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Rainforest to Goldrush at Leisure

Rainforest to Goldrush at Leisure

10 nights from
AU$5,969 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    21 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    29 Sep 2020
10 nights from
AU$5,969 Per person twin share
 
  • Package Type
    Rail
  • CATC Main Accommodation
    Accommodation in Canada
  • Travel From
    21 Apr 2020
  • Travel Until
    29 Sep 2020
Description 
  • Package Highlights
    AccommodationAccommodation 10-night accommodationActivityActivity Icefields and glacier experienceInclusionInclusion 3-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey MealsMeals Meals as per itineraryTourTour Banff tour including Banff GondolaTourTour Visit Lake Louise and Jasper National Park

Summary

Experience a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, discovering the climaxes of Canada’s pristine wilderness through this 11-day package. Explore Vancouver at your own pace before hopping on board the magnificent Rocky Mountaineer train for the lovely town of Whistler, where your Sea to Sky Corridor journey awaits. Travel to Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo, savouring sweeping views of the Pemberton Valley and Fraser Canyon. Continue to the beating heart of the Canadian Rockies in Jasper National Park, the largest national park of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy wildlife viewing and sightseeing through the forests of northern British Columbia before moving onto Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful highways in the world. Revel in the awe-inspiring grandeur of the hamlet by taking part in exhilarating activities, such as canoeing and hiking. Visit Yoho National Park and then proceed to Banff for a day jam-packed with unique experiences. Don’t miss the thrilling Banff Gondola ride and indulge in a 12-minute helicopter tour over the majestic Rockies. Conclude your unforgettable tour in the charming city of Calgary.

2020 Departure dates:

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

From Calgary
April 21 & 28;
May 5, 12, 19 & 26;
June 2, 9, 16 & 30;
July 7, 14, 21 & 28;
August 4, 11, 18 & 25;
September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Inclusions

  • 10-night hotel accommodation
  • 3 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches (travelling from Vancouver)
  • 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 afternoon meal (travelling from Calgary)
  • Tour of Jasper National Park
  • Visit of Banff and Lake Louise
  • Icefields and glacier experience
  • Sightseeing tour of Yoho National Park
  • Banff Gondola ride

Itinerary

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

Day 2, Vancouver to Whistler
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your check-in and motorcoach transfer from your downtown Vancouver hotel, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight in Whistler. (B)

Day 3, Whistler to Quesnel
Your journey continues eastward to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Plateau. Highlights include the shorelines of Anderson Lake and glacier-fed Seton Lake, sweeping views of the Fraser Canyon, and the crossing of Deep Creek Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River into Quesnel. Overnight in Quesnel. (B, L)

Day 4, Quesnel to Jasper
Your journey continues Eastward today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench, you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. On arrival in Jasper collect your rental car, giving you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Jasper. (B, L)

Day 5, Jasper highlights tour
Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest national park. Today, you will enjoy a scenic full-day tour of some of the park’s natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. Highlights include lunch and a lake cruise at historic Maligne Lake. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper. (L)

Note: In the event the lake cruise is not operating, interpretive experiences will be offered on First Nations history, foods and culture.

Day 6, Jasper to Lake Louise
Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. 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. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise. (L)

Day 7, Free day in Lake Louise
Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. 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 checkout 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.

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, 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, Calgary departure
Your journey ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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