Grand Western Canada

  • 14 Days

  • Western Canada

  • Active pace

All the drama of Canada’s rugged beauty and the elegance and historic charms of its cities: cruise island-peppered straits, sample the delights of British Columbia’s wine country, and journey through its glacial mountains.

Your journey starts here

Highlights

VIP private home pick-up service
Flights
Transfers
Services of a tour director
Accommodation
Selected meals
Porterage
All airport taxes
  • 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 18th May 2018

Meals included: 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners

Overview

All the drama of Canada’s rugged beauty and the elegance and historic charms of its cities: cruise island-peppered straits, sample the delights of British Columbia’s wine country, and journey through its glacial mountains.

At a glance

  • Vancouver Explore the evergreen forests and totem poles of Stanley Park.
  • Shannon Falls Stop at these roaring Shannon Falls.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the Ice Explorer across the 1,200 ft thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Banff National Park Take the Banff Gondola to Sulphur Mountain for epic panoramic views.
  • British Columbia's Wine Country Enjoy a special dinner at a local winery in Kelowna.

Extensions

  • 7 nights Alaska cruise

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

Day 1

UK - Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver, the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. On arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening join your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vancouver - Victoria

This morning, enjoy a tour Vancouver that includes the waterfront, Chinatown and Stanley Park with it's old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Later, continue to the ferry to Vancouver Island and the charming city of Victoria. Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens that is followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. Major attractions that will be seen on an orientation tour of Victoria include the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Victoria

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Victoria further. Perhaps, join an optional excursion whale watching or browse the elegant shops on Government Street. Why not enjoy a traditional afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel overlooking the bay?

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Victoria - Whistler

Today, board a BC Ferry and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for it's Mediterranean-type climate. Enjoy a stop at Shannon Falls, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. Continue to the resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. There will be time to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympic sites.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Whistler

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. Perhaps enjoy a trip on Whistler's Peak2Peak Gondola that connects Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. There is incredible scenery and photo opportunities along the longest unsupported gondola span in the world.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Whistler - Sun Peaks

This morning, enjoy a visit and a private breakfast at the Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, travel north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. There is spectacular scenery on route past rolling hills, deeply incised rivers and sparkling lakes. Arrive this afternoon in Sun Peaks where the rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Sun Peaks - Jasper

Today still heading north follow the Yellowhead Highway that hugs the mighty North Thompson River into Alberta. See the base of 12,972 Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering Jasper National Park. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Jasper

Enjoy a short sightseeing to see Jasper's unspoilt beauty and later travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to Spirit Island. See Maligne Canyon on the return to Jasper.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200 ft thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer Ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savour stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls and massive glaciers. Continue up Bow Pass for views of Peyto Lake. Next, is a stop at Lake Louise, whose aqua marine waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Arrive later in Banff National Park.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Banff

Today, sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff Gondola, complete with panoramic views of the spectacular scenery. Included is a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos (naturally sculptured rock formations). The rest of the day is at leisure before dinner at a local restaurant.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Banff - Yoho National Park - Glacier National Park - BC Wine Country

Today, cross the continental Divide via Kicking horse Pass into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 ft on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada's Glacier National Park. Start descending into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. There is a special dinner this evening at a local winery.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

British Columbia's Wine Country - Vancouver

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before travelling over the Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. The remainder of the day is at leisure before joining the Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Vancouver - UK

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay with an Alaskan Cruise.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Vancouver: Georgian Court
  • Victoria: Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour
  • Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • Sun Peaks: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
  • Jasper: Sawridge Inn
  • Banff: Banff Park Lodge
  • Kelowna: Delta Grand Okanagan

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

 

 

Latest customer reviews

6th September 2017

Brilliant experience - fantastic sights and experiences. The negative was the long travel sometimes for only one night stop overs then up and out before dawn next day - overall too tiring. Better to have a couple of two night stays mixed in with free time to allow it all to soak in and to be less tired for onward journey.

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