Spirit of the Rockies (CR) - 2015

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12 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

Spirit of the Rockies
Ice Explorer
Ice Explorer
Vancouvers skyline and harbour
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
The Vancouver Harbour at dusk
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada
Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Vancouver Island

Vacation Overview

Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Begin your vacation in Vancouver with a tour that includes Chinatown and the famed totem poles of Stanley Park. Then, board the Rocky Mountaineer train and head for historic Kamloops, east to Shuswap Lake, and over the Continental Divide to breathtaking Banff National Park. 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.

Spend two nights in Banff at the internationally recognized Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a chateau-style hotel developed into one of the top three getaways in North America. En route to Lake Louise, enjoy a side trip to one of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, where ten mountain peaks soar 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. In Lake Louise, stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a world-famous resort built in 1890.

Travel on Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and hanging glaciers to Jasper National Park, Canada’s largest national park. View sapphire Peyto Lake and thundering Athabasca Falls, and ride an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier. Stay at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled between majestic mountains and mountain lakes. Drink in the scenery as you pass Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Then on to Sun Peaks and the mountain resort of Whistler, where you'll stay at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestled at the base of spectacular Blackcomb Mountain. Ferry across to Victoria, spend two nights, and visit Butchart Gardens, with its 55 acres of stunning floral displays. Finally, return via ferry to mainland Vancouver—a great ending to your exciting Canadian Rockies vacation.

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  • 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. 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.

DAY 1Arrive in Vancouver, BC

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

Vancouver Island The Vancouver Harbour at dusk Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 The beautiful harbour in Vancouver 

DAY 2Vancouver

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure. (Breakfast)

View of downtown Vancouver Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles 

DAY 3Vancouver–Rocky Mountaineer®–Kamloops

At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER. Follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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 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 Banff. 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).

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks 

DAY 4Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Banff

Back aboard the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake with its many miles of shoreline. Follow the Kicking Horse River and pass over the Continental Divide into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Lunch)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, internationally recognized as the symbol of Canadian hospitality. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, this chateau-style hotel developed into one of the top three getaways in North America.


DAY 5Banff

Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, tour the highlights of Banff: Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. Enjoy your choice of activities this afternoon: take a leisurely Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite NATURE WALK with a picnic lunch or enjoy AFTERNOON TEA at the Banff Springs Hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)


DAY 6Banff–Lake Louise

En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into our rooms, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location. (Breakfast, Dinner)


The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Built as a log cabin in 1890, the historic chateau has become world famous, hosting celebrities and royalty including Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine lake, pamper yourself in the spa, or just relax with Afternoon Tea.

Lake Louise Beautiful Moraine Lake in Banff National Park The blue-green color of Moraine Lake is due to glacial rock flour 

DAY 7Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 1,000-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Your overnight destination is the charming village of Jasper in Jasper National Park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend this evening at the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Originally built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and called “Tent City,” it is now a 4-star resort nestled between majestic mountains and enchanting lakes. Take a nature hike, play a game of croquet, enjoy a canoe trip on the lake, or just bask in the beauty of this tranquil setting.

Ice Explorer Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies 

DAY 8Jasper–Sun Peaks

Departing Jasper, watch the scenery unfold while traveling the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. (Breakfast)

Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies 

DAY 9Sun Peaks–Whistler

A spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics—and settle into the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler. (Breakfast)

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the all-season luxury resort, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, the chateau brings old and new together in a seamless meld of historical style and modern beauty. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in this pristine mountain wilderness.

Enjoy the spectacular views of Whistler 

DAY 10Whistler–Victoria

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations peoples. Afterward, Victoria awaits! Board a BC FERRY for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. This afternoon, discover British Columbia’s capital on a city highlights tour. Later, perhaps stroll around the Parliament buildings or do some shopping. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this delightful harbor city. (Breakfast)


DAY 11Victoria

Today, another choose your experience activity! Enjoy traditional AFTERNOON TEA at the grand Fairmont Empress Hotel or, for the more adventurous, choose the WHALE-WATCHING excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This afternoon, visit the world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Later, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada 

DAY 12Victoria–Vancouver

This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm. (Breakfast)



Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

Breakfast daily (breakfast on RedLeaf Service is continental—not a full American breakfast), 3 lunches, 4 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner at Butchart Gardens

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.


Years of Experience: 21 years

Born in Switzerland, it was my childhood dream to live in America. It happened in 1983 and I started a new life in New York. As a Tour Director, I have worked in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, the Canadian Rockies, the American West, and Hawaii. I like to brag about America's national parks and share stories about them so our guests will have plenty of reasons to travel with us again.

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UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on the Spirit of the Rockies:

  • Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks