Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast with Insight Vacations

Resort: Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast with Insight Vacations
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Destination: Canada
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Overview

Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER
Enjoy your complimentary private VIP door-to-door transfer to your UK departure airport. Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, one of the most eclectic cities in Canada. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a

Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.

Stay: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown
Welcome Dinner

DAY 2 – CRUISE THE GULF ISLANDS TO VICTORIA
Embark on a guided tour of Vancouver and all its highlights. s Explore Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Then board the ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and on to Victoria, British Columbia’s stunning capital city. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing or taking in the city as you please.
Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria
Full Breakfast

DAY 3 – BUTCHART GARDENS
Start your day at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Wander through the gardens with incredible views of the Italian Garden, Residence Lawn and Rose Garden. Next, take a guided sightseeing tour of Victoria with the city’s spectacular Inner Harbour, viewing the stately Parliament Buildings, down Government Street to Old Town, Canada’s oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Continue on as you follow Antique Row, before passing Craigdarroch

Castle and through the Oak Bay residential area. Stop at the summit of Mount Tolmie for a photo opportunity high above the city and continue on to Uplands and along Marine Drive with vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca and past Beacon Hill Park. The afternoon is free. Perhaps take an optional whale watching experience seeking out pods of Orcas. Tonight, partake in a Highlight Dinner at a modern brewpub offering homemade seasonal brews on the waterfront.
Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 – VICTORIA, VANCOUVER’S BRIDGES, VIA RAIL CANADA’S ‘THE CANADIAN’
Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver’s North Shore to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and its 7 suspended footbridges, 100 feet (30 metres) above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner sipping a local craft beer or a glass of chilled BC wine from the sun drenched seated deck overlooking the Stanley Park gardens. After, step on-board VIA Rail Canada’s ‘The Canadian’ a for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in the restored rail cars and celebrate the start of your rail journey with a champagne send-off. Retire to your private Stay: VIA Rail Canada’s ‘The Canadian’, Sleeper Plus Class.

DAY 5 – THE ALPINE WONDERLAND OF JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Wake up to stunning vistas from The Canadian while viewing scenes from your reserved access seats of the Skyline, Park or brand new Panorama Car topped with a full-domed

window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as you travel past towering peaks and glaciers, cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. In the afternoon, arrive in Jasper National Park, your home for the next two nights and an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.
Stay: Sawridge Inn, Jasper National Park, Balcony Rooms
Full Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 – EXPLORING JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Start the day with an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, a one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake – one of the jewels of the

Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps join an optional, fun and easy scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel,

followed by a presentation about the history and fauna of the area by a local naturalist.
Stay: Sawridge Inn, Jasper National Park, Balcony Rooms
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 – ICEFIELDS, GLACIERS AND LAKES TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Get ready for a scenic symphony of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls as you follow the majestic Icefields Parkway – simply one of the world’s most

stunning mountain drives. At the Icefield Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. s Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise, where a delightful experience awaits – an afternoon tea s in one of the resort’s charming venues. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.
Stay: Rimrock Resort, Banff
Full Breakfast, Afternoon Tea

DAY 8 – THE UNSPOILED WILDERNESS OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Spend the full day exploring the wonders of Banff as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences, including a helicopter flight over the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies or a ride on-board the Banff Gondola. For your dining pleasure, choose from three popular local eateries in the village of Banff.
Stay: Sawridge Inn, Jasper National Park, Balcony Rooms
Full Breakfast, Dine Around Meal

DAY 9 – HUNTING BUFFALO ON THE WAY TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump s to discover how the indigenous people used this 36 foot (11 metre) high cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago.
Stay: Many Glacier Hotel.
Full Breakfast

DAY 10 – GOING-TO-THE-SUN AND GLACIER NATIONAL PARK
Today, enjoy a scenic lake cruise beneath the peaks of the “Switzerland of North America”. Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience as you travel through the rugged beauty of the mountainous, lake-filled, Glacier National Park. a Board the historic Red Jammer buses for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road–an engineering marvel running through the park’s wild interior. During your narrated trip, marvel at the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake McDonald where you meet a ranger for a more intimate look at the environment. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.
Stay: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park.
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11 – SILVER MINE, LAKE COEUR D’ALENE AND SPOKANE
Head east and stop in Wallace, Idaho, where you meet an experienced miner for a personalised visit to the Sierra Silver Mine. Walk through the main drift of an underground silver mine, as your guide shares personal experiences as a hard-rock miner. Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, one of America’s most

beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane, where you stay at The Historic Davenport Hotel. This is Washington State’s grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with soaring architecture, award-winning amenities and a rich history. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery situated in

a nationally recognised historic building.
Stay: The Historic Davenport.
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12 – WONDERFUL WINES EN ROUTE TO SEATTLE
Continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Enjoy a visit behind the cellar doors of Cave B Estate of the award-winning boutique winery. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. Learn how these excellent wines combine with food over lunch. Then it’s on to Seattle, the ‘Emerald City’, for an evening at leisure at the stunning Fairmont Olympic.
Stay: The Olympic Fairmont Seattle
Full Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13 – THE SOARING SIGHTS OF SEATTLE
Start your day with a Local Expert on a sightseeing tour of Seattle’s major sights including Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!) and Seattle’s iconic Space Needle, with its jawdropping panoramic views of the skyline and Puget

Sound. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits, or the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP). In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, for the best of Northwest’s dining and cuisine on Seattle’s waterfront.
Stay: The Olympic Fairmont Seattle
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 14 – DEPART SEATTLE
Today, you have the choice of an included transfer to Seattle SeaTac International Airport or Vancouver International Airport. Airport arrival will be at approximately 14:00. Guests taking the Optional Alaska Cruise will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for the night before boarding their cruise on Day 15.

Stay: Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown.
Full Breakfast

CRUISE EXTENSION

DAY 15 TO 21 – CRUISING THE INSIDE PASSAGE
Experience the ever-changing panorama and vast wilderness that stretches from British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. Slowly glide past a maze of bays, glacier-carved fjords and waterways protected from the open sea by islands and other land masses. Stop in Juneau, a place to let your imagination run wild. Skagway is a town with a colourful past, carefully preserved in the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. In the watery wilderness of Glacier Bay National Park, behold a landscape at its literal moment of creation. Call in at Ketchikan, salmon capital of the world. While cruising, a Full Breakfast Lunch and Dinner is served on-board each day.

DAY 22 – DISEMBARK VANCOUVER
Transfer to Vancouver International Airport or to the tour hotel in Vancouver for guests wishing to extend their stay. On arrival at your UK airport, your driver will greet and escort you to your waiting car for your return private VIP transfer home.

Airport arrival will be at approximately 09:30.
Full Breakfast

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