A classic itinerary travelling through the Canadian Rockies with visits to Banff and Jasper National Parks, before taking the VIA Rail train ‘The Canadian’ overnight to Vancouver - enjoy rail travel from a bygone age. A visit to the very British Victoria, named after Queen Victoria, is the jewel in the crown of this rocky rail adventure.
• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 7 nights accommodation
• 3 hour sightseeing tour of Banff
• Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper including a stop at the Columbia Icefields (Ice Explorer ride included)
• Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
• Full day tour to Victoria including Butchart Gardens
• 1 dinner and 1 breakfast onboard VIA Rail
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Day 1 Fly from London to Calgary
Arrive at Calgary’s International airport and transfer independently to your centrally-located hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk as you check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Calgary.
Day 2 Calgary to Banff
This morning transfer to Banff and travel through the ranching country west of Calgary. Arrive in Banff and check in at your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for exploring the town of Banff. Overnight in Banff.
Day 3 Banff
This morning, discover the resort town of Banff and its natural surroundings on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. You’ll take the Tunnel Mountain Drive to see the town of Banff. Take a walk along Lake Minnewanka, before the tour continues to Sulphur Mountain. Here you can take the Banff Gondola ride to the top of the mountain (Gondola ride is not included). The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banff.
Day 4 Banff to Jasper
Leave Banff and travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway into the untamed wilderness of Jasper National Park. Every turn unveils spectacular vistas of indomitable peaks, outstretched valleys, cascading waterfalls and colourful meadows. At the Columbia Icefield, take the opportunity to tour onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on board the Ice Explorer (ride included). Overnight in Jasper.
Day 5 Jasper to Vancouver aboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’
Today you board VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ heading west to Vancouver. You will have some of the most spectacular views of the Rockies, interior British Columbia and the Coastal Mountains. You will pass by rugged mountain peaks, arid ranchland and rolling, wind-swept hills. Overnight aboard VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’. Dinner included.
Day 6 Vancouver
After you arrive in Vancouver this morning, transfer independently to your hotel. Today you will enjoy a Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver to familiarise yourself with this oceanside city. The tour highlights include historic Gastown, nearby Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay and more. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast included.
Day 7 Vancouver / Victoria excursion
This full-day trip to Victoria begins with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and includes a visit to the acclaimed Butchart Gardens. Afterwards continue to Victoria for a city sightseeing tour that encompasses Victoria’s stately homes and gardens as well as historic landmarks. You will see the University of Victoria and Beacon Hill Park and pass the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park, the Parliament Buildings and the exclusive homes of the Uplands and Oak Bay. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 8 Fly from Vancouver to London
Individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.Want to alter anything?
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