Holiday Itinerary - Grand Western Canada

Day 1: Arrive in Vancover BC.

Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! At 6pm, meet your companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure

Day 2: Vancouver - Victoria.

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. Visit world famous
BUTCHART GARDENS, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. See major attractions on your city orientation tour, including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (B,D)

Day 3: Victoria.

This day is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of speciality stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (B)

Day 4: Victoria - Whistler.

Today, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. There’s time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. (B)

Day 5: Whistler.

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities
by exploring the village on foot, including a walk to beautiful Alta Lake. Other options include a walk in the treetops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (B)

Day 6 : Whistler - Sun Peaks.

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks, with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada’s fur trade. (B) 

NOTE: Operation of the canoe trip is subject to favourable weather conditions.

Day 7: Sun Peaks - Jasper.

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. Perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendour of Jasper National Park. (B,D)

Day 8: Japser. Excursion to Maligne Lake.

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own. (B)

Day 9: Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff.

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savour stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose greenblue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (B)

NOTE: The 3 and 17 May, and 26 July departures will enjoy overnights at the luxurious Rimrock Resort Hotel, nestled in the mountains 750 feet above Banff, offering exceptional views, fine dining, and an enjoyable location near the Upper Hot Springs and the Banff Gondola.

Day 10: Banff.

Breakfast this morning is served on top of Sulphur Mountain. Take a scenic ride on the BANFF GONDOLA to the top of the mountain and then enjoy spectacular views of the valley below as you savour a flavourful meal. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls. The rest of the day is at your leisure. Consider an optional helicopter sightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B,D)

Day 11: Banff - Yoho National Park - Glacier National Park - Kelowna

This morning, depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Next, enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Descend into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. Tonight, why not enjoy a wine tasting or dinner at one of Kelowna’s many restaurants? (B)

Day 12: Kelowna - Vancouver.

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before travelling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 13: Vancouver

The tour ends after breakfast this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. (B)

Day 14:

Flight lands in the UK.

Add an Alaska cruise to your holiday

Day 13 Vancouver (embarkation).

Embark Holland America’s Volendam. (B,D)

Day 14 Scenic cruising: Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Day 15 Tracy Arm and Juneau. (B,L,D)

Day 16 Skagway. (B,L,D)

Day 17 Scenic crusiing: Glacier Bay National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 18 Ketchikan. (B,L,D)

Day 19 Scenic cruising: Inside Passage. (B,L,D)

Day 20 Vancouver (disembarkation). (B)

Day 21 Flight lands in the UK.

NOTE: Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing.

Departure dates and prices 2019 : Grand Western Canada (14 days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price from £2799

Travel 55 discount price from £2604

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Cosmos access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The ‘from’ price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a room, travelling on 10 May 2019. Please call to get a quote for your own party size and chosen departure date/airport. Telephone Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 for up to date availability and prices. Don't forget to quote Travel 55 code TR55C to receive your 7% discount.

May 3, 10, 17, 31

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

June 7, 14, 21

September 6

July 5, 12, 19, 26

Cosmos access real-time airline pricing to offer you the best holiday price available on the day you book. The ‘from’ price shown above is a guide at the time of going to print, based on two people sharing a room, travelling on 10 May 2019. Please call Cosmos to get a quote for your own party size and chosen departure date/airport. Please see Cosmos terms & conditions for further details. Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Cosmos Tours
Grand Western Canada

14 Days Escorted Touring - 7% Discount

This Cosmos tour starts from only £2604 

Your holiday begins in Vancouver and a tour including the waterfront, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Continue to Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria. Visit the world famous Butchart Gardens and see the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square and Thunderbird Park.

Then on to the alpine resort of Whistler with time to explore before visiting the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Journey north through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. 

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering Jasper National Park. You will travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savour stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass for splendid views of Peyto Lake. 

Depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide in to British Columbia and Yoho National Park. 

This fascinating 14 day Grand Western Canada tour comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct  with Cosmos on 0330 0588 237 and quote the Travel 55 codeTR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 0588 237 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

All this included

Flights

Home pick up service*

Transfers

Sightseeing and more -

VANCOUVER Sightseeing; farewell dinner

VICTORIA Orientation tour; visit and dinner at Butchart Gardens

WHISTLER Visit Shannon Falls; breakfast at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing; cruise Maligne Lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain with breakfast; sightseeing

Hotels

Vancouver Georgian Court Hotel

Victoria Marriott Victoria Inner Harbour

Whistler Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Sun Peaks Sun Peaks Grand Hotel

Jasper Sawridge Inn

Banff Banff Park Lodge or Rimrock Resort

Kelowna Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan

Alaska cruise extension Holland America’s MS Volendam

Meals

Breakfast (B) daily, 4 three-course dinners (D) including a farewell dinner in Vancouver; Alaska Cruise Extension: 20 additional meals

Free WI-FI available on your coach and in most hotels

Globus tours

A Globus tour is more than just a holiday – it’s everything you need, taken care of. All of Globus tours include:

Sightseeing and VIP access: Globus offers you more included features and behind-the-scenes local experiences than any other tour operator – plus, you get special VIP access at the must-see sights. We actually take you inside the most awe-inspiring places – right to the front of the queue and through the front door. Our itineraries clearly indicate inside visits and included features by putting them into UPPERCASE.

Superior hotels: Only on a Globus tour can you see all the sights, hit the town for the evening and then stroll back to a comfortable bed. Our hotels have been selected for their comfort, beauty and central location so you’re perfectly positioned to make the most of each stop. All hotel and city taxes, service charges and tips for baggage handling are included.

Meals: Food and wine tastings, plus traditional meals at local restaurants, help you experience your destination’s
culture through its cuisine. Globus tours always include several meals, each featuring at least one complimentary glass of regional wine, beer, soft drinks, coff ee or tea for an additional taste of local flavour.

Local Favourites: Globus go beyond the excursions off ered by other tour operators and arrange special events and activities
just for Globus guests to get an authentic taste of local life. Whether that’s learning to dance the Viennese waltz in an exclusive lesson in Strauss, or discovering life on a husky farm in Finnish Lapland, see which Local Favorites are included on each tour, just look out for the icons on the holiday pages.

Plus: Your Globus tour also includes our private home pick-up service, transfers, Wi-Fi (where available) and air-conditioning on our deluxe coaches, porterage, and any airport or port charges.

You even have the chance to personalise your trip with extra days and additional optional excursions.


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