Earlier this year, Rocky Mountaineer introduced two new packages for holidays in 2018, focusing on culinary experiences and adventure activities, to meet an increasing desire from its guests to experience ‘soft adventure’.

Travel Bulletin caught up with Hilary Strath, communications specialist for the Canadian rail company, to find out more about this adventurous trend. She said: “Our research found that visitors wanted something a little bit more curated rather than just doing the loop and hitting the top tourism entities. The desire for soft adventure indicates that perhaps our demographic is becoming a little bit younger and people are becoming more active. We’re in the 50+ market but even a lot of the 65+ year-olds who are coming out with us are really into bike touring or hiking and other activities. This is something that we weren’t seeing ten years ago.

“We’ve developed packages that pair trips with biking around Vancouver, guided hikes throughout the Rockies and even zodiac boat tours where our guests can head out onto the water, getting them into nature and seeing that that side of Canada without over exerting themselves.”

The company has also extended its Peaks & Perks offer. Previously available until October 27, the luxury rail operator has lengthened the availability of its offer until December 22 so travellers can enjoy up to £480 in added value per couple.

This credit can be applied to 2018 GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf service holidays with a duration of eight days or more, and gives guests the opportunity to book a variety of add-ons, including extra hotel nights, meals, activities, tours or an Alaskan Cruise as part of the brand’s Rail and Cruise packages.

Entering into its 29th season and to meet with demand, the company is currently building new dome cars in Berlin, two of which will enter into service for May 2018. Each car can hold 72 passengers, adding additional capacity to certain routes with a further car to be introduced at the end of the season. New SilverLeaf and new GoldLeaf cars will also be added throughout the next four years.

For further information visit rockymountaineer.com

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