Western Explorer - Via Rail
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights

Highlights : Daily Breakfast, Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour, Cruise on BC Ferries through Gulf Islands, Butchart Gardens, Vancouver City Tour, Overnight travel on Via Rail, Discover Jasper Tour, Ice Explorer Ride at Columbia Ice-fields, Lake Louise, Discover Banff Tour with Sulphur Mountain Gondola, 12 Minutes Summit Helicopter Tour
Day 01 : Vancouver
On arrival transfer from Vancouver International Airport to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight at hotel.
Day 02 : Vancouver
After breakfast proceed on Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge Tour. This tour starts from sea level to 4,000 feet above Vancouver, cross the Lions Gate Bridge, see British Property's exclusive homes, gardens, vistas. Visit Capilano Salmon Hatchery to observe at close range the salmon returning to spawn at this beautiful river site. Later proceed to Capilano Suspension Bridge. Visit the 230 ft. (77m) bridge overlooking the magnificent canyon. See traditional totem pole carvers, large totem pole display, native displays, occasional dancing and historic logging exhibits. Walk through and admire the impressive living forest exhibit. Grouse Mountain - Ride the famous Skyride to this 3700 ft. (1300m) high mountaintop playground. Ample time to visit Theatre in the Sky 'Born to Fly' Seasonal logging shows, Peak Chairlift and other activities.
Day 03 : Vancouver
After breakfast proceed on a full day tour to Victoria. After a 90 minute ferry ride through the Gulf Islands, you will visit The Butchart Gardens where over 50 acres of magnificent gardens await you. You will stroll through theme gardens linked by spacious lawns, streams and lily ponds. Next enjoy a scenic ocean drive with vistas of Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains, followed by the Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Beacon Hill Park. Upon arrival in Victoria, you will have ample time to explore the world famous Empress Hotel, British Import Ships, Parliament Buildings and other attractions around Inner Harbor.
Day 04 : Vancouver/Jasper
After breakfast morning at leisure, afternoon checkout and proceed on Deluxe city sightseeing tour. This tour offers the very best of Vancouver's sights, sounds and spectacular scenery. See Canada Place, Robson Street, the Public Library, Sports Venues, Theatres, Chinatown and Gastown. Soak in the natural splendour of Stanley Park’s Totem Poles and sightsee from Prospect Point. Pass the West End high-rises and the beaches of English Bay. Visit the vibrant Granville Island with its public market, unique shops, restaurants and galleries along the water. Visit The Lookout to take the glass elevator to the 360° views. Later drop off at Pacific Central Station to connect Via Rail Train at 8.30 pm for overnight journey to Jasper.
Day 05 : Jasper
On arrival at 4.00 pm, transfer to hotel. Rest of the day at leisure, overnight at hotel.
Day 06 : Jasper
After breakfast proceed on Discover Jasper Tour. Jasper, fascinating in beauty and history, is set amidst some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. This 3 hour tour encompasses some the most outstanding features of the area including Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and Maligne Canyon with its narrow gorge and limestone walls falling 50 metres below.
Day 07 : Jasper/Lake Louise
After breakfast checkout and transfer to Lake Louise. Travel along one of the most scenic drives in North America - the Icefields Parkway. This is home for Black and Grizzly bears, elk, moose, mountain goats and sheep, so keep your cameras ready! Visit the Columbia Icefields, a series of glaciers 325 square kilometres in area, where time is available for an Ice Explorer Ride (included) onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. From the Icefield Centre, continue along the Parkway to the Crowfoot Glacier, Peyto Lake and Bow Lake en route to Lake Louise. Upon arrival, you will be dropped off at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to visit beautiful Lake Louise.
Day 08 : Lake Louise/Banff
After breakfast, morning at leisure. Afternoon checkout and transfer by coach to Banff. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure to explore famous Banff Avenue.
Day 09 : Banff
After breakfast proceed on Banff sightseeing tour. Your morning tour guides you through the town of Banff and its environs. You'll ascend Tunnel Mountain Drive to view the town of Banff and visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. There will be a brief stop at Lake Minnewanka as well a stop at Sulphur Mountain for anyone who wishes to ride the Banff Gondola to the top of the mountain (Gondola ride included). Fare includes admission to the Cave and Basin.
Day 10 : Banff/Calgary
After breakfast checkout and transfer to Calgary. On the way stop at Kananaskis for the most powerful experience in the Rockies, a 12 minute Summit Helicopter Tour offering stunning views and remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Later continue your journey to Calgary Airport to connect flight to onward destination.
 

 

 

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