Romantic Rockies by Rail – 7 Days / 6 Nights
The beauty of the Canadian Rockies is best described as pastoral in summer and dazzling in winter. The color and mood of the mountains change with the sun’s every nuance. The panoramic views offered by your VIA Rail dome car is bound to make for special and lasting memories. Romantic Rockies by rail is for everyone!
This independent tour includes hotel stays in Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff. Travel between Vancouver and Jasper aboard VIA Rail’s “Canadian” in Sleeper Plus class.
Departs on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday
Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, the starting point for your rail journey through British Columbia and into Alberta. The transfer from the airport to your hotel is included. Whether you chose the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, each puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Vancouver
Day 2 – VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
You have a full day to enjoy the city! Your city sightseeing tour allows you to get on and off at all the major attractions throughout Vancouver. The train departs at 8:30PM this evening and a transfer is included from your hotel to the VIA rail station. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. VIA Rail’s accommodation has your sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard, the rail staff will see you settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the Skyline dome car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 3 – VIA Rail/En Route to Jasper
Awaken to the mountain views, as you travel through the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast and lunch will be served prior to your arrival into Jasper this afternoon. We have arranged transfers from the rail station to either the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or the Sawridge Inn. The Jasper Park Lodge is a deluxe resort unto itself in the wilderness. The Sawridge Inn is a 4 star property located in the heart of town. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Jasper!
Overnight – Jasper
Day 4 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Your transfer to Lake Louise departs early afternoon. (Ask us about the optional Columbia Icefield’s tour with a ride on the Ice Explorer.) The drive to Lake Louise is beautiful. Your arrival at the Chateau gives you time to view the lake and enjoy the grounds before dinner. The beauty of Lake Louise and the Chateau is unique. Only when you see the view from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise can you understand why people say, “you must see it to believe it.” Should you choose to stay at the charming Deer Lodge you are just steps away from the Chateau and the lake.
Overnight – Lake Louise
Day 5 – Lake Louise to Banff
After the beauty of Lake Louise, you will be surprised to find that Banff offers a different perspective. This active alpine village is just about the best place to be in summer. Towering mountains and the sweeping Bow Valley offer stunning contrasts. Elk roam about totally unconcerned with the flow of visitors passing by. While visiting Banff’s fun places, don’t miss a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain or a dip in one of the sulphur pools. The Fairmont Banff Springs is a castle amongst the mountains and forests boasting a world class golf course and spa. The Rimrock Resort is built in such a manner that you take an elevator “down” to your room!
Overnight – Banff
Day 6 – Banff
The town of Banff is nestled amongst the mountains of Tunnel, Cascade, Rundle, and Norquay. Your Explore Banff driver-guide will explain the natural attractions throughout your tour. Have your camera ready for important and historical sites that include:
Wind-shaped hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Cave & Basin National Historic Site and more. A highlight is the eight minute Sulphur Mountain gondola ride where you will be whisked to the top for a stunning 360 degree panoramic view of Bow Valley.
Overnight – Banff
Day 7 – Transfer Banff to Calgary Airport
Transfers have been prearranged from Banff to the Calgary Airport. Bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with a promise to return very soon!
- Arrival Transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
- 1 night – Vancouver *
- 1 night – Jasper *
- 1 night – Lake Louise *
- 2 nights – Banff *
- Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail station
- 1 night – VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class: private bedroom, meals aboard the train, access to the domed viewing car
- Transfer – Rail station to Jasper hotel
- Transportation – Jasper-Lake Louise/Lake Louise-Banff/Banff-Calgary Airport
- Explore Banff Tour
- Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride
- Maps and destination information
- Baggage handling and housekeeping at mountain hotels
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
*Please see charts below for your hotel pricing options
Dates & Rates – 7 Days / 6 Nights
- Package starts on Monday, Thursday or Saturday
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs:
|May 3 – 28, 2018||$3,399|
|May 31 – September 24 ,2018||$4,299|
|September 27 – October 8, 2018||$3,799|
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn, Deer Lodge (Heritage King Room), The Rimrock Resort:
|May 3 – 31, 2018||$2,799|
|June 2 – September 24, 2018||$3,499|
|September 27 – Oct 8, 2018||$3,199|
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, on Canada’s west coast, lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world who are drawn to its breathtaking scenery and energetic lifestyle. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the ‘Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada’s iconic hotels. Just steps from the shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to start exploring Vancouver.
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.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Stunning scenery, majestic surroundings, breath-taking views, total bliss…..all these describe this wonderful resort located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise treats you to old world elegance with up to date style. Lake Louise, known as the “crown jewel”, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. Unmatched scenery and service is what you’ll find here!
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.
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 dollars per bag.