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Vancouver, one of the world’s most beautiful cities, is the starting point for our Canadian Rockies tour. This 15 day/14 night self-drive tour takes in the best of the Canadian Rockies, Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff including the Jasper and Banff National Parks. Through the Yoho and Glacier National Parks to Revelstoke and on to Victoria on Vancouver Island. The breathtaking scenery, lovely cities and national parks combine into a stunning tour which operates daily between mid-May to late September.
Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. Day 2. At leisure in Vancouver. Day 3. Vancouver to Kamloops (approx. 210 miles). Day 4. Kamloops to Jasper (approx. 277 miles). Days 5 & 6. At leisure in Jasper. Day 7. Jasper to Banff (approx. 160 miles). Days 8 & 9. At leisure in Banff. Day 10. Banff to Revelstoke (approx. 175 miles). Day 11. Revelstoke to Harrison Hot Springs (approx.340 miles). Day 12. Harrison Hot Springs to Victoria (approx. 50 miles plus ferry). Day 13. At leisure in Victoria. Day 14. Victoria to Vancouver (by ferry).
Day 1. Arrive Vancouver. After arriving in Vancouver today make your own way to your city centre hotel and enjoy the remainder of the day exploring the city. Overnight: Best Western Plus Vancouver Downtown Hotel (Standard) or Metropolitan Hotel (Superior).
Day 2. At leisure in Vancouver. You have a full day to relax and enjoy the attractions of the city. Spend the morning exploring Gastown, Chinatown, take the cable car to the top of Grouse Mountain and admire the views over the city. In the afternoon, walk or rent a bike and tour Stanley Park or relax on the one of the many beaches. Overnight: Best Western Plus Vancouver Downtown Hotel (Standard) or Metropolitan Hotel (Superior).
Day 3. Vancouver to Kamloops (approx. 210 miles). Collect your rental car this morning from the downtown Vancouver depot and head east from Vancouver through the coastal mountains, past waterfalls, lakes and forests to Kamloops almost half way to Jasper. Overnight: Thompson Hotel – (Standard & Superior).
Day 4. Kamloops to Jasper (approx. 277 miles). The journey today takes you past Mount Robson – the highest point in the Canadian Rockies – to Jasper in the heart of the Jasper National Park. two full days exploring the town of Jasper and the surrounding national park. Overnight: Marmot Lodge (Standard) or Sawridge Inn (Superior).
Days 5 & 6. At leisure in Jasper. Two full days exploring the town of Jasper and the surrounding national park. A cruise on Maligne Lake, a snowcoach tour on the Columbia Icefield, a ride on the Jasper Tramway, horse riding, cycling and relaxing on the town’s beaches these and other activities will keep you busy. Overnight: Marmot Lodge (Standard) or Sawridge Inn (Superior).
Day 7. Jasper to Banff approx. (approx. 160 miles). The drive between Jasper and Banff is described as the most scenic highway in North America. Take your time, take plenty of film and stop often at the scenic viewpoints. 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. Take a look at this video. Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, Lake Louise and other beautiful locations punctuate your leisurely drive today. Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard) or Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge (Superior).
Days 8 & 9. At leisure in Banff. Enjoy two full days exploring the town and surrounding national park. The famous hot springs, the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, rafting, hiking, canoeing and much more await you in Banff and its national park. Overnight: Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard) or Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge (Superior).
Day 10. Banff to Revelstoke (approx. 175 miles). Crossing back over the Continental Divide, your tour takes you through the Yoho and Glacier National Parks to Revelstoke. Overnight: Three Valley Lake Chateau (Standard) or The Sutton Place Hotel (Superior).
Day 11. Revelstoke to Harrison Hot Springs (approx. 340 miles). Continue west through the towns of Kelowna and Penticton to Harrison Hot Springs. Overnight: Harrison Beach Hotel (Standard & Superior).
Day 12. Harrison Hot Springs to Victoria (approx. 50 miles plus ferry). A short journey to the ferry port this morning allows you to catch an early ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island. Enjoy two nights in Victoria exploring the Capital of British Columbia. Overnight: Royal Scot Hotel (Standard) or Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (Superior).
Day 13. At leisure in Victoria. The famous Butchart Gardens, the museums and shops of Victoria will make for a full day of sightseeing. Overnight: Royal Scot (Standard) or Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (Superior).
Day 14. Victoria to Vancouver (by ferry). Return to Vancouver for a final night before saying farewell to this beautiful city. Overnight: Best Western Plus Vancouver Downtown (Standard) or Metropolitan Hotel (Superior).
Day 15. Depart Vancouver.
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Prices from On request On request On request On request Prices from On request On request NA NA Location No.nights Standard Hotels Superior Hotels Vancouver 2 Best Western Plus Downtown Metropolitan Hotel Kamloops 1 Thompson Hotel Thompson Hotel Jasper 3 Marmot Lodge Sawridge Inn (Outside view room with balcony) Banff 3 Banff Caribou Lodge Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge (Delta room) Revelstoke 1 Three Valley Lake Chateau The Sutton Place Hotel Harrison Hotel Springs 1 Harrison Beach Hotel (Mountain View room) Harrison Beach Hotel (Lake View room) Victoria 2 Royal Scot Hotel Delta Ocean Pointe Resort (Courtyard view room) Vancouver 1 Best Western Plus Downtown Metropolitan Hotel
Prices based on Saturday departures – prices for other departure dates available on request.
Hotels/Lodges are subject to availability at the time of booking.
Children under 12 years are free when sharing a room with 2 adults and using existing bedding at hotels (max.2 children per room).
* 14 nights hotel accommodation including local taxes.
* Maps, guides and itinerary (provided on day 1 at Vancouver).
Not included: Flights, car rental, travel insurance, petrol, meals, optional excursions, national park admissions and personal expenses.
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 self-drive 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, golf course, 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 notes and 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 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 currently costs $80 for up to four adults (children under 16 are free). In Canada a family pass currently 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.
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