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Rockies Thrills and Glacier Chills 2014

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Banff National Park in Alberta, CanadaJasper National Park, Alberta, CanadaLake Louise in Alberta, CanadaVancouver at night in British Columbia, CanadaWhistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, Canada
Banff National Park in Alberta, Canada
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada
Vancouver at night in British Columbia, Canada
Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, Canada
  • Duration: 8 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
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    Family Experiences 2014
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  • Style: Family Experiences
  • Description: Prepare the family for a thrilling guided trip from the spectacular coast of Western Canada to the Rocky Mountains taking in the stunning scenery of Jasper National Park, Lake Louise and the quaint alpine town of Banff. Experience true glacier chills along the Icefields Parkway and Columbia Icefield and discover the vibrant city life in Vancouver and the Sea-to-Sky highway to Whistler on this adventurous trip.
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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER

    Get ready for a thrilling adventure with your family and friends in the eye-popping Coast Mountains and Canadian Rockies, combining spectacular natural wonders with river rafting, canoeing, hiking and more. Check into your hotel and get settled. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a festive Kick-off Party.


    Meal(s): (Kick-Off Party)

    Hotel: Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (SF)

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  • Day 2

    VANCOUVER – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY ‒ WHISTLER

    Start your morning with a brief city tour of vibrant Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Then, travel the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time before choosing from two options this afternoon: head out on a guided two-hour bike tour through this popular summer outdoor mecca, or visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about two distinctly different First Nations of British Columbia. Then, hold your breath when you look more than 1,300 feet (395 metres) straight down from the world's highest and longest gondola ride, the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This evening, stroll around Whistler Village and enjoy a Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant.


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

    Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (SF)

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  • Day 3

    WHISTLER ‒ CACHE CREEK ‒ KAMLOOPS

    Leave Whistler and the Coast Mountains and step back in time with a visit to historic Hat Creek Ranch. Interpreters in period clothing bring alive the fascinating tales of this 1860s roadhouse, which catered to miners and wagon trains. Stroll through the apple orchard, view the antique farming equipment and explore the ranch buildings. Walk along beautiful Hat Creek to the native village of the Shuswap Nation where members share their captivating culture. Continue to Kamloops and check into your hotel. Tonight, rally your buddies for a fun-filled evening of miniature golf.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Double Tree by Hilton

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  • Day 4

    KAMPLOOPS ‒ JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arriving in Jasper, you and your family will face two thrilling choices—either get splashed on a rip-roaring white water rafting adventure on the mighty Athabasca River or take a gentle float trip on calmer waters. Whichever you choose, you'll marvel at the magnificent landscapes of Jasper National Park.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Chateau Jasper (SF)

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  • Day 5

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIME

    Spend today rockin' the Rockies as you like, or choose from optional outdoor activities. Your family members may take a scenic cruise on the pristine Maligne Lake or if they want to don their hiking boots for a guided alpine walk for "oohing and aahing" beneath the splendour of Mount Edith Cavell. There's plenty of time for both! Tonight, enjoy a fun presentation on the park's wildlife with a Local Expert.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 6

    JASPER ‒ ICEFIELDS PARKWAY ‒ LAKE LOUISE ‒ BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Now that you've done some thrillin', time to start the chillin' as you travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and the amazing Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. Ride out on the massive Athabasca Glacier ice sheet aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer and learn amazing facts about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Travel on to Banff National Park for another peak experience. As you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Travel on to the ultimate postcard-setting, Lake Louise, where you can do some chillin' on your own—maybe paddle your own canoe across the emerald clear waters or take a leisurely hike along the shore. Tonight, settle into the welcoming mountain community of Banff.


    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F)

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  • Day 7

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Strike out on your own this morning with an optional helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Then, get going with one Rocky Mountain high after another. View beautiful Bow Falls, majestic Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner and Sulphur Mountain. Play a game of "What creature do you see?" as you spot the whimsical hoodoos overlooking Bow Valley. Afterward, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a "Meet a Mountie" Local Expert presentation. This afternoon, you can opt to put on your boots and bandanas for some spectacular horseback riding, following the trail along the Bow River and hanging on to your hat at the Windy Knoll Viewpoint. Tonight, join the gang at a Farewell Dinner pizza night with a rousing game of bowling celebrating this high-scoring family experience.


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

  • Day 8

    BANFF ‒ DEPART CALGARY

    Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and stop at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Enjoy a discussion with a Local Expert, one of the young athletes in training, and browse the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary if you are extending your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 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.
  • Local Expert Learn about moose, bear and beavers at a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
  • Local Expert "Meet a Mountie" and learn about the Canadian Mounted Police in Banff.
  • Local Expert Enjoy a discussion with one of the athletes in training at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VancouverTour this vibrant waterfront city including Stanley Park.
  • Sea-To-Sky HighwayTravel this scenic highway from the coast to Whistler.
  • WhistlerVisit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre or take a guided bike ride.
  • Blackcomb and Whistler MountainsRide a gondola between the peaks of North America's largest ski area.
  • Cache CreekExperience frontier hospitality at historic Hat Creek Ranch.
  • Athabasca RiverHave a ball on a white-water rafting excursion or gentle float trip.
  • Jasper National ParkSpend two nights inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Icefields ParkwayBe astounded by the icefields, glaciers and emerald lakes along this spectacular highway.
  • Athabasca GlacierJourney over the glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer.
  • Peyto LakeGaze in awe at this incredible turquoise jewel of the Rockies.
  • Lake LouiseStroll around, photograph or simply enjoy this emerald lake.
  • Banff National ParkSightsee inside Canada's oldest National Park.
  • BanffExplore the scenic surroundings of this quaint alpine town.

Dining

  • 7 full breakfasts
  • 4 evening meals:
    • Kick-off Party with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver
    • 1 three-course dinner
    • Highlight Dinner with drinks in Whistler Village
    • Farewell Dinner pizza and bowling night with drinks in Banff

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 trip 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 trip
  • 7 nights First Class accommodation

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  • * 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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