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First Passage to the West Connector - Westbound - 2019

Tour code VBGW

  • Highlights:
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise (or reverse)
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper (or reverse)
  • Jasper Highlights Tour (Westbound only)
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Rail stations transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • 6 nights hotel (Eastbound) 
  • 7 nights hotel (Westbound)
  • from $3,049.00 CAD
route map

Day 1: Jasper

Arrive in Jasper and spend time exploring this picturesque mountain resort at your leisure. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 2: Jasper to Jasper

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 3: Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk 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. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 4: 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 5: Banff to 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), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 6: 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 7: 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 8: Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Departure Dates:

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June: 4   7   11   14   18   21   25   28   29   
July: 2   5   6   9   12   13   16   19   20   23   26   27   30   
August: 2   3   6   9   10   13   16   17   20   23   24   27   30   31   
September: 3   6   7   10   13   14   17   20   21   24   27   
October: 1   4   8