First Passage to the West Culinary Exploration
Offer Ref: 16303
Spice up your Rocky Mountaineer holiday with a dash of foodie-focused features in Vancouver, Lake Louise, Banff, and Calgary. Imagine touring through Rocky Mountain peaks in the morning, and feasting on gourmet meals in the evening!
Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in Calgary.
Today, enjoy a culinary tour of one of Calgary’s neighbourhoods. Professional guides lead three hour small group walking/tasting tours, where you’ll meet local chefs, restaurant owners, and food artisans while enjoying a delicious progressive meal filled with Alberta’s best food, drink, fun and adventure. Along the way, the tour leader shares entertaining stories of the area’s history, art and culture. Lunch is definitely included! The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Calgary.
Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.
Tonight, you will relax in the luxurious atmosphere and take in incredible mountain views while enjoying Banff’s finest dining experience at Eden, renowned for its delicately crafted French cuisine, influenced by fresh local ingredients. Located in The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Eden has been honored since 2003 with AAA/CAA 5-Diamond and “Best of Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator awards. You will enjoy the diverse and imaginative flavours of a six-course chef’s tasting menu with wine pairings for each item that compliments and enhances each course. Overnight in Banff.
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Today, enjoy a full day tour along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. At the Columbia Icefield Centre, time is provided for lunch (not included) after you have had a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (admission included). Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Afterwards, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon.
Tonight, surrounded by Canadian pine, fresh flowers, sparkling crystal, and the warm glow of the grand fireplace, the marriage of food and wine thrives. Savour the exquisite talents of the Post’s international cooking team led by European-trained Executive Chef Hans Sauter. The “Grand Award” winning wine cellar with more than 25,500 bottles and over 2,300 selections offers the perfect complement to the tastes of Chef Sauter’s six course gourmet menu… bon appétit. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
Today, select your choice of one of two culinary activity options:
British Columbia’s mild climate and unique geographic location, tucked between mountains and sea, provide the province with an abundance of amazing culinary bounty which guests will explore on this in-depth “Made in BC” Vancouver food tour on Granville Island. In the company of an experienced local chef or food writer (maximum six guests/docent), this 2.5 hour walk will get under the skin (or peel) of this fascinating and delicious world as intellectually curious guests tour the market, meet some of the local producers and taste their delicious wares.
It’s no secret that off-duty chefs love to shop for themselves and choose from the freshest local and exotic fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats. Get to know this colourful district from a culinary and cultural perspective with “A Wok Around Chinatown”. The adventure will begin at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens, and will meander through the diverse specialty shops and vendors, featuring products from barbequed crispy ducks and teas, to herbal medicines and cookware supplies. A viewing of historical landmarks, a visit to a symbolic merchant, and a well-deserved dim sum lunch will be part of the tour!
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.