Canadian Masterpiece


  • 12 days

  • Canada

tour : 8920

From

£2,664pp

Prices shown exclude flights and transfers

Overview

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Experience extraordinary beauty and adventure on this affordable Canadian vacation. Travel from the sea port of Vancouver via scenic train through some of Canada’s most breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy guided sightseeing in Vancouver, then board your Rocky Mountaineer train for a 2-day trip through spectacular scenery following the Fraser River through snowcapped peaks to Kamloops. Travel through the Selkirk Mountains before entering gorgeous Yoho National Park, and wind through the Spiral tunnels before your train climbs Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide before entering Alberta and Banff National Park.

Enjoy a day of leisure in Banff, with many options to play golf, horseback ride, hike, or relax at the hot springs. Look for big horn sheep, deer, bear, and the elusive wolf, perhaps via helicopter on an optional excursion. Next, join us for a day of scenic grandeur. See the natural bridge spanning Kicking Horse River and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Stay overnight at glorious Lake Louise where turquoise waters reflect the peaks of Mount Victoria. Ascend Bow Pass for views of glistening Peyto Lake, then ride aboard the Ice Explorer over the 750-foot-thick ice of the Columbia Icefield. Travel through magnificent Jasper National Park, and arrive at the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson on your way to Sun Peaks. Follow the routes of the historic Gold Rush and the fur traders on your way to Whistler.

Take the ferry crossing to Victoria for a beautiful visit to Butchart Gardens and sightseeing followed by a day at leisure. Return to Vancouver via ferry, and celebrate your fantastic and affordable vacation in Canada!

Highlights

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER 2-day scenic rail journey in SilverLeaf Service
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park
LAKE LOUISE Sightseeing including Yoho National Park, Natural Bridge, Emerald Lake, and Moraine Lake
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Stay two nights inside Jasper National Park
VICTORIA Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches

VANCOUVER

Day
1

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

VANCOUVER

Day
2

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The remainder of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director will have suggestions. You could take a water-taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés, or visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries!

VANCOUVER-ROCKY MOUNTAINEER-KAMLOOPS

Day
3

An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all daylight, classic rail journey. The train travels through some of Canada’s most spectacular scenery. Follow the Fraser River through snowcapped mountains, eventually arriving at Kamloops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

KAMLOOPS-ROCKY MOUNTAINEER-GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-YOHO NATIONAL PARK-BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Day
4

Reboard the train and prepare for spectacular sights, such as Shuswap Lake, the Monashee Mountains, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Travel through the heart of the Selkirk Mountains before entering stunning YOHO NATIONAL PARK. The train winds through the Spiral Tunnels before climbing Kicking Horse Pass. Cross the Continental Divide and enter the province of Alberta and BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Day
5

Today is at leisure. Play golf, horseback ride, hike the many wilderness trails in the area, stroll through Banff, or simply relax at the hot springs. Banff National Park is the perfect place for photographers and wildlife watching and as a visitor, you may be lucky enough to encounter some of these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. The national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will also have suggestions for an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies and can offer recommendations for dinner.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK-LAKE LOUISE

Day
6

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. Travel to Lake Louise and return to Yoho National Park, see the Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River, and visit Emerald and Moraine Lakes. Stay overnight in Lake Louise, where green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria.

LAKE LOUISE-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Day
7

This morning journey on Icefields Parkway to the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Next: JASPER NATIONAL PARK, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. The remainder of your day and evening is at leisure.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK-MOUNT ROBSON-SUN PEAKS

Day
8

Stand at the base of awesome 12,972-foot Mount Robson. Travel through British Columbia’s Fur Trade and Cariboo regions for tantalizing glimpses of the soaring granite mountains of Canada’s Rockies. Watch for wildlife as you continue to the internationally renowned Sun Peaks ski resort.

SUN PEAKS-LILLOOET-WHISTLER

Day
9

Head south, following the once-treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. From Lillooet, “Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route,” our motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes, with a mid-afternoon arrival in Whistler. There are optional activities to choose from, including flightseeing by floatplane over glaciated peaks or a Gondola ride between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains that creates a perfect bear spotting perch.

WHISTLER-FERRY CROSSING-VICTORIA

Day
10

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. In Victoria, sightseeing includes BUTCHART GARDENS, the Empress Hotel, Legislative Buildings, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.

VICTORIA

Day
11

A day at leisure gives you the chance to stroll around the harbor, go shopping on Government Street, or have lunch in one of the many pubs. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale watching trip cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will suggest several optional excursions, including a flightseeing excursions with spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria.

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER

Day
12

A scenic ferry crossing to the mainland, where the trip ends with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

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