Exploring BC to Alberta, Canadian Style
9 Days / 8 Nights

Exploring BC to Alberta – Canadian Style    9 days/8 nights


This package starts in the fabulous city of Vancouver & includes a day trip to Victoria & the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Then travel by train from BC to Alberta aboard Rocky Mountaineer. The two-day rail journey recaptures the romance of rail travel as it follows the historic train route constructed over 100 years ago through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies.


The entire train ride takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breathtaking scenery of glacier-fed lakes, majestic mountain ranges and ferocious rivers. You will spend the remainder of your tour in some of Canada’s most famous hotels!


Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver. Our choice of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver makes you feel special from the moment you arrive. Here, in the heart of the city, you are close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Day 2 – Vancouver – Full Day Victoria Excursion with Butchart Gardens
This morning, you depart for delightful Victoria. Your motorcoach will be driven aboard a modern BC Ferry for a refreshing cruise through the Strait of Georgia to Victoria, where you will visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and Victoria’s historic waterfront. Your return to Vancouver is flexible, thus allowing you to spend a very full day in Victoria.
Overnight – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Day 3 – Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, Vancouver to Kamloops (B & L)
Today you will travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, located in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and the Coastal Mountains, before entering the Fraser Canyon and viewing the raging turbulence of Hell’s Gate. You follow the Fraser River through beautiful landscapes, for an overnight stay in Kamloops. Breakfast and lunch are served aboard the train.
Overnight – Kamloops


Day 4 – Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service, Kamloops to Jasper (B & L)
Your journey continues eastward into the Canadian Rockies. You will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, before reaching the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Highlights include: Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, and a climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Breakfast and lunch will again be served on the train before ending your rail journey in the town of Jasper. A transfer from the rail station to your hotel has been pre-arranged.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Day 5 – Jasper
Today during your Explore Jasper tour, you will experience the history and beauty of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. Explore the natural attractions of Maligne Lake, Medicine Lake and Maligne Canyon. Stay alert! You have the opportunity to see wildlife in their natural environment.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Day 6 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Your reluctance to leave Jasper will pass, as you travel through beautiful vistas. A stop at the awesome Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer ride is highly recommended. Only when you see the view from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise can you understand why people say, “You have to see it, to believe it.”
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


Day 7 – Lake Louise to Banff
Your morning is at leisure to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise and the elegant Chateau. If you are feeling adventurous, you may want to hike to the tea house, paddle a canoe on the lake, horseback through the mountains or explore the area on bike. An afternoon transfer has been arranged to Banff.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Day 8 – Banff
Bring your camera, as your Explore Banff tour takes you along Tunnel Mountain Drive for a great view of Banff. Visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site and take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


Day 9 – Transfer to Banff to Calgary
Bid farewell to the beautiful Canadian Rockies, with a promise to return very soon. A transfer from Banff to the airport has been included with your tour.

Tour Highlights:


  • Arrival transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel


  • 2 nights – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


  • 1 night – Kamloops


  • 2 nights – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


  • 1 night – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


  • 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


  • Victoria and Butchart Gardens sightseeing tour


  • Transfer – hotel to Vancouver train station


  • Two full days of scenic rail travel from Vancouver to Jasper aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf* service. Breakfast and lunch will be served at your seat each day. (* GoldLeaf service upgrade with confirmed dome car seating and gourmet meal service is available upon request)


  • Transfer – VIA Rail station to hotel in Jasper


  • Transfers – Jasper – Lake Louise / Lake Louise – Banff / Banff – Calgary


  • Explore Jasper tour


  • Explore Banff tour


  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride


  • Baggage handling and housekeeping at mountain hotels


  • Maps and destination information


  • Hotel taxes, GST and service charges as applicable


Dates & Rates – 9 Days / 8 Nights


  • Package is offered on Saturday or Wednesday


  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy


Season Land Only
May 01 – 12, 2021 $6,799
May 15 – May 22, 2021 $7,299
May 26 – September 22, 2021 $7,599
September 25 – October 6, 2021 $7,299

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver


Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, on Canada’s west coast, lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world who are drawn to its breathtaking scenery and energetic lifestyle. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver.


Known as the ’Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada’s iconic hotels. Just steps from the shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to start exploring Vancouver.



Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge


Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.



Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


Stunning scenery, majestic surroundings, breath-taking views, total bliss…..all these describe this wonderful resort located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise treats you to old world elegance with up to date style.  Lake Louise, known as the “crown jewel”, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada.  Unmatched scenery and service is what you’ll find here!


Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise


Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel


The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is an iconic beauty amidst snow-capped peaks, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness. Styled after a Scottish castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, legendary hospitality and unsurpassed service for guests. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.


Fairmont Banff Springs

You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.