On this Canadian Rockies tour, enjoy time in many of Canada’s most scenic areas as you travel through some of its national parks and mountain towns. Spend time in beautiful Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Whistler, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver, and British Columbia’s wine country. Ferry through the Gulf Islands between Vancouver and Victoria. Take an Ice Explorer ride on the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the stunning scenery, including alpine meadows, waterfalls and massive glaciers.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 2
ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER, BC
Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! This evening we meet our traveling companions for a welcome drink as we prepare for our upcoming adventure.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 3
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)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 4
This day is free to explore on your own; with options for wildlife and whale-watching tours. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (B)
MONDAY, AUGUST 5
Today, board a British Columbia 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)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 6
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 as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (B)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7
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)
THURSDAY, AUGUST 8
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 splendor of Jasper National Park. (B, D)
FRIDAY, AUGUST 9
JASPER-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)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 10
JASPER-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-LAKE LOUISE-BANFF
This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor 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 green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park. (B)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 11
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. Additional sightseeing in Banff includes a visit to Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (B, D)
MONDAY, AUGUST 12
BANFF-YOHO NATIONAL PARK-GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WINE COUNTRY
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. A special evening is in store for you with a tour and dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, producing some of the best wine in British Columbia. (B, D)
TUESDAY, AUGUST 13
BRITISH COLUMBIA WINE COUNTRY-VANCOUVER
Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley, with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards, before traveling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner. (B, D)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14
The tour ends after breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport to return home. (B)
Price when booked by November 21, 2018:
Double occupancy: $3,588 per person
Single occupancy: $4,865 per person
Deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm your
Final Payment is due on or before May 1, 2019.
Deposit is nonrefundable.
After May 1, 2019, final payment is nonrefundable.
Optional roundtrip group airfare out of Cedar Rapids is available for $425 per person.
SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:
- Visit and dinner at Butchart Gardens
- Ice Explorer ride on Columbia Icefield
- Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain
- Tour & wine pairing dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery
- Fully Escorted
- 12-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Airport transfers
- Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
- Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotels
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 12 full breakfasts (B) and 5 dinners (D) as specified
- Airline baggage fees
- Government & hotel taxes ($112.96)
- Tips and Gratuities
- Travel Insurance
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ENTRY INTO CANADA
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