Majesty of the Rockies
Holiday Ref: IV2018
Witness the majesty of Western Canada on this luxury escorted tour through historic towns and verdant National Parks. Be amazed as you stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, surrounded by the soaring mountain peaks of Banff National Park, meet a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who will share his stories and traditions, and to complete this amazing journey why not add rail journey onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, embark on an Alaska Cruise, or experience the Calgary Stampede – the Greatest Outdoor show on earth!
· Whistler: With your Squamish Lil'wat Ambassador take part in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend.
· Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.
· Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes.
· Maligne Lake: Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada’s most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty as you learn how early French Traders navigated waters crowned by snow-laden peaks and nestled between glaciers.
· Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view.
· Victoria: The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia, Victoria is a grand, elegant wonder. Explore this Garden City with her historic charm, baroque architecture, colourful squares and lively waterfront.
On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar. Overnight:Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. (D)
Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Stop at Granville Island Public Market, and take time to browse through this bustling market. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight:Four Seasons Hotel, Vancouver. (B)
Board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the city. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront. Overnight:Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria. (B.D)
Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant. Gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. Overnight:Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria. (B)
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. In Whistler, your Local Expert will explain its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the evening, dine at Hy's Steakhouse for a Highlight Dinner with wine and perfectly grilled steak or local seafood. Overnight:Four Seasons Resort Whistler.
In the morning, you will be welcomed by a First Nations Ambassador at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing First Nations' art history and culture. Next, take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Overnight:Four Seasons Resort Whistler. (B)
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Savour a delicious dinner prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley and paired with wine. Overnight:Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna. (B,D)
Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. In the afternoon, visit another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake, before continuing to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues. Overnight:The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. (B, D)
Enjoy an engaging talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation of Banff and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, join in a private meet-and-greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the world-famous red serge uniform. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure. Overnight:The Fairmont Banff Springs. (B, D)
Enjoy the day at your leisure. Overnight:The Fairmont Banff Springs. (B)
Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier of the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores. Overnight:The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. (B,D)
In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the waters of Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the park as you join a National Park Guide on a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River. Overnight:The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. (B)
If you choose, board the optional Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver with an overnight stay in Kamloops. Alternatively, journey west and arrive at Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ tallest peak. Descend through the Columbia Mountains, arriving in Sun Peaks. Overnight:Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. (B)
Your included Transfer to Vancouver International Airport (B)
Upon arrival into your UK Airport your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return VIP transfer home.