Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast - Classic Group

Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast - Classic Group

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Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast - Classic Group

12 Days Starting in Vancouver (BC) and ending in Seattle

Visiting: Vancouver, Victoria, Sun Peaks, Mount Robson, Jasper National Park Of Canada, Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, Banff National Park, Banff National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park, Lake McDonald, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane, Seattle

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

APNCSN19

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Tour Overview

This two-week guided tour traverses the most majestic terrain of Canada before dipping into the U.S. Start in Vancouver, where the famous totem poles in the lush Stanley Park are worth of a photo — or 10. Cruise across the serene, mirror-like waters of Maligne Lake, watching as the reflection of the Canadian Rockies wave in the vessel’s wake. Enjoy a tour of Glacier Skywalk, a glass walkway above the Sunwapta Valley, where you will see waterfalls and wildlife. Explore the rugged wonder of Banff National Park on a helicopter or gondola ride. In Washington, visit the award-winning winery Cave B Estate and indulge in an artisanal lunch paired with its finest wines. And look for flying fish at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where fishmongers at the world-famous farmers market are apt to toss fresh filets from stand to stand.

Highlights

  • 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

  • 11 Breakfast (B)

  • Choose between two carefully selected activities

  • Seattle: Head to the Space Needle and experience its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Seattle skyline.

  • Seattle: Get an up close look at world-renowned glass artist Dave Chihuly's work.

  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

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Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation: The Westin Bayshore Vancouver.

Meals Included: Dinner, with Wine

Arrive in Vancouver, a haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike. This unique city offers something for everyone. From its striking mountains to the bustle of the city’s art and music scene, this British Columbia seaport does not disappoint. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over wine.

Day 2 : Cruise The Gulf Islands To Victoria

Location: Vancouver, Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel, Grand Pacific Victoria.

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, enjoy a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - home to Vancouver's first visitor attraction, the original suspension bridge built in 1889.  Today, the park also includes Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walking clinging to the granite cliff and Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100ft above the forest floor. After your visit, head out on an orientation tour of Vancouver, including Gastown, Canada Place and Stanley Park, home to a collection of First Nations totem poles. You’ll have free time to have lunch on your own, with many great eateries to choose from. This afternoon board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, and idyllic place known for its fishing and art communities. You’ll end your day here in British Columbia’s stunning capital city, Victoria.

Day 3 : Butchart Gardens

Location: Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel, Grand Pacific Victoria.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Start your day wandering through world renowned Butchart Gardens, a beautiful natural historical site of Canada featuring beautiful floral displays. After Butchart Gardens, enjoy an orientation tour covering Mount Tolmie, the Inner Harbour and its Parliament Buildings, Canada's oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure - perhaps you'll want to book onto an optional Whale Watching Excursion. The three-hour expedition boards in the waters of Victoria and while it can't be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you'll see on your journey, chances are you'll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. At night choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening, where you’ll sit down for a hearty meal with striking views.

Day 4 : Victoria To Sun Peaks, British Columbia

Location: Victoria, Sun Peaks

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning cruise back to the mainland and continue your scenic journey through British Columbia. Travel along Coquihalla highway and climb the summit of Coquihalla Pass and cross Thompson Plateau, passing along forests of Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Douglas firs and ponderosa pines. Enjoy a stop in Hope before continuing to Sun Peaks where you'll end the night with a dinner at a Voyageur Bistro enjoying regional fare from pork belly ribs with house made maple whiskey BBQ sauce to wild sockeye salmon.

Day 5 : The Alpine Wonderland Of Jasper National Park

Location: Sun Peaks, Mount Robson, Jasper National Park Of Canada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: The Crimson

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, your journey takes you along the legendary Yellowhead Highway towards Jasper National Park, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enroute, a stop will be made at the Mount Robson Visitor Center in Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbias’ park system and truly one of the world’s crown jewels. Enjoy the best views of Mount Robson, which at 12,972 ft (3,954 meters) is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range and the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountain. After a brief orientation tour through town, you'll have the option to explore on our own or book onto an optional Float Trip, or for those looking for more adrenaline a Class II Rapids Trip.

Day 6 : Exploring Jasper And The Columbia Icefield

Location: Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Canyon, Maligne Lake, Icefields Parkway

Accommodation: Lodge, LodgeGlacier View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Start the day with an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (please note that this activity is seasonal and subject to closure as the lake may be frozen). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies. Travel along the majestic Icefields Parkway and arrive at the Columbia Icefield for your stay at the Glacier View Lodge, the first and only glacier-view resort in Canada. 

After enjoying a gourmet dinner with wine, you can step out onto the Viewing Deck, sip a drink in the library or relax inside the Moraine Lounge with games and live entertainment.

Day 7 : Icefields, Glaciers And Lakes To Banff National Park Relaxed Start

Location: Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

Following a hearty breakfast, your Local Expert will escort you to a special before-hours glacier tour. Venture out onto Athabasca Glacier in a massive Ice Explorer. Then, join your guide for a stroll atop the ice and discover the beauty and immensity of the glacier. Learn about the history and geology of the region and enjoy a warm beverage out on the glacier itself. After this morning's icy adventure, continue south to Lake Louise and admire its blue waters and Victoria Glacier. You'll have the opportunity to feel truly immersed in nature as you spend a portion of your afternoon here. Journey on to the resort town of Banff, your home for the next two nights. This evening, dine in town and unwind in your stunning natural surroundings.

Day 8 : The Unspoiled Wilderness Of Banff National Park Relaxed Start

Location: Banff National Park of Canada

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is yours to spend exploring the rugged charms of the park. Choose from several optional experiences, including a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over the magnificent Canadian Rockies, or a ride onboard the Banff Gondola, a scenic cableway that can take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, or journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park on a guided hike. If you'd rather spend the day on your own, join your Travel Director on a Banff Orientation Tour covering Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and a few other local sights.

Day 9 : Buffalo Jump And Glacier National Park

Location: Banff National Park of Canada, Glacier National Park

Accommodation: Hotel, Many Glacier Glacier National Park.

Meals Included: Breakfast

From craggy plains to mountainous landscapes, after a stop in Calgary, today you’ll cross the U.S. border into Montana to Many Glacier Hotel, a charming property situated in the heart of Glacier National Park. Revel in your first encounter with the park, a region encompassing over 1 million acres -- including parts of two mountain ranges, over 130 named lakes, more than 1,000 different species of plants and hundreds of species of animals. This vast pristine ecosystem is the centerpiece of what has been referred to as the "Crown of the Continent Ecosystem," a region of protected land encompassing 16,000 square miles. Settle in for the evening and look forward to tomorrow’s day of exploration.

Day 10 : Going-To-The-Sun And Glacier National Park

Location: Lake McDonald

Accommodation: Lodge, Lake McDonald Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast

Board a private Red Jammer bus to cruise along the Going-To-The-Sun Road in style. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only road that traverses through Glacier National Park and the first to have been registered in all the following categories: National Historic Place, National Historic Landmark, and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. During your narrated trip you'll witness stunning views from Logan Pass and the marvels of the park's wild interior. Disembark and at Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Over an insightful Legends of Glacier MAKE TRAVEL MATTER ® Experience, join performing and recording artist and enrolled citizen of the Blackfeet Nation in Western Montana Jack Gladstone. Jack will illuminate the chronological history of Glacier National Park through an interweaving of story and song. Tonight, rest up in a classic Swiss-chalet-style lodge with spectacular mountain views.

Day 11 : Lake Coeur D'alene And Spokane

Location: Glacier National Park, Coeur d'Alene, Spokane

Accommodation: The Historic Davenport Autograph Collection Spokane.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today you'll continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel. This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has welcomed a number of famous faces including Amelia Earhart and Clark Gable.

Day 12 : Wonderful Wines En Route To Seattle

Location: Spokane, Seattle

Accommodation: Hotel, The Charter Seattle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, with Wine

Wine connoisseurs rejoice. Today, you'll head through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Visit Friends Garden Restaurant & Wine Bar, a local favourite, where you'll enjoy a Highlight Lunch focusing on fresh, local and artisanal ingredients. Then it's on to Seattle for an evening of leisure at your hotel.

Day 13 : The Soaring Sights Of Seattle Relaxed Start

Location: Seattle

Accommodation: Hotel, The Charter Seattle.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner, with Wine

This morning head out on a Seattle Orientation tour where you'll see Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, where you should watch out for flying fish! The afternoon brings you an Insight Choice. Either head to the Space Needle, with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the unique skyline or the Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit, where the work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is housed. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Here you'll find the Northwest's best dining, as you take in the views on Seattle's waterfront.

Day 14 : Depart Seattle

Location: Seattle

Meals Included: Breakfast

It’s time to say goodbye to the Emerald City as your trip comes to an end. Departure to the Seattle SeaTac International Airport will be at leisure.

Mode of Transport

Board a private Red Jammer bus to cruise along the Going-To-The-Sun Road in style. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only road that traverses through Glacier National Park and the first to have been registered in all the following categories: National Historic Place, National Historic Landmark, and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. During your narrated trip you'll witness stunning views from Logan Pass and the marvels of the park's wild interior.

Accommodation

Stay at the Glacier View Lodge, the first and only glacier-view resort in Canada. Venture out onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk where you will be treated to an after-hours visit onto the cliff-edged glass-floored walkway. After enjoying a gourmet dinner with wine, you can step out onto the Viewing Deck, sip a drink in the library or relax inside the Moraine Lounge.

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  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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