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Excursions Included
Banff National Park, Alberta
Vancouver Sunset
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Thompson Okanagan
Wine
Takakkaw Falls
Emerald Lake, Canada
Banff Gondola, Banff National Park
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Jasper National Park, Alberta
Hiking above Sun Peaks Resort
Whistler
Gondolas, Whistler
Pacific Rim National Park, Canada
Tofino, Vancouver Island
Empress Hotel, Victoria
Butchart Gardens, Victoria

Ultimate Western Canada

17 day Self Drive Holiday – from £2859

With flights from £3559

Combine the best of the West on this incredible self drive around British Columbia and Alberta, including Jasper, Banff, Whistler, Vancouver and Victoria.

Highlights:
  • Visit the stunning Butchart Gardens and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway and Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Enjoy and unforgettable Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Your choice of whale watching or a bear viewing tour in Tofino
  • Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine

Your Itinerary

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You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Vancouver Sunset

Day 1 – Welcome to Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver, make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel. The rest of the…

Upon arrival into Vancouver, make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this wonderful city at your leisure.

    Rosedale on Robson

    Breakfast
Vancouver Sunset
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Day 2 – Vancouver

The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third largest metropolitan centre,…

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 multicultural ambiance. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge so we have included this for you today.

    Rosedale on Robson

    Breakfast
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Thompson Okanagan

Day 3 – Kelowna

Today, travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards…

Today, travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin.

    Vancouver > Kelowna | 415 kms

    Prestige Beach House

Thompson Okanagan
Wine

Day 4 – Kelowna (Wine Tour)

Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards…

Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. You will be picked up at your hotel at around 10:00 and visit a minimum of 5 wineries. Experience a bit of the history of the wine industry in the Okanagan, and enjoy some of the newer boutique-style wineries that are recent additions to their wine industry. You will see a total of 5 wineries including a sit down tasting at one of the iconic wineries of Kelowna. You will have time for lunch at your choice of winery depending on availability, at your own cost.

    Prestige Beach House

    Lunch
Wine
Takakkaw Falls

Day 5 – Emerald Lake Lodge

Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. Just before Revelstoke you…

Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. Just before Revelstoke you will find Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (833 feet), Takakkaw Falls.

    Kelowna > Emerald Lake Lodge | 405 kms

    Emerald Lake Lodge

Takakkaw Falls
Emerald Lake, Canada

Day 6 – Emerald Lake Lodge

Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the lodge includes a formal dining room,…

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.

    Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake, Canada
Banff National Park, Alberta

Day 7 – Banff National Park

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Banff National Park today. We recommend you choose to take the…

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Banff National Park today. We recommend you choose to take the Bow Valley Parkway which runs along side the Bow River, it’s a lovely scenic drive. Along this route there’s an option for you to make a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls, beautiful!

    Emerald Lake Lodge > Banff National Park | 80 kms

    Elk & Avenue Hotel

Banff National Park, Alberta
Banff Gondola, Banff National Park

Day 8 – Banff National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities…

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.

    Elk & Avenue Hotel

Banff Gondola, Banff National Park
Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Day 9 – Jasper National Park (via Lake Louise)

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop en route to enjoy…

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop en route to enjoy the glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. We have included an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and a stop at the Glacier Skywalk enroute to Jasper.

    Banff National Park > Jasper National Park | 265 kms

    Jasper Inn & Suites

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Jasper National Park, Alberta

Day 10 – Jasper National Park

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities…

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.

    Jasper Inn & Suites

Jasper National Park, Alberta
Hiking above Sun Peaks Resort

Day 11 – Sun Peaks

Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the…

Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to the resort of Sun Peaks, near to Kamloops. This European style mountain resort, is perfect for skiing in winter, but also provides fresh mountain air and spectacular views all summer.

    Jasper National Park > Sun Peaks | 450 kms

    Sun Peaks Resort

Hiking above Sun Peaks Resort
Whistler

Day 12 – Whistler

Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town…

Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town of Whistler. The winding road leads through an arid landscape that gradually changes to lush forests lined with snow-capped mountain ranges.

    Sun Peaks > Whistler | 300 kms

    Listel Whistler Hotel

Whistler
Gondolas, Whistler

Day 13 – Whistler

Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take…

Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snowcapped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May – Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

    Listel Whistler Hotel

Gondolas, Whistler
Pacific Rim National Park, Canada

Day 14 – Tofino

Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords….

Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry (included) to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rainforests, steep ravines and windswept beaches.

    Whistler > Tofino | 310 km

    Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Pacific Rim National Park, Canada
Tofino, Vancouver Island

Day 15 – Tofino

Today you have the FREEDOM of choice. Personalise your day by choosing one of the activities…

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.

    Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Tofino, Vancouver Island
Empress Hotel, Victoria

Day 16 – Victoria

This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En-route you…

This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En-route you might want to visit Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Grove. The coastal road winds through quaint seaside towns and the murals of Chemainus and the quaint Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan are well worth the visit. The day winds down in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

    Tofino > Victoria | 325 kms

    Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Empress Hotel, Victoria
Butchart Gardens, Victoria

Day 17 – Farewell from Vancouver

Before departing Victoria for Vancouver today, you can personalise your day by choosing one of the…

Before departing Victoria for Vancouver today, you can 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.

After, cruise across Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries to Vancouver where your fabulous Western Canada road trip comes to an end..

    Victoria > Vancouver | 70 kms
Butchart Gardens, Victoria

Your Itinerary

You can customise this itinerary by adding extra nights or destinations. Just let us know what you would like to do

Day 1

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Welcome to Vancouver

Upon arrival into Vancouver, make your way to your downtown Vancouver hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore this wonderful city at your leisure.

    Rosedale on Robson

    Breakfast
Vancouver Sunset

Day 2

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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 multicultural ambiance. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge so we have included this for you today.

    Rosedale on Robson

    Breakfast
Capilano Suspension Bridge, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Day 3

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Kelowna

Today, travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin.

    Vancouver > Kelowna | 415 kms

    Prestige Beach House

Thompson Okanagan

Day 4

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Kelowna (Wine Tour)

Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. You will be picked up at your hotel at around 10:00 and visit a minimum of 5 wineries. Experience a bit of the history of the wine industry in the Okanagan, and enjoy some of the newer boutique-style wineries that are recent additions to their wine industry. You will see a total of 5 wineries including a sit down tasting at one of the iconic wineries of Kelowna. You will have time for lunch at your choice of winery depending on availability, at your own cost.

    Prestige Beach House

    Lunch
Wine

Day 5

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Emerald Lake Lodge

Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. Just before Revelstoke you will find Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (833 feet), Takakkaw Falls.

    Kelowna > Emerald Lake Lodge | 405 kms

    Emerald Lake Lodge

Takakkaw Falls

Day 6

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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.

    Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake, Canada

Day 7

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Banff National Park

Enjoy a leisurely drive to Banff National Park today. We recommend you choose to take the Bow Valley Parkway which runs along side the Bow River, it’s a lovely scenic drive. Along this route there’s an option for you to make a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls, beautiful!

    Emerald Lake Lodge > Banff National Park | 80 kms

    Elk & Avenue Hotel

Banff National Park, Alberta

Day 8

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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.

    Elk & Avenue Hotel

Banff Gondola, Banff National Park

Day 9

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Jasper National Park (via Lake Louise)

Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop en route to enjoy the glorious photo opportunities of snow-capped peaks, waterfalls and alpine meadows as you travel this route considered one of the most scenic drives in the world. We have included an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier and a stop at the Glacier Skywalk enroute to Jasper.

    Banff National Park > Jasper National Park | 265 kms

    Jasper Inn & Suites

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park

Day 10

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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.

    Jasper Inn & Suites

Jasper National Park, Alberta

Day 11

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Sun Peaks

Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ Route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Beyond Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highway follows the Thompson River through the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Caribou Mountains to the resort of Sun Peaks, near to Kamloops. This European style mountain resort, is perfect for skiing in winter, but also provides fresh mountain air and spectacular views all summer.

    Jasper National Park > Sun Peaks | 450 kms

    Sun Peaks Resort

Hiking above Sun Peaks Resort

Day 12

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Whistler

Start early today to allow yourself as much time as possible in the premier resort town of Whistler. The winding road leads through an arid landscape that gradually changes to lush forests lined with snow-capped mountain ranges.

    Sun Peaks > Whistler | 300 kms

    Listel Whistler Hotel

Whistler

Day 13

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Whistler

Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to 2181m via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snowcapped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May – Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack, if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.

    Listel Whistler Hotel

Gondolas, Whistler

Day 14

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Tofino

Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry (included) to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rainforests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rainforests, steep ravines and windswept beaches.

    Whistler > Tofino | 310 km

    Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Pacific Rim National Park, Canada

Day 15

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Tofino

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.

    Water’s Edge Shoreline Suites

Tofino, Vancouver Island

Day 16

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Victoria

This morning’s drive will take you back to the east coast of Vancouver Island. En-route you might want to visit Horne Lake Caves or Cathedral Grove. The coastal road winds through quaint seaside towns and the murals of Chemainus and the quaint Quw’utsun’ Cultural and Conference Centre in Duncan are well worth the visit. The day winds down in Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

    Tofino > Victoria | 325 kms

    Doubletree by Hilton Victoria

Empress Hotel, Victoria

Day 17

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Farewell from Vancouver

Before departing Victoria for Vancouver today, you can 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.

After, cruise across Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries to Vancouver where your fabulous Western Canada road trip comes to an end..

    Victoria > Vancouver | 70 kms
Butchart Gardens, Victoria

This Self Drive Includes

16 nights accommodation
17 days car hire, with unlimited kilometers
Well planned, easy to follow route
Activities and day tours as detailed in the itinerary

Flights & More

Ask your FREEDOM Consultant to include Economy, Premium or Business Class flights for a complete ABTA and ATOL protected package.

They can also add extra nights and experiences in places you choose, to create the exact holiday you are looking for. Popular options include:

  • An upgrade to superior hotels from £444
  • Extra nights in Vancouver or any locations en route

Next Step

Please get in touch with our Canada Experts to start planning your holiday. You’ll have a single point of contact from your first enquiry through booking.

Ultimate Western Canada

17 day Self Drive Holiday – from £2859

With flights from £3559

Price is per person, based on two 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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Ultimate Western Canada