Canadian Rockies and Vancouver
14 days from £2,899 per person
The western provinces of Alberta and British Columbia are draped in spectacular natural riches. On this 14-day trip, you’ll twist along the highs and lows of the vast landscape through sweeping scenery, mighty mountains, deep forests and pristine lakes and rivers. We contrast the natural landscapes with city stays, too, spending time in Vancouver and Victoria. You’ll soon realise it was more than the promise of gold that tempted settlers here during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890s…
Your holiday includes:
7 excursions and visits
- Tours of Banff and Lake Louise; and Jasper National Park
- Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure
- Interpretative talk in Jasper
- City tours of Victoria and Vancouver
- Butchart Gardens
- 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
- International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Air Canada from London Heathrow. Supplements may apply from other airports
- 2 meals: 1 breakfast (day 7) 1 dinner (day 5)
- Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service
- Titan tour manager
- Travel in destination by coach
UK - Calgary - Banff
Titan’s VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Calgary. On arrival in Calgary we transfer to Banff and our hotel, the Banff Caribou Lodge (3.5-star). This evening you are free to enjoy the hotel facilities and the choice of local eating places.
Banff Caribou Lodge (3.5-star)
Banff - Lake Louise - Banff
Today we tour the surrounds of Banff and its lakes, which includes Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Returning to Banff and our hotel, we are free this evening to discover some of the town’s nightlife.
Today we are at leisure in one of the loveliest small towns in North America. On the outskirts of town is Sulphur Mountain, with its enclosed gondola ride to the 7,500ft summit from where there are some breathtaking views of the Bow Valley and Banff town below.
Banff - Columbia Icefield - Jasper
This morning we take the Icefields Parkway from Banff National Park to Jasper 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). 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. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Lobstick Lodge (3-star) or Chateau Jasper (3-star).
Lobstick Lodge (3-star) or Chateau Jasper (3-star)
This morning we are free to relax in Jasper. In the afternoon we board our coach for an unforgettable sightseeing journey that begins with the limestone gorge of Maligne Canyon and continues along the shore of Medicine Lake on to the breathtaking Maligne Lake, the largest of the glacier-fed lakes in the Rockies and the second largest in the world. This evening we enjoy an included dinner with an interpretative talk.
Jasper - Kelowna
A spectacular drive this morning as we leave the Rocky Mountains and descend to the lakes of the Okanagan Valley and our next destination, Kelowna. Our hotel tonight is the well-appointed Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel and Suites (3.5-star).
Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel (3.5 star)
Kelowna - Victoria
Leaving Kelowna behind this morning, we take the twisting scenic valley route to Hope. We continue on our drive south through Vancouver 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 southern-most tip of Vancouver Island and Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, and our hotel - the Chateau Victoria (4-star) or Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (4-star).
Chateau Victoria (4-star) or Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (4-star)
This morning we have included a short city tour of Victoria before a visit to the world-famous Butchart Gardens. Returning to Victoria, our afternoon is free to explore this charming city. The evening offers another chance to sample the range of fine restaurants.
A further day in this enchanting city for you to relax and explore at leisure.
Victoria - Vancouver
Leaving Victoria behind this morning, we drive to Nanaimo, a deep sea fishing port and major centre for the forest industry, where we take the spectacular ferry crossing through the Strait of Georgia to Horseshoe Bay. A feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds, the Strait of Georgia is a paradise of small islands with beach-front houses and towering fir trees, some as much as 600 years old. We dock at Horseshoe Bay, and continue on our journey to central Vancouver and our hotel, the Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4-star) or The Westin Bayshore (4-star).
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront (4-star) or The Westin Bayshore (4-star)
Vancouver is considered by many to have one of the most spectacular settings in the world - in the foreground the encircling Pacific Ocean and, as a backdrop, the grandeur of Grouse Mountain. For natural beauty, there is the 1,000-acre Stanley Park, the largest urban park in North America. It is Vancouver’s green heart - a wilderness area of forest, marshland and beaches. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the park houses the aquarium and the zoo. For excitement and variety, Chinatown, centred on Pender Street, is a city apart. Vancouver’s 100,000 Chinese are expected soon to surpass San Francisco’s as the largest community outside the Far East. Shops, hotels, markets and restaurants along with incessant activity combine to create a vibrant atmosphere. The Gastown area of the city is distinguished by cobbled walkways, gas lamps, quaint shops and restaurants. As an introduction to this fabulous city we have arranged a short orientation tour; then you are free to discover its wonders for yourself. This afternoon we offer you the opportunity for an optional excursion to Capilano Suspension Bridge.
A relaxing free day to further enjoy Vancouver. There are 9,000 marine and freshwater animals at the aquarium in Stanley Park. The Classical Chinese Garden is a replica from the Ming Dynasty and the only one of its kind outside China. You can view the whole panorama from the Harbour Tower, with its observation deck and revolving restaurant. Granville Island, a friendly easy-going and popular spot, is alive with shops, markets, galleries, clubs and a marina. To the west of downtown is Kitsilano Beach which looks out over English Bay towards Stanley Park. Sit outside one of its cafés for an idyllic spot to watch the sun go down.
Day 13 Vancouver - In flight
Transfer to the airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.
Day 14 UK
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.
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Inspire me - Canadian Rockies and Vancouver
Glimpse bears and wolves in Banff
Towering mountains, thick alpine forest and glittering lakes. Little Banff is ringed by untameable nature on every side. On our free day, step out of this haven and adventure into the wilds for a chance to spot some of Alberta’s famed residents. Elk, deer, wolves and the mighty grizzly bear stalk the forest of the national park – and there’s no better place to see them than in their natural environment.
See glacier-fed lakes, ringed by mountain peaks
World famous for their soaring mountain backdrops, turquoise waters and hiking trails, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake offer some truly magical views. The two lakes compete against each other in the beauty stakes and you’ll never feel closer to nature as you stand staring into this spectacular canvas.
Walk around Victoria’s historic harbour
Ah, the beautiful capital city of British Columbia. Victoria is a must-see on any western Canadian adventure – and the harbour is at its very heart. Spend an afternoon soaking up the sun, taking photos and listening to buskers among the locals in this scenic spot. Be sure to come by at dusk too, when the historic buildings sparkle in the setting sun.
Amble through the largest urban park in North America
Vancouver, where we spend our final three nights, isn’t a complete concrete jungle. Far from it, in fact – the city is home to a 1,000-acre sprawl of natural beauty in Stanley Park, the largest urban park in North America. It’s Vancouver’s green heart, a wilderness area of forest, marshland and beaches. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the park houses an aquarium and a zoo. You can easily feel in the middle of nowhere, whilst still being right in the thick of it.
Eat fish and chips with a difference in Victoria
Photograph the majestic Athabasca Glacier during our Ice Explorer ride on day 4
Pack binoculars, to look for whales, dolphins, sea lions and birds along the Strait of Georgia