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Rocky Mountaineer - Best of the Rockies Circle

16-day luxury rail journey from £8,680 pp incl. flights


Short description

A majestic loop of the Canadian Rockies' majestic scenery on its most iconic train


  • Discover the waterfront beauty of Vancouver
  • View winding river canyons, pristine forests and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley
  • Step out on the glaciers and icefields of Jasper
  • The magnificent views of Lake Louise
  • Climb over the Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels, and the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Vancouver
  • 1 Night Kamloops
  • 3 Nights Banff
  • 2 Nights Lake Louise
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 1 Night Quesnel
  • 1 Night Whistler
  • 2 Nights Vancouver


Recommended for:
City | Lodges | Mountains | Natural world | Rail journey

Travel through some of Canada’s most striking landscapes on its most iconic journey: the Rocky Mountaineer. You'll start in Vancouver before the train whisks you into the wilderness and to the emblematic beauty of Lake Louise and Jasper – where you'll embark on a thrilling six-wheel drive on the Columbia Icefield – before you step back on board the luxury, glass-domed train to Quesnel and Whistler. It’s a journey that sees you traverse over rushing canyons, climb up mountain passes and speed past waterfalls otherwise unreachable, enjoying all-inclusive gourmet dining and complimentary drinks throughout. It's all knitted together with included transfers and stays in luxury hotels and alpine lodges.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2

Begin your trip in style with complimentary airport lounge access before boarding your day flight to Vancouver. Once arrived, make your way to your hotel; both of our flawlessly contemporary options are centrally located, meaning that you’ll have all of the city’s delights on your doorstep. Perhaps take in the Victorian charm of the historic Gastown district or go for a stroll along the city’s waterfront to combine views of skyscrapers and mountains. Come the evening, indulge with Canada’s leading craft beer and restaurant scenes, tucking into just-caught seafood and the finest Asian dining in North America.

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver or similar (Goldleaf)

Day 3
Vancouver to Kamloops

Today you’ll board the glass domed carriages of the Rocky Mountaineer, enjoying breakfast cooked by Michelin-starred chefs in your iconic glass-domed train car. The superior GoldLeaf option also offers spectacular viewing platforms, ideal for taking in cascading waterfalls only reachable via train and traversing under the shadow of looming mountainsr from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like landscapes of the BC interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day ends as the train travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into the town of Kamloops. 

Stay: Kamloops accommodation (Goldleaf)

Meals: B L

Day 4
Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues eastward to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again, you will experience ever-changing scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the iconic glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. 

Stay: Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff or similar (Goldleaf)

Meals: B L

Days 5-6

Enjoy two days free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. Banff has activities for all, from taking the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, relaxing in the Banff hot springs, exploring the bustling town, to outdoor wildlife adventures. 

Stay: Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff or similar (Goldleaf)

Day 7
Banff to Lake Louise

A morning half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this awe-inspiring location. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Goldleaf)

Day 8
Lake Louise

Enjoy the day with free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. With its unique history and picturesque scenery, Lake Louise will not disappoint. Learn about the local wildlife, paddle the lake by canoe, or simply relax amongst the beauty. 

Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Goldleaf)

Day 9
Lake Louise to Jasper

Continue your journey from Lake Louise to Jasper on a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk, and Athabasca Falls are among some of the day's highlights. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn about its geological features. Lunch is provided at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. You will arrive in Jasper late afternoon. 

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Goldleaf)

Meals: L

Day 10

Enjoy the day with free time to relax or book your own activities at your leisure. The resort town of Jasper and the surrounding national park offer various activities from relaxation to adventure. 

Stay: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (GoldLeaf)

Day 11
Jasper to Quesnel

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort town of Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Pass through the Rocky Mountain Trench, with the steep Rocky and Cariboo Mountains on either side and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia's Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose, caribou and bears. Your day concludes as the train passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. 

Stay: Quesnel accommodation (Goldleaf)

Meals: B L

Day 12
Quesnel to Whistler

Today your journey continues Southwest to the all-season resort town of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and renowned for world-class outdoor activities, both leisure and adventure. Along the route, enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, through the rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau, to the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley. Highlights include sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world, and the shorelines of glacial-fed Seton Lake and Anderson Lake. Your rail journey today ends on arrival at Pemberton Station, where you will board a coach transfer to your Whistler accommodation (approximately a 35-minute drive). 

Stay: Whistler accommodation (Goldleaf)

Meals: B L

Days 13-14
Whistler to Vancouver

The morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. In the afternoon, return to Vancouver onboard Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include Cheakamus Canyon, the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi, Brandywine Falls, and breathtaking views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains. An afternoon meal is served canape style. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in North Vancouver, where you will be provided with a transfer to your accommodation in downtown Vancouver. 

Stay: Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver (Goldleaf)

Days 15-16
Vancouver to UK

Today enjoy a final day in Vancouver before heading to the airport for your overnight flight, arriving back in the UK on day 16



Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

GoldLeaf - 2024 departures

Limited availability on 2024 Best of the Rockies Circle - excluding September departures

Rocky Mountaineer departs from Vancouver Late April to early October

Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Service

  • Two level, glass domed coach with full-length windows
  • Exclusive dining room
  • Gourmet hot meals
  • Complimentary beverages and snacks
  • Deluxe accommodation

Itinerary includes

  • Return flights from UK to Vancouver
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer including 4 breakfast and 5 lunches
  • Icefield Parkway Tour from Lake Louise to Jasper
  • National Parks Pass
  • Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk
  • Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Quesnel and Whistler
  • Luggage handling
  • Vancouver arrival and departure transfers - not included but can be arranged

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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