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7-Day Winter VIA Rail Banff and Jasper Semi-Self-Guided Tour from Calgary, Vancouver out Tour Code: 493-19411

From USD$942  
Mon, Fri
Calgary, Canada
English; Mandarin Chinese
7 6
Visit Calgary, Banff National Park (Bow Falls, Surprise Corner), Vancouver, Yoho National Park, Banff, Jasper, Kootenay National Park (Marble Canyon).
  • A semi-guided trip with well-connected itineraries and arrangements, for a spontaneous and hassle-free adventure!
  • Calgary-in Vancouver-out one way trip, no turning back.
  • Best winter fun activities. Must Try !
  • Experience the fairytale-like beauty of Lake Louise's snowy scenes
  • Experience the spectacular frozen waterfall across the Marble Canyon Bridges.
  • Complimentary Use of Crampons for Strolling through Johnston Canyon - Seeing the glacier canyon is truly believing
Price (/person)
    Single $1457
    Double $942
    3rd Person
    Adult $674
    Child
    (Age 0-12)
    $638
    4th Person
    Adult $638
    Child
    (Age 0-12)
    $638

Pricing Policy

  • During the peak season (7/04-7/14), the price may fluctuate depends on the availability of the hotel. If extra cost occur, we will send the payment link of the extra cost $150 - $250 per night separately.
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Day 1: Calgary

Upon arrival in Calgary, we will be picked up at the airport and then transferred to the hotel. We can enjoy our free time leisurely for the rest day. Guests who arrive before 12:00pm can choose to take one of the following optional activities:
Option C: CrossIron Mill Outlets

Option D: Chinook Center

  • Calgary, AB

    Calgary, AB
    This city near the Rocky Mountains in Alberta, Canada is near several of Alberta's amazing national parks. The city itself is home to the stadium from the 1988 Olympics, Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, Heritage Park Historical Village, and more!

    CrossIron Mills Outlet

    This fully enclosed shopping center is just outside of Calgary and the largest single-level shopping center in the province of Alberta, covering more than one million square feet.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes

    CF Chinook Centre

    It is the largest mall in Calgary, with 1,355,000 square feet (125,900 m2) of space. CF Chinook Centre is home to five major department stores (only two are in operation while the third being redeveloped), 250 stores, and several full service restaurants. It also had a 900-seat food court with 36 food vendors, a bowling alley, professional tower, and the Scotiabank Theatre Chinook.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours 30 Minutes

Deluxe Hotel: Best Western Premier Calgary Plaza Hotel or similar

Day 2: Calgary-Banff National Park-Banff (209 km)

After pickup, we will head to Surprise Corner, where you can see the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. We will continue to stop for a while and visit the Bow Falls, a must-see when visiting Banff. After that, we will head to Sulfur Mountain, where you can choose Banff Gondola. We can also choose Banff Upper Hot Spring Or Banff Winter Sleigh Ride for the rest time.
  • Banff National Park, AB

    Banff National Park, AB
    Canada's oldest national park-- and one of the first national parks in the world-- is home to an icy but gorgeous landscape.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    Surprise Corner

    Surprise Corner
    Surprise Corner is about a mile from the centre of Banff town. The surprise at the corner of Tunnel Mountain Road in the town of Banff is the sudden appearance and incredible view of the [Fairmont Banff Springs]

    Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

    Bow Falls

    Bow Falls
    Bow Falls is not like your typical waterfall, it is wide and short. You can also see the valley that was eroded by glacier activity and the [Bow Falls] over the years.

    Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

    Sulphur Mountain

    Sulphur Mountain
    This mountain in Banff National Park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. There is a gondola that takes you nearly to the summit, which is perched at 8,041 feet.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Banff Gondola

    This unique cable-car ride takes visitors to Alberta, Canada's Banff National Park to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a UNESCO World Hertitage Site. Atop the mountain there are many viewing areas, a long boardwalk, and two small museums.

    Banff Upper Hot Springs

    Banff Upper Hot Springs
    These outdoor hot springs provide breathtaking views of the surrounding Banff National Park, especially Mount Rundle. The water flow to the springs stops for several months during the winter.

    buy the tickets on site

    Sleigh Rides

    Admire surrounding mountain ranges aboard a horse drawn carriage for a memorable and festive winter tour. The sleigh ride is perfect for families and offers stunning scenic backdrop while gliding across the meadows in Bantiff, Alberta. During mild weather, sleighs are replaced by wagons.
  • Banff, AB

    Banff, AB
    Banff is a small town located within Banff National Park in Alberta. It is within distance of several hiking mountains and is home to many shops and boutiques.

    Duration: Approx. 2 Hours

Standard Hotel: Elk + Avenue Hotel, Canalta Lodge, Caribou Lodge, Aspen Lodge or similar
Breakfast: Meal Plan

Day 3: Banff-Kootenay National Park-Banff National Park-Yoho National Park-Banff (223 km)

In the morning, we will pass by the well-defined Castle Mountain go to visit the Marble Canyon firstly. We can enjoy the Hiking on the bridge in winter. Then we will continue to the Lake Louise, From January to April (subject to opening), the grand Ice Sculpture Art Festival, Ice Magic takes place here. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, located on the shore of the lake. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the fun activity of snowshoeing (complimentary use snowshoe) OR optional take The world-famous Fairmont Chateau Afternoon Tea or Enjoy a Horse Sleigh Ride. . After lunch, we will arrive Emerald Lake. Before ending our tour, you will be amazed by the waterfall cascading over Natural Bridge.

  • Kootenay National Park, BC

    Kootenay National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia Canada, covering 1,406 km² in the Canadian Rockies, and forms part of a World Heritage Site.

    Marble Canyon

    A canyon surrounding Tokumm Creek just above its confluence with the Vermilion River, at the north end of Kootenay National Park in the Canadian Rockies of British Columbia, Canada.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour

  • Banff National Park, AB

    Banff National Park, AB
    Canada's oldest national park-- and one of the first national parks in the world-- is home to an icy but gorgeous landscape.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    Lake Louise

    Lake Louise
    known for its turquoise, glacier-fed lake ringed by high peaks, overlooked by a stately chateau and backed by [Victoria Glacier] and elevated by [Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise]

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 30 Minutes

    Snowshoeing

    Snowshoeing
    Come to Banff National Park and take a snowshoeing tour, which is a unique way to explore this beautiful, natural landscape.

    Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

    This luxury hotel, one of Canada's grand railway hotels, is located in the heart of Banff National Park in Alberta, built in the Scottish baronial style. There is a local legend that the hotel is haunted.

    Sleigh Rides

    Admire surrounding mountain ranges aboard a horse drawn carriage for a memorable and festive winter tour. The sleigh ride is perfect for families and offers stunning scenic backdrop while gliding across the meadows in Bantiff, Alberta. During mild weather, sleighs are replaced by wagons.
  • Yoho National Park, AB

    Yoho National Park, AB
    These are the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Towering rockwalls, spectacular waterfalls and soaring peaks earn the park its name.

    Emerald Lake

    Emerald Lake
    The Emerald Lake in British Columbia, Canada's Yoho National Park is the largest of the park's many lakes and one of the park's most popular spots. The lake is named for the spectacular turquoise color of the water.

    Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes

    Natural Bridge

    Natural Bridge
    The Kicking Horse River, a Canadian Heritage river, in the Yoho park, has created a natural bridge through solid rock. This formation is located 3 km west of Field, accessible from the road to Emerald Lake.

    Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Elk + Avenue Hotel, Canalta Lodge, Caribou Lodge, Aspen Lodge or similar
Breakfast: Meal Plan

Day 4: Banff National Park-Banff (43 km)

Meet up at the hotel then head to Banff National Park. We will first stop by Two Jack Lake for photo taking then head to Lake Minnewanka. Stepping into Banff history to visit the Cave and Basin Historic site which is the first hot springs to be discovered in the 19th century. You can take a walk in Banff Avenue to restaurants to enjoy a delicious lunch! Next, visit the iconic Banff LOGO. Final stop at Johnston Canyon. Enjoy Ice Walk (Free borrow of Rivet crampons) in the amazing Johnston Canyon. 

  • Banff National Park, AB

    Banff National Park, AB
    Canada's oldest national park-- and one of the first national parks in the world-- is home to an icy but gorgeous landscape.

    Duration: Approx. 3 Hours

    Two Jack Lake

    Located to the northeast of the town of Banff, Two Jack lake offers some of the area's best camping, hiking, and boating opportunities. From the lake, visitors have an impeccable view of Lundahl Mountain.

    Minnewanka Lake

    Minnewanka Lake
    This glacial lake is the longest in the Canadian Rockies at 21 kilometers long. The lake is fed by several streams and rivers, most notably the Cascade River.

    Duration: Approx. 20 Minutes

    Johnston Canyon

    Johnston Canyon
    Johnston Canyon is a must-visit natural attraction and one of the most popular destinations in Banff National Park! It is carved steeply into the limestone bedrock by thousands of years of water erosion. The dramatic Johnston Canyon is a breathtaking beauty located in Banff National Park. Overhanging canyon walls, waterfalls, deep pools of Johnston Creek, and lush forests can be seen here.

    Duration: Approx. 1 Hour 15 Minutes

    Johnston Canyon Ice walk

    Johnston Canyon Ice walk
    Experience the Johnston Canyon in Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada with an unforgettable ice walk excursion. Admire beautiful scenery, including high hanging waterfalls, and local wildlife while walking snow and ice gorges. Guests should dress in skiwear including hats, gloves, and warm boots.
  • Banff, AB

    Banff, AB
    Banff is a small town located within Banff National Park in Alberta. It is within distance of several hiking mountains and is home to many shops and boutiques.

    Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

    Cave and Basin National Historic Site

    The place to know about the history of this National Park. The Canadian National Park system was effectively born at these hot springs, discovered accidentally by three Canadian Pacific Railway employees on their day off in 1883.

    Duration: Approx. 45 Minutes

Standard Hotel: Elk + Avenue Hotel, Canalta Lodge, Caribou Lodge, Aspen Lodge or similar
Breakfast: Meal Plan

Day 5: Banff-Jasper (288 km)

Enjoy half free day in Banff. Please wait at the hotel lobby from 14:30 - 14:45PM to board the Banff - Jasper bus, heading to Banff National Park. We will travel along the famous Icefields Parkway, recognized as one of the "Top 10 Scenic Drives in the World" by National Geographic. Along the way, you'll be captivated by the breathtaking winter scenery with everything covered in a blanket of glistening snow.

We will arrive in Jasper Town at approximately 6:30-7:00 PM in the evening. With the addition of winter snow, the town takes on a magical ambiance.

**Banff - Jasper bus: Each passenger is allowed to bring 1 piece of carry-on luggage, 1 suitcase, and 1 personal item. Additional luggage requests will incur an extra fee. SUNDOG, additional luggage is CAD$15+GST per item, ski equipment is CAD$30+GST per item, can be paid on the bus.

  • Banff, AB

    Banff, AB
    Banff is a small town located within Banff National Park in Alberta. It is within distance of several hiking mountains and is home to many shops and boutiques.

    Duration: Approx. 15 Minutes

  • Jasper, AB

    Jasper, AB
    This town in the wilderness of Alberta, Canada serves as the gateway to the national park of the same name, where visitors can see the Athabasca Glacier. There are many lakes in the area.
Standard Hotel: Whistler Inn/ Athabasca Hotel or similar
Breakfast: Meal Plan

Day 6: Jasper VIA - Vancouver (532 km)

Depart from Jasper Hotel at approximately 08:00 am in the morning. Drop off at Canada National Rail VIA station (The departure time is subject to the final notification from Jasper Railway Station, please go to the railway station to check in at least 1 hour in advance)

The train departs at 09:30 am (there is no driver-guide service on the train), and you will start the special Rocky Mountain train Brigade - 800 kilometers of magnificent mountains and rivers along the way, allowing you to enjoy the scenery of the Rocky Mountains. At night we will across the Fraser Valley to the low land plain. Overnight on the VIA train.
  • Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver, BC
    This city in British Columbia is the most populated metro area in western Canada. This historic city grew from an 1867 settlement called "Gastown." Visitors can take a boat ride to nearby Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Standard Hotel: on the VIA train
Breakfast: Meal Plan

Day 7: Vancouver

At around 8:00am we will arrive in Vancouver Pacific Railway Station, you can explore Richmond and experience the diverse cultures of Vancouver. 

Pacific Railway Station Address: 1150 Station St, Vancouver, BC V6A 4C7
  • Vancouver, BC

    Vancouver, BC
    This city in British Columbia is the most populated metro area in western Canada. This historic city grew from an 1867 settlement called "Gastown." Visitors can take a boat ride to nearby Victoria on Vancouver Island.
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Location Address Departure Return
Calgary, AB 2000 Airport Rd NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6W5 (Arrival terminal, Door No. 5, Westar service desk)
Remark:Please meet at the Arrival terminal, Door No. 5, Westar Travel service desk. According to the arrival time, we can arrange free pick up service at 10:00/12:00/14:00/16:00/18:00/20:00/22:00.
Arrive between 6:00am - 9:00am and 22:00pm - 23:00pm, we can arrange the free hotel shuttle bus. This free service is available every hour. If you cannot take the designated bus at the designated time, we will coordinate the next available bus according to the hotel shuttle bus arrangemen.
Private Airport Pickup Service: Arrive between 7:00am - 23:00pm paid transport service is available for the first two persons at C$100 and with C$20 for each additional person. Up to 4 people per order
Vancouver, BC 1150 Station Street, Vancouver, BC, Vancouver, BC V6A 4C7 (Vancouver VIA Train Station - Vancouver, BC) no stop 8:00am

*Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions.

Price Includes

  • Economy Seats on VIA train
  • Hotel accommodations for 6 nights as listed
  • Bilingual Tour Guide (English and Chinese)
  • National Park Pass
  • Traffic Accident Insurance
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • GST (Goods and Services Tax)

Price Excludes

  • Meals & All Personal Expenses such as laundry, phone & travel insurance
  • Driver/Tour Guide gratuity:C$15/pp/day, airport pick up C$4/pp
  • Optional activity expenses (will be added when checking out)
  • Refunds for costs caused by force majeure

Additional Note

  • In the event of an accident or force majeure, including but not limited to: VIA Rail Dispatch, temporary closure of airports or stations, temporary cancellation of transportation companies, weather, transportation control, etc., that cause cancellation or postponement of flights and trains, we will do our best to assist you with a solution.
  • If the train is delayed for more than 5 hours, you may choose to wait for the train or cancel this section of the itinerary.
  • If you choose to cancel this section of the itinerary, our office will follow up with you for a refund for the corresponding cost of the train ticket and provide you with free accommodation at the Vancouver Travelodge (or similar) that night. The cost of flight modifications or other modes of transportation are at the travelers’ cost.
  • This product is packaged with VIA Rail Canada products. In the event of an accident or force majeure, including but not limited to: VIA Rail Dispatch, temporary closure of airports or stations, temporary cancellation of transportation companies, weather, transportation control, etc.,please refer to a final confirmation from the Canadian VIA National Railway operator for information about the train and refund policies.
  • It is strongly recommended that you purchase relevant travel insurance in advance.
  • VIA luggage standard Each person is limited to 2 pieces of luggage, each piece is capped at 23KG, and the total length of three sides cannot exceed 158CM; 1 piece of hand luggage, maximum 11.5KG, 43x15x33 CM
  • Banff - Jasper bus luggage standard Each passenger is allowed to bring 1 piece of carry-on luggage, 1 suitcase, and 1 personal item. Additional luggage requests will incur an extra fee. SUNDOG, additional luggage is CAD$15+GST per item, ski equipment is CAD$30+GST per item, can be paid on the bus.
  • If your itinerary includes airport pick-up and drop-off service, please provide accurate flight information and arrive at the designated pick-up location in advance. If the pick-up or designated pick-up location is mistaken due to inaccurate information you have provided, you will be charged C$30/pp for a second pick-up service.
  • According to different hotel operation requirements, you may be required to provide credit card information as a deposit during your stay for miscellaneous expenses and incidental guarantees (such as telephone expense, laundry, catering).
  • All activities and meals must be booked in advance. Please understand that no additional bookings will be provided during the tour.
  • During the tour, please arrive at the pick-up location at the time scheduled by the tour guide. Do not be late to avoid delaying other tourists' itinerary. If you are late or miss the transportation we have provided, you are responsible (at your own expense) to meet the group at the next designated meeting location.
  • During your trip, the tour guide may pick-up or drop-off travelers accommodated at different hotels. The tour guide will make reasonable arrangements according to the presented situation. Please cooperate and understand, thank you.
  • During your trip, there may be different vehicles and tour guides serving you.
  • If for any reason you need to leave our group during the trip, you must fill out a "Letter of Liability Release", no exceptions.
  • Guests under 16 years old, must be accompanied by an adult (Age 18 or above).
  • In the event of traffic, weather, or other circumstances not under our company's control, or if you are unable to participate in activities included in the itinerary due to personal reasons, no refunds will be given.
  • If you have special needs (such as but not limited to: bed type, vegetarian options, high-chairs, etc.) please inform us at least 7 days before your trip. We will do our best to accommodate you, but there is no guarantee.

Confirmation

  • After the reservation information is submitted, you will immediately receive a receipt email for the reservation order. Within 72 hours of submission, you will receive an order status confirmation email. Please do not book a flight until you receive an order status confirmation email.

Redemption

  • After booking online, you will receive a "confirmation email" with complete instructions, including the local phone number of the destination. When you are sure, be sure to print this "confirmation email" and take it with you on your trip -- evidence that you have paid for it.

Terms & Condition

  • The following applies to order cancellations and changes:
    - reduce the number of participants for the same order
    - cancel the entire order
    - change of itinerary
    - change different dates for the same trip
    1. No refund will be made for any change or cancellation of the entire order or one or all of the activities, meals, tickets and accommodation within 45 days prior to the departure of the tour;
    2. 46 days or more before the tour - 30% will be refunded
    3. Booking with hotel upgrade between Christmas and New Year holidays (December 16th - January 2nd), no refunds or changes will be made once confirmed
    4. The refund amount will be credited directly to your TakeTours wallet as credits for future use. Or the refund can also be forwarded directly to your credit card with a 6% handling fee.
  • The following applies to order modification
    - increase the number of participants in the trip (depending on the resource situation of the corresponding date of the trip)
    - change the name of the person participating in the trip
    1. No modification shall be made within 45 days before the tour
    2. A service fee of C$50/ single/trip will be charged for 46 days or more before the trip
  • If your itinerary includes shuttle service, please be sure to provide accurate flight information and arrive at the designated pick-up location in advance. The travel agency reserves the right to provide the second service or to charge $30 per person if there is an error in pick-up due to inaccurate information.
  • Visitors under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult (aged 18 or above).
  • Please understand that complimentary items unavailable due to traffic, weather or other force majeure factors, or you cannot participate due to personal reasons, the fees will not be refunded.
  • We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance.
  • If you have special needs (such as bed, vegetarian, baby chair, etc.), please inform us at least 7 days before the trip, we will try to coordinate, but no guarantee.
  • If you need to leave the tour, please sign the confirmation of leaving the tour.
  • During the tour, there may be different vehicles and tour guides to serve you. Sorry for any inconvenience!
  • The order of travel may be adjusted.
  • All foreign travelers are responsible to have ready and to bring a valid visa. Confirm and process eTA in advance according to your passport type.
  • We need your passport or picture ID card when we issue VIA Railway Ticket. (Luggage: Limited to two medium suitcase and one carry-on luggage per person.). Once the VIA Railway Ticket is issued cannot be refund or exchange. We are not responsible for any canceling VIA Railway or VIA Railway delay.

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