Canadian Rockies and Calgary Stampede
Join us for a journey into the Canadian Rockies, one of the world's most majestic wonderlands. Discover this dramatic landscape and enjoy a scenic journey from Whistler to Vancouver on the Sea to Sky Highway. Explore Lake Louise, Jasper and Banff, and experience the 'Wild West' at the world-famous Calgary Stampede.
- Discover the delightful city of Vancouver
- Visit pretty Vancouver Island on an optional excursion
- Journey from Vancouver to Whistler on the stunning Sea to Sky Highway
- Explore the world-famous resort of Whistler
- Look out for 'Grizzlies' in the Monashee Mountains
- Enjoy a two-night stay in Jasper, 'Gem of the Canadian Rockies'
- Journey from Jasper, on the Icefields Parkway via sparkling Lake Louise, to Banff, capital of the Rockies
- Experience two days at the Calgary Stampede, with a Rodeo show, an evening show, souvenir programmes, and Skyrides over Stampede Park
- 12 nights' room-only accommodation in a series of three-star hotels in Vancouver (3 nights), Whistler (1), Sun Peaks (1), Jasper (2), Banff (2) and Kananaskis (3)
- Return flights to Vancouver, returning from Calgary
- Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Canadian Rockies Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea/coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Three-star Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre, Vancouver (nights 1 to 3)
Centrally located in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this hotel offers fitness facilities, an indoor swimming pool and a whirlpool, as well as a restaurant, a bar and a lounge. Room amenities include coffee-makers, hairdryers, and irons and ironing boards. On selected departures we will use the Sandman Suites, Davie Street, instead.
Three-star Crystal Lodge, Whistler (night 4)
This stylish hotel is located in the heart of Whistler. It has a restaurant and bar, a heated swimming pool and a hot tub. The modern, comfortable rooms all have TV, telephones and coffee-making facilities.
Three-star Sun Peaks Lodge, Sun Peaks (night 5)
In the heart of Sun Peaks resort, this lovely, family-run mountain inn has lots of restaurants and bars close by. The comfortable bedrooms all have modern amenities.
Three-star Whistlers Inn, Jasper (nights 6 to 7)
On the main street of this very small township in the mountains, this hotel has two restaurants, a pub, a gift shop and an outdoor hot tub.
Three-star Banff International Hotel, Banff (nights 8 to 9)
Surrounded by mountain scenery, in the heart of downtown on Banff Avenue, this modern hotel has its own restaurant, bar and gift shop. Each guest room has TV, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and (in most cases) a mini-fridge.
Three-star Delta Lodge, Kananaskis (nights 10 to 12)
Nestled in the foothills of the majestic Canadian Rockies, this hotel offers distinguished comfort and hospitality, with multiple dining options and a swimming pool with an indoor/outdoor jacuzzi. Spacious guest rooms are well-equipped with modern facilities.
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in a conveniently located, alternative hotel of a similar standard.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver and tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 15-20 per cent of the bill and in a bar leave a dollar or so per drink.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visas are not normally required for entry, but for travel from 15th March 2016 visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Grizzly Bears excursion
This excursion on Day Six will include an hour-long guided cruise into Grizzly Bear Valley, and will be available on all departures in June and September 2017, as well as June and September 2018.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on your flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
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