While there are several ways to cross Canada on a vacation, flying bypasses the beautiful scenery the country is known for, and driving can take several days of uncomfortable travel. Canada Rail Vacations now offers luxury rail tours that take passengers through the most scenic locations on the way to Banff, Alberta, inside the comfort of a glass-domed viewing coach.
More information about Canada Rail Vacations’ eastbound vacation packages to Banff and the rail tours of the Canadian Rocky Mountains can be found at https://canadarail.ca/tours/rockies-passage-eastbound
Canada Rail Vacations’ newest packages focus on the Canadian Rocky Mountains and Banff, Canada’s highest town and home to more than 1000 glaciers. Their new Eastbound tours from Vancouver to Banff include two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, with all travelling done by daylight so passengers won’t miss any of the sights.
These vacation packages are fully customizable, with passengers encouraged to make any special requests known to Canada Rail Vacations staff when booking their holiday. The standard packages include all meals aboard the train, hotel accommodations, an independent tour, and transfers between stations.
Passengers will begin their journey in Vancouver and spend their first day travelling alongside the Fraser River, Canada’s largest producer of salmon, before passing by Hell’s Gate. This narrow spot in the river got its name from an early explorer, who described it as, “a place where no human should venture, for surely these are the gates of Hell.”
After spending the night in Kamloops, the railway tour resumes through Alberta, with a view of the snow-capped Canadian Rockies. Passengers will have gourmet meals sourced from local ingredients served in the dining car, and “to-your-seat” drink service in the coach, before arriving in Banff. A preview of the sights along the way, railcars, and destinations can be found on the Canada Rail Vacation Instagram page, at https://www.instagram.com/canadarailca
While the 2022 tours Eastbound to Banff are completed for the season, Canada Rail Vacations has opened up booking for 2023, with up to a dozen tours per month. A full list of destinations, tours, and dates can be found on the company’s website.
A satisfied vacationer said, “I got to use Canada Rail for my 40th birthday to go on the Rocky Mountaineer and it was one of the best trips of my life. We went in the gold car, which I highly recommend. The roof is glass, so you can see everything and the scenery is amazing. The service was impeccable. I felt like a Queen the whole time.”
More information about Canada Rail Vacations, and a full list of destinations, is available at http://canadarail.ca
Canada Rail Vacations
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