Experience the majesty of the Canadian Rockies in winter
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City | History & culture | Natural world | Rail journey | Winter
Your holiday includes an unforgettable overnight journey on the legendary Canadian, a scenic rail journey that takes you from Vancouver into the stunning Jasper National Park, where you'll enjoy a guided hike along the frozen floor of the beautiful Maligne Valley. From Jasper you'll journey by road to Lake Louise to see why it's one of Canada's most photographed attractions. Enjoy a magical evening sleigh ride before continuing to Banff where the winter adventures continue with a guided snowshoe hike to Marble Canyon.
Day by day itinerary
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to your chosen hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax and explore the city at your leisure.
Overnight train to Jasper
After a day at leisure in Vancouver you'll board VIA Rail's legendary train the Canadian for a two-day overnight journey to Jasper, deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Step back in time to the days of classic rail travel, riding in the original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars made famous by the 'Canadian' in the 1950s. Each has been restored with air conditioning, a cafe car, lounge car, and access to the dome car.
Stay: VIA Rail Canadian - Sleeper Plus Class
Sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the exclusive comfort of your own accommodation. Come evening, attendants will transform your quarters into cozy bunks or a bedroom. Don't forget to visit the Dome Car - the true essence of travelling by train is all in the panoramic views.
Arrive in Jasper at 4pm on the afternoon of day three and transfer to your hotel of choice. Jasper is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, full of the forests, lakes and dog-tooth peaks one associates with the mountains.
The following day, certified guides will lead you on an unforgettable hike along the frozen floor of Maligne Canyon.
Stay: Sawridge Inn (Superior) and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe)
Breakfast & lunch included aboard VIA Rail on day 3
Pass frozen waterfalls and snow-covered mountains on the scenic drive to Lake Louise. First sighted by Europeans in 1882, the lake has become one of Canada's best-loved sights and most photographed attractions. An evening sleigh ride is included on day five. The following day is left free for you to try your own winter activities.
Stay: Lake Louise Inn (Superior) or Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe)
Make the short drive to Banff, an idyllically situated mountain town surrounded by the hot springs, peaks and walking trails of Banff National Park. Day eight includes a snowshoe hike to Marble Canyon.
Stay: Banff Caribou Lodge (Superior) or Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe)
Enjoy a morning at leisure before boarding your coach to Calgary, where you'll spend the night before flying home the next day.
Stay: Hotel Le Germain Calgary (Superior) or The Arts Hotel Calgary (Deluxe)
Transfer to Calgary's international airport in time for your overnigth flight to the UK
On arrival in the UK continue with your homeward journey.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
11-day tailor-made rail journey from £2,005 pp incl. flights
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