Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast

Space Needle, Seattle, WA
14 Days from $5,332 per person

Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.

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  1. Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, one of the most eclectic cities in Canada. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.
    hotel:Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown.
  2. Embark on a guided tour of Vancouver and all its highlights. Explore Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Then board the ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and on to Victoria, British Columbia's stunning capital city. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing or taking in the city as you please.
    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria (2 nights).
  3. Start your day at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Wander through the gardens with incredible views of the Italian Garden, Residence Lawn and Rose Garden. Next, take a guided sightseeing tour of Victoria with the city's spectacular Inner Harbour, viewing the stately Parliament Buildings, down Government Street to Old Town, Canada's oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Continue on as you follow Antique Row, before passing Craigdarroch Castle and through the Oak Bay residential area. Stop at the summit of Mount Tolmie for a photo opportunity high above the city and continue on to Uplands and along Marine Drive with vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca and past Beacon Hill Park. The afternoon is free. Perhaps take an optional whale watching experience seeking out pods of Orcas. Tonight, partake in a Highlight Dinner at a modern brewpub offering homemade seasonal brews on the waterfront.
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    hotel:DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.
  4. Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver's North Shore to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and its 7 suspended footbridges, 100 feet (30 metres) above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner sipping a local craft beer or a glass of chilled BC wine from the sun drenched seated deck overlooking the Stanley Park gardens. After, step on-board VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian' for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in the restored rail cars and celebrate the start of your rail journey with a champagne send-off. Retire to your private Sleeper Plus Class cabin and let the train gently lull you to sleep.
    meal(s):FB, HD
    hotel:VIA Rail Canada’s 'The Canadian', Sleeper Plus Class.
  5. Wake up to stunning vistas from The Canadian while viewing scenes from your reserved access seats of the Skyline, Park or brand new Panorama Car topped with a full-domed window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as you travel past towering peaks and glaciers, cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. In the afternoon, arrive in Jasper National Park, your home for the next two nights and an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:Sawridge Inn, Jasper National Park, Balcony Rooms (2 nights).
  6. Start the day with an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise across the serene waters of Iconic Maligne Lake – one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps join an optional, fun and easy scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel, followed by a presentation about the history and fauna of the area by a local naturalist.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Sawridge Inn, Balcony Rooms.
  7. Get ready for a scenic symphony of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls as you follow the majestic Icefields Parkway – simply one of the world's most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefield Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise, where a delightful experience awaits – an afternoon tea in one of the resort's charming venues. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.
    meal(s):FB, AT
    hotel:Rimrock Resort, Banff (2 nights).
  8. Spend the full day exploring the wonders of Banff as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences, including a helicopter flight over the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies or a ride on-board the Banff Gondola. For your dining pleasure, choose from three popular local eateries in the village of Banff.
    meal(s):FB, DA
    hotel:Rimrock Resort.
  9. Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to discover how the indigenous people used this 36 foot (11 metre) high cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago.
    hotel:Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park.
  10. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience as you cross the US border into the rugged beauty of the mountainous, lake-filled, Glacier National Park. Board the historic Red Jammer buses for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road–an engineering marvel running through the park's wild interior. During your narrated trip, marvel at the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake McDonald where you meet a ranger for a more intimate look at the environment. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park.
  11. Head east and stop in Wallace, Idaho, where you meet an experienced miner for a personalised visit to the Sierra Silver Mine. Walk through the main drift of an underground silver mine, as your guide shares personal experiences as a hard-rock miner. Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane, where you stay at The Historic Davenport Hotel. This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with soaring architecture, award-winning amenities and a rich history. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery situated in a nationally recognised historic building.
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    hotel:The Historic Davenport.
  12. Continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Enjoy a visit behind the cellar doors of Cave B Estate of the award-winning boutique winery. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. Learn how these excellent wines combine with food over lunch. Then it's on to Seattle, the ‘Emerald City', for an evening at leisure at the stunning Fairmont Olympic.
    meal(s):FB, L
    hotel:The Olympic Fairmont Seattle (2 nights).
  13. Start your day with a Local Expert on a sightseeing tour of Seattle's major sights including Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!) and Seattle's iconic Space Needle, with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the skyline and Puget Sound. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits, or the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP). In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar's Acres of Clams, for the best of Northwest's dining and cuisine, on Seattle's waterfront.
    meal(s):FB, CD
  14. Today, you have the choice of an included transfer to Seattle SeaTac International Airport or Vancouver International Airport. Guests taking the Optional Alaska Cruise will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for the night before boarding their cruise on Day 15.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
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  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

Welcome Reception (WD), 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 2 Dinners (D) 1 Dine-Around (DA), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) 

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Vancouver: A Local Expert shares all of the city highlights in this bustling west coast seaport.
  • Victoria: Visit the stunning floral displays at Butchart Gardens.
  • The Canadian: Stay aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian, simply one of the world's greatest rail journeys.
  • Jasper: Join your Tour Director for an interpretive talk on the trails of Maligne Canyon and cruise the lake.
  • Jasper: A local naturalist uncovers the history of local flora and fauna.
  • Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer.
  • Chateau Lake Louise: Join a heritage tour of the historic hotel followed by afternoon tea.
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people.
  • Glacier National Park: Board a 'Red Jammer' for a narrated trip with stunning views. Stop and meet a ranger for a guided exploration.
  • Lake McDonald: Meet a Glacier National Park ranger who shares the features of the park's largest lake.
  • Wallace: Meet an experienced miner and tour a silver mine.
  • Seattle: Sightseeing with a Local Expert uncovers all of the city's major sights.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Vancouver: Guided tour, see the totem poles in Stanley Park.
Definite Departure
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24 Jun 17 7 Jul 17 checkmark $5,924$5,332pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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15 Jul 17 28 Jul 17 $5,924$5,332pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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5 Aug 17 18 Aug 17 checkmark $5,924$5,332pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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19 Aug 17 1 Sep 17 $5,924$5,332pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,924 $5,332 pp
9 Sep 17 22 Sep 17 $5,924$5,332pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$5,924 $5,332 pp

Tours operate as per the 2016 itinerary.

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,850.

Room Share: Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $151 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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