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This trip of a lifetime takes in Niagara Falls, Banff, Jasper, Vancouver and Whistler.
If this isn't enough experience the famous Rocky Mountaineer two-day journey, taking you through the dazzling peaks of the Rockies down into coastal Vancouver.
Another main highlight of the trip will be the Icefields Parkway tour from Banff to Jasper, one of the world's most scenic drives, you will take in an abundance of wildlife, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers - it truly is picture postcard material.
Day 1 Fly UK to Toronto
Arrive in Toronto and transferred to downtown (not included) by UP Express Train, this takes approx 20-25minutes.
Day 2 Toronto at leisure
Today is yours to spend at your leisure getting to know this fabulous city. Toronto has so much to offer, we recommend taking a harbour cruise, a relaxing walk down at the boardwalk along the waterfront before stopping for lunch in the distillery district.One of Toronto's top attractions is the famous CN Tower, take a ride up, walk on the glass floor and take in panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. If visiting in summer another favourite is the short ferry ride over to Centreville Island, for families check out Canada's Wonderland Theme and Water Park.
Day 3 Niagara Falls Tour
This morning you will be picked up from one of the various pick up points in downtown Toronto for your full day tour to Niagara Falls. 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. Tour includes: - Hornblower Cruise or Journey Behind the Falls* - 3-course lunch overlooking Niagara Falls - Free time in Niagara-on-the-Lake - Winery tour including a wine tasting *Hornblower Cruise operates May through October, weather permitting. Journey Behind the Falls will be substituted from Oct to May. Note: The itinerary may vary in the winter months depending on opening hours of wineries and attractions, and the lunch will either be buffet style or a plated 3-course menu. Note: Children will be provided with non-alcoholic beverages as a substitute.
Day 4 Fly to Calgary, transfer to Banff
This morning make your own way from your hotel to Toronto Airport (not included), we recommend the UP Express train from downtown to the airport. We have included an internal flight from Toronto to Calgary for you. From Calgary Airport you will be transferred by coach (included) to your choosen Banff hotel.
Day 5 Discover Banff & it's wildlife tour
Today we have included the "Discover Banff and it's Wildlife" excursion for you. (3 hour 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 a hidden natural hotspring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past. All the while learn about wildlife behavior, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations as you tour around the area. 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. Tour highlights: Bow Falls, Banff Springs Hotel, Bankhead (an abandoned mining town and relic of Banff's industrial past), Surprise Corner, Hoodoos & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Lake Minnewanka, refreshment and maple cookies. Drop off is available at the Banff Gondola. Please advise your driver at time of boarding if you would like to be dropped off there.
Day 6 Explore Banff
Today is your's to spend at your leisure taking in Banff National Park.
Day 7 Scenic Icefields Parkway tour Banff to Jasper
Today you have one of the biggest highlights of your trip - the scenic Icefields Parkway tour from Banff to Jasper. This really is like driving through a picture postcard with an abundance of wildlife, lakes, waterfalls and glaciers on view. Duration: 10 hours* *Note: Not all of the regularly scheduled stops on this sightseeing tour are accessible during the Winter, so the length of this tour is shortened during this time. Today's tour to Jasper takes us through some of the most spectacular mountain landscapes in North America. 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. Departing Banff we pass Vermilion Lakes and the fortress formations of Castle Mountain before arriving at stunning Lake Louise and the world famous Chateau Lake Louise. After a short break we continue northwards on the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic stretches of highway in North America. Stops will be made at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and the Weeping Wall before arriving at the Athabasca Glacier and Columbia Icefield where we allow time to enjoy the "Ice Explorer Ride" and the Glacier Skywalk. From here the parkway descends Tangle Ridge and follows the Athabasca River, which begins as melt water from the Athabasca Glacier. We then stop at the Athabasca Falls, where the boiling waters of the river plunge into a chasm gouged out of the valley floor. Highlights: - A hearty picnic lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a secluded location along the Icefields Parkway. - Glacier Adventure Package (Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk) admissions are included on a separate voucher.
Day 8 Explore Jasper
Today is yours to spend at your leisure exploring the alpine town of Jasper. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts about optional excursions, two of our most popular are Jasper Tramway and the Maligne Valley Sightseeing tour with Maligne lake boat cruise.
Day 9 Rocky Mountaineer Jasper to Kamloops SilverLeaf Service
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
Day 10 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver SilverLeaf Service
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.
Day 11 Sightseeing Vancouver
Today is yours at your leisure in Vancouver to explore and get to know this coastal city. Vancouver is regularly voted one of the best cities in the world to stay in. It is easy to see why - Vancouver effortlessly combines the excitement and energy of a modern city with the invigorating appeal of the great outdoors.Explore diverse neighbourhoods, decadent dining, outdoor pursuits and multicultural attractions - in Vancouver you won't have to choose between city and nature. Be sure to take in Coal Harbour, Stanley Park, Granville Island Public Market (time it for lunch), Gastown, Chinatown and trendy Yaletown and also take in a Sunset at English Bay beach.
Day 12 Vancouver at leisure
Spend today at your leisure in Vancouver taking in scenery and attractions. Some of our best seller Vancouver attractions are cycle tour of Stanley Park, Harbour Cruise, Fly Over Canada ride and a Foodie tour.
Day 13 Vancouver to Whistler
This morning you will be transferred from one of the Vancouver downtown pick ups to your Whistler hotel. This is a beautiful drive, one of the most scenic in Western Canada along the Sea 2 Sky highway. Spend the remainder of your afternoon at your leisure enjoying the pedestrianised Whistler village with many shops, restaurants and bars, saoking up the atmosphere. Perhaps even take a stroll to one of the lakes and take in the scenery.
Day 14 Explore Whistler with Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Today will be one of the highlights of your trip, as you explore Whistler using the Peak 2 Peak Gondola and the new Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge. The record-breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola links Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains and is accessible via the Whistler Village Gondola in Whistler Village. A feat of engineering, the gondola boasts the longest unsupported lift span in the world (3.024 kms/1.88 miles). It is also the highest lift of its kind with an elevation of 436 metres (1,427 ft). Sightseeing on the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola is a must do while in Whistler. A PEAK 2 PEAK Alpine Experience ticket allows you to visit Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains in one day, on the way receiving a bird?s eye view of the forest and spectacular mountains, valleys and glaciers. A special silver glass-bottom gondola provides another unique perspective of the forest. With the opening of the Whistler Peak Suspension Bridge in the first week of July 2018, Whistler Blackcomb added a new attraction to the PEAK 2 Peak Alpine Experience. The Peak Suspension Bridge is 427-ft-long (130 meters) long and at the peak of Whistler Mountain, at an elevation of about 7,200 ft above sea level. This bridge is one of the highest elevation suspension bridges in the world. Includes: One trip up the Whistler Village Gondola and the Peak to Peak Gondola. Free access to the Peak Suspension Bridge. Access to over 50km of hiking, running and interpretive walking trails.
Day 15 Whistler to Victoria (float plane)
Today you will have one of the most scenic transfers by air with our float plane transfer from Whistler to Victoria. This one hour trip will have you in awe of the scenery, taking you from the Mountains to the Sea. Spend the remainder of the day at your leisure in Victoria. Check in at your hotel and head down to the Inner Harbour area and/or Beacon Hill park for the afternoon.
Day 16 Whale Watching Victoria
Today we have included a spectacular Whale Watching tour from downtown Victoria. This coastal excursion is an exhilirating 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 custom-built zodiac that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilirating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided. ZODIAC TOURS: The open zodiacs are for the adventurous at heart. The 12 passenger vessels are recommended for an exhilarating experience complete with sea spray! Designed for high speed these vessels are known around the world for durability, safety, seaworthiness and performance. The zodiacs are equipped with Yamaha 4-stroke engines, world renowned for their quiet operating and low emission levels. Passengers will be provided full body cruiser suits for the tour. We can also offer a covered boat, please advise at the time of booking what boat you would prefer.
Day 17 Transfer Victoria to Vancouver, Fly to UK
This morning you will be transferred from downtown Victoria to Vancouver Airport (included) for your flight back to the UK.