Seattle & the Highlights of the Canadian Rockies

  • 18 Days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

Explore some of the most vibrant cities in the Pacific Northwest before getting close to nature in the Canadian Rockies on this Platinum tour. Explore Vancouver, Seattle and Victoria, take in historic Lake Louise, cross the immense 12,000ft Athabasca Glacier, and recharge your batteries in Jasper National Park.

Your journey starts here

New for 2018

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

  • Day 15

  • Day 16

  • Day 17

  • Day 18

of 18 days

Your detailed itinerary

Tour departing on 10th May 2018

Meals included: 16 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners

Overview

At a glance

  • Vancouver: See the intricately carved Stanley Park totem poles
  • Seattle: Pike Place Market has been serving customers since 1907
  • Banff: Explore Banff National Park and check into the 'Castle of the Rockies'
  • Athabasca Glacier: Ride an Ice Explorer on the glacier and see the thundering Athabasca Falls 
  • Jasper: Relax in Jasper National Park 
  • Victoria: Explore the capital city of British Columbia

Day 1

UK - Vancouver

Fly to Seattle where on arrival transfer to your hotel. Meet your travelling companions and tour director this evening for a welcome drink.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 2

Vancouver - Seattle

This morning's city tour includes the harbour, beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This afternoon travel to the Emerald City of Seattle.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 3

Seattle

Seattle sightseeing includes Pike Place Market, Pioneer Square, Seattle's  original downtown and the city's diverse neighborhoods. After lunch at a waterside restaurant, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Suggestions include a trip to the top of the Space Needle for amazing views of the city below, visit the original Starbucks store, take a tour of underground Seattle, or spend time at the Museum of Pop Culture.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 4

Seattle - Leavenworth - Spokane

Depart Seattle and stop in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. There will be time to stroll the charming streets of town, visit the Nutcracker Museum or sample local fare. Arrive in Spokane later this afternoon where the evening is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 5

Spokane - Cranbrook

Start the day with sightseeing of Spokane, including Manito Park Gardens. Then, travel along the scenic Pend Oreille River into Idaho. Stop in charming Sandpoint, nestled on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille. There will be time to browse the boutiques and galleries before crossing back into Canada and the former railway town of Cranbrook. Dinner this evening is at your resort.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 6

Cranbrook - Fort Steele - Banff

Visit the restored town of Fort Steele, where fortunes were made during the Kootenay Gold Rush. Next, drive through the steep red cliffs of Sinclair Canyon and Kootenay National Park before entering Banff National Park, the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Sightseeing    in Banff includes stops at Bow Falls and the Hoodos. Accommodation for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel that was opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognised as the "Castle of the Rockies."

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 7

Banff

Enjoy a day at leisure to enjoy all that Banff has to offer. Perhaps take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip with dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff. This evening, enjoy a  Western BBQ featuring Prime Alberta Beef and musical entertainment.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 8

Banff

An additional day to explore more of Banff. Suggestions include a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, a stroll along the Bow River, or a relaxing soak at the Miette Hot Springs.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 9

Banff - Lake Louise

En Route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies - Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, visit Natural Bridge where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy the views of the turquoise coloured water and spectacular scenery. Later, arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, at your historic resort.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 10

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to Jasper National Park. Ride an exciting Ice Explorer on the 1,200-foot-Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a three night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 11

Jasper - Maligne Lake - Jasper

This morning, enjoy a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at Maligne Canyon where a short walk reveals  unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 12

Jasper

Enjoy a day at leisure to further discover Jasper

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 13

Jasper - Blue River - Kamloops

Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a River Safari. Travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk and more. Continue to Kamloops.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 14

Kamloops - Lilooet - Whistler

Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the Xwisten Archeological Site which contains over 80 identified pit houses, the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a  Salmon BBQ along with traditional dishes such as bannock and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympic games.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 15

Whistler - Victoria

Catch a BC Ferry to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park. This rest of the day is at leisure.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 16

Victoria

A full free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. Perhaps,  join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, enjoy afternoon tea at the historic Empress Hotel, or sample local ales at one of the city's local craft brew pubs. Join the Tour Director this evening for a festive farewell dinner.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 17

Victoria - Vancouver - UK

Transfer by ferry to Vancouver and then the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Day 18

Home landing in the UK

Meals included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Hotels

  • Vancouver: Georgian Court
  • Seattle: Seattle
  • Spokane: Hotel RL Spokane at the Park
  • Cranbrook: Prestige Rocky Mountain Resort Cranbrook
  • Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Jasper: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Kamloops: South Thompson Inn & Conference Centre
  • Whistler: Fairmont Chateau Whistler
  • Victoria: Fairmont Empress

Notes

Accommodation as stated or similar

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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