This magical, luxury winter wonderland experience will dazzle even the most discerning of travellers.
Embark on an eight-day journey through the impressive winter scenery of Banff & Jasper National Parks with a stay at legendary Lake Louise and a night on the tracks in VIA Rail's comfortable Prestige Class cabins. Prestige Class perks include your own private cabin with double bed, reserved seating and a personal concierge.
Let the winter scenery of the Canadian Rockies unfold by helicopter tour, a private Ice Walk and a charming horse-drawn sleigh ride. By night, snuggle into Canada's most desirable luxury hotels, including the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Dates of departure: from Vancouver to Calgary, Sundays and Thursdays December to April and from Calgary to Vancouver, Mondays and Fridays November to April .
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Arrive Vancouver early evening and private transfer to the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel and enjoy your Fairmont Gold City View Room.
This cosmopolitan city sits right on the edge of spectacular natural landscapes so you can be at one with both
urban chic and back to nature. In the evening take a stroll along the waterfront have a delightful dinner in one of the ocean facing restaurants.
If you'd like more time in Vancouver, additional nights can be arranged.
All aboard VIA Rail's Canadian this afternoon and a legendary journey between Vancouver and Jasper through Western Canada's vast snowy wilderness. Step back in time to the golden age of rail travel as you experience an original stainless steel 'streamliner' railcars from the 1950s.
Dinner is served on board and your overnight accommodation is in the Prestige Class private cabins. Enjoy an unparalleled level of elegance, comfort and a personal concierge. Your cabin consists of a double bed, flat screen TV and shower plus access to the bar and lounge. Be sure to visit the Dome Car - the true essence of travelling by train is all about the panoramic views.
Sit back and enjoy a delicious breakfast with an amazing backdrop of towering mountains, including the 'Monarch of the Canadian Rockies' - Mount Robson, the highest peak in this region at 3,954 metres!
You'll travel across the crest of the Yellowhead Pass, the border between Alberta and British Columbia, and the division between Mountain and Pacific time zones. The Pass is one of the lowest points in the entire North American Continental Divide from which all water systems flow either east or west.
Arrive into Jasper late morning and a private transfer will deliver you to the rustic luxury of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and your Lakefront Suite. Jasper is said to be among the country’s most photographed places and because Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, it is common to see all sorts of wild animals in their natural habitat. Elk and mule deer often wander the main street of the town. The rest of the day is yours to explore at your leisure.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is perched on the edge of Lac Beauvert, in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you're not exploring this charming town, relax with a book in front of a roaring fire, indulge yourself in the hotel's Spa and linger over a meal at Orso Trattoria Restaurtant.
You'll be supplied with winter boots for your visit to one of Jasper's most impressive winter attractions - Maligne Canyon. Discover unusual geological formations, frozen waterfalls and caves made of ice in this deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park. The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion which has created an impressive 50 metre gorge. A certified guide will lead you on this private tour through this frozen wonderland of rock and ice.
*Ice walk operates December - March, out of this period it is replaced by Discover Jasper and Its Wildlife Tour.
Between Jasper and Lake Louise, you'll journey through Alberta along the world famous Icefields Parkway.
This spectacular drive through glacier country features massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad reaching valleys.
Before arriving at legendary Lake Louise you'll enjoy a bird's eye view of the majestic Canadian Rockies on a 20 minute helicopter flight and a thrilling one-hour alpine snowshoe adventure, with lunch.
Your home for the night is the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a Fairmont Gold Lakeview Room overlooking the Victoria Glacier, towering Rocky Mountains, and of course, glistening Lake Louise.
Spend the morning at leisure enjoying a stroll along one of the most famous lakes in the world, discover how it was named and the history of the hotel. We'd suggest lunch in the famous Fairview Restaurant which boasts breathtaking views and mouth-watering local cuisine.
After lunch, bundle up for a 40 minute horse-drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail to the end of Lake Louise. After your sleigh ride, it's time for your short private transfer to Banff via the scenic Bow Valley.
Known as 'The Castle in the Rockies' the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel looms majestically over the charming town of Banff. This is your Rocky Mountain home for the next two nights in a Fairmont Gold Mountain View Room.
It's a short stroll from the hotel to the alpine town of Banff with local galleries and museums, upscale shopping and restaurants plus year-round events. Popular local attractions, including the Banff Gondola and the mineral rich Banff Upper Hot Springs, are also on your doorstep.
The morning is free to explore downtown Banff and we'd suggest a walk along the forested river shoreline trails to the frozen Bow Falls. Or, take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including Banff town and six mountain ranges. Enjoy interactive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre, an awe-inspiring ridge-top boardwalk and epic 360-degree rooftop observation deck.
Round the day off with a visit Banff Upper Hot Springs. Discovered in 1883, these natural hot mineral springs are among one of the top attractions in the Canadian Rockies. Relax and rejuvenate in a splendid historic bathhouse overlooking snow covered peaks and glorious winter scenery.
For dinner tonight, Banff has plenty to offer. Top chefs create menus that focus on bringing local produce from farm to fork. Dine on wild game, Alberta beef or delectable vegetarian fusion options in a chic contemporary bistro or mountain lodge.
Enjoying one last sumptuous breakfast in the Fairmont Banff Spring's grandiose Vermillion Room before a private transfer to Calgary airport for your flight back to the UK.
Want to extend this holiday? Perhaps, more time in Vancouver? A visit to Vancouver Island? All Bon Voyage holidays can be tailor-made to your exact requirements, call our team today for further information.