Pre-cruise Land Adventure: Rocky Mountaineer and Vancouver
Enjoy riding on the famous Rocky Mountaineer train through spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery from Banff to Vancouver. The train trip is followed by an overnight stay in Vancouver, consistently voted one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Arrive at Calgary Airport and make your way to your in-terminal hotel where you will spend the night.
Day 2: Calgary / Banff
After breakfast, meet with your local guide before setting off from Calgary to the resort town of Banff via private van (approx. 1.5 hours). Banff National Park is home to 53 species of mammals including bears, wolves, moose, and mountain goats. After check-in at your hotel, the day is spent at your leisure.
Day 3: Banff (day off)
Summer in Banff is all about taking advantage of the sunshine and going off for adventures in the surrounding mountains. Try something you’ve never tried before, like rock climbing or horseback riding. Be wowed by the spectacular beauty of Banff National Park’s mountains, lakes, and valleys on a scenic drive or helicopter flight (not included). Your local guide will assist with private excursions or hikes. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4: Banff / Kamloops – Rocky Mountaineer
A private transfer takes you to Banff train station in the morning. Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the train. Your journey will take you through an array of scenery as you travel between the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Disembark at Kamloops station in the early evening and transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Day 5: Kamloops / Vancouver – Rocky Mountaineer
Your journey continues west toward the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch will be served on board the train. On today’s journey, there will be dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Cascade and Coast mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends in Vancouver in the evening. Upon arrival, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in downtown Vancouver. Overnight, including breakfast.
Day 6: Vancouver/Embarkation 05.06.2021, 29.06.2021, 31.07.2021
After breakfast, depart for your sightseeing tour of Vancouver. You will see English Bay, Canada Place, the waterfront, and the Olympic Flame Monument. Next, we drive around Stanley Park, with stops at the totem poles and Prospect Point. We´ll drive across magnificent Lions Gate Bridge, over Burrard Inlet to Vancouver’s North Shore. Here, we will visit Capilano Bridge, the longest suspension bridge in Canada. You will see the bridge, Treetops Adventure and the new Cliffwalk exhibit. Driving back to Vancouver, explore Chinatown - North America’s second largest, with a stop at Dr Sun-Yat-Sen Park. Then it´s on to historic Gastown with its 19th century buildings, cobblestone streets, hidden passageways and the Steam Clock. Lastly, we´ll visit Granville Island for its famous market, arts and crafts shops, and many cafés and restaurants. The tour will end at Vancouver Cruise Terminal, right in time for embarkation on MS Roald Amundsen.
Day 7: Vancouver/ Embarkation 05.06.2021
If boarding the ship in Vancouver on 12.05.2021, you will have an additional overnight including breakfast and the full-day sightseeing tour & Capilano Suspension will end at Vancouver Cruise Terminal on 12.05.2021
NOTE: The order of sights might vary
The price includes nights in 4-star hotels (one in Calgary, two in Banff, one or two in Vancouver, all including breakfast), and one night at a hotel in Kamloops, included as part of the Rocky Mountaineer two-day rail tour. Also included are a bus transfer from Calgary airport hotel to a hotel in Banff; entrance fee to the National Park; a local English-speaking guide from the hotel in Calgary on Day 2 to Banff Railway Station on Day 4; and Rocky Mountaineer rail journey from Banff-Kamloops-Vancouver with one-level dome car with Silverleaf service (two breakfasts, and two lunches with wine and beer). Also included are all hotel transfers, meals as described per the itinerary, and a transfer from the hotel to Vancouver Cruise Terminal with full-day Vancouver Sightseeing Tour & Capilano Suspension Bridge with English-speaking guide.
Meals that are not described, drinks, gratuities.
- This tour starts with an overnight in Calgary and ends with two hotel nights in Vancouver. The tour includes some walking. Guests with limited mobility are on request.
- Minimum number of participants: 10
- If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up until six weeks before departure.
- Tour dates 2020: 11.05.-17.05.2020, 25.05.-31.05.2020, 18.06.-24.06.2020, 02.07.-08.07.2020, 26.07.-01.08.2020
- Tour dates 2021: 06.05.-12.05.2021 (7 days), 31.05.-05.06.2021, 24.06.-29.06.2021, 25.07.-31.07.2021 (6 days)