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Sonora Resort

Rocky Mountaineer: Journey through the Clouds & Sonora Resort

12-day luxury rail journey from £4,770 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

See Canada's wildlife and the most scenic vistas of the Rocky Mountains on this tailor-made journey

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Highlights

  • Indulge at Sonora Resort, a wilderness retreat in the Discovery Islands
  • Speed through mountains and valleys on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train
  • Visit Jasper National Park, the Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier and more
  • See the serene turquoise waters of Lake Louise up close
  • Round off your trip in the wild west city of Calgary, Alberta

In Brief

  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 2 Nights Sonora Resort
  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 1 Night Kamloops
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 1 Night Banff
  • 1 Night Lake Louise
  • 1 Night Calgary

About

Recommended for:
Mountains | Rail journey | Wildlife

This awe-inspiring journey takes you through some of Canada's most beautiful locations. After a luxury stay in the hidden retreat that is the Sonora Resort, you'll embark on a Rocky Mountaineer adventure that combines panoramic views from your glass-domed carriage with attentive service and delicious food and drink. Along the way, you'll see everything from gushing waterfalls to jagged peaks along one of the world's favourite rail routes. The adventures continue from there, with wildlife watching in Jasper National Park, glacier expeditions along the Icefields Parkway and a guided tour of Yoho National Park included in your trip. Finally, you'll stand on the shores of Lake Louise, gazing at one of the world's most photographable sights and breathing in the fresh, glacial air. 

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Vancouver

You'll enjoy VIP lounge access at the airport before boarding your flight to Vancouver. On arrival, check in to your hotel for some rest and relaxation before your adventure begins.

Stay: Holiday Inn Vancouver Hotel & Suites (Superior), Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver (Deluxe)

Day 2
Vancouver to Sonora Resort

Today you'll have the chance to explore Vancouver at your leisure. This seaport city boasts a number of must-do attractions, from the 405-hectare Stanley Park to the historic Granville Island. Strolling through busy streets, you'll take in art galleries, museums, gardens and restaurants, all set against a backdrop of the spectacular Coastal Mountains. come the afternoon, you'll transfer to the airport to take a short flight to Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands. This wilderness retreat feels truly remote, surrounded by woodlands and water and designed with escapism in mind. Your stay includes gourmet meals and drinks (additional charges may apply for premium spirits and wines), complimentary wireless internet and unlimited worldwide phone calls. This evening, you'll be treated to a seasonal tasting menu, paired with fine wines and served in the restaurant overlooking the sea.

Stay: Sonora Resort (Deluxe)

Meals: D

Day 3
Sonora Resort

Today is the perfect day to explore everything Sonora Resort has to offer. After a freshly prepared breakfast, take advantage of the all-inclusive amenities designed to immerse you in your surroundings. Extensive hiking and biking trails, a putting green, tennis courts, swimming pool and even fly-fishing ponds await. For those keen to see more, choose from additional extras such as guided salmon fishing excursions, Polaris eco-tours of the local shoreline and marine habitats, and (during September and October) grizzly bear viewing tours via the Bute Inlet, with up-close views from one of five purpose-built grizzly stands along the river. There's also an onsite spa, perfect for taking the edge off after a busy day of activities. 

Stay: Sonora Resort (Deluxe)

Meals: B L D

Day 4
Sonora Resort to Vancouver

After a final delicious breakfast, you'll have a little more time to explore Sonora, perhaps taking another optional tour or soaking in one of the roof top hot tubs. This afternoon, you'll fly back to Vancouver and transfer to your hotel, ideally located in the vibrant downtown area. This evening, make the most of your central location and enjoy Vancouver's buzzing nightlife; dine in one of the many hip restaurants or enjoy a drink in a cosy bar.

Stay: Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver (Superior), Sutton Place (Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 5
Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Today you'll board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer for the start of your scenic rail journey. Two levels of service are available; SilverLeaf passengers enjoy gourmet dining served to your seat and curved dome windows for taking in the incredible views, while an upgrade to GoldLeaf sees you enjoying a custom split-level car with full glass dome windows and an à la carte menu in the dedicated dining room. As you wind your way from west to north east, you'll spot dramatic changes in the landscape, as Fraser Valley's green fields melt into lush forests and winding river canyons among the rugged Coast and Cascade Mountains. Inching closer to British Columbia's interior, the landscape becomes dryer, revealing steep slopes and unique rock formations along the Thompson River. Finally, Rocky Mountaineer skirts the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops, where you'll rest for the night.

Stay: Kamloops accommodation (Superior/Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 6
Rocky Mountaineer to Jasper

You'll continue north east on Rocky Mountaineer today as you head towards Alberta. Journeying through the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, you'll pass the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, the Continental Divide, and Pyramid Falls. A highlight is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies - Mount Robson at 3,954 metres high, rising proudly above Kinney Lake. Towards the end of the day, you'll climb the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park, home to moose, elk and bighorn as well as stunning glacial lakes and subalpine forest. This evening, you'll say farewell to Rocky Mountaineer and settle into the resort town of Jasper, where cosy bakeries, brewpubs and hip coffee bars offer respite from a cooler climate.

Stay: Jasper accommodation (Superior/Deluxe)

Meals: B L

Day 7
Jasper

Today you'll have a full day in Jasper, home to the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A full-day tour takes you to some of the most photo-worthy natural attractions and majestic cragged peaks, and hopefully offers a glimpse of the local wildlife, including mountain goats, coyotes, and (in summer) bears. You'll also be treated to lunch and a serene cruise across historic Maligne Lake. At the conclusion of your tour, you're free to explore Jasper at your leisure, perhaps taking a short hike or simply enjoying the atmosphere in town.

Stay: Lobstick Lodge (Superior), Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe)

Meals: L

Day 8
Jasper to Banff

Today you'll take on the 232km stretch of highway known as the Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most scenic drives. Dotted with more than 100 ancient glaciers, this route covers highlights such as Bow Lake, the Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. At the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest ice fields south of the Arctic Circle, you'll take an Ice Explorer to the middle of the spectacular Athabasca Glacier, where an expert guide will explain the geology of the region. After an included lunch at the Glacier Discovery Centre and a short stop at the glassy Bow Lake, you'll arrive at Banff via Lake Louise late in the afternoon.

Stay: Moose Hotel & Suites (Superior), Rimrock Resort Hotel (Deluxe)

Meals: L

Day 9
Banff to Lake Louise

This morning you'll head out on a half-day tour to the breathtaking Yoho National Park. You'll get up close to the Spiral Tunnels, sparkling Emerald Lake and the natural rock bridge that spans the wild Kicking Horse River. You'll then arrive in Lake Louise, known for its turquoise waters and stunning glacial scenery, with an afternoon to explore at your leisure. Stroll along the lake's pristine shores, or take one of the hiking trails up to a higher altitude for even more magnificent views. 

Stay: Post Hotel & Spa (Superior), Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe)

Day 10
Lake Louise to Calgary

This morning you'll leave the shores of Lake Louise and head out on a sightseeing tour of Banff. You'll be taken to Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos - imposing columns of rock forming sculptural monuments among the trees. Included is a trip on the Banff Gondola; a scenic cablecar ride to viewing decks above the mountain ranges. The highlight of your day is sure to be the Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the Rockies, offering a bird's eye view of this otherworldly landscape; a bucket-list experience for many. By the afternoon, you'll arrive in Calgary, steeped in western culture and site of the world-famous Calgary Stampede.

Stay: Delta Calgary Downtown (Superior), Fairmont Palliser Hotel (Deluxe)

Days 11-12
Return to the UK

This morning, you'll check out of your Calgary hotel and head to the airport for an overnight flight to the UK. Alternatively, extend your stay in Calgary to discover more of this fascinating destination.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Silverleaf

Low Season

from £4,770 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,595 pp. incl. flights

Book early for 2021 - dates and pricing just released

Rocky Mountaineer Silverleaf

  • Rocky Mountaineer Silverleaf service includes:
  • Single level glass domed coach with oversized windows
  • Delicious, hot entrée options served at your seat and plated to your preference
  • Complimentary beverages, including wine, beer, spirits and non-alcoholic drinks will be served throughout your journey, along with gourmet snacks
  • Overnight accommodation in popular hotels

Itinerary inclusions

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Vancouver / returning from Calgary
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation, including 2 all-inclusive nights at Sonora Resort
  • Dinner - Day 2 - Sonora Resort -  wine-paired dinner featuring the seasonal menu of BC created by Chef Terry Pichor. 
  • Air transfers between Vancouver International airport and Sonora Resort
  • Luggage handling and rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Jasper
  • National Parks Pass
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer to the Athabasca Glacier, including lunch at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre, also includes Bow Lake (Jasper to Banff) 
  • Lake Louise to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour
  • Jasper Highlights Tour including lunch and Maligne Lake cruise






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Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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