Heart of the Canadian Rockies

  • 11 Days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

An epic adventure of snow-capped peaks, crystal lakes and lush forests dotted with alpine towns; journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands.

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VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
Single share option
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  • Overview

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

of 11 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 26th May 2018

Meals included: 1 breakfast,

Overview

An epic adventure of snow-capped peaks, crystal lakes and lush forests dotted with alpine towns; journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands.

At a glance

  • Rocky Mountains Soaring; majestic; iconic.
  • Lake Louise Catch its azure-blue waters reflecting the surrounding glacial mountains.
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Butchart Gardens Wander the century-old floral show gardens.
  • Strait of Georgia Set sail back to Vancouver.

Extensions

  • 2 nights hotel stay in Vancouver
  • 7 nights Alaska cruise

Please call our Travel Specialists to book this holiday with an extension

Day 1

UK - Calgary

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Calgary - Banff

Explore Calgary’s attractions on a sightseeing tour this morning and visit the Canada Olympic Park, location of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Then drive into Banff National Park – Canada’s oldest national park – and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Banff

Today is at leisure to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride high over the Rockies?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Banff - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes come into view as you head through mountain passes. After stopping at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, arrive in the picturesque resort of Jasper, for an orientation tour of the town. There will also be a chance to join an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Jasper

Today, join an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The rest of the day is free to explore this attractive alpine town, browse its jewellery and art shops or head out on a guided hike.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Jasper - Mount Robson - Kamloops

Today, follow the Fraser River to the foot of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues alongside the mighty Thompson River with impressive vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Kamloops - Victoria

Continue your tour through the lush coniferous forests of British Columbia’s Coast Mountains to the Pacific coastline. Sail across the Strait of Georgia through the hundreds of small Gulf Islands, to Victoria, the provincial capital and western Canada's oldest city. Afternoon sightseeing features trips to Butchart Gardens - the century-old floral show gardens, which began life as an exhausted quarry pit, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. In the evening, take a stroll along Victoria’s pleasant waterfront.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Victoria

A full day to get under the skin of Victoria: visit Royal British Columbia Museum or go whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Some orca groups cruise the rocky areas near the shoreline hunting for seals. In the evening, there is a chance to join an optional tour of Chinatown.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Victoria - Vancouver

Today, set sail back to Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive on the way to your hotel. See Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, harbour and the magnificent green oasis of Stanley Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Vancouver - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK or extend your stay in Vancouver or with an Alaska cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Land home in the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Calgary: International Hotel Calgary
  • Banff: Bow View Lodge
  • Jasper: Marmot Lodge (2017) / Lobstick Lodge (2018)
  • Kamloops: The Thompson Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver: Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (2017) / Century Plaza Hotel & Spa (2018)

Notes

Special Depatures: Calgary Stampede Special Departures 7 July & 10 July 2018
Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary

Whale Watching: Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles

Accommodation as stated or similar

Latest customer reviews

19/10/2016

Fantastic tour. Weather made some of the sights brilliant i.e. We had snow. Weather also made it impossible to do some of the activities, which was unfortunate, but it was quite an adventure. All of the places we visited were beautiful.

23/07/2016

A well conceived and organised tour

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