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Duration: 14 days Visiting: Canada
Testify to the supreme majesty of Western Canada and Alaska by road, rail and sea. The first part of your incredible journey is via luxury, escorted touring through historic towns and verdant National Parks. Then you have the option to experience one of the world's most romantic train journeys on the Rocky Mountaineer, or embarking on a classic cruise on the glacial waters of Alaska. Dine at the highly rated YEW Seafood + Bar in Vancouver. Meet a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman who'll fascinate you with personal stories and traditions of the ‘Mounties'. The graceful Emerald Lake Lodge is set on a 13-acre peninsula making the perfect location to enjoy Yoho National Park.
Welcome to Canada's vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport you'll be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city's premier shopping and entertainment district. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.
Victoria - putting the British into British Columbia
Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of stunning floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views which have delighted visitors for over 100 years. With a botanist on hand, find out more about your favourite flora before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria.
The Ultimate Resort of Whistler
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. Upon arrival in Whistler, you will visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction.
On to the Napa Valley of the North
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. Your home for the night is at the lakeside Delta Grand Okanagen Resort. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by local wines.
The Three Exquisite National Parks
Journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, your destination is the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s'mores (a traditional campfire treat) by a lakeside bonfire.
Iconic Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
(Relaxed Start) The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River, before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet (3,048 metres). Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of the turquoise waters and nearby Tower of Babel. Then drive to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay.
The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies' and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. Take a canoe out on the lake, take a hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse or just relax and take in the beauty of the lake, surrounded by dense green forest and crowned by the glistening Victoria Glacier. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you will have an orientation including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the iconic red serge uniform. For your evening meal, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.
Banff at Leisure
(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour flying over the Canadian Rockies.
Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park
Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier and Columbia Icefield, North America's largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Your home for the night two nights the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in the heart of Jasper National Park – an alpine wonderland of immense forests, bejewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. After a Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fun and interactive talk by a wildlife expert that will transport you back in time through storytelling and costume. Their firsthand experience in Jasper's environment reveal an authentic voice teaching about some of the park's most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou.
Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake
In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon's trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations and learn about the underground river system. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park on an afternoon raft trip.
Mount Robson and Sun Peaks
Head west over Yellowhead Pass and arrive at Mount Robson, the Rockies' tallest peak at 12,989 feet (3,989 metres). Follow the Thompson River as you descend through the Columbia Mountains and arrive at your overnight hotel in the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks.
Return to Vancouver
Returning to the Pacific Coast, arrive back in Vancouver and head to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park. Cross the spectacular suspension bridge, 230 feet (70 metres) above the Capilano River, and join the award-winning Treetops, a guided nature tour along a series of elevated walkways, offering fabulous photo opportunites. In the evening, gather with your Travelling Concierge and fellow companions for dinner at the hotel.
Transfer to Vancouver International Airport, or the tour hotel in Vancouver for guests extending their stay. Airport arrival time will be 9:30.
Vancouver (Central) - Canada
Set in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, above the Pacific Centre mall, this upscale 30-story hotel enjoys an ultra-convenient location for enjoying the best Vancouver has to offer. Amenities include the only indoor/outdoor pool in town, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and luxurious accommodations with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and marble bathrooms. A visit to the acclaimed seafood restaurant and chic bar is a must as is a stroll around the fine shops that surround the hotel.
Victoria (Central) - Canada
Located right on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbour, the Hotel Grand Pacific offers guests welcoming comfort, world-class facilities, an unbeatable location close to Victoria’s downtown restaurant and shopping district, and Fisherman’s Wharf—a working harbor surrounded by an array of casual food counters, unique shops, and water adventures including whale watching. Offering the best in Victoria accommodation, guests will enjoy guestroom featuring a private balcony offering fresh air and a view, a mini-refrigerator and high-end bathroom amenities for pampering. The Hotel Grand Pacific is also home to four food and beverage outlets.
Whislter (Central) - Canada
Grand in scale, intimate by nature, the luxurious Four Seasons Resort Whistler epitomizes the mountain spirit. Revel in one of the 273 luxury lodge guest rooms with open-sky spaciousness, European-styled refinement and balconies that open up to superb Whistler views. Savor the delicacies of locally sourced fare featuring spices from a rooftop garden at the Classic Steakhouse, Updated, while Sidecut Bar welcomes guests with a glowing ambience of fire and ice, as well as a menu of creative cocktails and wines by the glass.
Yoho Nat.Park (Scenic) - Canada
Set on a 13-acre peninsula on Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake, this upscale lodge features posh rooms with private bathrooms, private balconies with lake views, wood-burning fireplaces and comfortable sitting areas. The refined restaurant serves regional cuisine, and there's a seasonal bistro by the lake. A stately lounge features a stone fireplace, plus an oak bar from a 1890s saloon. Other amenities include a game room and a hot tub, plus a fitness center.
Lake Louise (Scenic) - Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is a year-round luxury mountain resort. The luxury of a bygone era has been perfectly preserved in the plush, well-appointed guest rooms which offer scenic mountain views. Dining options include a modern Canadian restaurant, an alpine-style eatery and a 24-hour deli. There's also a spa, an indoor pool and a gym.
Jasper (Scenic) - Canada
Situated in Alberta's magnificent Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the iconic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience a great Canadian lodge, surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife. Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a 700 acre year-round luxury mountain resort which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert and Canada's #1 Golf Resort Course. A village of heritage log cabins connected by picturesque paths, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge's superbly appointed guestrooms offer the perfect accommodation inside the national park. Choose from 6 food and beverage outlets and enjoy outstanding service and a culinary tradition rich in Alberta history.
Kamloops (Scenic) - Canada
As Sun Peaks’ signature property, the Grand is located in the core of the village, with trails and activities right at the doorstep, an in-house mountain-view pool, terrace and health club, as well as on-site grocery store, boutiques and eateries. The well-appointed guest rooms feature Sanctuary beds, duvets, flat screen TV and all modern conveniences found in an international resort. Choose from all-day-dining at Mantles to casual pub-fare at Morrisey's Public House and enjoy a friendly and familiar welcome and warm hospitality.
5 out of 5
7/28/2017 Christopher Howard, Wanniassa, Australia
The eleven days of travel and activities that make up the Majesty of the Rockies came together brilliantly for our group. The weather was mild to warm with limited rain, only during the longer transits. I don't recall any weather impacts on any activities. The wildlife were most obliging with black bears, cubs and a grizzly being sighted from the safety of the coach. There were elk mares and young , and even a youngish male with a fresh rack in velvet. A chance sighting of a coyote and other smaller wildlife rounded out that aspect of the trip. The weather meant the scenery was magnificent! The tour leader and coach captain were excellent and most informative. Accommodations were of a very high standard. I would recommend this experience to anyone.
4 out of 5
9/23/2016 Joan Ashton, Auckland, New Zealand
I have just returned from my first solo tour. I have done several tours with my husband but was a little nervous of going on my own. The tour director Andrea Dionne was most friendly and everyone was quickly made to feel at ease. The hotels were good and the scenery outstanding. I would not hesitate to consider another Insight tour.Its just deciding where to go next.