Totem Peaks

Duration: 14 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £2399pp

Day 1 Fly to Vancouver: On arrival collect your car and proceed to your hotel.

Day 2 Vancouver: At leisure to explore. Suggestions include Stanley Park, Gastown, Granville Island and the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Day 3 Vancouver/Penticton: Scenic drive to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley, known for its lush orchards, beaches and hot, dry climate. (259 miles).

Day 4 Penticton/Revelstoke: Morning at leisure to enjoy the Okanagan Valley. Then drive past spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes en route to the Revelstoke area (161 miles).

Day 5 Revelstoke/Banff: Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass en route to the Canadian Rockies. Yoho National Park marks the provincial border and meets Canada's first national park here. Kicking Horse Pass is sure to be a scenic highlight of the park. Before you continue on to the bustling resort town of Banff, we suggest a visit to Lake Louise (175 miles).

Day 6 Banff: Entire day is free to tour Banff and the surrounding area. Perhaps visit Banff Natural History Museum, try river rafting or take a boat tour on Lake Minnewanka.

Day 7 Banff/Jasper: Drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway. We suggest a stop at Peyto Lake en route. You can also enjoy 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 (178 miles).

Day 8 Jasper/Prince George: The Yellowhead Highway meanders past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, and descends into the vast forests of northern British Columbia. Follow the northern arm of the Fraser River through the Cariboo Region to Prince George, where urban sophistication and spectacular wilderness live distinctively side by side (233 miles).

Day 9 Prince George/Smithers: Travel the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges to Smithers, set against the backdrop of the Hudson Bay Mountain (230 miles).

Day 10 Smithers/Prince Rupert: Follow the picturesque Skeena River Valley to the active port city of Prince Rupert. This intriguing city with a gorgeous harbour has two excellent museums, fine restaurants and a culture that draws much from its aboriginal heritage (216 miles).

Day 11 Prince Rupert/Port Hardy*: Enjoy a full day ocean cruise on board BC Ferries along the British Columbia coastline. The famous Inside Passage cruise terminates in Port Hardy.

Day 12 Port Hardy/Campbell River: Travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, a focal point for sport salmon fishing (144 miles).

Day 13 Campbell River/Victoria: Continue along the coast, past quaint seaside towns such as Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville and Nanaimo. In Duncan, visit the Quw'utsun' Cultural and Conference Centre and in Chemainus, you can see the famous murals. As you approach Victoria, British Columbia's capital, you will travel along Malahat Drive, which affords generous vistas of the water and the Gulf Islands beyond (164 miles).

Day 14 Victoria/Vancouver: Before you leave Victoria's charms and the beauty of the Inner Harbour we recommend you visit Butchart Gardens, a magnificent display of flowers and shrubs set in an old stone quarry. Enjoy a mini-cruise on BC Ferries guiding you around the many Gulf Islands, through the Strait of Georgia to mainland British Columbia (70 miles land only).

Day 15 Vancouver: Return your car at Vancouver airport where your tour concludes.

Departures: On set dates between 07 May-17 Sep 19. Please ask for details.

Accommodation: In 3* hotels.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes international flights to and from Vancouver, 15 days compact 2 door car with fully inclusive insurance, 14 nights accommodation, ferry crossings on days 11 and 14, and personalised roadbook. *For departures before 10 Jun and after 04 Sep, the cruise departs in the afternoon and overnight is on the ferry in an inside cabin.

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