If you’re a fan of luxury rail travel and you love – or would love to see – the Canadian Rockies, Canadian rail company Rocky Mountaineer has an offer for you.
“We invite you to join us onboard for world-class service and panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies,” Rocky Mountaineer explains. “For a limited time only we’re offering a complimentary upgrade to GoldLeaf Service — on us!”
Here’s what that means: From now until January 31, 2022, when you book any eligible Canadian package for travel during 2022, you can get a complimentary upgrade to GoldLeaf Service, which is valued at approximately $1,200 per couple. The offer excludes travel during September 2022.
Considering that the COVID-19 pandemic continues, these are uncertain times for booking travel. However, Rocky Mountaineer explains that the offer is “completely risk-free” because “a full travel credit for use to the end of the 2023 season will be granted to any travelers who cancel within 60 days of their trip for any reason.”
Rocky Mountaineer’s luxury train journeys offer stunning views of North American scenery. It offers rail service across four rail routes. Three of those routes connect Vancouver, British Columbia, to Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper in Alberta, Canada. The fourth route, which Rocky Mountaineer began running last year, travels between Denver, Colorado, and Moab, Utah, in the U.S.
Of the two types of service offered on the trains, the first is what’s called “SilverLeaf” service, which includes gourmet meals served at travelers’ seats and features a team of hosts who tell stories and take care of any special requests.
The main attraction, of course, is the train’s custom-designed glass-dome coaches, which offer a panoramic view of the scenic vistas the train passes through. “The oversized windows give you a clean, crisp view, and make photography a snap,” Rocky Mountaineer explains.
The upgraded service, known as “GoldLeaf” service, also features hosts.
“Sit back and enjoy the scenery as our hosts attend to your every need,” Rocky Mountaineer explains. “From entertaining you with stories about passing landmarks to topping up your glass of wine and calling out wildlife sightings, you can rest assured that everything will be taken care of.”
Rather than serving meals to travelers in their seats, GoldLeaf service features a dedicated dining room, which also offers large windows.
GoldLeaf service also features bi-level glass-domed coaches so travelers can get up and walk around without missing scenery. There’s also an exclusive outdoor viewing platform.
What You Need To Know
The two 2-day itineraries which are eligible for the free upgrade promotion are “First Passage to the West,” which runs from Vancouver to Banff/Lake House, with an overnight stopover in Kamloops, British Columbia, and “Journey Through the Clouds,” which runs from Vancouver to Jasper and stops overnight in Kamloops. It’s important to note that the trains run in both directions, so you can book passage starting at either end of the route.
On the First Passage to the West route, you’ll “travel through the legendary Spiral Tunnels, traverse the Continental Divide, and be inspired as you wind through mountain passes and dramatic canyons,” according to Rocky Mountaineer.
Meanwhile, on the Journey Through the Clouds route, you’ll “travel through scenic valleys, along the mighty Fraser River, through Hell’s Gate, and past the magnificent Pyramid Falls,” notes Rocky Mountaineer. “This Rocky Mountaineer rail route, only accessible by train, also features the majestic Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.”
You can learn more about the various routes as well as how to book packages here.
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