Elegant Canadian Rockies

Dates: Jun 22, 2017 - Jun 29, 2017

Special Upgrade Offer Only for the June 22 - June 29 Journey!:

 Stay at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

$3790 per person double occupancy

$5640 per person single occupancy


Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 27, 2017

Aug 24, 2017 - Aug 31, 2017

Sep 14, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017

Travel: By Train

Duration: 8 Days

Priced From: $3,295 per person

A PRIVATE VISTA-DOME STREAMLINER TRAIN, FOUR NATIONAL PARKS AND FOUR GLORIOUS NIGHTS IN BANFF

Begin this epic journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies by gliding along the shores of Puget Sound in a lovingly restored private Vista-Dome Streamliner train and cross the towering Cascades to arrive in Glacier National Park. Sail along Lake McDonald and ride a fabled red “jammer” bus from the 1930s along the Going to the Sun Road and across the Continental Divide. Visit a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site where native North Americans once drove buffalo off a cliff, stay in a lodge perched above a mountain lake in Waterton and then settle in for four peerless nights in the charming town of Banff. Take in the picture-postcard views of Caribbean-blue Lake Louise and on the shores of Moraine Lake, see the iconic panorama of the Canadian Rockies. Soak in a hot spring in Banff and ride a gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Along the way you’ll visit four different national parks – Glacier, Waterton Lakes, Banff and Yoho. Feel the welcoming embrace of nature’s boundless beauty on this unforgettable journey.
 

Highlights

  • Overnight passage through the Cascades on our private Vista-Dome Streamliner train, the Great Western Limited, with all meals, wines, beers and spirits included
  • One-night stay at the luxurious Lodge at Whitefish Lake or inside Glacier National Park at historic Lake McDonald Lodge with a boat cruise on the lake and a journey on the Going to the Sun Road through the Continental Divide on restored open-air 1930s red “jammer” buses
  • Visit Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • One-night stay inside unforgettable Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Five days and four nights in the charming village of Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • Complete sightseeingin the Canadian Rockies including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Banff Hot Springs and a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain
  • Grand dining includingdinner at the Maple Leaf Grill in Banff and brunch at storied Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • DAY 1: Great Western Limited

    Board the Great Western Limited in Seattle this afternoon as the restored Vista-Dome Streamliner train runs alongside Puget Sound. Cross the Cascades while enjoying an elegant dinner. Travel back to a time when Santa Fe’s Super Chief brought stars to Hollywood, where CEOs traveled along Great Northern’s Empire Builder from Chicago to Seattle and the Vista-Dome rail car, with its dramatic curving walls of glass, was the sensation of the era. It was the Golden Age of Rail Travel. (R,D)

    DAY 2: Glacier National Park, MT

    Disembark in Glacier National Park this morning for a boat cruise on stunning Lake McDonald. Have all day to enjoy this magnificent lakeside setting and the national historic Lake McDonald Lodge with sweeping mountain vistas. A National Historic Landmark built in 1913 inside Glacier National Park on the shore of a pristine mountain lake, this elaborate lodge is patterned after Swiss chalets and is based on a design by Kirtland Cutter. The July & August departures will overnight at the Lake McDonald Lodge and the June & September departures will stay at the luxurious Lodge at Whitefish Lake in nearby Whitefish, MT. (B)

    DAY 3: Waterton, AB

    Enjoy a day of spectacular sightseeing in Glacier National Park including the famed “Going to the Sun Road” over the Continental Divide aboard an iconic red open-air “jammer bus.” Later today, enter Canada and overnight at the historic Prince of Wales Hotel at Waterton Lake. Built in 1927 on a bluff overlooking Waterton Lake, the Prince of Wales Hotel was built as a bid to capitalize on American’s thirst for adventure across the border during Prohibition. The August & September departures will stay at the Waterton Lakes Lodge Resort. (B)

    DAY 4: Banff, AB

    Depart Waterton this morning with a stop in fascinating Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, then arrive in Banff and begin your four-night stay in Banff at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel on the June departure, the glorious Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge on the July departure and the charming Banff Aspen Lodge on the August and September trips. (B,L)

    DAY 5: Banff, AB

    Begin with a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain and a visit to the famed Banff Hot Springs. Later tonight, enjoy a special Welcome Dinner with the rest of the evening at your leisure. (B,D)

    DAY 6: Banff, AB

    Experience unparalleled beauty as you travel to Lake Louise and visit fabled Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, beside one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Also visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks with its Caribbean blue waters and have the afternoon and evening free. A visit to the Cave & Basin museum is a wonderful treat. (B)

    DAY 7: Banff, AB

    Relax and enjoy a day on your own in Banff, and visit the nearby Whyte Museum for a view of historic Banff and its beginnings, see the superb Banff Center for the Arts or go river rafting on the Bow River. After a Farewell Dinner, spend the evening strolling through Cascade Gardens, a delightful way to bid adieu to this magical village. (B,D)

    DAY 8: Calgary, AB

    Awake and be transferred to Calgary airport by 11 am where easy connections can be made for all US points. (B)

Accommodations

The Great Western Limited|  With an overnight passage on our private train, the Great Western Limited, you will be singing the praises of rail travel for years to come. This lovingly restored train from the Golden Age of Rail Travel accommodates just a few lucky passengers and includes a legendary Vista-Dome complete with the “Lounge in the Sky”, an inviting dining and lounge area. All meals are prepared freshly onboard by a skilled chef and served on tables graced with red roses. Indulgent delights include Afternoon Tea with fresh scones and strawberry butter, stylish cocktail hours with hot hors d’oeuvres and oversized drinks. From affordable standard double bedrooms, superior double bedrooms, to single bedrooms and suites, there is something to meet every desire and budget. All room types provide comfortable Pullman beds, abundant pillows, nightly turn-down service, and most offer in-room facilities. This is travel the way it was meant to be.

Professional Tour Manager |  Uncommon Journeys holidays are always fully hosted by a professional tour manager from start to finish to handle all the details and make your dream vacation the trip of a lifetime.

Fares

Train Room Category

Standard Double Bedroom
One room with upper and lower berths and private enclosed bathroom with toilet and washbasin. Perfect for a couple traveling together.

June 22                                  $3,295

Jul 20|Aug 24|Sept 14          $3,595

Superior Double Bedroom
Same as Standard Double Bedroom except instead of two armchairs, features large sofa by day. These rooms are also slightly larger in length.

June 22                                  $3,495

Jul 20|Aug 24|Sept 14          $3,795

Suite Accommodations* 
Featuring a large double bed that folds into the wall when not in use. Includes a private bathroom with a shower, as well as a closet for hanging clothes. (*Suite availability is very limited aboard the train. Only one per departure! Suites are approx. 14’ x 7’)

June 22                                  $4,195

Jul 20|Aug 24|Sept 14          $4,495

Single Occupancy
Including one roomette aboard the train and exclusive single occupancy Hotel accommodations throughout. Lower bed with washbasin and toilet.

June 22                                  $4,695

Jul 20|Aug 24|Sept 14          $4,995

Fares are per person double occupancy unless otherwise indicated. Canadian taxes of $195 per person are additional.

 

 

June 22 - June 29 Journey Upgrade

Stay at the beautiful Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

$3790 per person double occupancy

$5640 per person single occupancy