Canadian Rockies

  • 14 Days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

Iconic mountain ranges, elegant resort towns and eye-catching, glacial scenery: our Canadian Rockies tour delivers you into the heart of British Columbia. Hear stories of gold rush fever, sample wares from Okanagan Lake’s orchards and vineyards; and scale mountain passes to reach the Columbia Icefield.

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Highlights

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

  • Day 1

  • Day 2

  • Day 3

  • Day 4

  • Day 5

  • Day 6

  • Day 7

  • Day 8

  • Day 9

  • Day 10

  • Day 11

  • Day 12

  • Day 13

  • Day 14

of 14 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 4th May 2018

Overview

Iconic mountain ranges, elegant resort towns and eye-catching, glacial scenery: our Canadian Rockies tour delivers you into the heart of British Columbia. Hear stories of gold rush fever, sample wares from Okanagan Lake’s orchards and vineyards; and scale mountain passes to reach the Columbia Icefield.

At a glance

  • Vancouver's Stanley Park Explore its scenic beaches.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer on ice 1,200 feet thick.
  • Jasper National Park See the striking mirror-like turquoise waters of Lake Louise.
  • Mount Robson Stand at the base of the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Whistler Explore this scenic resort town.

Extensions

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

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

Day 1

UK - Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver where you will be transferred to your hotel for two nights.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vancouver

Elegantly situated at the edge of downtown Vancouver, Stanley Park is one of the city’s most appealing places to visit, with scenic beaches, well-preserved trails and Canada’s largest aquarium. This morning’s sightseeing also includes time to explore Chinatown and Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown, which sprang up from a single tavern back in 1867. For the afternoon, shoppers and browsers can take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians and waterfront cafés.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Vancouver - Kelowna

Today travel to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake, and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample the local wines on the winery tour this afternoon. Stay overnight.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Kelowna - Rogers Pass - Banff National Park

Journey through the fruit orchards and nut trees of the Okanagan Valley, home to the indigenous Syilx people; and on towards the mighty Glacier National Park via the Rogers Pass. With time to snap the jagged mountain peaks and glaciers at the 4,379 ft high pass, you’ll move on to Yoho National Park; where it’ll be quite clear why the name Yoho comes from the Cree word for awe and wonder as you climb Kicking Horse Pass at 5,421ft. Early this evening you will reach Banff National Park, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Banff

Ideally situated in the province of Alberta and Banff National Park, Banff is one of Canada’s favourite year-round resort towns. Today is a free day to explore its elegant thoroughfares and boutiques; or for the more adventurous, maybe a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

A day of striking visual drama at Lake Louise, whose perfect turquoise waters are a natural mirror to the surrounding peaks and glaciers. As your coach scales mountain passes and snakes through precipitous gorges, you’ll pass snow-capped mountain ranges on your journey to Jasper. But not before a stop at the Columbia Icefield to ride the Ice Explorer on ice that is 1,200 feet thick!

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Jasper

A full day at leisure to explore Jasper. There is an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, with a narrated cruise of the lake. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Jasper - Mount Robson - Sun Peaks

Head out from Jasper along the Fraser River, once route to prospectors during the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush and British Columbia's longest river. Arrive at the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. The Yellowhead Highway continues along the Thompson River with dramatic vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Stay overnight in the alpine setting of Sun Peaks.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Sun Peaks - Lillooet - Whistler

Today trace the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail, considered one of the most difficult engineering feats of the British Empire; and a legacy of British Columbia’s Gold Rush era of the 1850s and 1960s. Travel via Lillooet, and follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes with a late afternoon arrival in Whistler.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Whistler.

Spend a free day exploring the attractive resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of Blackcomb Mountain. Host to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the town’s Olympic legacies such as Whistler Olympic Park and Sliding Centre, and the iconic Olympic Rings monument, make for great photo opportunities.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Whistler - ferry crossing - Victoria

Today, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the scenic inlets of the Gulf Islands, known for their Mediterranean-like climate, for an afternoon arrival in Victoria; British Columbia’s small but perfectly formed capital city. Sight-see along Marine Drive and relax in Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its striking collection of totem poles and other First Nation monuments. This afternoon visit world famous Butchart Gardens, one of Victoria's most celebrated sites and rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Stroll the elegant arrangements of its Sunken Garden, English Rose Garden and the ever-changing Ross Fountain.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Victoria

A free day to discover some of the city’s other attractions; including the Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fine shopping along Government Street.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Victoria - Vancouver - UK

Early this morning board the ferry for a scenic crossing to Vancouver for a mid-morning arrival. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver, Hawaii or on an Alaska cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Vancouver: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown City Centre
  • Kelowna: Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre
  • Banff: Mount Royal Hotel
  • Jasper: Marmot Lodge
  • Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Lodge
  • Whistler: Listel Hotel Whistler
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Notes

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

22nd June 2017

The tour guide plays a major roll in ensuring you have an enjoyable trip, Lynda brown was just perfect. Knowledge , well organised and such a gracious lady, our driver John keep us safe during the long road trip through the rockies . A great experience and throughly recommended and good value for money .

12th June 2017

Well planned and executed, thought put into all the visited places! Pleased most of the people, most of the time!

9th June 2017

Very good balance of touring, optional activities and time for own activities. Superb guide - Doug Miller and driver Todd Leslie maximised our enjoyment.

18th October 2016

I took the last Canadian Rockies tour of 2016 and found it to be very well organised by an excellent tour guide called Brad. The trip took us to all the prime locations for the stunning scenery. The hotels were all of a high standard and well placed near the locations centre. I would liked to have had more photo stops though as there was so much to see.

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