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Rainforest to Gold Rush Discovery and Self-Drive

Holiday Reference: 16341

Experience the natural beauty of the Coast Mountain Range as you travel alongside glacier-blue lakes and through desert-like ranchlands.  And, of course, be prepared to be wowed as you drive beneath the towering peaks of the Canadian Rockies.

Price based on 26th April 2019 - Other dates available April - October 2019 - Call for details!

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Day 1

Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Overnight in Vancouver

Day 2

Now departing from cosmopolitan Vancouver, this three day journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer will have you travelling along the Sea to Sky Corridor to the charming village of Whistler. You will enjoy dramatic scenery as you slowly make the climb from the sparkling scenery Pacific Ocean to old-growth forests and snow-capped mountain peaks. Overnight in Whistler

Day 3

Depart from Whistler to the historic shorelines of Anderson and Seton Lakes, which allowed steamboats to open the interior of BC for colonization. Just beyond lies the semi-desert scrub of the Fraser Canyon and the Cariboo Plateau ranchlands. The day concludes as the train follows the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesne

Day 4

The next morning, the journey continues east through the ethereal boarders of Northern BC, where the influence of the First Nations people is felt more strongly than anywhere else. The Rocky Mountain Trench gives way to the mountains that rise steeply to the north and south. Visitors will have a chance to photograph Mount Robson, soaring at 3,954 meters before arriving at the heritage town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper

Day 5

Enjoy a day touring at your leisure in Jasper National Park with your rental car. Among the highlights are Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Maligne Canyon, Miette Hot Springs, Maligne Lake, and Whistler's Mountain. Overnight in Jasper

Day 6
Lake Louise

Travel south to Lake Louise via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. Allow time to visit highlights along the way, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake, and Crowfoot Glacier. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing at least eight hours for todays drive. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 7

Today, drive the scenic one-hour journey from Lake Louise to Banff. Along the way, watch for deer and elk crossing the specially constructed wildlife bridges over the highway. Alternatively, take a more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). Overnight in Banff

Day 8

Travel through Kananaskis Country and the ranching regions of Alberta before arriving in Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower. Overnight in Calgary

Day 9

Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at the Calgary International Airport, where you Rainforest to Goldrush Discovery Drive journey ends.

When to go Vancouver
8 Nights from £2,859 pp
Price Includes

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What's Included:
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 3 days on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 5 days full-size car rental
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Calgary Tower
  • Rail station transfers and luggage handling
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You can swap out any part of this itinerary, add activities, tours or extend your stay and even upgrade your accommodation and flights to build your dream holiday.

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