Best of the Canadian Rockies
Come and explore the Canadian Rockies. Discover the city of Calgary before heading to Banff, Yoho and Jasper National Parks. See the iconic resorts of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Rumble over the Athabasca Glacier on a massive Ice Explorer, soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a gondola and explore the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver.
Day 1: Calgary > Banff Welcome to Calgary, the largest city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. Time permitting we may drive through the heart of the city as we make our way through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the scenic town of Canmore and then to Banff, at the centre of Canada's very first National Park. After checking into our hotel, there may be some free time to browse through Banff village centre before we sit down for a get acquainted dinner with our travel companions.
Day 2: Banff Breakfast at your hotel. We start the day with a Banff sightseeing tour with stops at Cascade Gardens and scenic Bow Falls, before riding the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled view of the Rockies and the valley below. We also visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew the first visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.
Day 3: Banff > Lake Louise Breakfast at your hotel. This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, deer, and occasionally, bears, are common so keep your cameras handy. We stop at Johnston Canyon for a walk through the deep rugged canyon with several waterfalls and then cross the Continental Divide to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The awe inspiring Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald, are next on our itinerary for today. Our final destination is Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks.
Lunch and dinner are included today
Day 4: Lake Louise > Jasper Breakfast is at your hotel. Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below.
A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. We rejoin the parkway and later arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans; we visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime "“ a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Finally, at the end of this exciting day, we see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the charming town of Jasper, our home for the next two nights.
Lunch and dinner are included today
Day 5: Jasper We start the day with a ride up Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive then takes us to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps one of the world's most photographed and iconic natural beauty spots. This evening we enjoy a float down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty.
Day 6: Jasper > Kamloops We start our journey into British Columbia, Canada's western most province. A stop is made at the foot of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The panels and kiosks at the location are informative while the views on a clear are stunning. A highlight today is a river safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest. We will hope to see bears and wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the best opportunities for the perfect photograph. Our destination today is Kamloops, known for its dry semi-arid climate, rolling hills, two converging rivers, the Thompson and the Nicola and the abundance of parks.
Day 7: Kamloops > Vancouver We head south west through Coquihalla Pass and the rugged BC Interior and then travel through the fertile Fraser River Valley to Vancouver on the Pacific coast. A vibrant metropolitan city, Vancouver is nestled between the majestic Coast Mountains, the rugged Pacific coastline, and surrounded by a pristine wilderness of temperate rainforest, lakes, valleys and peaks. It's location and cosmopolitan culture makes Vancouver one of the most beautiful as well as highly live-able of the world. Its equitable climate and variety of indoor and outdoor attractions makes Vancouver a year-round sought after travel destination.
Day 8: Vancouver On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver like Shaughnessy. This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia's Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We have a farewell dinner this evening after our week long introduction to Canada's Pacific coast.
Day 9: Depart Vancouver Today we say farewell to Vancouver, British and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for our journey home
Classic Touring The style our travelers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation and coach transport throughout the journey.
• Expert Tour Leader or Driver/Guide • Maximum 28 passengers • 3 - 4 Star comfortable accommodation • Deluxe Coach transportation • 'Must See' attractions included • Daily breakfast and some meals • Most Gratuities (Note Tour Leader's Gratuities are not included)
• Small group escorted coach tour with local Canadian driver/guide • 8 nights accommodation (3 1/2 - 4 star) • Professional Tour Leader • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach. • Airport transfers in Calgary and Vancouver • 8 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
Departs 2019 Departure Dates
Jul 13 - Guaranteed Departure
2019 Departure Dates
Jul 13 - Guaranteed Departure
Booking conditions Please Note: If the tour is not a guaranteed departure the tour operator reserves the right to transfer 10 passengers or less to an independent travel programme if necessary. This programme will include similar inclusions to the escorted touring programme. This will be notified to the client and approved at least 60 days prior to departure. If a client decides it is in their interest to cancel at this point in time no cancellation fees will be payable.
Please Note: If the tour is not a guaranteed departure the tour operator reserves the right to transfer 10 passengers or less to an independent travel programme if necessary. This programme will include similar inclusions to the escorted touring programme. This will be notified to the client and approved at least 60 days prior to departure. If a client decides it is in their interest to cancel at this point in time no cancellation fees will be payable.
Not included • Fuel Surcharges
• Hotel early check in/late check out
• Optional sightseeing
• Fuel Surcharges • Hotel early check in/late check out • Optional sightseeing
Gratuity • Gratuities are not included for Tour Leader
• Gratuities are not included for Tour Leader