EXPERIENCE THE EXTRAORDINARY!
A Legendary Rail Route – First Passage to the West
June 9-16, 2021 from Calgary to Vancouver
$4919.00 per person Including Airfare
Adventure in the Canadian Rockies! This journey brings you to stunning mountain towns with 3 nights in Banff! Highlights include a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin for a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges, day trips to Lake Louise and Yoho National Park, the Columbia Icefields, an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and Glacier Skywalk, Gold Leaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore and more!
All Aboard Rocky Mountaineer!
Gold Leaf Service
Experience Gold Leaf service on the only passenger rail service from Banff to Vancouver on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer.
Join us for wonder that will last a lifetime!
Day 1: Jun 09, 2021
Depart Myrtle Beach: 5:10am | Arrive Calgary: 12:35pm
Board your private motorcoach and transfer to your Calgary hotel, the Delta Calgary Downtown.
Renowned for its genuine hospitality, the Delta Calgary Downtown is ideally located in downtown Calgary at the intersection of the city’s business and cultural districts. Enjoy convenient access to all venues through the Calgary Skywalk system and public transportation, which makes exploring the city that much easier. When you return at the end of the day, expect the comforts of home.
Day 2: Jun 10, 2021
Group Breakfast at Delta Calgary Hotel.
Sightseeing Tour: Calgary to Banff
Board your private motorcoach for your transfer to Banff including a full day of sightseeing. Highlights of today include the Banff Gondola, the Hoodoos rock formations, Surprise Corner, Tunnel Mountain Drive, and many more. Admission to Calgary’s Heritage Park Village is included as well as a Group Lunch.
Discover how the west was once at Canada’s largest living history museum, Heritage Park Historical Village. This 127-acre attraction is home to the year-round Gasoline Alley Museum and is nestled on the banks of the Glenmore Reservoir with the picturesque backdrop of the majestic Rocky Mountains. Meet friendly townsfolk in full period costume as you stroll down the wooden boardwalks or pop into any number of working shops, businesses or homes. Spend 3 nights in Banff at the Banff Ptarmigan Inn, centrally located in Banff National Park and only one short block from the downtown area where you will find phenomenal restaurants and shops.
Day 3: Jun 11, 2021
Group Breakfast at Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Sightseeing Tour: Banff & Yoho National Parks
Depart by private motorcoach for your full-day tour of Banff and Yoho National Park. Yoho National Park offers magnificent natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the turquoise serene waters of Emerald Lake and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. A stop for free time will be made at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for you to revel in the breathtaking surroundings.
An 8×10 Group Photo and lunch is also included. Banff Photography will take group photos in front of the lake and develop them within an hour. One photo per couple or per single guest is included. Keep your cameras out as you re-board your motorcoach for a visit to the most beautiful mountain lake in the Canadian Rockies – Moraine Lake. A scene so stunning it almost seems unreal. This jaw-dropping place is sure to leave a lasting impression!
Day 4: Jun 12, 2021
Group Breakfast at Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Sightseeing Tour: Columbia Icefields
Board your private motorcoach and enjoy a full day sightseeing tour along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most scenic highways. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefields. This icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle as well as being one of the most accessible in North America. It is here you will ride a unique Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier and learn more about its geological features. Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a “monster-truck meets glacier” adventure where you learn new things!
Consisting of a 400 metre (1,640 feet) interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 meters (98 feet) out over the Sunwapta Valley, Glacier Skywalk takes spectacular scenery and a rare view of nature to unbelievable heights. The award-winning architecture of the Skywalk is a feat of contemporary design.
Group Lunch is included.
Day 5: Jun 13, 2021
Banff to Kamloops Gold Leaf Service
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train to begin your journey to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard.
You will arrive in Kamloops between 6:30pm and 8:00pm and transferred to your overnight accommodation. (TBA)
Day 6: Jun 14, 2021
Kamloops to Vancouver Gold Leaf Service
Your journey continues this morning towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard.
You will arrive in Vancouver between 6:00pm and 7:30pm. Spend the last two nights at the
Vancouver Sheraton Wall Centre.
Day 7: Jun 15, 2021
Group Breakfast at Sheraton Wall Centre
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore with breath taking views of the city, ocean and surrounding mountains. Highlights include the 137 metre (450 feet) Capilano Suspension Bridge and the Grouse Mountain Skyride.
Group Lunch included.
Grouse Mountain’s award-winning culinary team has created a selection of menus that showcase the best of British Columbia and is a proud member of the Ocean Wise program and the Green Table Network.
Capilano Suspension Bridge
Take a walk across the 137 metres (450 feet) long and 70 metres (230 feet) high bridge perched above the Capilano Canyon then stroll along Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you above the forest floor for a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest.
Day 8: Jun 16, 2021
Due to your early morning departure, the hotel will provide a boxed breakfast.
Depart by private motorcoach for your transfer to the Vancouver International Airport.
Depart Vancouver: 6:05am | Arrive Myrtle Beach: 5:03pm
- Roundtrip airfare from Myrtle Beach
- All tours and transfers specified
- 7 nights’ hotel accommodation (1-NT Calgary, 3-NT Banff, 1-NT Kamloops, 2-NT Vancouver)
- Breakfast each morning at the hotels except on rail days
- Gourmet meals and unlimited beverages onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
- Group lunch on Days 2,3,4, and 7
- Luggage handling/porterage at the hotels and train stations
- Prepaid gratuities for onboard hosts
- National Parks Pass
- Banff Gondola
- Columbia Icefields (Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk)
- Moraine Lake
- Admission to Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain Skyride & Capilano Suspension Bridge & Calgary’s Heritage Park Historical Village
- A Thomas Hogan Representative (based on a minimum of 30 participants)
- Bus driver gratuities
- Optional Travel Insurance ($319.00pp double or $422.00pp single)
- Airline checked luggage fees
- Other meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Single Supplement: $1399.00
Deposit required: $450.00 (nonrefundable)
Final balance is due April 2, 2021.