Banff & Canadian Rockies Explorer

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Vancouver to Banff on the Rocky Mountaineer train

Enjoy a two-day scenic train journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, then spend four nights in Banff and experience this vibrant mountain town like a true local.

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

Suggested length

8 days / 7 nights


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When to go

May - October 2021 June 2022

Route map for Banff & Canadian Rockies Explorer trip from Vancouver to Calgary.

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Below is a day by day overview of this trip. Complete details are available for download.
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  • Arrive in Vancouver
  • 1

    Arrive in Vancouver

    Welcome to Vancouver, one of the world's most beautiful cities, surrounded by towering mountains and the sparkling ocean. 

  • 2

    Explore Vancouver

    Choose to explore the coastal city of Vancouver, go to Whistler or cruise to Victoria on Vancouver Island. 

    • Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour
    • Granville Island Market Tasting Tour
    • Whistler Day Tour
  • Explore Vancouver
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
  • 3

    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.

  • 4

    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.  

  • Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Banff
  • Discover Banff National Park
  • 5

    Discover Banff National Park

    Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air and head out to explore Banff.

    • Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour
  • 6

    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
    • Glacier Helicopter Tour
  • Explore Banff National Park and the Icefields Parkway
  • Venture into Banff National Park
  • 7

    Venture into Banff National Park

    You have another full day to explore Banff and the surrounding areas.  

    • Grizzly Bears, Lakes and Waterfalls Tour
    • Lake Louise and Moraine Lake Tour
  • 8

    Leave the Canadian Rockies

    Much too soon, leave the fresh air and mountain peaks of western Canada behind as you journey home.  

  • Leave the Canadian Rockies
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This trip is available on multiple dates. Please download the full itinerary or get in touch with us to explore what suits you best.

Superior Level

Hotel Accommodation

4 to 4.5 Star

Airport Transfers

Scheduled bus
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'From' prices are per person, based on double occupancy and exclude taxes. Prices vary by departure date, the choice of activities, hotel selection and availability at time of booking.
Note: This trip can also be taken in reverse directions.
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Here are some of our most popular enhancements to personalize this journey.

Upgrade to a Private Tour & Heli Experience on the Icefields Parkway

Upgrade to a Private Tour & Heli Experience on the Icefields Parkway

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.


These are examples of the places you can stay on this trip. Please get in touch to discuss your options and to check availability.

Insider's tip

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.

Ashley M


Canadian Insider

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What's included

Hotel accommodation
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Electronic travel documentation package
Personalized Fresh Tracks Canada customer service support

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.
Aerial view of the town of Banff in the Rockies
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