Your Canadian nine-day experience of a lifetime begins in Calgary. First enjoy guided sightseeing hotspots downtown which include Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Then it’s off to the foothills of the Rockies into Banff National Park. For over 125 years, Banff National Park has provided visitors with a healthy combination of unspoiled wilderness, modern amenities, and opportunities for active exploration. Nestled amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler’s mecca for a good reason. Your experience will take you to Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as your motorcoach scales two mountain passes. One highlight will be a stop at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. You will then travel up to Jasper for two nights where an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty of Jasper National Park. Next up: All Aboard on VIA Rail’s the Canadian, that allows you one last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy regional cuisine over a 3-course dinner in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit. Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will experience Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely Stanley Park. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Fabulous touring in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles. Spend the evening in quaint Victoria and then in the morning sail back to Vancouver.
Your eight nights/ nine days trip includes round trip main cabin airfare, accommodations for one night in Calgary, two nights in Banff National Park, two nights in Jasper National park, overnight train run, one night in Vancouver, one night in Victoria, and memories to last a lifetime!