Explore the Rockies

9 day Guided Tour - from £2085

Beginning in beautiful Vancouver, this popular tour takes you to Victoria before travelling high into the majestic Canadian Rockies. You’ll be awe-struck by views of alpine peaks and sparkling blue lakes as you enter one of the most breathtaking places on earth.

Highlights:

  • View stunning mountains and waterfalls in Banff
  • Enjoy the charming town of Jasper
  • Discover Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield
  • Admire soaring mountain peaks and the glistening waters of Lake Louise
  • Visit Whistler, the largest skiable area in North America
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver. At 6 p.m., gather with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Pinnacle Harbourfront (or similar)

Day 2: Vancouver - Strait of Georgia - Victoria

Start your morning with a sightseeing tour of Chinatown and Gastown, then set out for Stanley Park to view First Nations totem poles. Travel by ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island and visit a family-owned working farm and taste a freshly prepared farm to table meal at a Be My Guest lunch on the property. Later, take a tour of Victoria.

Hotel: Chateau Victoria

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 3: Victoria Sightseeing

Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens and spend some time meandering through the property. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of your day.

Hotel: Chateau Victoria

Meals: Breakfast

Optional: Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

Day 4: Victoria - Kamloops

Cruise back to the mainland for a visit to the British Columbia Wildlife Park, where you get a chance to view wildlife. Tonight, be welcomed to the Shuswap territory with a traditional song by a First Nations member, and Local Specialist, before indulging in a dinner followed by s’mores roasted on an open fire.

Hotel: South Thompson Inn

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 5: Kamloops - Mount Robson - Jasper National Park

Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The rest of the day is at leisure in Jasper.

Hotel: The Sawridge Inn

Meals: Breakfast

Day 6: Jasper National Park Sightseeing

Start the day with an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon followed by a cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. The rest of the day is free before dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: The Sawridge Inn

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Optional: Jasper Float Trip

Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 25 foot (7 meter) long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy.

Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes

Optional: Mount Edith Cavell Guided Walk

Join your guide on the “Path of the Glaciers” with Mount Edith Cavell’s snow-capped peak towering a mile overhead. See the emerald green of the “Lake of Forgiveness” and look out for incredible glacial formations, including icebergs and ice avalanches. Be sure to wear your good walking shoes for this 90-minute moderate walk. You’ll have plenty of stops for picture taking, enjoying the scenery and learning about the local history and geography. You may also spot wildlife during the 40-minute drive to and from this area. Operates seasonally. Approx. duration: 3 hours.

Day 7: Jasper - Athabasca Glacier - Lake Louise - Banff

Travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and ride out on the Athabasca Glacier aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer. Travel on to Banff National Park and picturesque Lake Louise before you settle in at your hotel.

Hotel: Banff Park Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Banff Sightseeing

Learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a Local Specialist during “Meet a Mountie.” Later, see Surprise Corner and Bow Falls. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner to toast the end of your holiday with newfound friends.

Hotel: Banff Park Lodge

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Optional: Mt. Assiniboine Tour 30 mins

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine – “the Matterhorn” of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611 meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget!

Optional: Royal Canadian 25 mins

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It’s an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.

Optional: Three Sisters Peak Tour 12 min

The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.

Optional: Brewster Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet (2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck.

You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

Day 9: Banff - Depart Calgary

Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Delta Calgary Downtown if you are extending your stay.

Meals: Breakfast

9 day Guided Tour - from £2085

With flights from £2505

Optional Upgrade

Experience the Rockies for longer with our 17 day Explore the Rockies with Cruise Guided Tour from £3353.

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All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown. Call Freedom Destinations for departure dates and availability. Seasonal variations may apply – call or enquire now for more details. Itineraries may vary for tours departing from 1st April 2020 onwards.

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YOUR TOURING EXPERIENCE

First class touring with the company of others. Our experienced guides will make sure you don’t miss a thing.

Your Guided Tour includes:

  • Superb sightseeing, walks and activities
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach travel
  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast daily, plus other meals as shown
  • Expert tour director
  • Airport transfers and extra night options

Departure dates:

11 & 25 May 2019
8 June 2019
6, 13 & 27 July 2019
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 2019
14, 21 & 28 September 2019

 

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