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Rockies Rail Adventure

11 days fr £2,328pp

Calgary • Banff • Jasper • Vancouver • Victoria

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TOUR DETAILS
Accommodation:
  • Standard fr £2,328pp
Validity (selected dates between):
  • 15/07/2019 - 16/09/2019
Also included:
  • 10 Nights Accom (1 night on board The Canadian)
  • Scheduled transfer from Calgary to Banff
  • 3 hour sightseeing tour of Banff
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper
  • Transfer from Jasper hotel to train station
  • Overnight train ride from Jasper to Vancouver
  • Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
  • Sightseeing Transfer from Vancouver to Whistler
  • One lunch,dinner and breakfast on VIA Rail
  • Sightseeing Floatplane Tsfr Whistler to Victoria
  • Scenic Tour from Victoria to Vancouver
Not included:
  • International Flights (unless otherwise stated)
  • Transfers, unless otherwise specified
  • Airport improvement fee
  • National park entrance fees
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise stated
Overview
Travel in style and see so much of Canada's rugged natural beauty on this 11 day Rockies Rail Adventure. Beginning in the stampede city of Calgary, you head up into the Rockies for memorable adventures in Banff before crossing the famous Icefields Parkway to the mountain town of Jasper. Then you take one of the world's most spectacular train journeys across to Vancouver on the Pacific coast with visits to the ski resort of Whistler and the city of Victoria.
Day 1
Calgary
After touching down at Calgary’s International airport you make your own way to your centrally located hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk as you check in and read about all the treats that await. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to create your own urban adventure in this dynamic city seeing some of the sights and forming your first impressions of Western Canada. Overnight in Calgary.
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Day 2
Calgary to Banff
This morning after breakfast you may have time to see more of Calgary before travelling west to the Rocky mountain cowboy town of Banff, a journey that takes you through the ranching country west of the city. On arrival in Banff check in to your next hotel and the remainder of the day and the evening is free for exploring the town, which has lots of atmospheric saloons and bars and plenty of top quality restaurants. Overnight in Banff.
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Day 3
Banff
This morning, discover the resort town of Banff and its natural surroundings on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. You’ll take the Tunnel Mountain Drive then walk alongside Lake Minnewanka, before the tour continues to Sulphur Mountain. Here you can take the Banff Gondola ride to the top where the views are breathtaking. The remainder of the day is at leisure and you may want to visit the iconic Banff Springs Hotel or relax in the hot springs themselves. Overnight in Banff.
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Day 4
Banff to Jasper
Leave Banff after breakfast today and travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway into the untamed wilderness of Jasper National Park. Every turn unveils spectacular vistas of indomitable peaks, outstretched valleys, cascading waterfalls and colourful meadows. At the Columbia Icefield, take the opportunity to tour onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on board the Ice Explorer, a trip which is included in the tour. Overnight in Jasper.
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Day 5
Jasper to Vancouver
One of the highlights of the whole tour today when you leave Jasper on board VIA Rail’s 'The Canadian' heading west to Vancouver. During this famous journey you will have some of the most spectacular views of the Rockies, interior British Columbia and the Coastal Mountains. You will pass by rugged mountain peaks, arid ranch land and rolling, wind-swept hills. Overnight aboard The Canadian with lunch and dinner included.
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Day 6
Vancouver
After you arrive in Vancouver this morning, make your way to your city hotel. Today you will enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver to familiarise yourself with this ocean-side city. The tour highlights include historic Gastown, nearby Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay and more. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city. Overnight in Vancouver with breakfast included.
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Day 7
Vancouver
Today is at leisure in Vancouver. Take some time and peruse the stylish shops and restaurants of Robson Street, or perhaps visit Chinatown for a taste of Asian culture. A short trip to Stanley Park provides walkers with the ideal location to enjoy a casual stroll through the miles of pathways, while the aquarium always delights visitors with the antics of the friendly beluga whales. You can also take a trip up Grouse Mountain which overlooks the city. Overnight in Vancouver.
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Day 8
Vancouver to Whistler
Today you are picked up from your hotel and taken on a fully-narrated mini-coach tour along the fabulous Sea-to-Sky highway including viewpoint stops along the way. Arrive in the elegant ski resort of Whistler before noon with time to explore this amazing town, as well as an included visit to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre for an interactive look at the First Nation people who inhabited the area for thousands of years.
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Day 9
Whistler
Today is free to independently explore the sights, sounds and attractions of this former host of the Winter Olympics. Perhaps arrange a canoe trip around one of the local lakes, or indulge yourself with a sumptuous culinary tour that samples some of the world-class restaurants featuring menus with delicacies both local and exotic. But no visit here is complete without taking the cable car to the top of Whistler or Blackcomb mountains. Overnight in Whistler.
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Day 10
Whistler to Victoria
After being driven from your hotel to Whistler’s Green Lake float plane dock, you take to the skies for a breathtaking one hour flight with Harbour Air to downtown Victoria. Fly high above Whistler Valley, passing glacial lakes, lush alpine meadows, the Strait of Georgia and the beautiful Gulf Islands. From the docks in the Inner Harbour, transfer independently to your Victoria hotel where the remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Victoria.
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Day 11
Victoria to Vancouver & Departure
Take the morning to explore vibrant Victoria and its picturesque Inner Harbour before boarding a fully-narrated coach tour to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Marvel at the thousands of flowers arranged along the many pathways and ponds, attracting horticulturalists from around the world. Afterwards, board BC Ferries for a daytime sailing to Vancouver through scenic Active Pass. On arrival in Vancouver, your tour comes to an end.
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