01 October 2016
This eight-day tour is a perfect way to see the best of Alberta and British Columbia, from the spectacular untamed wilderness of the Rocky Mountains and Banff and Jasper National Parks to the vibrant cities of Calgary and Vancouver.
Today you'll arrive at Calgary’s International Airport and transfer to your centrally-located hotel, where you'll pick up your information kit. You have the rest of the day to explore the city at your leisure, whether you fancy hitting the shops or visiting attractions such as the Heritage Park Historical Village, a wonderful recreation of the Alberta of 100 years ago.
This morning you travel through the ranching country west of Calgary to Banff, where you'll check in at your hotel, with the remainder of the day free for exploring.
The morning begins with a sightseeing tour of Banff and its natural surroundings. You’ll take the Tunnel Mountain Drive before a walk along Lake Minnewanka, then continue to Sulphur Mountain, where you'll take the Banff Gondola ride to the top of the mountain. The remainder of the day you're at leisure to explore further or just relax.
This morning you leave Banff and travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway into the wilderness of Jasper National Park. Here you'll see spectacular peaks and valleys, cascading waterfalls and colourful meadows. At the Columbia Icefield, you'll tour onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on board the Ice Explorer, before an overnight stay in Jasper.
Today you board VIA Rail’s The Canadian for the journey west to Vancouver. En route you'll enjoy truly breathtaking views of the Rockies, interior British Columbia and the Coastal Mountains, and you'll enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation onboard.
You'll arrive in Vancouver this morning and transfer to your hotel, before a hop-on hop-off trolley tour of the city, taking in historic Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park and English Bay. You're at leisure to explore the city for the remainder of the day.
Today you'll enjoy a full-day trip to Victoria, beginning with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and a visit to the acclaimed Butchart Gardens before a sightseeing tour of the city's stately homes, gardens and historic landmarks. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening and spend the night here.
Today marks the end of the tour, so it's time to transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.
Superior fr £1258pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated