Best of the Rockies
RAIL & CRUISE TOUR
BANFF | LAKE LOUISE | JASPER | ROCKY MOUNTAINEER | VANCOUVER | ALASKAN CRUISE
Enjoy this incredible tour around Western Canada taking in the best of the west has to offer. Discover the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies when visiting Banff and Lake Louise, before taking a ride on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Stay in vibrant Vancouver and get to know this trendy scene then end your holiday on a spectacular Holland America Cruise through the Inside Passage and Alaska. This is a trip you won't forget.
- Explore the unforgettable Canadian Rockies, including the amazing Icefields Parkway
- Ride on the world famous Rocky Mountaineer
- Enjoy an incredible Alaskan Cruise with Holland America Line
Best of the Rockies
Day 1 : UK - Calgary - Banff
When arriving in Calgary you will then be transferred to Banff with Brewster Express. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, Banff Caribou, where you will stay for the next two nights. The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions, you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The locals are warm, open and genuinely connected to the inspiring environment in which they live.
Hotel for 2 nights: Banff Caribou
Day 2 : Free Day Banff
Today is free for you to explore at leisure. Perhaps you’ll browse the shops along Banff Avenue or visit one of the charming local cafés, dine out, or just relax and enjoy the facilities in your hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous why not set off on one of the optional experiences that are available today. Perhaps enjoy a Banff Experience Tour, or take to the skies over Banff National Park on a heli-sightseeing trip.
Day 3 : Banff - Lake Louise
Depart Banff today for a short drive to Lake Louise. The jewel of the Rockies is one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. This natural phenomenon is simply stunning; the emerald green lake and surrounding rugged peaks of mountains and glaciers make for an unforgettable experience.
Hotel for 1 night: Lake Louise Inn
Day 4 : Lake Louise - Jasper
Relax during breakfast this morning before travelling along the spectacular Icefields Parkway – a scenic route that winds through the Canadian Rockies past the ancient glaciers, vast icefields, broad sweeping valleys and pristine lakes that straddle the Continental Divide. You’ll witness amazing scenery as mountain peaks reflect in still lakes and pine clad slopes give way to alpine meadows. This drive is an experience itself. En route stop at the giant Columbia Icefield. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Afterwards, continue on to the fairy tale village of Jasper, located within picturesque Jasper National Park. In Jasper, you’ll be escaping the urban bustle and will be at the heart of Canada’s extraordinary wilderness.
Hotel for 2 nights: Jasper Inn & Suites
Day 5 : Free Day Jasper
The day is free to enjoy Jasper. This pleasant Alpine village is nestled amidst some of Canada’s most stunning scenery. The “Gem of the Canadian Rockies” is surrounded by snow-capped mountains, thundering waterfalls, glaciers, lakes and rivers running in deep canyons, a region where wildlife abounds. Perhaps take a gondola ride to Jasper’s alpine tundra for stunning views of six mountain ranges, or maybe a gentle raft ride down the Athabasca River; then stroll around the village and relax with a coffee. Your evening wildlife tour offers amazing close-up photo opportunities, so be sure to take your camera along!
Day 6 : Rocky Mountaineer - Jasper to Kamloops
This morning board the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service for the journey of a lifetime. As you cross the stunning scenery of the Canadian Rockies, pass glistening snow-capped peaks and deep blue glacier fed lakes that reflect the sky above and their mountain surrounding, cascading waterfalls and soaring forests, keep an eye out for abundant wildlife - bears, moose and mountain sheep. And enjoy the on-board food and service as you swap stories with your fellow passengers. You’ll pass all this jaw-dropping scenery en-route to Kamloops in central British Columbia. Sit back, relax and enjoy truly wonderful service.
Day 7 : Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops - 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 along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening, you will then be transferred to your hotel where you will stay for 2 nights.
Hotel for 2 nights: Holiday Inn Downtown
Day 8 : Vancouver
Enjoy the best of Vancouver on this city tour taking you to Vancouver’s downtown, Chinatown and Gastown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Park and see the stories of its many Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay, visit Granville Island Market and take a ride up The Lookout for 360° views of the Vancouver and Coastal Mountains. This evening is free to explore the vibrant nightlight Vancouver has to offer.
Day 9-15 : Holland America Cruise
Enjoy a morning of leisure before transferring to the cruise terminal to board your premium ship for your magical Inside Passage cruise. Whilst on this cruise you will visit Alaskan cities of Juneau, Skagway and Ketchikan, as well as seeing the incredible Glacier Bay.
Cruise ship: Holland America Line’s ms Nieuw Amsterdam or ms Volendam.
Day 16 : Vancouver - UK
Today is the final day of your incredible holiday. This morning you will disembark the cruise and then be transferred from the Cruise terminal to Vancouver to board your flight back to the UK.