Best of the Canadian Rockies small group tour – 20 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.
2018 Depart: Jun 16, July 6, Aug 3, Sep 3. (only the departure in July is guaranteed)
Note: Tour departs from International Hotel Calgary at 10:00am on Day 1, flights can depart at any time from Vancouver. Passengers can upgrade to travel onboard Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver at an additional cost on selected departures. Twin Share program is not available with Rocky Mountaineer option.
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. D
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. B
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. BL
day 4 Lake Louise-Jasper
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Follow the winding road that boasts a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. At the summit of Bow Pass see the beautiful baby blue waters of Peyto Lake and the rugged beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below. Arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans. Visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Visit the powerful and breathtaking Athabasca Falls before arriving to the charming town of Jasper and your home for the next two nights. BL
day 5 Jasper
Start the day with a ride up Whistler Mountain on the Jasper Tram and enjoy breakfast at the top. 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 shore drive takes you to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This evening enjoy a float trip down the Athabasca River. B
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
Today travel the fertile Fraser Valley through the Coastal Mountains and into the rugged BC Interior. Your destination today is Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city. Vancouver is nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling ocean and rainforests. B
day 8 Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities within Canada, with its multicultural fusion and Spectacular Mountain and ocean setting. A city tour includes Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver. Visit Capilano Park and experience the suspension bridge, the tree top adventure and the cliff walk, plus Salish Nations culture. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends. BD
day 9 Vancouver Departure
Your tour comes to an end today. A transfer is provided to Vancouver International Airport for your journey home. B
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-Deer Lodge, Japser-Chateau Jasper, Sun Peaks-South Thompson Inn, Vancouver-Sheraton Wall Centre.
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.