Best Private Canadian Rockies Sightseeing Tours, Custom Destinations & Durations

Jul 20, 2023

Did you know Canada Rail Vacations does private, customized, guided tours? You just pick what you want to see, for how long, and how you want to get there. They’ll hook you up with a world-class tour guide, and everything else you need. It’s easy.

Have you ever looked at a selection of sightseeing or guided tour options, and thought, "Well, that's cool, but they forgot about X," and then gone looking somewhere else?

I have! In fact, most people I know who have done any kind of guided tour, have done the same.

It's not the fault of the tour guide, the company, or us - it's just a result of there being billions of people on this planet, and each of us has slightly different interests, wants, and requirements.

It's no wonder that "one-size-fits-all" options, don't actually fit anyone perfectly.

That's why Canada Rail Vacations does things... a little differently. Sure, they have a "one-size-fits-all" option, or rather, dozens of them - but they also have a "custom-tailored just for you" option.

I'm getting a little ahead of myself though - I'm going to back up half a step and tell you about Canada Rail Vacations first. If you already know all about them, or just want the details about private tours - you can jump right to their website, at

I'm sure you've heard of them before, Canada Rail Vacations has been providing sightseeing tours and holiday getaways by train for nearly three decades in Canada. They're doing important work, helping travellers to see Canada, without having to drive all the way across it.

Here's the thing though - their normal tours are great, but the private, customizable ones are fantastic.

With a Premium Tour Package, you're the boss. You can plan your own tour based on what you want to see, how long you want to spend, and the types of transportation you prefer. Unlike group tours, these packages are fully customizable, allowing you to see sights not normally on the tour route, spend extra time in your favourite locations, or slow down the tour experience to an easier pace.

If that's not your style, that's okay too. Canada Rail Vacations offers a huge range of tours on its website. If you don't want to customize your trip, any one of them is an excellent way to see the country in comfort.

However, any listed tour can be upgraded to include private excursions, as long as you pre-book the additional features when planning your vacation. This is important, if you don't pre-book, you probably won't get your custom tour, it's that simple.

Here's how it works. When scheduling a Premium Tour Package, there are several key differences that you should be aware of. The most important difference is the ability to choose when, where, how fast, and for how long, the tour will travel. However, these tours also offer several other advantages, including the addition of a world-class guide that specializes in each tour area.

Which guide will be assigned to which tour may vary, Canada Rail Vacations works with a dedicated team of in-house tour guides and hires world-class outside talent when required, so anyone they assign is going to be great. However, if you're lucky, some tours have even found themselves being led by the company’s founder and expert guide, Martin Flanagan.

Just remember to request a Premium Tour Package from your Canada Rail Vacation Planner when you're planning your next vacation. The pre-planning is important to ensure that each tour is fully customized to meet your needs, with the appropriate guides, extra stops, transportation, and accommodation.

It's worth it, but you have to give them just a bit of time to set it all up. If you're still curious though, why not check out some pictures, reviews, and details from past trips? Just visit their Facebook page at

Honestly, no matter what kind of vacation you book with Canada Rail, it's going to be a blast. The only question is, will it be a generic good time, designed to be enjoyable to anyone - or will you customize it to hit the places that interest you, and to learn about exciting destinations that are off the beaten path?

Here's how it's explained on the Canada Rail Vacations website, “By including private excursions within your tour package, you’ll be the envy of the other guests aboard the train when you skip the buses and motorcoaches and instead have your own private vehicle and guide all to yourself.”

That sounds like a good time to me. I would say that maybe I'll see you there - but I'll be on a custom tour, checking out the best waterfalls the country has to offer, one at a time.

Pick your interests, choose your destinations, and get ready for a good time.

But first, take a look at your options, just visit

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