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Rockies Panorama Redleaf 2015

  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2015
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  • Style: Discoveries
  • Description: Taking to the rails on the famous Rocky Mountaineer, this journey takes you from the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver to the heart of the Rockies through spectacular mountain scenery.It's Insider moments like… talking to naturalists who share their incredible knowledge of the landscapes and wildlife you'll encounter in the Rocky Mountains – as you explore them together. In scenic Lake Louise, you stroll along the shores of the lake, listening to tales that reveal the geology and history most would miss because of the overwhelming beauty of the scenery. And our local friend in Jasper gives you an insight into the native wildlife, which ranges from bears to mighty elk, and tells you all about their habits and habitats.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Vancouver! Check into your hotel and spend some time exploring downtown or perhaps take a walk near the harbour. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.


    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside

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  • Day 2

    VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING

    Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its panoramic views of English Bay. Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown, the city's first downtown, named for “Gassy” Jack Deighton who opened the area's first saloon. This afternoon, visit an art gallery, do some shopping, relax at a cafe, savour an optional lunch and tasting at an urban winery or visit the Capilano Suspension bridge. Enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant this evening.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Regional Meal)

  • Day 3

    VANCOUVER – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – KAMLOOPS

    All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an unforgettable daylight rail journey through the diverse natural beauty on the way to Alberta. Travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and alongside the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before entering Fraser Canyon. End your day's journey in historic Kamloops, which means “the meeting of the waters.”


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer

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  • Day 4

    KAMLOOPS – ROCKY MOUNTAINEER – JASPER (2 NIGHTS)

    Back onboard the train, make your way through the dramatic mountain landscape of British Columbia to the delightful alpine town of Jasper. Relax at your hotel located in this quaint city.


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Sawridge Inn Jasper

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  • Day 5

    JASPER FREE TIME AND SIGHTSEEING

    Start the day with some free time enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper's quaint streets, or if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. After, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the water. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 6

    JASPER – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Head south along the stunning Icefields Parkway, driving beneath snow-clad peaks and alongside thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including elk, black bear and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. See lovely Peyto Lake before arriving this afternoon at the quintessential alpine resort of Banff.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Banff Park Lodge

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  • Day 7

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME

    Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including the viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as hoodoos. Then take an optional ride on the Banff Gondola for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or perhaps arrange an optional experience such as a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine or a float trip down the Bow River.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8

    BANFF – LAKE LOUISE – CHASE

    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you'll learn about the history and geography of the area on a brief interpretive walk. Soak in the stunning landscape with its azure glacial waters, deep green forests, jagged snow-covered mountains and the mighty Victoria Glacier. Then travel through the alpine majesty of Yoho and Glacier National Parks to the temperate rainforest of Mount Revelstoke National Park. Arrive in Chase in time for dinner and a peaceful evening.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Quaaout Lodge

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  • Day 9

    CHASE – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel back to the Pacific coast and across the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Vancouver Island and quaint Victoria, home to fashionable tea rooms and old English charm. Though the wooden fort is long gone, Bastion Square (the birthplace of the city) welcomes visitors with lovely architecture and a bustling market. Your orientation tour will also introduce you to the scenic Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. The evening is all yours to explore on your own or relax at your hotel.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point

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  • Day 10

    VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING

    Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Learn about the history of the gardens and immerse yourself in the extravagant exhibits featuring flowers in full bloom. Spend some time exploring on your own, strolling the winding pathways, spotting butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages. The vintages have been carefully crafted with grapes farmed from over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Enjoy a tour of the winery, then indulge in a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner featuring local cuisine delicately paired with delicious wines.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

  • Day 11

    VICTORIA – DEPART VANCOUVER

    Travel by ferry back to the mainland. Transfers will be provided to the airport or to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver for those extending their stay.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest Enjoy a private dinner, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Expert Listen to a wildlife presentation in Jasper.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Vancouver.
  • Orientation tour of quaint Banff.
  • Visit Victoria.
  • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Glacier, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks and Mount Robson.
  • Cruise majestic Maligne Lake.
  • Drive along the Icefields Parkway.
  • Iconic train journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

Dining

  • Welcome Reception with light appetisers.
  • 10 breakfasts (including 8 full breakfasts and 2 continental breakfasts onboard the Rocky Mountaineer).
  • 2 lunches (onboard the Rocky Mountaineer).
  • 5 dinners (including Regional Meal, 3 three course dinners and Be My Guest Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • Audio Headsets are provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Rocky Mountaineer train (RedLeaf Service) from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Tourist Class hotel in Kamloops
  • All transfers in Kamloops
  • All tips to train personnel included
  • 10 nights First Class accommodation
  • Ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay and back to Tsawwassen

Airport Transfers

  • For full details on transfers, please click here.
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Notes
  • * For single travellers purchasing the twin-share option, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless travelling as part of a family group. 
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