Great Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer (CDE) - 2015

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10 Day Tour from Calgary to Vancouver


Great Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer
Ice Explorer
Ice Explorer
Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park
Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway
Vancouver Island
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Lake Louise
Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada

Vacation Overview

A sampling of world-class Canadian resorts combined with breathtaking scenery highlight this Canadian Rockies vacation. Start your trip in Calgary then travel to Lake Louise to spend an evening at the elegant Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, known for its beauty, comfort, and Old World charm. Travel north on Icefields Parkway and savor stunning views of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Next: a highlight of your vacation—take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia IceField, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies.

Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, and stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, set deep in the Canadian Rockies and the embodiment of peace, tranquility, and natural beauty. See Maligne Lake and enjoy a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy leisure time in Jasper, strolling through the pretty streets and relaxing at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge with its spectacular, outdoor adventure opportunities.

Head to Banff and take in the natural beauty of Banff and Yoho National Parks. Spend two nights at the famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a symbol of the Canadian Rockies with its championship golf course, world-class spa, and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness. Enjoy a sightseeing tour with a ride on the Banff gondola up Sulphur Mountain. You’ll also have time to explore Banff on your own.

Finally, extend your Canadian vacation with a journey on the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver. Travel over the Continental Divide and along the Kicking Horse River to Kamloops before winding your way through the Fraser Canyon and fertile Thompson Valley to Vancouver. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, see wild rivers, majestic mountain ranges, and beautiful lakes. Upon arrival in Vancouver, take a full day at leisure as the perfect end to your resorts-and-rails Canadian Rockies vacation.

     
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CALGARY
Orientation tour

LAKE LOUISE
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Guided walk with a local expert

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Guided sightseeing; Sulphur Mountain Gondola; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite historic tour of Fairmont

BANFF-VANCOUVER
Rocky Mountaineer

NOTES:

  • Upgrades to deluxe rooms at select Fairmont properties are available. Please call for pricing.
  • Your Train: The Rocky Mountaineer travels through spectacular Canadian scenery. RedLeaf Service provides spacious, fully reclining seats, picture windows, and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to SilverLeaf Service features a single-level dome coach offering panoramic views from oversized windows and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to GoldLeaf Dome Service offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining room.
  • The July 2 departure with Calgary extension features the Calgary Stampede.


DAY 1Arrive in Calgary

Welcome to Calgary! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming Canadian Rockies adventure.

Beautiful view of downtown Calgary at sunset Visit metropolitan Calgary Calgary skyline 
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DAY 2Calgary–Lake Louise

This morning, enjoy an orientation tour of Calgary before heading to Lake Louise. Enjoy a leisurely Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite GUIDED WALK along the lake and hear about the area’s first settlers, some of the unique characters, and the history of this incredible setting. The rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a canoe excursion, stroll along the lake, or just relax at this historic Canadian resort. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel tonight is the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Situated in one of the world’s most breathtaking settings, it evokes a sense of timeless beauty, warmth, intimacy, comfort, and Old World charm. The resort affords incredible opportunities for sightseeing, recreation, photography, shopping, and dining.

Lake Louise 
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DAY 3Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper

North on Icefields Parkway to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glaciers. We’ll stop at Peyto Lake, considered the best view in Canada and among the best in the world. Next, a trip highlight: the Columbia Icefield for a memorable ride on an ICE EXPLORER. Stand on 1,000 feet of ice and come face to face with the glaciers that feed into a Triple Continental Divide. On to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel for the next two nights is Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Set deep in the Canadian Rockies, the lodge’s rugged elegance makes it the embodiment of peace, tranquility, and natural beauty. With one of the world’s finest golf courses, spectacular outdoor opportunities, gracious hospitality, and fine cuisine, Jasper Park Lodge is the ideal vacation spot.

Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park 
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DAY 4Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake

This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake. The balance of the day is at leisure, so enjoy your resort. Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, and Bing Crosby were known to play a round of golf on this scenic course—and you can, too. Treat yourself to a spa treatment, or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. (Breakfast)

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park 
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DAY 5Jasper–Yoho National Park–Banff

This morning, we stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing our sightseeing with visits to BANFF and YOHO NATIONAL PARK. See the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River and Emerald Lake. Arrive in Banff, with the balance of the day at leisure. (Breakfast)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel for the next two nights is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Few hotels in the world rival its majesty, hospitality, and scenery—a symbol of the Canadian Rockies for more than a century. The hotel offers stunning vistas, championship golf courses, a world-class European-style spa, and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness.

Yoho National Park, established in 1886 Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks The rushing waters in Yoho National Park 
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DAY 6Banff

Enjoy sightseeing with a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA up Sulphur Mountain. Afterward, a scenic drive around Tunnel Mountain—watch for animals like elk and deer and unique landscape features like the Hoodoos and Bow River. Later, take advantage of an optional helicopter flightseeing trip with dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff or stroll the town’s colorful streets. This evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite HISTORIC TOUR of your hotel followed by a WINE TASTING. Then, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner, the perfect finale for your vacation! (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 7Banff–Rocky Mountaineer–Kamloops

This morning, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER and travel over the Continental Divide and along the Kicking Horse River. Westward to Shushwap Lake with its thousand miles of shoreline, then overnight in Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops. (Breakfast, Lunch)

NOTE:
Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2- or 3-star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours; however, you can rest assured that it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Vancouver. Checked luggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items (SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf passengers will have their luggage delivered to their Kamloops hotel).

Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver Island 
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DAY 8Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Vancouver

Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer your journey passes through the fertile Thompson Valley and the Fraser Canyon. This afternoon, arrive in Vancouver, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay. (Breakfast, Lunch)

View of downtown Vancouver 
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DAY 9Vancouver

A full day at leisure to explore this vibrant city. Consider an optional excursion to Vancouver Island and charming Victoria, or explore Gastown. Your Globus Host will have suggestions. (Breakfast)

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DAY 10Vancouver

Your vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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Transportation

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach.



Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Banff (breakfast on RedLeaf Service is continental—not a full American breakfast)


With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

LYNDA BROWN

Years of Experience: 15 years

Born in Calgary, I caught the travel bug while teaching in Europe-and I haven't looked back since! Western Canada is my preferred travel destination, and having the Rockies in my backyard to enjoy year round is indeed a privilege! I've also had the thrill of introducing many visitors to Calgary's famous Stampede every July. I'm a proud Canadian and proud Calgarian. I am here to share the pride and love I have for my country-its people, culture, food, geography, and history.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites


The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Great Resorts of the Canadian Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer:

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks