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Combine the fabulous Rocky Mountaineer 2-day train journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies with the freedom of a 15-day self-drive tour and you have an unbeatable combination. This 15 day/14 night self-drive tour operates (subject to Rocky Mountaineer train schedule) between early May and mid September*.
Day 1. Arrive Calgary. Day 2. At leisure in Calgary. Day 3. Calgary to Banff. Day 4. Rocky Mountaineer Train Banff to Kamloops. Day 5. Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Vancouver. Day, 6. Vancouver. Day 7. Vancouver to Whistler (approx. 77 miles). Day 8. Whistler to Clearwater (approx. 250 miles). Day 9. Wells Gray Park. Day 10 Clearwater to Jasper (approx. 210 miles). Day 11. At leisure in Jasper. Day 12 Jasper to Banff (approx. 160 miles). Days 13 & 14. At leisure in Banff. Day 15. Banff to Calgary (approx. 80 miles).
Day 1. Arrive Calgary. After arriving at Calgary’s International airport make your way to your hotel in the heart of Calgary where your holiday begins. Overnight: International Hotel Calgary (Standard) or Delta Bow Valley (Superior).
Day 2. At leisure in Calgary. A full day to enjoy the attractions and shopping of Calgary. Overnight: International Hotel Calgary (Standard) or Delta Bow Valley (Superior).
Day 3. Calgary to Banff. Enjoy a leisurely morning in Calgary before taking a short transfer into the Rockies and the resort town of Banff. The afternoon is free for you to explore the town. Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard) or Fox Hotel (Superior).
Day 4. Rocky Mountaineer Train Banff to Kamloops. Its “All aboard” at Banff station this morning as you join your Rocky Mountaineer train for the two day journey through the Rockies to Vancouver. Today the train takes you through Banff National Park and the Kicking Horse Pass and over the Continental Divide, past Shuswap Lake and into Kamloops. Here you disembark and spend the night in an hotel before rejoining the train the following day. At Kamloops, passengers have the option of taking in the ‘Rhythms of the Rails’ musical dinner show (additional cost) pre-booking essential. Overnight: Rocky Mountaineer allocated hotel.
Day 5. Rocky Mountaineer Train – Kamloops to Vancouver. From the interior of British Columbia the train follows the Thompson River westwards through beautiful landscapes to the Fraser Canyon and on to Vancouver. The combination of the stunning scenery and the super service provided on the train makes for a memorable holiday. On our Superior accommodation choice passengers travel in the famous Dome Car as part of the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service. Gourmet breakfasts and lunches are served in the GoldLeaf Dining Room, complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic beverages aboard, dinner at the Kamloops hotel and a Rocky Mountaineer commemorative GoldLeaf pin complete the service. After arriving at the railway terminus in Vancouver make your own way to your downtown Vancouver hotel for the next two nights. Overnight: Best Western Plus Vancouver Downtown (Standard) or Coast Plaza Hotel (Superior).
Day, 6. Vancouver. A full day to explore this lovely city, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Robson Street shops, Gas Town, and much more. Optional day excursions to Victoria and Vancouver Island can be prearranged for you at additional cost. Overnight: Best Western Plus Vancouver Downtown (Standard) or Coast Plaza Hotel (Superior).
Day 7. Vancouver to Whistler (approx. 77 miles). Collect your car from Vancouver airport on the morning of day 7 and take a leisurely drive north of Vancouver to Whistler. A world-famous ski resort in the winter months, Whistler has much to offer during the summer. The views from the top of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains are breathtaking. For the more active visitor there is hiking, mountain biking, golf, tennis and fishing. Overnight: Crystal Lodge (Standard & Superior).
Day 8. Whistler to Clearwater (approx. 250 miles). Driving through the Rockies today you pass through the towns of Lillooet and Cache Creek before passing though Kamloops and on to Clearwater. Your drive takes you on a different route from the one you travelled on the train, but the scenery is just as impressive and with the car you can stop and admire the views. In the afternoon arrive at Clearwater – gateway to Wells Gray Provincial Park. Overnight: Alpine Meadows (Standard & Superior).
Day 9. Wells Gray Park. From your base at Clearwater you have a full day to explore and enjoy the wonders of Wells Gray Provincial Park – a pristine wilderness of forests, mountains and lakes. There are optional guided excursions into the park available from your hotel (we recommend pre-booking). Overnight: Alpine Meadows (Standard & Superior).
Day 10 Clearwater to Jasper (approx. 210 miles) The journey to Jasper today takes you past the towering peak of Mount Robson – the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Take your time today and enjoy the journey through the spectacular Canadian Rockies. Overnight: Marmot Lodge (Standard) or Sawridge Inn (Superior).
Day 11. At leisure in Jasper. At Jasper there is much to do and see. Optional excursions are on offer to take you to Mount Edith Cavell – one of the most fascinating areas in Jasper National Park with ice caves, waterfalls and Lake Forgiveness. Explore the town, take the Jasper Aerial Tramway and be sure not to miss the stunning views at Maligne Lake. Overnight: Marmot Lodge (Standard) or Sawridge Inn (Superior).
Day 12 Jasper to Banff (approx. 160 miles). The Icefields Parkway which links Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff has been accurately described as the most scenic highway in North America and it is not difficult to see why. As you leave Jasper on day 12, stop and take an optional tour by SnoCoach onto the Athabasca Glacier, an exciting trip that allows you to walk on the glacier and even drink a cup of water fresh from the melting glacier. The Glacier Skywalk is located at the boundary of Jasper and Banff National Parks and is a stunning addition to the region’s attraction. A glass platform soars over 900 feet above the surrounding forests, lakes and mountains and offers fabulous views. Continue south along the Icefields Parkway stopping at the many scenic points along the way including Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and finally Banff. Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard) or Fox Hotel (Superior),
Days 13 & 14. At leisure in Banff. With two full days to enjoy the town of Banff and the Banff National Park, you will have time to take a leisurely raft ride on the Bow River, take a horse-ride, hike or drive through the national park, browse the shops in Banff, relax in the thermal hot springs, challenge yourself with a round of golf on the famous Banff Springs course, take the aerial tramway to the top of Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the superb view. Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard) or Fox Hotel (Superior).
Day 15. Banff to Calgary (approx. 80 miles). Finally, it’s time for the last leg of your journey, a leisurely drive back to Calgary, with time for final shopping before boarding your flight home.
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Prices from 2149 1955 685 Prices from 2809 2105 985 Location No.nights Standard Hotels/SilverLeaf Superior Hotels/GoldLeaf Calgary 2 International Hotel Calgary Delta Bow Valley Banff 1 Banff Caribou Lodge Fox Hotel & Suites (CB) Kamloops 1 Rocky Mountaineer appointed hotel Rocky Mountaineer appointed hotel Vancouver 2 Best Western Plus Downtown Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites (CB) Whistler 1 Crystal Lodge Crystal Lodge Clearwater 2 Alpine Meadows (CB) Alpine Meadows (CB) Jasper 2 Marmot Lodge Sawridge Inn (outside view room with balcony Banff 3 Banff Caribou Lodge Fox Hotel & Suites (CB)
(CB) Continental breakfast included.
* 13 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* 2-day Rocky Mountaineer package inc. 1 night hotel accommodation in Kamloops, meals aboard the train, complimentary on-board snacks and non alcoholic beverages.
* Maps, guides and itinerary (provided on day 1 in Calgary).
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, optional excursions, petrol, meals (other than those provided on the Rocky Mountaineer), national park admissions, gratuities and personal expenses.
Full details of the Rocky Mountaineer service can be provided by Just America upon request.
Tour prices:The prices shown in the price panels are for the accommodation elements only, they do not include flights or car rental (unless indicated). This enables you to choose the airline and car of your choice and add them to the accommodation package to create your holiday. Our reservations staff will be pleased to help you with flight availability, to suggest which is the best airline for your itinerary and to advise you of any special offers the airlines may have introduced.
Hotels:Hotels featured in our flydrive and independent tours are chosen for their location, value for money and facilities. Whenever possible we offer a choice of Standard or Superior hotels. There is no recognised 'star' system throughout North America for classifying hotels, motels and resorts. The hotel ratings for our tours are subjective and are provided to give you an understanding as to the level of facility. They are either the hotel's official categorisation as per the Official Hotel & Resort Guide, or Just America's. Standards vary from location to location, therefore ratings in the remote areas can differ from those in the cities. Standard hotels would be those classified as Moderate, and Superior hotels would be First Class, in the Official Hotel and Resort Guide. National Park accommodations are more rustic and are chosen almost entirely because of their location. It should not be assumed that because an hotel is listed as Superior that it has certain amenities. Often a hotel is classified as Superior due to its position, views or room standard, it does not always follow that a superior hotel will have a swimming pool, hair-dryers, room service etc. We will try to provide information on individual hotels on request although the internet is usually the quickest and most accurate source of information. Hotel rooms in North America usually have one or two double beds. Triple and Quad rooms have two double beds. Very few hotels in North America have three or four beds. It is sometimes possible to have a rollaway bed which can be requested, but cannot be guaranteed. Occasionally hotels are chosen purely for their location - i.e. half-way between two points of interest - and may be included as a one night stop to break up an otherwise long journey. Such hotels may not have the full facilities normally associated with a Standard or Superior hotel, but sometimes we don't have any other choice. Where possible hotels providing free car parking have been included, however in some locations, such as city centres, the hotels may make a charge.
Note:Hotels are not usually ready to accept guests until after 3 or 4 pm, so please try not to check in before mid-afternoon. Check out time is usually before 11 am or 12 noon. It is sometimes possible to arrange late check out, or the storage of luggage, but this is at the discretion of the hotel.
Tour notes and itineraries:On several of our tours the tour notesand itineraries are provided at the first hotel. On other tours this information is forwarded with the travel documents approximately 14 days prior to departure. We will endeavour to provide the best information we can to help you, but it is not our policy to provide mile by mile detailed route guides, the frequent changes to local road conditions, layouts etc., makes this impossible. We do provide maps, guides to the major attractions en route, and directions to hotels whenever possible. These are independent self-drive holidays and you will be required to read a map and locate attractions and hotels. Sat.Nav. is available from the car rental companies - at a charge - and you may find this useful, however all technology is prone to failure so we always recommend that you keep the maps handy.
Tailor-made holidays:We will be pleased to discuss your own ideas and itineraries and help you plan your holiday. If you would like to email, fax or mail an outline of your tour with dates, number of people, ages of children etc., to us we will be happy to advise you. We request that you include your daytime telephone number on all correspondence. Where you have chosen the route and we have designed a tailor-made holiday for you, it may not be possible to provide you with a detailed tour itinerary. We recommend that you purchase a road atlas such as the excellent National Geographic Road Atlas to the USA and Canada (Just America can provide these - currently £15 plus P & P). We suggest that you read up about the area you are planning to visit well in advance, preferably before you book the holiday. Insight Guides cover almost every region of North America and are about the best on the market. Just America can also provide a some tourist information subject to availability, but we do not have detailed route information to cover every area of the Continent. You might find the internet to be the best source of free, up-to-date information.
National Park Passes:Both the US and Canada charge entrance fees for their national parks, and if you are visiting a number of parks, this cost can add up to a significant amount. We recommend that you purchase a Parks Pass at the first national park you visit. For the US the pass costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass costs $136.40. Both passes provide unlimited visits to that country's parks for 12 months. The passes can only be used in the country of purchase. Full details available at www.nps.gov (for USA) and www.pc.gc.ca/index_e.asp
Just America specialises in tailor-making holidays and we will be pleased to design this, or any of our tours, to your specifications.
We can provide details, prices and make reservations for optional sightseeing excursions mentioned in the itinerary. All mileages are approximate.
Hotels/lodges and Rocky Mountaineer services are subject to availability at the time of booking and we recommend that you book as far in advance as possible especially if you are travelling in the July/August peak season.
* Whilst we can offer this tour for departures up to mid-September, please note that the weather conditions in the Rockies in mid to late September may be cold and restrict some activities. It is not unusual for there to be snow in the Rockies in September.
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