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Calgary 1 night Banff 2 nights Kamploops 1 night Whistler 1 night Vancouver 2 nights
Day 1: Fly to Calgary. On arrival make your own way to your downtown hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to relax.
Day 2 Calgary/Banff: Meet your fellow travellers at breakfast before setting out to tour the sights of Calgary, including the historic Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district. Leave Calgary behind and head towards the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance. Experience the majesty of the mountains as you travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park. Tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes then continue on to see Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain.
Day 3 Banff: The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and speciality shops along Banff Avenue. Alternatively, an optional full day tour is offered to the Columbia Icefield (additional expense), which starts with a visit to spectacular Lake Louise before travelling up the world famous Icefields Parkway. At the spectacular Columbia Icefield board an Ice Explorer which takes you onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. You may also like to take an optional helicopter tour of the Three Sisters mountains (additional expense).
Day 4 Banff/Kamloops: Today’s drive is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route chartered by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s. Continue your tour of the Canadian parks system as you cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park. From the highway, you are treated to a dazzling display of vast icefields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams. One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park as you continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the interior town of Kamloops.
Day 5 Kamloops/Whistler: Today you can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes as you drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains. An optional Floatplane Sightseeing tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows (additional expense). Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 6 Whistler/Vancouver: Drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks. Leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver during a sightseeing tour. Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more. The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem at your leisure.
Day 7 Vancouver: A full day free for you to explore this wonderful city. You might want to do some shopping on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground, Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island. If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain. You can also opt to join a full day tour to Victoria (additional expense), the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage and is home to beautiful 19th century landmarks and a lively atmosphere. The tour also includes a visit to Butchart Gardens before returning to Vancouver.
Day 8 Vancouver: The tour concludes as you make your own way to the airport for your onward journey.
7 nights escorted coach tour from £1499pp
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