10-day/9-night Jonview escorted coach tour of the Canadian Rockies and coastal British Columbia
The Rocky Mountains are your gateway to Canada. Experience hot springs, glacial ice fields – and breathtaking views of soaring peaks. Journey over rolling foothills and through interior canyons and discover the frontier legends of homesteaders, cowboys and gold seekers. 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 blue-water straits where whales travel and bald eagles soar. Ocean, mountains and lively communities with famous Western hospitality – this trip has it all.
Day 1. Arrive Calgary Day 2. Calgary, Banff Day 3. Banff Day 4. Banff, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Jasper Day 5. Jasper, Sun Peaks Day 6. Sun Peaks, Whistler Day 7. Whistler, Victoria Day 8. Victoria Day 9. Victoria, Vancouver Day 10. Depart Vancouver
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES:
√ Calgary city 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 coach.
√ Experienced tour driver.
√ Accommodation for 9 nights.
√ Baggage handling (1 piece per person).
√ Dedicated services of the same professional Jonview Tour Director and driver for the entire land component of the tour.
√ Premium accommodation in Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver.
QUALITY DINING – INCLUDING 10 MEALS
√ 9 breakfasts (B) and 1 Dinners (D)
Day 1. Arrival in Calgary. Arrive at Calgary International Airport and make your own way to your centrally-located hotel. After checking in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore Calgary. The Tour Director will contact you in the late afternoon to give your details for joining the tour. Explore the Old West at the Glenbow Museum or Fort Calgary on your own, browse through the Eau Claire Market, ride up the Calgary Tower for a great view and savour the great restaurants and dynamic nightlife. Overnight: Delta Calgary Downtown Hotel.
Day 2. Calgary to Banff National Park. We begin the day with a city tour of Calgary. Leaving the city, we travel west on the Trans-Canada Highway into the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. The majestic peaks of the Canadian Rockies soon fill the horizon as we approach Banff National Park, our first of several in the Canadian national parks system. We soon arrive in the charming resort town of Banff. Overnight: Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Aspen Lodge or Elk & Avenue Hotel. Meals included: B
Day 3. Banff National Park. Today we will enjoy a tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional helicopter sightseeing tour will give you the chance to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. Alternatively, you can take an optional gondola ride to spectacular Sulphur Mountain. Bring your camera! The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Overnight: Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Aspen Lodge, or Elk & Avenue Hotel. Meals included: B
Day 4. Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. Today’s journey through Banff and Jasper national parks promises to be a highlight of our Rockies Trail programme. Shortly after leaving Banff we visit the stunning Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada. As we travel north on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges, keep your eyes peeled for wildlife such as bears, eagles and moose. At the Columbia Icefield we board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Close to Jasper you have the chance to go on an optional raft trip on the Athabasca River. Your experienced guide will point out the natural and human history as you raft through short rapids and stretches of calm water. Overnight: The Crimson, or Chateau Jasper, or Marmot Lodge or Best Western Jasper Inn & Suites Jasper. Meals included: B
Day 5. Jasper National Park to Sun Peaks. Before leaving Jasper National Park this morning, you can take part in an optional Spirit Island Cruise on Maligne Lake, the most picturesque and largest glacial-fed lake in the park. You may alternatively take an optional motorcycle tour of Jasper, riding in the comfortable sidecar with an unmatched view of forests and mountains. Then, we travel west along the Yellowhead Highway and into the heartland of British Columbia. Breathtaking, unspoiled vistas await visitors in every season of the year. The route takes us along the Thompson River through the picturesque Shuswap Highlands. Overnight: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel. Meals included: B
Day 6. Sun Peaks to Whistler. We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for coastal mountains. A journey along the Duffey Lake Road exposes new vistas at every turn. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight: Delta Whistler Village Suites. Meals included: B
Day 7. Whistler to Victoria. The Sea-To-Sky Highway leads us south through spectacular coastal scenery today. From Horseshoe Bay, we cruise by ferry across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and continue by coach to Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city. Arriving in Victoria, we embark on a city tour of this former British enclave. Overnight: Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina. Meals included: B
Day 8. Victoria. Proud of her maritime heritage, Victoria has retained a quaint, colonial demeanour evident in the many 19th-century landmarks throughout the city. Today we treat ourselves to a tour of the world-famous Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry. Time will be allocated here for browsing through the regal gardens. You can take part in an optional Float-plane Sightseeing Tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of San Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. You can also go on an optional Whale-watching Excursion aboard a Zodiac or a regular vessel. Watch for the magnificent orcas and the abundance of marine wildlife. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city’s delights. Overnight: Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina. Meals included: B
Day 9. Victoria to Vancouver. We continue through the resort region of the Gulf Islands to the oceanside city of Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver enjoy an interesting tour of the city including Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown and much more. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration or simple relaxation. This evening features our farewell dinner party at the Vancouver Aquarium. Overnight: Sutton Place Hotel, Vancouver. Meals included: B, D.
Day 10. Depart Vancouver. A time of last-minute shopping and sad farewells before you make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Meals included: B
Just America will be pleased to assist with additional pre tour accommodation in Calgary, or post tour accommodation in Vancouver. We can also book flights to other Canadian destinations or arrange transportation on the famous Rocky Mountaineer should you wish to extend your holiday and journey back through the rockies by train to Calgary.
10 Day/9 night Land tour
£ £ £ Thursday departures 2017
Tour prices in £’s per person
Single Double Triple 15 Jun, 20 Jul, 24 Aug, 07 Sep 1915 1319 1162 Prices include:
9-nights hotel accommodation, 10 meals, escorted coach tour transportation and the services of a professional tour director.
Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org