9 nights. April 2019 - October 2020. From £1879.00.
Journey through the breathtaking scenery of the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia's glittering jewels.
Experience the glories of Western Canada as you journey from 'Stampede Town' 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 - and perhaps a scenic river cruise - is followed by the journey down to glittering Vancouver and its wonders, before the journey is completed with a stay in unashamedly 'British' Victoria, B.C.'s charming capital, on delightful Vancouver Island.
Tour Highlights And InclusionsEnjoy two nights in Banff, the majestic Rockies' capital
Journey to 'Gem of the Rockies' Jasper, via turquoise Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
Discover Jasper National Park and Maligne Lake on an optional excursion
Overnight in mountain resort Sun Peaks
June and September depar tures include a 'Grizzly Bear Valley' river cruise
Spend two nights in glittering Vancouver - often voted 'best place in the world to live'
Cross to pretty Vancouver Island two spend two last nights in provincial capital Victoria
Nine nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (2), Sun Peaks (1), Vancouver (2) and Victoria (2)
Flights from the UK to Calgary, returning from Vancouver
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager Single rooms are available for a supplement
*June and September departures only
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 OneFly direct to oil and cattle town Calgary, meet your tour manager and journey up into the majestic Rockies, to majestic Banff.
Day TwoExplore the 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 a second evening in Banff, soaking up the atmosphere of this mountain paradise, and perhaps dining out in a vast choice of restaurants and bars to suit all tastes and pockets.
Day ThreeToday you'll travel by coach along the renowned Icefields Parkway, one of North America's most scenic routes, calling at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier. You'll continue on to Jasper, at the gateway to the scenic Jasper National Park, where you'll enjoy a two-night stay in this historic Rockies' railroad town.
Day FourRest and relax at the hotel, enjoying the railroad-town surroundings of Jasper, or join one of today's optional excursions. Ride the historic Jasper Skytram - Canada's longest - to witness spectacular views of Jasper and its mountainous backdrop, or take a ride on the back of (or in a sidecar beside) a Harley Davidson motorcycle piloted by a professional rider. An unforgettable hour of breathtaking scenery, twists and turns will take you to Jasper's beautiful valleys and turquoise blue lakes.
Day FiveThe scenic feast continues as you head past majestic Mount Robson, Canada's highest peak, and along the Yellowhead Highway for a last overnight Rockies' stay in the delightful British Columbian mountain village Sun Peaks. Rest and relax in the resort, set beneath Tod Mountain and boasting British Columbia's highest golf course as well as a choice of bars and restaurants.
Day SixBid farwell to the high mountains this morning, and head further west, passing 'frontier town Kamloops and journeying through the coastal ranges on the final western section of the famous Trans-Canada Highway, to the glittering waterfront city of Vancouver, for a two-night stay. Waste no time in savouring the atmosphere of the beautiful place often
voted 'best place in the world to live'.
Day SevenJoin today's optional guided city tour and get to know 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. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Vancouver at your leisure.
Day EightJourney to the ferry and cross the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, before heading on to the unashamedly 'British' capital of British Columbia, charming Victoria, with its Royal B.C. Museum, vast parliament buildings and grand Empress Hotel, for a two-night stay in this truly delightful city.
Day NineEnjoy a free day in Victoria, exploring under your own steam, or 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 the optional 'Whale Watch' cruise, for the chance perhaps to spot orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment.
Day 10Board the ferry back to the mainland this morning, and head on to Vancouver Airport and the return overnight flight.
Day 11Arrive back in the UK, at the end of a wonderful holiday. Back to top
AccommodationCanadian Rockies Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.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 at www.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