We will be open at 9:00 am. Call 020 7590 0635
Northern Lights Ranch and Spa

Rocky Mountaineer & Yukon Northern Lights

15-day rail journey and tour from £4,590 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Combine the world’s most scenic train journey and most spectacular phenomenon

Highlights

  • Ride North America’s most luxurious train
  • Spot the Northern Lights in the summer months from a hot tub and aurora camps
  • Explore with included touring, from helicopter rides to glacier walks
  • Take in the national-park treasures of the Rockies
  • Stay full board in a wilderness timber lodge-cum-spa

In Brief

  • 1 Night Calgary
  • 1 Night Banff
  • 1 Night Lake Louise
  • 2 Nights Jasper
  • 1 Night Quesnel
  • 1 Night Whistler
  • 1 Night Vancouver
  • 1 Night Whitehorse
  • 3 Nights Northern Lights Resort & Spa
  • 1 Night Whitehorse

About

Recommended for:
Natural world | Northern Lights | Rail journey

Explore Canada’s natural treasures on an ultra-scenic train ride and stay under the Northern Lights in a charming wilderness lodge. You’ll enjoy included excursions throughout, from snowshoeing and aurora hunts to helicopter rides and trips onto mighty glaciers. Bookended by city stays in Vancouver and Wild-West Calgary, you’ll begin with a full tour of the Rockies’ highlights, including the likes of Banff, Whistler and Lake Louise. And, after indulging with open-bar drinks and gourmet dining on the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll be treated to full-board fineries and hot-tub soaks at your timber lodge in the Yukon wilderness. There’s even the chance for snowmobiling and dogsledding.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK/Calgary

After making the most of your complimentary airport lounge access, you’ll fly out to Calgary where you’ll be met on arrival by a private driver. You’ll be brought to your upscale accommodation, centrally poised with all of the city’s delights on its doorstep. Perhaps take in Calgary’s Wild-West sensibilities with its steakhouses and honky-tonk bars before admiring its contemporary charms, characterised by the Esker Foundation Art Gallery, the views from Calgary Tower and the beautifully helix Peace Bridge.

Stay: Delta Calgary Downtown (Superior)

Day 2
Calgary to Banff

You’ll begin your included touring in style – with a helicopter flight over the Rockies. Soaring 2,300m above sea level, you’ll marvel at glaciers, waterfalls and bright-blue lakes. Your excursions continue on your way to Banff, as you take in the crashing Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka’s tree-ringed shimmer. Gnarled hoodoo rock formations and scenic viewpoints will then see you to Banff for a stay in a mountain-lodge spa hotel and included access to the town’s gondola. It’s a cable-car extraordinaire, replete with bird’s-eye views of no fewer than six mountain ranges.

Stay: Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa (Superior)

Day 3
Yoho National Park to Lake Louise

Today’s touring will bring you among the wonders of Yoho National Park. Highlights include the eerily green Emerald Lake, its winding Spiral Train Tunnels and the natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. It all ends at the gorgeous blue of Lake Louise, best explored on a canoe paddle or forest walk around its shoreline. You’ll also enjoy a stay in its iconic accommodation – the Fairmont Chateau. It’s a grand 19th-century dame, complete with spa, glacier views and club ambience.

Stay: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Superior)

Day 4
Icefields Parkway to Jasper

You’ll continue along the Icefields Parkway, the scenic drive that knits together cascading waterfalls, dramatic mountains and otherworldly rock spires. Keep your eyes peeled for the local wildlife, with bears and caribou among the local residents. There are even 100 ancient glaciers to marvel at, including the Columbia Icefield where you’ll board an all-terrain Ice Explorer vehicle to head out onto the mighty glacier itself. You’ll then finish the day in Jasper, an alpine-chic town tucked away among the mountains.

Stay: Crimson Jasper Hotel (Superior)

Day 5
Jasper National Park

With an extra night in Jasper’s newest hotel, perhaps enjoy a soak in its hot tubs between your included excursion – a half-day tour of Jasper National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage Site impresses with snow-capped mountains and old-growth forests, animated by wandering elk. Your visit to Maligne Lake, the largest in the Rockies, is a special favourite for its cerulean colour and lonely tree-dotted islands.

Stay: Crimson Jasper Hotel (Superior)

Day 6
Rocky Mountaineer: Jasper to Quesnel

Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, you’ll be greeted by a welcome toast as you settle in to the complimentary snacks and drinks service – both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. From your domed coach, you’ll also be treated to spectacular views of the Rocky Mountain Trench, the rolling forests of British Columbia’s Northern Interior and Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. There’s also the superlative included dining. Think three-cheese omelettes for breakfast and short ribs braised in merlot for lunch. At day’s end, having summited mountain passes, kissed Moose Lake and mapped the Fraser River, the train will roll into Quesnel for a night in comfortable accommodation.

Stay: Quesnel accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 7
Rocky Mountaineer: Quesnel to Whistler

As the drinks service resumes and you tuck into the likes of just-baked cinnamon scones, the train continues through the desert-like Fraser Canyon and the verdant hills of the Cariboo Plateau. The river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley will then see you on to the spectacular Deep Creek Bridge – one of the highest railway crossings in the world. It offers fantastic views of the glacial-fed Seton Lake. You’ll then spend the night in the charming alpine village of Whistler. Consider the Peak 2 Peak Gondola for unparalleled views of its mountain frame.

Stay: Whistler accommodation

Meals: B L

Day 8
Rocky Mountaineer: Whistler to Vancouver

After a morning at leisure, your final leg onboard will see you wind along the appropriately named Sea to Sky Corridor, descending towards Vancouver. Scenic slowdowns will showcase everything from the mighty Cheakamus Canyon and the dome peak of Mount Garibaldi to the dizzying heights of Brandywine Falls and the imperious Coast Mountains. After an afternoon meal, served canapé style, you’ll be met at the station by an included transfer to your central accommodation and its rooftop sauna. The city’s seafront walks, historic Gastown district and celebrated culinary scene are all just a short distance away.

Stay: Hampton Inn and Suites (Superior)

Day 9
Whitehorse, Yukon

Included transfers will bookend your flight north to the Yukon, bringing you to your central accommodation. You’ll have some time to explore this quintessential frontier town, discovering its heritage buildings and vibrant visual arts community. The MacBride Museum is particularly good, bringing the region’s gold-rush past to life. Then, this evening, you’ll be brought out away from the city lights to hunt for the aurora borealis. Hunkering down in a heated cabin, you’ll watch out for this phenomenon’s magical display, keeping warm with included hot drinks and snacks.

Stay: Whitehorse accommodation

Day 10
Whitehorse and Northern Lights Resort & Spa

Today, you’ll be treated to an included city tour, taking in everything from Main Street’s historic buildings and the heritage Train Depot to the pretty Schwatka Lake and the 1920s SS Klondike sternwheeler. There’s even the impressive Log Skyscraper and Log Church. You’ll then be brought out to your timber lodge, hidden among mountains and pine forests by the Yukon River. Built from giant Douglas firs, it offers commanding valley views and accommodation in fireplace-heated cottages. While the spa features a sauna and a whirlpool, the outdoor hot tub is the perfect spot to catch the Northern Lights – after the first of your included three-course dinners, of course.

Stay: Northern Lights Resort & Spa (Superior)

Meals: L D

Days 11-12
Northern Lights Resort & Spa

You’ll have two full days to enjoy the spa amenities, winter activities and Northern Lights. In between it all, you’ll be treated to superb full-board dining, with multi-course offerings spanning from pan-seared Arctic char to slow-roasted pork tenderloin. Then, make complimentary use of the provided snowshoes to explore the surrounding wilderness spectacle, or enjoy an optional snowmobiling, dogsledding or ice-fishing excursion. Each night, you’ll watch out for the Northern Lights, hopefully erupting across the ink-black sky. 

Stay: Northern Lights Resort & Spa (Superior)

Meals: B L D

Day 13
Whitehorse

With a morning at leisure, you’ll have a further chance to explore your wilderness setting, or perhaps book onto a final massage treatment. You’ll then be brought back to Whitehorse for a final night, with a last included aurora tour. Your transfer will see again see you out of the city to a remote camp – perfect for Northern Lights sightings.

Stay: Whitehorse accommodation

Meals: B

Days 14-15
Depart for UK

Today, a final included transfer will see you to the airport for your overnight flight home, arriving the next day.

Map

Pricing

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

15-day rail journey and tour from £4,590 incl. flights

Silverleaf 2019

Low Season

from £4,590 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £5,050 pp. incl. flights

Validity:

Rocky Mountaineer departures from Calgary to Vancouver to connect with Northern Lights packages

2019 : 22 Aug / 29 Aug / 05 Sep / 12 Sep / 19 Sep / 26 Sep / 03 Oct

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport departure lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Calgary and returning from Vancouver 
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service from Jasper to Vancouver
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 afternoon snack as part of the Rocky Mountaineer section of the itinerary
  • 8 nights accommodation 
  • Railway station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • Calgary Tower 
  • Calgary to Banff tour including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Banff to Lake Louise, Yoho Park Tour
  • Icefield Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Vancouver Lookout

  • Return flights between Vancouver and Whitehorse
  • 2 nights accommodation in Whitehorse
  • 3 nights accommodation at Northern Lights Resort & Spa on a FB basis
  • Return transfers to/from Whitehorse airport
  • 2 nights Aurora viewing at Northern Tales viewing site
  • 3 nights Aurora viewing at Northern Lights Resort & Spa
  • All transfers to/from viewing chalet & lodge
  • Hot drinks and snacks at Northern Tales viewing site
  • Information meeting and Whitehorse city tour
  • Snowshoe rental at lodge


Not included (Yukon section of itinerary)

Gratuities for lodge staff and instructors

Meals whilst based in Whitehorse

Winter clothing rental

Alcoholic beverage (can be purchased at lodge)


Checklist of items to bring (Yukon section of itinerary)

Ski suit, thermal underwear & warm clothing, hat, mitts, winter boots, day pack, sunscreen and sunglasses

Optional WInter Clothing Package (Yukon section of itinerary)

Includes: Winter outerwear trousers and fleece liner, winter outerwear jacket with fleece liner, winter boots, insulated mitts, insulated headgear / cap - please ask your Wexas consultant for details


Terms & Conditions

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.

Meet our experts

Speak to a tailor-made specialist on 020 7590 0635

Meet the team

Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0635 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

Learn why Wexas is the leader in creating luxury holidays. What is tailor-made travel?

Expert advice & support

Visit us in our London office

Let our travel specialists curate the perfect holiday:

  • Inspirational ideas based on experience
  • Established for over 45 years
  • Tailor a holiday to your precise requirements
  • Personalised quotes and documentation
  • In-depth Wexas travel guides

Every step of the way

Every step of the way

Our services are with you from start to finish:

  • Dedicated personal consultants
  • Wexas Travel App
  • Free airport lounges on qualifying bookings
  • Care and guidance pre, post and during holiday
  • Full financial security: ABTA & ATOL protected