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Trip Overview

Experience spectacular landscapes and scenery on this 11 day adventure to Glacier National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Discover the beauty of Glacier National Park as you travel along the world famous Going-to-the-Sun Road. Enjoy one of the most scenic train journeys as you travel through the Canadian Rockies. Tour the Icefields Parkway and ride an Ice Explorer vehicle onto Athabasca Glacier. Explore the picturesque mountain town of Banff and take in the splendor of Lake Louise while relaxing at the historical Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Highlights

  • Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat Cruise*
  • Big Sky Circle Tour of Glacier National Park*
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Icefields Parkway excursion from Jasper including a ride onboard an ice explorer vehicle
  • Admission to the Glacier Skywalk and Glacier Discovery Center
  • Sightseeing tour of Lake Louise and Banff

*Seasonal activity: Glacier Park Two Medicine Valley Boat cruise runs early June to early September and Big Sky Circle Tour runs mid-June to mid-September.


Package Also Includes:

  • 7 nights' hotel accommodations; 2 nights aboard Amtrak®; 1 night aboard VIA Rail®
  • One-way Amtrak® in Coach accommodations from Chicago to Glacier National Park; and Glacier National Park to Vancouver on the Empire Builder and Cascades
  • One-way VIA Rail in Economy from Vancouver to Jasper on the Canadian
  • Shuttle transfer from Banff to Calgary
  • 2 meals included (2 lunches)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

DAY 1 YOUR JOURNEY BEGINS IN CHICAGO
Welcome to Chicago! This afternoon, you will transfer from the airport to Chicago's Union Station and board the Empire Builder® headed to Glacier National Park. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 2 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
This morning, you will travel through the gorgeous North Dakota plains and cross over the spectacular Gassman Coulee Trestle as you make your way to “Big Sky Country”. This evening, you'll arrive in Glacier National Park, home to two different mountain ranges, 130 lakes, 1,000 species of plants, and over 400,000 hectares of pristine landscapes. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 3 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today, you will explore Glacier National Park on a Big Sky Circle Tour, which features a breathtaking ride along the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road, stops at Goat Lick for wildlife viewing and Lake McDonald, the largest lake in the park. Afterward, you'll return to the Glacier Park Lodge for your final night's stay in the park. (Overnight in Glacier National Park)

DAY 4 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
This morning you'll travel to Two Medicine Valley, a hidden gem in Glacier National Park, where you'll enjoy a scenic boat cruise in this gorgeous area. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Glacier Park Lodge before taking a short walk to the East Glacier Station to board Amtrak continuing your train journey west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 5 VANCOUVER
Today, enjoy a relaxing morning on the train before you arrive in Seattle, known as the “Emerald City” for its lush evergreen forests. Change trains to board Amtrak's Cascades to Vancouver. Relish in the spectacular scenery as you travel along the Puget Sound and cross the Canadian border. (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 6 VANCOUVER
Today begin exploring the city with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Visit Vancouver's most popular areas including Stanley Park, Chinatown, historic Gastown, Granville Island and more! The tour will feature live commentary so you'll have the opportunity to learn what makes this city so special. Then, use your included admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Towering over 168m, it offers sweeping 360 degree views of the city including, Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, North Shore Mountains and more! (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 7 OVERNIGHT ONBOARD VIA RAIL
Continue exploring Vancouver this morning with admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Towering over 580 feet, it offers sweeping 360 degree views of the city including, Coal Harbor, Stanley Park, the Pacific Ocean, North Shore Mountains and more! Later, board VIA Rail’s Canadian for the journey to Jasper and the majestic Rocky Mountains. While onboard, enjoy a sparkling wine send-off in one of the train’s many domed observations cars and lunch while passing through Vancouver’s eastern suburbs and into British Columbia’s agricultural heartland. Later in the afternoon, take in the stunning views of the Fraser Canyon as the train winds its way through the Cascade and Coast Mountains perched alongside the mighty Fraser River and past the raging rapids of Hell’s Gate. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail)

DAY 8 JASPER
Enjoy a relaxing morning on the train with breathtaking scenery as you travel through the Canadian Rockies in the Region of Alberta, Canada. Later, arrive into Jasper and transfer on your own to your hotel. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 9 JASPER > BANFF
Today, depart Jasper for a leisurely drive out to Banff, one of the most scenic towns in the Canadian Rockies. As you travel along the world-famous Icefields Parkway you'll see some pristine lakes, breathtaking mountain peaks and possibly some wildlife. Stop at the Glacier Skywalk to enjoy unobstructed views on a glass-floored observation platform extending out over the Sunwapta Valley. Visit the natural wonder of Columbia Icefield, one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. There, you'll board an Ice Explorer vehicle to take you onto Athabasca Glacier. Lunch is included this day. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 10 BANFF > LAKE LOUISE > BANFF
Today you will spend the day exploring the majestic Canadian Rockies. Visit Lake Louise, one of the most photographed landscapes in the Canadian Rockies. Experience this remarkable destination and take some time to explore the lake at your leisure. You'll also visit incredible sights including Victoria Glacier, Moraine Lake and the magnificent Takakkaw Falls. A picnic lunch is included at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise today. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 11 YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN BANFF

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D - Dinner

Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver

The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium – home of the Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street and many downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada's "Castle in the Rockies",

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Just a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the Banff Caribou Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, with all the amenities of a first class resort hotel.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by the First Nations living in the region.

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

For those who love to play in the great outdoors, there's no better place than Banff, and no better place to call home after a day of adventure than the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Elk & Avenue

Experience exceptional comfort and warm hospitality at the Elk + Avenue Hotel, located in downtown Banff, in the heart of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy all the comforts of a modern hotel, including flat screen televisions, indoor whirlpool and dry cedar sauna.

Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fox Hotel & Suites is located in the scenic Banff National Park. This mountain accommodation offers hotel rooms perfect for the traveler staying for a few days or even a week.

Mount Royal Hotel

The Mount Royal Hotel's history dates back to 1908 when it opened for business. Originally called the Banff Hotel, the red brick structure complete with a lead roof, boasted 60 rooms as well as a spacious dining room and billiard room. It was opened by Dave and Annie McDougall of Morley Alberta at a time when Banff was little more than a CP Rail outpost gaining some recognition as a starting point for guided backcountry adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on Sulphur Mountain and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, and a luxury spa. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience.

Chateau Jasper

The newly renovated Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel with a variety of accommodations and facilities.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Surrounded by captivating mountains and sparkling lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Resort Hotel welcomes you to The True Rocky Mountain Experience. Situated in the magnificent Canadian Rockies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the unique accommodations and luxury Signature Cabins, sure to invoke memories that will last a lifetime.

Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge welcomes you to the Canadian Rockies. Recently renovated and conveniently located in the town of Jasper, you will experience a serene atmosphere in a majestic mountain setting.

Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge offers 107 guestrooms and suites with exterior entry. Large families and groups will love the convenience of our kitchen suites along with a separate bedroom. All guests have access to our heated indoor pool, sauna, and an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.

The Crimson Jasper

The Crimson was inspired by true Canadian colours: Jasper's sunsets and fall foliage, our Canadian flag and the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hampton Inn & Suites Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Glacier Park Lodge

Glacier Park Lodge was built almost a century ago by the Great Northern Railway. Located in East Glacier Park Village it is 3 miles outside of Glacier National Park. The Glacier Park Lodge's 161 guest rooms can accommodate over 500 people.

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Disclaimer:

Prices are subject to availability, based on two people sharing a standard twin or double room. Prices are subject to change. Single occupancy supplements will apply for solo travellers. Hotel and room facilities vary and may be subject to additional fees. Some hotels require payment of local city taxes on arrival. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Please call for pricing. We accept all major credit and debit cards. Amtrak Vacations is a member of ABTA (Y6401) and all holidays including flights are ATOL protected, number 7579.

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