Canadian Rockies Circle

This nine-day experience takes you to the most sought after places in the Canadian Rockies to experience nature—from mountains to moose—up close.

Carve your way through the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies onboard the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer train. Sky-high peaks, exquisite dining, roaming wildlife, impeccable service—a journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains by rail is quite simply, unforgettable. The experience onboard the all-dome fleet features rich, historic storytelling and awe-inspiring scenery, all from the comfort of reclining plush seats. The views are enough to keep you enthralled, but beyond that, there’s the chance to make new friends and connect with your traveling companions as you take in this memorable trip of a lifetime.

AAA Vacations Amenity

Book a qualifying 2019 Rocky Mountaineer Circle Journey or Coastal Passage package with AAA and get up to $200 CAD** merchandise credit per person to use onboard the train when traveling on select dates.

Inclusions

  • 4 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 4 breakfasts, 6 lunches
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rail stations transfers and luggage handling
  • National Park Pass

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Banff Gondola
  • Yoho Park Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
  • Jasper Highlights Tour

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver Arrival

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

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops

Travel onboard 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. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff

Your journey continues eastwards 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. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff Sightseeing

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 (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff to 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. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise to Jasper

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. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7: Jasper Highlights Tour

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. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8: Jasper to Kamloops

Travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10: Vancouver Departure

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

 

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*Price for Canadian Rockies Circle package per person in U.S. Dollars (USD), GoldLeaf Service, for select start dates between October 3, 2019 and October 6, 2019 from Vancouver, subject to availability. Accommodation is based on double occupancy. Pricing does not include Canadian tax (GST) or flights. Pricing is expressed in USD as a guideline only and may vary at the time of booking based on changes in exchange rate with the CAD. Additional conditions apply.

**AAA Vacations® Complimentary Inclusions: The AAA Double Member Benefit Merchandise Credit is valid for new qualifying 2019 Rocky Mountaineer Circle Journey and Coastal Passage package bookings. 8 days or more in GoldLeaf Service receive $200 CAD per adult Onboard Merchandise Credit ($400 CAD credit per couple). 8 days or more in SilverLeaf Service receive $100 CAD per adult Onboard Merchandise Credit ($200 CAD credit per couple). 4-7 days in GoldLeaf Service receive $100 CAD per adult Onboard Merchandise Credit ($200 CAD credit per couple). 4-7 days in SilverLeaf Service receive $70 CAD per adult Onboard Merchandise Credit ($140 CAD credit per couple). Redemption of merchandise credit is only available onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train. 2019 Coastal Passage bookings also receive a complimentary half-day Seattle Sightseeing tour. Additional conditions apply.