Winter Snow Train – 8 Days / 7 Nights
Let VIA Rail’s deluxe Winter Snow Train from Vancouver to Jasper pamper you with comfortable sleeping accommodations, delicious meals, and stunning views from the dome cars. Experience the beauty of winter and the romance of Fairmont’s world famous hotels and resorts in Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff Alberta. Stay at unbelievably magnificent hotels at unbeatable values.
Vancouver, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Vancouver to Jasper, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class
Departs Monday and Thursday
Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver! Your package provides transportation from the Vancouver airport to your hotel. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is one of Vancouver’s most beautiful hotels. Their staff at this deluxe property will pamper you with delightful accommodations and exceptional service.
Overnight – Fairmont Hotel 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. Departure time for the train is scheduled for 8:30pm. A transfer is included to the VIA Rail station. VIA Rail’s accommodation is a sitting room by day, converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see that you are settled into your room. As Sleeper Plus class passengers, your meals are included along with access to the lounges and domes for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – Aboard VIA Rail
Day 3 – Enroute to Jasper
You will awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, as you continue your rail journey to Jasper. Breakfast and lunch will be served prior to your afternoon arrival into Jasper. The staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will meet you at the train station and transfer you to the Lodge. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is wilderness luxury at its finest.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 4 – Jasper at leisure
You are at leisure to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, or venture out and skate on Lac Beauvert, cross country ski, go dog sledding, or see rivers frozen in time should you choose a guided tour of Maligne Canyon. One of the most awe-inspiring sights of winter is the frozen beauty of waterfalls such as Angel Falls and Queen of Maligne Canyon; winter turns their cascades into delicate sculptures beyond any human artisan’s skill.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 5 – Jasper to Lake Louise
The drive from Jasper to Lake Louise offers a winter landscape, hushed and remote. Suddenly, surrounded by snow-laden trees, is the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a shimmering winter palace. The beauty of the frozen lake and the Victoria Glacier on the opposite side of the lake are dramatic. Every year the Chateau builds an ice castle on the lake once it has frozen over. Here is a little known fact: the ice is imported from British Columbia! Check with the front desk for horse-drawn sleigh rides along the lake.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 6 – Lake Louise to Banff
It is a short ride from Lake Louise to Banff. After passing through the town of Banff you arrive at the “Castle of the Rockies”, the Fairmont Banff Springs. When you arrive you will quickly see that it is a village within a hotel. If you are a spa lover, you will realize that the Banff Springs Spa is in a class by itself.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 7 – Banff at Leisure
There is plenty to do in Banff! The town is filled with delightful shops, boutiques, and restaurants to satisfy every taste and budget. The natural Hot Springs is up the road should you desire a relaxing time in the mineral water that has made Banff a popular destination for years.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 8 – Banff/Calgary/Home
It’s time to bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with a promise to return for a totally different experience during a different season. Transportation from Banff to the Calgary Airport has been arranged.
- Arrival transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
- 1 night – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
- Vancouver sightseeing tour
- Transfer – Vancouver hotel to Vancouver VIA Rail station
- 2 nights – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- 1 night – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs
- 1 night- VIA Rail’s The Canadian, Sleeper Plus class
- Private bedroom accommodations between Vancouver and Jasper, including meals while aboard the train in the dining car, access to the dome cars and lounges
- Transfer – Jasper rail station to hotel
- Transfers: Jasper – Lake Louise / Lake Louise – Banff / Banff – Calgary Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel taxes and GST where applicable
Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Tour is available between November 2, 2017 and April 23, 2018
- Package starts on a Monday or Thursday
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
|November 2 – December 14, 2017||$2,399|
|December 18 – 28, 2017||$2,899**|
|January 1 – 25, 2018||$2,399|
|January 29 – March 29, 2018||$2,599|
|April 2 – 23, 2018||$2,699|
The above rates include a mandatory baggage & housekeeping charge for the hotels in Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff.
**Additional night stays may be required at some or all of the hotels during the holiday time period.
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.
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 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.
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 per bag.