First Passage to the West

2 day Rocky Mountaineer - from £1061

This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, celebrated for connecting Canada from East to West. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. If you’re a history buff, this route is for you.


  • Travel over the Cisco Crossing
  • Go back in time at Craigellachie
  • Pass the blue-green waters of Kinbasket Lake
  • Twist your way through Spiral Tunnels
  • Gaze upon Castle Mountain
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, 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 environment 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 concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.

Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included onboard.

Day 2 - Kamloops to Banff National Park

Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of 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 glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.

Meals: Breakfast & lunch included onboard.

2 day Rocky Mountaineer - from £1061

Optional Upgrade

For ultimate luxury and comfort, upgrade to the Rocky Mountaineer’s most popular service, Gold Leaf – from £1449.

Gold Leaf upgrade includes:

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

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Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Taxes and fees are included.

First Passage to the West


Experience the luxury of gourmet meals, luxurious hotels and a journey that you will never forget. All Rocky Mountaineer journeys can be booked as they are or added in to a longer Canada holiday.

Your rail experience includes:

  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Station and hotel transfers
  • 1 night in a Kamloops hotel

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