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12 Day Best Value Tour Canadian Rockies

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12 Day Best Value Tour Canadian Rockies

Visit Vancouver and Explore delightful Victoria before travelling high into the majestic Canadian Rockies. You'll be awe-struck by views of alpine peaks and sparkling blue lakes as you enter Alberta. See National Parks, ride on a glacier and descend into the lush Okanagan Valley.

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Start your trip in stunningly beautiful Vancouver and see why this cosmopolitan city is consistently named one of the best places to live. Explore delightful Victoria filled with British charm before travelling high into the majestic Canadian Rockies. You'll be awe-struck by views of alpine peaks and sparkling blue lakes as you enter Alberta one of the most breathtaking places on earth. Enjoy spectacular National Parks, take a ride on a glacier and descend into the lush Okanagan Valley before returning to Vancouver where an optional Alaskan cruise awaits.

Day by day

First Day Welcome to Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

Hotel:   Georgian Court

Second Day Sightseeing in Vancouver then its onto Victoria

Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Vancouver, one of the world's most naturally beautiful cities. Explore historic Gastown, the city's oldest neighbourhood, designated a National Historical Site in 2009. At Stanley Park, view the famous collection of totem poles and enjoy lovely views from Prospect Point. Reach the coast and board the ferry for the crossing to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy picturesque views of the many islands dotting the Strait of Georgia before docking at Swartz Bay. A short drive takes you into charming Victoria, the capital City of British Columbia. Your introductory sightseeing tour takes you along the waterfront district, past the Parliament Buildings and Government Street.

Hotel:    Georgian Court

Third Day enjoy Sightseeing and Free Time in Victoria

This morning, head for Butchart Gardens and start with an Iconic Breakfast at the Blue Poppy Restaurant with its conservatory atmosphere where light pours in through skylights and windows face the stunning gardens. Then roam one of the world's greatest floral displays in the amazing 55 magnificent acres of flowers and show gardens. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many delights Victoria has to offer. Perhaps visit The Royal BC Museum, one of the finest in Canada. Another popular option in Victoria is whale watching as you cruise along the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca for the best views of whales and fantastic photo opportunities, all the while being entertained and educated by the industry's best marine adventure guides.

Hotel:   Comfort Inn and Suites

Fourth Day we journey from Victoria to Whistler

Travel to Chemainus, a seaside community that is renowned for its Mural Project-a series of giant outdoor wall murals. Then ride the ferry across the Georgia Strait back to the mainland at Horseshoe Bay. Travel along the Sea-to-Sky Highway offering stunning scenic ocean vistas of Howe Sound, soaring mountains, dramatic waterfalls and bustling communities. Stop at Shannon Falls Provincial Park to view the spectacular waterfalls, the third highest in the province of British Columbia. Arrive at the quaint alpine village of Whistler, co-host to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Hotel:   Pinnacle Hotel, Whistler Village

Fifth Day explore Whistler at your Leisure

Spend a full day at leisure in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled between the breathtaking Blackcomb and Whistler mountains. Explore the village at your own pace and relax at one of the many outdoor venues; perhaps visit the excellent Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center, where the Squamish and Lil'wat people invite you to learn about the cultures of the First Nations of BC. Join one of the many optional excursions, including zip-lining, white water rafting, or a thrilling ride aboard the Peak-to-Peak Gondola, as you glide along the world's longest unsupported span-the gondola is also the highest lift of its kind, linking the Roundhouse Lodge on Whistler Mountain and the Rendezvous Restaurant on Blackcomb Mountain. Other activities include flight-seeing over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Hotel:    Pinnacle Hotel, Whistler Village

Sixth Day we travel to Sun Peaks

Follow the scenic Duffy Lake Road along the shores of Duffy and Seton Lakes via Lillooet, "Mile 0" of the Gold Rush Route. Follow the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail, one of the most difficult construction jobs in the British Empire, before reaching Sun Peaks, British Columbia's premier sky resort.

Hotel:   Sun Peaks Lodge

Seventh Day scenic drive to Jasper

Drive through white-fenced ranch lands and follow the Yellowhead Highway, catching a glimpse of the snow-capped Columbia Mountains in the distance. Enjoy views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies and enter Jasper National Park. Arrive in the township of Jasper, nestled inside Jasper National Park. A brief tour gives you an overview of this charming laidback mountain resort.

Hotel:   Marmot Lodge

Eight Day its Free Time at jasper National Park

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the largest National Park of the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of the area will leave you breathless. Optional activities abound-from a gentle float trip on the scenic Bow River, to a glacier hike on Mount Edith Cavell, or a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island. The choice is entirely yours and your Travel Director is on hand to help you plan your day's activities.

Hotel:    Marmot Lodge

Ninth Day go along Icefields Parkway to lake Louise then onto Banff 

Proceed along the world-renowned Icefields Parkway amidst stunning vistas of deep green forests, snow covered mountains, hanging glaciers and towering peaks. Sightseeing stops along this beautiful highway include Athabasca Falls, the Columbia Icefield, Bow and Peyto Lakes and Crowfoot Glacier. Keep your camera ready as you look for wandering wildlife. Stop at the Columbia Icefield for a ride on a specially designed Ice Explorer. Wind your way along Glacier Trail and drive right on to the surface of the massive Athabasca Glacier. Learn about the Columbia Icefield, the power of glaciers and the early explorers who discovered them. Another stop is at the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies"-exquisite Lake Louise, offering quintessential Canadian Rockies scenery with its sparkling blue water lake, nestled at the base of the impressive Victoria Glacier. Continue along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway and arrive at the quaint township of Banff, inside Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hotel:   Banff Voyager Inn

Tenth Day see the sights of Banff with Free Time 

Your morning sightseeing tour of Banff includes the sights of Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain. Few towns in the world boast as beautiful a setting as Banff. The mighty Bow River courses right through town, while massive mountains rear up around the outskirts of the township. The rest of the day is free for you to pursue your own interests. To see more of this beautiful area, perhaps take an optional gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain to experience stunning views of six mountain ranges and the village below or ride aboard a helicopter for one of the most epic adventures in the Canadian Rockies.

Hotel:    Banff Voyager Inn

Eleventh Day we head to Kelowna

Drive across the Continental Divide at Kicking Horse Pass and stop at Spiral Tunnels, a feat of early engineering for one of the steepest railroad stretches in the world. Then, it's on through Yoho National Park and across Roger's Pass in Canada's Glacier National Park. Pass Mount Revelstoke National Park, wind your way down the mountains and enter what is known as Canada's "fruit basket"-the Okanagan Valley. Stop at a local winery for a tour and tasting before arriving at your hotel in Kelowna.

Hotel:   Ramada Kelowna Hotel

Twelfth Day arrive in Vancouver and Bid Farewell 

Make your way across the Cascade Mountains and through the Scenic Fraser River Valley to arrive back in Vancouver where your Canadian adventure comes to an end. For guests continuing on Holland America Line's Alaska cruise, you will be dropped off at Canada's Place to board the ms Nieuw Amsterdam.

Dining

1 Continental Breakfast

1 Iconic Breakfast

Travel Highlights

  • Banff: View stunning mountains and falls on your sightseeing tour
  • Icefields Parkway: Sightseeing includes Peyto Lake, the Columbia Icefield and riding a giant ice explorer across Athabasca Glacier
  • Jasper: Enjoy an orientation tour of this charming town
  • Kelowna: Visit a winery and taste some of Canada's premier wines
  • Lake Louise: Admire the soaring mountain peaks, majestic Victoria Glacier and glistening lake
  • Vancouver: Sightseeing includes Gastown, Stanley Park and Prospect Point
  • Victoria: Embark on an introductory sightseeing tour of the city. Iconic Breakfast at Butchart Gardens, in the conservatory where light pours in through skylights, facing one of the world's greatest floral displays
  • Whistler: With more than 8,000 acres over 2 mountains, Whistler is the largest ski-able area in North America which helped it earn co-hosting duties at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Optional Experiences

We offer a range of Optional Experiences and entertainment options to complement our trips. These are purchased when you are on your trip, via your Travel Director. Depending on the region visited, these can be paid with cash or credit card. We are sorry but at this time we are unable to display all optional s for this trip.

The Difference

Audio Headsets Provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.

Luxury air-conditioned coach.

Hand-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.

Variety of Optional Experiences.

An expert Travel Director and separate driver.

All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes.

Airport Transfers.

Guarantees, Bonds and Awards

  • This tour is run by our outstanding travel partners who are award winners British Travel Awards Best Small Group.
  • All Tours are Guaranteed Departures.
  • Tours are fully bonded, protected and guaranteed and you pay the operator directly when booking.
  • ABTA protected

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