Canada & the Rockies plus Calgary Stampede

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You will visit: British Columbia & Alberta, including Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary, Vernon & Vancouver

Experience the Canadian Rockies, have some fun, chill out & challenge yourself in Canada's dynamic duo of provinces: Alberta & British Columbia. Their diverse physical beauty - from Whistler to Banff to Vancouver & everywhere between - feature the greatest of the great outdoors. Take a hike or ride a bike along the many scenic, wildlife-laced trails. Better yet, we'll put you on a gondola, horseback or helicopter for the endless to-die-for photo opportunities. You'll also get a taste of the world famous rodeo, the Calgary Stampede.

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Itinerary + Inclusions & ME Time Optionals

ME Time Optionals

ME Time optionals will take your trip to a whole new level with unforgettable experiences unique to the places you visit. See more, do more, live more & go home completely regret-free. Costs for these aren’t included in your tour cost & are payable to your Trip Manager in local currency.

Inclusions

On our trips we don't just take you to the destinations, we make sure you get under the skin of every place you visit. From amazing food & accommodation, to exclusive access to incredible experiences, with Contiki you'll get unbeatable value & a completely unique travel experience.

1 Vancouver to Whistler

Meet up with your fellow travellers, Tour Manager and Driver in gorgeous Vancouver. With beaches, forests and mountains, this town is all about location and fusing big-city living with an outdoor lifestyle.

Today we wind our way along the spectacular cliff-top Sea to Sky highway and arrive in Whistler, one of the most popular ski resorts in North America and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Day 1: Hotel Dinner

  • Drive the scenic Sea to Sky Highway
  • See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains
  • Zip Line
    CAD $135.00
2 Whistler

Today, you’ve got time to get into some alpine activities and experience Whistlers’ high-energy action. Choose to have a go with the paddle and get out on the water in a canoe excursion along the River of Golden Dreams.

With lots of trails to choose from, Whistler is a hiker’s heaven. For those wanting vistas of the spectacular surrounds but not wanting to work up a sweat, choose a gondola or chairlift ride to the top for amazing views. Otherwise, kick back and take in the natural surroundings back at the hotel or walk around the quaint village of Whistler.

Day 2: Hotel Breakfast

  • Enjoy the shopping & activities in and around the quaint village
  • Hike one of Whistlers' many trails
  • Canoe Excursion
    CAD $68.00
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
    CAD $36.00
  • Mountain Biking
    CAD $50.00
3 Whistler to Kamloops

Leaving the mountains behind, we make our way to the desert and to Canada’s impressive interior. Passing the picture-perfect Seton Lake, we’ll make a stop in Lillooet, a former gold rush town.

We travel on to our next night stop, Kamloops, sitting at the confluence of 2 rivers. Once a former meeting point for traders, it continues to serve as a stop over point for travelers and still has touches of the Wild West.

Day 3: Hotel Dinner

  • Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range
  • See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffey & Kamloops Lakes
4 Kamloops to Jasper

Get ready Rockies, here we come! Today we will drive into the spectacular Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead highway. En route, we will stop to view Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies, as well as drive past Moose Lake. You also have a chance to go white water rafting today! (Optional/seasonal)

Day 4: Hotel Breakfast, Lunch

  • Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains
  • View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting)
  • Rafting
    CAD $95.00
5 Jasper

Be sure to keep your camera ready for wildlife shots on the short drive to Maligne Lake this morning, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing scenery. We'll also visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest and longest limestone canyon in the Rockies, where you'll marvel at this impressive gorge carved by generations of raging water. The afternoon is free to hike, bike or simply enjoy the beauty of Jasper. Tonight, sample the local Rocky Mountain cuisine.

Day 5: Hotel

  • Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies
  • Visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal)
  • Maligne Lake Cruise
    CAD $56.00
6 Jasper to Banff

The Wonder Road ... It's non-stop beauty today as we travel the famous Icefields Parkway, considered one of the most scenic highways in the world. The highlight will be the ride aboard the specially designed "Ice Explorer" on the Athabasca Glacier! This afternoon we'll visit Lake Louise and make several photo stops, including the vivid blue Peyto Lake (seasonal). We arrive in Banff late this afternoon.

Day 6: Contiki Special Stopover Dinner

  • Walk to Athabasca Falls
  • See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel
  • See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal)
  • Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise chateau
  • Glacier Skywalk
    CAD $32.00
7 Banff

We have two days free to enjoy everything that Banff National Park has to offer. You're able to sightsee, hike, shop, or just relax in the beautiful town of Banff. Why not take the optional gondola ride to Sulphur Mountain where spectacular views of Banff await? Or take a breathtaking helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains, a once in a lifetime experience. Join us one night for an optional horseback ride and steak fry.

Day 7: Chalet Breakfast

  • Horseback Ride & Steak Fry
    CAD $103.00
  • Helicopter Flight
    CAD $ 183.56
  • Wagon Ride & Steak Fry
    CAD $95.00
8 Banff to Calgary

We travel to the slick city of Calgary, home to what’s known as the greatest show on earth: the Stampede. It’s all about Alberta’s pioneer past and ranching tradition at this massive cowboy carnival. This mind-blowing festival is surely going to be an unforgettable experience, get ready for a whole lot of action over the next two days. From bull-riding to calf-roping, steer-wrestling to cow-tackling, our amazing seats have you up close to these electrifying events at the Rodeo. Once we arrive in Calgary, you will have an opportunity to shop along Stephen Avenue and a premier pedestrian mall in downtown. While shopping make sure get your cowboy/cowgirl kit, you’ll find cowboy hats, shirts and boots to dress the part for the Stampede. This evening we will venture into Stampede Park to catch the Chuckwagon races and round out the evening with an epic grandstand show and prepare for the world’s most unique entertainment doubleheader.
First you get to watch the crazy GMC Rangeland Derby which has been described as NASCAR for cowboys, featuring four wagons, nine heats, and excitement that is measured on the Richter Scale. When the last wagon thunders across the finish line, prepare yourself for The Grandstand Show. You’ll witness a variety of spectacular performances that includes comedy, elaborate song and dance numbers, acrobatics and the spectacular fireworks finale, TransAlta Lights Up The Night. The stage alone is an engineering marvel. The night will be among the most memorable of your life….and this is only the first night!

Day 8: Hotel Breakfast

  • Calgary Stampede
    CAD $150.00 **Price varies based on date and the price is for both days
9 Calgary for Stampede

With a day at Stampede Park, you’ll experience one of the world’s biggest rodeos and get a look into cattle country lifestyle.

Today it’s all about the rodeo but if you think that’s means men riding on bulls all day your wrong! You’ll see people hitting the dust in more ways than one. The action includes ladies barrel racing, bareback, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc, bull riding and the lifesaving clowns who will be out there entertaining throughout the day.

Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see. Or why not head to the Teepee village, where the five nations peoples are represented and learn about indigenous peoples’ traditions.

Day 9: Hotel

10 Calgary to Vernon

This morning we say goodbye the wild west and the Rockies before cutting across three national parks in a spectacular drive.

Things get wilder and a whole lot more rugged in Yoho National Park, where the ice blue Kicking Horse River winds through a valley of waterfalls and meadows. Be impressed by Glacier National Park, home to over 400 glaciers and stop off at Rogers Pass – a place of awesome surroundings. We’ll also see Mt Revelstoke National Park’s towering peaks and surging river.

Then it’s a complete change of scene as we travel into British Columbia’s wine country, Okanagan Valley, with its vines and terraced hills, to Vernon for our overnight stop.

Day 10: Hotel Breakfast, Dinner

  • Stop at Roger's Pass on one of the world's great mountain roads
  • Drive through Yoho, Glacier & Mt. Revelstoke National Parks
  • See the incredible Spiral Train Tunnels
  • See Kicking Horse Valley
11 Vernon to Vancouver

Hello Big City! Today we travel via the Coquihalla and Transcanada highways enroute to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with time to explore the city this afternoon.

Day 11: Hotel

  • See Lake Okanagan & its large floating bridge
  • See Gastown, Chinatown & Lion's Gate Bridge
  • Visit the Totem Poles of Canada's First Nations People in Stanley Park
12 Vancouver

Feel the young vibe of this city while exploring its hip shops & cafes. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor & head out for a night on the town!

Day 12: Hotel Breakfast

  • Dinner Cruise
    CAD $60.00
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    CAD $35.00
  • Fly over Canada
13 Depart Vancouver

Today its time to say a final farewell as your tour ends this morning.

Day 13: Hotel

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 10 nights accommodation: 2 nights in a Rocky Mountain chalet & 8 nights in twin-share hotels
  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team

Food

  • 10 meals: 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • Drive the scenic Sea to Sky Highway
  • See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains
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Me Time

  • Zip Line
  • Canoe Excursion
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola
  • Mountain Biking
  • Rafting
  • Maligne Lake Cruise
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Horseback Ride & Steak Fry
  • Helicopter Flight
  • Wagon Ride & Steak Fry
  • Calgary Stampede
  • Dinner Cruise
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Fly over Canada
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$151
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay

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