Spectacular Rockies & Vancouver

Spectacular Rockies & Vancouver

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Spectacular Rockies & Vancouver

12 Days Starting and ending in United Kingdom

Visiting: Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Kamloops, Victoria, Vancouver

Tour operator:

Travelsphere

Tour code:

URV

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

15 - 35

Physical rating:

Low, Classic Touring

Age range:

18-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Vegans, Please make us aware of any specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:

English

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Tour Overview

A road trip from Calgary to Vancouver in western Canada is a holiday high on many a traveller’s wish list and this is our version of that incredible journey. Driving through the sensational scenery of Alberta and British Columbia, you’ll climb high into the Rocky Mountains and then travel through canyons and valleys on your way to the coast. Best of all, we take care of the driving so that you can simply sit back, take it all in and enjoy!


We’ve used our years of experience and in-depth knowledge of Canada to create this exciting itinerary. It takes in all the iconic sights and includes off-the-beaten-track treasures too. You’ll see the snow-capped peaks of Banff National Park and breathtaking jade-green waters of Lake Louise before heading north into Jasper National Park. Here, you’ll visit the mighty Columbia Icefield and spectacular Maligne Canyon and then there’s a treat in store for wildlife enthusiasts. You’re going to head off on a river safari through Grizzly Bear Valley on the lookout for, you guessed it, grizzly bears!


Ending with visits to the vibrant coastal cities of Victoria and Vancouver, this wonderful holiday has something for everyone. To make it even more amazing, you can add on a host of exciting experiences with our range of optional excursions.

Highlights

  • Tour of Banff National Park

  • Discover the beauty of Lake Louise

  • Drive along the Icefields Parkway, stopping at the Columbia Icefield

  • Visit Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon in Jasper National Park

  • Rockies river safari on the Blue River

  • Tour of Victoria, Vancouver Island

  • Visit Butchart Gardens

  • Vancouver city tour and Stanley Park

Itinerary

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Day 1 Uk - Calgary

Location: Calgary

Accommodation Name: Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown

Your exciting holiday begins with a flight to Calgary. When we arrive, we’ll drive to our hotel, where you’ll have time to relax after the journey and explore Calgary at leisure. We recommend you head up to the observation deck of the Calgary Tower, more than 150 metres above the city. On a bright day, you’ll enjoy incredible views as far as the Rocky Mountains, what a fantastic way to start your trip!
Later, we’ll get together for a welcome drink at the hotel.

Day 2 Calgary -Banff

Location: Banff

Accommodation Name: Rundlestone Lodge

This morning we will make our way to the town of Banff. On the way, we’ll pass through the spectacular scenery of the Rocky Mountains and tour Banff National Park, where staggering views appear at every turn. Snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, sparkling streams and swathes of forest are just some of the attractions in this stunning destination. The wildlife is equally as impressive too, so look out for black and grizzly bears, wolves, elk and deer on land, then keep your eyes peeled for eagles, hawks and ospreys in the sky.
When we arrive in Banff, you’ll have some free time to explore and have lunch if you wish. There's plenty to see and do here, you could perhaps take a scenic walk along the town’s trails or browse the shops for souvenirs. If you prefer organised sightseeing, we offer an optional ride by cable car to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Day 3 Lake Louise

Location: Banff

Accommodation Name: Rundlestone Lodge

Our first stop today is at Johnston Canyon, where we’ll take a short walk to see the waterfalls. Then, it’s on to the breathtaking Lake Louise, a glacial, jade-green lake set high in the mountains. Surrounded by dramatic, soaring peaks, it is described as one of Canada's most beautiful locations, so be sure to have your camera ready. We’ll have plenty of time here and there are easy walking trails to explore if you want to appreciate the beauty of the lake from a different viewpoint. On the way back to the hotel, we’ll visit the awe-inspiring Moraine Lake and admire its stunning, turquoise-coloured water. Then, if you wish, you can end your time in Banff with one more unforgettable adventure. Why not take an optional helicopter flight over the Rockies for even more spectacular views!

Day 4 Banff - Jasper

Location: Jasper

Accommodation Name: Maligne Lodge

At times, the Banff - Jasper Highway climbs to more than 2,000 metres above sea level, and the mountain ranges flanking it soar to more than 3,00 metres. Today, we're going to travel along this iconic route, known as the Icefields Parkway, pausing along the way to take in the views.
Before we arrive in Jasper, we're going to stop at the Great Columbia Icefield. Covering 89 square miles and with ice as deep as 365 metres, you’ll have free time to admire this breathtaking sight at leisure. If you’re up for an adventure, an optional Ice Explorer ride to the Athabasca Glacier is highly recommended. Travelling in a purpose-built, all-terrain vehicle, you’ll learn about the history of this ever-changing wonder and have an opportunity to walk on the 10,000-year-old sheet of ice.

Day 5 Jasper

Location: Jasper

Accommodation Name: Maligne Lodge

Meals Included: B, L

A former railroad town, Jasper is now known for its breathtakingly beautiful national park. You're going to discover its incredible highlights today, including Maligne Lake, renowned for its spectacular azure waters and Maligne Canyon with its spectacular waterfalls and scenic bridges. Back in the town of Jasper we'll enjoy a lunch of distinctly Canadian produced before an afternoon at leisure – maybe by browsing the shops or sipping a locally brewed beer. Alternatively choose to join us on an optional excursions to take in the amazing scenery on an exhilarating Athabasca River rafting experience.

Day 6 Jasper - Kamloops

Location: Kamloops

Accommodation Name: Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel

Meals Included: B

Our journey to Kamloops in British Columbia takes us over Yellow Head Pass, past Mount Robson – the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies – and along the Trans-Canada Highway. The scenery may be spectacular but the highlight of your day is sure to be our stop at Blue River for an exciting Rockies river safari. This once-in-a-lifetime cruise will take you through Grizzly Bear Valley on the lookout for an array of wildlife including moose, eagles, ospreys and, of course, grizzly bears.
Our overnight hotel in Kamloops has a convenient, downtown location, ideal if you want to head out for dinner this evening.

Day 7 Kamloops - Victoria

Location: Victoria

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

The ferry terminal is where we're heading this morning on a journey which takes us once again through the rugged scenery of the Rocky Mountains. Our ferry will take us to Vancouver Island and then we'll travel by road to Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia. This fabulous city is often said to resemble an old English town, with its narrow streets and grand buildings. We’ll get our bearings and see its highlights on a sightseeing tour when we arrive.

Day 8 Victoria - At Leisure

Location: Victoria

Accommodation Name: Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

You can soak up Victoria's old-world charm at your own pace today as you explore at leisure. Maybe you’ll head to the renowned Royal BC Museum or visit one of the city’s craft breweries for a tasting. If you’re a wildlife enthusiast, you won’t want to miss today’s optional whale-watching excursion. The waters around Vancouver Island offer the ideal opportunity to get closer to the delights of the natural world and there's a chance you'll see orca, or killer whales, in their natural environment.

Day 9 Victoria - Vancouver

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation Name: Century Plaza Hotel

Your morning tour takes you to the famous Butchart Gardens, considered to be one of the most spectacular floral show gardens in the world. Established on the site of a former limestone quarry, the displays include an impressive collection of roses, and plants from as far afield as Japan and the Mediterranean.
Later, we return to the mainland by ferry and travel by road to Vancouver. This city boasts an idyllic setting, where the ocean meets the mountains, and you'll see its highlights this afternoon. Your sightseeing tour will take you to the city's historic core, known as 'Gastown', and then on to bustling Chinatown and Stanley Park with its famous totem poles.
Our centrally located hotel is just steps away from some fabulous restaurants, so why not head out and see what’s on offer for dinner. Your Holiday Director will be happy to point you in the right direction if you would like a recommendation.

Day 10 Vancouver - At Leisure

Location: Vancouver

Accommodation Name: Century Plaza Hotel

It’s the last full day of your holiday and you’re free to do as you please in Vancouver. You could explore what culinary treats are on offer at Granville Island’s Public Market, check out a museum or head to one of the large shopping malls for some retail therapy.
Alternatively, if you'd like to join an optional excursion, come with us to Vancouver's North Shore. Here you'll see the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge and take a cable-car ride up Grouse Mountain. On a sunny day the views of the city, the snow-capped mountains of Washington State and Vancouver Island are simply breathtaking.

Day 11 Vancouver - Uk

Enjoy a little more free time in Vancouver before we drive you to the airport for your flight home.

Day 12 Uk

After an overnight flight, you'll arrive back in the UK today.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    Great quality hotels

  • Return flights from London

  • 10 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight

  • 3 meals: 2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and welcome drink

  • Travelsphere Holiday Director

  • Overseas transfers, other transportation and porterage

What's Not Included

Accommodation

    • Mount Royal Hotel
    • Perfectly situated downtown in the very heart of Banff and overlooking the mountains, this historic hotel
      has been situated here since 1908. The hotel has been completely updated this winter inspired by the history of the hotel and the area.



      Warm, relaxed rooms and suites benefit from a desk area, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, smart TV, hairdryer, safe and iron.



      There are four dining options at the hotel including Tony Roma''s restaurant, a guest lounge and Toque Canadian Pub. Additionally the hotel boasts a library, and roof top lounge with outdoor hot tubs.
    • Lobstick Lodge
    • The Lobstick Lodge in Jasper is a comfortable hotel in a lovely setting, boasting a lovely outdoor patio area.



      Hotel facilities include an indoor pool and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, minifridge, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.
    • Sandman Signature Kamloops Hotel
    • This contemporary hotel is a minute's walk from Kamloops Heritage Railway, a 3-minute walk from the Interior Savings Centre and a 12-minute walk from Sacred Heart Cathedral.

      The airy rooms feature free Wi-Fi and 39-inch flat-screen TVs, plus minifridges, microwaves and work desks with ergonomic chairs.

      Amenities include a trendy sports bar with an outdoor patio as well as an indoor pool and fitness centre.
    • Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel
    • The 4-star Best Western Carlton Plaza is situated in downtown Victoria.



      Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.
    • Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown
    • A 7-minute walk from shopping on Robson Street, this modern hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Hornby Street Aquabus, which offers direct access to Granville Island.

      Hotel rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers.

      The facility also offers a casual restaurant/lounge, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour exercise room, plus a spa.

Optional Excursions



  • Helicopter ride over the Rockies

  • Ice Explorer ride across the Athabasca Glacier

  • River rafting on the Athabasca River

  • Twilight nature walk in Jasper

  • Vancouver's stunning North Shore

  • Whale-watching trip





Excursions Included



  • Tour of Banff

  • Explore Banff and Jasper National Parks

  • Discover the beauty of Lake Louise

  • Jasper, Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon

  • Rockies river safari on the Blue River

  • Victoria tour

  • Vist Butchart Gardens

  • Vancouver tour and Stanley Park




Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

    Yes

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    Requirements do change, and you must check the up to date position in good time before departure so that you have the correct documentation and are adequately vaccinated. Information on health is available from your GP surgery and from the National Travel Health Network and Centre www.travelhealthpro.org.uk

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    No. Min age is 18 years.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Travelsphere’s Flexibility Promise has been created to give you complete peace of mind and make you feel confident when booking your holiday with us. We have also been awarded the WTTC safe travels stamp which recognises businesses and destinations worldwide that have adopted a new set of global protocols to support the return of 'Safe Travel' around the world.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Travelsphere has been operating escorted touring holidays for 60 years

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    At Travelsphere, we are committed to operating our business operations responsibly, with integrity and always act ethically in all our business dealings and relationships. We are committed to implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking does not take place in our own business or in any of our supply chains

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    You will receive Holiday conformation upon booking, and then several documents detailing any adddiotnal information and the optional excursions that you can book before you travel. The final information covering your flights, hotels and itinerary will be sent to you around 14 days before your departure date.

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

    No, we do not offer single share options

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, Im afraid not

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If we can accomadate a change in date - we will always do our best to help you. Just pick up the phone and ask one of our friendly advisors - and make sure you have your booking number to hand.

  • Am I contributing to any charity by booking the tour?

    Our Travelsphere Cares programmes, in partnership with the Planeterra Foundation, support local projects and social enterprises by helping them earn an income from tourism. We simply donate a portion of the funds from our tours, so it’s great to know that when you travel with us you are helping to change lives and turn travel into real impact.

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    Like minded travellers

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

    All of our accommodation providers will be working to the very highest standards of hygiene – you already always enjoy a private room of your own on all of our trips, all of our partners will be guided by local government operational standards of hygiene and the new protocols we have issued to them.

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