Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers

Mountains, Lakes & Glaciers

7 Days / 6 Nights from Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa

Price from$2,777

• Vancouver • Jasper • Lake Louise • Icefields Parkway • Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Banff • Calgary

Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel on board VIA Rail for a journey through the majestic Canadian Rockies. Enjoy views of Pyramid Falls, the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Ice fields and see famous Mount Robson before ending in Calgary. A highlight will be Jasper National Park where mountain lions, wolves, caribou, beaver and bear roam freely. There is free time to enjoy the small mountain community of Jasper and close up photo opportunities of wildlife on the evening tour to Maligne Valley. Travel to Lake Louise by coach on one of the most scenic highways in the world - The Icefields Parkway, and enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier as well as the new Glacier Skywalk.

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VANCOUVER TO CALGARY

Day 1: Vancouver > Jasper (Rail) This morning, 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. (Lunch and dinner today is included on board Via Rail)

Departing Vancouver 12:00 pm

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and relax. At night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks, or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train, whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening before dinner, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car, where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 2: Arrive Jasper (Rail) Arrive in Jasper at 8.00 am and transfer to your hotel. The day is free to explore this unique alpine community. (Breakfast today is included on board VIA Rail)

Please note: Scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 3: Jasper 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.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 4: Jasper > Lake Louise (Coach) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefields that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an (included) Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 280m over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow and Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. (A picnic lunch is included today)

Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Lake Louise Inn - Deluxe Queen Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lake View Room

Day 5: Lake Louise > Banff (Coach) Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Morning sightseeing tour of Banff This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to Banff Gondola for breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360 degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 7: Banff > Calgary(Coach) This morning is free to explore Banff before your scheduled coach to Calgary depart midday. Following the Trans Canada Highway, depart the Rocky Mountain to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is 'cattle ranching country' and the breadbasket of Canada. Arrive Calgary mid afternoon with drop-off at Calgary Airport or downtown hotels.

CALGARY TO VANCOUVER

Day 1: Calgary > Banff (Coach) Leave the city of Calgary on the express service to Banff where you will have ample opportunity to take in the sights.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 2: Banff This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to Banff Gondola for breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360 degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure. (Transfer not included)

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Banff Caribou Lodge - Standard Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - Fairmont Room

Day 3: Banff > Lake Louise (Coach) Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Lake Louise Inn - Deluxe Queen Room 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lake View Room

Day 4: Lake Louise > Jasper (Coach) Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefields that covers an area of nearly 325 sq km and reaches a depth of 320 metres. Time allows for an (included) Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 918 feet (280m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Along the way stops will be made at Lake Louise, Bow and Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bear, elk, moose and mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. (A picnic lunch is included today)

Please note: mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid June.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 5: Jasper 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.

Overnight at: 3 1/2 Star - Sawridge Inn - Outside Room with Balcony 4 1/2 Star - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room

Day 6: Jasper > Vancouver (Rail) Day at leisure to explore Jasper on your own before transferring to the Via Rail Station. This evening board VIA Rail for Vancouver in Sleeper Plus Class. Leaving Jasper National Park, you'll travel the 'Yellowhead' route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson. (Dinner today is included on board VIA Rail)

Please note: Scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs

Departing Jasper 7:30 pm

Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and relax. At night, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks, or a bedroom. Guests have access to the Park Car, always at the tail end of the train, whose tapered shape gives the car its distinctive look. Enjoy complimentary tea and coffee or, in the evening before dinner, complimentary hors d'oeuvres. In the Dome you'll feel the true essence of travelling by train where scene after memorable scene sweeps by. This evening retire to your Sleeping Car, where a comfortable bed awaits you. Some of the amenities include thick towels, plump pillows, cozy down duvets and a shower kit.

Day 7: Arrive Vancouver (Rail) Today enjoy spectacular views of the mighty Thompson River all the way to the Fraser Valley and the coastal city of Vancouver. Your tour ends upon arrival in Vancouver at 6.00 pm. (Breakfast and lunch today is included on board VIA Rail)

• Tailor-made journey • Hotel accommodation or 5 nights • Sleeping berth onboard VIA Rail Sleeper Touring service for 1 night • Transfer between rail depot and hotel in Jasper • Evening Jasper wildlife tour • Full day tour between Jasper and Lake Louise with picnic lunch included • Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier • Glacier Skywalk • Scheduled coach transfer between Lake Louise and Banff hotels • Sightseeing tour of Banff • Banff Gondola • Scheduled coach transfer between Banff hotel and Calgary • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (Vancouver departures) • Total # of meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner (Calgary departures) • National Park fees

Pricing (per person) $AUD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2019

3 1/2 Star

28 Apr - 10 May

12 May - 26 May

28 May - 29 Sep

1 Oct - 11 Oct

4 1/2 Star

28 Apr - 10 May

12 May - 26 May

28 May - 29 Sep

1 Oct - 11 Oct

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$2,777

$3,066

$3,703

$3,620

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$3,904

$4,536

$5,247

$4,959

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$3,516

$4,094

$4,946

$4,780

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$5,655

$6,919

$7,916

$7,341

Departs

2019 Vancouver to Calgary - Departs Tuesday, Friday and Sunday Apr 30
May 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31
Jun 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
Jul 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
Aug 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Sep 1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 20, 22, 24, 27, 29
Oct 1, 4, 8, 11 Calgary to Vancouver - Departs Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday Apr 28
May 2, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28, 30
Jun 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
Jul 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
Aug 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
Sep 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29
Oct 1, 3, 6, 10

Not included

• Hotel early check in/late check out • Transfers to/from Vancouver Airport • Transfers to/from Calgary Airport • Meals other than specified