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Rockies Grand Circle - an escorted tour

  • Vancouver
  • Whistler
  • Sun Peaks Resort
  • Jasper
  • Banff
  • Rocky Mountaineer
  • Kamloops
  • Victoria
  • 14 nights from
  • £4,299 per person
  • Trip Code: 754

Holiday Overview

A superb escorted Canadian Rockies tour.

If you’re looking to discover some of western Canada’s most stunning natural sites, and to experience life within beautiful cities and quaint alpine villages, this circular Rockies tour will take you on an unforgettable adventure incorporating the best of both. Begin with two nights in Vancouver, where you will discover a wonderful metropolis in a magnificent setting between sea and mountains. Then wind through the Canadian Rockies by coach and by the award-winning Rocky Mountaineer trains for seemingly endless breathtaking scenes and opportunities to explore stunning spectacles including Lake Louise and the Columbia Icefield Glacier.

 

2021 Rockies Escorted Tour Dates -

24 May £4299 / 07 June £4399 / 30 August £4399

Rockies Grand Circle - an escorted tour includes:

  • Multiple city tours
  • A visit to the spectacular Butchart Gardens
  • All flights
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer Journey, Banff to Vancouver in SilverLeaf Service
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Columbia Ice Field Glacier
  • VIP door to door UK travel service
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Day 1 - Fly UK to Vancouver

VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Vancouver. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver (4T).

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

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Day 2 - Vancouver

We start our exploration of Canada with a tour of Vancouver, considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world for its stunning setting and extensive parks. The tour will take you to some of Vancouver’s most notable sights, including exotic Chinatown and Gastown, the oldest part of the city with carefully restored heritage buildings. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the city further at your leisure, or take an optional excursion to Grouse Mountain, a hiker’s paradise with stunning views over Vancouver and surrounding countryside. The excursion includes the opportunity to traverse the Capilano Suspension Bridge. It is the world’s longest and highest suspended footbridge, spanning a 70-metre deep river canyon filled with forests.

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

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Day 3 - Vancouver - Whistler

Today we take the relatively short journey from Vancouver to the alpine village of Whistler, passing stunning scenery shaped by soaring mountains. We check into the Crystal Lodge and the rest of the day is at leisure to explore this world-famous ski destination.

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Listel Hotel Whistler

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Day 4 - Whistler

Today is free for you to enjoy Whistler and the surrounding mountain landscapes. You can do this independently, with a multitude of beautiful walking trails for varying abilities, or choose to join an optional excursion to search for local wildlife which includes chipmunks, coyote and black bears. The record-breaking Peak 2 Peak Gondola offers a breathtaking way to cross between the Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain peaks, offering more gorgeous views and scenic walking trails.

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Listel Hotel Whistler

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Day 5 - Whistler - Sun Peaks

We travel on to our second alpine-village hotel, the Coast Sundance Lodge in Sun Peaks. This car-free centre is a quieter resort and a great base for further exploration into Canada’s mountainscape, coloured by wildflowers during the warmer months of summer.

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Coast Sundance Lodge

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Day 6 - Sun Peaks - Jasper

Today we travel to Jasper, and take a tour of the incredible National Park which shares the town’s name. This wild, 10,878 square kilometre park is home to world-famous natural sites and some of North America's rarest animals, including grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves. Our tour takes us to Maligne Canyon, over 50 metres deep at some points; the seasonal Medicine Lake, filled by the Maligne River and glacial water in the summer; and Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, surrounded by majestic peaks. We stay at the Lobstick Lodge for two nights. Before heading to bed, take a look outside - the region boasts the world’s largest dark sky preserve for stargazing.

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Lobstick Lodge

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Day 7 - Jasper

Today is at leisure in Jasper, a small, colourful and truly Canadian town in the midst of Jasper National Park. Dinner has been arranged with an interpretative talk.

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Lobstick Lodge

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Day 8 - Jasper - Banff

Our journey today takes us from one national park to another - Banff National Park - along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, a spectacular road which winds its way through endless wilderness, passing pristine mountain lakes and sweeping valleys, with the possibility of wildlife sightings. On our way, we stop to experience an unforgettable drive in a specially adapted Ice Explorer onto the Columbia Icefield Glacier, one of the biggest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. An experienced driver/guide will share fascinating information about the glaciers and icefields (subject to favourable weather conditions). We stay two nights at the Banff Caribou Lodge.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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Day 9 - Banff

On today’s tour we experience some of the stunning locations which surround Banff. The beautiful Banff National Park is possibly best known for its lakes and we visit two of the most stunning - the glacially-fed Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. Enjoy the extraordinarily photogenic settings of these two iconic alpine lakes in turn, filled with turquoise water which sustains many native animals including grizzly bears.

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Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

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Day 10 - Rocky Mountaineer Banff - Kamloops

Today we transfer from our hotel to the station to board our Rocky Mountaineer train. Relax and enjoy the gorgeous vistas as we travel through Canada’s stunning Rocky Mountains, alongside the powerful Kicking Horse River, passing monumental landmarks. This route was the first to connect east and west Canada, traversing the Continental Divide. Our hotel tonight is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer.

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Day 11 - Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver

Our unforgettable rail journey continues this morning, arriving in Vancouver where we check in to Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore Vancouver once more.

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Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver

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Day 12 - Vancouver - Victoria

This morning we board a ferry in Tsawwassen, Vancouver to make the scenic crossing through narrow fjords to Swartz Bay, Victoria. You may be lucky enough to spot whales and dolphins while you admire the views of the gorgeous Strait of Georgia. Once in Victoria, we transfer to the Doubletree by Hilton, with the rest of the day at leisure.

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DoubleTree by Hilton

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Day 13 - Victoria

Today we learn about the heritage that has created the oldest city in the Pacific Northwest. The unhurried city of Victoria has an abundance of museums and sites which hark back to colonial times and reflect the love for art. Known as the ‘City of Gardens’, there are numerous parks to explore, showcasing a passion for year-round blooms. Our tour takes us amongst Victoria’s long-trodden streets before visiting the most famous of Canada’s floral havens - Butchart Gardens. This 30-acre display, created from a limestone quarry that was reclaimed in 1904, includes gardens influenced by Italy, Japan and its very own native culture

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DoubleTree by Hilton

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Day 14 - Fly to UK

We leave Victoria behind and drive to Swartz Bay, to take the ferry to Tsawwassen and onward transfer to Vancouver. We continue to the airport for our direct, scheduled Air Canada flight to the UK.

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Day 15 - Arrive UK

Arrival at London Heathrow where our staff will greet you and transfer you to transport for the journey home to your own front door.

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