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First Passage to the West at Leisure with Sonora Resort

First Passage to the West at Leisure with Sonora Resort

10 nights from
AU$8,425 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    28 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    06 Oct 2020
10 nights from
AU$8,425 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    28 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    06 Oct 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 10-night accommodationActivityActivity Icefields and glacier experienceInclusionInclusion 2 all-inclusive nights at the 5-star Sonora Resort in Discovery Islands, BCInclusionInclusion First Passage to the West excursion from Rocky Mountaineer, either GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf ServiceInclusionInclusion Panoramic helicopter flight in the RockiesTourTour Banff tour including Banff Gondola

Summary

Witness some of the world's most alluring pristine wilderness with this 11-day tour of the most astonishing locations in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. Treat yourself to a luxurious ride across the Rockies with the glass-domed Rocky Mountaineer and unwind in a secluded island in British Columbia surrounded by unspoiled environment, wildlife, rivers, snow-capped peaks and deep valleys.  You may rent a bike to ride the trails, go fishing in the river, hike to the mountaintop, or take a dip in Florence Lake during your 2 all-inclusive nights at the 5-star Sonora Resort in Discovery Islands. This package also includes a tour of the resort town of Banff, a thrilling Icefields and Glaciers Experience in Jasper National Park and a panoramic helicopter tour over the remarkable landscape of the Canadian Rockies.

2020 DATES

Sonora Resort First:

May: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
June: 01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
July: 02, 06, 09, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
August: 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
September: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
October: 01, 05

Sonora Resort Last:

April: 28
May: 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
June: 02, 05, 09, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
July: 03, 07, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
August: 04, 07, 11, 14, 18, 21 ,25, 28
September: 01, 04, 08, 11 ,15, 18, 22, 25, 29
October: 02, 06

INCLUSIONS

  • 10-night hotel accommodation
  • 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 2 dinners
  • 2 all-inclusive nights at the 5-star Sonora Resort
  • Seaplane or helicopter flight to/from Sonora
  • Banff & Lake Louise
  • Icefields and Glaciers Experience
  • Banff Gondola
  • Yoho National Park
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour

ITINERARY

Day 1, Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2, Vancouver - Sonora Resort
Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver and check out Vancouver’s must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park, or Granville Island, or explore the city’s museums, art galleries, gardens, and varied neighbourhoods. This afternoon, transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight to Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands. Upon arrival at Sonora, check into your room and then explore some of Sonora’s luxurious amenities. Your accommodation at Sonora Resort includes gourmet meals, liquor and wine, beer, juice and soft drinks (additional charges may apply for premium spirits and wines), as well as complimentary wireless internet and unlimited worldwide phone calls. Tonight, enjoy a delicious wine-paired dinner featuring the seasonal best of BC created by Chef Terry Pichor. Overnight at Sonora Resort. (D)

Day 3, Sonora Resort - Free Day
After a delicious breakfast, take advantage of the wealth of included activities at Sonora Resort. Sonora’s all-inclusive outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, tennis court, a putting green, fly fishing ponds (equipment supplied) and more. For guests seeking adventure beyond what’s included, three optional touring activities are available at additional cost: (1) a guided eco-tour in a Polaris vessel (a 1-hour tour of the surrounding area, learning about the history and taking in amazing views along the shoreline, including viewing wildlife and marine life in their natural environment), (2) world-class guided salmon-fishing in 22-25’ Cruiser boats, (4 hours, and includes all bait & tackle, floater suits, lifejackets, raingear and boots, fish care and boxing for transportation, and Saltwater Fishing Licensing), and (3) in September/October, grizzly bear viewing tours up Bute Inlet (5 hours, and includes transportation and up-close viewing from one of five grizzly stands stationed on the Orford River). Overnight at Sonora Resort. (B, L, D)

Day 4, Sonora Resort - Vancouver
Today, get out and enjoy the amenities of the resort, or perhaps go on another optional tour. When you’re ready to relax, enjoy Sonora’s roof top hot tubs, mineral pools, movie theatre, 9 hole putting green, virtual golf, or saunas. Later this afternoon, bid a fond farewell to Sonora Island and fly back to Vancouver, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Vancouver. Please note: While departure from Sonora will be approximately 4:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your overnight bag will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the resort before your flight departs for Vancouver. (B, L)

Day 5, Vancouver to Kamloops
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Vancouver Station at 7:30am PT. Travel from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Breakfast & lunch included onboard. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops between 6:00pm and 7:30pm PT. Spend the evening exploring the city of Kamloops or relaxing in your hotel room. All hotels in Kamloops are of moderate standard: your hotel will be assigned post-booking. (B, L)

Day 6, Kamloops to Lake Louise
Board the Rocky Mountaineer train at the Kamloops Station at 6:25am PT, to continue your journey east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends upon arrival in Lake Louise between 7:00pm and 8:30pm MT. (B, L)

Day 7, Icefields and Glaciers Experience
Today, enjoy a full-day tour along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. At the Columbia Icefield Centre, time is provided for lunch (not included) after you have had a chance to experience the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure (admission included). Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Afterward, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8, Lake Louise to Banff
This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 PM, scheduled check-out time is normally 12:00 PM. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs. (L) 

Day 9, Free Day in Banff
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10, Banff to Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 11, Tour End - Calgary
Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Note: This itinerary is available in reverse.

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