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Rockies Panorama Goldleaf 2014

  • Duration: 11 Days
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  • Brochure: USA and Canada 2014
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  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for a picturesque trip through magnificent British Columbia and Alberta. Arrive in Jasper for spectacular views of the incredible Maligne Canyon and marvel at the massive Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia Icefield. Take in the postcard-perfect view of Surprise Corner in Banff and revel in the extravagant floral exhibits of Butchart Gardens in Victoria with this rich and scenic guided holiday.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER (2 NIGHTS)

    Welcome to Vancouver! Check into your hotel and then spend some time exploring downtown Vancouver 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 Hotel (SF)

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  • Day 2

    VANCOUVER SIGHTSEEING

    Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its sweeping 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 or just relax at a cafe. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant this evening.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

  • 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. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park.


    Meal(s): (Continental Breakfast / Lunch)

    Hotel: Sawridge Inn Jasper (SF)

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  • Day 5

    JASPER FREE TIME & 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. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the lake. 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 (F)

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  • Day 7

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING & 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 excursion such as a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine or a river 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 (F)

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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.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Inn at Laurel Point (SF)

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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 the gardens 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 private tour of the winery, then indulge in a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines.


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

  • Day 11

    VICTORIA – DEPART VANCOUVER

    Travel by ferry back to the mainland. Complimentary transfers will be provided to the airport or to the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel in Vancouver for those extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3:30 p.m.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • 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

  • VancouverDiscover Vancouver's main attractions on a city tour.
  • Rocky MountaineerEnjoy a 2-day scenic rail journey, Vancouver to Jasper.
  • JasperWalk along beautiful Maligne Canyon and cruise upon Maligne Lake.
  • Columbia IcefieldDrive onto Athabasca Glacier aboard an Ice Explorer.
  • BanffSee Banff's main sights.
  • Lake LouiseWalk along the lake and learn about the area's history.
  • VictoriaExplore this charming city's main sights on an orientation tour.
  • Butchart GardensEnjoy breakfast; learn about the gardens and explore.

Dining

  • 10 breakfasts:
    • 8 full breakfasts
    • 2 full breakfasts onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 2 lunches:
    • Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer
  • 6 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver
    • 3 three-course dinners
    • Highlight Dinner with wine in Vancouver
    • Be My Guest Farewell Dinner with wine in Victoria

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • 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
  • Rocky Mountaineer train (GoldLeaf Service) from Vancouver to Jasper
  • Assigned seating with extended legroom in a bi-level GoldLeaf Dome Coach
  • Open-air viewing deck at the rear of the car
  • Live onboard commentary
  • 2 full breakfasts and 2 lunches served in the GoldLeaf dining room
  • Complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • First 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

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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. 
  • ^Twin-share option not available for trips to South America., Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey.

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