Majestic Road & Rail

7 day Self Drive - from £1894

Travel the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains by road and rail. This 7 day itinerary combines the epic Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Jasper National Park, with a one way self drive through Lake Louise and Banff National Park to Calgary. A truly unforgettable journey!

Highlights:

  • Ride in style on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Visit Banff or Miette Hot Springs
  • Ride the Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Drive along the scenic Icefields Parkway
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Bow Valley
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver to Kamloops (Rocky Mountaineer)

Just minutes from downtown Vancouver, board the Rocky Mountaineer train. Pass through the rich fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon. Follow the Thompson River through spectacular landscapes to historic Kamloops.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 2: Kamloops to Jasper (Rocky Mountaineer)

Back on board the Rocky Mountaineer follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which at 3954 meters is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival into Jasper, collect your rental vehicle and proceed to your selected hotel.

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch

Day 3: Jasper

Explore this charming mountain village which is close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake.

Day 4: Jasper to Lake Louise (129 miles)

This morning depart on the scenic drive that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. Bear in mind that mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Day 5: Lake Louise to Banff (38 miles)

Take the short drive from Lake Louise to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums.

Day 6: Banff Sightseeing (Banff Gondola)

A full day to explore Banff. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included) and Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).

Day 7: Banff to Calgary (72 miles)

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En-route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown location.

7 day Self Drive - from £1894

With flights from £2324

Optional Upgrade

Our Superior and Deluxe Majestic Road & Rail self drive includes all the benefits of our standard option and offers superior or deluxe hotel accommodation.

  • 16 day Majestic Road & Rail Self Drive Superior – from £1919
  • 16 day Majestic Road & Rail Self Drive Deluxe – from £3196

 

For ultimate luxury and comfort, upgrade your Rocky Mountaineer rail experience to the most popular service Gold Leaf – from £473.

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

Majestic Road & Rail

SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Rocky Mountaineer train journeys
  • 6 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard, superior or deluxe hotels
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

Standard

Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.

Superior & Deluxe

Upgrade your self drive from Standard to Superior or Deluxe. These hotels offer a higher standard of accommodation.

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