Canada’s Rocky Mountains are unbelievably beautiful. Spanning the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta, the sweeping landscapes are home to jagged ice-capped peaks, glittering alpine lakes, lush forests, and diverse wildlife.
Picture yourself traveling through this serene region in a luxury train with a glass-domed roof that offers the best possible views of the beauty that surrounds.
Meanwhile, you’re seated in a reclining chair with your seat heater on, a glass of wine perfectly paired with decadent cheeses before you.
This relaxing scenario is a real possibility thanks to a collection of new train rides that travel through the Rocky Mountains. Welcome to the futuristic glass-domed train operated by Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service.
The stunning rail cars were designed and constructed by Swiss rail car company Stadler. Talk about true luxury – these trains represent the largest capital investment in Rocky Mountaineer’s longstanding history.
Trains are a part of the past and there’s something nostalgic about riding in one. Yet, this glass-domed train puts the future in train travel.
Trains travel at the perfect pace to get places quickly without sacrificing the views along the way. And when traveling through western Canada, past sites like Banff National Park, visitors want to take in as many sights as possible.
To make your trip even more memorable, the bi-level glass-dome luxury coach offers a spread of gourmet meals whipped up by Executive Chefs. Plus, they offer delicious wine and cheese pairings.
Tickets start at around $1,800 for a trip from Vancouver to Lake Louise, this price includes your hotel stay. And not just at any hotel – but the best hotels in the most stunning locations.
In addition, your ticket includes delicious meals, gourmet snacks, and complimentary beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic options).
There’s always the option to upgrade your hotel room at every destination – opt for more spacious rooms, better views, or stay in a private chateau.
The price is well worth it to soak up these views. The train cars feature full-dome windows – so you can see above you and to the side of you with perfect clarity.
Want even better views, or to capture a picture without the glass windows getting in the way?
Venture out to the massive outdoor viewing platform to get some fresh mountain air while snapping perfect photos of the unobstructed landscapes that surrounded.
Upon boarding the train, everyone enjoys a ‘welcome aboard toast.’
Breakfast and lunch are a true treat – each chef-prepared meal is served hot and designed to look as good as it tastes. Did we mention that breakfast always comes with a fresh scone?
In the afternoon, it’s wine and cheese time!
Guests sit on the second floor of the bi-level dome coach while traveling, and meals are served on the bottom level.
Entertainment is far from an afterthought – your hosts will bring you interesting stories, historical side notes and more.
Rocky Mountaineer is a Canadian rail-tour company and the proud owner of GoldLeaf Service.
They recently added four new train carriages to their existing fleet and are scheduled to add another three by the year 2020.
The first four new routes include two of their most popular itineraries. The first is a two-day journey that moves from Vancouver to Lake Louise or Banff. In addition, they are adding a two-day trip from Vancouver to Jasper.
Each rail car can accommodate up to 72 guests in pure luxury and comfort. Seats are outfitted with reclining features and heated seats.
“We were intentional in designing these new cars to offer the same exemplary guest comfort across the entire fleet, while also making numerous engineering enhancements behind the scenes that reflect our goal of constantly enhancing both the experience and efficiency of our service,” said Steve Sammut, the president and chief executive officer of Rocky Mountaineer.
Get ready to witness some of the tallest peaks in the Rockies, make new friends, and maybe even spot a wild bear or two – you never know what awaits!
There’s always the option to add on additional adventures at all of your stops – from helicopter tours to hikes through ancient glaciers.
Nothing quite compares to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. There’s Yoho National Park, home to the ginormous Takakkaw Falls, and towering Mt. Robson. Then there’s Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, famous for its Athabasca Glacier.
What better way to experience this part of the world than onboard a glass-domed train? Learn more by visiting rockymountaineer.com.