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The Canadian Rockies: majestic mountain peaks, dramatic gorges, stunning crystal lakes and rivers, desert-like canyons, rich ranchlands and UNESCO World Heritage national parks. It gets better; you can catch an award-winning daylight luxury train with panoramic views through the heart of it.
Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian tour company, the largest privately owned passenger rail service in North America, offering four distinctive rail journeys through beautiful and rich in history British Columbia and Alberta. Uniquely customisable, There are many Canadian holiday packages to choose from or you can customise to suit, the only think you can’t customise are the train departure dates. You can even create your dream Canadian Rocky adventure by combining train and cruise, train and coach or train and self drive packages.
The opportunity to explore this natural wonderland as well as the service provided by Rocky Mountaineer has seen it recognised as one of the best travel opportunities in the world. Some of the accolades bestowed upon the Rocky Mountaineer include being named as one of the world’s greatest trips by National Geographic, eight-time winner of the ‘World’s Leading Travel Experience by Train’ from the World Travel Awards and being named one of the ‘Top 10 Train Trips in the World’ by the Society of American Travel Writers.
Of the three Rocky Mountaineer train routes available, the ‘First Passage to the West’ is the most popular. It includes Vancouver, Kamloops, Lake Louise, Banff and Calgary and is the only passenger rail service on the historic Canadian Pacific track.
For unparalleled natural beauty, the ‘Journey through the Clouds’ route showcases the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, as well as Pyramid Falls and Jasper National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As the name implies, the ‘Rainforest to Gold Rush’ is a triumph of natural diversity. As it travels through Whistler, Quesnel and Jasper, some of the diverse spectacles on display include the largest temperate rainforest in the world, the desert-esque Fraser Canyon and the pastoral ranchlands of the Cariboo Gold Rush region.
As well as the different routes and train, coach and cruise combinations available, Rocky Mountaineer passengers can choose from two travel classes to suit their budget. GoldLeaf Service features a bi-level coach style with fully domed windows offering panoramic views upstairs and a private dining room downstairs. A large open-air vestibule is available for outdoor viewing. Gourmet à la carte meals are served in the dining room, with complimentary alcoholic beverages served throughout the journey. Passengers of SilverLeaf, are served meals at their seat along with complimentary wine or beer at lunch. SilverLeaf guests have delicious hot main options as they watch the scenery roll by though the view through oversized domed windows. Whichever travel class you choose, you can rest assured you will be treated to the impeccable service levels Rocky Mountaineer has become famous for. All Rocky Mountaineer passengers enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and entertaining storytelling from their host throughout the journey.
The best advice for an OE? Just do it!
Start planning and take the plunge. It’s a life changing experience you’ll treasure forever.
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