Rockies to Rainforest

14 day Self Drive - from £1459

With flights from £1959

Journey through British Columbia and the dramatic Rocky Mountains to explore the breathtaking landscapes and wonderful wildlife this region is famous for.

Highlights:

  • Walk along the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Go whale watching in Tofino
  • Ride an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Visit Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs
  • Explore the popular ski town of Whistler
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Your Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver, make your way to the hotel for the start of your self drive holiday. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson

Superior Hotel: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront

Day 2 - Vancouver

The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more.

Standard Hotel: Rosedale on Robson

Superior Hotel: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront

Day 3 - Victoria (43 miles + Ferry)

Leaving Vancouver drive south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Swartz Bay. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria.

Standard Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Superior Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Empress Hotel

Day 4 - Victoria

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Butchart Gardens Admission
On its 100th birthday in 2004, the Butchart Gardens was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Explore 55 acres of breathtaking gardens on the 130 acre estate.

Option 2: Eat like a Canadian Food Tour
Not many people can define exactly what Canadian food is. From local ingredients to historic dishes, this tour is the best way to experience Canadian culinary culture. Sip and savour local cuisine, explore the iconic Inner Harbour, and meet the chefs and owners that make Victoria such an exciting culinary hot spot.

Option 3: Whale Watch Cruise
Get up close with the killer whales on the Salish Sea with this guided, 3.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Victoria. Climb aboard a covered or open boat equipped with hydrophones to hear the whales and bring the underwater experience to light.

Standard Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Superior Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Empress Hotel

Day 5 - Tofino (195miles)

Travel to the rugged West Coast of Vancouver Island and head to Pacific Rim National Park. En-route stops should be made at Duncan the ‘City of Totems’, where you may visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village, which will provide you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (admission not included). Make a stop in the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. Drive through majestic Sutton Pass and the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains to arrive in Tofino around mid-afternoon.

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Superior & Deluxe Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 6 - Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park)

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Coastal Bear Watch Cruise
Search for bears from the comfort and safety of a 24’ Zodiac vessel. Abundant on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, black bears roam the shores at low tide in search of their favorite delicacy, the Rock Crab.

Option 2: Whale Watching Cruise
Cruise through the waters of Clayoquot Sound to view beautiful scenery and wildlife. Depending on the time of year, you may encounter gray whales, humpback whales, sea lions, sea birds and resident bald eagles.

Option 3: Tofino Food Tour
Taste why Tofino is truly one of Canada’s best food scenes, combined with local stories & fascinating history. This tour includes 7 delicious tastings from some of Tofino’s best restaurants & food vendors.

Standard Hotel: Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Superior & Deluxe Hotel: Black Rock Oceanfront Resort

Day 7 - Whistler (206 miles + Ferry)

Depart Tofino for your return journey to the East Coast. From Departure Bay sail for 1 hr 45 min on BC Ferries (ferry toll included) to Horseshoe Bay. Travel 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.

Standard Hotel: Aava Whistler Hotel

Superior Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Day 8 - Whistler

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain.

Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola (included) to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chair lift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

Standard Hotel: Aava Whistler Hotel

Superior Hotel:Hilton Whistler Resort

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Day 9 - Clearwater (262 miles)

Travel north today from the mountain village via the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road. Enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of 2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue the journey north to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Visit the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek where you stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush.

Standard Hotel: Clearwater Lodge

Superior & Deluxe Hotel: Alpine Meadows Resort

Day 10 - Jasper National Park (198 miles)

Set out for Jasper along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breathtaking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River. On your journey today, perhaps you will get a glimpse of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Leaving British Columbia, you enter Alberta and Jasper National Park. Jasper was originally a tent city serving the railway, and is now a quaint mountain village (breakfast included).

Standard Hotel: Moderate Hotel

Superior Hotel: Sawridge Inn

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 11 - Jasper National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Maligne Lake Cruise
Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island.

Option 2: Jasper River Float
Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.

Option 3: Jasper Nature Walk
A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

Standard Hotel: Moderate Hotel

Superior Hotel: Sawridge Inn

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 12 - Banff National Park (180 miles)

Your scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. 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). Stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 280 metres over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise, 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.

Standard Hotel: Elk & Avenue Hotel

Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Day 13 - Banff National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities below to include in your holiday. Simply let your consultant know which you would prefer when booking your trip.

Option 1: Banff Gondola
Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

Option 2: Lake Minnewanka Cruise
Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.

Option 3: River Explorer Canoe Tour
Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.

Option 4: Bow River Horseback Adventure
Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure.

Standard Hotel: Elk & Avenue Hotel

Superior Hotel: Banff Caribou Lodge

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

Day 14 - Depart Calgary (72 miles)

Depart the Rocky Mountains at your own leisure to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometers and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Your tour concludes with the return of your rental vehicle in Calgary.

14 day Self Drive - from £1459

With flights from £1959

OPTIONS

  • Upgrade to Superior hotels from £370
  • Upgrade to Deluxe hotels from £1715
  • Add extra nights in Vancouver, Calgary or any location en route
  • Choose to fly Economy, Premium, Business or First Class

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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. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2022 onwards.

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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
  • 13 nights pre-booked hotel accommodation
  • A choice of standard, superior or deluxe hotels
  • Activities and day tours included
  • Modern air-conditioned car
  • Unlimited mileage
  • Roadside assistance
  • Car upgrades available upon request

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