Want to travel in the lap of luxury?
Instead of taking a European river cruise, treat yourself to a Rocky Mountaineer journey.
Cruise by train! World-class service kicks off even before Rocky Mountaineer’s elegantly appointed coaches pull out of station in Seattle or Banff. While mountains and valleys may be the most prominent feature of these luxury trips, guests will enjoy plenty of remarkable waterways on their journeys, too. On the “Coastal Passage” route from Seattle to Vancouver (or vice versa), the train skirts the shore. Guests are treated to expansive views of Puget Sound, then roll across Chuckanut Bay—the only place where the Cascade Mountains meet the sea—before getting up close with the beaches and famous stone at White Rock, which is said to have been hurled there by a god of the sea, demonstrating his strength. Connect in Vancouver with the “First Passage to the West” route, where the rails trace river valleys, dancing through canyons along the Fraser River to Hell’s Gate, through semi-arid landscapes along the South Thompson River, to Kinbasket Lake, whose blue-green waters are fed by the Columbia River. You’ll also travel next to the rushing Kicking Horse River and other waterways that are best seen by train.