Day 1: Calgary. Check in to Calgary’s five-star Fairmont Palliser Hotel for a one-night stay. Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome dinner.
Day 2: Calgary-Banff-Lake Louise. Our train departs this morning from the Canadian Pacific Railway Pavilion. We first travel through the suburbs of Calgary, and arrive into Banff at lunchtime. A wealth of outstanding natural beauty assaults our senses as we travel through quiet meadows towards thundering waterfalls and towering peaks of the Rocky Mountains. We spend two nights in this area at the Relais and Chateaux Post Hotel and Spa (or similar).
Day 3: Lake Louise/Icefields Parkway. Today travel by motorcoach along Icefields Parkway. See waterfalls, emerald lakes, alpine meadows and snow-capped peaks. Columbia Icefield — one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow outside of the Arctic Circle––is our destination. We take a Snow Coach, a specially designed vehicle with giant tires, onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier, always a hit with IRT travelers. Return to Lake Louise for an evening at your leisure.
Day 4: Lake Louise-Revelstoke. Our train starts the steepest part of its climb through the Rockies. On reaching the Continental Divide, we pass into British Columbia. We descend into the railroad landmark of the Spiral Tunnels to Kicking Horse Pass and through Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park. We arrive in Revelstoke, where we visit the the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel. Overnight in Revelstoke.
Day 5: Revelstoke-Kamloops. An early run to Kamloops, passing Craigellachie, where the last spike was driven to complete the transcontinental rail link on Nov. 7, 1885. Enjoy a short excursion on the Spirit of Kamloops heritage train before returning to Kamloops for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 6: Kamloops-Vancouver. Our train runs along the Thompson and Fraser River Canyons as we head to Vancouver. We skirt the Burrard Inlet before arriving Vancouver's Waterfront Station. Transfer to the five-star Fairmont Waterfront Hotel (or similar) for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Vancouver. Transfer to Vancouver airport after breakfast.
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