Iconic Rockies and Western Canada
This 12-night tour of the iconic Rocky Mountains and Western Canada will ensure you see and experience the very best of what this region has to offer. Begin in the metropolitan city of Vancouver and the beautiful and picturesque island city of Victoria. Making your way across Canada, you will come to rest in world-renowned Banff and Jasper National Parks, home to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, a true sight to behold.
- Victoria Island
- Whistler Resort
- Rocky Mountain National Park
- Banff and Jasper
- Lake Louise
Welcome to Vancouver. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.
Vancouver - Victoria
Set out for Stanley Park and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine paired with their wines. Later, arrive in quaint Victoria.
Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer questions and then spend some time exploring. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour and the rest of the day as you wish. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of delectable restaurants for your choice dining.
Victoria - Chemainus - Squamish - Whistler
Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge enjoying sweeping views. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler.
Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Your Local Specialist, an authentic First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. This afternoon is free.
Whistler - Historic Ranching Country - Sun Peaks
Leaving Whistler, continue towards the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks, enjoy an interpretive walk and learn all about local medicinal plants with a Local Specialist.
Sun Peaks - Rocky Mountain National Park - Banff
Sample the best of Canada's UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, Glacier National Park, cross the Columbia River and arrive in Yoho National Park. Arrive at your quint-essential mountain resort in Banff National Park for a relaxing two-night stay. Enjoy dinner and a Local Specialist presentation where you will learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie".
Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and hoodoo rock formations. The rest of the day is free.
Banff - Lake Louise - Jasper
Arrive on the shores of Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at the hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park.
Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Then, embark on a narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island, before returning to Jasper, where the rest of the day is free. After dinner this evening, enjoy a presentation about the history and animals of the area by a Local Specialist.
Jasper - Mount Robson - Chase
Head west and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak. On arrival to the hotel, meet with a member of the Secwepemc Nation, stroll the grounds and view a traditional kekuli built by the First Nations people.
Chase - Vancouver
Return back to Vancouver and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including the famous Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk - a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms following a granite precipice, and Treetops Adventure a series of 7 suspension bridges and platform. This evening, meet with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to Canada Place if you are extending your trip with an optional Alaska cruise.
- Professional tour manager for the duration of the trip
- Deluxe air-conditioned motor-coach with on-board restroom facilities
- Standard accommodation throughout
- International flights from London (please ask if regional airports are required)
- Sightseeing as specified
Daily Departures 01 May to 20 October.