Rockies Trail Tour

Experience hot springs, glacial ice fields and breath-taking views in the Rocky Mountains, your amazing gateway to Canada. Journey over rolling foothills and through interior canyons to discover the frontier legends of homesteaders, cowboys, and gold seekers. As the mountain park settings of Banff, Jasper and Whistler give way to the port cities of Vancouver and Victoria, revel in the Pacific experience, from awesome coastal scenery to boat cruises across the blue-water straits – this trip has it all.

2020 Departure Dates:
June 11th
July 16th
August 20th
September 3rd

 

Duration
10 days
Options
Group basis, Escorted
Start your journey
Calgary Skyline, Calgary, Alberta

Trip highlights

  • Experience the splendour of the Rocky Mountains
  • Guided Calgary sightseeing tour

Arrive at Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your hotel. After check-in, the rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Your tour director will contact you in the late afternoon with your details for joining the tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Calgary Downtown or similar

You will begin today with a city tour of Calgary, taking in all the main sights such as the Calgary Tower, historical Fort Calgary and the incredible skyscrapers and buildings of the commercial district. Leaving the city, you’ll travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway into the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains and Banff National Park, taking in the amazing scenery on your journey.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Aspen Lodge Elk + Avenue Hotel or Moose Hotel & Suites or Caribou Lodge or similar

Today you will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff, which became Canada's first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. You'll have the chance to take some of the option excursions, such as a helicopter sightseeing tour or a gondola ride to the top of spectacular Sulphur Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore, take a stroll along Banff Avenue or relax and enjoy the incredible scenery.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Aspen Lodge Elk + Avenue Hotel or Moose Hotel & Suites or Caribou Lodge or similar

Today, before leaving Banff, you’ll drive to the stunning Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. Afterwards, travel north to Jasper National Park on the famed Icefield's Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. Once at the Columbia Icefield, you’ll board the Ice Explorer for an breath-taking ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Chateau Jasper or Marmot Lodge or Lobstick Lodge or similar

Before departing Jasper, you’ll have an opportunity to take part in an option Spirit Island cruise on picturesque Maligne Lake, or a motorcycle tour of Jasper for unmatched views of forests and mountains. Next, you’ll travel west along the Yellowhead Highway into the heart of British Columbia with along the Thompson River through unspoiled vistas and the picturesque Shuswap Highlands before arriving in Kamloops.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Thompson Hotel or Hotel 540 or similar

Today you can expect dramatic scenery changes as you drive through the ranch lands on your way to the coastal mountains of Whistler. Once you arrive, the rest of the day will be at leisure with an optional excursion available for a helicopter tour over Garibaldi Park where you will have an inspiring view volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites or similar

The Sea-to-sky Highway leads you south through the stunning coastal scenery today. From Horseshoe Bay, you'll cruise by ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and continue by coach to British Columbia's quaint capital city, Victoria where you'll be treated to a full city tour of the former British enclave.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coast Harbourside Hotel Marina or similar

Today you'll be treated to a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens, one of the world's greatest floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry where you'll have time allocated for exploring. The remainder of the day is at leisure to further enjoy Victoria with optional excursions available.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Coast Harbourside Hotel Marina or similar

Today you continue through the resort region of the Gulf Islands to the ocean side city of Vancouver. Upon arrival, you'll enjoy an interesting tour of the city, including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown and much more. The remainder of the day is at leisure for you to further explore or relax. This evening features a farewell dinner party at the Vancouver Aquarium.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver or similar

There is time this morning for some last minute sightseeing or shopping before you transfer independently to Vancouver International Airport in time to check-in for your return flight.

Included

  • Calgary sightseeing tour
  • Banff and Lake Louise region tour
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
  • Ferry cruise through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island
  • Victoria city tour
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Vancouver city tour
  • 9 breakfasts and 1 dinner
  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Jonview tour director throughout
  • First-class (or best available) hotel accommodation
  • Baggage Handling (1 piece per person)