9 nights. April 2021 - October 2022. From £1915.00.
Canada's spectacular scenery
Make one of the world's must-do journeys through Canada's breathtaking scenery to Vancouver and Victoria - two of British Columbia's most charming cities. Discover the glories of Western Canada as you journey from the Stampede City of Calgary, via majestic Banff and its scenic heights, past sparkling Lake Louise to historic Jasper and its National Park. A stay in beautiful resort Sun Peaks is followed by the journey down to welcoming Vancouver, Canada's most liveable city, before your holiday ends with a stay in unashamedly "British" Victoria, British Columbia's charming capital on delightful Vancouver Island.
What's IncludedNine nights' room-only accommodation in a series of good quality hotels, plus one night on the aircraft
Return flights to Calgary (returning from Vancouver)
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
Holiday HighlightsStay in Banff, the capital of the Rockies
Enjoy a two-night stay in the alpine town of Jasper
Follow the Icefields Parkway, via Lake Louise
Discover Vancouver - frequently voted one of the world's best cities to live in
Discover Vancouver - frequently voted one of the world's best cities to live in
Spend a night in the mountain resort of Sun Peaks
Stay two nights in the pretty harbourside city of Victoria
Discover Jasper National Park and Maligne Lake on an optional excursion
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Day 1Fly direct to the oil-and-cattle town of Calgary, meet your tour manager and journey into the Rockies, to majestic Banff.
Day 2Explore the Rockies' delightful, bustling Rockies’ capital, and take the opportunity to join a choice of memorable optional excursions, which include a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, and an unforgettable helicopter ride. Spend your second evening in Banff soaking up the atmosphere of this mountain paradise, and perhaps dining out in one of the town's vast choice of restaurants and bars.
Day 3Today you’ll travel by coach along the Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic routes, and call at beautiful Lake Louise whose turquoise waters are set against the backdrop of Victoria Glacier. From there, you’ll continue to Jasper for a two-night stay at the entrance to the scenic Jasper National Park.
Day 4Rest and relax at the hotel, discover Jasper at your leisure, or perhaps joining today’s scenic optional excursion, which will include a ride on the historic Jasper Skytram – Canada’s longest cable car - and a journey to spectacular Maligne Lake. For the young at heart there's also the chance to join an exciting optional Jasper Motorcycle Tour - an exhilarating adventure on the back of (or in a sidecar attached to) a Harley Davidson ridden by a professional rider.
Day 5The visual feast of Canadian scenery continues, today, as you head past majestic Mount Robson, Canada’s highest peak, and along the Yellowhead Highway. You'll spend your last night in the Rockies in the delightful British Columbian mountain village of Sun Peaks. Rest and relax in the resort, which shelters beneath Tod Mountain and boasts British Columbia’s highest golf course as well as a choice of bars and restaurants.
Day 6Bid farewell to the high mountains and head further west, today . You'll pass the frontier town of Kamloops, and journey through the coastal ranges on the final western section of the famous Trans-Canada Highway, as you head to lively, waterfront Vancouver.
Day 7Join today’s optional guided tour of delightful Vancouver. Highlights will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You’ll also cross into the leafy suburbs of ‘North Van’ for the chance to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge – which stretches 450ft across Capilano River. Afterwards, you'll have the rest of the day free.
Day 8Journey to the ferry and cross the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, before heading on to the unashamedly "British" capital of British Columbia, Victoria. Spend two nights in this charming city, and take the opportunity to discover the Royal B.C. Museum, vast parliament buildings and grand Empress Hotel.
Day 9Spend a today exploring Victoria under your own steam. Alternatively, join this morning’s optional excursion to world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed. This afternoon, you can complete your stay – and your Canadian adventure – by joining our optional whale-watching cruise, for the chance to spot orca, killer, humpback and grey whales.
Day 10Board the ferry back to the mainland this morning, and head to Vancouver Airport to board your overnight flight home.
Day 11Early this morning you'll arrive back in the UK after an unforgettable holiday to Canada. Back to top
Hotel transfer timesThe transfer time from the airport to your hotel is 1.5 hours from Calgary and four hours to Vancouver.
Grizzly Bear Valley CruiseThis excursion on Day Five will include an hour-long guided cruise into Grizzly Bear Valley, and will be available on all departures in June and September.
Passports and visasBritish citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure atwww.canada.ca/eta. The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Foreign Office travel adviceVisit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Helicopter flightsSightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
TippingGratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
SmokingSmoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flightAll outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
Luggage allowanceYou are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Special requirementsIf you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Disabled accessThe majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Itinerary changesOccasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotelsShould circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.]Please note that on 2019 departures, nights 6-7 will be based in the Century Plaza, Vancouver, instead of the Sandman Davie.
Hotel roomsStandard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group. Back to top