2020 Tour Details
Breathtaking scenery and magical experiences sum up this Canadian Rockies winter vacation. Your tour begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary with overnights along the way in some of the Canadian Rockies' most beautiful resorts—Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.A tour highlight is an overnight journey on the VIA Rail® the Canadian, one of the world’s most renowned trains. Watch for wildlife, such as moose, as well as frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies! You’ll also overnight at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a luxury lodge set in the beautiful wilderness; the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a luxury hotel surrounded by majestic mountain peaks the gorgeous Victoria Glacier, and a beautiful frozen lake; and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, built in 1888 and known as the "Castle of the Rockies."Throughout this Canadian Rockies tour, Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, in Jasper National Park, choose between an ice walk through Maligne Canyon or a guided wilderness safari. In Lake Louise, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride as you take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery. You'll also have time to explore these beautiful resorts on your own. In Jasper, perhaps snowshoe, browse the many shops, or relax in the hotel’s spa. Perhaps try ice-skating, enjoy a snowmobile tour, cross-country ski, or just relax surrounded by Lake Louise's beauty. In Banff, you may want to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the hotel, visit one of the museums, or soak in the natural hot springs. From its stunning scenery to its enchanting adventures, all of this and more await you on this marvelous Canadian Rockies winter tour.
Destinations & Sightseeing
Private cabin on VIA Rail’s the Canadian®
Demonstration lunch at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge; orientation tour; choose between a guided
ice walk in Maligne Canyon or a wildlife safari
Horse-drawn sleigh ride
Sightseeing; special farewell dinner
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach.Notes:
- Your Train The Canadian® is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges.
- Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
- Banff National Park
- Jasper National Park
Meals & Itinerary
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 4 three-course dinners, including a farewell dinner in Banff
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 VANCOUVER–VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN
This morning, tour Vancouver including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Then, arrive at the train station for your midday departure on the CANADIAN. See Canada’s pristine landscape of frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as moose, elk, and eagles. Spend the day in comfort on the train, with delicious meals and spectacular views from the dome car. NOTE:On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are open by day in arm chair style. By night, beds are converted to upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder in order to reach upper bed.
Day 3 VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–JASPER
Wake up this morning to the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a CULINARY DEMONSTRATION lunch at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Then, get acquainted with the village on an orientation tour. Spend the next two nights at this great Canadian lodge surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.
Day 4 JASPER
A day to explore all the wonders of JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy your choice of activities: take an ICE WALK through Maligne Canyon or a guided WILDLIFE SAFARI. During your free time, you may want to go cross-country skiing, try snowshoeing, or browse the shops in downtown Jasper. Indoors, you can choose from spa treatments, gourmet dining, or just relaxing by the fire with a warm drink.
Day 5 JASPER–LAKE LOUISE
Today, we travel to the beautiful shores of Lake Louise and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Enjoy this winter wonderland on a leisurely HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE. Take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery with blankets to keep you warm and comfortable. Other winter activities available include dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, or ice skating.
Day 6 LAKE LOUISE–BANFF
This morning is at leisure to relax and recharge or explore the elegant alpine paradise. Later, travel to BANFF NATIONAL PARK, where sightseeing includes a visit to Bow Falls. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Your home for the next two nights is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. SPECIAL FEATURE: Built in 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the largest hotel in the world at the time and also marked the beginning of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. Styled after a Scottish Baronial castle, the hotel is known as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
Day 7 BANFF
Spend a full free day to explore Banff on your own. You may wish to stroll Banff Avenue visiting shops and galleries, partake in Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, or learn the Canadian sport of curling. Other options include visiting one of the town’s museums, taking a soak in the natural hot springs, enjoying a massage, or striking up a conversation with a local at one of the town’s coffee shops. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts drinks by the fire, followed by a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your Canadian Rockies winter adventure.
Day 8 BANFF–CALGARY
Your tour comes to a close today as you arrive at Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 2 pm.
With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
Escorting tours for more than 10 years
“Brad began his career in tourism as part of a very small team of passionate guides onboard the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer. Over the next 15 years, he moved his way up in the company, eventually running the Guest Services Department and helping to shape the train into a world-class experience. Twenty years later, he has owned his own travel agencies, tour companies and also written marketing materials, with a flair for working with tourism based companies. In 2007, he decided to start motorcoach touring, beginning as an international guide in China and Italy before finally deciding to focus on Canada's West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, his own backyard. He has escorted thousands of inspired guests through one of the most beautiful areas of the world.”
No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination,
so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities.
Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value.
Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences.
We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
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Banff National Park
Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.
Price Range: $$$$
* The “Starting at” or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per person based on twin occupancy and any applicable port charges, non-commissionable taxes and fees and intra-vacation flight are included in the price shown. Any included overnight stay in Canada, applicable GST/HST is also included in the price shown. International airfare, however, is not included. If price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s). Please review current promotions or deals for additional information.