Canadian Rockies and Vancouver

Group Tour

Introduction

The western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are draped in spectacular natural riches. On this 14-day Canadian Rockies tour, you’ll twist along the highs and lows of the vast landscape through sweeping scenery, mighty mountains, deep forests and pristine lakes and rivers. We contrast the natural landscapes with city stays, too, spending time in Vancouver and Victoria. You’ll soon realise it was more than the promise of gold that tempted settlers here during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s…

Highlights

• Tours of Banff and Lake Louise; and Jasper National Park
• Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
• Interpretative talk in Jasper
• City tour of Vancouver
• Orientation tour of Victoria
• Butchart Gardens

What's included?

• International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow.
• Travel in destination by coach
• 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
• Various meals included 

Itinerary

Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Calgary. On arrival, we transfer to the little town of Banff – surely one of the loveliest in North America. This small town is the launching point for world-famous Banff National Park, home to an untamed wilderness. Rugged mountaintops, glistening lakes, thick forests and elusive wildlife. It’s the stuff that inspires novels and painters. This evening you’re free to enjoy your hotel and explore the surrounding area.

We head out on a day of scenic delights as we explore the town’s surrounds and Lake Louise (named after Queen Victoria’s daughter), plus Moraine Lake (subject to seasonal availability). These glassy lakes are filled by waterfalls and flash shades of deep emerald and bright turquoise, reflecting the mountain peaks towering overhead.

Excursions & visits:

Guided tour of Banff and its lakes (all day)

Today you can enjoy Banff completely at leisure. On the outskirts of town is Sulphur Mountain, with its enclosed gondola ride to the 7,500ft summit from where there are some breathtaking views of the Bow Valley and Banff town below.

You’ll want to keep your camera within reach this morning as we journey to Jasper National Park from Banff National Park by way of the Icefields Parkway. This stunningly scenic road links the two great parks, and for over 140 miles we’ll wind through jagged mountain peaks and high forested valleys, passing emerald lakes and mountain-fed streams, waterfalls and rivers. The halfway point is the spectacular Columbia Icefield, one of the biggest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. We’ll jump on an Ice Explorer for a ride on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier (subject to weather). Then, heading west, we enter Jasper National Park – 4,200 square miles of alpine forests, natural hot springs, white-water rivers, tranquil valleys and jagged snow-capped mountains.

Excursions & visits:

Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (morning)

Head out today for an unforgettable sightseeing journey. Beginning with the limestone gorge of Maligne Canyon, we’ll continue along the shores of Medicine Lake and on to the breathtaking Maligne Lake – the largest of the glacier-fed lakes in the Rockies. It really is a sight to behold. We arrive back in Jasper in the afternoon, where you’ll have the rest of the day to yourself. We’ll finish off this evening with an interpretative talk at dinner.

Excursions & visits:

Jasper National Park (afternoon)
Interpretative talk (evening)

A spectacular drive this morning as we leave the Rocky Mountains and descend to the lakes of the Okanagan Valley and our next destination, Kelowna.

Leaving Kelowna behind this morning, we take the scenic route to Hope. We continue on our drive south through Vancouver to Tsawwassen, to take the ferry through the glorious Gulf Islands region with towering Douglas fir trees climbing the hills on all sides, to Swartz Bay. We continue to the southern-most tip of Vancouver Island and Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia. We’ll enjoy an orientation tour on arrival, of this very English city.

Excursions & visits:

Victoria orientation tour (afternoon)

Victoria is perhaps the most British city you’ll find outside of London. Double-decker buses drive past old ‘English’ pubs and afternoon tea is a thing. It’s true Victoria has a very British lilt, but these days it’s a city completely of its own. Laid-back lower rises give way to the pretty ports and sprawling gardens of this charming city. We’ll enjoy a morning tour and stop by the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Then this afternoon is at leisure to get to know the city for yourself.

Excursions & visits:

Butchart Gardens (morning)

A further day in this enchanting city for you to relax and explore at leisure.

Leaving Victoria behind this morning, we drive to Nanaimo, a deep sea fishing port and major centre for the forest industry, where we take the ferry through the Strait of Georgia to Horseshoe Bay. We end our holiday in Vancouver, staying in the vibrant city centre.

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