A snapshot of the best of Western Canada, this wonderful tour embraces the wild majesty of the Canadian Rockies - the soaring snow-capped mountains, dramatic ice fields, thunderous waterfalls and glacial lakes, most memorably the magical, blue-tinted wonderland of Lake Louise. A two-day adventure aboard the Rocky Mountaineer presents such natural wonders from an iconic and luxurious point of view; and there are leisurely stays to enjoy in the picturesque mountain towns of Banff and Jasper, and two of Canada’s most attractive cities, Vancouver and Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.
9 nights in hotels, 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your journey to London Heathrow Airport and a scheduled Air Canada flight to Calgary. On arrival our coach transports you to Banff, set in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, and our hotel the Caribou Lodge (3T+).
Day 2 Banff - Lake Louise - Banff
Today we tour the surrounds of Banff and also visit the famous Lake Louise. Take a stroll by the lakeside and visit the Chateau, a luxury hotel, with cafés and bars to enjoy. This is Canada’s best known lake, renowned for its beautiful setting and magical view of the Victoria Glacier. Returning to Banff and our hotel, we are free this evening to discover some of the town’s nightlife that includes a good selection of restaurants.
Day 3 Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper
This morning we take the Icefields Parkway from Banff National Park. This stunningly scenic road links these two great parks, and for over 140 miles takes us through jagged mountain peaks and high forested valleys, passing emerald lakes and mountain-fed streams, waterfalls and rivers. The halfway point is the spectacular Columbia Icefield, one of the biggest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Here we take an included Ice Explorer ride on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier (subject to favourable weather conditions). Your journey is led by an experienced driver-guide, who shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. There is also the opportunity to safely step out onto the glacier and stand on this powerful ancient ice. Turning west, we enter Jasper National Park - 4,200 square miles of alpine forests, natural hot springs, white-water rivers, tranquil valleys and jagged snow-capped mountains. We drive to the centre of Jasper town and our hotel for the next two nights, the Chateau Jasper (3T).
Day 4 Jasper
Today we enjoy an unforgettable journey to Maligne Canyon and then to one of the most photographed spots in the world, the breathtaking Maligne Lake. Here we may have the opportunity for an optional cruise to Spirit Island (weather dependent). We return to Jasper where time is free to relax and enjoy the town. This evening we enjoy an included dinner with an interpretative talk.
Day 5 Rocky Mountaineer (Jasper - Kamloops)
This morning we have an early start to board the Rocky Mountaineer train for an award-winning rail journey. Your journey offers an exhilarating range of scenery as you pass by Mount Robson, the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and the Pyramid Falls. Travel through the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains and then follow the Thompson River before arriving into historic Kamloops, the gateway to the Interior of British Columbia. Your accommodation in Kamloops is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer.
Day 6 Rocky Mountaineer (Kamloops - Vancouver)
Our second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and another exciting journey of stunning vistas awaits us. You will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through winding river canyons and forests surrounded by peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. The skyline of Vancouver is soon in sight and on arrival our coach awaits to transfer us to our hotel, the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4T).
Day 7 Vancouver
This morning we have arranged a short orientation tour of Vancouver. After this you are free to explore at your leisure or join our optional excursion to Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge. In quaint Gastown you will find many interesting shops, cafés and restaurants. Chinatown is well worth a visit to experience the bustle of this always exciting area of the city.
Day 8 Vancouver - Victoria
This morning we drive to Tsawwassen, to take the ferry through the glorious Gulf Islands region with towering Douglas fir trees climbing the hills on all sides to Swartz Bay. We continue to the world-famous Butchart Gardens, reclaimed from a limestone quarry in 1904 and now a riot of colour and fragrance covering over 30 acres. These beautiful gardens have long been one of Vancouver Island’s premier attractions and include Rose, Japanese, and Italian gardens. Later this afternoon we continue to Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, and our hotel - the Chateau Victoria (4T).
Day 9 Victoria
Today is free for you to enjoy and explore Victoria and its many attractions, shops and perhaps some of its colonial heritage, such as the Legislative Building and the Empress Hotel, for afternoon tea. The evening offers a chance to sample the range of fine restaurants around the harbour.
Day 10 Victoria - Vancouver - In flight
This morning we leave Victoria behind and drive to Swartz Bay, where we take the return ferry crossing to Tsawwassen. There may be some time for last-minute shopping in Vancouver before transferring to the airport for a scheduled Air Canada flight to London.
Day 11 London
Arrival at London Heathrow Airport where you will be met and guided to your Titan vehicle, for the journey home.
Travel in a custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf Service coach that places you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the dazzling vistas upstairs and enjoy delicious meals downstairs. From the attentive service provided by the Rocky Mountaineer Hosts to the gourmet meals prepared by award-winning chefs - GoldLeaf Service is quite simply as good as it gets.
A GoldLeaf Service journey will enjoy:
Fully domed windows that give you unparalleled 360 degree views from your seat in the upper-level of our custom designed bi-level dome coach with an exclusive outdoor vestibule in the lower level of your dome coach.
Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an á la carte menu, served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach, with tempting snacks throughout the journey.
Complimentary beverages, including wine, beer, spirits, and non-alcoholic drinks.
Captivating storytelling told by our engaging hosts
Each GoldLeaf Service coach has a full culinary team and three or four Onboard Hosts.
Overnight hotel accommodation in Kamloops or Whistler and Quesnel
Prices start from £299 per person. To upgrade or for more information please call 0800 988 5823.