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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Western Canada

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

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.

At a glance

  • Butchart Gardens Wander the world’s premier floral show gardens.
  • Inside Passage Cruise Sail past elegant coastal villages.
  • VIA Rail® Jasper-Prince Rupert Train Wind through the majestic Coast Mountains along the mighty Skeena River.
  • Mount Robson See the Rockies’ highest peak in all its snow-capped glory.
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer Ride across the 1,200 feet thick Athabasca Glacier.

What's included

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

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

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Customer Reviews

A memorable trip - excellent Tour Leader and reliable driver....

14th September 2017
Mr Michael Haines

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...

31st August 2017
Trusted Customer

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....

27th August 2017
Mr Anthony Stokes

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....

1st August 2017
Trusted Customer

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....

30th July 2017
Mrs Judith Anthony

Options offered were very interesting, but also very expensive.

We enjoyed the whole tour it was tiring but we...

2nd July 2017
Trusted Customer

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...

2nd July 2017
Trusted Customer

The trip inclueded all the hightlights I had wanted to see and some I had never even heard of eg Lake Peyto

Overview

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.

No meals included

UK - Vancouver

Day
1

Fly to Vancouver where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Vancouver

Day
2

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.

Vancouver - ferry crossing - Victoria

Day
3

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.

Victoria

Day
4

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.

Victoria - Chemainus - Port Hardy

Day
5

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.

Port Hardy - Inside Passage Cruise - Prince Rupert

Day
6

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.

Prince Rupert

Day
7

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.

Prince Rupert - VIA Rail® Jasper-Prince Rupert train - Prince George

Day
8

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.

Prince George - Mount Robson - Jasper National Park

Day
9

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.

Jasper

Day
10

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.

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff

Day
11

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 - Banff National Park - Banff

Day
12

Banff is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts with many summer activities including hiking and horseback riding.

Banff - Calgary - UK

Day
13

Transfer to Calgary Airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

Things to note

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

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Vancouver - Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown City Centre

Located centrally in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is walking distance to Robson Street shopping and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is only a couple of minutes' walk from the Sandman Hotel.

  • Location

    180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4, Canada

  • Facilities

    • WiFi available
    • Restaurant
    • Fitness Centre
    • Swimming Pool
    • Bar/Lounge

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Port Hardy - Kwa'lilas Hotel

Some room provide an exception view of the oceans and mountain whilst all rooms have 42"flat screen cable TVs as well as ensuite bathrooms with free toiletries.

  • Location

    9040 Granville St, Port Hardy, BC V0N 2P0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available

Prince Rupert - Pacific Inn

Relax in the comfort of your rooms with the cable TV with a wide variety of channels, take a bath in your ensuite bathroom whilst using your free provided designer toiletries. Free newspapers are provided in the inns lobby that are available for you to read anytime during your stay.

  • Location

    909 3 Ave W, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1M9, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • WiFi available
    • Room service available

Prince George - Sandman Hotel Prince George

These stunning rooms with exterior entrances include free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers this can help you relax after your busy day. You don't even have to leave your room to get food as this hotel has free Wifi.

  • Location

    1650 Central St E, Prince George, BC V2M 3C2, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant
    • Free WiFi
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool

Jasper - Chateau Jasper

Located in the depths of a ski resort provides extensive views of the surrounding mountains. Each room has a flat screen TV and air conditioning as well as free toiletries for all guests. There is also a luxurious hot tub and swimming pool onsite for use to relax and enjoy the surrounding views.

  • Location

    96 Geikie St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available
    • Room service available
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Banff - Mount Royal Hotel

Mount Royal Hotel is situated in the mountains and provides an amazing view across the mountains. They provide a very modern experience with their hotel that’s design and decor reflects their heritage.

  • Location

    138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Wifi available

Calgary International Hotel

A flat-screen TV, seating area, and CD player and dining area are provided in each air-conditioned room. A microwave, refrigerator, and coffee machine with gourmet coffee and tea are offered. Featuring a shower, private bathrooms also come with a bath and free toiletries.

  • Location

    220 4 Avenue Southwest, T2P 0H5 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

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