The Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver (Aug. 11-21, 2020)

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The Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Victoria and Vancouver (Aug. 11-21, 2020)

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TOUR PRICE: To be established in September, 2019.

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THE CANADIAN ROCKIES 2020

DAILY ITINERARY:

Day 1: Calgary arrival / Banff

Arrival at Calgary airport where the group will be met by its full time tour manager/guide. As time allows enjoy a tour of Calgary. Transfer by coach passing the main sights - Calgary Tower, the famous Stampede park where the annual rodeo is held, and the downtown business district. Continue on through the foothills of the Rockies to Banff National Park. Overnight Banff.

Day 2: Banff

Depart for a full day sightseeing tour of Banff and Lake Louise. Highlights may include a ride on Banff Gondola (optional), Tunnel Mountain Drive, the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, Banff Springs Hotel, Bow River Falls. Continue on to Johnston Canyon via Bow Valley Parkway. Visit Moraine Lake and on to Lake Louise. Highlights here include the Continental Divide, Kicking Horse Pass and Emerald Lake. Return to Banff for overnight.

Day 3: Banff / Jasper

Today travel along the Icefield Parkway, one of the world's most beautiful highways, passing some of Canada's highest mountains and most magnificent glaciers. Stop at Bow Lake, Crowfoot Glacier and pass by Peyto Lake before reaching the Columbia Icefield, which is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Enjoy the Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure onto the Icefield for a close look at the ice formations followed by a visit to the SKYWALK a cliff-edge 1-kilometre walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot (280 m) drop, where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below. Continue to Jasper via Athabasca Falls and Sunwapta Falls.

Overnight Jasper.

Day 4: Jasper sightseeing

This morning depart on an orientation of Jasper including the townsite, Pyramid and Patricia Lakes and the Maligne River Valley. Follow the valley to Maligne Lake and stop for a walk in beautiful Maligne Canyon to observe the narrow gorge and limestone walls. Observe the ever changing water level of strange Medicine Lake. Overnight Jasper.

Day 5: Jasper / Kamloops

Today cross the Yellowhead Pass heading west passing Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Drive via Valemount at the end of the 1300 km journey for salmon migrating up the Fraser River and south west to Clearwater and the beautiful Wells Gray Park, a vast wilderness area and a paradise for nature lovers. The Helmcken Falls are just one of the many natural wonders of the park. We continue our journey to Kamloops for overnight.

Day 6: Kamloops / Victoria Drive south from Kamloops and then west to Tsawassen to board the ferry to Vancouver Island Upon arrival visit to the world famous Butchart Gardens one of the most spectacular floral displays in Canada. Created early this century from a stone quarry, the different areas of the garden are planted such that they bloom year-round. Some of the highlights of the Gardens include the Italian gardens, Japanese gardens, the English rose garden and the Star Pond followed by a sightseeing tour of Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Highlights include Beacon Hill Park, Bastion Square, the Parliament Building, Chinatown, the Inner Harbor and the historic Empress Hotel.

Day 7: Victoria/Whistler

Today we travel north along the Island Highway to Nanaimo. En route a stop is made at Chemainus where you can view interesting murals created by local artists and visit some of the quaint boutiques. We will board the ferry to Horseshoe Bay (Keep a lookout for your chance to view some of the local wildlife including bald eagles, seals and even orca whales)

Upon arrival we travel on the Sea to Sky Highway along beautiful Howe Sound. Highlights include the Stawamanus Chief, the second largest standing piece of granite in the world and a popular rock climbing area

In the afternoon we will arrive the four season resort town of Whistler where we stay overnight.

Day 8: Whistler Vancouver

Today we head south to Vancouver, highlights in the North Shore include Shannon Falls and the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge which spans the Capilano Canyon

After crossing the Lions Gate Bridge we will arrive the beautiful city of Vancouver where we will spend the next 3 nights

Day 9: Vancouver

Morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver with a drive around Stanley Park, stopping at the Totem Poles, then via Canada Place and the waterfront, Chinatown, historic Gastown (the oldest part of Vancouver)and Granville Island with its famous public market, art and craft shops. We will also visit Queen Elizabeth Garden for a visit to the Japanese Gardens and a beautiful view of the city

Overnight Vancouver.

Day 10 : FREE DAY Vancouver

Full day at leisure to explore Vancouver on your own. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 11: Vancouver departure

Time at leisure until your transfer to the airport for your flight home.

 CANADIAN ROCKIES TOUR FEATURES:  This beautiful 11 days fully escorted, air-inclusive tour through British Columbia, Canada includes round trip NON-STOP air from Newark to Calgary on Air Canada with a return from Vancouver;  ten total nights in four star hotels with Canadian breakfasts daily (two nights Banff, 2 nights Jasper, 1 night Kamloops, 1 night Whistler, 1 night Victoria and 3 nights Vancouver);  the services for a full time tour guide/manager from arrival in Calgary until departure in Vancouver;  the use of a full time private motor coach and the services of a full time professional driver; ferry transportation to/from Victoria Island;  a complete sightseeing program as outlined in the attached itinerary;  the participation of an ArawjoTours, LLC Tour Representative and a pre-departure dinner and orientation.