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Rocky Roundup

Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,721

MODERATE | ESCORTED COACH TOUR: Discover the unrivaled natural wonders of breathtaking British Columbia and Alberta. Experience beautiful ocean vistas, soaring mountain peaks, plunging valleys and crystal-clear lakes. Cruise the spectacular Inside Passage with its stunning coastlines, walk on centuries-old glaciers at the Columbia Icefield and look out for wildlife. Famous Western hospitality is always at hand, whether you enjoy the cosmopolitan excitement of Vancouver, the lovely British-colonial feel of Victoria or the charms of resort towns Banff and Jasper.


This 14-day escorted coach tour immerses you in every aspect of Canada’s west coast beauty, from its Pacific waterways to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Begin your journey in Vancouver and travel across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island, then head inland across British Columbia through mountain passes to the resort towns of Jasper and Banff, taking in views from the world’s most scenic drives.

A city sightseeing tour will well-acquaint you with Vancouver, combining nature scenes of Capilano Suspension Bridge and Stanley Park with the cultural hotspots of Gastown, Chinatown, and more. Over the next few days, you’ll travel up and down the Strait of Georgia as you take in all the highlights across Vancouver Island, whose intrigue remains unparalleled for its small-town charm, maritime history, and encounters with wildlife. Whether it’s exploring the murals in Chemainus, salmon fishing on the Campbell River, whale watching in Telegraph Cove, or cruising the Inside Passage towards Prince Rupert, you’ll make memories for a lifetime while breathing in the fresh salty air of the Pacific.

Keep your head on swivel as you turn your back to the water and set your sights inland, travelling along the Yellowhead Highway. The Rockies will begin to loom closer the deeper you move into BC’s wild interior, as do the chances for wildlife sightings while you reflect upon days of the fur trade at Fort St. James National Historic Park.

Heights will peak at the Alberta border, where you will ascend to Mount Robson Viewpoint, the tallest tip of the Canadian Rockies. All views are stunning in this part of the world, but you’ll see that each still manages to take your breath away after hiking through Jasper and Banff National Parks. Dramatic inclines, alpine meadows, river canyons, and glacial lakes mark these landscapes, giving you a mental refresh. Special outings to unforgettable locations like the picture-perfect shores of Lake Louise or riding the Ice Explorer to traverse the ancient Athabasca Glacier will be in store for you, so don’t forget to bring your camera. Travellers will also have the option to engage in activities of their choosing, among the likes of rafting on the Athabasca River, helicopter tours over the eastern ranges of the Rockies, or a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. There will be plenty of hiking options for all levels of experience, and free time to explore the area as the magic of the mountains surrounds you.

Your return trip towards the Pacific will stop in Craigellachie where you’ll find the exact spot where the last strike joined the Canadian Pacific Railway, linking the country from coast to coast. Carry on to Vernon in the lush Okanagan Valley, famous for its vineyards and orchards. Get a few souvenirs for your trip home before a stop at Kalamalka Lake, eventually finishing off your drive in Vancouver, where you’ll have the option of a farewell dinner cruise with your new travel mates.

You’ll have time to squeeze in some last minute shopping or grabbing any foods off your must-eat list before taking an independent transfer to the Vancouver International Airport, or perhaps stick around a while longer if you haven’t got enough of Canada’s wild west.

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Duration
14 Days
Prices From:
US$ 3,721

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Vancouver

Following your arrival at Vancouver International Airport, transfer independently to your downtown hotel and check-in with your tour director. Depending on the time of your arrival you might have time to discover neighborhoods such as Yaletown or Gastown, venture along the meandering pathways along the ocean, visit a gallery, or indulge in some shopping on Robson Street. Alternatively, enjoy the rest of your day the day exploring city’s culinary scene and vibrant nightlife. Overnight Vancouver

Duration2 Nights
Day 2

Vancouver

Breakfast is a great opportunity to get better acquainted with your travelling companions before setting out on your morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver. Highlights include Stanley Park, English Bay, Gastown, Chinatown and the awesome Capilano Suspension Bridge. The afternoon is free for further explorations on your own, or you can simply relax. Breakfast included. Overnight Vancouver

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 3

Vancouver to Victoria

Today you are leaving Vancouver to start the full tour.  It’s an early start and you must check in with the tour director at 06:30 at your hotel. The coach leaves at 07:30 and soon after you cross the Strait of Georgia by ferry to Victoria, beginning the day with a visit to the delightful Butchart Gardens, one of the world’s great floral displays. Ample time is allocated for browsing through these regal gardens. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city or take part in an optional floatplane sightseeing tour over downtown Victoria and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Breakfast included. Overnight Victoria

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 4

Victoria to Campbell River

As you are travelling up the coast of Vancouver Island you discover samples of contemporary and ancient British Columbia culture. Visiting places like Duncan and Chemainus, the latter famous for its spectacular native murals, is like stepping back into the province’s past. Later in the afternoon, you arrive at the small coastal town of Campbell River, renowned world-wide for its fjords and incredible salmon-fishing.  Breakfast included. Overnight Campbell River

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 5

Campbell River to Port Hardy

Your journey continues further north, turning in land for a while, until you are back on the coast for a stop at Telegraph Cove to embark on a fascinating whale watching and marine wildlife tour. Your overnight stop, Port Hardy, is about an hour away from here and you can soon relax at your hotel or explore this pleasant seaside town on your own. Breakfast included. Overnight Port Hardy

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 6

Port Hardy To Prince Rupert (Inside Passage Cruise)

This morning you board a BC Ferries ship for an incredible full-day cruise along the coast of British Columbia to the inlet community of Prince Rupert. The famous Inside Passage is one of the most spectacular waterways in Canada, showcasing the rugged shorelines of the Pacific Northwest. Overnight Prince Rupert

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 7

Prince Rupert to Smithers

Today we begin our journey into British Columbia’s interior eastward along the scenic Yellowhead Highway as it follows the Skeena River Valley. Along the way, you stop for a tour of ‘Ksan Indian Village, a recreation of an ancient traditional community of the Gitxsan First Nation peoples. Arriving in Smithers, captivatingly set against the backdrop of the glacier-topped Hudson Bay Mountain, the remainder of the day is at leisure. Breakfast included. Overnight Smithers 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 8

Smithers to Prince George

Continuing east on the Yellowhead Highway, you enter one of Canada’s most forested and rugged terrain. Enjoy a visit to Fort St. James National Historic Park to relive the days of the fur trade before, in the afternoon, you reach the town of Prince George. Located at the tip of British Columbia’s Cariboo Region, at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers, it’s sometimes called BC’s Northern Breakfast included. Overnight Prince George 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 9

Prince George to Jasper National Park

Today you ascend to the highest passes of the Rockies, as you travel towards the Alberta provincial border.  A stop at the Mount Robson Viewpoint offers stunning vistas around the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies before entering the national parks that have made the province famous. Close to Jasper, you have the chance to go on optional raft trip on the Athabasca River with an experienced guide conducting you and your fellow travellers through short rapids and stretches of calm waters. Breakfast included. Overnight Jasper 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 10

Jasper to Banff

Jasper and Banff National Parks promise to be among the highlights of your Rocky Roundup programme. You travel south on the famed Icefields Parkway through a rugged wilderness flanked by dramatic mountain ranges. At the Columbia Icefield you board a specially constructed Ice Explorer to ride on the surface of the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Afterwards, you can enjoy a more serene view when you visit the magnificent scenery of Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in Canada before arriving in the world-renowned resort of Banff. Canadian breakfast included. Overnight Banff

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Day 11

Banff

Start the day with an enjoyable tour of the region around Banff. The area became Canada’s first national park in 1885 to protect its natural hot springs. An optional Helicopter Sightseeing Tour provides an opportunity to see the eastern ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You may also take part in an optional gondola ride up spectacular Sulphur Mountain. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the surroundings of Banff, stroll along Banff Avenue, or relax and enjoy the scenery. Breakfast included. Overnight in Banff

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 12

Banff to Vernon

Today you are heading back to the west coast, first passing through the narrow Kicking Horse Canyon, then over the heights of Rogers Pass. At Craigellachie, you can view the monument marking the spot where the famous “Last Spike” was driven into place in 1885 linking Canada by rail from sea to sea. Entering the Okanagan Valley, Vernon, your overnight stop today, is a fabulous place nestled among hills and meadows, surrounded by three lakes. Breakfast included. Overnight in Vernon

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 13

Vernon to Vancouver

After breakfast you continue our journey through the lush Okanagan Valley, famous for its fruit orchards and vineyards. There is a brief stop at scenic Kalamalka Lake before you continue across a great maritime plain set against beautiful mountain vistas that descend to the coast and the sparkling lights of Vancouver. In the evening, you can enjoy an optional ‘Farewell Dinner’ featuring a cruise through the waters of Vancouver Harbour and a west coast themed buffet dinner. Breakfast included. Overnight in Vancouver

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration1 Night
Day 14

End of Tour

A time for last-minute shopping and farewells before your transfer independently to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight unless you plan to extend your stay in the area. Canadian breakfast included

Other Information

DEPARTURES:

2022 Tuesday departures

June 28
July 12
August 9, 23
September 6

A 12-Day Mini Rocky Roundup tour is also available. Call us for more info.


PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Transportation by modern tour coach
  • Experienced tour driver
  • Tour director throughout
  • 13 nights moderate accommodation
  • 12 breakfasts
  • Shared Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Shared Whale watching and wildlife tour
  • Shared Port Hardy to Prince Rupert: Inside Passage cruise
  • Ksan Indian Village visit
  • Fort St. James National Historic Park
  • Shared Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
  • Shared Banff and Lake Louise region tour
  • Shared Victoria City tour
  • Baggage handling (1 piece per person)
  • Provincial Taxes and Federal GST


PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Entrances fees to sites not explicitly listed as included
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable


TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.


6 Sep 2022
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