Sonora Resort & Luxury Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey
Holiday Ref: 16157
Departures available on selected dates May – October 2018. Call for details
This offer combines Sonora Resort – a five-star all-inclusive getaway in the wilderness – with a Rocky Mountaineer rail journey. A match made in heaven, if we do say so ourselves.
The train will move you through stunning untouched landscapes, and some of the most breath-taking natural beauty on the planet on your Journey through the Clouds from the alpine town of Jasper to the Pacific Coastal city of Vancouver.
Sonora Resort is nestled in British Columbia’s Discovery Islands on a remote stretch of pristine coastal rainforest replete with 800-year-old cedars. But it’s far from rustic. The accommodations and amenities are a far cry from roughing it.
Choose from an abundance of outdoor activities offered, or enjoy the lavish on-site features. What better way to wind down from hiking and biking through unspoiled wilderness than rejuvenating at the spa? Or, perhaps you’ll decide to add on an eco-adventure tour, guided salmon fishing, or grizzly bear tour. After, you can relax in the rooftop hot tubs, hop into the sauna, take in a movie, or visit the putting green.
Enjoy executive Chef Terry Pichor’s outstanding seasonal menus featuring local ingredients. Chat with the sommelier about which wines to sample from the well-stocked cellar.
Don’t forget to make good use of the binoculars provided in every room as the area is teeming with wildlife like eagles, sea lions, black bears, grizzly bears, porpoises, Pacific white-sided dolphins, orcas, and more. This resort is truly something to call home about!
Upon arrival into Calgary transfer by coach to Banff and your overnight hotel. Remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banff
Today is yours to do as you please. Make sure to take your breathtaking ascent to the top of Sulphur Mountain onboard the Banff Gondola (included), for an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Overnight in Banff
Checkout of your Banff Hotel and discover the Glacier Trail on a full day sightseeing tour that travels through a landscape carved by glaciers and opened by pioneers. The Icefields Parkway is rated as one of the most scenic highways in the world. See glaciers remaining from the last ice age. Hear stories of early explorers who opened these valleys. Enjoy an alpine picnic. See the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefields Centre. Join an Ice Explorer
Tour (included) onto the glacier or explore the interpretive centre and surroundings. Overnight: Jasper
Today you will have your introduction to Jasper which begins with a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Lake. A century after Mary chaeffer’s remarkable adventure, come discover “Worldrenowned” Maligne Lake for yourself! A stop at Maligne Canyon offers staggering views of the river thundering through a series of magnificent waterfalls in a gorge 10,000 years in the making. Farther up the valley, stop to solve the mystery of “disappearing” Medicine Lake. Next we’ll carry on to the pinnacle of our tour, breathtaking Maligne Lake! Once there you can enjoy an interpretative boat cruise bound for Spirit Island, truly another of Canada’s iconic images, or a nice guided walk along the shoreline of this unimaginable beauty. Overnight : Jasper
Today your will travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo mountains. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet), Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops
Today 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 River 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: Vancouver
Today is free to explore this wonderful vibrant Pacific Coastal City. Make good use of your Hop on Hop off Sightseeing ticket to visit some of Vancouver’s iconic landmarks such as Canada Place, Robson Street and Stanley Park to name but a few. Overnight: Vancouver
This afternoon transfer by helicopter or float plane to Sonora Resort on beautiful Sonora
Island. The island is an absolute jewel amidst the wild beauty and pristine waters of British Columbia’s West Coast. After your arrival, get settled and explore the resort before you enjoy a delicious Pacific North-western gourmet dinner. Overnight: Sonora Resort
Sonora Resort is not only a Relais & Chateaux luxury resort, with its stunning setting among
towering trees, postcard views and the background music of waves lapping the shoreline,
it also allows you to reconnect with nature. Take an optional guided eco boat tour, see
grizzly bears, kayak, go rafting, hike the coastal rainforest or try heli-hiking. Fishing is one of
the key experiences at the resort, with heli-fly-fishing, river fly-fishing and salmon fishing
available. You’ll experience five star accommodations, an extraordinary level of attention
and service, and breathtaking outdoor adventures. At the end of the day why not have your
catch prepared the way you like it? Overnight: Sonora Resort
Your stay at Sonora Resort ends when you depart after lunch It’s time to say good-bye after lunch to British Columbia’s coastal wilderness and take the helicopter or floatplane back to Vancouver. Overnight: Vancouver
This morning you will embark on a tour thats all about adventure, as you take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. Begin with a traverse through the green urban
oasis of Stanley Park, and across the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations Artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the wildlife refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour.
Overnight : Vancouver
Vancouver to UK