Grand Western Canada


  • 13 days

  • Canada

  • Active pace

Tour : CG

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£2,531 pp

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£2,984 pp

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Based on London Gatwick

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On this Canadian Rockies tour, enjoy time in many of Canada’s most scenic areas as you travel through some of its national parks and mountain towns. Spend time in beautiful Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler, Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver, and Kelowna, located in British Columbia’s popular wine and orchard region. Ferry through the Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Victoria. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Admire the beauty of Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Travel to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake and one of the most picturesque spots in the Canadian Rockies, for a cruise to Spirit Island. Be sure to have your camera ready, so you can capture photos of the beautiful lake and towering peaks. Witness panoramic views of Banff from the Banff gondola, and in British Columbia, enjoy a visit to spectacular Shannon Falls, the third highest falls in the province. In addition to taking you to some of Western Canada’s most scenic spots, on this Canadian Rockies tour Globus has also arranged some special experiences for you. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens, with 55 acres of impressive floral displays, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart former historic Greenhouse. In British Columbia, learn the history of the First Nation’s People, Globus has included a tour and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre showcasing the art, history, and culture of these great people. This is just a sampling of the highlights offered on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy the tranquil beauty and fun experiences on this marvelous vacation.

Highlights

VANCOUVER Sightseeing; farewell dinner

VICTORIA Orientation tour; visit and dinner at Butchart Gardens

WHISTLER Visit Shannon Falls; breakfast at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain with breakfast; sightseeing

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Tour itinerary

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

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 4 dinners

ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER, BC

Day
1

Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

VANCOUVER–VICTORIA

Day
2

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the BC FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, followed by a special dinner in the former historic greenhouse overlooking the gardens. See major attractions on your city orientation tour, including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VICTORIA

Day
3

This day is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

VICTORIA–WHISTLER

Day
4

Today, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. There’s time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WHISTLER

Day
5

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities by exploring the village on foot, including a walk to beautiful Alta Lake. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

WHISTLER–KAMLOOPS

Day
6

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Kamloops, with the balance of the day at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KAMLOOPS–JASPER

Day
7

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snow-capped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

JASPER. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE

Day
8

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel across the glacially fed Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. En route to the island, which is only accessible by boat, knowledgeable guides share the lake’s history, geology, wildlife, weather, flora, and fauna. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. You may choose to stroll through town, grab a local craft beer, or take a hike in search of the various wildlife that call the national park home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF

Day
9

This morning, continue through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. This once in a lifetime experience allows for free time to walk on the Athabasca Glacier and even sample pure fresh glacial water. Later, climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

BANFF

Day
10

Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the BANFF GONDOLA to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savor a flavorful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls, where you can walk the path along the river to take in the nature and scenery. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Tonight, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

BANFF–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–KELOWNA

Day
11

This morning, depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Next, enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Descend into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. Tonight, why not enjoy a wine tasting or dinner at one of Kelowna’s many lakeside cafes?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

KELOWNA–VANCOUVER

Day
12

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before traveling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER

Day
13

The tour ends after breakfast this morning with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

The Canadian Rockies are blessed with stunning scenery and extraordinary outdoor attractions. Visiting and participating in activities in these locations is subject to favourable weather conditions.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+8 days Alaska Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).

Day
1

Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America’s MS Koningsdam or MS Volendam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
2

Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

JUNEAU.

Day
3

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SKAGWAY.

Day
4

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through enroute to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch and Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.

Day
5

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN.

Day
6

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION).

Day
8

Your vacation ends this morning. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£2,531 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,984 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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