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Heart of the Canadian Rockies

Reference WW38109
13 nights from
£2019 pp
Overview

An epic adventure of snow-capped peaks, crystal lakes and lush forests dotted with alpine towns; journey deep into Canada’s virgin wilderness to explore Banff National Park, ride across the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier and sail through the patchwork of Gulf Islands.

What's Included

Return flights from the UK
Transfers
VIP private home pick-up service
3 Free nights in Vancouver

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Itinerary

Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

On this morning's included tour see many of Calgary's attractions including Canada Olympic Park. Then drive into Banff National Park, and the mountain resort of Banff, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Includes Breakfast.

Today is at leisure to enjoy the many pleasures of Banff, one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies?

Travel first to Lake Louise, its azure-blue waters a perfect natural mirror reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snow-capped mountain ranges and lakes come into view as you head through two mountain passes. After stopping at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride over the 1,200-feet-thick Athabasca Glacier, arrive in the picturesque resort of Jasper, for an orientation tour of the town. There will also be a chance to join an optional raft trip down the Athabasca River.

Today, join an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The rest of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer, from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Today, follow the Fraser River to the base of spectacular Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues alongside the mighty Thompson River with spectacular vistas of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Enjoy more spectacular landscapes travelling through British Columbia's lush Coast Mountains to its majestic Pacific coastline. Sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, to Victoria, the provincial capital and western Canada's oldest city. The afternoon sightseeing features visits to the world famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. In the evening, how about a stroll around the lovely waterfront?

The day is yours to experience more of the many attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum or whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. In the evening, there is a chance to join an optional tour of Chinatown.

Today, set sail back to Vancouver across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival, enjoy a sightseeing drive on the way to your hotel. See Vancouver's Chinatown, Gastown, beautiful beaches, harbour and tour Stanley Park.

Spend the last three nights of your holiday in Vancouver at your leisure.