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Fully Guided Motor Coach Tour - 11 Days - TF

The glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff. Our lively, humorous, tour guides are the best in the business!

     


Walk past wine barrels stacked floor-to-ceiling at Church and State Wines in Saanich, taste award-winning wine crafted from grapes and aged in oak barrels on an estate of more than 100 acres. Walk on the icy surface of the majestic Athabasca Glacier after reaching it on a mammoth Ice Explorer. Gett to know Canadian lifestyles and landscapes – from your meeting with a ‘Mountie' to your interpretive walk along incredible Maligne Canyon.

DAY 1    ARRIVE VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's third largest city! Check into your hotel and get settled or head out to explore the jewel of British Columbia on your own. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.  Welcome Reception

DAY 2  VANCOUVER – STRAIT OF GEORGIA – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)
Set out for Stanley Park and the towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and Victoria, home to fashionable tearooms and old English charm. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages, carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines followed by a tour of the winery. Full Breakfast

DAY 3  VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Site of an old cement plant in the early 20th century, it was transformed by the Butchart family into a world-famous preserve of exotic plants and flowers. Meet with a representative of the gardens who can answer any questions you have, and then spend some time exploring on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day on your own. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of delectable restaurants for a Your Choice dinner.   Full Breakfast

DAY 4   VICTORIA – SEA-TO-SKY-HIGHWAY – WHISTLER
Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for a drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 1,105 foot (337 metre) high Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Arrive at our Whistler Hotel.  Full Breakfast

DAY 5   WHISTLER – KAMLOOPS
Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. Overnight Kamloops, which means “the meeting of the waters.”   Full Breakfast

DAY 6   KAMLOOPS – CANADIAN ROCKY MOUNTAIN PARKS – BANFF (2 NIGHTS)
Sample a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest of alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Enter Glacier National Park and climb high over Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and "grizzlies". After crossing the Columbia River, arrive in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your alpine resort. Enjoy dinner and a Local Expert presentation where you will learn all about the RCMP from a real life "Mountie."  Full Breakfast

DAY 7   BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like.    Full Breakfast

DAY 8   BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – JASPER (2 NIGHTS)
Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goats. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you'd like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you learn about local wildlife that call these mountain ranges home during an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.    Full Breakfast /  Dinner

DAY 9   JASPER NATIONAL PARK SIGHTSEEING
Start the day with an optional cruise on Maligne Lake before embarking on an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Follow the canyon's trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Learn about the underground river system that feeds Bad Medicine Lake, which disappears every fall. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets of Jasper or join an optional guided alpine experience to Mount Edith Cavell (June through September only).   Full Breakfast

DAY 10  JASPER NATIONAL PARK– MOUNT ROBSON – SUN PEAKS
Head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,959 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. After arrival into SunPeaks, enjoy an interpretive walk and learn all about local medicinal plants. Upon completion of the walk, join your new friends and travelling companions for a unique Farewell Dinner and get a true insider's perspective on the fur trapping and trading industry of the region while tasting authentic regional food.   Full Breakfast /  Farewell Dinner

DAY 11    SUN PEAKS – DEPART VANCOUVER
Returning to the Pacific coast, arrive back in Vancouver, where the journey ends. Take your transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel if you want to extend your stay in Vancouver. Please do not schedule any flights before 6pm.   Full Breakfast

  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • 10 nights first class accommodation (Land-only)
  • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.

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