Via Rail & the Canadian Rockies
Welcome to Calgary! Your tour starts from this morning.
Day-2- Calgary-Banff National Park
The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Day-3- Banff National Park
Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts. You can have an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day-4- Banff National park- Lake Louise- Columbia Icefield Jasper National park
First stop is lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is stop at the Columbia Icefield. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in Jasper National Park.
Day-5- Jasper National Park
Join the optional narrated cruise o Maligne lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon with much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.
Day-6- Jasper National Park- Via Rail the Canadian
On Via rail’s the Canadian, a late-afternoon departure allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian’s feature renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodation in sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers.
Day-7- Via rail the Canadian- Vancouver
Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, your day is at leisure for independent sightseeing.
Day-8- Vancouver-Ferry Crossing-Victoria
Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Island, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.
Day-9- Victoria- ferry- Crossing-Vancouver
Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfer to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule after 1:30 pm.
· Touring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach.
· Rooms with private facilities, hotel taxes, porterage, tips and service charges.
· 1 breakfast, On Via Rail- 1 dinner, 1 breakfast.
· Air Tickets
· Visa and Insurance
· Extra charges/expenses of personal nature like laundry, mineral water/drinks, telephone or any other charges/expenses not mentioned in Inclusions
· Optional Tours