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Wonders of the Rockies

10 day Guided Tour - from £1059

Capturing the astounding natural beauty of the Canadian Rockies this trip will leave you breathless. Marvel at the wonderful scenery offered by the National Parks and get acquainted with mountain towns before you head from sky to sea into beautiful British Columbia.

Highlights:

  • View stunning mountains and waterfalls in Banff
  • Enjoy the quaint, cowboy town of Calgary
  • Discover Peyto Lake and the Columbia Icefield
  • Admire soaring mountain peaks and the glistening waters of Lake Louise
  • Explore Vancouver’s Chinatown and Stanley Park
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Your Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary

Welcome to Calgary, gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Get settled in at your hotel before meeting your Travel Director this afternoon.

Hotel: Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown

Day 2: Calgary - Banff

Take a short orientation tour of Calgary before travelling to Banff. On the way, stop for picturesque views of stunning Lake Louise. In Banff, wind your way along Tunnel Mountain Drive where you’ll view Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls and other natural attractions.

Hotel: Inns of Banff

Day 3: Banff Free Time

Today is set aside as a free day for you to explore the area at your leisure. Consider taking an optional, exhilarating helicopter flightseeing tour, a ride up to the top of Sulphur Mountain at 7,500 feet (2,301 metres) on the Banff gondola or a more in depth exploration of Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness including world-famous Lake Louise and stunning Moraine Lake.

Optional: Royal Canadian Tour

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: Mt. Assiniboine Tour

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 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.

Hotel: Inns of Banff

Day 4: Banff – Icefields Parkway - Jasper

Drive along the Icefields Parkway, offering spectacular mountain views. Stop at Peyto Lake (weather dependent) and marvel at its beautiful azure-blue waters. See the Columbia Icefield, the largest in the Rockies. Ride across the Athabasca Glacier aboard a giant Ice Explorer for a closer look at this massive glacier. Later, arrive in Jasper for an orientation tour.

Hotel: Marmot Lodge

Day 5: Jasper National Park

Enjoy a full day at leisure in the largest National Park of the Canadian Rockies. The beauty of the area will leave you breathless. Optional activities abound-from a gentle float trip on the scenic Athabasca River, to a wilderness hike to view the glacier on Mount Edith Cavell, or a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake.

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 meters) 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.

Optional: Maligne Lake Boat Cruise

Nestled in a ring of towering mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here you’ll discover world-famous Spirit Island, the crown jewel of Jasper National Park. The Maligne Lake Cruise is an experience like no other with an experienced crew who will guide you through the rich history, ecology and geology of Maligne Lake. This interpretive tour has been declared the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada” by 8 million Reader’s Digest subscribers.

You’ll be inspired by the beauty of Maligne Lake’s vibrant blue waters and by the stunning lofty peaks as you cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination and one of the most photographed locations in the Rockies, accessible only by boat. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 1.5 hours.

Hotel: Marmot Lodge

Day 6: Jasper - Kamloops

See more of Jasper National Park and enjoy views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies. Continue through lush alpine meadows and sweeping forests before reaching Kamloops.

Hotel: Hampton Inn Kamloops

Day 7: Kamloops - Victoria

Pass through the charming town of Hope before boarding a ferry bound for Victoria. Enjoy picturesque views of the many islands dotting the Strait of Georgia before docking at Swartz Bay. A short drive takes you into the charming city of Victoria, the capital city of British Columbia. An introductory sightseeing tour takes you along the waterfront district, past the Parliament Buildings and Government Street, and through Beacon Hill Park.

Hotel: Comfort Inn and Suites

Day 8: Victoria Free Time

This morning, enjoy an Iconic Breakfast at world-famous Butchart Gardens in the Blue Poppy Restaurant with its conservatory atmosphere where light pours in through skylights and large windows face the gardens. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many delights Victoria has to offer.

Hotel: Comfort Inn and Suites

Meals: Iconic Breakfast

Optional: Victoria Whale Watching

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 9: Victoria - Vancouver

Travel to Vancouver and see Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood, designated a National Historical Site. See Chinatown and stop at Stanley Park and see its famous collection of totem poles.

Hotel: Ramada Vancouver Downtown

Meals: Continental Breakfast

Day 10: Depart Vancouver

Bid farewell to Canada and your newfound friends.

10 day Guided Tour - from £1059

With flights from £1510

Optional Upgrade

Experience the Rockies for longer with our 17 day Wonders of the Rockies with Cruise Guided Tour from £2403.

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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.

Wonders of the Canadian Rockies

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
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • Selected meals as shown
  • Expert tour director

Departure dates:

19 August 2019
9, 16 & 30 September 2019
20 & 27 April 2020
4, 11, 18 & 25 May 2020
8, 15 & 22 June 2020
6, 13, 20 & 27 July 2020
3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 August 2020
7, 14, 21 & 28 September 2020
5 & 21 October 2020

 

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