Rocky Mountaineer Vacations rolls out destination packages

VANCOUVER -- Rocky Mountaineer Vacations expanded its product line with Spectacular Canada, a series of 25 year-round, eastern and western Canadian vacations in which a rail tour is only an option.

For Rocky Mountaineer Vacations, which changed its name from Rocky Mountain Railtours in October, Spectacular Canada is its first escorted tour product and a variation of its independent package, Western Explorer.

Spectacular Canadas luxury four- or five-day vacations are as varied as their destinations -- from lodge and ranch stays to city and resort experiences to self-drive tours.

The four-day Discover packages or five-day Experience packages can be booked without transportation or in conjunction with the two-day, all daylight Rocky Mountaineer rail journey.

The 11 Discover package options are Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper, Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, special packages available during the Calgary Stampede, Whistler, Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City.

The Quebec City Discover package, for example, runs April 1 to Oct. 31. It includes three nights accommodations, a choice of one tour activity, afternoon tea at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac and a GST Quebec City Passport for discounted dining and attractions.

Visitors have a choice of staying in three levels of hotels, based on price. Prices range from $239, double, to $699, double, depending on choice of hotel and season. A meal plan is available on request. Transportation to and from Quebec City is not included in the standard tour product.

The 14 Experience options include stays in Alberta, British Columbia, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec.

Among the Experience vacations is Niagara-on-the-Lake, minutes from Niagara Falls in Ontarios wine-growing country. The tour includes four nights at the Prince of Wales Hotel & Spa, breakfast and dinner daily, a half-day winery tour, a 55-minute spa massage, afternoon tea and daily bicycle rental.

Prices are $2,039, double, from May 1 to Oct. 31, and $1,539 from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31.

The Rocky Mountaineer rail tour, which can be combined with the Discover Canada and Experience Canada vacations, operates from mid-April to mid-October (with select December departures) between Vancouver and Jasper, Banff and Calgary, Alberta.

Prices vary with the level of service. The two-day RedLeaf service ranges from $579 to $939, depending on the hotel, and GoldLeaf service ranges from $1,099 to $1,569. Rates are based on double occupancy.

Beginning in 2006, Rocky Mountaineer will operate two new tourist trains in western Canada, the Whistler Mountaineer and the Fraser Discovery Route.

The Whistler Mountaineer will be a three-hour excursion between North Vancouver and Whistler, and the Fraser Discovery Route will run between Whistler and Jasper.

Also, Rocky Mountaineers 98-room Thompson Hotel, purchased in 2004, will undergo a $1 million renovation beginning in October. The hotel, located in Kamloops, British Columbia, is the companys first.

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