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WESTERN JOURNEY CANADA (7N/8D)

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DAY 01: ARRIVAL IN CALGARY

  • Arrive at Calgary’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel.

  • After an individual check-in, the remainder of the day is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city, famous for its annual Stampede.

  • The tour director will contacESDWt you in the late afternoon. Overnight in Calgary.
    Meals: Dinner

DAY 02:CALGARY TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK / CANMORE

  • This morning we set out to meet fellow travelers at breakfast before we tour the sights of Calgary.

  • We admire such modern and historic landmarks as the Calgary Tower, Fort Calgary and the skyscrapers of the commercial district.

  • Leaving Calgary behind we set our sights on the Rocky Mountains, which can already be seen, far off in the distance.

  • Experience the majesty of the mountains as we first travel through the foothills and then enter Banff National Park.

  • We tour the region around Banff amidst snow-capped peaks, sparkling glaciers and emerald green lakes and see landmark Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls and Tunnel Mountain.

  • Overnight in Canmore.

    Meals: Canadian Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 03: CANMORE / BANFF NATIONAL PARK

  • The entire day is at leisure to tour Banff and browse through the many boutiques and specialty shops along Banff Avenue.

  • An optional full-day tour is offered to the Columbia Ice field.

  • The tour starts with a visit to the turquoise waters and spectacular glacier of Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies.

  • From the unsurpassed beauty of Lake Louise we enter rugged wilderness as we travel up the world famous Ice fields Parkway.

  • At every turn of the road, we encounter breathtaking vistas of dramatic mountain ranges, lush valleys and alpine meadows.

  • At the spectacular Columbia Ice field we board an Ice Explorer that will take us onto the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier.

  • We return to Banff late in the afternoon. Overnight in Canmore.
    Meals: Continental Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 04: CANMORE TO KAMPLOOPS

  • Our drive today is on the famed Trans-Canada Highway, following a route charted by the railroad engineers and fur traders of the mid 1800s.

  • We continue our tour of the Canadian parks system as we cross the jagged Kicking Horse Pass into British Columbia’s Yoho National Park.

  • From the highway, we are treated to a dazzling display of vast ice fields, deep canyons, dense forests and glacier-fed streams.

  • One awe-inspiring landscape follows another en route to Glacier National Park.

  • We continue through the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges to the rugged interior town of Kamloops.

  • Overnight in Kamloops.
    Meals: Continental Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 05:KAMPLOOPS TO WHISTLER

  • We can expect a day of dramatic scenery changes when we drive through the ranch lands and head for the coastal mountains.

  • An optional Floatplane Sightseeing Tour over Garibaldi Park gives you an inspiring view of a natural preserve of volcanic peaks, alpine lakes and meadows.

  • Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure.

  • Overnight in Whistler.
    Meals: Continental Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 06: , WHISTLER TO VANCOUVER

  • We drive south along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway through a dramatic landscape of jagged fjords and glaciated mountain peaks.

  • We leave the countryside behind and explore the metropolis of Vancouver on a sightseeing tour.

  • Highlights include Stanley Park, Prospect Point, English Bay, historic Gastown, bustling Chinatown and much more.

  • The afternoon is free to discover more of this coastal gem.

  • Overnight in Vancouver.
    Meals: Continental Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 07: VANCOUVER

  • The Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountains form the backdrop to your day at leisure in Vancouver.

  • You might want to do some shopping down on Robson Street, relax in Vancouver’s playground Stanley Park or stroll through the markets of Granville Island.

  • If you prefer to explore the outdoors, take a gondola ride to the summit of Grouse Mountain.

  • You can also go on an optional full-day tour to Victoria, the charming provincial capital that is proud of her maritime heritage.

  • See the beautiful 19th century landmarks and enjoy its lively atmosphere.

  • Before taking the ferry back to Vancouver, you will visit Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays set in a reclaimed stone quarry.

  • Overnight in Vancouver.
    Meals: Full Canadian Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 08:VANCOUVER

  • The time has come for some last minute shopping and to say farewell to Canada.

  • Individual transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.
    Meals: Continental breakfast.

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