Grand Canadian Rockies and Vancouver Island
Journey from the glorious mountain landscape of Banff - via the vineyards and warm waters of Okanagan Valley - to vibrant Vancouver. Explore Vancouver Island and 'British' Victoria, then head back through the Rockies to stay in Jasper and, at one of Canada's most famous hotels, on sparkling Lake Louise.
5th May 2017 - £2199.00 per person & £2727.00 single traveller
Soak up the views of Banff and its surroundings as we ride the cable car to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, and take a trip to Surprise Corner for the views across to the famous Banff Springs Hotel and Bow Falls, on today's included tour. You'll also have free time to visit the famous hot springs, stroll Banff Avenue and perhaps enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants.
Today we'll follow the Trans-Canada Highway as it snakes its way into British Columbia, through the forested Glacier National Park, to Kelowna on the shores of Lake Okanagan.
Rest and relax in Kelowna, or perhaps join our optional wine-tasting tour - the Okanagan region is famed for its fruity whites and dessert wines.
We'll rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway, today, and follow the mighty Fraser River west to Vancouver.
Highlights on today's included guided city tour will include Gastown, beautiful Stanley Park, Chinatown, and the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also cross into the leafy suburbs of "North Van" to take the cable car up Grouse Mountain, and for the chance to cross the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Beautiful Vancouver Island is our destination today. We'll cross the scenic Georgia Strait by ferry, heading to Butchart Gardens. This 50-acre site is among the most visited floral gardens in the world and has remained in the loving care of the Butchart family for over a century.
Visit the pretty harbour, vast Parliament Buildings and grand Empress Hotel as you explore Victoria this morning. In the afternoon you'll also have the chance to head off shore, searching for signs of orca, humpback and gray whales on our optional whale-watching cruise.
Today we return to the mainland and head east, past the frontier town of Kamloops, to Sun Peaks - a modern alpine village high in the British Columbia interior.
Expect a day of spectacular scenery as we travel past Mount Robson, the Rockies' highest peak, to Jasper where we'll spend the next three nights.
(June and September departures will include a Grizzly Bear River Cruise today - see below.)
Ride the Jasper Sky Tram - Canada's longest and highest cable car - to the heights above the town, and soak up the spectacular scenery of Maligne Canyon and stunning Maligne Lake, on today's included tour.
Today's optional adventure is a ride on the back of (or in a sidecar beside) a Harley Davidson motorcycle piloted by a professional rider. An unforgettable two hours of breathtaking scenery, twists and turns will take you to the base of Angel Glacier on Mount Edith Cavell before returning to Jasper.
Leaving Jasper, we'll travel along the Icefields Parkway, often referred to as one of the most scenic drives in the world. We'll take a trip out onto the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield, in a specially built Ice Explorer, before continuing to our final hotel - the luxurious Chateau Lake Louise, beside the turquoise waters of the Lake.
Take time to enjoy the beauty of your surroundings one last time before boarding our coach for the journey back down to Calgary where you'll board your flight home.
Arrive back in the UK, after an overnight flight.