Banff and the Canadian Rockies Explorer
8 days / 7 nights
Time on train
Where it goes
When to go
May – October
Your itinerary is personalized to suit your dreams and needs:
- Decide your desired budget
- Choose your own activities and experiences
- Have all the details of your trip arranged for you
Vancouver to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer train
Enjoy a two-day scenic train journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, then settle in for a four night stay in Banff National Park to explore the wonders of the Canadian Rockies at leisure.
Time to explore Vancouver, Whistler or Victoria
Scenic rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
Spend three full days in Banff National Park
Excellent choice of activities, catered to your interests
See glaciers, emerald lakes, forests and wildlife
Top experiences and features
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train
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Frequently Asked Questions
Our vacations are not typically ‘escorted.’ You are not tied into a specific group, or a rigid daily itinerary but rather have the freedom of ‘independent’ travel.
This allows you, with the help of our Canadian Insiders, to personalize your trip to suit your occasion, interests, timeframe and budget. We’ll guide you through the process and provide the reassurance of seamless connections, customer service support, and scheduled activities tailored to your taste.
Your trip can be as rich as you’d like, and completely arranged around your interests and needs. The greatest benefit of working with us is our local knowledge. You can customize your trip and decide what you’d like to see and do.
If your trip is a special occasion, we’ll make sure it is unforgettable. Or if you’re traveling with a group, we’ll take care of the logistics so you can share time together stress-free.
Absolutely! We personalize all our clients’ trips to fit their exact tastes and needs. You can add days at locations that you’d like to explore and spend more time at. Or leave out certain areas that don’t interest you as much. Discuss your travel goals with our Canadian Insiders who make sure that your trip fits your needs and budget.
We partner with many hotels across the country that offer a variety of service levels and unique experiences. Choosing a hotel is based on local availability and personal preference, and our Insiders will help you find the perfect place to rest your head so that you can have the best experience possible.
On some of our trips, you’ll see that we categorize our hotel rooms by Comfort, Superior and Deluxe class, which generally translates into the traditional 3-, 4- or 5-star designation (equivalent to Best Western, Sheraton and Fairmont). However, sometimes we use the same hotel for more than one category and distinguish the room by size, floor level or view.
Our Comfort Level hotels include our favorite 3 star hotels, in great locations and with excellent service.
Our Superior Level hotels provide amazing value for clients wanting something more upscale but not at the price of a top-end 5 star resort. Superior level hotels are some of our favorites because of the character and unique charm that you won't find at the average chain hotel.
In Deluxe Level hotels, it's likely you'll be staying at one of the iconic Canadian Fairmont Hotels in a room with a view. Built for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the early 20th century, these hotels are luxurious and full of history – ensuring an experience you'll never forget.
Hotel amenities can vary by property, so your Vacation Advisor will discuss what’s most important to you, such as air conditioning, parking, laundry, swimming pool, spa, onsite restaurants, or 24-hour room service.
Accessible hotel rooms vary by hotel, ranging from partially accessible to fully barrier free. Your Fresh Tracks Vacation Advisor will make sure to find the right room for your needs.
All our trips are personalized to fit our clients’ schedule and budget. The price of your trip generally depends on the travel season, train service, accommodations, and the sightseeing tours you take. When you request a quote you’ll be provided with the detailed information you need
Most of our trips include stops to get off the train to explore Canada’s beautiful locations, national parks and unique cities. However, if you’re keen to maximize your time onboard, we’ll pair you up with the perfect train experience.
Rocky Mountaineer operates daylight touring trains, which travel along three of the most spectacular routes in Western Canada. You’ll enjoy onboard commentary, award winning service, and incredible food.
Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, one of the world's most beautiful cities, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean.
- Private Transfer from Vancouver Airport
Bypass the crowds and start making the most of your vacation. A friendly driver welcomes you to the city.
Choose to explore the coastal city of Vancouver, go to Whistler or cruise to Victoria on Vancouver Island.
- Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
Begin your day with a scenic ferry sailing between the mainland and Vancouver Island. Enjoy leisure time in Victoria, then visit world-renowned Butchart Gardens.
- Granville Island Market Tasting Tour
- Whistler Day Tour
Explore the Sea to Sky highway with a guide — pass stunning mountain ranges, the world's second-largest granite monolith and Shannon Falls, then discover history and culture at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
This morning, begin your Canadian Rockies rail journey. Sit back and appreciate the breathtaking beauty of British Columbia as you travel to Kamloops.
- Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff
Another day of your train journey begins as you re-board the Rocky Mountaineer. Soon you'll be travelling past the glittering lakes and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Banff this evening.
- Motorcoach Transfer to Hotel
Discover Banff National Park
Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air and head out to explore Banff.
- Afternoon Banff Sightseeing Tour with Gondola
On an exclusive small group tour, discover Banff’s folklore and natural history before a gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.
- Sunshine Gondola and Guided Alpine Nature Walk
Begin your day with a mountain gondola ride to stroll through scenic Sunshine Meadows. Admire alpine wildflowers and views of endless mountain peaks as your guide teaches you about the fascinating ecosystem above the treeline. Walking duration is two hours.
- Minnewanka Sightseeing Tour with Lake Cruise
Explore Banff's picturesque lakes and wetlands as you make your way along the Minnewanka Loop on an exclusive small-group tour. Included is an unforgettable boat cruise offering wide-open views of the Canadian Rockies.
Explore Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway
Today is an all-day tour along the spine of the Canadian Rockies – on one of the most spectacular roads in the world – with lots to see along the way.
- Icefields Parkway Tour from Banff
On this full-day sightseeing tour, journey through a landscape carved by glaciers and opened by pioneers. Travel along the Icefields Parkway, explore the Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer vehicle, and walk across the glass-floored Columbia Icefield Skywalk.
- Glacier Helicopter Tour
On this thrilling helicopter tour, reach new heights as you climb to 10,000 feet and view glaciers, lakes and the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Venture into Banff National Park
You have another full day to explore Banff and the surrounding areas.
- Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour
See an orphaned grizzly bear in his mountainside habitat, ride the gondola up to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain, and visit Yoho National Park's most scenic spots.
- Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
On a guided sightseeing tour, stroll the Lake Louise shoreline and snap photos of the Valley Of The Ten Peaks at Moraine Lake.
Leave the Canadian Rockies
Much too soon, leave the fresh air and mountain peaks of western Canada behind as you journey home.
- Transfer to Calgary Airport
On this two-hour journey, watch the landscape change from towering mountains to rolling prairie.
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Moose Hotel and Suites
Moose Hotel and Suites is steps away from downtown Banff. Amenities include a spa, indoor pool, sauna, and on-site restaurant. Take a dip in one of the rooftop hot pools – the perfect place for checking out the spectacular mountain views.
Personalize This Itinerary
Here are some of our most popular enhancements to personalize this journey.
Private Icefields Tour
Spend the day with a private guide and explore the Icefields Parkway at your own pace. Along the way, take a helicopter tour from an Icefields base and soar above aqua-green lakes, spectacular glaciers, and graceful waterfalls.
Limited Time Promotions
2024 Rocky Mountaineer trips at 2023 prices + booking bonus
Receive $500 per couple in travel add-ons on your Rocky Mountaineer trip — plus get 2024 trips at 2023 prices! Must book by September 30. Prices go up on October 1.
Applies to 2024 Canadian train vacations with Rocky Mountaineer routes in the itinerary. Booking now means best availability on popular departure dates, train services, hotels, and tours — your personalized itinerary will be a vacation to remember.
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From the snow capped mountain peaks to the vibrant lakes, dense forest, and alpine meadows you will not find a more diverse landscape with so much to offer! Skiing and hiking are just a couple of my favorite things; there is no other place I would rather call home.
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