Rockies Panorama Goldleaf - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

11 days

from $6675 pp

Trip available from Jun 2015 to Sep 2015.
"Our experience was first class"
Glendon , Jun 2014

Taking to the rails on the famous Rocky Mountaineer, this journey takes you from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver to the heart of the Rockies through spectacular mountain scenery.

It's Insider moments like… talking to naturalists who share their incredible knowledge of the landscapes and wildlife you'll encounter in the Rocky Mountains – as you explore them together. In scenic Lake Louise, you stroll along the shores of the lake, listening to tales that reveal the geology and history most would miss because of the overwhelming beauty of the scenery. And our local friend in Jasper gives you an insight into the native wildlife, which ranges from bears to mighty elk, and tells you all about their habits and habitats.

Trip type:
Discoveries
Trip code:
DROG

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Vancouver! Check into your hotel and spend some time exploring downtown or perhaps take a walk near the harbour. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbour front

  • 2.

    VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING

    Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its panoramic views of English Bay. Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown, the city's first downtown, named for “Gassy” Jack Deighton who opened the area's first saloon. This afternoon, visit an art gallery, do some shopping, relax at a cafe, savour an optional lunch and tasting at an urban winery or visit the Capilano Suspension bridge. Enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant this evening.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

  • 3.

    VANCOUVER – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – KAMLOOPS

    All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an unforgettable daylight rail journey through the diverse natural beauty on the way to Alberta. Travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and alongside the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before entering Fraser Canyon. End your day's journey in historic Kamloops, which means “the meeting of the waters.”

    Meal(s)

    Continental Breakfast,Lunch

    Hotel

    Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer

  • 4.

    KAMLOOPS – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – JASPER (2 NIGHTS)

    Back onboard the train, make your way through the dramatic mountain landscape of British Columbia to the delightful alpine town of Jasper. Relax at your hotel located in this quaint city.

    Meal(s)

    Continental Breakfast,Lunch

    Hotel

    Sawridge Inn Jasper

  • 5.

    JASPER FREE TIME AND SIGHTSEEING

    Start the day with some free time enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper's quaint streets, or if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. After, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the water. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 6.

    JASPER – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Head south along the stunning Icefields Parkway, driving beneath snow-clad peaks and alongside thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including elk, black bear and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. See lovely Peyto Lake before arriving this afternoon at the quintessential alpine resort of Banff.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 7.

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including the viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as hoodoos. Then take an optional ride on the Banff Gondola for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or perhaps arrange an optional experience such as a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine or a float trip down the Bow River.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 8.

    BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – CHASE

    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you'll learn about the history and geography of the area on a brief interpretive walk. Soak in the stunning landscape with its azure glacial waters, deep green forests, jagged snow-covered mountains and the mighty Victoria Glacier. Then travel through the alpine majesty of Yoho and Glacier National Parks to the temperate rainforest of Mount Revelstoke National Park. Arrive in Chase in time for dinner and a peaceful evening.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Quaaout Lodge

  • 9.

    CHASE – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel back to the Pacific coast and across the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Vancouver Island and quaint Victoria, home to fashionable tea rooms and old English charm. Though the wooden fort is long gone, Bastion Square (the birthplace of the city) welcomes visitors with lovely architecture and a bustling market. Your orientation tour will also introduce you to the scenic Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. The evening is all yours to explore on your own or relax at your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Inn at Laurel Point

  • 10.

    VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING

    Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Learn about the history of the gardens and immerse yourself in the extravagant exhibits featuring flowers in full bloom. Spend some time exploring on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages. The vintages have been carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Enjoy a tour of the winery, then indulge in a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner featuring local cuisine delicately paired with delicious wines.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Be My Guest Dining

  • 11.

    VICTORIA – DEPART VANCOUVER

    Travel by ferry back to the mainland. Transfers will be provided to the airport or to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3:30pm.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest

    Enjoy a private dinner, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Expert

    Listen to a wildlife presentation in Jasper.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver.
  • Cruise majestic Maligne Lake.
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
  • Orientation tour of quaint Banff.
  • Drive along the Icefields Parkway.
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks and Mount Robson.
  • Visit Victoria.

Dining

  • 10 breakfasts

    (including 8 full breakfasts and 2 continental breakfasts onboard the Rocky Mountaineer).
  • 5 dinners

    (including Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).
  • 2 lunches

    (onboard the Rocky Mountaineer).
  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.

Travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • Ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back to Tsawwassen
  • All transfers in Kamloops
  • Rocky Mountaineer train from Vancouver to Jasper
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Tourist Class hotel in Kamloops
  • All tips to train personnel included
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jasper

  • Jasper Rafting

    Adult Price: $72.00 Enjoy a unique perspective of Jasper National Park as you raft down the Athabasca River. This safe, comfortable ride along 10 miles (16 kilometers) of river passes through small sets of rapids and calm stretches for a ride that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Your journey will be narrated by a licensed National Park guide who will point out the natural and human history of Jasper National Park and the famous route that was used by fur traders many years ago.Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 6 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Float Trip

    Adult Price: $58.00 Grab your camera and join us for a marvelously scenic float trip down Banff’s Bow River. Friendly, experienced oarsmen will guide you gently downstream along the scenic curves and beneath the majestic Rockies. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! Look out for spotted elk, deer and even an occasional bear along the banks. The tranquility of the river makes this one of the best opportunities for an intimate experience with nature at her most magnificent. Operates seasonally. Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 10 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Scenic Helicopte Flight - Mt. Assiniboine

    Adult Price: $300.00 This sensational flight will transport you to Mt. Assiniboine, “The Matterhorn” of the Canadian Rockies rising majestically to 11,870 feet (3,611 meters) along the Great Divide. The surrounding glaciers and icefalls will astound you and capture your imagination. This is a photographer’s dream come true. Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).
  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Royal Canadian Tour

    Adult Price: $260.00 Your 25 minute journey will take you to new heights through the Goat Range Pass and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park where you will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes.  An extraordinary adventure not to be missed! Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 25 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).
  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Three Sisters

    Adult Price: $135.00 This will be the most action packed 12 minutes of your life.  Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley.  You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes.  Your return flight will provide views of the Bow River as it meanders back towards the Town of Canmore. Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 12 minutes.(Minimum: 2 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Gondola

    Adult Price: $45.00 At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fullyenclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Tour length: 2.5 hours.

Vancouver

  • Vancouver's North Shore Adventure

    Adult Price: $60.00 Take part in a mix of adventure, history and culture on this uniquely British Columbia xperience on Vancouver’s North Shore. Start by crossing the famous Lions Gate Bridge to Capilano Canyon, stopping at Capilano Fish Hatchery, deep inside the Canyon. Take a short guided pathway to observe the fish ladder and learn about the amazing life cycle of the salmon. Travel on to the world famous Capilano Suspension Bridge for a guided tour of this remarkable engineering achievement. Learn the history of the area, see the west coast Totem Poles and cross over the suspension bridge itself. You’ll have the chance to walk in the forest canopy with special “skywalks” built to take you into the forest. Watch Native dancers and explore the gift shop before returning to your hotel. Tour length: 3.5 hours. (Minimum: 15 guests)

Vancouver

  • Lunch and Wine/Beer Tasting

    Adult Price: $50.00 Join us for a truly unique Vancouver Experience – lunch and a wine or beer tasting at one of the very few Urban Wineries and Breweries in Canada. The Winery and brewery which  operates within a historic building in the “Railtown” section of Vancouver, manufactures, packages, imports and distributes wine for multiple brands and produces local craft beer.  Enjoy a tour of the facilities and see how their wine is distributed in barrels, which are then placed “on-tap” at  numerous local eateries. Tour length: 2.5 hours. (Minimum: 15 guests)

Victoria

  • Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

    Adult Price: $110.00 Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. You may choose a zodiac or covered vessel. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Tour length: 3 hours.
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