Discover the unrivalled natural wonder of breath-taking British Columbia and Alberta. You’ll experience beautiful ocean vistas, soaring mountain peaks, plunging valleys and crystal-clear lakes. Cruise the spectacular Inside Passage with its stunning coastlines and migrating whales. Explore the wild as you look to spy elk and moose in Canada’s most famous national park or walk on centuries-old glaciers at the Columbia Icefield. And famous Western hospitality is always at hand. Enjoy the cosmopolitan excitement of Vancouver, the lovely maritime feel of Victoria and the charms of resort towns Banff and Jasper. The Rocky Roundup has everything a traveller could wish for.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 13 night's accommodation
• 12 buffet/continental breakfasts
• Transportation by modern tour coach
• Vancouver sightseeing tour
• Capilano Suspension Bridge excursion
• Butchart Gardens
• Whalewatching and wildlife tour
• Inside Passage cruise-Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
• Ksan Indian Village Visit
• Fort St James National Historic Park
• Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
• Banff & Lake Louise region tour
• Victoria City tour
• Experienced tour driver
• Tour Director throughout
• Baggage handling at hotels
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Day 1 Fly from London to Vancouver
Arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Independently transfer to your centrally-located hotel. After a check-in with your tour director, the remainder of the day is free to explore the sights of this cosmopolitan city. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver
Get better acquainted with your travelling companions at breakfast before setting out on the morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Highlights include Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown, Capilano Suspension Bridge park and much more. The afternoon is free for independent exploration or relaxation. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast included.
Day 3 Vancouver to Victoria
Today depart Vancouver and cross the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Victoria and begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays. Ample time is allocated for browsing through these regal gardens and maybe picking up some ideas for your own garden. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city of Victoria or take part in an optional floatplane sightseeing tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Overnight in Victoria. Breakfast included.
Day 4 Victoria to Campbell River
Today is a sampling of modern and ancient British Columbia culture as you travel up the east coast of Vancouver Island. Step back into the province’s distant past with visits to Chemanius and its spectacular native murals and to the town of Duncan. Arriving into the small coastal town of Campbell River in the afternoon, spend some time relaxing or exploring this coastal town. Overnight in Campbell River. Breakfast included.
Day 5 Campbell River to Port Hardy
Today the journey continues further north, turning inland for a time before arriving in Port Hardy. Embark on a fascinating whale watching and marine wildlife tour in the Johnstone Strait. This area is known as the most reliable environment to spot both orca and humpback whales as they play and feed. Afterward, relax at the hotel or independently explore this pleasant seaside town. Overnight in Port Hardy*. Breakfast included. *Please note: For departures on 12 September 2017, the tour will depart Port Hardy on a BC Ferries vessel in the afternoon and passengers will overnight on board in a cabin.
Day 6 Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
Cameras at the ready! This morning we board a spectacular BC Ferries ship to set sail on an incredible full-day cruise along the coast of British Columbia to the inlet community of Prince Rupert. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most spectacular waterways in Canada, showcasing the rugged shorelines of the Pacific Northwest. Overnight in Prince Rupert. *Please note: For passengers on departures that overnight on Day 5 on board BC Ferries, the ship will arrive at Prince Rupert in the afternoon. After check in, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 7 Prince Rupert to Smithers
Today begin your journey into the British Columbia interior, eastward along the scenic Yellowhead Highway as it follows the Skeena River Valley. Along the way, stop for a tour of ‘Ksan Indian Village – a recreation of an ancient traditional community of the Gitxsan First Nation peoples. Arriving into Smithers, the remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Smithers. Breakfast included.
Day 8 Smithers to Prince George
Continuing east, travelling along the Yellowhead Highway and prepare to be treated to some of Canada’s most forested and rugged terrains, but also most beautiful. Enjoy a visit to Fort St. James National Historic Park to relive the days of the fur trade. In the afternoon, settle into Prince George, located at the tip of British Columbia’s Cariboo Region. Overnight in Prince George. Breakfast included.
Day 9 Prince George to Jasper
Today ascend to the highest passes of the Canadian Rockies as you travel towards the Alberta provincial border and stop at the Mount Robson Viewpoint. You may even see the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies before entering the national parks that have made the province famous. Close to Jasper, you have the chance to go on optional raft trip on the Athabasca River with an experienced guide conducting the group through short rapids and stretches of calm waters. Overnight in Jasper. Breakfast included.
Day 10 Jasper to Banff
Today’s journey through Jasper and Banff National Parks promises to be a highlight of your Rocky Round up programme. Travel south on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Afterwards, visit the dramatic scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada before arriving in Banff. Overnight in Banff. Continental breakfast included.
Day 11 Banff
Today enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour will give you the chance to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You may also take part in an optional gondola ride up the spectacular Sulphur Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Overnight in Banff. Breakfast included.
Day 12 Banff to Vernon
Start our journey back to the west coast, first passing through the narrow Kicking Horse Canyon, then over the heights of Rogers Pass. At Craigellachie, you can view the monument marking the spot where the famous “Last Spike” was driven into place in 1885 linking Canada by rail from sea to sea. Enter the bountiful Okanagan Valley as you arrive at Vernon. Overnight in Vernon. Breakfast included.
Day 13 Vernon to Vancouver
After an enjoyable breakfast continue your journey through the lush Okanagan Valley, famous for its fruit orchards and vineyards. You will make a brief stop at scenic Kalamalka Lake before continuing on across a great maritime plain set against beautiful mountain vistas, before descending to the coast and the sparkling lights of Vancouver. In the evening, there will be an optional “Farewell Dinner” featuring a cruise through the waters of Vancouver Harbour and a west coast themed buffet dinner. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast included.
Day 14 Fly from Vancouver to London
A time for last-minute shopping and sad farewells. Independently transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight. Continental breakfast included.
Please note: For all optional activities purchased during a Classic 2017 Escorted Holiday, you must pay by Visa or MasterCard credit card only. Cash or other methods of payment cannot be processed by your Tour Director.Want to alter anything?
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