The perfect short Rocky Mountaineer train trip

Your chance to experience the best of the Canadian Rockies! Take the famous Rocky Mountaineer train, and have plenty of time to explore the town of Banff and the beauty of Lake Louise.

Suggested length

6 days / 5 nights

Price

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When to go

April – October

Time on train

2 days

Highlights of your trip

Rocky Mountaineer rail journey from Vancouver to Lake Louise

Unique small group tours in Banff National Park

See glaciers, waterfalls, forests, and wildlife

Stop over at beautiful Lake Louise

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Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train

A spectacular train journey takes you through the mountain ranges of British Columbia and Alberta.

Trip Itinerary

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Arrive in Vancouver
Day 01

Arrive in Vancouver

Welcome to our hometown — a famously lovely west coast city, surrounded by mountains and 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. 

  • Dinner in Vancouver
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops
Day 02

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Vancouver to Kamloops

All aboard! Settle in while the smell of breakfast wafts from the galley. A small jolt announces you are on your way — look forward to a day of spectacular scenery. 

  • Motorcoach Transfer to Train Station
Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Lake Louise
Day 03

Rocky Mountaineer Train - Kamloops to Lake Louise

Another day of your train journey begins as you re-board the Rocky Mountaineer. Soon you'll be traveling past the glittering lakes and glaciers of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Lake Louise this evening.  

  • Motorcoach Transfer from Train Station to Hotel
Enjoying Lake Louise and Transfer to Banff
Day 04

Enjoying Lake Louise and Transfer to Banff

For a good vacation — as for a good story — a varied pace is important, and today you set the cadence. Relax, stroll around the lake, go to the spa — or ask us about getting out for an adventure like canoeing, horseback riding, hiking or climbing. 

  • Sightseeing Transfer from Lake Louise to Banff

    Sightseeing stops and commentary are included on your short journey to Banff.

Explore Banff National Park
Day 05

Explore Banff National Park

Fill your lungs with cool, fresh Rocky Mountain air, and explore Banff National Park at your chosen pace.

    You have 3 options to choose from today:
  • Sunshine Village Walk with Scenic Gondola

    Ride the gondola up to a mountainside resort, then enjoy a guided walk through Sunshine Meadows.

  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise
  • Gondola Ride and Evening Nature Tour

    Enjoy a scenic gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and take in the spectacular views. Explore the areas outside of town on an evening nature tour.

Depart from Calgary
Day 06

Depart from Calgary

Today, your dream week in the Canadian Rockies comes to an end. The fresh air and colourful sights of the Rockies transform into the open skies of the Albertan plains as you travel to Calgary.

  • Transfer to Calgary Airport

    On this two-hour journey, watch the landscape change from towering mountains to rolling prairie.

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Prices

Get your personalized quote as prices vary by departure date, train-service level and hotel class. Prices shown are our lowest rates per person, based on double occupancy, and exclude taxes
Comfort Level
Hotel Accommodation
3 to 3.5 Stars
Rocky Mountaineer Train Service
SilverLeaf
Airport Transfer Calgary <> Banff
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Accommodations

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

Example of a Comfort hotel in Banff

Conveniently located in downtown Banff, the Elk and Avenue Hotel combines Banff’s alpine history with a sleek modern design. After a day of exploring, unwind in the hotel’s jacuzzi or dry sauna, then enjoy fresh Canadian cuisine at the on-site restaurant.

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Celebrate an occasion

Celebrate an occasion

Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or the fulfillment of a lifelong goal, our team is ready to make it a celebration to remember. From arranging a bottle of champagne to putting together a helicopter picnic for two on top of a mountain at sunset, we're ready to make your dreams a reality.

Your Questions Answered

Find out what is included in your trip and have all your questions answered. We are here to help.

What’s Included

Hotel accommodation
Rocky Mountaineer daylight train journey
Meals whilst onboard the train
Choice of unique guided activities
Transportation to and from airports, timed with your flights
Train station transfers
Feature dining experience at one of our favorite local restaurants
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.

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.

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Black Friday Special

Free Hotel Night + Hotel Upgrade + Fine-Dining

Enjoy a free hotel night in select destinations — as well as a complimentary hotel upgrade — during your qualifying 2023 train vacation. Plus, we'll include a fine-dining experience!

Travel between January 1 – October 31, 2023

Capacity is limited to the first 50 guests who book before November 30, 2022. Get in touch today to secure your spot.

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Insider Tips

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

Ashley

Canadian Insider

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