Lakes & Mountains
COACH & RAIL TOURING
Snow-capped mountain peaks, rushing waterfalls, the Rocky Mountaineer and sparkling lakes contrast the buzz of Vancouver and the Stampede city of Calgary on this leisurely journey through the Rockies. Your time exploring Lake Louise is sure to be a highlight of your trip; you may have seen pictures of this sparkling turquoise lake, but nothing compares to seeing it in real life.
Lakes & Mountains
Day 1 : UK - Arrive Calgary
Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in the “Stampede City”. Admission to the lookout at the top of Calgary Tower is included.
Day 2 : Calgary - Banff
Depart downtown Calgary and travel west through the rolling foothills with the Canadian Rocky Mountains in the horizon. Upon arrival into Banff you will visit such points as Bow Falls, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoo
rock formations, before a stop at the Banff Gondola. At the top of Sulphur Mountain spectacular views await from the 360 degree observation deck. Complete the day with a historical tour of Lake Minnewanka on the Lake
Minnewanka Cruise. After the tour your Driver/Guide will take you to your hotel. (Lunch is included today)
Day 3 : Banff Free Day
Cradled among the mountains of Banff National Park - Canada's first national park and the flagship of the nation's park system - the thriving resort town of Banff is a place of stunning scenery, ample wildlife and tranquil nature.
Day 4 : Banff to Lake Louise
Depart Banff early afternoon for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Lake Louise.
Day 5 : Lake Louise Free day to Explore
Often described as the crown jewel of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the striking turquoise waters of Lake Louise, Alberta, are perhaps the most photographed in all of Canada. A popular getaway for couples, families,
honeymooners and more, it's a stunning place of sunshine, mountain adventures, lake activities and vibrant beauty.
Day 6 : Lake Louise to Jasper
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefields Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield that covers an area of nearly 125 sq. mi (325 sq. km) and reaches a depth of 1050 ft (320 m). Time allows for an Ice Explorer ride (included) on the Athabasca Glacier, then a stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) experiencing a glass-floored observation platform 918 ft (280 m) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Photo stops along the Parkway will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and the Athabasca Falls. This highway is renowned for sightings of bears, elk, moose & mountain sheep, so keep your camera handy. (Picnic lunch included today) Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.
Day 7 : Jasper
Today is free to explore Jasper before departing this evening to experience the environs of Jasper. As you travel through Jasper and the surrounding area in one of our comfortable sightseeing vehicles, not only will you be amazed at some of the beautiful scenery on this journey, you will also learn about the ways the wildlife in the area contribute to the rich diversity of the National Park. Our knowledgeable guides are trained to seek out
all of the park’s most iconic creatures. Big or small, Jasper National Park provides a great opportunity to view animals in their natural habitat.
Day 8 : Jasper to Kamloops - Rocky Mountaineer
All aboard Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, travel the ‘Yellowhead’ route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson ‘the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies’ and follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops. (Breakfast & lunch included today)
Day 9 : Kamloops to Vancouver - Rocky Mountaineer
Leaving Kamloops, follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft, one of Canada’s driest towns, with an average rainfall of just 18 centimetres. Pass through Rainbow Canyon, named for its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning rainbow effect. Continue on to the Fraser Canyon, where at Hell’s Gate watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. (Breakfast & lunch included today)
Day 10-11 : Vancouver - Arrive UK
Make your way to the airport today in time to check in for you homeward flight.