RockyMountaineer [2021]

October 2-12, 2021

AAA President's Tour- Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver to Jasper

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Booking Deadline: July 22, 2021

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Pricing

Occupancy Price Per Person
Double $6,999

All non-members must add $60 to the above rates.

Airfare is currently not included in the cost of the trip. Airfare will be added when rates and schedules become available.

Rates are subject to availability at time of booking and include taxes, fees and fuel surcharges which are subject to change. All pricing and included features are based on a minimum of 25 passengers.

Included Features

  • Roundtrip transfers – airport/hotel/train*
  • Ten night’s hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast meal plan each morning at the hotel
  • Complimentary hot gourmet three-course meals, snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) included on train
  • 2 additional Lunches & 4 Dinners
  • Sightseeing and admissions as stated in itinerary
  • 2-day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service in the exclusive Gold
  • Leaf bi-level dining car
  • $100 (CAD) per person Rocky Mountaineer Onboard Merchandise credit on train
  • Onboard Host Gratuities
  • Motorcoach driver gratuities
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for two suitcases per person
  • Services of a Discoveries Journey Manager

 

 

Highlights

  • Full-day Victoria Excursion
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Full-day Vancouver and North Shore Tour
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Grouse Mountain Skyride
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Banff & Yoho National Park tour with lunch at
  • Emerald Lake Lodge
  • Banff Gondola

Itinerary

Saturday, October 2: Depart for Vancouver

Depart Central PA for your flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Transfer by private motorcoach from the airport to your hotel, the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver. Few hotels can rival the elegance and hospitality of this hotel that brings a taste of Europe to one of North America’s most beautiful cities. The spectacular setting in the heart of downtown Vancouver allows you to experience exceptional service with first-class amenities. Set against a majestic backdrop of mountains and sea with the city’s famous shopping, business, arts, and entertainment districts just steps away. Check in and enjoy the rest of the day on your own before your group welcome dinner. Hotel: Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia (Dinner)

Sunday, October 3: Victoria

After breakfast, depart by motorcoach on your full-day sightseeing tour of Victoria. Your tour includes round trip passage on the BC Ferry. You will also enjoy a ninety-minute stop at the world-renowned Butchart gardens with their 50-acre display of magnificent color and floral arrangements along with a tour of Victoria Harbor and free time in downtown Victoria. (Breakfast)

Monday, October 4: Vancouver and North Shore

After breakfast, depart for a full-day sightseeing tour of Vancouver and the spectacular North Shore with breathtaking views of the city, ocean, and surrounding mountains. Highlights include Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Grouse Mountain Skyride. Take a walk across the 450 ft. long/230 ft. high bridge perched across the Capilano Canyon and stroll along the Treetops Adventure, made up of seven suspension bridges through the evergreens, taking you for a squirrel’s eye view of a thriving coastal rainforest. On Grouse Mountain, take a gondola to the apex, climbing to 4,100 ft. above sea level. At the summit, take in the incredible views of Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. (Breakfast)

Tuesday, October 5: Vancouver to Kamloops by Train

Motorcoach transfer to the Rocky Mountaineer Train Station. Board the Rocky Mountaineer with GoldLeaf seats for your journey from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. You’ll see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day will conclude on arrival into Kamloops this evening. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Hotel: To be Announced, Kamloops, British Columbia (Breakfast, snacks, unlimited drinks, 3 course lunch aboard train)

Wednesday, October 6: Kamloops to Jasper by Train

Transfer to Kamloops Station and board the Rocky Mountaineer for a second day where you will continue your journey east through the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 12,972 feet, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper where you will be transferred to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, situated in Alberta’s magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This iconic lodge is a 700-acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Beauvert Lake and Canada’s #1 Golf Resort Course. The resort’s charming village of cedar chalets and cabins, all connected by picturesque paths, offers guests unique access to explore the natural environment surrounding the resort. Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta (Breakfast, snacks, unlimited drinks, 3 course lunch aboard train)

Thursday, October 7: Jasper

After breakfast, board your private motorcoach for a half-day sightseeing tour of Jasper. Highlights include Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Maligne Canyon and the Athabasca viewpoint. The remainder of the day is free to explore more of Jasper National Park independently. This evening dine with your group in this magnificent lodge. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Friday, October 8: Columbian Icefields to Lake Louise

After breakfast, head off in your motorcoach for a full day of touring on your way to Lake Louise. The first stop is the Athabasca Glacier which you will tour in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features. Think of it like a “monster-truck meets glacier” adventure where you learn new things! After an included lunch, it is on to the Glacier Skywalk consisting of a 1,640 ft. interpretive boardwalk and a glass-floored observation platform extending 98 ft. out over the Sunwapta Valley. This Skywalk takes spectacular scenery and a rare view of nature to unbelievable heights and its award-winning architecture is a feat of contemporary design. Then it is on to the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for check in. This iconic hotel, surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, is located in Alberta’s Banff National Park. This evening dine with your group in this luxury resort. Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lake Louise, Alberta (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Saturday, October 9: Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy breakfast and a late morning check out from the Fairmont Lake Louise. From there it’s off to Banff. The afternoon and evening will be at leisure to enjoy the sites and beauty of the area. You may opt to take the shuttle to the Fairmont Banff Springs for an afternoon tea or to stroll around the gardens. Check in at the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge. This lodge, situated in the heart of the small mountain resort town, provides instant access to the area’s rich history and outdoor sights, including breathtaking Sulfur Mountain and Banff Hot Springs. Hotel: Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge, Banff, Alberta (Breakfast)

Sunday, October 10: Banff and Yoho National Parks

After breakfast, board your motorcoach for a full-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Yoho National Parks. Yoho National Park offers natural wonders like the Spiral Tunnels, the turquoise waters of Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River. Lunch will be included at the Emerald Lake Lodge. Return to your hotel in Banff where the evening is yours to enjoy and relax on your own. (Breakfast, Lunch)

Monday, October 11: Banff to Calgary

After breakfast depart for a sightseeing tour from Banff to Calgary. Your tour includes a ride on the Banff Gondola. Sit back and relax in a four passenger, glass enclosed gondola, and marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360-degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 7,486 feet above sea level. On arrival into Calgary, check into your hotel, the Fairmont Palliser, a historical landmark hotel centrally located downtown within walking distance to the city’s most exciting retail shopping, arts, culture and entertainment venues. Enjoy your last evening dining with the group in your elegant hotel. Hotel: Fairmont Palliser Hotel, Calgary, Alberta (Breakfast, Dinner)

Tuesday, October 12: Depart for USA

After breakfast, transfer to the Calgary Airport for your flight home and transportation back to Central PA.

Hotels and itinerary are subject to change at any time without notification and/or compensation.

Tour Activity Level: 3
This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces, should be expected.

General Information

Travel Documents

Original, signed passport valid for 6 months beyond stay, and with at least one blank visa page for visa stamp(s) is required for this tour.

* Canada reserves the right to deny entry to anyone with a felony conviction, including a DUI record. AAA is not responsible if you are denied entry to Canada and no refund will be provided.

Payment

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $700 per person will confirm your reservation. Final Payment is due to AAA by July 22, 2021.
Solo Travelers Rewards Club maximum voucher redemption: $100

Cancellation/Penalties

Deposit date to day of departure $25 per person, plus cancellation fees listed below
From Deposit date-August 2, 2021-$700 per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
From August 3-17, 2021-50% per person, plus additional suppliers’ fees
After August 17, 2021-NON-REFUNDABLE

*Airfare is non-refundable after final payment.

Insurance 

For your protection AAA recommends travel insurance. Pre-existing medical conditions may be waived with proper coverage if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of initial deposit only. Other conditions may apply; ask your travel agent. AAA recommends Allianz.

Flight

Air arrangements are handled by the tour operator. Seat assignments cannot be confirmed until the tour operator releases names to the airline 30 days prior to departure. Specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Some flights schedules may contain code share agreements.

Clothing/Climate

Temperatures for this region in October average in the 50s with cooler morning and evenings. Pack for a variety of temperatures. Casual clothes that can be layered work best. Comfortable walking shoes and a small umbrella are recommended.

Baggage

Two suitcases per person with a maximum combined weight of 66 lbs will be allowed. You may also bring a carry-on bag small enough to fit under your seat. Baggage fees are not included in the cost of the trip. Baggage fees and other charges may be directly assessed by airlines or airport.

Travel Assistance 

For personal comfort, group participants who need assistance are required to have a traveling companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing the needed assistance.

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