattle. Breakfast will be served onboard.

Day 8: Seattle

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Seattle hotel.

Departure Dates:

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July: 7   14   21   28   
August: 4   11   18   25   
September: 1   8   15