Day 1: UK to Vancouver
This evening meet your travelling companions and Tour Director for a welcome drink.
Day 2: Vancouver
A sightseeing tour of Vancouver includes the waterfront, Chinatown and Stanley Park with its vast evergreen forests and totem poles. (B)
Day 3: Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops
Board the world famous Rocky Mountaineer Train. Follow Fraser Canyon and the Thompson river through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. (B,L)
Day 4: Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer - Banff
Continue the Rocky Mountaineer experience eastward to Shuswap Lake. Follow Kicking Horse river and pass over the Continental Divide into Banff National Park. (B,L)
Day 5: Banff National Park
Tour the highlights of Banff; Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and Surprise Corner. This afternoon, either take a trip on a nature walk with a picnic or opt for lunch atop Sulphur Mountain. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Banff National Park - Lake Louise
Visit Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000ft and surround the tranquil water of the lake. Later, arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. (B,D)
Day 7: Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park
Travel on awe inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to Jasper National Park. Ride an exciting Ice Explorer on the 1,200ft thick Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. (B,D)
Day 8: Jasper National Park - Sun Peaks
Admire the scenery on Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Pass Mount Robson; at 12,972ft it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. (B)
Day 9: Sun Peaks - Whistler.
Travel past beautiful lakes and mountains en route to Whistler, one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts. (B)
Day 10: Whistler - Victoria
Enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Afterwards, board the BC Ferry to Victoria on a picturesque
cruise to Vancouver Island. Experience the charms of the ‘Garden City’ on a city highlights tour. (B)
Day 11: Victoria
Today, there is a choice of activities. Either enjoy traditional afternoon tea at the grand Fairmont Empress hotel or a whale watching excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Later, visit the world famous Butchart Gardens. The estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese and English style gardens. Later your Tour Director hosts a farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence. (B,D)
Day 12 – Victoria - Vancouver - UK
Travel via the BC Ferry through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland and transfer to Vancouver Airport for your flight to the UK. (B)
Day 13 – Flight lands in the UK
Globus - Platinum excorted tours : Operated by Archers' sister company Globus, their platinum tours unlock even more authentic local experiences, creating unforgettable memories to last a lifetime. You’ll stay in centrally-located hotels that are rated at least 4 stars and enjoy special access to the world’s greatest sights. Their Tour Directors bring the destinations to life with first-hand, in-depth knowledge. They speak the language. They know the history. They know where to find the legendary pastries.
Comfortable paced tour.
The best - and Archers mean the best - tour directors
You’ll love them, because they love what they do and it shows. They have in-depth knowledge of the places you’ll visit, warm, friendly natures and will be on hand every step of the way with commentary entirely in English. Archers are sure you’ll be thrilled with your Tour Directors ~ 96% of customers rate them ‘excellent’ or ‘good’.
There’s no better way to get to the heart of a place and its people than by way of local introduction. We’ve sought out the most friendly and fascinating people to guide the way and bring you closer to the essence of the local culture.
It’s humbling to be invited to be part of a slightly more intimate display of cultural traditions and treasures, to get up close and watch artisans refine their work or musicians expressing something that captures the spirit of their home. From local Italian chefs to traditional farmers in Myanmar, we’ve met some unforgettable characters with unique skills and have woven them into our holidays so you can meet them too.