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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country Canada
Travel type Fly
Price range From £0
Travel partner Riviera Travel
Duration 8 nights
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Canada's rocky mountaineer

The Canadian Rockies, coupled with an Alaskan cruise, must surely rank amongst the very finest of scenic and wildlife holidays on earth. The Rocky mountains are Canada’s crowning glory and we stay in Banff, the very heart of the mountains. Travel along the ‘road of steel’ that is the Trans-Canadian railway, on the Rocky Mountaineer train, crossing high passes, deep ravines and bridges to Vancouver.

The price of this holiday is per person based on two people sharing a twin room. Single rooms are subject to availability from a supplement from £309 per person (for Manchester departures add £65). The price includes scheduled flights to Calgary, returning from Vancouver; seven nights on room-only basis, staying in superior three star hotels (medium class in Kamloops, arranged directly by the Rocky Mountaineer); guided visits to Lake Louise, Peyto lake and the Athabasca glacier aboard a Snocoach; two breakfasts, two lunches, selected drinks and staff gratuities aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train; tour of Vancouver; all transfers and porterage of one item of luggage per person; the services of a Riviera tour manager.

  • Explore some of the most spectacular alpine scenery in the world on a two day journey through the Rockies on the incredible Rocky Mountaineer train between Banff and Vancouver
  • Extend your nine-day holiday with a seven night Alaska luxury cruise through the ‘Inside Passage’ with Holland America Line, visiting the World Heritage Site of Glacier Bay national park
  • Return direct flights from London Gatwick and connections from Manchester
  • Travel on the Icefields parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways and walk on the 300-metre thick Athabasca glacier
  • Stay, and tour, in Vancouver, overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • Hand-picked superior three star accommodation
  • Enjoy optional glacier helicopter flights, bear and whale-watching, fishing, kayaking, hiking and even dog-sledding, amongst the huge selection of shore excursions on our Alaska cruise
  • Option to travel on the White Pass and Yukon railroad for guests on the Alaska cruise
  • Two breakfasts and two lunches included on Rocky Mountaineer, plus seven days full board on the Alaska cruise
  • Escorted by our experienced Riviera tour manager

    Manchester departures
    Prices include standard class rail ticket on the day before your flight to Calgary from Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Stockport, Stoke, Stafford & Crewe to Gatwick airport and one night at the four star Sofitel Gatwick airport on bed and breakfast basis. Applies to trains arriving in Euston after 16.00 hrs. On your return from Vancouver the flight will return you direct to Manchester airport, arriving at approx 09.05 hrs.

    Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service from £309

    Upgrade to the single-level dome carriage, with spacious reclining seats and hot meals served at your seat. Cost per person from £329 for May departures, or £309. SilverLeaf upgrade is not bookable online, please call us on 01283 742300 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to book this option.

    Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service from £509

    Upgrade to the double-decker Gold Leaf Dome carriage with its panoramic wrap-round windows. Guests also have access to the open-air observation vestibule at the end of each carriage. Impeccable service is complimented with three course gourmet dining in the lower-level dining room. Cost per person from £509. GoldLeaf upgrade is not bookable online, please call us on 01283 742300 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm to book this option.
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Visa and Health

UK & Irish nationals do not require a visa. However, please ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after the intended return date.

There are no current health requirements for Canada. However, whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that we often enjoy walking tours (sometimes over unmade paths) of the various places of interest. This tour also reaches an altitude of 5,700ft and temperature variations can be unpredictable, especially during spring and autumn. For these reasons this holiday may not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility. Please bear this in mind when considering this holiday.
Day one

Check in for your flight to Calgary. Following our afternoon arrival we transfer to the three star superior Delta Bow Valley in central Calgary for one night.

Day two

Today we start our journey from Calgary across the gently rolling prairies of Alberta and soon the slate-grey, snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view. Our hotel, where we stay for the next three nights, is the three star superior Banff Park lodge in the spa resort of Banff. With its wood-panelled interior and indoor pool, our hotel is an easy five minute stroll into the centre of the town.

Day three

This morning our journey takes us along the Icefields parkway, one of the most spectacular roads in the world, with mountain vistas. Our first stop is Lake Louise, completely encircled by high peaks, perhaps the most photographed view in the Rockies. Then we take in Peyto lake, one of the world’s most beautiful azure-blue glacial waters. Finally we see the Columbia icefield, the largest in the Rockies, covering an area of over 200 square miles, at depths of over 1,000 feet, a display of the power of mother-nature. We’ll ride on a giant ‘Snocoach’ (weather permitting) across the surface of the Athabasca glacier for a closer inspection of the massive crevasses before returning to Banff.

Day four

Today we have a free day. Why not take a leisurely ‘float’ trip on the Bow river or a dip in Banff’s hot springs. There are also helicopter trips on offer, or perhaps a ride up to the top of 7,500 foot Sulphur mountain, on the Banff gondola. Several walks commence from the peak and there’s also a restaurant with open-air terrace. Also very popular is afternoon tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, built in the style of a massive Scottish baronial castle.

Day five

This morning we set off on one of the world’s great train journeys. Boarding the Rocky Mountaineer you’ll be led to your assigned, comfortable reclining seats, which rotate through 360 degrees, with plenty of legroom and large panoramic windows. The train begins its two-day, 585-mile journey following the wide Bow river valley before crossing the continental divide at Kicking Horse Pass. Next come the spiral tunnels, an engineering marvel built 100 years ago, as we follow the Columbia river and cross the 500–foot steel span of Stoney Creek bridge. The excellent on-board commentary highlights the history of the towns and villages en route and the building of the railway itself. Meals in RedLeaf Class include airline-style ‘chilled’ breakfast and luncheon on each day, as well as plenty of complimentary snacks, tea and coffee and non-alcoholic drinks served at your seat (bar service available at extra cost). You may also upgrade to the SilverLeaf or GoldLeaf Services and their Dome Carriages. Our overnight stay is in a range of medium-class hotels in the town of Kamloops.

Day six

We continue our journey to Vancouver. Following the Fraser and Thomson river canyons, passing the Jaws of Death gorge, Avalanche Alley and Hell’s Gate Canyon, we criss-cross the river many times as we travel through some of British Columbia’s most scenic country. We finally reach Vancouver during the afternoon after our once-in-a-lifetime journey. Our hotel for the next two nights is the three star superior Coast Coal Harbour hotel in downtown Vancouver, close to the main shopping areas and the harbour front promenade.

Day seven

Vancouver regularly features as one of the world’s most naturally beautiful cities: the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, with its harbour, the glass skyscrapers reflecting the sunlight and the coastal mountains form a stunning backdrop. This morning we tour the city stopping at Stanley Park, with its famous collection of totem poles and Prospect Point, which offers lovely views. The afternoon is at leisure, though there’s plenty to see and do in this city. A popular, easy walk starts from Vancouver’s waterfront pedestrian promenade to the huge expanse of Stanley Park. Here you can visit the city’s aquarium, with its Beluga whales, dolphins and sea otters. The walk continues along the shoreline path, which affords vistas across the bay, until you reach English Bay’s sandy beach, a lovely spot from where to watch the sunset.

Day eight

This morning is at leisure. Those returning home will transfer to the airport at the appropriate time for their flight.

Day nine

We arrive back in the UK.
Calgary – three star superior Delta Bow Valley hotel

Located in downtown Calgary. The hotel has an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness area, whilst dining choices include a main dining room and bar as well as a Starbucks coffee shop. The comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen cable TV, wireless internet (extra charge), fridge, iron/iron board, tea/coffee-maker and great views of the city skyline.

Banff – three star superior Rundlestone lodge

Located in a quiet spot around a 10 minute walk from Banff’s central area. The hotel has spacious lounge with fireplace, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi and fitness area, as well as a bistro and bar. The comfortable 93 rooms are all air-conditioned with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV and DVD, free wireless internet, iron/iron bard and coffee-maker.

Banff – three star superior Banff Park lodge

Located in a quiet spot less than a five minute stroll from the centre. The hotel has spacious lounge, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, steam room and fitness area, as well as the Chinook all-day restaurant and the terrace dining room for a more formal evening venue. The 211 comfortable rooms are all air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, cable TV, wireless internet (extra charge), iron/iron board, safe, fridge, coffee-maker and patio or balcony.

Kamloops - three star hotel to be allocated locally by Rocky Mountaineer

Vancouver – three star superior Coal Coast Harbour hotel

Located just steps away from Vancouver’s excellent waterfront promenade and a few minutes walk from Robson Street, one of the city’s main shopping streets. The hotel boasts a heated outdoor pool, fitness area and a restaurant. The 220 contemporary styled rooms are air-conditioned, with en-suite bathroom, hairdryer, flat screen cable TV, free wireless internet, iPod dock, writing desk, safe, iron/iron board and tea/coffee-maker.
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We enjoyed the tour very much. It was lovely to be just a group of 20 people and this added greatly to our enjoyment of our holiday. We were pleased with all the hotels and in particular we would like to thank our tour manager - definitely one of the best we have met!
Dr & Mrs Cornes