Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Victoria
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER. Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
VANCOUVER. This morning, enjoy [LF] BREAKFAST WITH THE BEARS at Grouse Mountain to learn about grizzly bear habits and conservation. Next, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The rest of the day is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure.
VANCOUVER–PENTICTON. This morning, depart Vancouver and travel into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the undiscovered city of Penticton with its long stretches of sandy beaches, vineyards, and orchards. Arrive at your lakeside resort where your evening is free to explore this adventure mecca.
PENTICTON. EXCURSION TO KELOWNA. Today, drive along the shores of Okanagan Lake and learn of the region’s rich agricultural history with a special visit and treat at the historic family-owned [LF] SUMMERLAND SWEETS. Then, continue north to the resort community of Kelowna for an orientation tour and free time to explore at leisure. You may wish to take a stroll on the lakefront boardwalk, enjoy lunch at one of the many alfresco restaurants, or sample a glass of local wine.
PENTICTON–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Today, drive west and enjoy the panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Next travel through Yoho National Park and cross the Continental Divide into Alberta before descending Kicking Horse Pass into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Your home for the next three nights is the amazing Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, the hotel is internationally recognized as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
BANFF NATIONAL PARK. A full day at leisure to enjoy Banff. You may wish to take a ride on the Banff Gondola, shop for souvenirs on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Take advantage of an additional day to explore Banff. Your Tour Director recommends a visit to the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies or a relaxing soak at the Banff Upper Hot Springs. Take the opportunity to walk to Surprise Corner, for spectacular views of your majestic hotel.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE. This morning, travel to Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Next, off to Natural Bridge, where the Kicking Horse River disappears before re-emerging through a natural span of rock. Then, visit Emerald Lake to enjoy views of the turquoise-colored water and spectacular scenery. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.
Breakfast DinnerNOTE:The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.
LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750 foot Athabasca Glacier and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a 3-night stay at the alluring Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, nestled on beautiful Beauvert Lake.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK. EXCURSION TO MALIGNE LAKE. This morning, CRUISE on Maligne Lake, the largest glacially-fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy clear azure water, lofty snow-capped peaks, and learn the history of Spirit Island. Before returning to Jasper, a stop is made at MALIGNE CANYON, where a short walk reveals unique rock formations and waterfalls. The remainder of your day is at leisure. Why not explore one of the many hiking trails in Jasper National Park?
JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy a full free day to explore more of Jasper. You may want to join in on an exciting float trip down the Athabasca River, shop for a favorite souvenir, sample a world-famous scone from Bear’s Paw Bakery, or just kick back and relax at your resort.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK–BLUE RIVER–KAMLOOPS. Depart Jasper and travel to Blue River, British Columbia. Here, board a specially designed boat for a [LF] RIVER SAFARI. As you travel up small rivers, keep an eye out for a variety of wildlife, which could include bears, eagles, moose, elk, and more. Make sure to have your camera handy! We finish the day in Kamloops.
KAMLOOPS–LILLOOET–WHISTLER. Continue through British Columbia to Lillooet and visit the XWISTEN ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITE, which contains over 80 identified pit houses—the traditional winter homes of the First Nations people. Afterward, enjoy a [LF] SALMON BARBECUE along with traditional dishes, such as bannock (flatbread) and whipped berries. Arrive in Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. (B,L)
WHISTLER–VICTORIA. Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British city of Victoria. Upon arrival, enjoy sightseeing including Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening is at your leisure.
VICTORIA. Today, a free day to explore the capital city of British Columbia. You may wish to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip, visit nearby Butchart Gardens, or sample local ales at one of the city’s local craft brew pubs. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner.
VICTORIA–VANCOUVER. This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.