Grand Canadian Rockies Escorted Tour

Grand Canadian Rockies Escorted Tour

Our 10-day escorted Grand Canadian Rockies tour showcases Canada’s western provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. Explore the vibrant city of Vancouver and historic Victoria Harbour. Enjoy aerial views of the Gulf Islands on a floatplane flight over the Strait of Georgia. Board ‘The Canadian’ for an overnight rail journey from Vancouver through the Rockies to Jasper. The tour travels along one of North America’s most scenic drives, the Icefields Parkway from Jasper to Lake Louise passing lakes, waterfalls and breath-taking mountain scenery. Board the Ice Explorer on to Athabasca Glacier where you can take a walk on one of the world’s largest ice masses outside of the Arctic Circle. Wake up to views of Lake Louise from your room at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel and take a gentle rafting trip on Bow River. 

    DAY 01

    Vancouver

    Vancouver

    On your arrival at Vancouver Airport you will be met and transferred to the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. One of the finest hotels in the city, connected to the CF Pacific Centre shopping mall and just a gentle stroll from the waterfront, the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver is the perfect choice for your overnight stay. After check-in you will meet your tour director and fellow travel companions at a welcome reception followed by dinner. Meals: Dinner Accommodation Options

      DAY 02

      Victoria (by Ferry)


      Visit the Bill Reid gallery, one of Canada’s greatest artists whose work include sculptures, screen-printings and jewelry. Tour through the city’s green oasis of Stanley Park and on to Granville Island where you will enjoy lunch at one of the tempting eateries. This afternoon you will board the ferry that takes you across the Strait of Georgia to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the harbour front at your leisure. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation: Hotel Grand Pacific
        DAY 03

        Butchart Gardens and Victoria


        Explore the historic Butchart Gardens, 55 magnificent acres of blooming show gardens. Formerly a quarry operated by Mr Butchart, after it was exhausted of limestone deposit, his wife decided to make use of the gigantic pit and little by little created a beautiful Sunken Garden. Butchart Gardens has since grown to be one of Victoria’s most popular attractions and includes the Rose Garden, Japanese Garden, Italian Garden and a Mediterranean Garden. Meals: Breakfast
          DAY 04

          Scenic Flight Over Gulf Islands to Vancouver – The Canadian Rail Journey


          This morning is free for you to explore Victoria at your leisure. Make your way to the seaplane terminal on the harbour for your scenic seaplane flight over Victoria’s Harbour and the Gulf Islands to Vancouver. You will have time to explore Vancouver’s historic Gastown before boarding Via-Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ for your overnight rail journey to the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Dinner and a champagne toast will be served on the train. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
          Jasper
            DAY 05

            Canadian Rail Journey Through the Rockies to Jasper

            Jasper

            Wake this morning to spectacular views from your cabin or reserved seat while the train glides through the Rocky Mountains. Pass glaciers, glacier-fed lakes and towering mountain peaks on the journey over the Continental Divide to Jasper in the province of Alberta. Check in to the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and join your fellow travellers for a barbecue dinner at the Clubhouse. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation Options

            Jasper
              DAY 06

              A Day Exploring Jasper National Park

              Jasper

              Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge sits on 700 acres of land and on the shores of Beauvert Lake. Today you are free to enjoy the facilities of the hotel or take an optional tour around Jasper National Park. Nearby there is Maligne Lake where you can take a leisurely cruise to Spirit Island, or more adventurous guests can choose to join a white-water rafting tour on the Athabasca or Sunwapta rivers. This evening you will have dinner at your choice of hotel restaurants. Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Accommodation Options

              Lake Louise
                DAY 07

                Icefields Parkway Adventure

                Lake Louise

                Travel along the Icefields Parkway, one of North America’s most scenic drives, between Jasper and Lake Louise. The road carves its way through the mountains, passing glacier fed lakes, raging waterfalls and glaciers. Look out for elk, deer and bears on the roadside. Stop at Athabasca Glacier, one of the largest ice masses outside of the Arctic Circle. Board a specially adapted vehicle which climbs up on to the glacier, before continuing to Lake Louise. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation Options

                Banff
                  DAY 08

                  Lake Louise and Banff National Park

                  Banff

                  The morning is free for you to take advantage of the resort facilities, take a guided hike around the lake or rent a canoe and paddle out on to the lake for fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. This afternoon you will continue to Banff and check-in at the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation Options

                  Banff
                    DAY 09

                    Explore Banff and Bow River Valley River Rafting

                    Banff

                    Starting the day with a gentle rafting trip on the Bow River, taking in the beautiful scenery and maybe spotting some wildlife along the way. The afternoon is free for you to enjoy optional activities such as the Banff Gondola up Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges. Other activities available from the hotel include golf or horseback riding. Enjoy a farewell dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Accommodation Options

                      DAY 10

                      Calgary - UK


                      After you have checked out this morning you will be transferred to Calgary for your flight home to the UK, or onward to your next destination. Meals: Breakfast
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