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Peaks & Grapes Fly Drive

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Sun Peaks Resort
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Kelowna
  • 9 nights from
  • £1,289 per person
  • Trip Code: SD-13

Holiday Overview

Peaks and Grapes - A Western Canada  Road Trip. 

 

A fantastic opportunity to enjoy the Peaks of the Rocky Mountains and the grapes of the wine region! Drive at your own pace through the Rockies to Banff, via Whistler, Sun Peaks and Jasper.

You then head to the wine region of the Okanagan Valley, following the Thompson River to Kamloops and then into the wine region itself! All our Canada holidays are tailored to your individual requirements and budget. For your personalised quotation, please contact our Canada experts today.

Peaks & Grapes Fly Drive includes:

  • Return flights from the UK
  • Hotels
  • Admission to Hat Creek Ranch
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Wine Tour of the Okanagan Wine Region. (adults 19+ only)
  • Car Hire - A driving pack is included with your tickets and consists of regional Provincial road maps and detailed driving instructions. (We recommend adding Sat Nav)
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Day 1 - Vancouver to Whistler (122 km/76 mi)

Your self-drive holiday begins today as you pick up your rental car. This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Whistler by early afternoon.

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Aava Hotel

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Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 2 - Whistler Exploring

This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf on one of the 4 championship designer golf courses, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine cafes and restaurants if this European inspired alpine village.

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Aava Hotel

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Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

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Day 3 - Whistler to Sun Peaks (293 km/183 mi)

Begin your drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see stunning views of the Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and onto Cache Creek where you stop to visit the historic Hat Creek Ranch (included). From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation at the Cahilty Lodge, located in a stunning resort of Sun Peaks.

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Nancy Greene`s Cahilty Hotel and Suites

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Day 4 - Sun Peaks to Jasper (444 km/277 mi)

Today, follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus to the snowy peaks of the Monashee Mountains. View Pyramid Falls and the expansive glaciers of the Albreda Icefields. Pass by Mount Robson, at 3954 metres (12,972 feet), which is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon.

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Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 5 - Jasper Sightseeing

Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, and enjoy a 90 minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (Maligne Lake cruise not included). You will marvel at the magnificent shoreline with dense forest and glacial peaks rising abruptly from the water’s edge. Stopping at Spirit Island, you will have the opportunity to take your own version of the world famous photograph of the lake. Optional Add-On Jasper - Rafting (Duration 3 hrs) Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park. The 16 kilometre, 21/2 hour round trip passes through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allows your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. Specially designed rafts offer a safe, comfortable ride that any first time rafter will enjoy. This trip is for everyone from toddlers to seniors.

Featured accommodation

Lobstick Lodge

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 6 - Jasper to Banff (292 km/182 mi)

Your scenic drive today takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald colour lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 7 - Banff Sightseeing (Banff Gondola)

A full day to explore Banff and area. In town you'll find lots of excitement - shopping, cafes, nightlife, museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs. Optional Add-On Sundance Loop Horse Back Trail Ride (Duration 2 hrs) Departing from Warner Stables, your cowboys will lead you through the Cave & Basin-the original hot springs-along the Bow River. Fantastic scenery surrounds as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint. The ride loops around the marsh, following the Bow River, bringing you back to the Stables

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Irwin's Mountain Inn

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 8 - Banff to Kelowna (482 km/301 mi)

Your journey today takes you through some of the most spectacular stretches of highway in Canada. Follow the Kicking Horse Pass, which takes you to Rogers Pass and onto the beautiful shorelines of Shuswap Lake, home to Canada's largest sockeye salmon spawn to the south fork of the Thompson River. Optional Add-On House Boating on Shuswap Lake (4 Days / 3 Nights) Countless kilometers of pristine shoreline on Shuswap Lake await your exploration. Sun drenched beaches, beautiful waterfalls and awesome fishing are yours to discover from the comfort of your home away from home. The highway follows the Thompson into the dry interior grasslands and the city of Kamloops. At this point the highway begins the long descent into the hot, dry interior, initially through 'cattle country' then down into the orchard country of the Okanagan Valley. Set on the shores of Lake Okanogan, over 90 kilometres long, Kelowna has become a large lakeside resort, with long, hot summers.

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Prestige Beach House Inn

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Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort

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Day 9 - Kelowna

Leave the city behind and take a relaxing tour into the countryside where we combine the best of the Lake, the Valley and the Vines. You'll experience the wineries we call hidden treasures and sample a selection of the Okanagan's finest wines. Featured wineries will include four of the following: Sumac Ridge, Thornhaven, Dirty Laundry, Greata Ranch, Hijas Bonitas and Rollingdale. This tour includes: Tastings at a minimum of four wineries, Gourmet vineyard or lake side lunch,and a full tour of one of the wineries plus hotel pick-up and drop-off

Featured accommodation

Prestige Beach House Inn

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Delta Hotels Grand Okanagan Resort

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Day 10 - Kelowna to Vancouver (371 km/232 mi)

An amazing trip awaits you today, from Kelowna to Vancouver. Travel via the Okanagan connector to the Coquihalla Highway. Along the way stop at any of the roadside stalls offering for sale during the long summer day's cherries, apples, apricots, pears, peaches, grapes and plums. Turning onto the Coquihalla Highway climb to an elevation of 1244 metres where over 10 metres of snow can fall in an average winter. You will witness incredible feats of engineering as you travel through the Great Bear snow shed, crossing the Dry Gulch Bridge (over 280 metres long and 175 metres high). Begin descending from the summit pass through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from bright sunlight on the high rock faces to misty coastal cedars and tall firs in the space of half an hour. Approaching the Pacific coast, the canyon opens into the broad fertile Fraser Valley. A stop at Minter Gardens in the Fraser Valley is a must!

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