Canadian Rockies Exploration by Rail | Yampu Tours

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Canadian Rockies Exploration by Rail

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PRIVATE/GROUP TOUR - 8 DAY SAMPLE ITINERARY

FROM £$ 6248

Private/Group Tour Highlights

  • Seek out all of the parks' most iconic creatures with trained guides, including elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose!
  • Travel in Sleeper Plus Class with high-class accommodation, superb meals and impeccable service on board the Canadian between Jasper and Vancouver.
  • Explore all the highlights of downtown Vancouver onboard clear-top buses and San Francisco-style Trolleys with a hop-on-hop-off tour.
  • Enjoy the stunning scenery and short walks to the must-see locations, taking photos and watching wildlife in Banff.
  • Ride on an all-terrain Ice Explorer and sip on the fresh waters of a glacier at the Columbia Icefield.
  • Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past.
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Tour Overview

Explore two of Canada’s most breath-taking national parks, Jasper and Banff on a Canadian Rockies Exploration by Rail in Yampu style.

Starting in Canada’s first national park, the tour takes explorers through the pristine landscape of Banff on a wildlife discovery tour to enjoy the stunning scenery and watch wildlife alongside a small group of nature lovers. After taking in nature’s beauty and learning of the history of the region with a visit to an abandoned mining town, the tour continues on to Jasper, the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies.

While in Jasper, explorers will enjoy the park’s vast wilderness, teeming with nearly all sizes of wildlife, from foxes to moose. The tour also takes adventurers through Jasper’s natural hot springs and glaciers of the Columbia Icefield, along with the region’s crystal-clear lakes and waterfalls before boarding a luxury sleeper train to Vancouver.

The train to Vancouver is an experience in itself with high-class accommodations, superb meals and impeccable service in the luxury and comfort of superbly refurbished Art Deco rail cars from the 1950s. During the journey, admire the spectacular scenery of the Rockies from your armchair with wraparound windows for ample viewing.

The tour is then capped off with two days in Vancouver, one of the largest and densest cities in Canada for a beautiful contrast of nature and urban experiences.

Inclusions
Price includes domestic and regional flights within the itinerary; all hotel accommodations including daily continental or buffet breakfast and daily city tax; all transfers between airports and hotels with assistance and baggage handling; guided tours in English including entrance fees.
Exclusions

International airfare (unless specifically included), airport departure taxes that must be paid on-site, gratuities, meals not mentioned, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages with meals, early / late check-out, room service, visa fees/services, and other personal items or services not mentioned.

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Pricing Details
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Double N/A £$6248 N/A N/A
Single N/A £$9821 N/A N/A

Prices shown above are per person. Hotel categories do not adhere strictly to international ratings; Yampu has evaluated the hotels according to destination and availability. Prices include local airfare (where applicable), hotel accommodation including daily breakfast; all transfers with baggage handling, all guided tours in English and all entrance fees.

Please note that prices are subject to change based on availability and seasonality, especially during the holiday season from December 20th through January 5th each year. Please contact a Yampu Travel Specialist for more information on best times to travel.

Trip Type:

All our trips are operated on a private basis unless specified otherwise. This is only a sample itinerary; your Yampu Tour Consultant will personalize this trip for you according to your available dates, interests and type of hotels. This is your trip and we will work on making it perfect!

Tour Itinerary

Day
1

International Flight to Calgary - Private Transfer to Banff Hotel

Upon arrival to Calgary, you will be met at the airport by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to your hotel in Banff. Sit back and relax as the Rocky Mountains slowly loom in front of you.

Banff is a place that often comes to mind when you think about Canada's natural beauty. Full of mountain views, crystalline lakes, and wildlife, it's not surprising that this park and surrounding sights are at the top of almost every "must-visit" list.

Upon arrival to Calgary, you will be met at the airport by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to your hotel in Banff. Sit back and relax as the Rocky Mountains slowly loom in front of you.

Banff is a place that often comes to mind when you think about Canada's natural beauty. Full of mountain views, crystalline lakes, and wildlife, it's not surprising that this park and surrounding sights are at the top of almost every "must-visit" list.

Day
2

Group Banff Wildlife Discovery Tour

Today, visit Banff viewpoints, landmarks and historic places on this popular half day sightseeing tour. Enjoy the stunning scenery and short walks to the must-see locations, taking photos and watching wildlife. Hear how the 11,000-year-old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hot spring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past.

Today, visit Banff viewpoints, landmarks and historic places on this popular half day sightseeing tour. Enjoy the stunning scenery and short walks to the must-see locations, taking photos and watching wildlife. Hear how the 11,000-year-old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hot spring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past.

Day
3

Private Transfer to Jasper with Sightseeing

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to Jasper. Enjoy this wonderful journey from Vermilion Lakes to the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies", Lake Louise. Then shadow the Great Divide exploring the natural viewpoints of Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake. At the Columbia Icefield, ride on an all-terrain Ice Explorer and sip on the fresh waters of a glacier. Continue on through the Sunwapta Valley and take a stroll at Athabasca Falls before a late afternoon arrival at Jasper. ...read less

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4

Group Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour

On the Wildlife Discovery Tour, the knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out all of the park's most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper's many wild mountain animals. The guides are well versed in the history, geology and ecology of the area and are eager to show off the Athabasca Valley on your tour.

On the Wildlife Discovery Tour, the knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out all of the park's most iconic creatures. Big or small, there are lots of animals to see in Jasper! Elk, deer, big horned sheep, mountain goats, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and moose are just a sample of Jasper's many wild mountain animals. The guides are well versed in the history, geology and ecology of the area and are eager to show off the Athabasca Valley on your tour.

Day
5

The Canadian Train to Vancouver (Sleeper Plus Class)

This morning, board the VIA train (Departure at 09:30) and travel in Sleeper Plus Class with high-class accommodation, superb meals and impeccable service on board the Canadian between Jasper and Vancouver. From your armchair, you can admire the spectacular scenery of the Rockies. You're on a breathtaking voyage in the luxury and comfort of superbly refurbished Art Deco rail cars from the 1950s.

The Park car at the rear of the train offers three elegant and comfortable salons, reserved for the exclusive use of Sleeper Plus Class passengers. In the dome, the upper observation deck, you'll enjoy 360-degree views of the impressive landscapes. ...read less

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6

Day of Leisure in Vancouver

The Canadian train is scheduled to arrive to Vancouver at 08:00 am. Upon arrival, collect your checked baggage and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore Vancouver.

Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Visit Canada Place and the waterfront, Chinatown, historic Gastown and Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops.

The Canadian train is scheduled to arrive to Vancouver at 08:00 am. Upon arrival, collect your checked baggage and transfer independently to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to explore Vancouver.

Vancouver is one of the most spectacular cities in the world. Visit Canada Place and the waterfront, Chinatown, historic Gastown and Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops.

Day
7

Group Vancouver Hop-on & Hop-off Sightseeing Classic Pass Tour

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Explore Vancouver onboard clear-top buses and San Francisco-style Trolleys. This flexible Classic Pass combines the city and park routes, offering all the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. This flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver's urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don't forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. Full commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean & Mandarin on the clear top convertible Hop-On, Hop-Off busses. Enjoy Live Commentary in English onboard the San Francisco style Trolleys. Both bus types (clear top and trolley) will be travelling on all routes. ...read less

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International Flight Home

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

At the appropriate time, you will be met at your hotel by a Yampu guide and privately transferred to the airport for your flight home.

Calgary, AB, Canada

Banff, AB, Canada

Jasper, AB, Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Places You'll See

  • Banff

    Founded in 1885, Banff is Canada’s very first national park, attracting visitors from around the globe in search of pristine wildlife and adventure. Every year, over three million visitors visit Banff for a variety of activities including hiking, biking, skiing, and camping in some of the world’s most breathtaking mountain scenery.

  • Jasper

    Jasper is the largest National Park in the Canadian Rockies, encompassing 11,000 square kilometers (6835 square miles). With a vast wilderness teeming with nearly all sizes of wildlife, natural hot springs, glaciers, lakes and waterfalls, Jasper provides a unique experience of Canada’s sprawling wilderness.

  • Vancouver

    Located on the western coast in British Colombia, Vancouver is one of the largest and densest cities in Canada. Ethnically diverse, Vancouver offers numerous cultural experiences within its unique neighborhoods and thriving art and theater scenes, all surrounded by picturesque mountains and bay views. While being perched on the edge of wilderness, Vancouver gives nature lovers and cosmopolitan explorers the best of both worlds. Visitors can explore the city through Vancouver’s meandering oceanside pathways and take in the buzzing nightlife with an assortment of restaurants, bars and breweries.

Hotel Options

Featured Accommodation

The Canadian Train: Sleeper Plus Class

The Sleeper Plus Class includes all meals as appropriate to your journey. The Sleeper Plus Class dining car is elegant yet casual. Its style and ambience combine with the spectacular views outside to create a special mood – whether at breakfast, lunch or any of the three evening sittings (sunset, twilight or 9:00pm moonlight service). China, silverware and linen complement delightful, freshly prepared meals and an all-Canadian wine list (lunch and dinner). Bar service is available in the Skyline and Park car lounges from 11:00am to 11:30pm

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4 Star Properties

Banff : Delta Royal Canadian Lodge

Jasper : Crimson Jasper

Vancouver : Sheraton Wall Centre

Testimonials

Dave H

Traveled April 2019

All our questions were answered promptly and professionally

All our guides proved to be very knowledgeable and gave us their total attention. We felt that we were totally being given the knowledge we were seeking. All our questions were answered promptly and professionally

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Michele

Traveled April, 2016

Best customer care & itineraries

I am recently returned from my third trip organised by Yampu, this time to Costa Rica. As always, it was fabulous from start to finish!

I do look around initially when planning my holidays but each time Karolina offers the best customer care & arranges by far the best itineraries. Value for money is excellent & they keep in constant contact before during & afterwards to make sure everything is going well.

The standard of accommodation & guides they use is superb & they actually listen to your requests as opposed to copying a generic page from their website…. Do I highly recommend Karolina & Yampu? YES!  Will I use them again? YES!  Save time & effort & just use Yampu is my travel tip  🙂

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Traveled March, 2013

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