Get picked up at home and whisked off to your departure point (within 50 miles).
Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 3 dinners
Take off on an exhilarating journey through the incredible Rocky Mountains in Canada. Breathe in the alpine air of Banff and Jasper, spot grizzlies and moose on a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake and feel the wheels of the Ice Explorer coach crunch across the 1,200ft-thick ice of the Athabasca Glacier on this all-terrain adventure.
Fly to Vancouver where on arrival transfer to your hotel. This evening meet your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
This morning, enjoy a tour of Vancouver that includes the waterfront, Chinatown and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Later, continue on the ferry to Vancouver Island and the charming city of Victoria. Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and then attend 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.
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?
Today, board a BC Ferry and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its 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.
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 are incredible scenery and photo opportunities along the longest unsupported gondola span in the world.
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 a route passing rolling hills, deeply incised rivers and sparkling lakes. Arrive this afternoon in Sun Peaks where the rest of the day is at leisure.
Today head north to 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.
Enjoy a short sightseeing trip 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.
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 aquamarine waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Arrive later in Banff National Park.
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). This evening join your Tour Director for a Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to Calgary airport for your flight to the UK.
Accommodation as stated or similar
This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.
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.