Rockies Explorer

Resort: Rockies Explorer
Operator: Cox and Kings
Destination: Canada
Price From: £4695.00

Overview

Discover the highlights of Western
Canada while staying in some of the best
accommodation available. Visit small alpine
towns, wake up overlooking turquoise lakes,
explore cosmopolitan cities and travel along
one of the most picturesque rail routes
in Canada, passing the imposing Rocky
Mountains.

Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver

On arrival into Vancouver, you will be met and
transferred to the Fairmont Waterfront (or
similar) for a 2-night stay. (D)

Day 2: Vancouver

This morning join a shared tour of the city, including Stanley Park, Vancouver harbour
and the cultural centre of Granville Island.
Afternoon at leisure to explore the city
further. (B)

Day 3: On board the Rocky Mountaineer
Kamloops

Transfer to the station and board the Rocky
Mountaineer
(GoldLeaf Service) for the initial
leg of the First Passage to the West route to
Banff, passing fertile fields and towering peaks.
Overnight at your Kamloops hotel*. (B, L)

Day 4: On board the Rocky Mountaineer
Banff

Rejoin the train and continue your journey
towards the alpine town of Banff. Transfer to
the Fairmont Banff Springs for a 2-night stay.
(B, L)

Day 5: Banff

Today you can choose from a selection
of included activities:a cruise on Lake Minnewanka or a
heli-flightseeing trip. This evening, enjoy
an included dinner in one of the hotel’s
restaurants. (B, D)

Day 6: Moraine Lake Lake Louise

After meeting a Mountie to listen to stories
from the force, join a tour of Banff, including
a ride on the gondola to the top of Sulphur
Mountain. Drive to Lake Louise with a stop at
Moraine lake en route. Enjoy a guided tour
around the lake and overnight at the Fairmont
Chateau Lake Louise in a lake-view room. (B, D)

Day 7: Icefields Parkway Jasper

Travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway and
stop at the Columbia icefield to board the
specially designed Ice Explorer vehicle for an
excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Continue
on to the magical village of Jasper and
overnight at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Tonight, enjoy an included dinner in one of the
hotel’s restaurants. (B, D)

Day 8: Blue River Sun Peaks

Journey out of Jasper National Park and on to
Blue River. Take a river excursion in search
of grizzly and black bears before continuing
on to the centrally located Sun Peaks Grand
Hotel & Conference Centre for 1 night.
(B, L, D)

Day 9: Whistler

Travel through the rugged Cariboo region
and pass through towering coastal mountains
before arriving into Whistler. Overnight at the
Westin Resort & Spa, which is just steps away
from gondolas to both Whistler and Blackcomb
mountains. (B, D)

Day 10: Victoria

Travel along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to
Horseshoe Bay, stopping en route at Shannon
Falls. From Horseshoe Bay, take the scenic
ferry across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver
Island, before continuing on to Victoria for
a 2-night stay at the Hotel Grand Pacific.
Alternatively, take a 1-hour floatplane flight
between Whistler and Victoria, from £175
(must be pre-booked). (B)

Day 11: Victoria

Morning visit to the floral displays of the
Butchart gardens, with breakfast in the original
Butchart residence. Afterwards there is a
choice of included excursions, such as
whale watching, a scenic seaplane flight or
afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress.
This evening there will be a group farewell
dinner. (B, D)

Day 12: Vancouver Onward travel

Morning ferry back to Vancouver, then either
transfer to the airport to fly home, or continue
your holiday by joining a 7-night Alaska cruise. (B)

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