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Majesty of the Rockies with Calgary Stampede

16 Days from $6,566 per person

Style: Luxury | Pace: Active

Take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savor delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska.

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Overview

Take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savor delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska.

  1. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 6 pm, join your Traveling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.

    meal(s):Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Four Seasons
  2. This morning, experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour will introduce you to the city's highlights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront. 

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Pacific
  3. Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant and gain access to the stunning grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. Why not head to Royal British Columbia Museum or explore downtown Victoria and take a stroll along the beautiful inner harbor.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Grand Pacific
  4. Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. If you've enjoyed this years' Winter Olympics, why not learn more in Whistler, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics? Explore Whistler and learn about its ascendancy onto the world stage. Dine at the AAA-rated four-diamond restaurant SIDECUT for a Highlight Dinner of featuring a modern take on traditional steakhouse fare. Rest up at the Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows. 

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Four Seasons Resort
  5. In the morning, a First Nations Ambassador welcomes you at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center, showcasing the native peoples’ art, history and culture. Once here, you'll learn about traditional teas important to the region, before taking part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Why not take an easy nature walk around Lost Lake or head to Whistler Museum where you can find out about Whistler's early settlers?

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Four Seasons Resort
  6. Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region. Known for producing some of the best wines in the world, this fertile land holds the majority of vineyard acreage in the province and is home to both boutique vineyards and larger distinguished operations. Savor a delicious Dinner with wine at your luxury hotel, prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:Grand Okanagan Resort
  7. Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks—Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff—with informative talks on the distinguishing highlights of each park. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Famed for its vibrant color, this iconic beauty spot offers an idyllic photo opportunity. In the afternoon, enjoy an engaging nature talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake, before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues, including contemporary Canadian cuisine at the Fairview or Italian dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Fairmont Chateau
  8. This morning, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or visit Whyte Museum. Later, join a private meet-and-greet with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform, before having the opportunity to ask questions and have your picture taken with the Mountie. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel, with each taking pride in sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and artisans. Get some royal shut-eye at The Fairmont Banff Springs, otherwise known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies.’

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Fairmont Banff Springs
  9. Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the wonders of Banff at your own pace. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand to assist with local recommendations.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Fairmont Banff Springs
  10. Travel to Calgary, your home for the next two nights. Later, revel in the evening chuckwagon races and live musical entertainment.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Westin
  11. Take in all the action of the Calgary Stampede and enjoy access to all the events including the world-famous rodeo and fairgrounds.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Westin
  12. Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. At the Icefields Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. With your expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores on the hotel's magnificent grounds.

    meal(s):Breakfast, Dinner with Wine
    hotel:The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  13. In the morning, embark on a narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies, before joining your Traveling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park as you join a Local Expert on an afternoon scenic float trip (waiver required) down the Athabasca River.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  14. If you choose, board the optional Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver with an overnight stay in Kamloops. Alternatively, journey west by luxury coach and arrive at Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ tallest peak, before descending through the Columbia Mountains, arriving in Sun Peaks.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Sun Peaks Grand Hotel
  15. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day yours to explore Vancouver. A haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.

    meal(s):Breakfast
    hotel:Four Seasons
  16. It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers. Your included transfer to Vancouver International Airport arrives at 3 pm. Guests extending their stay may do so at the luxurious Four Seasons in Vancouver.

    meal(s):Breakfast
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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options

Meal Summary

15 Breakfasts, 6 Dinners with Wine.

Highlights

VIP Experiences

  • Whistler: With your Squamish Lil'wat Ambassador take part in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend
  • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a retired Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories

Journey Highlights

  • Victoria: The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia, Victoria is a grand, elegant wonder. Explore this Garden City with her historic charm, baroque architecture, colorful squares and lively waterfront
  • Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes
  • Maligne Lake: Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada’s most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty as you learn how early French Traders navigated waters crowned by snow-laden peaks and nestled between glaciers
  • Calgary: Revel in the evening chuckwagon races and live musical entertainment at the legendary Calgary Stampede
  • Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230 feet high, for a squirrel's eye view
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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 $3,225 per person

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Concierge and Driver $177 per person

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Reviews

Monday, September 18, 2017
Russell Dohrmann
Service:
Vacation:
Service rating : Great guide....keeping traveler posted prior to trip was lacking
Vacation : Good guide.....bus trip to long and accommodations disappointing
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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 24 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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