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11 day Self Drive - from £2128

Stay in carefully selected lodges as you travel from Vancouver through the Rockies to the experience some of Canada’s most beautiful lakes. This 11 day journey takes you past many of the Canada’s most breathtaking landscapes including stunning Moraine and Emerald Lakes.

 Highlights:

  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Ride on the Banff Gondola
  • Drive the scenic Icefields Parkway
  • Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs
  • Stay in wonderful lodge accommodation
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver to Gold Bridge (145 miles)

This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Continue on to Whistler where a stop is a must for a short stroll through this charming alpine resort before continuing on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet for two hours along a well maintained gravel road to Tyax Lodge, nestled on the shores on Tyaughton Lake.

Hotel: Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing

Day 2: Tyax Lodge

Tyax offers a wide array of optional activities for all ages, including western horseback riding, guided fly fishing tours, fly casting and gold panning lessons, mountain biking on either gentle rolling or challenging single tracks, floatplane adventures over the Chilcotin Wilderness, as well as ATV safaris along old mining trails leading to the wildflower-carpeted alpine meadows.

Hotel: Tyax Lodge & Heliskiing

Day 3: Gold Bridge to Lac Le Jeune (203 miles)

Return through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Departing Lillooet, turn east along Highway 99 toward Cache Creek. From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation at Lac Le Jeune Resort. Located in a stunning wilderness setting where fish jump from the glassy surface of the lake and ospreys soar overhead. Please note this rustic lodge offer peace and relaxation without having phones or televisions in the rooms.

Hotel: Lac Le Jeune Resort

Day 4: Lac Le Jeune to Jasper (297 miles)

Today, follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 meters (12,972 feet); then on to the resort town of Jasper, for a 2 night stay at Jasper Park Lodge. Set deep in the Canadian Rockies, Jasper Park Lodge embodies the peace, tranquillity and natural beauty that make these parks so famous. Whether you are looking for a relaxing day by the pool or a beautiful horseback ride into the mountains, this deluxe lodge is the place to stay.

Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 5: Jasper

Exploring Today, explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain or a boat cruise on Maligne Lake (not included), in the evening soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs, and watch the sunset over Pyramid and Patricia Lakes (included).

Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 6: Jasper to Moraine Lake (148 miles)

This morning depart on the scenic Icefields Parkway that takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. You view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at Moraine Lake Lodge. The lodge is situated on the shore of Moraine Lake, known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake has become known as The Jewel of the Rockies. Bear in mind, Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Hotel: Moraine Lake Lodge

Day 7: Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake (23 miles)

A short drive today through majestic mountain passes into Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km (507 sq. miles) national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada’s highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 8: Emerald Lake Lodge

Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the Lodge includes a formal dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Hotel: Emerald Lake Lodge

Meals: 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner

Day 9: Emerald Lake to Banff (60 miles)

Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River, with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff. This afternoon, explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement – shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums.

Hotel: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Meals: 1 Breakfast

Day 10: Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola)

You have a full day to explore Banff. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs.

Hotel: Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Day 11: Banff to Calgary (72 miles)

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. En route, you may wish to stop at the historic Cochrane Ranch (not included) before dropping off your rental car at the Calgary International Airport or downtown location.

11 day Self Drive - from £2128

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Price is per person, based on 2 sharing a double or twin room and includes pre-booked accommodation, air-conditioned car and unlimited mileage. One-way fees charged locally. Hotels specified are subject to availability and may be substituted by one of a similar or higher standard.

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SELF DRIVE TOURING

Enjoy independent touring at its very best. Book our self drives as they are or add extra days in the places you choose. Normally available in both directions.

Your self drive includes:

  • Well planned, easy to follow route
  • Travel guide and maps
  • 10 nights pre-booked lodge accommodation
  • 3 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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Your self drive includes comfortable touring hotels as standard.

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