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Rocky Mountaineer Tour

Country: Canada
City: Vancouver
Duration: 8 Day(s) - 7 Night(s)
Tour Category: Luxury Train
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

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Rocky Mountaineer, the luxury train that travels by daylight through the Canadian Rockies.

Guests stepping on board for a trip through Western Canada can take advantage of free perks with the Unforgettable 4 promotion to enhance their rail journey and join in on the festivities.

Guests will experience breathtaking service, nature’s wonder, and gourmet dishes as they weave through majestic mountains and turquoise lakes, and gaze through the glass-domed windows.

Rocky Mountaineer trains operate exclusively during the day to maximize scenic views, therefore, no sleeper service is offered. All trips include overnight stops at which passengers disembark and stay in hotels. As Rocky Mountaineer is primarily a rail tour service, not an intercity passenger train, all journeys are end-to-end. Between their origin and destination, trains only stop for overnight layovers, and no passengers may begin or end their journeys at these stations.

The one exception to these provisions is the First Passage to the West route, which has an intermediate stop at Lake Louise where westbound passengers may board and eastbound passengers may disembark. No tickets are sold solely for the Banff-Lake Louise portion of the trip.

History of Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer began as a once-weekly VIA Rail daytime service between Calgary, Jasper, and Vancouver on June 9, 1988, called the 'Canadian Rockies by Daylight. This service was the same as it is today, with an overnight stop in Kamloops. Trains departed Vancouver on Sundays, with trains to Jasper and Calgary (by way of Banff) departing Monday morning.

These were express services, with no intermediate stops. Return service began westward on Thursdays from Calgary and Jasper, terminating on Friday in Vancouver.

Rocky Mountaineer has been awarded the "World's Leading Travel Experience by Train" at the World Travel Awards seven times for its GoldLeaf service and was recognized by National Geographic Magazine as one of the "World’s Best Journeys" in 2007. The Society of American Travel Writers, the world's largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers, rated the Rocky Mountaineer as the world's top train ride in 2009.

Type of Services By Rocky Mountaineer

GoldLeaf

Operating on all routes, Rocky Mountaineer's GoldLeaf service is a custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed coach with full-length windows and reclining seats that can be rotated to accommodate groups of four. Guests onboard this service are attended to by three to four onboard hosts, in addition to the culinary team. Guests are offered hot meals prepared onboard the train, served to them in the lower-level dining car. Beverages and snacks are also offered to guests throughout the journey. The two levels of the GoldLeaf coach are accessible by a spiral staircase or an ADA elevator.

SilverLeaf

Operating on the same routes as GoldLeaf, Rocky Mountaineer's SilverLeaf service is a custom-designed, single-level glass-domed coach with oversized windows and reclining seats. Guests onboard are attended to by two to three onboard hosts, and offered a hot entrée option for breakfast and lunch served at their seat and plated to their preference. Complimentary beverages are served throughout the journey, including wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks. Gourmet snacks are also offered throughout the journey.

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