Canadian Rockies Trail
The Rocky Mountains are your gateway to Canada. Experience hot springs, glacial ice fields, and breathtaking views of soaring peaks. Journey over rolling foothills and through interior canyons, and discover the frontier legends of homesteaders, cowboys, and gold seekers. The mountain park settings of Banff, Jasper and Whistler give way to the port cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Revel in the Pacific experience from awesome coastal scenery to boat cruises across blue-water straits where whales travel and bald eagles soar. Ocean, mountains and lively communities with famous Western hospitality - this trip has it all!
- Breathtaking Banff National Park
- Fascinating Icefields Parkway
- Lake Louise
- Jagged mountains of Whistler
- The garden City of Victoria
- Vibrant Vancouver
Welcome to Calgary. After an individual transfer to your centrally localated hotel, enjoy free time to explore before meeting your Tour Director. Take the time to explore the Old West at the Glenbow Museum or Fort Calgary, browse through Eu Claire Market, or ride up the Calgary Tower. Overnight Calgary.
Calgary - Banff National Park
We begin the day with a city tour of Calgary. Leaving the city, we travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway into the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies soon fill the horizon as we approach Banff National Park, and arrive in the charming resort town of Banff. Overnight Banff (B).
Banff National Park
Today we will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada's first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour will give you the chance to see the eastern rangers of the Rocky Mountains. Alternatively, you can take an optional gondola ride to spectacular Sulphur Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stoll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Overnight in Banff (B).
Banff National Park - Jasper National Park
Today's journey through Banff and Jasper National Parks promises to be a highlight of our Rockies Trail tour. Shortly after leaving Banff we visit the famous scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. Afterwards, we travel north on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic moutnain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield we board a specially contsructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Close to Jasper, you will have the chance to go on a optional raft trip on the Athabasca River. Your experienced guide will point out the natural and human history as you raft through short rapids and stretches of calm waters. Overnight in Jasper (B).
Jasper National Park - Kamloops
Before leaving Jasper National Park this morning, you can take part in an optional Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake, the most picturesque and largest glacier-fed lake in the park. You may alternatively take an optional motorcycle tour of Jasper, riding in the comfortable sidecar with an unmatched view of the forests and mountains. We then travel west along the Yellowhead Highway and into the heartland of British Columbia. Breathtaking, unspoiled vistas await visitors in every season of the year. The route takes us along the Thompson River through the picturesque Shuswap Highlands. Overnight in Kamloops (B).
Kamloops - Whistler
Prepare for a day of dramatic scenery changes as we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. A journey along the Duffey Lake Road exposes new vistas at every turn. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Whistler (B).
Whistler - Victoria
The Sea-to-Sky Highway leads us south through spectacular coastal scenery. You will visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge suspended high above a magnificent canyon. From Horseshoe Bay, we cruise by ferry accross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and continue by coach to Victoria, British Columbia's capital city. Arriving in Victoria, we embark on a city tour of this former British enclave. Overnight in Victoria (B).
Proud of her maritime heritage, Victoria has retained a quaint, colonial demeanour evident in the many 19th century landmarks throughout the city. Today we treat ourselves to a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens. Time will be allocated here for browsing through the regal gardens set in a reclaimed stone quarry. You can take part in an optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with Olympic Mountains in the distance. You can also go on an optional Whalewatching Excursion aboard a Zodiac or regular vessel. Whatch for magnificent orcas and the abundance of marine wildlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city's delights. Overnight in Victoria (B).
Victoria - Vancouver
We continue through the resort region of the Gulf Islands to the oceanside city of Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver we will enjoy an interesting tour of the city, including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown, and much more. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration or simple relaxation. This evening features our farewell dinner. Overnight in Vancouver (B, D).
Today is the time for last minute shopping and sad farewells. Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight - or speak to us about extending your holiday in Vancouver or adding on a once in a lifetime Alaska cruise (B).
- Professional tour manager for the duration of the trip
- Transportation by modern tour coach and ferry cruise to Vancouver Island
- Superior accommodation throughout
- 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
- Sightseeing as specified
2020 Guaranteed Departures: June 11, July 16, August 20, September 03.