Ultimate Canadian Rockies
small group tour - 20 participants maximum
Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
2018 depart: May 29. July 08. Aug 12. Sep 18.
day 1 Vancouver
Arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. Check into your downtown hotel, then enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening with fellow passengers. D
day 2 Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities in 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 three top adventure and the cliff walk, plus Salish First Nations culture. B
day 3 Vancouver-Victoria
Leaving the mainland, cross the Strait of Georgia via BC Ferry to Vancouver Island. First stop is at the famous Butchart Gardens with time to wander, then enjoy a tour of this distinctly old worth city with its Victorian architecture, elaborate gardens and British flavour. B
day 4 Victoria-Vancouver
Head over the Malahat Pass with exceptional views of Discovery Passage to meet the ferry back to the mainland, cruising through the Gulf Islands to Horseshoe Bay. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. B
day 5 Vancouver-Whistler
Follow the Sea to Sky Highway to the mountain resort of Whistler. Along the way stop for a break and a short walk to view the tumbling waters of Brandywine Falls before arriving in the world-class resort town of Whistler. The Afternoon is yours to explore the pedestrian only village just steps from your hotel. B
day 6 Whistler-Kamloops
Today travel through into the rugged BC Interior filled with picturesque landscapes from start to finish. B
day 7 Kamloops-Jasper
An unforgettable highlight today is a River Safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world’s only inland and 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. Today’s journey takes you into the great Canadian Rockies, as you head to the quaint mountain town of Jasper. B
day 8 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 short 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 9 Jasper-Lake Louise
Today drive one of the world’s most spectacular highways, the Icefields Parkway. Visit the powerful and breathtaking Athabasca Falls, then arrive at the vast 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. At the summit of Bow Pass see the beautiful baby blue waters of Peyto Lake and the rugged beauty of the Mistaya River Valley before arriving in Lake Louise, jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks. BL
day 10 Lake Louise-Banff
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. Then travel the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings are common. Stop at Johnston Canyon for an easy walk through a deep rugged canyon littered with waterfalls, and then arrive in Banff, home of Canada’s first national park. BL
day 11 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 is 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. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends. BD
day 12 Banff-Calgary
Your tour comes to an end. A transfer is provided to Calgary for your journey home. B
Inclusions: : 11 nights in a twin share in first class hotels, 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners, professional tour director throughout, small group (maximum 20 participants), deluxe motorcoach, porterage, service charges, taxes, airport transfers in Calgary and Vancouver.
Sightseeing: Vancouver City Tour, Stanley Park, Capilano Park, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Butchart Gardens, Britannia Mine Museum, Sea-to-Sky highway, Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, River Safari, Mount Robson Visitor Centre, Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, Jasper SkyTram, Jasper Float Trip, Icefields Parkway, ice Explorer Ride, Athabasca Falls, Lake Louise, Yoho National park, Johnston Canyon, Banff national park, Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff.
Hotels: Vancouver-Sheraton Wall Center, Victoria-Royal Scot Hotel, Whistler-Coast Blackcomb, Jasper-Crimson, Lake Louise-Deer Lodge, Banff-Moose Hotel & Suites.