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Canadian Rockies by Train: Banff, Lake Louise & Vancouver

with Vancouver extension
  • Duration: 9 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-35
  • Reviews: 105
See the Canadian Rockies from every angle.

Explore Canada’s Rocky Mountains as you take in the jewel-colored lakes and snowy summits in Banff National Park. Just when you think the scenery can’t get any more spectacular, climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to ride the rails through the soaring peaks and twisting valleys of the Coastal Range to Vancouver. With endless dazzling landscapes, this tour will open your eyes to western Canada’s gems.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 guided sightseeing tours
Included highlights
  • Calgary Tower
  • Banff National Park
  • Icefields Parkway
  • Athabasca Glacier
  • Lake Louise
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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Canada! Arrive in Calgary and settle in to your hotel before getting to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff, Alberta4 nights
Day 2: Guided tour of Calgary & travel to Banff
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

• Pass by the Calgary Olympic Park

• Enjoy sweeping views of the city from atop the Calgary Tower

Later this afternoon, transfer to Banff and sit down for an included dinner.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Banff
Included meal: Breakfast

With your Tour Director as your guide, set out into Banff National Park.

• Pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel, and Lake Minnewanka

• Admire Banff’s beautiful landscapes, which are rich in history and home to a wide variety of wildlife

Enjoy a free afternoon in Banff or add an excursion.

Banff River Float
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Icefields Parkway & glacier experience
Included meal: Breakfast

Soak in the beauty of one of the most scenic drives in North America as you journey along the Icefields Parkway to see the Athabasca Glacier.

• Keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife such as bears, elk, and moose as you drive past stunning lakes, soaring mountains, and picturesque valleys

• Stop to admire Peyto Lake before arriving at the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you’ll learn more about Jasper National Park

• Board a snow coach to travel up to the Athabasca Glacier and take a short walk on the ice

Please note: Mountain weather changes fast, and the stop at Peyto Lake is weather-dependent. We recommend wearing extra layers and walking shoes or sneakers, as walking may involve steep inclines. Additionally, Peyto Lake access will be closed beginning mid August 2019 due to renovations to the facilities and infrastructure.

Day 5: Lake Louise via Moraine Lake
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Make your way to Lake Louise this morning.

• Pass through the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park to stop at Moraine Lake and take in its beautiful turquoise water (seasonal, June–September)

• Soak in panoramic mountain views and eat a buffet lunch while you ride the Lake Louise Gondola

• View Château Lake Louise and then spend your free time canoeing or walking around the lake

Kamloops1 night
Day 6: Travel to Kamloops
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Board a vintage Rocky Mountaineer train in Banff for a ride through the untamed beauty of the Rockies to the city of Kamloops.

• Admire glacial lakes, towering mountain peaks, and raging rivers on your day-long journey

• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the train

Vancouver2 nights
Day 7: Travel to Vancouver
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Continue your scenic journey on the Rocky Mountaineer.

• Make your way south to Vancouver, crossing through the coastal range of British Columbia

• Enjoy an included lunch aboard the train

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide before enjoying a free afternoon for exploration of your own.

• Visit Granville Island and Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre public space

• See the historic Gastown district

• View Canada Place and the Vancouver waterfront

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue exploring Vancouver.

Extension to Vancouver

Delve deeper into the diversity and vibrancy of British Columbia, the westernmost province of Canada. Many cultures meet in the seaport of Vancouver, which boasts thriving Chinese and Indian neighborhoods. Spend your days wandering around the original settlement in Gastown or enjoying the great outdoors. Then, spend your evenings feasting on Chinese food and checking out the lively music scene. Opt to spend a day taking in the beauty and refinement of Victoria or the fresh air and adventurous spirit at Whistler.

Vancouver2 nights
Day 9: Free day in Vancouver
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day to explore Vancouver on your own or add an excursion.

Victoria Sightseeing
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 10: Free day in Vancouver
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend another day in Vancouver at your leisure or add an excursion.

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Vancouver: Scenic Landscapes & Gondola Ride
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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11 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 17–Sep 25, 2019
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$5,329CAD
May 16–May 24, 2020
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$5,039CAD
May 26–Jun 3, 2020
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$5,039CAD
Jun 5–Jun 13, 2020
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$5,329CAD
Jun 23–Jul 1, 2020
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$5,329CAD
Jul 10–Jul 18, 2020
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$5,369CAD
Jul 17–Jul 25, 2020
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$5,369CAD
Jul 28–Aug 5, 2020
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$5,369CAD
Sep 19–Sep 27, 2020
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$5,329CAD
Sep 25–Oct 3, 2020
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Oct 2–Oct 10, 2020
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Reviews
4.7 average
Not to be missed
by 11th time traveler 

This is a trip I've been waiting to take for the past two years and everything about it was outstanding. I specifically wanted to tour with Dave P., Tour Director extraordinaire! Dave makes sure you see all the wonderful sights, gets you reservations for your "must do" list, greets you when you com...

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A tour everyone should take!
by 2nd time traveler 

Beautiful scenery. Wonderful excursions. Dave P is the best tour director I have ever had! Dave made the trip super special and memorable! Love Canada!

Simply amazing!
by 4th time traveler 

This trip was one of the best we've done! Tour director Dave Poulin goes far beyond expectation in making the trip memorable in every way; educational, smooth running and just plain fun. The Canadian Rockies are extraordinary themselves, each city visited is worth exploring, and I could never say en...

Western Canada - Not to be Missed!
by 3rd time traveler 

This was a well-crafted tour of Western Canada. The pace was a little more relaxed than the previous tour I did with Go Ahead, which was fine. There was plenty of free time - an afternoon here and there - where you really could do your own thing. The Tour Director was extremely efficient, fun, and w...

Traveling First Class
by 11th time traveler 

This trip was fabulous! If you are interested in beautiful scenery and North American wildlife, yet like being treated like royalty, this trip is for you! It began with the greeting of our tour director, Debbie, at the airport. She was well organized, professional and had a wonderful personality....

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Hotels, flights, & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Banff Aspen Lodge

This contemporary hotel is located in Banff National Park. Guests enjoy balconies, laundry services, and hot tubs. Nearby, you’ll find Mount Norquay, ...

Coast Kamloops

This modern inn is located in the Dufferin neighborhood. Guests enjoy a pool, conference center, and a restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Kamloops he...

International Hotel Calgary

This sleek hotel is located downtown. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find Prince’s Island Park, Bow River, and shopping ...

Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

This modern hotel is located in the upscale Shaughnessy neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Van...

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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.
  • In order to enter Canada, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1.5 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and ice, with some steep inclines. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times as well as getting in and out of trains.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Calgary, Alberta and depart from Vancouver, British Columbia.A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ride on the Rocky Mountaineer train from Banff to Vancouver via Kamloops is included in the price of your tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine, and anything with maple syrup.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Alberta is on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). British Columbia is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am in Calgary and 9am in Vancouver.
Currency
  • The Canadian dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.