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The Rocky Mountaineer is all the emblematic scenery that you could possibly want from your trip to Canada. Bringing 5-star service to the wildest corners of this exceptionally vast country, we’re talking a one-of-a-kind rail journey that you most definitely won’t be forgetting in a hurry. Think glass-domed carriages carving gushing canyons, hulking mountains and great big glaciers, all amidst the never-ending verdure of enchanting fir forests. And onboard its spectacular viewing carriages, you’ll be able to swap the well-worn hiking boots for a more elegant shoe – finally – because there are no uphill slogs, testing hikes or sweaty treks on this trip. In fact, you won’t even have to leave the luxury of your plush seat to soak in all the sights. Yep, with this luxury rail journey you are officially a chilled champion of exploration.
Jumping on at the skyscraper skyline of British Columbia’s oceanside city, Vancouver, and travelling east or beginning your journey in Jasper’s endlessly wild expanse – Canada’s largest mountain national park – and making your way west, you’ll travel through the spectacular Canadian Rockies and stop for a comfortable overnight stay in a Kamloops hotel. Jam packed with jaw-dropping panoramas, from sunrise to sunset, you’ll be in for a treat. Which is lucky as this rail journey means a couple of early mornings and two long days. But what is a long day when you can sit back and relax in a modern carriage with first-class service at you fingertips. And, you’ll even have your meals made for you by Michelin-star chefs. How fancy.
It’s a journey that offers landscapes that are as bold as they are beautiful, height of luxury service and a sprinkling of bear, moose and elk watching – all without the compromise on comfort. Hello, cool as a cucumber adventure.
There’s simply nothing like it. Taking a route that just isn’t possible through any other means, the Rocky Mountaineer is as niche as it is nifty. From carving otherwise impenetrably thick fir forests and scaling the dramatic slopes of the towering Rockies to crossing rolling arid landscapes – it’s a journey that offers variety that’s for sure.
You could drive between Vancouver and Jasper, but where’s the fun in that? Taking to the tracks offers a freedom that road-tripping can’t. For one, the driver will always draw the short straw because they have to keep their eyes on the road not the scenery – you’ll whizz past landmarks that a Rocky Mountaineer host would be on hand to point out to you, and without a trained eye, who’s going to shout ‘BEAR’ from the back of the car? Plus, who doesn’t enjoy being doused in luxury every now and then?
Not only do you get unprecedented scenery at your fingertips, but it’s all paired with michelin-star meals too. This is a breakfast and lunch spread that’s to beat, we’re telling you that much. Forget your usual on-the-go coffee and croissant combo, the Rocky Mountaineer’s gourmet chefs will start your culinary journey off with a menu that will have your mouthwatering. But really, with the split-level dining carts, crisp white linens and local wine, you’d be hard pushed to find as delectable an experience.
This epic journey will take you between the skyscraper skyline of artsy Vancouver and the incredible natural landscapes of Jasper travelling either East or West, depending on your chosen base itinerary.
There aren’t ‘opening times’ on the Rocky Mountaineer, but you will want to adhere to their journey specific boarding times to make sure that you’re not left behind! It usually means an early morning, or two, so make sure to set that alarm clock.
Start with one of our Canada base itineraries and you’ll be able to include this rail journey of a lifetime in your trip.
The Rocky Mountaineer is the very definition of luxury – we mean, you’ll be dining on michelin star spreads for breakfast – so you may want to change your usual trainers and t shirt combo to something a little more suave. We’d go safe with some smart casual attire.
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