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Iconic Rockies and Western Canada with Calgary Stampede

15 Days 1 Country 9 Cities

Adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff on this Discoveries trip.

"Thanks, Trafalgar, for a great trip with lots of memories"

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About this trip

The glaciers, national parks and laid-back cities of western Canada are just some of the highlights on this adventure into places like Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper and Banff.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… spotting buffalo and other wildlife and enjoying a meal of delicious Alberta beef with the trimmings on the Guinn Family's ranch, followed by hopping on an authentic wagon.


Trip type: Discovery

Trip code: DI5W

14 Nights

accommodation

17 Meals
  • 12 full breakfasts.

  • 5 dinners (including Be My Guest).

On-trip Transport

All transport shown.

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Day 1

Arrive Vancouver

Day 2

Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

Day 3

Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 4

Victoria – Chemainus – Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights)

Day 5

Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Whistler – Historic Ranching Country – Sun Peaks

Day 7

Sun Peaks – Rocky Mountain National Park – Banff (2 Nights)

Day 8

Banff Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 9

Banff - Calgary (2 Nights)

Day 10

Calgary Stampede

Day 11

Calgary - Lake Louise - Jasper (2 Nights)

Day 12

Jasper Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 13

Jasper – Mount Robson – Chase

Day 14

Chase – Vancouver

Day 15

Depart Vancouver

Day 1

Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

Set out for Stanley Park and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit a family-owned winery and enjoy a taste of their delicious wines. Later, arrive in quaint Victoria.

Hotel

Marriott Inner Harbour

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time

Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer questions and then spend some time exploring. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of restaurants for your choice dining.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice

Optional Experiences

Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Board your vessel to enjoy a three-hour whale-watching expedition in the waters off Victoria. You may choose a zodiac or covered vessel. While it can’t be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you’ll see on your journey, chances are you’ll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. Spring and summer are the best times of the year to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. Choose between a zodiac or sightseeing boat experience. Approx. tour length: 3 hours.

Adult Price: $115.00

Day 3

Day 4

Victoria – Chemainus – Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights)

Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge, enjoying sweeping views. This afternoon, arrive in Whistler.

Hotel

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time

Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort during the 2010 Winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Your Local Specialist, an authentic First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. This afternoon is free.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Optional Experiences

Peak 2 Peak Gondola

Board the longest and highest lift in the world for an unparalleled perspective of British Columbia’s rooftop – from incomparable views of towering volcanic peaks to coastal rainforest. Disembark and the experience is far from over. Scenic walking trails, mountaintop restaurants, wildlife viewing and indoor interpretive displays are ready for discovery. Approx. duration: 1 hour.

Adult Price: $55.60

Day 5

Day 6

Whistler – Historic Ranching Country – Sun Peaks

Leaving Whistler, continue toward the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and enjoy an interpretive walk before your Regional Meal dinner. After, a Local Specialist will regale you with tales of voyageurs and the fur trapping industry.

Hotel

Sun Peaks Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 6

Day 7

Sun Peaks – Rocky Mountain National Park – Banff (2 Nights)

Sample the best of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Travel through Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, cross the Columbia River and Yoho National Park. Arrive at your mountain resort in Banff National Park for a relaxing stay. Enjoy drinks and a Local Specialist presentation where you will learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

Hotel

Banff Park Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Banff Sightseeing and Free Time

Immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and hoodoo rock formations. Enjoy a free afternoon before setting off for Boundary Ranch where your hosts, the Guinn family, welcome you for a scenic Be My Guest experience and dinner.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Optional Experiences

Signature Lake Minnewanka & Three Sisters Helicopter Tour, 30 mins

Cruise at 100 mph as you climb above the Bow Valley and cross the imposing massif of Mt. Lougheed before circling the summit of Mt. Sparrowhawk, a 10,000 ft Rockies peak. Return over Mt. Allen site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games Downhill Skiing - a thrilling finale to a remarkable tour! Flight duration 30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 passengers).

Adult Price: $319.00

Bighorn Wesley First Nations Glacier Helicopter Tour 20 mins (including transportation)

Launch from our heliport at an elevation of 4386 ft. We'll soar over Cline Pass at 9000ft. Then we'll fly by the Cline, Lion & Lioness glaciers. View a spectacular 900 foot waterfall flowing from two aqua green lakes! Flight duration 20 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 passengers).

Adult Price: $189.00

Summit Helicopter Tour, 12 mins (including transportation)

The Summit Tour will provide you with you first glimpse into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Flying up to 7,000 ft. (2,300 m) above sea level, this tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Approx. flight duration: 12 minutes (minimum: 2 passengers).

Adult Price: $129.00

Brewster Banff Gondola

At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fullyenclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Approx. tour length: 2.5 hours.

Adult Price: $46.00

Day 8

Day 9

Banff - Calgary (2 Nights)

This morning descend from the Canadian Rockies. Check into your hotel before joining your fellow travelling companions for the Chuck Wagon Races.

Hotel

Delta Calgary Downtown

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 9

Day 10

Calgary Stampede

Don your boots and Stetson for the world-famous Calgary Stampede, an exciting spectacle of classic rodeo events and grandstand shows. Spend the entire day at "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". Your all-day pass includes reserved seating for the world's largest rodeo and admission to the Stampede Park, home to agricultural and livestock exhibits, live bands and an amusement park. Cap off the day with a bang at the Grandstand Show, a singing and dancing musical extravaganza with a fireworks display.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 10

Day 11

Calgary - Lake Louise - Jasper (2 Nights)

Arrive on the shores of Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at the hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park.

Hotel

The Sawridge Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 11

Day 12

Jasper Sightseeing and Free Time

Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is free.

Meals

Day 12

Day 13

Jasper – Mount Robson – Chase

Head west and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak. On arrival to your hotel, stroll the grounds and view a traditional kekuli built by the First Nations people.

Meals

Day 13

Day 14

Chase – Vancouver

Return back to Vancouver and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, including the famous Suspension Bridge, Cliffwalk-a series of narrow cantilevered bridges, stairs and platforms following a granite precipice, and Treetops Adventure-comprised of 7 suspension bridges and a platform. This evening, enjoy dinner with your newfound friends.

Meals

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Vancouver

Big farewell to your travelling companions and transfer to Vancouver International Airport.

Meals

Day 15

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a hosted dinner at a family-owned and operated ranch in Kananaskis Valley.

  • Hidden Treasure
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing at the site of the 2010 Winter Olympics, with a First Nations ambassador, learning about fur trapping and trading, meeting a Mountie and enjoy a presentation about Jasper's history and wildlife.

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What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Banff

    • Cruise across Maligne Lake

    • Scenic drives along the Sea-to-Sky Highway and Icefields Parkway

    • View Lake Louise, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks and a traditional kekuli built by the people of the First Nations

    • Visit the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and Chase


What's Included

Dining

    • 12 full breakfasts.

    • 5 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

    • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

    • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

    • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • Porterage and local charges included

    • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

    • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

    • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

    • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

    • VIP entry to many sights


    Airport Transfers

  • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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