There is no better place in the world to enjoy a rail tour through dramatic vistas than Canada. The outstanding Rocky Mountaineer train trip caters for such an adventure, with different levels of service to see you around this uniquely beautiful country.
Two packages stand out: the GoldLeaf and SilverLeaf versions â€“ although neither are sleeper trains, transporting passengers to stunning hotels every night. Both bask guests in sweet luxury, with exquisite food to go with the dramatic landscapes of western Canada and the Rocky mountains outside the windows. This is a brief guide to what you can expect on one of these experiences.
This is the gold standard for a Rocky Mountaineer train trip. You will enjoy the top level of a custom-designed sightseeing glass dome coach, allowing you to take in as many of the glorious sights of Canada as possible. This panoramic view is simply the best way to see and understand the expansive beauty the mountains have to offer. It is uniquely placed to offer guests a memorable means of capturing photographs and taking in the spectacular surroundings of the landscape through which it travels.
The fantastic viewing facility is backed up by a stellar culinary team, along with several well trained hosts. Rather than just serving the guests, the staff actively augment the experience with their genuine hospitality. The two award winning chefs are highly skilled and keen to show off their sumptuous Canadian cuisine, with a menu bursting with flair. And, of course, drinks and snacks are complimentary throughout the duration.
Also included in this experience is premium hotel accommodation in the delightful towns of Kamloops and Quesnel. These rustic locations are nestled in the foothills of the Rockies, settled around pretty rivers and both boast a charming night life and fine local restaurants.
The SilverLeaf level of service may not have the glass dome of the GoldLeaf, but that doesnâ€™t mean any luxury has been spared from this alternative first-class holiday experience. The views are the same and, although the dinner menu is not as extensive, the chefs are the same and drinks are still free!
The hosts are an integral aspect of the experience and, as the train travels along vast valleys and through towering mountains, guests can listen to them recount local stories and myths, and relate historical titbits of regional charm. The stories truly do bring the picture postcard views to life in a very tangible way.
How to Get the Best Out of a Rocky Mountaineer Train Trip
The most convenient and fulfilling way of ensuring the luxury and comfort of a special type of getaway like this train excursion is to take advantage of the services of specialised Canada tour operator. They can use their contacts and local knowhow to organise all the details – leaving you with the sole worry of sitting back and allowing the views and quality hospitality to envelop you…
John Dixon is the Chairman and Managing Director of Prestige Holidays. For almost a decade he has been sending his clients on experiences like the bespoke Rocky Mountaineer train trip handcrafted by his award-winning team. John is an experienced world traveller and tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of the properties he recommends, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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