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Following this will be one of the main highlights of the trip - a scenic 3-day rail journey along the Rainforest to Gold Rush route with Rocky Mountaineer. You will travel from Jasper, with stops in Quesnel and Whistler before arriving in cosmopolitan Vancouver. Explore Vancouver at your own pace before travelling to Victoria on Vancouver Island for the day, visiting the impressive Butchart Gardens and watch the floatplanes land at the Inner Harbour.
Day 1 Fly from UK to Toronto
Arrive Toronto and transfer (not included) to you downtown hotel. The best and quickest way to get to downtown Toronto is on the UP Express train from inside the airport to one of two downtown Toronto stops (takes approx 20-25minutes).
Day 2 Toronto Sightseeing
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 (full day)
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 & its Wildlife
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 Icefield Parkway Tour Banff to Jasper via Lake Louise
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
We have included the popular Maligne Lake & Guided Walk tour. This amazing tour is a guided interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley. Our exploration will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the "disappearing" Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies enjoy a guided walk along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km return). Tour ends at 2.30pm then you have the remainder of the afternoon at your leisure.
Day 9 Jasper Sightseeing
Free day to explore Jasper. Speak to one of our Canada Experts to pre-book a tour such as Jasper Tramway with shuttle, Water Rafting, Discover Jasper & it's Wildlife or other alternatives.
Day 10 Rocky Mountaineer Jasper to Quesnel - SilverLeaf Service
Wide-eyed, you’ll experience mountainous terrain, untouched lakes and incredible waterfalls. You’ll gradually lose altitude as you come through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The awesome sight of Mount Robson, the range’s highest peak, will greet you. Every step of the way, your emotions will follow the extremes of the journey, from silent awe to uncontained elation. This route offers the best kind of drama—the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat kind!
Day 11 Rocky Mountaineer Quesnel to Whistler - Silverleaf Service
After an overnight hotel stay in Quesnel, you’ll head south again.Turning south and east, the landscape becomes more rugged. More wild. Sheer cliffs on one side, milky-green lakes on the other. You’ll travel down the Pemberton Valley as you glide beside gorgeous Anderson and Seton Lakes.
Day 12 Rocky Mountaineer Whistler to Vancouver -SilverLeaf Service
Having had a relaxing stay at one of Whistler's hotels, Prepare to be amazed as you make your way past massive cliffs, deep canyons, and stunning bridges. You'll roll along the scenic fjord of Howe Sound and along the foot of the Coast Mountains until arriving in the stunning city of Vancouver.
Day 13 Hop on Hop off Sightseeing
Today you have a 24 hour Hop on Hop off Vancouver Sightseeing Pass. 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 14 Explore Vancouver
A second day 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. Why not ask one of our Canada Experts about pre-booking a Harbour Cruise, a guided bicycle ride around Stanley Park, Fly Over Canada ride or even a Foodie tour.
Day 15 Victoria & Butchart Gardens Tour (full day)
Today we have included a full day tour from Vancouver to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. Duration: 12-13 hours View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions and whales. Arrive at Swartz Bay terminal on Vancouver Island and continue to the enchanting botanical paradise of Butchart Gardens. Wander through a series of themed gardens, highlighted by the massive Sunken Garden and dancing fountain. The City of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the waterfront Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in this culturally significant city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour. Packed with ever-changing experiences of the Pacific Coast and Vancouver Island, this tour is a mustdo for those who have not yet visited Victoria. Highlights: BC Ferries (tickets included), Butchart Gardens (admission included), Victoria City Tour, Leisure Time.
Day 16 Vancouver to UK
This morning you will be transferred from your downtown hotel to Vancouver Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK.
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