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Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast 2018

Duration 14 days

Destinations visited :
  • Western USA
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  • Western Canada and Alaska
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Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.
This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. For the majority of the time you are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s eye-popping palette – a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park, free time in Jasper and Waterton National Parks. And when you not soaking up the scenic splendour, you can while away the hours shopping, or spending time exactly as you please, in the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Seattle.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER.
Welcome to beautiful Vancouver. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle over wine.
Hotel: Four Seasons Vancouver.
Dinner with Wine

DAY 2

CRUISE THE GULF ISLANDS TO VICTORIA.
Embark on a tour of Vancouver, exploring Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, followed by a scenic drive to Victoria, British Columbia’s stunning capital city.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.
Full Breakfast

DAY 3

BUTCHART GARDENS.
Start your day wandering through worldrenowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy a sightseeing tour, including the luxurious properties of the Uplands, the quaint Oak Bay residential area, Canada’s oldest Chinatown, the bustling Inner Harbour and stately Legislative Buildings. At night, partake in a Highlight Dinner at Canoe Brewpub Marina and Restaurant, offering homemade seasonal brews on the waterfront.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 4

VICTORIA, VANCOUVER’S BRIDGES, AND VIA RAIL CANADA’S THE CANADIAN.
Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver’s North Shore, to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and its 7 suspended walkways above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh, cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner sipping a local craft beer or a glass of chilled BC wine, overlooking Stanley Park’s stunning gardens. Later, step on-board VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian, for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in your Sleeper Plus rail car and celebrate with a champagne send-off.
Hotel: VIA Rail Canada’s The Canadian (Sleeper Plus Class)
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 5

THE ALPINE WONDERLAND OF JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Wake up to stunning views with access to the skyline and panorama dome car, topped with a full domed window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on-board, as you travel past towering peaks and glaciers, across the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. In the afternoon, arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.
Hotel: Sawridge Inn (Balcony Rooms), Jasper
Full Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6

EXPLORING JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Start the day with an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake; one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (please note that this activity is seasonal and subject to closure as the lake may be frozen). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to spend how you please, with dinner at the hotel.
Hotel: Sawridge Inn (Balcony Rooms), Jasper
Full Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7

ICEFIELDS, GLACIERS AND LAKES TO BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Follow the majestic Icefields Parkway; one of the world’s most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefields Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: The Rimrock Resort, Banff
Full Breakfast

DAY 8

THE UNSPOILED WILDERNESS OF BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
(Relaxed Start) Spend the entire day exploring as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences, including a helicopter flight over the Canadian Rockies, or a ride on-board the Banff Gondola. Later, choose from a selection of local eateries in the village of Banff during your Dine-Around Evening.
Hotel: The Rimrock Resort, Banff
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 9

QUEST FOR BUFFALO ON THE WAY TO GLACIER NATIONAL PARK.
Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, to discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot-high (11 metres) cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago. Later, cross the US border into Montana, admiring the rugged beauty of mountainous Glacier National Park.
Hotel: Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
Full Breakfast

DAY 10

GOING-TO-THE-SUN AND THE GLACIER NATIONAL PARK.
Board a private, historic’s Red Jammer bus for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road; an engineering marvel running through the park’s wild interior. During your narrated trip, take in the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake McDonald.
Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park
Full Breakfast

DAY 11

LAKE COEUR D’ALENE AND SPOKANE.
Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, one of America’s most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel. This is Washington State’s grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery, situated in a nationally recognised historic building.
Hotel: The Historic Davenport, Spokane
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 12

WONDERFUL WINES EN ROUTE TO SEATTLE.
Continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Enjoy a visit to Cave B Estate, an award-winning boutique winery. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings over a Highlight Lunch. Then it’s on to Seattle for an evening at leisure at your stunning hotel.
Hotel: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
Full Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

DAY 13

THE SOARING SIGHTS OF SEATTLE.
Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle’s major sights, including the renowned Space Needle with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the skyline as well as Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!). The afternoon is yours to do as you please; perhaps visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits? In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar’s Acres of Clams, for the best of Northwest’s dining and cuisine, on Seattle’s waterfront.
Hotel: Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle
Full Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

DAY 14

DEPART VANCOUVER.
In the morning, you have the choice of an included transfer to Seattle SeaTac International Airport, or Vancouver International Airport. Guests taking the optional Alaska Glacier Bay Inside Passage Cruise will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for the night, before boarding their cruise on Day 15.
Full Breakfast

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people.
  • Glacier National Park: Board a traditional Red Jammer for a private tour with a park veteran and enjoy the stunning views.
  • Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier, on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer, with an expert driver guide.
  • Seattle: Sightseeing uncovers all of the city’s major sights.
  • Vancouver: Join your Tour Director as they share all of the city highlights in this bustling west coast seaport.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vancouver: The Capilano Suspension Bridge is a suspension bridge crossing the Capilano River, providing an appreciation of nature from three breathtaking perspectives.
  • Jasper: Embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of Iconic Maligne Lake.
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge: Take a walk on the wild side at the Capilano Suspension Bridge and soak in the breathtaking views over the Capilano River and coastal rainforest.
  • Victoria: Visit the stunning floral displays at Butchart Gardens.

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vancouver: See the totem poles in Stanley Park.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Banff: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Quincy: Visit a boutique winery in the picturesque Columbia Valley region for a hearty luncheon and wine tasting.
  • Seattle: Head to the waterfront for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar’s, aptly referred to as Seattle’s King of the Waterfront, to toast your newfound friends.
  • Spokane: Dine at Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub, nestled among the remaining catwalks, pipes and boilers of a historic Spokane building.
  • Vancouver: Featuring a west coast inspired menu, dine at Stanley Park Pavillion, overlooking the Stanley Park gardens.
  • Victoria: Dine at Canoe Brewpub for a Highlight Dinner on the waterfront.
  • Included Quality Dining: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Banff: Marvel at the exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies at the Rimrock Resort Hotel.
  • Glacier National Park: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the park among awe-inspiring majesty.
  • Jasper:
  • Lake MacDonald: Stay in classic Swiss chalet style Lake MacDonald Lodge, located inside Glacier National Park, on the shores of the largest lake in the park.
  • Seattle: Built in 1924, Seattle’s premier Fairmont Olympic Hotel offers nearly a century of luxury service standards, while melding classic elegance with mid-century modern room décor.
  • Spokane: With soaring architecture and a rich history that dates back to 1914, it has earned the reputation as Spokane’s grandest hotel.
    Vancouver: The Four Seasons Vancouver provides a sophisticated backdrop for your visit to Vancouver.
  • The Canadian: Stay aboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian – simply one of the world’s greatest rail journeys.
  • Victoria: Stay just a short walk from the Inner Harbour and historic downtown Victoria at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.

ADDITIONAL 5 STAR SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Insight Tour Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend in a foreign land.
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight’s luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat touring coach, with extended Business Class legroom and on-board restroom.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert’s fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included; you’ll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish – a local tidbit representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Complimentary transfers from Vancouver Airport is available only on arrival and departure days. Should your flights not coincide with these transfers, or additional accommodation has been booked through Insight Vacations, charged transfers are available. Alternatively, please make your own way from/to the airport.

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  • Triple and Single rooms available
  • Flights available
  • Pre and Post extensions available

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Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast 2018

Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.
This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. For the majority of the time you are at the mercy of Mother Nature’s eye-popping palette – a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park, free time in Jasper and Waterton National Parks. And when you not soaking up the scenic splendour, you can while away the hours shopping, or spending time exactly as you please, in the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Seattle.

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