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Grand Canadian Adventure
Enjoy this wonderful Luxurious Canada Holiday itinerary as you sample the best of Canada in one, fantastic holiday. Fly to Toronto and enjoy this wonderful city and experience the magnificent Niagara Falls on our included full-day excursion.
It's then on to the awesome Rocky Mountains, with 5 nights in Banff and Jasper, before traversing the Rockies by rail on the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf as you head to the vibrant city of Vancouver. The adventure continues as you move on to picturesque Victoria, on Vancouver Island prior to heading for the alpine resort of Whistler by a floatplane.
Included excursions include:
• Niagara Falls Full day excursion
• Discover Banff & its Wildlife Tour
• Columbia Icefields Discovery with Ice Explorer Ride and Glacier Skywalk
• Discover Jasper Tour
• Vancouver City Hop on/off tour
• Victoria Whale Watching excursion
• Whistler Peak2Peak Gondola
Day 1 Fly to Toronto
Today, fly from your chosen UK airport to Toronto for your Grand canadian Adventure. On arrival in Toronto, transfer to your Toronto hotel.
Day 2 Niagara Falls full day excursion
Travel on an air-conditioned motorcoach for a breath-taking, full-day tour through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Tour includeS: • 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 3 Explore Toronto
Today at your leisure to explore Toronto
Day 4 Fly to Calgary and transfer to Banff
Make your own way to Toronto airport for your flight to Calgary. On arrival at Calgary, transfer to your chosen hotel in Banff. Transfer included
Day 5 Discover Banff & its Wildlife tour
Build a connection to our World Heritage Site on our trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff’s landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave & Basin, now a National Historic Site - Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the tour. Drop off at Banff Gondola possible Highlights: • Bow Falls • Banff Springs Hotel • Surprise Corner • Hoodoos & Bow Valley Viewpoint • Lake Minnewanka • Bankhead: An abandoned mining town and relic of Banff’s industrial past • Refreshment and maple cookies
Day 6 Explore Banff
Day at leisure to explore Banff. Why not try the Banff Upper Hot Springs or take ride on the gondola?
Day 7 Icefield Discovery to Jasper
Discover Canada’s most scenic mountain roadway; The Icefields Parkway. This is the route to over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. Venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure. Experience Jasper National Park’s newest attraction, the Glacier Skywalk. Step out onto a glass-floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley for an unobstructed view of the surrounding glaciers. Highlights: Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, Ice Explorer Glacier Tour and Skywalk admission and hot buffet lunch at Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre. Glacier Skywalk admission weather dependent. Overnight in Jasper
Day 8 Explore Jasper excursion
Explore the spectacular natural treasures of the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies. Stand above the massive walls of Maligne Canyon for stunning views of rushing waterfalls, discover the mystery of the disappearing water at Medicine Lake and stroll the shores of Maligne Lake – all on this incredible sightseeing tour. Highlights: Jasper town-site, Maligne Canyon, Athabasca Viewpoint
Day 9 Rocky Mountaineer Jasper to Kamloops
All aboard - join the Rocky Mountaineer for the first day of your 2 day journey through the Rockies: Travel on board 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. Breakfast and Lunch included.
Day 10 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver
Travel in GoldLeaf on the Rocky Mountaineer from 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. On arrival at the rail station, transfer to your Vancouver hotel for an overnight stay. Transfer included.
Day 11 Vancouver City Hop on/off tour
This flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest with live commentary. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. Full commentary over headphones in English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. Below is a list of the key attractions you get to experience when riding Hop-On, Hop-Off Sightseeing. False Creek Ferries • Departs from Aquatic Centre and David Lam Park • Goes to Granville Island • Your pass on Hop-on, Hop-Off Sightseeing is good for a one way trip with False Creek Ferries to Granville Island Granville Island with one way ferry • The amazing public market • Galleries and great boutique shops • Improv theatre • Restaurants and food stands • Kayak rentals Stanley Park • 1000 acres (400 hectares) of Coastal Rainforest dominated Park • Totem poles • Vancouver Aquarium • Stunning Seawall Walk
Day 12 Explore Vancouver
Day at leisure to enjoy the delights of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city.
Day 13 Vancouver to Victoria
Tansfer from Vancouver to Victoria by coach and ferry - transfer is included
Day 14 Victoria Whale Watching Cruise
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 15 Victoria to Whistler
Transfer to Whistler, via floatplane for your 3 night stay at your chosen Whistler hotel. The floatplane experience is highly recommended.
Day 16 Whistler Peak2Peak Gondola
Spanning the distance between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains, the new world record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a breath-taking, 4.4 kilometre journey to infinite possibilities. Redefining the Whistler summer experience by creating limitless new ways to get up-close-and personal with the mountains, this engineering marvel breaks three world records. Also, visit the Peak to Peak Viewing Gallery, a raised walkway that gives you the opportunity to see the gondola’s engineering and inner workings. The Peak 2 Peak Experience includes: • One trip up both the Whistler Village Gondola and the Peak Chair or one trip up Blackcomb • Rides on the various open-air chairlifts and gondolas, including the world-record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola; • Access to over 50 km of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails
Day 17 Explore Whistler
A day at leisure to explore the wonderful alpine style village, nearby lakes and many walking/hiking trails.
Day 18 Transfer to Vancouver Airport - Fly to UK
Today, after checking out of your hotel, transfer direct to Vancouver airport for your flight back to the UK Transfer included.