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The Ultimate Canadian Rockies - Guided Tour

 

Overview

Hotel description:

12 days | 11 nights

This tour takes you from west to east with stops at all the essential spots from the West Coast to the Rockies. Begin your journey with visits in vibrant Vancouver, lovely Victoria and the charming mountain resort town of Whistler. Continue east through BC's Interior, then explore the incredible regions of Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff and take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of Canada’s rugged beauty.

If you're looking for a trip where someone takes care of the details while you get to focus on the fun, then a Guided Tour is the perfect option for you. All of the flights, meals, activities, and accommodations are booked and prepared in advance, which means all you have to do is explore, discover, and have the time of your life.


Location

Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff

What's included

Package inclusions

  • Flight to Vancouver; Return flight from Calgary (if flight and tour option is selected)
  • 11 nights of accommodation
  • Visits to Capilano Suspension Bridge, Butchart Gardens, Britannia Mine Museum, Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, River Safari, Jasper Float Trip, Jasper Skytram, Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier, Banff Gondola
  • English-speaking tour guide throughout
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, and 4 dinners
  • Earn Aeroplan® Miles

Itinerary

Day 1       Fly to Vancouver
After you arrive and check into your hotel, enjoy getting to know your tour guide and travel companions over dinner.

Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2       Vancouver

Experience Vancouver's multicultural fusion on a tour of English Bay, Chinatown and more. Head to Capilano Park to cross the suspension bridge, try the tree top adventures and the cliff walk, and discover Salish First Nations culture.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3       Vancouver to Victoria (114 km)

Cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your first stop is the famous Butchart Gardens. Then enjoy a tour of the distinctly old-world Victoria.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4       Victoria to Vancouver (114 km)

Head over the Malahat Pass with exceptional views of the Discovery Passage to ferry back to the mainland. The afternoon is yours to enjoy.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5       Vancouver to Whistler (121 km)

Follow the Sea-to-Sky Highway to the world-class mountain resort of Whistler. Along the way stop for a break and a short walk to view the tumbling waters of Brandywine Falls.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6       Whistler to Kamloops (322 km)
Today, travel into the rugged BC Interior, filled with picturesque landscapes from start to finish.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7       Kamloops to Jasper (463 km)
Animal encounters today! See bears, eagles and more in the heart of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest as you cruise along on a river safari. En route to Jasper, stop at the highest peak in the Rockies, Mount Robson.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8       Jasper

Breakfast at the top of Whistlers Mountain is indescribable and fills you up for a full day of sightseeing including Maligne Canyon and Lake and a float trip down the Athabasca River.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 9       Jasper to Lake Louise (233 km)

The Icefields Parkway is one of the grandest drives in the world. Follow it to the Columbia Icefields for an unforgettable trip across the Athabasca Glacier.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 10       Lake Louise to Banff (58 km)

Cross the Continental Divide on your way to Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake that shimmers with glacial run-off. Then travel along Bow Valley Parkway en route to Banff.

Meal(s): Breakfast and lunch

Day 11       Banff

Banff's hot springs were the first tourist attraction, now commemorated at The Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Continue to Cascade Gardens and Sulphur Mountain.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 12       Fly home

Transfer to Calgary for your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Standard Room

During the Guided Tour, guests will stay in a standard room at all hotels, unless otherwise specified.

The cities and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Vancouver: Hampton Inn Vancouver or similar (Traditional room)
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel or similar (Guest room)
  • Whistler: Coast Blackcomb or similar (Studio Suite)
  • Kamloops: South Thompson Inn or similar
  • Jasper: Chateau Jasper or similar
  • Lake Louise: Lake Louise Inn or similar (Heritage Room)
  • Banff: Moose Hotel & Suites or similar (Superior Room)


Room occupancy: Maximum 2 persons (2 adults or 1 adult + 1 children 9 years of age or older)

 

Important notes

2019 Departure Dates
July 1 & 6
August 17
September 19

Activity Duration:
  • River Safari: 1 hour
  • Jasper Float Trip: 2.5 hours
  • Jasper Skytram: 7 minutes each way plus time at top
  • Ice Explorer: 80 minutes
  • Banff Gondola: 8 minutes each way plus time at the top

Exclusions:
  • Meals, unless noted
  • Transfers between the airport and hotel
  • Gratuities for the driver(s) or tour director
  • Personal expenses and insurance