Grand Canadian Rockies and Vancouver Island
Journey from the glorious mountain landscape of Banff - via the vineyards and warm waters of Okanagan Valley - to vibrant Vancouver. Explore Vancouver Island and 'British' Victoria, then head back through the Rockies to stay in Jasper and, at one of Canada's most famous hotels, on sparkling Lake Louise.
- Explore stunning Banff on an included excursion
- Discover the Okanagan Valley, in British Columbia
- Let our included tours bring Vancouver to life
- Visit Vancouver Island's glorious Butchart Gardens
- Spend a day in Victoria
- A 'Grizzly Bear Valley' river cruise (June and September departures only)
- Soar to the heights above Jasper on the historic Sky Tram
- Journey along the dramatic Icefields Parkway
- Ride a giant Ice Explorer across the Columbia Icefield
- Stay overnight in the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- 13 nights' room-only accommodation at hotels in Banff (2 nights), Kelowna (2), Vancouver (2), Victoria (2), Sun Peaks (1), Jasper (3) and Lake Louise (1)
- Return scheduled flights to Calgary
- Comfortable coach travel and transfers throughout
- Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
- Single rooms are available for a supplement
Later we'll continue to the island's southern tip and our next stop - charming Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
(June and September departures will include a Grizzly Bear River Cruise today - see below.)
Grand Canadian Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good European hotels. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.
Banff International, Banff (nights 1 to 2)
In the heart of downtown, on Banff Avenue, but still surrounded by mountain scenery, this modern hotel has its own restaurant, bar and gift shop. All rooms have TV and tea/coffee-making facilities, and some also have mini-fridges.
Kelowna Area Hotel (nights 3 to 4)
You ll be staying in a good three- or four-star level hotel, in a convenient location for our touring itinerary. There will be dining options either at the hotel or close by.
Sandman Hotel City Centre, Vancouver (nights 5 to 6)
Nestled right in the heart of downtown Vancouver, this hotel has a pub-style bar, a restaurant, an indoor swimming pool and very comfortable guest rooms. On selected departures we will use the Sandman Suites, Davie Street, instead.
The Embassy Inn, Victoria (nights 7 to 8)
This cosy hotel offers a warm welcome and a fabulous location steps away from the beautiful Inner Harbour. The hotel has its own restaurant, and an outdoor heated swimming pool (open seasonally). The guest rooms are air-conditioned, and each has a fridge and a private balcony.
Sun Peaks Lodge, Sun Peaks (night 9)
A cosy mountain retreat in the heart of Sun Peaks, within strolling distances of a choice of bars and restaurants, this hotel has welcoming rooms with TV, fridges and tea- and coffee-making facilities.
Whistlers Inn, Jasper (nights 10 to 12)
Set in an enviable position on the main street of this charming mountain township, this hotel has two restaurants, a pub and an outdoor hot tub.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (night 13)
This celebrated luxury hotel is situated right on the shores of Lake Louise. In addition to its stunning location, the hotel offers impeccable service and world-class dining, including a choice of fine dining restaurants with views of the lake itself. The hotel also boasts a health club with an indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and spa.
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. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
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.
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.
Grizzly Bear Valley River Cruise
On June and September departures, Day 10 includes a river cruise through the Monashee Mountains, which offers the chance to see grizzly and black bears, as well as native moose, eagles and even osprey in their natural environment.
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 90 minutes.
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.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp . 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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