Best of the Canadian Rockies small group tour – 21 participants max.
Vancouver-Sun Peaks-Jasper-Lake Louise-Banff
Come and explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver before heading to Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks. See the iconic resorts of Banff, Jasper and Lake Louise. Cruise on picturesque Maligne Lake, rumble over the Athabasca Glacier on a massive Ice Explorer, and soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola.
2019 Depart: Jun 16, Aug 10 (only the departure in July is guaranteed)
Cost from: $5179 pp twin share (s/supp $2281)
day 1 Calgary-Banff
Welcome to Calgary and the province of Alberta. Meet your driver and begin making your way to the town of Banff and Canada’s first National Park. Check into your downtown hotel, then enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening with your travel companions.
day 2 Banff
Explore Banff on a sightseeing tour with stops at Cascade Gardens and beautiful Bow Falls, then ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unparalleled view of the mountains and valley below. Also included its time at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew visitor’s to Banff in the first place.
day 3 Banff-Lake Louise
This morning travel along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings are common so keep your camera close by. Visit Johnston Canyon for an easy walk through a deep rugged canyon littered with waterfalls then explore the western part of the mountain chain and cross the Continental Divide into Yoho National Park. Visit Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald. Your destination today is Lake Louise, jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks.
day 4 Lake Louise-Jasper
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below. A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. We rejoin the parkway and later arrove at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans; we visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Finally, at the end of this exciting day, we see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the charming town of Jasper, our home for the next two nights
day 5 Jasper
We start the day with a ride up Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive then takes us to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps one of the world’s most photographed and iconic natural beauty spots. This evening we enjoy a float down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty
day 6 Jasper-Kamloops
After breakfast the journey into British Columbia begins. A stop is made at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. An unforgettable highlight today is a River Safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. Observe bears and other wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the optimum opportunity for the perfect snapshot. Your destination today is Kamloops, known for its rolling hills, two converging rivers, abundance of parks and a sparkling lake. B
day 7 Kamloops-Vancouver
We head south west through Coquihalla Pass and the rugged BC Interior and then travel through the fertile Fraser River Valley to Vancouver on the Pacific coast. A vibrant metropolitan city, Vancouver is nestled between the majestic Coast Mountains, the rugged Pacific coastline, and surrounded by a pristine wilderness of temperate rainforest, lakes, valleys and peaks. It’s location and cosmopolitan culture makes Vancouver one of the most beautiful as well as highly live-able of the world. Its equitable climate and variety of indoor and outdoor attractions makes Vancouver a year-round sought after travel destination.
Day 8: Vancouver
On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver like Shaughnessy. This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia’s Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We have a farewell dinner this evening after our week long introduction to Canada’s Pacific coast.
day 9 Vancouver Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. A transfer is provided to Vancouver International Airport for your journey home.
Inclusions: 8 nights in a twin share in 3.5 to 4 star hotels, 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners, professional tour director throughout, small group (maximum 20 participants), deluxe motorcoach, porterage, service charges, taxes, airport transfer in Calgary and Vancouver.
Sightseeing: Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff, Banff National Park, Bow Valley Parkway, Johnston Canyon, Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Ice Explorer Ride, Jasper National Park, Maligne Lake, Jasper Sky Tram, Vancouver City Tour, Stanley Park, Mount Robson Visitor Centre, River Safari, Capilano Suspensions Bridge.
Hotels: Banff-Caribou Lodge, Lake Louise-Lake Louise Inn, Japser-Crimosn, Kamloops-South Thompson Inn, Vancouver- Hampton Inn.
Optional: Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer – Experience the most spectacular train journey in the world on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver on day 6 and 7 with an overnight in Kamloops.