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Glacier-strewn mountains, rolling prairies, vast inland seas, ancient cultures, vibrant cities, untamed wildlife and the truly awesome Niagara Falls.
See the very best that the world’s second-largest country has to offer in this ‘Best of Canada’ itinerary. An unforgettable holiday that also includes a trip through the Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer, the ideal way to experience this country’s stunning scenery.
Return flights from the UK
3 nights in Vancouver hotel
Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf - Vancouver to Jasper (with 1 night in Kamloops)
2 nights Jasper hotel
Icefield Parkway with Ice Explorer Ride on Athabasca Glacier and Glacier Skywalk
3 nights Banff hotel
2 nights Calgary hotel
Flight from Calgary to Toronto
3 nights Toronto hotel
Niagara Falls Day Tour inc Hornblower cruise, lunch at a fallsview restaurant and winery tour with tasting
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Departures available April to October.
Day 1 Fly UK to Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to your downtown hotel. (included)
Day 2 Explore Vancouver
Day at your leisure to explore this vibrant coastal city. Must see/do Stanley Park - we highly recommend hiring a bicycle to get around the park, English Bay for sunset, Steam Clock at Gastown, Fly over Canada ride, Harbourfront, Granville Island Public Market and a scenic Harbour Cruise.
Day 3 Explore Vancouver
A day at leisure to enjoy the delights of Vancouver and take in what you may of missed yesterday. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts about pre-booking a day trip to Whistler with the Sea 2 Sky Gondola or Victoria with Butchart Gardens.
Day 4 Rocky Mountaineer Vancouver to Kamloops
Transfer from your hotel (included) and join the Rocky Mountaineer for a wonderful 2-day trip through the Rockies. Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast & Lunch included.
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Jasper
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends on arrival in the resort town of Jasper this evening. Breakfast and Lunch included
Day 6 Jasper
A day at leisure to explore Jasper. The scenery will blow you away in Jasper, a small town where you feel like you are almost within touching distance of the snow-capped Rockies. We highly recommend pre-booking the Maligne Valley Sightseeing tour with Maligne boat cruise with one of our Canada Experts, if not the views on the Jasper Tramway ride will have you in awe.
Day 7 Scenic transfer to Banff
Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada’s two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Townsite. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Our next stop is the breathtaking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where we will allow time to enjoy an Ice Explorer ride on the Glacier (included) and the Glacier Skywalk (included). Next we continue to the Weeping Wall, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier before joining the Trans Canada Highway near Lake Louise where a stop will be made to view the lake and famous Chateau, then continue on the Trans Canada Highway, passing fortress formations of Castle and Protection Mountains to arrive in to Banff late afternoon. The Columbia Icefield is located on the boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks. One of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle, it covers an area of nearly 325 square kilometres. The continuous accumulation of snow feeds eight major glaciers including the Athabasca, Dome, and Stutfield, all visible from the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is a true "continental divide," for its meltwater feeds streams and rivers that pour into the Arctic, Atlantic, and Pacific oceans. Facing the Columbia Icefield Visitors Centre lies the Athabasca Glacier - a tongue of ice 6 kilometres long and one kilometre wide descending almost to road level. Take time for Brewster's Ice Age Adventure, a tour onto the icy slopes of the Athabasca Glacier. You will travel in a specially designed Brewster Snocoach to the middle of the glacier, on a 5 kilometre round trip journey. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out interesting geological features as you travel in safety and comfort. At the icefall below the glacier headwall, you will have the option of stepping out onto ice formed from snow falling as long as 400 years ago
Day 8 Explore Banff
A day at leisure to explore Banff - take the Gondala to the top of the mountain for a spot of lunch, or visit the hot springs. Banff really can be as active or as relaxing as you wish.
Day 9 Explore Banff
Day at leisure to enjoy Banff and the National Park. This area offers some of the best wildlife opportunities, perhaps take in a Wildlife trip during your stay, if you are looking for something different why not consider the Cowboy Cookout experience.
Day 10 Banff to Calgary
Today you have a coach transfer included from your Banff hotel to your Calgary hotel for a 2 night stay.
Day 11 Explore Calgary
Explore Calgary today at your leisure. We have some suggestions below for you: Hertiage Park Calgary - with more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres of lush parkland, Heritage Park Historical Village has a lot to offer both the history buff and the pleasure seeker. It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun that makes our take on the tale of Western Canadian settlement so unique. Explore 1860 all the way to 1950. This isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West was once. With more than 200 exhibits and attractions spread over 127 acres of lush parkland, Heritage Park Historical Village has a lot to offer both the history buff and the pleasure seeker. It’s the perfect balance between historical fact, adventure, discovery and fun that makes our take on the tale of Western Canadian settlement so unique. Explore 1860 all the way to 1950 This isn’t a museum where history stays behind the glass. The interactive exhibits, costumed interpreters, historic buildings and hundreds of working antiques are all just waiting for you to touch, smell, taste, hear and see how the West was once. We also recommend adding on a trip up the Calgary Tower for a birds eye view of this terrific city, for the more adventurous we can pre-book a Segway or Food tour.
Day 12 Fly Calgary to Toronto
After checking out of hotel, transfer to Calgary airport (included) for your flight to Toronto. Make your own way to your downtown Toronto Hotel.
Day 13 Toronto
Day at leisure to explore Toronto downtown, this is an easy city to get around by foot and public transport is excellent. Be sure to take in the Distillery District, with lovely buildings, art & craft shops, a brewery and many food and walking tours on offer in this area. The harbourfront offers some beautiful views, for the more active paddle over to Toronto Island.
Day 14 Niagara Falls Day Tour
Travel on our air-conditioned motorcoach for a breathtaking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Tours include: • Hornblower Cruises (mid-April - mid-November) or Journey Behind the Falls • Meal overlooking Niagara Falls, • Free time in Niagara on the Lake • Winery tour including a wine tasting.
Day 15 Fly Toronto to the UK
Spend this morning and early afternoon at your leisure. Pop up the worlds 3rd tallest building the CN Tower, Toronto also offers terrific shopping at the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Mall. Check out of your hotel today and make your way to Toronto Airport for your flight back to the UK