Day 1 - UK to Calgary
We'll fly to Calgary today, transferring to hotel in downtown Calgary. Rest of the day is for you to spend at leisure.
Day 2 - Banff
Today you'll transfer to Banff for a sightseeing tour of Banff National Park.
In Banff National Park's huge pine forests, black and grizzly bears still roam free and the area is home to spectacular sights such as wondrous snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, sparkling streams and rugged canyons with crashing waterfalls. Our tour today includes visits to the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner and Bow Falls, and you might opt to take a ride on the Banff Gondola.
This evening we'll get together for dinner.
Day 3 - Lake Louise
Lake Louise – a glacial jade-green lake, high in the mountains surrounded on all sides by towering peaks – is often described as the most beautiful place in Canada. Our included excursion to the lake today gives you the chance to see if you agree.
Day 4 - Jasper
The Banff-Jasper Highway reaches almost 7,000ft above sea level at points and is flanked by great mountain ranges soaring to more than 11,000ft. As we head along this magnificent highway to Jasper, a stop at the Great Columbia Icefield provides an opportunity to take an Ice Explorer ride across the Athabasca Glacier.
Day 5 - Jasper
The former railroad town of Jasper is now home to the breathtakingly beautiful Jasper National Park. On this morning’s tour witness the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, set in a canyon and ringed by snow-and ice-capped mountains.
During your free time this afternoon you could choose to take an optional river raft ride, and in the evening there’s the chance to take a walk on the wild side with an optional nature walk.
Day 6 - Rocky Mountaineer
What a treat we have in store today as we board the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for a fabulous two day journey to Kamloops and Vancouver.
The first leg of our journey takes us from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia. Sit back and relax and take in the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Special highlights will be views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres, and the stunning Pyramid Falls, which descend from a hanging valley and are a truly remarkable sight. We'll also climb over Yellowhead Pass and along the North Thompson River as we approach Kamloops for an overnight stay.
Just as impressive as the scenery will be your surroundings on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Relax in comfort as your onboard host shares stories about life in the Rockies and you and your companions enjoy SilverLeaf service, which includes breakfast and lunch served at your seat and complimentary snacks and drinks, including wine, beer and spirits, as you take in the unbelievable views.
Day 7 - Rocky Mountaineer
We re-join the Rocky Mountaineer for a journey towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. From the comfort of our carriage we’ll witness dramatic changes in scenery as we pass by winding river canyons, pristine forest and dramatic mountains. We’ll follow the Fraser River, renowned as the home of British Columbia’s largest salmon fishing run – when salmon which have migrated from the ocean, swim to the upper reaches of the river to spawn – so keep your eyes peeled for grizzly bears trying to pluck a catch from the water. Hell’s Gate is another highlight today, when the river narrows abruptly forcing the water to gush through a 35-metre wide passage.
Day 8 - Vancouver
Boasting one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, forests and delightful islands. On our sightseeing tour we'll take in Chinatown, Gas Town, the remarkable 1,000-acre Stanley Park with its famous totem poles and the magnificent harbour.
Granville Island is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike, thanks to its theatres, restaurants and shops. The highlight for most is the indoor public market with stalls selling gourmet delicacies, baked goods and seafood, some of which you will experience today on a foodie tour.
Day 9 - Vancouver
Vancouver’s North Shore, featuring the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, is well worth a visit and you can do so on an optional excursion this afternoon if you wish.
Day 10 - Vancouver
Victoria on Vancouver Island can be reached by ferry, and if you choose to join an optional excursion, that’s how we reach the capital of British Columbia.
On our city tour you’ll be able to admire the architecture here and see how its British Victorian heritage is perfectly preserved. More highlights include the marvellous Butchart Gardens – 50 acres of spectacular floral displays and emerald-coloured lawns. We’ll also visit the Parliament Building and the classic Empress Hotel, sitting next to Victoria’s sparkling harbour.
A farewell drink with your fellow travellers this evening will bring your tour to a perfect end.
Days 11 - 12 - Vancouver/UK
You’ll fly back to the UK on day 11. Arrive in the UK on day 12.