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Western Canada Explorer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £4,384

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Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 18 days

  • Western USA

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour. You’ll overnight in Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Cranbrook, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 1000-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, and more. These exciting adventures, along with a western barbeque in Banff National Park and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise waters and amazing scenery.

Enjoy free time to explore Jasper National Park and Banff National Park during your 3-night stays at both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of tranquillity and natural beauty, and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known internationally as the "Castle of the Rockies." Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea during your two nights at Victoria’s historic Fairmont Empress.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle all of the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.

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

 

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Stunning lakes, towering peaks, breathtaking landscapes, and thrilling experiences describe this Canadian Rockies tour. You’ll overnight in Vancouver, Seattle, Spokane, Cranbrook, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Whistler, and Victoria.

Tour highlights include a ride on the Ice Explorer on the 1000-foot Athabasca Glacier and a river safari on the Blue River, where you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife such as bears, eagles, moose, and more. These exciting adventures, along with a western barbeque in Banff National Park and a salmon barbecue in Lillooet, are special experiences Globus includes to make your Canadian Rockies tour a once-in-a-lifetime holiday. Other tour highlights include a cruise on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies; a trip to Moraine Lake, where 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the lake’s tranquil waters; a walk in Maligne Canyon to see unique rock formations and waterfalls; and a visit to Emerald Lake, where you’ll witness turquoise waters and amazing scenery.

Enjoy free time to explore Jasper National Park and Banff National Park during your 3-night stays at both the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of tranquillity and natural beauty, and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known internationally as the "Castle of the Rockies." Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea during your two nights at Victoria’s historic Fairmont Empress.

This is just a small sampling of the many experiences and stunning scenery included on this Canadian Rockies tour. Let Globus handle all of the details while you sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Total meals included:

  • 15 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners

UK - Vancouver

Day
1

Fly to Seattle where on arrival transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Vancouver

Day
2

This morning, enjoy BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Pentiction

Day
3

This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure Mecca.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Penticton. Excursion to Kelowna

Day
4

Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Penticton - Yoho National Park - Banff National Park

Day
5

Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognised as the “Castle of the Rockies.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Banff National Park

Day
6

A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter sightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park

Day
7

Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park – Lake Louise

Day
8

This morning, travel to 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, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-coloured water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
9

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750-foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper National Park. Excursion to Maligne Lake

Day
10

This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and 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 your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Jasper National Park

Day
11

Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favourite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper National Park - Blue River - Kamloops

Day
12

Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Kamloops - Lillooet - Whistler

Day
13

Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains more than 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Whistler – Victoria

Day
14

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 evening is at your leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria

Day
15

Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
16

This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

UK

Day
17

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Home landing in the UK

Day
18

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

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