Book a 2018 holiday before 14 August and our home pick-up service is doubled to 100 miles.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Step into a world of wonder, fun, and Wild West excitement. In the evening, watch the heart-stopping chuck wagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring nonstop entertainment by internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders perform a world-class rodeo display. After the Calgary Stampede, experience a combination of glittering cities and mountainous scenery, with an overnight rail journey through the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Ocean on VIA Rail 'The Canadian' train.
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Fly to Calgary where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the Calgary Stampede grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping Chuckwagon Races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor Stage Show featuring hundreds of singers, dancers and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.
Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.
The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into Banff National Park.
Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, why not join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River? In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in Jasper National Park.
Perhaps join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.
On VIA Rail’s the ‘Canadian’, a late-afternoon departure allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit.
Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s beautiful beaches and harbour, Chinatown, Gastown and lovely Stanley Park.
This morning, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles
Morning departure for Vancouver. Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver or on an Alaska cruise.
VIA Rail 'The Canadian' Service
Renovated rail cars; impeccable service; delicious regional cuisine served in the Dining Car; comfortable berths with bed turn-down service; in-car shower access and personal toiletry kit; towels included; private bedroom in Sleeper Plus Class; Skyline Car with dome seating and lounge area; Park Car access
Important: Suitcases that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Vancouver and will not be accessible until Vancouver. Pack an overnight case to weigh no heavier than 25lbs.
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
Accomodation as stated or similar
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