Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast
Holiday Ref: IV2018
Sit back and travel in style on the luxury 13 night escorted tour. You will discover majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes in the Canadian Rockies, then experiences the quirkiness of the Pacific Northwest.
· Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people.
· Glacier National Park: Board a traditional Red Jammer for a private tour with a park veteran and enjoy the stunning views.
· Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier, on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer, with an expert driver guide.
· Seattle: Sightseeing uncovers all of the city's major sights.
· Vancouver: Join your Tour Director as they share all of the city highlights in this bustling west coast seaport.
Welcome to beautiful Vancouver. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle over wine.
Overnight: Four Seasons Vancouver. (D)
Embark on a tour of Vancouver, exploring Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, followed by a scenic drive to Victoria, British Columbia's stunning capital city. Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria. (B)
Start your day wandering through world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the luxurious properties of the Uplands, the quaint Oak Bay residential area, Canada's oldest Chinatown, the bustling Inner Harbour and stately Legislative Buildings. At night, partake in a Highlight Dinner at Canoe Brewpub Marina and Restaurant, offering homemade seasonal brews on the waterfront. Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria. (B, D)
Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver's North Shore, to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and its 7 suspended walkways above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh, cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner sipping a local craft beer or a glass of chilled BC wine, overlooking Stanley Park's stunning gardens. Later, step onboard VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian, for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in your Sleeper Plus rail car and celebrate with a champagne send-off. Overnight: VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian (Sleeper Plus Class) (B, D)
Wake up to stunning views with access to the skyline and panorama dome car, topped with a full domed window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard, as you travel past towering peaks and glaciers, across the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. In the afternoon, arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains. Overnight: Sawridge Inn (Balcony Rooms), Jasper (B, L)
Start the day with an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake; one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (please note that this activity is seasonal and subject to closure as the lake may be frozen). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to spend how you please, with dinner at the hotel.
Overnight: Sawridge Inn (Balcony Rooms), Jasper (B, D)
Follow the majestic Icefields Parkway; one of the world's most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefields Visitor Centre, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort, Banff (B)
(Relaxed Start) Spend the entire day exploring as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences, including a helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies, or a ride onboard the Banff Gondola. Later, choose from a selection of local eateries in the village of Banff during your Dine-Around Evening. Overnight: The Rimrock Resort, Banff (B, D)
Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, to discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot-high (11 metres) cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago. Later, cross the US border into Montana, admiring the rugged beauty of mountainous Glacier National Park. Overnight: Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park (B)
Board a private, historic's Red Jammer bus for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road; an engineering marvel running through the park's wild interior. During your narrated trip, take in the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake McDonald.
Overnight: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park (B)
Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel. This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery, situated in a nationally recognised historic building. Overnight: The Historic Davenport, Spokane (B, D)
Continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Enjoy a visit to Cave B Estate, an award-winning boutique winery. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings over a Highlight Lunch. Then it's on to Seattle for an evening at leisure at your stunning hotel. Overnight: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle (B, L)
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle's major sights, including the renowned Space Needle with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the skyline as well as Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!). The afternoon is yours to do as you please; perhaps visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits? In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar's Acres of Clams, for the best of Northwest's dining and cuisine, on Seattle's waterfront. Overnight: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle (B, D)
In the morning, transfer to Seattle SeaTac International Airport, or Vancouver International Airport for your return flight back to the UK (B)
Upon arrival into your UK Airport your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return VIP transfer home.