Railroading in the Rockies

Enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Drive along the Olympic Peninsula and ferry to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, for a tour of the city, a visit to the Butchart Gardens®, and time to explore on our own. Board a ferry bound for Vancouver and stroll the scenic Capilano Suspension Bridge. Board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and travel to Jasper in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. Enjoy a panoramic tour of Banff and a scrumptious lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel, and in Calgary, experience the interactive exhibits at Calgary Heritage Park before we return home.

Hosted By: Andi Fouberg

President & CEO, SDSU Alumni Association

SDSU - South Dakota State University Alumni

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Seattle

Upon arrival in Seattle, we travel to our hotel accommodations for the evening.

Day 2 : Ferry to Victoria

After breakfast, we drive along the Olympic Peninsula before a ferry crossing takes us to beautiful Vancouver Island.

We arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia for two relaxing nights. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.

Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Victoria.

B,D.

Day 3 : Victoria

A local guide joins us to tour Victoria, known for its British atmosphere. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. We view historic sites including the Parliament Building on the lovely Inner Harbor.

A spectacular lunch is prepared for us at the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel.

We have the afternoon at leisure to browse delightful shops or visit local attractions.

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Day 4 : The Butchart Gardens®

This morning we visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens and enjoy the seasonal floral displays. See the Ross Fountains play its pattern of water displays every four minutes.

A delightful lunch is included at the gardens.

Midday, we board a ferry for the mainland of British Columbia.

We arrive in Vancouver, Canada’s third largest city, for our overnight accommodations.

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Day 5 : Ride the Rails

This morning we find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge. Witness unparalleled views of the spectacular scenery nestled in between serene gardens and historical totem poles.

Enjoy lunch on your own at Lonsdale Quay Market located on the North Shore’s waterfront which offers a variety of restaurants, shops and views of downtown Vancouver from its waterfront plaza.

This afternoon we have priority boarding on VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Jasper in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences on board as you roll past the beautiful landscape. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.

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Day 6 : Jasper

Enjoy a scrumptious included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken to the picturesque scenery of the Canadian Rockies. For better views of the majestic and unspoiled wilderness, make your way to the top floor for the panoramic views from the Skyline car.

We arrive in Jasper by late morning. There is time to explore Jasper's quaint downtown before we ascend the Jasper SkyTram and take in expansive views of the Canadian Rockies atop Whistler Mountain.

B,D.

Day 7 : Icefields Parkway

Breathtaking scenery borders our route today along the Icefields Parkway. This beautiful area is famous for the glacial blue waters of its many lakes nestled among the mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, we board a giant Glacier Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier.

We continue to Banff for two relaxing evenings.

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Day 8 : Banff

This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area.

Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel.

The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.

L.

Day 9 : Discover Calgary

Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform before we travel by motorcoach to Calgary.

Step back in time as we visit Canada’s largest living history museum. Calgary’s Heritage Park isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West once was.

We settle in for a relaxing evening in Calgary.

Tonight reminisce with new friends at our Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner.

B,D.

Day 10 : Fly Home

Bid farewell to the beauty of Canada as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in Seattle
  • 2 nights in Victoria
  • 1 night in Vancouver
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train
  • 1 night in Jasper at the Whistler’s Inn
  • 2 nights in Banff
  • 1 night in Calgary

Attractions & Highlights

  • Two scenic ferry rides
  • Victoria guided tour
  • The Butchart Gardens®
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Two scenic ferry rides
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
  • Mountie Meet and Greet presented by Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Calgary’s Heritage Park

11 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner in Victoria
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Empress hotel
  • Lunch at The Butchart Gardens®
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Calgary

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet.

Tour Dates & Pricing

June 15th, 2020 - June 24th, 2020

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5899

Single

$6799

Final Payment Date: 03/12/2020

Departure Cities

SDSU - South Dakota State University Alumni Pickup Locations:

Brookings, SD - South Dakota State University

Call For Guaranteed Airport Departure Cities

Sioux Falls, SD - Sioux Falls Regional Airport

Andi Fouberg

The SDSU Alumni Association is an independent, not-for-profit, non dues association that welcomes all graduates, former students, faculty, staff, and friends of South Dakota State, as well as students, to be SDSU Alumni Association members. They strive to connect alumni to SDSU and each other, through the promotion of the University and by providing valuable benefits, services and resources to members. The SDSU Alumni Association has more than 82,000 alumni and friends that are an influential force in keeping STATE’S traditions alive and advancing South Dakota State University.

Andi Fouberg joined the Alumni Association staff as the President and CEO in 2014. A native of Letcher, SD, Andi is a 1999 graduate of SDSU in journalism and political science. While at SDSU, she was a member of the Pride of the Dakotas, Alpha Xi Delta, and served as Students’ Association President. Prior to returning to Brookings, she spent 10 years working in Washington, D.C. Andi has traveled to 14 countries on five continents.

Join her on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.