22 January 2019
A journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer is much more than just a train ride through the Canadian Rockies. It is the key to unlocking a hidden world of shifting landscapes and unparalleled beauty, where you can relax and enjoy the awe-inspiring scenery that unfolds outside your glass-dome carriage. Complemented by gourmet cuisine, vibrant storytelling and excellent service, a Rocky Mountaineer journey is a feast for the senses. Here is a selection of our favourite things about travelling with Rocky Mountaineer.
“What a unique way to see the Rockies up close! You have perfect, panoramic views from the dome windows looking out at the mountains and lakes in all their glory. Our time on board allowed us to take in the stunning contrast of the autumn and winter scenery across the Rocky Mountains. On the first day, we saw snow high on the mountain peaks while on day two, from Kamloops to Vancouver, we rolled through shades of red and orange, passing over mountain gorges and river valleys. It was a photographer’s dream.”
Ann, Travel Counsellor
Follow Michael Portillo’s incredible journey across the backbone of the North American continent on board a Rocky Mountaineer train, as he travels from Kamloops to Banff on his new series, Great Canadian Railway Journeys. Not only will you get a preview of fascinating destinations such as Jasper, with its great peaks and glassy lakes, but you’ll also get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at what goes into creating the perfect Rocky Mountaineer experience, from preparing the food to the processes involved in providing an exquisite service. The episode airs Thursday 24 January at 18:30 on BBC Two.
TC tip: If you miss the original screening, you'll be able to re-watch the episode on BBC iPlayer.
With some of the most beautiful destinations in Canada and the Pacific Northwest on their routes, including Banff, Vancouver and Seattle, Rocky Mountaineer offers awe-inspiring vistas showcasing lakes, rivers, snowy mountains and local wildlife at every turn. Carving through the Canadian Rockies, you will unlock a hidden world of beauty in otherwise inaccessible terrain, with the glass-domes carriages providing views of North America’s finest scenery. Indulge in one of the most amazing journeys you've ever experienced while you reconnect with old companions, meet new ones and enjoy the scenery.
From cosmopolitan city centres to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Rocky Mountaineer’s rail routes offer you the most jaw-dropping sights Western Canada has to offer. With so many things to see in this stunning area, it can be hard to select a route, but Rocky Mountaineer offers a wide range of packages along four spectacular trails.
Highlights include Vancouver’s coastal rainforests, historic Cariboo Gold Rush towns, the epic Canadian Rockies and the vivid alpine waters of Lake Louise. Whether you love natural beauty or are fascinated by history, there’s a perfect route just for you. You can even combine your train journey with a scenic Alaskan cruise to add a seafaring element to your holiday. At each stop along the route, guests disembark the train to explore the areas and get a good night’s sleep in a carefully chosen luxury hotel.
“I would recommend the trip from Banff to Vancouver, or vice versa. It is a two-day journey and only travels through the day so that you don’t miss out on any of the scenery. You’ll have ample opportunity to spot beautiful Canadian wildlife, and your breakfast, lunch and drinks are included. There is no accommodation on board, so one night is spent in a hotel in Kamloops, which gives you a little time to roam.”
Debbie, Travel Counsellor
It’s not just unbelievable scenery you’ll enjoy – your taste buds will be delighted too as you dine on delicious three-course meals. Every season, Rocky Mountaineer’s executive chefs conceive and reimagine the menus, drawing inspiration from the passing regions and highlighting ingredients such as Pacific salmon and prime Alberta beef. From fresh albacore tuna niçoise salad to Okanagan apple crumble, everything is created to reflect a high-end culinary experience and Western Canada’s famous ingredients. The culinary experience is completed with prized British Columbia wines from the Okanagan Valley and local Canadian beers.
Rocky Mountaineer boasts a custom-designed, all-dome fleet, so whether it’s GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service, get ready for a breathtaking experience. From start to finish, the onboard hosts will tend to your every need, making sure your glass is never empty and offering fascinating insights into the regions you’re passing though.
Soak up incredible panoramic views in the GoldLeaf Service bi-level dome with separate dining and seating areas, or dine on delicious gourmet meals served directly to your seat in SilverLeaf Service. Whichever you choose, you’ll be welcomed aboard with a refreshing toast and can relax safe in the knowledge that everything is taken care of from start to finish – including bag transfers to your hotel.
Contact your Travel Counsellor to book your Rocky Mountaineer adventure, and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.