Travers­ing the rock­ies

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DO you want to see rolling hills of green? Snow- capped peaks? How about a sprin­kling of pine forests and desert hills, too? What if you can see all that and more on a Rocky Moun­taineer rail pack­age? Not only do you get to view th­ese nat­u­ral beau­ties of Western Canada, but see them all in the lap of lux­ury.

Na­ture has never looked bet­ter:

The 8D7N Western Ex­plorer itin­er­ary is a great in­tro­duc­tion to the vast Western Cana­dian wilder­ness. Your jour­ney be­gins in Van­cou­ver, with a day to ex­plore the city’s sights such as the Van­cou­ver Look­out Tower for a bird’s- eye view of the city. The next day, a change of scenery awaits you as you board the star of your jour­ney, the Rocky Moun­taineer train. Pass by the green hills of Fraser Val­ley, the tall peaks of the Coast Moun­tains, and the rag­ing wa­ters of Hells Gate. Get­ting closer east­wards, the scenery opens up to sprawl­ing pine forests and dusty desert hills be­fore you ar­rive at Kam­loops.

The next day, con­tinue fur­ther east­wards to Jasper on the Rocky Moun­taineer train, but not be­fore pass­ing by some serenely sur­real nat­u­ral land­marks – among them are the Thomp­son River along the walls of the Fraser Canyon, Pyra­mid Falls and Al­breda Ice­fields. Jasper is an out­doorsy haven – the Jasper Na­tional Park is home to an ar­ray of wildlife such as elk, cari­bou and griz­zly bears.

Be­fore ar­riv­ing at the turquoise- tinged wa­ters of Lake Louise, a coach trans­fer will bring you to the Columbia Ice­fields and Athabasca Falls for an ex­plo­ration of glaciers.

Revel in the beauty of Yoho Na­tional Park, which houses the Spiral Tun­nels and Emer­ald Lake.

Next on your jour­ney is Banff Na­tional Park, Canada’s first Unesco- pro­tected park.

The high­lights of this day are the gon­dola ride up to Sul­phur Moun­tain and the he­li­copter sum­mit over the ma­jes­tic Cana­dian Rock­ies. The trip ends in the quaint prairie city of Cal­gary,

known for its cow­boy legacy.

Top of the class travel:

Al­though ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Cana­dian Rock­ies can be done via coach, noth­ing ri­vals the un­par­al­leled ex­pe­ri­ence of view­ing the Rock­ies on the Rocky Moun­taineer.

This mul­ti­ple award win­ning rail ser­vice has been re­garded as “one of the world’s great­est trips”.

With fully domed glass win­dows for panoramic views, gourmet meals sourced from the fresh­est lo­cal in­gre­di­ents pre­pared by award- win­ning chefs, top- notch ser­vice, and en­ter­tain­ing and en­gag­ing com­men­tary from hosts – they all make for a lux­u­ri­ous jour­ney un­like any other.

This MATTA Fair, re­ceive sav­ings of up to RM2,400 per cou­ple when you book a Rocky Moun­taineer pack­age for 2016.

There’s a spe­cial sum­mer de­par­ture of the 8D7N Western Ex­plorer pack­age on June 16 val­ued at RM12,520 whereby you get sav­ings of up to RM3,800 per cou­ple.

Se­dunia Travel is the Gen­eral Sales Agent for Rocky Moun­taineer.

Visit Se­dunia Travel at Hall 2 Booth No. 2154- 2183 to en­quire about a Rocky Moun­taineer pack­age. For de­tails, call 03- 2142 0222 ( open Satur­day and Sun­day) or visit www. se­duni­a­travel. com/ matta- fair.

Ice­field Path­way from Lake Louise to Jasper – one of the most scenic drive­ways in the world.

This rocky Moun­taineer pack­age in­cludes an overnight stay in Fair­mont chateau, Lake Louise.

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