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Rainforest to Goldrush & Calgary Stampede

  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Quesnel
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • 14 nights from
  • £5,629 per person
  • Price includes £100pp saving
  • Trip Code: 941

    • Book by 31 May and save £100pp
    • Receive a free case of wine

Holiday Overview

This itinerary is packed full of memories to last a lifetime. It will be hard to pick your highlight of the trip. Start in the capital of British Columbia, Victoria where you will embark on whale watching adventure before traversing to Vancouver. You will take in a luxurious 3-day rail journey on the famous Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf Service, taking you from coastal Vancouver to mountainous Whistler then on to Jasper, via Quesnel. After a 2-night stay in alpine Jasper you will experience the scenic Icefield Parkway transfer with many stops at lakes and waterfalls before taking an Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier, then visiting iconic Lake Louise before settling in Banff, the heart of the Rockies for a 3-night stay.

You will end this once in a lifetime trip taking in " The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" the Calgary Stampede. For 10 days in July, Calgary truly comes alive and the electric atmosphere in the city can be felt everywhere. We have included a two day Stampede package that gives you access to Stampede Park, reserved seating for the Rodeo and reserved seating for the Chuckwagon & Grandstand show.

Rainforest to Goldrush & Calgary Stampede includes:

  • Return UK flights
  • 14 nights accommodation
  • Transfers throughout (excluding Calgary Hotel to Airport)
  • 2 night/3day Calgary Stampede Package inc reserved seating for one evening Chuckwagon races & Grandstand show, reserved seating for one afternoon's Rodeo event, Skyride over Stampede Park, 2 days admission to Stampede Park, Stampede Cowboy Hat
  • 3 day Rocky Mountaineer journey Vancouver to Jasper via Whistler & Quesnel in GoldLeaf Service
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Beverages on board Rocky Mountaineer
  • Whale Watching Victoria
  • Vancouver Hop on Hop off Sightseeing
  • Maligne Valley Sightseeing with cruise on Maligne Lake
  • Scenic Icefields Parkway tour/transfer from Jasper to Banff inc lunch
  • Ice Explorer ride & Glacier Skywalk
  • Discover Banff & its Wildlife tour with Gondola ride
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Day 1 - Fly to Vancouver, transfer - Victoria

Arrive in Vancouver and transfer to Victoria (included).

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Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 2 - Enjoy Victoria & Whale Watching

Spend today at your leisure taking in Victoria, its picturesque Inner Harbour and Victorian architecture. We have include a 3 hour whale watching cruise.

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Oswego Hotel

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Hotel Chateau Victoria

Magnolia Hotel & Spa

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Day 3 - Transfer - Vancouver

This morning you will pick up your coach transfer from downtown Victoria to Vancouver, part of the journey will involve being on the ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen, where you will get off your coach and go up on deck for a refreshment or stroll. The scenery on this crossing is stunning, make sure to keep your camera at hand.

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Sheraton Wall Centre

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 4 - Enjoy Vancouver

Spend today at your leisure taking in this vibrant coastal city. To help you do this we have included a Vancouver Hop on Hop off Sightseeing pass.

This flexible pass gives you an up close and personal look at Vancouver's urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don't forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. 

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Sheraton Wall Centre

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 5 - Enjoy Vancouver

A day at leisure in Vancouver, why not ask one of our Canada Experts about the various excursion we have on offer.

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Sheraton Wall Centre

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The Listel Hotel Vancouver

Fairmont Waterfront Hotel

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Day 6 - Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver to Whistler (GoldLeaf)

Board the famous Rocky Mountaineer today, beginning at the foot of the Coast Mountains, overlooking the stunning city of Vancouver, you’ll roll along the scenic fjord of Howe Sound. Prepare to be amazed as you make your way past massive cliffs, deep canyons, and stunning bridges. You’ll then arrive at world-famous Whistler, the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games co-host city. There, you’ll explore the picturesque village and enjoy a relaxing stay at one of Whistler’s hotels.

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Day 7 - Rocky Mountaineer - Whistler to Quesnel (GoldLeaf)

Today you will depart from Whistler and travel up the Pemberton Valley, as you glide beside gorgeous Anderson and Seton Lakes. Turning north and west, the landscape becomes more rugged. More wild. Sheer cliffs on one side, milky-green lakes on the other. You’ll emerge into the arid ranchland near Quesnel, Canada’s gold rush capital. The gold rush may be over, but there are still many treasures to be found in this historic region.

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Day 8 - Rocky Mountaineer - Quesnel - Jasper (GoldLeaf)

After an overnight hotel stay in Quesnel, you’ll head north again. Wide-eyed, you’ll experience mountainous terrain, untouched lakes, and incredible waterfalls. You’ll gradually gain altitude and enter the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The awesome sight of Mount Robson, the range’s highest peak, will greet you as you wind your way to the alluring alpine town of Jasper. Every step of the way, your emotions will follow the extremes of the journey, from silent awe to uncontained elation. This route offers the best kind of drama—the nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat kind!

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Chateau Jasper

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 9 - Jasper Sightseeing

We have included a 5.5 - 6 hour tour for you this morning - Maligne Valley Sightseeing with Lake Cruise. This introduction to Jasper begins with a short tour of the town before heading across the Athabasca River to Maligne Lake. A century after Mary Schaeffer's remarkable adventure, come discover the world-renowned Maligne Lake for yourself! A stop at Maligne Canyon offers staggering views of the river thundering through a series of magnificent waterfalls in a gorge 10,000 years in the making. Farther up the valley, stop to solve the mystery of "disappearing" Medicine Lake. Next we'll carry on to the pinnacle of our tour, breathtaking Maligne Lake! Once there you can enjoy an interpretative boat cruise bound for Spirit Island, truly another of Canada's iconic images.

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Chateau Jasper

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Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre Jasper

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Day 10 - Icefield Parkway tour to Banff

Icefield Parkway Tour/Transfer from Jasper to Banff - this will be one of the main highlights of your trip! Duration: 10 hours* *Note: Not all of the regularly scheduled stops on this sightseeing tour are accessible during the Winter, so the length of this tour is shortened during this time.

Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, view a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged snowy peaks, and over 100 glaciers. The entire day is spent in the majesty of Canada's two most famous National Parks, Banff and Jasper. Enroute, make a stop at Athabasca Falls located just outside of the Jasper Townsite. Among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock. Our next stop is the breathtaking Columbia Icefields and Athabasca Glacier where we will allow time to enjoy a Ice Explorer ride (admission included) on the Glacier & Glacier Skywalk (admission included). Next we continue to the Weeping Wall, Peyto Lake and the Crowfoot Glacier before joining the Trans Canada Highway near Lake Louise where a stop will be made to view the lake and famous Chateau, then continue on the Trans Canada Highway, passing fortress formations of Castle and Protection Mountains to arrive in to Banff late afternoon.

Highlights: A hearty picnic lunch is included and will be enjoyed at a secluded location along the Icefields Parkway.

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Charltons Banff

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Mount Royal Hotel Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 11 - Discover Banff & its Wildlife

This morning we have included the Discover Banff & its Wildlife Tour with Gondola ride. Build a connection to our World Heritage Site on our trademark sightseeing tour as you visit Banff's landmarks and historic places. Hear how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered a hidden natural hotspring. Visit the abandoned mining town of Bankhead, a relic of Banff's industrial past. All the while learn about wildlife behavior, habitat, and their winter survival adaptations as you tour around the area. Your time will be spent enjoying the sights, taking photos, and participating in short walks to view points, on the many stops of the tour.  

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Charltons Banff

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Mount Royal Hotel Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 12 - Enjoy Banff

Spend today at your leisure in Banff. Ask one of our Canada Experts for some excursion recommendations.

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Charltons Banff

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Mount Royal Hotel Banff

The Fairmont Banff Springs

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Day 13 - Banff - Calgary

This morning you will be transferred from Banff to Calgary. This afternoon you have access to Stampede Park and have reserved seating for tonights Chuckwagon Races & Grandstand show.

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Alt Hotel Calgary East Village

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Hotel Arts Calgary

Fairmont Palliser

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Day 14 - Enjoy Calgary Stampde

You’re invited to attend the largest outdoor rodeo in the world!! Professional cowboys compete in a myriad of rodeo events, which includes bull riding, roping, chuckwagon racing, steer wrestling and barrel racing. Don your western duds, saddle up and join us for Stampede breakfasts galore, square dancing, parades, the fun of the midway, great exhibits, a spectacular Grandstand show, fireworks and of course, heaping helpings of Western hospitality. Today you have access to Stampede Park and have reserved seating at this afternoon's Rodeo event.

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Alt Hotel Calgary East Village

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Hotel Arts Calgary

Fairmont Palliser

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Day 15 - Fly Calgary to UK

Morning and afternoon at leisure before your overnight flight to the UK. (transfer to the airport is not included)

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