(Lake Louise, Banff)
As your private helicopter banks gently over the peaks of western Canada’s soaring Rocky Mountains, a patchwork scene of old-growth forest, reflective wilderness lakes and alpine slopes is revealed before your eyes.
Get an authentic taste of Vancouver as you tour the neighborhoods that fill this picturesque Pacific coast city with its unique character, and follow the aptly-named ‘Sea-to-Sky Highway’ past 7,000-foot mountains, soaring waterfalls and lush forest to the exclusive ski resort of Whistler. Board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer for a breath-taking train journey through lush valleys, along the bands of winding rivers, past vast tracts of old-growth forest and up the steep slopes of the Rocky Mountains en route to Kamloops and Jasper National Park. The scenic Icefields Parkway will lead you on to Lake Louise via Columbia Icefield where you’ll ride to the middle of Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer. Explore the distinctive Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park, and see the sights of Banff including Bow Falls and Lake Minnewanka. The highlight of your trip may well be an incredible helicopter flight over the soaring summit of the Rocky Mountains.
This extensive trip through western Canada combines comfortable city hotels with charming village lodges and elegant mountain spas, all carefully selected for their proximity to the sights and experiences that will punctuate your journey. You’ll travel by luxury panoramic train and private coach, and your experienced team of local guides and drivers will ensure a seamless experience as you connect with the wilderness of British Columbia and Alberta.
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Enjoy a private airport transfer with professional driver.
Enjoy a private, introductory tour of Vancouver (4hrs) highlighting the main sights of the city. With a private tour, you can set the pace and spend as much or as little time at each of the places of interest. Your driver/guide will delight in sharing their extensive knowledge of area's history, geography and current events. Places of interest on the tour include: B.C. Place, G.M. Place, Science World (Olympic Sites), Gastown - Historical area of Vancouver, Canada Place - Alaska Cruise ship terminal and home of the new convention centre, Stanley Park - The Totem Poles, Vancouver Aquarium (not included - optional) and Prospect Point as well as English Bay/Vancouver Harbour and Granville Island - which includes a stop at artists' studios, craft galleries, and the Granville Island Public Market. From here, the tour continues on to Queen Elizabeth Park before you are brought back to your hotel.
Explore the ‘Sea-to-Sky’ highway, also known as the road to the 2010 Winter Olympics, on your way to Whistler Village. Marvel at the second largest granite monolith in the world as you travel amidst the 2133 metre high majestic peaks of the Coastal Mountains. Stops en route include Shannon Falls – the 3rd highest waterfall in British Columbia, several view points to take in the glaciers and glacier fjord (Britannia Beach) and admission to the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre and Museum. Your guide provides historical anecdotes and practical information to maximize your four hours of free time to explore Whistler.
At leisure, spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout.
Board the transfer from your hotel this morning to the train station.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.
An awaiting coach will transfer you from the train station to your hotel for the evening.
With pickup from the hotel, a coach will transfer you to the train station this morning.
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park.
Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. An awaiting coach will transfer you from the train station to your hotel for the evening.
Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and Canada’s largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a short scenic tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.
The remainder of your day is free to spend at leisure.
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own.
In the early afternoon, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a pickup at your hotel for a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.
Includes airport transfer with luxury vehicle and professional driver.
The Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown combines an unparalleled downtown Vancouver location with a wide choice of comfortable accommodations, plentiful amenities and staff solely dedicated to exceeding all your expectations - even the smallest ones. Business travelers will enjoy convenient access to downtown Vancouver′s leading businesses and government departments, business-friendly accommodations and facilities as well as flexible, modern meeting rooms - ideal for groups of up to 220. With a sleek new lobby the hotel welcomes leisure, business and conference travelers to the city with the confidence and ease you expect from a fine hotel. Jump into the indoor pool, relax in the sauna, work out in the health center, enjoy a delicious breakfast lunch or dinner at Medley’s Restaurant
A refreshed, comfortable Vancouver hotel with a great location and friendly service . It’s the perfect place to kick back, relax, and be yourself. The Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown's Guestrooms offer pleasing hotel amenities such as FREE wireless hi-speed Internet access, 24hr indoor pool, health club, sauna, and pay for services Business Centre and underground parking.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Kamloops. Exact hotel will be advised prior to embarking the train.
Conveniently located on the main street of Jasper, Marmot Lodge offers 107 well appointed rooms. The lodge is nestled in the trees and visitors can often catch a glance of wildlife from their rooms. Standard Room features Air conditioning, fridge, hair dryer, complimentary in-room coffee and kettle for tea.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the only property located right on the lake itself in the heart of Banff National Park. It is one of Canada's most recognized hotels that have all the lodging and amenities to fulfill your every desire. Satisfy your culinary cravings with their exquisite selection of dining rooms. Pamper both body and soul with a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure in their newly renovated spa. Keep in shape on their trails and ski slopes or in their fully equipped Health Club. Take advantage of all that this treasured Alberta destination has to offer.
With chalet accents, the cabin-style Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa is located in the Canadian Rockies, at Banff National Park, and approximately 90 miles from Calgary International Airport. This location is also a 10-minute walk from the town center, three miles from the Upper Hot Springs and Sulpher Mountain Gondola, and four miles from ski lifts. The property's amenities include the individual ski lockers, wax and tuning room, convenience store, Keg Steakhouse and Bar, and fieldstone fireplace in the lobby. The full-service Red Earth Spa offers massages, Vichy treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatments, a jetted hot pool, steam room, and separate workout room.
At the International Hotel Suites Calgary, guests are treated to relaxed lodging accommodations in a contemporary, urban oasis in Calgary, Canada. Modern conveniences, spacious suite layouts and simple, elegant design inspire relaxation and rejuvenation in a private guest sanctuary. All suites have been fully renovated and feature luxurious linens, plush bath towels, high speed internet service, wet bar area, mini refrigerator and air conditioning.
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