Best of Both Worlds – 8 Days / 7 Nights
Two great trains. Two great rail journeys. Choose this package and experience the Best of Both Worlds. Travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer, a two-day “daylight” sightseeing train, from Vancouver to Banff. Enjoy visits in Banff and Jasper, packed full of sightseeing wonders. From Jasper, the ultimate rail experience aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus class, takes you through the mountains during daylight hours and lulls you into a restful sleep as you make your way to Vancouver.
Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf (Vancouver-Kamloops-Banff), Banff, Jasper, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class (Jasper-Vancouver), Vancouver
Day 1- Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, your starting point for your rail journey across western Canada. Your package includes a transfer from the airport to your hotel. The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre choice puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 2 – Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, Vancouver to Kamloops (B & L)
Your package includes a transfer from your hotel to the train station. Today your journey takes you through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains, before entering the Fraser Canyon and viewing the raging turbulence of Hell’s Gate. You follow the Fraser River through beautiful landscapes to Kamloops for an overnight stay. The Rocky Mountaineer staff will serve breakfast and lunch at your seat. Their fun loving staff will be on hand with beverage service and snacks throughout the day. When you arrive in Kamloops, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight – Kamloops
Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, Kamloops to Banff (B & L)
Continue your journey eastward to the Canadian Rockies. First you will travel through vast ranchlands to Shuswap Lake. Next pass Craigellachie, where the “last spike” was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. Beyond Craigellachie is Rogers Pass with its tunnels, glistening glaciers and snow capped-mountains. Before crossing over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park, the train will travel through the unique Spiral Tunnels a remarkable engineering achievement. Once again breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat. When you arrive in Banff, the Fairmont Banff Springs is just a short taxi ride from the rail station.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 4 – Banff at Leisure
Bring your camera, as your Explore Banff tour takes you along Tunnel Mountain Drive for a great view of Banff. Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, stroll along Lake Minnewanka and take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore Banff and enjoy the many facilities offered by the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 5 – Banff to Jasper
Your travels to Jasper take you along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic drives in North America. A highlight of the day is a stop at the Columbia Icefields where a series of glaciers cover 325 square kilometers. We have also arranged for you to take an Ice Explorer ride on to the Icefields. Continue to Jasper along the Athabasca River Valley. You will arrive into Jasper late afternoon, but the long summer days will allow time to explore the grounds of the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 6 – Jasper to Vancouver
Your train departs this afternoon, so you have your morning available to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. It is quite a thrill to take the train from Jasper, as you view the mountains from a perspective that can’t be experienced any other way. The long summer days ensure that you have lots of mountain views before dinner and the excitement of spending an overnight aboard the train in your own private bedroom. Once onboard, the VIA Rail staff will be on hand to assist with your every need. Your bedroom is a sitting room by day, converting to upper and lower berths at night. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the domed skyline car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 7 – Arrive Vancouver
You are scheduled for a morning arrival into Vancouver and your room may not be available for check-in. If that is the case, we suggest you leave your bags at the hotel and use your Vancouver “hop on hop off” tour and set out to explore Vancouver.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 8 – Vancouver Home
Airport transfers have been arranged from your hotel. We hope this has been one of many visits to this lovely country. Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!
- Airport arrival and departure transfers in Vancouver
- Two full days of scenic rail travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf* service from Vancouver to Kamloops and Kamloops to Banff. Breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat each day
- 2 nights – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
- 1 night – Kamloops
- 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs
- 1 night – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- 1 night – VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class in a private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver with access to the domed viewing cars, dinner and breakfast aboard the train in the main dining room
- Explore Banff tour
- Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Banff to Jasper with a stop at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a trip onto the Columbia Icefield aboard an Ice Explorer
- Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – Vancouver hotel to train station
- Transfer – Jasper hotel to train station
- Transfer – Vancouver train station to hotel
- Baggage handling and housekeeping at mountain hotels
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
- *The cost to upgrade to GoldLeaf service, with full dome car seating and meals served in the lower level dining room is available upon request
Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Tour begins on Thursdays only
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
|May 10 – 24, 2018||$5,699|
|May 31 – September 20, 2018||$6,399|
|September 27, 2018||$6,199|
The Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel
You’ll find a feeling of welcome at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This great location in the midst of dynamic Vancouver has you steps away from scenic Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville and GM place. Situated in a stunning environment in the center of downtown, take in views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
The Fairmont Banff Springs
The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is an iconic beauty amidst snow-capped peaks, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness. Styled after a Scottish castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, legendary hospitality and unsurpassed service for guests. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class
The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by our chef and impeccable service. Let yourself be gently rocked by the peaceful rhythm of the train in a cabin for one to four people or a suite. Enjoy all the essential conveniences and little extras.
A cabin for two is designed for two people.
- Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11⅝ in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
- Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars
- Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
- Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
- Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
- Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
- Daytime: two folding chairs
- Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
- Large window with blind
- Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
- Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles
- Door locks on the inside only (no individual key)
- Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, exclusive access to the departure lounge (Panorama Lounge) and priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.