Spirit of the Rockies

with Rocky Mountaineer

July 22–August 2, 2023

Join the Purdue President’s Council on a 12-night land and train adventure discovering the most impressive sights of Western Canada. Traverse the Continental Divide and be inspired by spectacular mountains and dramatic canyons in GoldLeaf Service onboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

Highlights and Inclusions:

  • 2 nights at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, an elegant historic landmark with easy access to Vancouver’s biggest attractions
  • 2 days onboard the Rocky Mountaineer enjoying award-winning GoldLeaf service with awe-inspiring views from the panoramic windows of a bi-level glass dome coach
  • 1 night in Kamloops located in the heart of British Columbia’s interior
  • 2 nights at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel located in the heart of Banff National Park offering exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies
  • 1 night at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier, and a glistening emerald lake
  • 1 night at Jasper Park Lodge, a high-end historic lodge in Jasper National Park
  • 1 night at Sun Peaks Grand Hotel in the second-largest ski area in Canada
  • 1 night at Fairmont Chateau Whistler, a luxurious resort in a spectacular mountain setting
  • 2 nights at the Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort located directly on Victoria’s inner harbor and close to downtown
  • President’s Council Welcome & Farewell Receptions
  • Daily breakfast at the hotels and onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Additional meals include one breakfast at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center, two lunches onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, and five group dinners
  • Custom land package including the highlights of Vancouver & the North Shore, the Columbia Icefields, stunning mountain towns, all the best that Banff and Jasper National Parks have to offer, and charming Victoria
  • Sightseeing with experienced local English-speaking guides, Canada National Parks pass, all entrance fees, and all taxes and service charges
  • Private group transportation in deluxe coaches and baggage handling
  • Gratuities for tour director, onboard train hosts, guides, drivers, and all included meals
  • Purdue President’s Council and Global Tracks staff
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Detailed Itinerary

Welcome to Canada!

Upon arrival at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR), transfer to the 4-star Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, known as the “Castle in the City” and minutes away from Vancouver’s biggest attractions. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

This evening, join our Tour Director and fellow travelers this evening for a President’s Council Welcome Reception. Dinner is on your own.

Overnight Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (Welcome Reception)

Following breakfast at the hotel, depart on a half-day Vancouver tour, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles.

Created in 1888, Stanley Park is considered the ‘crown jewel’ of Vancouver. The oldest park in the city of Vancouver, the dramatically beautiful and panoramic setting of Stanley Park spans more than 1000+ acres right next to downtown Vancouver. Here, Native culture is preserved with a striking collection of First Nations Totem Poles, carved from western red cedar with each carving tells bearing significant meanings—the eagle representing the kingdom of air; the whale as the lord of the sea; and the wolf as the genius of the land—to name a few.

The afternoon is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.

This evening, enjoy a group dinner at a local restaurant.

                                                                                                  Overnight Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B, D)

This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel or on the train.

At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board the Rocky Mountaineer train with GoldLeaf Service. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior.

On today’s journey, you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green 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. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard.

With full dome windows and unparalleled panoramic views from our custom-designed, bi-level glass-dome coach, you’ll never miss the chance to take in the view while we wind along canyons or climb pine-covered slopes. Soak up the mountain air from the large outdoor viewing platform. Enjoy hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches created by Executive Chefs, morning scones, afternoon wine and cheese, as well as complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and gourmet snacks.

Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room with dinner at leisure.

                                                                                                                            Overnight in Kamloops (B, L)

Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, journey from Kamloops eastward to through the Shuswap region with stunning lake views all the way. Throughout the morning you will be treated to breakfast and coffee.

Follow the Kicking Horse River and, before you know it, you’ll be surrounded by mountains that stretch up to the sky, enjoying the view with a glass of wine in hand. Enjoy a gourmet lunch inspired by the diverse flavors and local ingredients of Western Canada. Hear of the incredible history of the railway and the landmarks along the way.

Pass over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park where we discover a delightful combination of rugged mountains, lush parks with postcard scenery, and wildlife you’ll need to see to believe! Upon arrival, check in to the 4-star Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, this majestic chateau-style hotel is one of the top three getaways in North America. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard.

Dinner and the remainder of the evening are at leisure.

                                                                                               Overnight Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B, L)

Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, tour the highlights of Banff: Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner.

Get ready for a spectacular adventure to explore the beauty of Rocky Mountain peaks and turquoise glacial lakes in Banff National Park—Canada’s first national park. In this awe-inspiring natural wonder, soaring peaks and sapphire lakes meet the heavens for a breathtaking experience like no other on Earth!

The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all that Banff has to offer. You may wish to ride on the Banff Gondola, visit the shops on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for impressive views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

This evening, we come together for a group dinner.

                                                                                              Overnight Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and head for Lake Louise.

En route, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks (weather permitting). Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake.

Arrive at enchanting Lake Louise for a guided heritage walk along the lake to hear about the area’s first settlers, some unique characters, and the history of this incredible setting. The sparkling blue-green alpine lake is nestled at the foot of the Victoria Glacier, creating an epic backdrop no matter the time of day.

Check in to the 5-star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where we will enjoy a group dinner.

Overnight Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B, D)

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and enjoy a drive along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway.

The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Tour the Athabasca Glacier in a giant six-wheel drive Ice Explorer vehicle while your Glaciologist Guide explains the history of this ancient glacier and points out interesting geological features.

See thundering Athabasca Falls before checking in to the beautiful 4-star Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge located in Jasper National Park. With time at leisure, take a nature hike, play a game of croquet, enjoy a canoe trip on the lake, or just bask in the beauty of this tranquil setting.

Tonight, enjoy a group dinner.

                                                                                                                 Overnight Jasper Park Lodge (B, D)

Following breakfast at the hotel, check out and travel the legendary Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers—the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully-laden canoes to the Pacific Coast.

Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies on this inspiring and mesmerizing road.

Check in to the 4-star Sun Peaks Grand Hotel, just steps from the ski lifts in Sun Peaks village. Sun Peaks Resort is known the world over. The second-largest ski area in Canada, Sun Peaks Resort is known the world over. Here in the land known as the home of winter, exploration knows no season, with biking, hiking, and golf in the summer months. Dinner is at leisure.

                                                                                                              Overnight Sun Peaks Grand Hotel (B)

A spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, after breakfast at the hotel, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia.

This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics—to settle into the 4-star Fairmont Chateau Whistler. The luxurious resort is located at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, where you’ll enjoy a spectacular mountain setting and stunning architecture that blends with the natural alpine views. Relax in the spa, by the pool, or with a stroll through the Olympic village.

The remainder of the day and dinner are at leisure.

                                        Overnight Fairmont Chateau Whistler (B)

This morning, check out of the hotel and visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Center before opening hours. The Center is dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people that lived in the Whistler area. We will be greeted with a First Nations welcome followed by breakfast. The Center is a spectacular setting that brings to life the history of Native peoples whose traditions and beautiful culture still resonate today.

Afterward, Victoria awaits! Board a BC Ferry for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria.

This afternoon, discover British Columbia’s capitol on a city highlights tour. Later, you may want to stroll around the Parliament buildings or do some shopping.

Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this delightful harbor city.

Overnight Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (B)

Following breakfast at the hotel, enjoy the morning at leisure to explore the city on your own.

This afternoon, we visit the world-famous Butchart Gardens, named for the woman who founded this botanical oasis of blooming shades and horticultural design. A National Historic site, the park is recognized for its millions of flower beds and over 900 varieties of plants. The exquisitely-landscaped gardens bring fairytales to life.

Tonight, join fellow travelers  for a President’s Council Farewell Reception followed by a Farewell Dinner.

The remainder of the evening is at leisure.

                                                                                      Overnight Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (B, Reception, D)

After breakfast at the hotel, take the scenic BC Ferry, crossing through the Gulf Islands, to Vancouver. Transfer to the Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.

Or extend your stay in Vancouver.

 (B)

Accommodations:

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This is, by design, an exclusive and customized land program for a limited number of President’s Council Members. Financial guarantees have been made on behalf of the group to secure all services, so please be sure to review the cancellation policy as penalties apply once deposit is paid.

President’s Council Package Rates:

$8,275 per person // based on double occupancy

$10,455 per person // based on single occupancy

Rates do not include HST/GST Canadian tax of $161 per person based on double occupancy and $196 per person single occupancy, subject to change.

Additional nights at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver // Pre-Tour and Post-Tour
Inclusions: Package includes accommodation at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver inclusive of service charge and taxes, buffet breakfast, airport arrival transfer, and porterage. Please note the airport arrival transfers are only included if hotel package is confirmed with Global Tracks.

Price: $536 per night per couple or $476 single

Required Deposit: $2,100 per person for double occupancy or single occupancy, plus a non-refundable Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person

Final Payment: March 24, 2023

Cancellation Schedule: Cancellation penalties apply once deposit is paid, so please review policy below.

Airfare is not included: Global Tracks will book your air arrangements for a $100 per person ticketing fee, or you may choose to handle your own reservation.

Passports: Passports are required for all guests and must be valid for six months after the end of the tour.

As of October 1, 2022, Canada removed all COVID-19 related entry restrictions. Travelers to Canada will no longer be required to provide proof of vaccination or undergo testing.

Travel Insurance:  Global Tracks offers optional travel insurance. Purchase within 15 days of deposit for additional benefits.

Cancellation Penalties: All cancellations must be made in writing to Global Tracks. Travel insurance and airfare are non-refundable once purchased. Any payment to Global Tracks constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set herein, including but not limited to the cancellation terms. All cancellations are subject to the Global Tracks administration fee of $100 per person paid at deposit in addition to the below schedule:

Cancellation & Penalty Schedule Penalty Applicable
From time of deposit until March 24, 2023 50% of deposit penalty
From March 25, 2023 to May 18, 2023 50% of total package penalty
After May 18, 2023 100% of total package penalty
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