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Private Touring - Luxury Rockies by Rail Circle

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10 Days / 9 Nights
Vancouver to Vancouver
From USD$10,700 per person
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Our trip through western Canada planned by Canada by Design was fabulous.

Jeffrey, California, United States

Canadian Rockies Rail Tours highlights: Vancouver | Victoria | Jasper | Moraine Lake | Banff | This 10-day Private Journey gives you a perfect introduction to the Canadian Rockies, with time in the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver, travel to and from the Canadian Rockies on two of the world's best rail journeys allowing time to discover Alberta's mountain resort towns of Jasper and Banff.

  • Victoria & Butchart Gardens
  • Scenic 35-minute floatplane ride between Victoria & Vancouver
  • Private Bedroom on-board VIA Rail
  • Private touring in the Rockies by luxury SUV with your own driver guide
  • Must-do sightseeing attractions in Banff and Jasper National Parks
  • Evening Wildlife Tour in Jasper
  • Ride on the Ice Explorer onto Athabasca Glacier
  • Admission to Jasper National Park's newest attraction: Glacier Skywalk
  • Ride the iconic Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf Service

    2020 Summer Early Booking Bonus
    Book by November 15, 2019, receive up to $1,150 per couple in added value which can be used for additional hotel nights, city sightseeing tours, activities or private transfers.
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The below itinerary is only a suggestion, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you plan your perfect vacation.

Day 1 Arrive Vancouver Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.

Day 2 Victoria day tour with return by floatplane Experience a private day excursion to Victoria, highlighted by the Gulf Islands by ferry, Butchart Gardens, Beacon Hill Park, and a Victoria City Tour. End the day with an awe inspiring 35-minute floatplane flight to Vancouver with stunning aerial views Victoria Harbour, the Gulf Islands and downtown Vancouver.

Day 3 Vancouver to Jasper (Rail) This morning is free time to explore Vancouver. This afternoon, check in at Pacific Central Station and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access to the dome car.

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don’t forget to visit the Dome Car – the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views. Some Sleeper Plus Class amenities include towels, pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 4 Canadian Rockies by daylight onboard Via Rail arrive Jasper late afternoon (Rail) Rise to the snowy peaks of the Canadian Rockies today as you arrive in Jasper and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community.

Day 5 Jasper - Evening wildlife tour (Private SUV driver guided vehicle) Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper and for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife.

Day 6 Jasper to Moraine Lake (Private SUV driver guided vehicle) Travel by luxury SUV today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 125 sq mi (325 sq km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. After, continue along the Icefield Parkway where stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Day 7 Moraine Lake to Banff (Private SUV driver guided vehicle) Depart Moraine Lake for a ½ day tour along the scenic Bow Valley to Banff. Tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain and Tunnel Mountain Drive - which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore this charming resort.

Day 8 Banff to Kamloops (Rail) All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. As the train crosses over the continental divide you pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through the Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park with endless views of snow capped mountains and stunning glaciers. A stop will be made later in the day at Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway Trans Canada link in 1885. (breakfast & lunch is included today onboard Rocky Mountaineer)

Day 9 Kamloops to Vancouver (Rail) Re-board the Rocky Mountaineer Train and follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft - one of Canada’s driest towns (with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres). Pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning effect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon where at Hells Gate you will observe a water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. We have included a private transfer to your hotel this evening. (breakfast & lunch is included today onboard Rocky Mountaineer)

Day 10 Vancouver Upon check-out of your hotel your Rockies itinerary ends.

Package Includes:

  • Hotel accommodation including provincial taxes for 8 nights
  • Private bedroom on board Via Rail for 1 night
  • Private Tour to Victoria & Butchart Gardens with return floatplane ride
  • Private transfer between hotel and Rail Station in Vancouver
  • Private transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper
  • Private evening Jasper wildlife tour
  • Private full day tour between Jasper and Moraine Lake
  • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Private ½ day tour of Lake Louise / Banff with drop-off in Banff
  • Banff gondola ride
  • Private transfer between Banff hotel and Rail Station
  • Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service between Banff and Vancouver
  • Return transfers between rail depot and hotel in Kamloops
  • Private transfer between rail depot and hotel in Vancouver
  • Total # of meals: TBA
  • National Park fees
  • Detailed Travel Documentation Package

Hotel Information:

  • Vancouver - Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel (Signature Harbour View Room)
  • Via Rail (Deluxe Sleeper Cabin)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)
  • Moraine Lake / Lake Louise - Moraine Lake Lodge (Deluxe Cabin) (Breakfast included)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Deluxe Mountain View Room)
  • Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf Service
  • Kamloops - Moderate Hotel (Provided by Rocky Mountaineer)


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel


Moraine Lake Lodge

Lake Louise


Our trip through western Canada planned by Canada by Design was fabulous.

Our trip through western Canada planned by Canada by Design was fabulous. Karen made all of our trip arrangements and handled our unique requests seamlessly. She responded to all of our questions (there were many) and took special care to follow up on those that could not be answered immediately. Our detailed itinerary included all the vouchers and tips, along with special hotel upgrades that included full breakfasts. We highly recommend their service. The Jasper Foodie Tour was our own private Jasper history lesson tied to local food and drink. The Maligne Lake Cruise, Ice Explorer Glacier Icewalk, and Glacier Skywalk were all educational, with spectacular scenery. The VIA Rail (overnight) from Vancouver to Jasper was a unique and enjoyable experience. Scenery along the way was breathtaking. The Vancouver Fairmont Pacific Rim, Jasper Fairmont Park Lodge, and Moraine Lake Lodge were all 5-star in every aspect of their hotel accommodations and service. Thank you, Karen, and the entire Canada By Design team!

Jeffrey, California, United States

Departure dates

Depart from Vancouver (Tour Code: TR103) 2019 Season: Sundays & Wednesdays Jul 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31 Aug 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28 Sep 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25 2020 Season: Sundays & Wednesdays May 27, 31 Jun 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28 Jul 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 Aug 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30 Sep 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23


All pricing is in United States of America USD$


29 May - 25 Sep, 2019
2020 Season
27 May, 2020
31 May - 23 Sep, 2020




Prices are per person and include all taxes. Child age 10 - 8 yrs (minimum age 8 yrs)

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