Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
With its soaring mountain peaks and virgin national park forests, this is a special Western Canada experience of scenic rail journeys, laidback city sightseeing and compelling excursions.
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Fly to Vancouver where you will be transferred to your hotel.
Vancouver is one of the world's most stunning cities with majestic mountains at its back and the ocean at its feet. This morning, an included city tour highlights Stanley Park, Chinatown, the harbour, beaches and more. The rest of the day is at leisure so perhaps take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries and street vendors.
This morning set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its interesting collection of totem poles.
Enjoy a day at leisure exploring some of the sights in this beautiful and quaint city. Suggestions include visiting the Royal British Columbia Museum, taking afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fine shopping along Government Street.
Early this morning travel from Victoria following the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus. This unique village has more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Afterwards continue through the port of Campbell River to Port Hardy.
An early morning embarkation on BC Ferries for one of the world's most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, islands and virgin rainforest. Cruise past picturesque light houses, abandoned ghost towns, pretty coastal villages and Royal Princess Island, home of the famous white Kermode bear. With 16 hours to enjoy the scenery and wildlife of the inside passage, this truly is a highlight of your trip. Arrive late evening in Prince Rupert.
Depart for an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, then visit the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village for a guided tour of British Columbia's oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production earlier this century. This afternoon is at leisure.
This morning board VIA Rail®'s Jasper-Prince Rupert train for the trip of a lifetime. The train heads through the majestic Coast Mountains following the Skeena River and concludes in the forestry capital of British Columbia, Prince George, in the evening.
Leave Prince George following the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 13,000 feet. Overnight in Jasper.
Enjoy a day at leisure enjoying the amenities and attractions of Jasper. Perhaps join an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island for a narrated cruise of the Lake.
First stop today is the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200 feet thick Athabasca Glacier. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Later, precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes of exquisite colour come into view on the journey south towards Banff.
Banff is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts with many summer activities including hiking and horseback riding.
Transfer to Calgary Airport for your flight to the UK.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 7,500 ft.
Whale Watching: Why not enjoy an optional whale watching cruise from Plymouth in search of the world's largest mammals. Humpback and finback whales are found in the area, along with porpoises and many other marine mammals and birds?
The following departures 17 June, 15 July, 26 August, 5 September, 9 September will be in economy class and does not include meals nor access to the dome car. Cold meals will be available for purchase. All other departures include continental breakfast, cold lunch and cold dinner
Accommodation as stated or similar
A memorable trip - excellent Tour Leader and reliable driver. Criticisms? 1) The train from Prince Rupert to Jasper arrived very late; we could have been collected at an earlier stop by the coach. 2) I would have liked more information about Canada today from the leader - I did ask. 3) An introductory meeting would have helped with getting to know other members of the group. A few more meals together would also have been welcome.
Although we enjoyed this tour the 2 highlights - inside passage cruise and via train journey proved to be too long. The cruise was quite boring after a while nothing to see apart from trees and nothing much happening in sea. The train was an old worn out coach the catering was awful and there were many delays on journey which meant we were on train for about 16 hours.
Just a couple of the hotels weren't the best ,i.e. Irwin mountain lodge ,and and Pacific inn just very old and dated ,didn't think much of Air Transat delayed going out and two hours delay coming back ! Air Stuardesses looked bored stiff ,food was rubbish for such a long flight ,"I would never fly with them ever again" on of the stuardesses was chewing gum !! ,train journey was long and tiring due to goods trains having priority on the single track I don't think this works as it makes the train journey far too long
one of the best tours we have been on. A very varied itinery. Excellent Tour Director
Options offered were very interesting, but also very expensive.
We enjoyed the whole tour it was tiring but we saw a lot and the people we had on our tour were very friend fly.
The trip inclueded all the hightlights I had wanted to see and some I had never even heard of eg Lake Peyto
There's no need to shop around. Find a cheaper like-for-like tour from another company, and we’ll not only match their price but also give you a £50 discount when you book with us.
They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. 96% of customers rate them 'excellent' or 'good'.
We understand things change, often beyond your control. If you need to change your holiday plans, we offer a flexible deposit up until your balance is due.