Majestic Canadian Rockies TrainSee the beauty of the Rockies on The Mountaineer Train! Voted 7 years in a row "The BEST Train Trip in the World" 15 day train tour - August 12, 2024
The BEST Seats on the Train
We wanted the best for our passengers, so all of our passengers will be traveling in “The Best Train Trip in the World” Luxury First Class GoldLeaf Train Cars! They offer two classes of service, SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf. The SilverLeaf Train Cars have large windows but not domed windows, they serve the meals at your seat and do not include the top luxury hotels. This is not what we wanted for our passengers. All of our passengers will be traveling in the GoldLeaf Train Cars! The Luxury GoldLeaf Train Cars are two levels or two stories, with an elevator. The upper area is the luxury “first-class” seating area with a completely domed glass roof, creating unobstructed views from every seat. On the bottom level of each GoldLeaf Car is a 5-star restaurant only open to those in that GoldLeaf Car. All meals on the train are included. In the GoldLeaf Cars you will indulge your senses with gourmet meals prepared by Executive Chefs. Also, on the bottom floor of every GoldLeaf Car is an exclusive outdoor viewing platform. Throughout the two days of travel by train, you can step outside onto your outdoor viewing platform to enjoy the fresh air or to take that perfect picture.
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The very BEST in Hotels
The “Best Train Trip in the World” needed to have the BEST in Luxury Hotels! The very BEST Luxury Hotels in Canada are the iconic Fairmont Hotels. They are extremely hard to get into for groups, they usually prefer individual bookings as they can often get 100’s of dollars more per room per night. It often takes us months to finally arrange all the hotels we want at a date that will also match reserving our train seats all in GoldLeif train cars. This is the rare opportunity to stay in the “Castle in the Rockies” Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff, the “Castle in the City” Fairmont Hotel in Vancouver, the Iconic Fairmont Empress Hotel in Victoria and the Luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler. They are hotels everyone longs to experience, but rarely can afford. Our negotiated group pricing has put all of these iconic luxurious hotels within your reach. Combining the luxury iconic Fairmonts with the upgraded GoldLeaf Train service does make this tour a little more expensive – but it is far less than if you tried to do this train trip and hotels on your own. You only live once and this special train trip will bring you memories that will last the rest of your life. It is worth every penny!
There is no other program that can compare to what this special unique tour has to offer! Our tour is not a copy of others. We have evaluated everything there is to see and experience in upper Washington, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Alberta, and the majestic Canadian Rockies. We combined some of the best places to see and experience with the “World’s Best Train.” We start in Seattle, heading north to Fidalgo Island, where we will stay overnight. While there, we will tour Fidalgo Island and take a ferry through the San Juan Islands, with a stop in San Juan’s Islands Friday Harbour (a walking town). We then travel by ferry to the wonderfully picturesque town of Port Townsend before overnighting in Port Angeles. Before heading by ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, we will spend a day on one of the most beautiful drives in the U.S. as we visit Olympic National Park and its picturesque rainforest. From our gorgeous hotel on Victoria Harbour, we will tour the area, along with visiting the beautiful and famous Butchart Gardens. Then it’s back on a ferry to the mainland and on to the wonderful ski resort village of Whistler and our Fairmont Chateau. Whistler is even more picturesque in the summer. From there, we head to Vancouver and our luxury Castle in the City Fairmont Hotel.
When you think it couldn’t get better, we enter the highlight after highlight section of our tour as we board our GoldLeaf train car for our trip through the majestic Canadian Rockies. You will all be in the luxury “First” class seating, as everyone will be in Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf two-story train car – with its 5-star restaurant and outdoor observation deck on the bottom floor and its full domed glass roof, giving completely unobstructed views, on the top floor. After our train ride through the Rockies, we will spend 3 glorious nights in the “Castle in the Rockies” Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. From there, we will tour Banff, Lake Louise, and the Columbian Ice-fields before heading to our Marriott Hotel in Calgary for two nights. After touring Calgary, you will head home with memories that will last a lifetime.
This is a special tour designed by Fun For Less Tours to bring you the BEST that this part of the world has to offer. No one else has a tour that comes close. Again, what makes this Fantastic trip even more unique and special is the opportunity to stay in the world-famous, very expensive, and very luxurious 5-Star Hotels throughout your trip.
Here is a closer look at your wonderful luxurious hotels
- The 5-Star Luxury Victoria Fairmont Empress Hotel. Canada’s Luxury Castle on the Coast. The epitome of elegance on Vancouver Island. Recognized as one of the Top 21 Iconic Hotels in the World (National Geographic), Awarded by Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Awards” for a Top 10 city hotel in Canada, along with many other awards. Overlooking Victoria Harbor, it is the perfect location.
- The 5-Star Luxury Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel. This famous hotel is nestled at the base of Blackcomb Peak. It’s Whistler’s landmark hotel and golf course. Combining classic elegance and a modern alpine setting. Steps away from the gondola. This hotel is often found in Canada’s Top 10 lists of the best hotels in Canada.
- The luxurious “Castle in the City” Vancouver Fairmont Hotel, located in the heart of Vancouver, in a great location.
- 5-Star Luxury Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This “World Famous” hotel is located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Banff Springs Hotel, Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies,” stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff. It has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- The 4-Star Deluxe Marriott Airport Terminal Hotel in Calgary. The Marriott is located right in the Calgary Airport, it is an easy walk to catch your flight home the following morning.
We also have the best hotel in Port Angeles for one night and one of the best hotels on Fidalgo Island for two nights, where we can access the Ferries to the San Juan Islands. On the Train from Vancouver to Banff in the Rockies, the train includes a hotel in Kamloops, Canada. All the rest of your nights are in the Iconic Fairmonts and two nights in a Marriott hotel.
Package Price Includes:
Note on Breakfasts: We have included breakfast every day. Breakfasts in the Iconic Fairmont are never cheap, but we felt it was an important part of the experience when staying in these luxury hotels. Lunch is served on both days on the train, and we have included one dinner in the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Dinner prices in the Fairmonts are upwards of over $100 per person. Other than the meals listed above, we felt you would be better off going out for dinner.
Our Fantastic Package Price Includes:
- Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Package:
- Rocky Mountaineer Train in our GoldLeaf chartered train car with gigantic windows.
- Two-level train car with elevator.
- Top level includes the best viewing possible with a completely domed glass roof.
- Bottom level includes a luxury restaurant where you will dine.
- The bottom level also has an observation deck or balcony area where you can go outside for a better picture while enjoying the fresh air. The outside observation deck is only open to those in the GoldLeaf Cars.
- Breakfast and lunch each day in the 5-Star luxury restaurant on the bottom level of your GoldLeaf Car.
- All transfers to and from the train.
- All train taxes.
- 5-Star Luxury VERY HARD TO GET Fairmont Hotels:
- 2 nights 5-Star Luxury Victoria Fairmont Empress Hotel – Breakfasts included.
- 1 night 5-Star Luxury “Castle in the City” Victoria Fairmont Hotel. Breakfast on the train.
- 2 nights 5-Star Luxury Fairmont Chateau Whistler – Breakfasts included.
- 3 nights 5-Star Luxury “Castle in the Rockies” Banff Springs Hotel – Breakfasts included plus one dinner.
- Additional Hotels – All include breakfast:
- 2 nights quality hotel Fidalgo Island (San Juan Islands).
- 1 night Red Lion Port Angeles.
- 2 nights Marriott Calgary.
- Package also includes:
- Ferry Transfers:
- Ferry to Friday Harbour, San Juan Island.
- Ferry from Friday Habour to Fidalgo Island.
- Ferry from Fidalgo Island to Port Townsend.
- Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria B.C.
- Ferry from Nanaimo Vancouver Island to Horseshoe Bay.
- Puget Sound and Driving through Olympic National Park.
- All tours, guides, buses and entrance fees.
- Snow Cat to visit the Columbian Ice-fields.
- Fun For Less Tours Staff throughout.
- Ferry Transfers:
Package Price: $8,495*
*Per person cash discount price, based on double occupancy.
Does not include international airfare and tips.
Canada Train Itinerary
Note on Meals: The quality of hotels was our highest priority, but at times, the famous luxurious Fairmont hotels want way too much for their food. When there are wonderful restaurants and café’s nearby serving similar food at a fraction of the cost, we did not include meals at some of the hotels, which would have increased the price of the tour.
Day 1: August 12: Morning flight to Seattle
This afternoon we will travel to Fidalgo Island for our afternoon tour. Overnight on Fidalgo Island.
Day 2: August 13: San Juan Islands
This morning we will travel to Anacortes Ferry Terminal for our day tour through the San Juan Islands. We will take a Ferry to Friday Harbor where will have some free time to explore and then board a different ferry with a different route through the San Juan islands back to Fidalgo Island and our hotel.
Day 3: August 14: San Juan Island – Port Angeles
This morning after breakfast we will drive to Fort Casey on Fidalgo island. We will then take a ferry to Port Townsend, where we will have some free time to explore the wonderful port town, maybe have a bit of lunch before heading to Port Angeles where we will overnight.
Day 4: August 15: Port Angeles – Victoria, BC
Today we visit Olympia park and include a visit to Hoh rainforest along with Ruby Beach and other stops. We take a late afternoon ferry to Victoria British Columbia. Our hotel for the next two nights is the World Famous, Award-winning Fairmont Empress, overlooking Victoria’s inner harbor.
Day 5: August 16: Victoria
Today will be a full-day guided tour of Victoria that will include a city tour, the Royal BC Museum, and the famous Butchart Gardens. Overnight Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Day 6: August 17: Victoria – Whistler
This morning we will drive up the coast of Vancouver Island to the town of Nanaimo where we will board our approx. 3-hour ferry to the mainland getting off in Horseshoe Bay. We will then continue inland to Whistler, a winter ski resort area. Your accommodations are in the World Famous Luxurious Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Voted one of the top 10 hotels in Canada.
Day 7: August 18: Whistler
Whistler is a wonderful town for shopping and exploring. Everything is within a very short walk. The highlight recommended by our past passengers is to take the chairlifts next to our hotel and visit the tops of the mountains to enjoy the stunning views and do some walking on easy trails at the tops of the mountains. Today will be a highlight day.
Day 8: August 19: Vancouver
This morning we will head to Vancouver. We have a short tour before arriving at your Luxury Marriott Delta Suites. In the afternoon you will have time to visit the many easy walking areas near our hotel. We recommend walking down to the Gastown neighborhood and the wonderful Vancouver Warf area.
Day 9: August 20: Vancouver – Canada Train – Kamloops
This morning early, we will be transferred to the train station to board our GoldLeaf Luxurious Train Cars. Boarding will be around 7:30 am. We will spend the whole day enjoying the view and meals from our Luxurious Gold Leaf Cars, arriving between 6 pm and 7:30 pm depending on train traffic. We will enjoy a 5-star restaurant service in our special restaurant on the first floor of our train car, for Breakfast and for lunch. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the train will transfer everyone to their hotel for the night. Dinner is not included
Note: All train host gratuity has been included in your package
Day 10: August 21: Kam Loops – Banff
We will be re-boarding our train around 6:25 am Pacific Time. Again, Breakfast and Lunch will be served in your restaurant on the main floor of your GolfLeaf Car. Today will be another highlight day as we cross through the best the Canadian Rockies has to offer. We will arrive into Banff around 7pm. You are staying in the World-Famous Luxurious Fairmont Banff Springs “Castle” Hotel. We have included Breakfast daily and one dinner during your three nights at the Banff Hotel
Day 11: August 22: Banff – Lake Louise – Banff
Breakfast is included for our group at the Banff “Castle” hotel. Today is another highlight day. We will take the short drive to Lake Louise where you will have some free in this beautiful area. We will also visit some of the other famous picturesque lakes in the area before returning to your Banff Spring “Castle” hotel. This evening will be your dinner that is included at the Banff Springs hotel.
Day 12: August 23: Banff
Breakfast is included for our group at the Fairmont Banff Springs “Castle” Hotel. After we will enjoy a ½ day city tour and a wonderful Gondola ride to the tops of the mountain to get a birds-eye view of the Rockies and Banff. Banff is such a wonderful picturesque town, you will have a free afternoon to enjoy the town and its many restaurants on your own. Overnight Banff Spring “Castle” Hotel.
Day 13: August 24: Banff – Columbia Icefields – Calgary
We have to say it again – today will be another highlight day. After your included breakfast at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, we will travel to the Columbia Icefields. The Columbia Icefields is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle as well as being the most accessible. you will all ride a unique ice Exploration of the Athabasca Glacier. The drive to the Columbia Icefields and back is truly stunning. After, we will continue to Calgary and our 4-Star Deluxe Marriott Hotel at the Calgary Airport.
Day 14: August 25: Calgary
Breakfast is included this morning in your hotel. Today will be a tour of Calgary, including Olympic sites when Calgary hosted the winter Olympics. Late this afternoon you will return to your Marriott Hotel to pack for your return flight home tomorrow.
Day 15: August 26: Calgary – Fly Home
Today we fly back to your homes, having enjoyed one of the most stunning picturesque trips anywhere in the world.