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  “Rocky Mountaineer”  A travellers recollections and thoughts. 

 

By rail across the Canadian Rockies

 

 

Those glass-domed railway carriages, winding their way through the majestic Rocky Mountains, are the stuff of dreams for armchair travellers. They really do exist and “Rocky Mountaineer” is it!

 

 


A destination perceived as not only beautiful, but easy, civilized and uncomplicated.

 

To see the towering snow-capped Canadian Rockies through the glass dome of a luxurious “Rocky Mountaineer” railway carriage, is indeed the icing on the cake.

 

The two night “Rocky Mountaineer” rail journey from beautiful down-town Vancouver to the world renowned resort town of Banff, set deep in the mountains, is indeed a journey of a lifetime.

 

 

 

It’s an easy escape from Hong Kong and can be enjoyed in only a few short days, if you are pressed for time.

 

Ideally, however, one should try to spend at least two nights in Vancouver to settle down before the excitement of the rail journey, to be followed by at least two nights in Banff, to explore the mountains.

 

In conjunction with “Rocky Mountaineer”, you can choose to stay at one of the famous old luxury hangouts of the rich and famous, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or the nearby Fairmont Lake Louise. Both hotels are magnificent and very grand, and both of them are set in unsurpassed alpine scenery.

 

The  “Rocky Mountaineer” luxury train offers two levels of travel. Gold Leaf Class and Silver Leaf Class. Both enable you to enjoy the mountains in great comfort but in Gold Leaf Class you enjoy the truly spectacular glass dome experience. The see-through ceiling wraps around you, from your arm rest to high above your head, providing an incredible unobstructed view of the towering peaks which envelope the train.


 


Gold Class passengers enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the train each day, served in fine style on the lower deck of their railway carriage. There is even a lift for the benefit of wheelchair and handicapped passengers.

 

Silver Class passengers are served their meals at their seats, which are also beside wrap around picture windows which extend high above ones head. These and also facilitate excellent views.

 

Enjoy your favorite drink as the spectacular scenery of British Columbia and Alberta pass you by.

 

 

 

 

 All passengers are pampered by experienced crew who serve tea and coffee and alcoholic drinks at any time and, of course, at no additional cost.

 

One aspect of the two day journey, which for many is an unexpected surprise, is the train schedule. Unlike in Switzerland or Japan, where you can set your watch by the train, the trains on Canada’s vast railway network operate very differently.

 

“Rocky Mountaineer” stops frequently to allow trains that can be more than four kilometers in length to pass.These very long trains are an incredible sight.

 

The story of the famed Canadian Pacific railway and its involvement in the opening up of the vast expanse that is Canada, will be related to you by the team on board. You will hear anecdotes relating to the operation of the railway and you will be introduced to the wildlife you might encounter en route. These can include black bear, grizzly bear, moose, wolves, elk etc.

 

 


Nights are spent at comfortable accommodations of your choice, in the rapidly developing rural city of Kamloops and following disembarkation, in Banff.

 

Those with limited time can transfer directly to Calgary Airport next morning and following the short flight to Vancouver, can connect with a flight back to Hong Kong.

 

Those with more time on their hands might like to consider picking up a self-drive car in Banff and touring through the mountains back to Vancouver, or perhaps to Calgary if flying east.

 

For the ultimate holiday, why not consider combining the “Rocky Mountaineer” experience with a cruise through the Inside Passage and north to Alaska.


For enquiries, please contact Graham at Concorde Travel, graham@concorde-travel.com.


He knows the area intimately and will be pleased to answer any questions. www.concorde-travel.com