Rocky Mountain Railtour
Day 1 UK - Calgary - Banff
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Calgary. On arrival, we’ll transfer to the mountain town of Banff.
Day 2 Banff - Lake Louise - Banff
Today we tour the surrounds of Banff and visit the famous Lake Louise. Take a stroll by the lakeside and visit the Chateau, a luxury hotel with cafés and bars to enjoy. This is Canada’s best-known lake, renowned for its beautiful setting and magical view of the Victoria Glacier. Returning to Banff and our hotel, you’re free this evening to discover some of the town’s good selection of restaurants and nightlife.
Day 3 Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper
This morning we take the Icefields Parkway from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. This stunningly scenic road takes in over 140 miles, past jagged mountain peaks, high forested valleys, emerald lakes and mountain-fed waterfalls. The halfway point is the spectacular Columbia Icefield, one of the biggest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Here, we take an Ice Explorer ride on to the surface of Athabasca Glacier (weather dependent). Your journey is led by an experienced driver-guide, who shares a wealth of information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. There is also the opportunity to safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. Turning west, we enter Jasper National Park - 4,200 square miles of alpine forests, natural hot springs, white-water rivers, tranquil valleys and jagged snow-capped mountains - and continue to the centre of Jasper town.
Day 4 Jasper
Today we enjoy an unforgettable journey to Maligne Canyon and then to one of the most photographed spots in the world, the breathtaking Maligne Lake. There may be the opportunity for an optional cruise to Spirit Island (weather dependent). This evening we enjoy an included dinner with an interpretative talk.
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer (Jasper - Kamloops)
This morning we board Rocky Mountaineer for an award-winning rail journey. Your journey offers an exhilarating range of scenery as you pass by Mount Robson, the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and the Pyramid Falls. Travel through the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains and then follow the Thompson River before arriving into historic Kamloops, the gateway to the Interior of British Columbia.
Day 6 Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops - Vancouver)
Our second day aboard Rocky Mountaineer and another exciting journey of stunning vistas awaits us. You’ll see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and forests surrounded by peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. This afternoon, we’ll arrive in Vancouver.
Day 7 Vancouver
This morning we have arranged a short orientation tour of Vancouver. After this you’re free to explore at your leisure or join our optional excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge. In quaint Gastown you’ll find many interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. Chinatown is well worth a visit to experience the bustle of this exciting area of the city.
Day 8 Vancouver - Victoria
This morning we drive to Tsawwassen to take the ferry through the glorious Gulf Islands region to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. We continue to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, reclaimed from a limestone quarry in 1904 and now a riot of colour and fragrance covering more than 30 acres. These beautiful gardens have long been one of Vancouver Island’s premier attractions and include rose, Japanese and Italian gardens. Later this afternoon we continue to Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia.
Day 9 Victoria
Today is free for you to explore Victoria and its many attractions, shops and perhaps some of its colonial heritage. The evening offers a chance to sample the range of fine restaurants around the harbour.
Day 10 Victoria - Vancouver - In flight
This morning we leave Victoria behind and drive to Swartz Bay, where we take the return ferry crossing to Tsawwassen. There may be some time in Vancouver before transferring to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 11 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.