Rocky Mountain Trails
Calgary-Banff-Lake Louise-Jasper-Kamloops-Sun Peaks-Vancouver
2018 depart: Jun 16. July 14. Aug 04, 25. Sep 22.
day 01 Calgary Arrival
Welcome to Calgary. Upon arrival at Calgary International Airport, transfer independently to your hotel where you will meet your Tour Director.
day 02 Calgary-Banff National Park
Today, it’s on to Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and one of the world’s premier destinations. Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, Banff features snow-capped peaks, glistening glaciers, forests, meadows, rivers, and sweeping vistas. From its humble beginnings as a hot springs reserve, Banff now consists of 6,641 square kilometers of unparalleled mountain scenery. Spend a full day exploring this magnificent area before heading to Canmore for the night.
day 03 Banff-Lake Louise-Jasper
Today begins with a visit to Canada’s “Diamond in the Wilderness,” Lake Louise. Set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, the emerald colours and grandiose setting of Lake Louise render it Canada’s most famous lake, and probably the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. Continue along the Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning roadways, to Banff’s northern counterpart, Jasper. Considered the gentle giant of the Rockies, Jasper National Park offers visitors a more laid-back experience with equal options for adventure, discovery and relaxation. And with wildlife beyond measure, this is the place to reconnect with nature.
day 04 Jasper-Kamloops-Sun Peaks
This morning’s drive along the Yellowhead Highway allows you to enjoy British Columbia’s stunning scenery the moment you cross the provincial border and enter Mount Robson Provincial Park. Mount Robson is the second oldest park in British Columbia’s park system and the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Continue to Kamloops where outdoor adventure, First Nations heritage and western culture all thrive, and the stunning paradise of Sun Peaks.
day 05 Sun Peaks-Vancouver
Wind your way through Fraser Canyon following the Fraser and Thompson Rivers whose waters rush past steep walls and gorges, while farmlands flank the mountains. Follow the trails used by early gold seekers and relive their journey through steep canyons, raging rivers, high mountain passes, and scenery as rugged as ever. At Yale, the canyon opens up and the Fraser River spills out into the Fraser Valley, becoming a slow, meandering waterway. Continue through the lush fertile fields and dairy farms of the lower Fraser Valley to the port city of Vancouver. Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, with rainforests and beautiful foliage, Vancouver offers visitors the best of both worlds: an exciting cityscape set within a landscape of stunning, rugged beauty. Upon arrival, a city Tour Highlights many of Vancouver’s famous sights, including Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, English Bay, Stanley Park, Vancouver Harbour, and more.
day 06 Vancouver (Victoria island Optional)
A full day at leisure provides ample time to take in more of Vancouver’s sights and attractions, or to take a ferry across the island-dotted Strait of Georgia to Victoria Island. The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences, offering visitors an escape from the hurried world. Be charmed by Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Explore Old Town where eclectic shops fill century-old storefronts. Let your imagination bloom at The Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s premier floral show gardens. Celebrate Victoria’s colourful British heritage with traditional afternoon tea. Combined with the beauty of the Pacific Ocean and rainforests set against a backdrop of the Olympic Mountains, a visit to Victoria makes for the perfect day trip.
day 07 Vancouver departure
Your tour comes to an end upon checkout from hotel. Own arrangements for departure.
Inclusions: twin share, tour director, deluxe coach, porterage, service charges, taxes.
Sightseeing: Banff National Park tour, guided walk at Lake Louise, comprehensive Vancouver City Tour.
Hotels Calgary-Sandman Hotel Downtown, Banff-Mount Royal Hotel Banff, Resort, Jasper- Tonquin Inn, Sun peaks-Nancy Greene’s Cahility Lodge, Vancouver- Century Plaza Vancouver (or similar)
Notes: All bookings are made only on English spoken tour departures; however some tours may be modified to multilingual (2 languages) at short notice. Tours are subject to change without notice pending climatic and local traffic conditions.
Optional excursions: Calgary Tower Visit, Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride and Victoria and Butchart Gardens by Seaplane. These tours can only be organised directly with the tour director at the start of the tour.