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This itinerary has everything you would want from a holiday in Western Canada – taking in the truly magnificent Canadian Rockies onboard the award winning Rocky Mountaineer in Goldleaf Service, as well as the best of Vancouver, bursting with style, vibrancy, character and beauty.
Then head west to the charming coastal capital of Victoria. You’re certain to fall in love with this incredibly scenic landscape of mountains, lakes, glaciers and scenic towns – filling you with memories to last a lifetime.
Return flights from UK
3 nights in Banff Hotel
Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service Banff to Vancouver
4 nights Vancouver hotel
3 nights Victoria hotel
2 day Vancouver Hop on/ hop off tour
Victoria Whale watching excursion
Admission to Butchart gardens
All transfers included
Day 1 Fly UK to Calgary
On arrival, transfer to Banff for a 3-night stay. Transfers included
Day 2 Discover Lake Louise & Lake Moraine
You have this morning at leisure before your afternoon tour - Discover Lake Louise & Moraine Lake. On this afternoon sightseeing tour you will visit the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies," Lake Louise and the world renowned Moraine Lake. Both are a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site and you will have time to take photos of their shorelines. Learn our mountaineering history and how a tragic accident at Lake Louise shaped Canadian Mountain Culture. Finally, walk to the viewpoint in the Valley of Ten Peaks overlooking Moraine Lake. Tour highlights: Bow Valley Parkway, Baker Creek Mountain Resort, Lake Louise, Chateau Lake Louise, Moraine Lake (closed early/late season), refreshment, and maple cookies.
Day 3 Explore Banff
A day at leisure to enjoy Banff. Ask one of our Canada Experts for optional excursion that we can pre-book in Banff for you.
Day 4 Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf service to Kamloops
Travel on board the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey takes you through a spectacular array of scenery as you travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and Lunch included. Please note that departure days vary dependant upon your departure point, please call for full details
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf service Kamloops to Vancouver
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. Breakfast and Lunch included
Day 6 Vancouver Sightseeing
Today you have your Hop on Hop off 24 hour Vancouver Sightseeing voucher to use. Schedule: May - October: every 20 minutes November - April: every 40 minutes Explore Vancouver onboard clear-top buses and San Francisco-style Trolleys. This flexible Dual Pass combination of the CITY and PARK Routes offers all the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. This flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 29 stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver's urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don't forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. Full commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean & Mandarin on the clear top convertible Hop-On, Hop-Off busses. Enjoy Commentary in English onboard the San Francisco-style Trolleys. Both bus types (clear top and trolley) will be travelling on all routes. There is no designated bus type per route. Highlights: - Commentary in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin (clear top buses only) - Convertible clear top buses for stunning views, rain or shine - San Francisco-style Trolleys with live commentary - Hop-Off at any stop in Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Chinatown, Gastown and more - Hop-Off at any of the connecting stops on both routes at Canada Place, False Creek Ferries, Library Square, Chinatown, Sports District, and Gastown - False Creek Ferries Pass
Day 7 Vancouver to Victoria including Butchart Gardens
Fully driver guided tour includes: priority ferry boarding, 90-minute ferry ride through the Gulf Islands, admission to world-renowned Butchart Gardens, Victoria City Tour including the Inner Harbour and Chinatown. For those passengers staying overnight in Victoria, Pacific Coach Lines has complimentary hotel drop-off service at many of the Downtown Victoria Hotels
Day 8 Victoria whale watching trip
We have included a 3 hour Whale Watching tour from Victoria this morning. This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a comfortable covered vessel or a custom-built zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided.
Day 9 Explore Victoria
Day at leisure to enjoy Victoria. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts for optional excursions to pre-book.
Day 10 Victoria to Vancouver
Transfer by coach & ferry (included) from Victoria to Vancouver for 2 nights. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 11 Vancouver Sightseeing
Spend today at your leisure taking in the very best of Vancouver.
Day 12 Vancouver to Whistler with gondola ride
Duration: 4 hours Traverse from the scenic coastline of Howe Sound fjord to the lush forested peaks of the Coast Mountains. This escape from the city is an ideal way to experience the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver and Whistler. Gaze out over ever-changing landscapes surrounding the Sea to Sky Highway, with a scenic stop at the 335 metre Shannon Falls. Our next stop is the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Gondola. After an exciting 10-minute ride to the top of Habrich Ridge, your views change dramatically, rising above the towering canopy of a coastal rainforest and upward above Howe Sound and the neighbouring mountains. Along the way, pass by the quaint town of Squamish. Considered an outdoor paradise, for climbers and backcountry adventurers. Squamish is perfectly positioned at the most north easterly point of the Howe Sound, offering astonishing views of the mountains and water. Continue the journey to Whistler with views of Tantalus Glacier greet passengers en route to Whistler. This pedestrian village is located at the base of world-famous Whistler-Blackcomb Mountains. This world famous ski resort also hosted many 2010 Olympic outdoor sporting events. Spend an afternoon exploring eclectic downtown shops and cafes, hiking along nature trails, or relaxing and breathing in the fresh mountain air. Returning to Vancouver, mountains give way to ocean as the coach winds downwards from towering peaks through rugged coastline, to metropolitan cityscapes. At the end of the tour, your WestCoast Sightseeing driver will drop you at your Whistler hotel around midday. Highlights: Sea to Sky Highway, Shannon Falls Park, Sea to Sky Gondola (admission included), Tantalus Glacier Range, Whistler Village. Spend the afternoon in Whistler at your leisure.
Day 13 Explore Whistler
Today is at your leisure to explore Canada's most famous mountain resort of Whistler. Ask one of our Canada Experts for optional excursions that they can pre-book during your stay.
Day 14 Fly Vancouver to UK
Coach transfer from your hotel in Whistler (included) to the airport for your overnight flight to the UK.