Banff Town, Alberta
Lake Minnewanka
Lake Louise, Banff National Park
Athabasca Falls, Jasper
Yoho National Park, Canada
Whistler Village
Rocky Mountaineer, British Columbia

Rocky Mountaineer Grand Rail Circle

13 day Rocky Mountaineer - from £5319

With flights from £5769

An epic trip combining two Rocky Mountaineer routes, a night in Whistler and five nights in Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies.


  • Enjoy first class service and dining on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain
  • Soak in the scenery on a cruise of the serene Lake Minnewanka
  • Traverse the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Sheraton Wall Centre
Gold Leaf Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel

Day 2 - 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 where you will spend the night.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Kamloops Hotel

Day 3 - Banff

Your journey continues Eastward 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.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Gold Leaf Hotel: Moose Hotel & Suites

Day 4 - Banff

This morning, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola, a cruise on Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Tonight you will spend another night in Banff.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Gold Leaf Hotel: Moose Hotel & Suites

Day 5 - Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Gold Leaf Hotel: Moose Hotel & Suites

Day 6 - Lake Louise

A 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 magnificent location. Tonight you will spend the night in Lake Louise.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Gold Leaf Hotel: Post Hotel & Spa

Day 7 - Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Gold Leaf Hotel: Post Hotel & Spa

Day 8 - Jasper

Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. 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 more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Here in Jasper is where you will spend the night.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Lobstick Lodge
Gold Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 9 - Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include breakfast at Maligne Canyon teahouse and a stroll to view the canyon itself. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Lobstick Lodge
Gold Leaf Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 10 - Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain resort 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 either side, and on to the rolling hills and vast forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior. Highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Yellowhead Pass and Moose Lake. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer passes through the town of Prince George and follows the Fraser River into Quesnel.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Quesnel Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Quesnel Hotel

Day 11 - Whistler

Your journey continues Southwest today to the four-season resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games alpine events. 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. Tonight, you have a chance to spend some time in Whistler.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Whistler Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Whistler Hotel

Day 12 - Vancouver

This morning is free to explore Whistler Village at your leisure. This afternoon you will return to Vancouver onboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include the 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 canapé style. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Vancouver. At the North Vancouver train platform, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Silver Leaf Hotel: Georgian Court Hotel
Gold Leaf Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel

Day 13 - Depart Vancouver

Today marks the end of your epic Rocky Mountaineer rail holiday. Your journey ends when you checkout from your Vancouver hotel. Time to make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

13 day Rocky Mountaineer - from £5319

With flights from £5769

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Silver Leaf includes:

  • Glass-dome windows offering excellent views
  • Small outdoor viewing platform
  • Breakfast and lunch served to your seat
  • Quality hotel accommodation

Gold Leaf includes:

  • Full glass-dome windows offering panoramic views
  • Large outdoor viewing platform
  • Gourmet meals, served in an exclusive dining room
  • Deluxe hotel accommodation

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Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Please call Freedom Destinations to confirm departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations apply. Itineraries may vary from 1 April 2022 onwards.

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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 into a longer Canada holiday.

Your rail experience includes:

  • 5 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer including:
    – reclining, pre-assigned seating
    – engaging hosts, knowledgeable in local history, flora and fauna
    – gourmet sweet and savoury snacks
    – complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Further travel by luxury air conditioned coach
  • 12 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 1 afternoon meal
  • Tours and activities
  • Station and hotel transfers
  • Luggage handling

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