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First Passage to the West Highlights & Vancouver Island

First Passage to the West Highlights & Vancouver Island

9 nights from
AU$4,889 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    08 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
9 nights from
AU$4,889 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    08 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    08 Oct 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 9-night accommodationInclusionInclusion 2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journeyInclusionInclusion 12-minute panoramic helicopter tour over the RockiesMealsMeals Meals as per itineraryTourTour Banff tour including Banff GondolaTourTour Food & city tour of Victoria and tour of Butchart Gardens

Summary

Uncover bustling cities, vibrant parklands, and national parks highlighted by icy mountain peaks and wicked canyons through this 10-day package. Start by exploring Vancouver with a visit to Vancouver Lookout for amazing 360-degree views of the city and beyond. Set sail to Vancouver Island by a luxury catamaran, cruising past the stunning Gulf Islands. Upon reaching Victoria, the beautiful capital of British Columbia, head to the world-famous Butchart Gardens to admire 55 acres of colourful blooms and lush greens. Your journey continues with a 40-minute scenic flight back to Vancouver. After another day of sightseeing in the city, hop on board the elegant Rocky Mountaineer train and depart for Kamloops. Enjoy ever-changing landscapes outside your window as you travel along Coast Mountains, the mighty Fraser River and Hell’s Gate. From the river city, set off to the heart of the Canadian Rockies, traversing the historic Last Spike of Craigellachie until the alpine town of Banff. Venture into an untamed wilderness in Yoho National Park and return to Banff for a heart-stirring sightseeing tour. Enjoy a ride on the Banff Gondola and delight in a 12-minute helicopter tour over the incredible Rockies. Finally, depart for Calgary and don’t forget to visit the Calgary Tower to witness more breathtaking views of the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

2020 Departure dates:

From Vancouver
April 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 & 30;
May 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 & 31;
June 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25 & 28;
July 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 16, 19, 22, 23, 26, 29 & 30;
August 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 & 30;
September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 27 & 30;
October 4

From Calgary
April 12, 16, 19, 23, 26 & 30;
May 3, 4, 7, 10, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 24, 25, 28 & 31;
June 1, 4, 7, 8, 11, 14, 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28 & 29;
July 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 16, 19, 20, 23, 26, 27 & 30;
August 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 17, 20, 23, 24, 27, 30 & 31;
September 3, 6, 7, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24 & 27;
October 1, 4 & 8

Inclusions

  • 9-night hotel accommodation
  • 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • Tour of Butchart Gardens & Victoria City
  • Seaplane experience between Victoria and Vancouver
  • Visit of Banff and Lake Louise
  • Banff Gondola ride
  • Sightseeing tour of Yoho National Park
  • Panoramic helicopter tour

Itinerary

Day 1, Vancouver
Arrive and spend time on your own exploring Vancouver, a cosmopolitan city on the edge of nature. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2, Vancouver to Victoria
Today, depart by luxury catamaran from Vancouver Harbour to British Columbia’s garden capital city, Victoria. Among the highlights are a scenic 3.5-hour cruise through the picturesque Gulf Islands, and a visit to Victoria’s Inner Harbour. Light breakfast is included on the catamaran. Overnight in Victoria. (B)

Day 3, Victoria
Travel by motorcoach on a scenic drive to Victoria’s premier attraction, Butchart Gardens. You’ll be enchanted by the beautiful sights and scents of this 55-acre floral garden and discover why it’s been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In the afternoon, return at your leisure by motorcoach to Victoria, where you are free to explore on your own. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 4, Victoria to Vancouver
After checking out from your Victoria hotel, take a 40-minute scenic flight over the Strait of Georgia from Victoria’s Inner Harbour right into Downtown Vancouver. Highlights include aerial views of the Gulf and San Juan Islands, the Cascade, Olympic and North Shore mountains, and Vancouver’s Stanley park. You are free to explore Vancouver for the remainder of the day. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 5, Vancouver
Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities: a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver’s highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 6, Vancouver to Kamloops
Board Rocky Mountaineer and journey through the farmlands of the Fraser Valley. From fertile greenery the landscape transforms to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. You’ll see the mighty Fraser River and the raging white waters of Hell’s Gate. Then, the landscape undergoes another transformation and you’ll find yourself amid scrub brush and desert. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into the city of Kamloops, where you will overnight at a hotel. (B, L)

Day 7, Kamloops to Banff
Today, your venture into the heart of the Rocky Mountains begins in earnest. Continuing east along the South Thompson River, you’ll witness historic Craigellachie. This spot marks where the Last Spike was driven home on the Canadian Pacific Railway line, uniting the nation. You’ll gaze in wonder at cascading waterfalls, and icy glaciers spilling over the lips of the peaks above, on your way to the charming alpine town of Banff and the brilliant waters of Lake Louise. All of this rugged wilderness is yours to embrace from the comfort of your luxurious Rocky Mountaineer coach. Your rail journey ends this evening in the resort town of Banff. Overnight in Banff. (B, L)

Day 8, Lake Louise to Banff
A half-day tour takes you from Banff 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. In the afternoon, you will return to Banff in a motor coach transfer. Overnight in Banff.

Day 9, Banff to Calgary
Begin the morning with a motorcoach sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. A ride on the Banff Gondola is included. Continue on to Kananaskis for a 12-minute panoramic helicopter tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies, before your transfer to Calgary. Admission to the Calgary Tower is included. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 10, Calgary
Your First Passage to the West Highlights journey ends with the checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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