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Rockies, Rail and an Alaskan Cruise

15 Days from £3,499
The ultimate way to discover the west, this holiday includes both a ride on the Rocky Mountaineer and an Alaskan cruise.


 

Departure from: May 2019 - Sep 2020

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YOUR HOLIDAY INCLUDES

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
  • 6 nights room only in hotels of a good standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 7 nights full board on board Holland America Line's Volendam
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager (pre-cruise)
  • Overseas transfers and other transportation
  • Porterage
CLASSIC TOURING
CRUISE
RAIL

Included holiday highlights

  • Sightseeing tour of Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • A 7-night cruise through Alaska
  • Vancouver city tour

Your Itinerary

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Day 1 UK/Banff

Depart on your scheduled flight to Calgary today. On arrival, we will transfer you to the Rocky Mountains and your hotel in Banff. This will be our base for the next three nights.​

Day 2 Banff

This morning we'll head out together to explore Banff. The views are bound to take your breath away, so be sure to remember your camera! During our tour we'll see the Hoodoos of Bow Valley – imposing spires of rock, carved by wind and water, and the fabulous Surprise Corner. Here, a stunning view of the famous Banff Springs Hotel suddenly opens up before you.

Day 3 Lake Louise

Nothing can prepare you for the beauty of Lake Louise - a glacial, jade-green lake surrounded on all sides by towering peaks. It's been described as one of Canada's most beautiful locations and you'll see it in all its glory on today's included excursion. If you wish, there will be plenty of time to take in the views from hiking trails along the shore.​

Day 4 Rocky Mountaineer

Today's the day you'll step aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train, you've an exciting two-day journey ahead. Sit back in your reclining seat, enjoy the commentary and relax as the scenic grandeur of the Rockies unfolds. Today's journey takes us through tunnels, over high mountain passes and along the South Thompson River to Kamloops. We'll stay in a hotel here overnight.

Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer

We'll climb back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue our journey to Vancouver, following the course of the Thompson and then the Fraser River. On arrival in Vancouver we will transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.​

Day 6 Vancouver

Surrounded by mountains, forests and islands, Vancouver is one of the most beautifully located cities in the world and you are free to do as you please here today. If you want to explore further afield, our optional tour to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, comes highly recommended. You'll travel by ferry to the capital of British Columbia and visit the famous Butchart Gardens, Parliament building and the impressive Empress Hotel.

Day 7 Vancouver & Volendam

Today we'll transfer you to Vancouver harbour and you'll board your cruise ship, Volendam. You'll have plenty of time to settle into you comfortable cabin and explore the ship, before setting sail on your seven-night cruise at 5pm.​

Day 8 The Inside Passage

As your cruise through North America's most scenic coastal landscape begins, you'll want to spend time on deck gazing at the scenery and watching out for wildlife. You never know, you could be lucky enough to spot breaching whales, soaring eagles, inquisitive seals, and grizzly bears.​

Day 9 Juneau

Early this afternoon we'll dock in the Alaskan capital, Juneau, where you can step ashore and make your own discoveries. The 13-mile long Mendenhall Glacier is definitely a worth a visit.​

Day 10 Skagway

Today we arrive in Skagway, a lively relic of the 1898 Klondike Gold Rush. With its wooden sidewalks and turn-of-the-century buildings, you'll feel like you've stepped back in time.​

Day 11 Glacier Bay

Get ready for one of the scenic highlights of your cruise as we head to Glacier Bay. You'll see enormous icebergs floating in the blue-green water, and if we're lucky, we might watch as a glacier 'calves', sending thousands of tons of ice thundering into the bay.​

Day 12 Ketchikan

This afternoon our journey takes us to Ketchikan, a quaint town clinging to the mountainside. It's a lovely place to explore at your own pace, and maybe sample some fresh Alaskan salmon. Or, you could explore Totem Poles Park, the choice is entirely yours.​

Day 13 Cruising at sea

It's your final day on board, so take every opportunity to appreciate the scenery as it unfurls before your very eyes. We'll cruise the Inside Passage back towards Vancouver and you'll have plenty of time to relax with new-found friends, reliving the wonderful moments you've shared.​

Day 14 Vancouver/UK

Your cruise comes to an end as you disembark in Vancouver. A Local Guide will take you on a city tour and later we will transfer you to the airport for your return flight to the UK.​

Day 15 UK

You'll arrive in the UK today.


Accommodation

Every hotel you will stay in on your holiday is hand-picked by us. We relish the challenge of finding the right accommodation for each and every tour, whether it's chosen for its location, its facilities or its downright quirkiness.

HIDE ACCOMMODATION ITINERARY

Day 1 - 3 :

Mount Royal Hotel
Perfectly situated downtown in the very heart of Banff and overlooking the mountains, this historic hotel has been situated here since 1908. The hotel has been completely updated this winter inspired by the history of the hotel and the area.

Warm, relaxed rooms and suites benefit from a desk area, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, smart TV, hairdryer, safe and iron.

There are four dining options at the hotel including Tony Roma's restaurant, a guest lounge and Toque Canadian Pub. Additionally the hotel boasts a library, and roof top lounge with outdoor hot tubs.

Day 4 :

Kamloops Hotel Kamloops
Your hotel in Kamloops this evening is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer and will be advised when you board the train.

Day 5 - 6 :

Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown
A 7-minute walk from shopping on Robson Street, this modern hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Hornby Street Aquabus, which offers direct access to Granville Island. Subdued rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. The facility also offers a casual restaurant/lounge, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour exercise room, plus a spa.

Day 7 - 13 :

MS Volendam
You will cruise aboard Holland America’s ms Volendam a mid sized ship with a maximum guest capacity of 1432 passengers. Their ships are known for the artworks on board, and also for the generous personal space given in the suites and staterooms. The Volendam has a beautiful garden theme reflected in the artful floral motif throughout the ship, and huge vases of fresh floral arrangements.

On board there is plenty to do with facilities including two swimming pools, fitness centre, basketball and volleyball courts, shopping, and the Greenhouse Spa and Salon where you can book a treatment in one of the relaxing rooms, or book a hair or nail appointment in the Salon. Additionally, learn about the amazing natural world with exclusive content from BBC Earth, through on board concerts, films and shows.

At mealtimes the ship boasts five restaurants to choose from, there is The Dining Room for breakfast, lunch or your five course evening meal, offering elegant and sophisticated dining, from classic favorites to local dishes, inspired by the region you are visiting. For a more casual meal, the Lido Market offers food from different themed stations, with a panoramic view of the sea, or enjoy a gourmet burger, hot dog, or lighter bite from the pool side – Dive In. You could choose to enjoy your evening meal at the luxurious Pinnacle Grill which serves dishes inspired by the Pacific, boutique local wines are available, as well as others from famous vineyards across the world. Alternatively try Canaletto, offering authentic Italian dining, from pasta to grill dishes.

There is a choice of three bars and a relaxing lounge, as well as the Wajang Theatre where you can enjoy complimentary films and popcorn, and the Casino, offering games for all levels, with professionals at hand to help you learn new skills.


Dates and Prices

You have chosen to arrange your own flights and transfers and meet us at your first hotel. Please see essential information for full terms and conditions.

 
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14 days

Thursday 23 May 2019

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£2,974

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14 days

Thursday 06 June 2019

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£3,424

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14 days

Thursday 29 August 2019

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£3,424

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14 days

Thursday 12 September 2019

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£3,324

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14 days

Thursday 07 May 2020

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£3,124

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14 days

Thursday 21 May 2020

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£3,324

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14 days

Thursday 04 June 2020

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14 days

Thursday 25 June 2020

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14 days

Thursday 27 August 2020

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14 days

Thursday 03 September 2020

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£3,324

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14 days

Thursday 09 May 2019

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£2,774

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THU 23 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

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£4,199

£3,699

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Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 23 May 2019

Departs

10:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 05 June 2019

Departs

17:50 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:05 London (Heathrow)

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Air Canada

THU 06 JUN 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 06 June 2019

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 19 June 2019

Departs

17:50 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:05 London (Heathrow)

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Air Canada

THU 29 AUG 19

London (Gatwick)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Transat

Thursday 29 August 2019

Departs

12:25 London (Gatwick)

Arrives

14:20 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Transat

Inbound
Air Transat - TS

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

13:50 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

07:20 London (Gatwick)

Operated by

Air Transat

THU 29 AUG 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 29 August 2019

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 11 September 2019

Departs

17:50 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:05 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 12 SEP 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,199

£4,049

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 12 September 2019

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 25 September 2019

Departs

17:50 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:05 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 07 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,999

£3,849

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Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 07 May 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 20 May 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

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Air Canada

THU 21 MAY 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,199

£4,049

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Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 21 May 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 03 June 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 04 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 04 June 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 17 June 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 25 JUN 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 25 June 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

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Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 08 July 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

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Air Canada

THU 27 AUG 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,299

£4,149

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 27 August 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 09 September 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 03 SEP 20

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£4,199

£4,049

Available

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 03 September 2020

Departs

13:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

14:55 Calgary (Intl)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 16 September 2020

Departs

18:30 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:40 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

THU 09 MAY 19

London (Heathrow)

GUARANTEED

£3,999

£3,499

SOLD OUT

SOLD OUT

Outbound
Air Canada

Thursday 09 May 2019

Departs

10:05 London (Heathrow)

Arrives

11:55 Calgary (Intl)

Operated by

Air Canada

Inbound
Air Canada - AC

Wednesday 22 May 2019

Departs

18:35 Vancouver (Intl)

Arrives

11:50 London (Heathrow)

Operated by

Air Canada

Prices are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.

Optional Excursions

Experience even more of your destination by adding one or more optional excursions to your holiday before you set off. Right now is the perfect opportunity to do that – with everything booked and paid for you’ll have even more to get excited about and all you’ll need to think about while you’re away is having a great time.

By the way - look out for ‘Optional Excursion Packages’. For some holidays we’ve grouped a selection of excursions into a package which means you can make a saving when you book in advance.

Prices shown may vary according to departure date and are subject to change.  The full range of excursions will be detailed in your holiday information pack, sent approximately 15 weeks prior to departure.

Canada - Vancouver - Victoria on Vancouver Island including Butchart Gardens

FROM £124

Enjoy the opportunity to go by scenic ferry to Vancouver Island and visit Victoria, the state capital of British Columbia. Soak up the atmosphere of this picturesque seaside town by strolling around the Inner Harbour and marvel at the wonderful architecture of the nearby Parliament buildings and the Empress Hotel. No visit to the island would be complete without going to see the world famous Butchart Gardens. Take time to amble around and admire the wonderful flower gardens that Jenny Butchart created out of the old cement quarry!! Please note: This is a long but rewarding day

Full Day - Moderate Walking - Not to be missed

Please note: To ensure that you enjoy and experience your holiday to its fullest, we may need to combine this excursion with customers travelling on another one of our tours.

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Add-on

Take the opportunity to maximise your travel experience and extend your holiday with an add-on. The number of days shown is inclusive of the main tour and the price shown is in addition to the cost of the main tour:

Rockies, Rail and an Alaskan Cruise with Vancouver Add-on

Extend your holiday to 17 days from £599

May 2019 - Sep 2019 Departures

​Extend your holiday with an extra two nights in Vancouver. You might choose to board a hop-on-hop-off bus - they stop at all the main attractions. Or hire a bike and explore Stanley Park, visit Granville Market or enjoy one of the newer attractions - FlyOver Canada - a virtual ride in Canada Place.

Your extension includes: 
* Transfers
* 2 nights accomodation on a room only basis
* Porterage
Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager. 
Your Hotel - You will stay in a centrally located hotel such as the Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and fitness centre.

Days 14 & 15 Vancouver
Vancouver, officially the City of Vancouver, is a coastal seaport on the mainland of British Columbia. Make the most of you extra time in Vancouver by exploring at your own pace and leisure. You may wish to board a hop-on-hop-off bus, they stop at all the main attractions.  After a busy day, why not enjoy a locally inspired meal.
Day 16 Vancouver/UK
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Day 17 UK
You'll arrive back in the UK today.  


Rockies, Rail and an Alaskan Cruise with Vancouver Add-on

Extend your holiday to 17 days from £549

May 2020 - Sep 2020 Departures

​Extend your holiday with an extra two nights in Vancouver. You might choose to board a hop-on-hop-off bus - they stop at all the main attractions. Or hire a bike and explore Stanley Park, visit Granville Market or enjoy one of the newer attractions - FlyOver Canada - a virtual ride in Canada Place.​

Your extension includes: 

* Transfers
* 2 nights accomodation on a room only basis

* Porterage

Please note: You will not be accompanied by a Tour Manager. 

Your Hotel - You will stay in a centrally located hotel such as the Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown. Hotel facilities include a restaurant and fitness centre.

Days 14 & 15 Vancouver

Vancouver, officially the City of Vancouver, is a coastal seaport on the mainland of British Columbia. Make the most of you extra time in Vancouver by exploring at your own pace and leisure. You may wish to board a hop-on-hop-off bus, they stop at all the main attractions.  After a busy day, why not enjoy a locally inspired meal.

Day 16 Vancouver/UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Day 17 UK 

You'll arrive back in the UK today.  ​


Local Knowledge

We asked some of our Tour Managers to sum up what they really love about this tour. Here's what they said:

Favourite Moments

Marvel at an incredible ice-age wonder as you cruise past the towering mountains and floating icebergs of spectacular Glacier Bay.


Rocky Mountaineer: First Passage to the West Route

A Rocky Mountaineer rail journey through the Canadian Rockies provides unparalleled vantage points to some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery. Indulge all your senses as you wind through awe-inspiring landscapes, complemented by gourmet cuisine, vibrant storytelling, and impeccable service.

Travel through Canada's stunning Rocky Mountains, alongside the powerful Kicking Horse River, and pass by monumental landmarks from the early days of the National Railway. This legendary route along the Canadian Pacific track is famous for uniting the country and connecting British Columbia to Canada over 125 years ago. Travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels and pass by the spot where the last spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. This is the only passenger rail service on this historic route, and its construction is one of the most important in Canadian history as it united Canada from east to west. You'll also transverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons. If you're a history buff, this route is for you.

Day 1 Banff To Kamloops
Travel on-board the Rocky Mountaineer from the resort town of Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today's highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops

Day 2 Kamloops To Vancouver
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley.

Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening

First Passage to the West Route Map
Rocky Mountaineer

 

First Passage to the West video

Watch the video below to find out more about the incredible rail journey you'll experience on the Rocky Mountaineer.



Rocky Mountaineer: SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf Service

World-class travel means world-class service

On the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train you'll experience SilverLeaf Service which includes assigned seating in a single-level dome coach with oversized windows, two hot breakfasts and two hot lunches served at your seat, complimentary snacks, tea, coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine with meals.

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service and relax in even more comfort. Enjoy assigned seating in the fully glass-domed bi-level coach and freshly cooked a la carte meals in the lower level private dining room. Passengers also have access to an exclusive outdoor viewing platform offering fantastic photo opportunities. Upgrades to GoldLeaf Service start from £399 per person - please speak to one of our Holiday Advisors for more details. You can also upgrade to GoldLeaf Service while onboard the train.

SilverLeaf Service

SilverLeaf Service

Window Style A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows
Meal Service Style Gourmet meals plated to your preference and serviced at your seat and a refreshing welcome aboard toast
Number of Hosts Two, plus a culinary team member
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages and snacks Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks Full Storytelling

GoldLeaf Service

GoldLeaf Service

Window Style A custom-designed bi-level dome coach with meal service below with large picture windows and seating up top with panoramic views
Meal Service Style Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches, morning scones and afternoon wine and cheese and a refreshing welcome aboard toast
Number of Hosts Three to four, plus full culinary team
Alcoholic & Non-Alcoholic Beverages and snacks Complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks
Full Storytelling Included

SilverLeaf service video

Watch the video to find out more about SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer.


GoldLeaf service video

Watch the video to find out more about GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer.