Heart of the Canadian Rockies

WESTERN CANADA : TOURS - NORTH AMERICA

Heart of the Canadian Rockies
10 days from Calgary to Vancouver


On this Heart of the Canadian Rockies tour, experience this breathtaking scenery and enjoy thrilling experiences as you overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver.
Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies.
You will have time to take an optional excursion and explore the alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and quaint shops on your own. Also, enjoy two nights in Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. You can hike, explore the shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. Between Banff and Jasper, enjoy a highlight of this Canadian Rockies tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Your journey between the two national parks also includes a stop in Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness.

This tour also includes ferry crossings between Vancouver and Victoria as well as sightseeing in Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. In Victoria, your sightseeing includes the world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits. Free time in Victoria allows you to explore on your own. Perhaps enjoy Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel or take a historic walk. Be sure to enjoy the scenery on the ferry crossings.

Heart of the Canadian Rockies
Departures from: May 17th, 2021
Itinerary

DAY 1 CALGARY

Welcome to Calgary! 

DAY 2 CALGARY–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Tour many of the city’s attractions, including Canada Olympic Park and the Saddledome. Motor west through the foothills and into Banff National Park, the gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

DAY 3 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your 

DAY 4 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

The first stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next: a stop at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Then, journey north into Jasper National Park, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach scales three mountain passes. Later, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River.

DAY 5 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

DAY 6 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT ROBSON–KAMLOOPS

Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

DAY 7 KAMLOOPS–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forest. Board your ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

DAY 8 VICTORIA

Today is free to explore on your own. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will have ideas for enjoying this most British of Canadian cities.

DAY 9 VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

DAY 10 VANCOUVER

Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Vancouver further.

TOUR OPTIONS:

Add an Alaska Cruise to Your Vacation - 17 days from Calgary to Vancouver or

Add the Calgary Stampede on select departures - 12 days from Calgary to Vancouver

ACCOMMODATIONS:

CALGARY - SANDMAN SIGNATURE CALGARY DOWNTOWN HOTEL - SUPERIOR TOURIST-CLASS

BANFF NATIONAL PARK - BOW VIEW LODGE - SUPERIOR TOURIST-CLASS

JASPER NATIONAL PARK - MARMOT LODGE - FIRST-CLASS

KAMLOOPS - THE THOMPSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE - FIRST-CLASS

VICTORIA - ROYAL SCOT HOTEL & SUITES - FIRST-CLASS

VANCOUVER - HOLIDAY INN & SUITES VANCOUVER DOWNTOWN - FIRST-CLASS

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS:

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

HELICOPTER TOURS $

CANYONS & PEAKS OF THE CANADIAN ROCKIES WITH MORAINE LAKE

JASPER NATIONAL PARK $

ATHABASCA RIVER FLOAT TRIP $

MALIGNE LAKE CRUISE TO SPIRIT ISLAND $

MAGICAL MYSTICAL MALIGNE CANYON WALK $

VICTORIA

VICTORIA ZIPLINE ADVENTURE $

VICTORIA PANORAMA BY SEAPLANE $

MARINE WILDLIFE & WHALE-WATCHING EXPEDITION $

VANCOUVER

VANCOUVER SUNSET DINNER CRUISE $

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