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Canada & the Rockies

plus Calgary Stampede (Until July 2020)

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The one that gives you the best of Western Canada topped off with a rodeo stampede

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  • Duration

    13 days

  • Places

    8 places

  • Meals

    4 Dinner, 6 Breakfast

  • Transport Style

    Coach

  • Group Size

    Average 45 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager, Driver and Local Guides

  • International Flights

    Included

Vancouver, Whistler, Kamloops, Jasper, Banff, Calgary, Vernon, Mt. Robson

Canada & the Rockies plus Calgary Stampede (Until July 2020)

22 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • See Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains
  • Visit the local shops
  • Hike the numerous trails
  • Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range
  • See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffey & Kamloops Lakes
  • View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting)
  • Stay in Jasper National Park
  • Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains
  • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains
  • Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies
  • Visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal) M Maligne Lake Cruise
  • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the 'Ice Explorer'
  • See the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall
  • See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal)
  • Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise Chateau
  • Sleep in the heart the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel
  • Visit Banff National Park
  • See Lake Okanagan & its large floating bridge
  • Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in the Interior of B.C
  • See Gastown, Chinatown & the Lions Gate
  • Visit the Totem Poles of Canada's First Nations People in Stanley Park

14 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Zipline inc GST CAD $143.00
  • Canoe Excursion CAD $69.00
  • Zipline inc GST CAD $143.00
  • Mountain Biking CAD $50.00
  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola CAD $54.00
  • White-water rafting in Mt. Robson $100.00
  • Glacier skywalk
  • Mountain climbing CAD $168.00
  • Helicopter Flight CAD $ 183.56
  • Horseback Ride & Steak Fry CAD $123.00
  • Calgary Stampede CAD $150.00 **Price varies based on date and the price is for both days
  • Dinner Cruise CAD $73.00
  • Experience FlyOver Canada CAD $20.00
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge $36.00

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 12 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    10 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Contiki Special Stay, 1 night in Chalet

    Hotels, lodges and chalets are the name of the game. Think warm, comfy beds and lively communal areas for you and your new travel buddies to socialise.

About this trip

If lush landscapes are enough to bring a tear to your eye, then British Colombia & Alberta will see you weeping. We'll start in the charming village of Whistler, weaving on to the likes of the Lillooet Mountain Range, Jasper, & Banff, before finally landing amongst the cool vibes of Vancouver. With the addition of rodeo time at Stampede Park, this is the complete Canadian experience. 

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. Vancouver

  2. 2 2 nights

    Whistler

  3. 1 1 night

    Kamloops

  4. via via

    Mt. Robson

  5. 2 2 nights

    Jasper

  6. 2 2 nights

    Banff

  7. 2 2 nights

    Calgary

  8. 1 1 night

    Vernon

  9. 2 2 nights

    Vancouver

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DAY 1 - Vancouver to Whistler

Vancouver

Welcome to the Pacific Coast and the start of your trip! Not many cities can claim fusing big-city living with the great outdoors, but with its skyscrapers, beaches, forest and mountains, Vancouver has somehow nailed that perfect mix. We'll cruise along the glorious clifftop Sea to Sky Highway in search of Whistler.

Whistler

How’s that fresh mountain air? The rugged, handsome landscapes of Whistler are gorgeous all year long, from the ancient mountain peaks to the alpine hiking trails. First up though, stretch out those legs for an optional zipline on the 'superfly'. One of the world's best, do it alone, or jump in a tandem with a buddy - after all 102km an hour is not for the faint hearted. Dinner’s on us tonight – make sure you rest up, because adventure is on the cards all day tomorrow.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Zipline inc GST

    CAD $143.00

DAY 2 - Whistler

Whistler

Come winter, Whistler may be a haven for snowbunnies, but when the weather is warm, it’s activity central. Test your Popeye strength by canoeing along the River of Golden Dreams, zipline over churning rivers or take a hike through scenery that puts most postcards to shame. If you’re feeling lazy, take a gondola or a chairlift to the mountain tops, but don’t forget to explore the village itself – you’ll melt at its cuteness.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains

  • Visit the local shops

  • Hike the numerous trails

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Canoe Excursion

    CAD $69.00

  • Zipline inc GST

    CAD $143.00

  • Mountain Biking

    CAD $50.00

DAY 3 - Whistler to Kamloops

Whistler

Today it's out of the mountains and into Canada's Wild west interior. After a photo stop at idyllic Seton Lake, we’ll stop in at the former gold-rush town of Lillooet just a few-hundred years too late to make our fortunes.

Kamloops

Traders used to stop at Kamloops to swap tall tales about the one that got away (we mean the days' catch) and tonight, we’ll be doing exactly that - the tales at least. Relax, go for a wander, or see if you can spot some local cowboys. Tomorrow there is much more in store when we leave the province of BC and into Alberta and the mighty Rockies.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic drive through the Lillooet Mountain Range

  • See Seton Lake reservoir & picturesque Lillooet, Duffey & Kamloops Lakes

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Peak 2 Peak Gondola

    CAD $54.00

DAY 4 - Kamloops to Jasper via Mt Robson

Kamloops

Well rested, we'll take in some incredible scenes on our drive this morning, and you might even see the highest point in the Rockies if weather permits.

Mt. Robson

Eating outdoors is essential in these parts, so we'll load you up with a picnic lunch against a backdrop that will insight some serious FOMO from friends back home. Full and happy, the great outdoors is then yours to explore. Want to take the adrenaline levels up a notch? Get involved with our optional white-water rafting excursion on the Frasier River. There's nothing like a rafting adventure to confirm that there is no 'I' in team.

Jasper

Jasper will be your home for the next two nights – convenient really, considering it’s the perfect base to explore the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • View Mt. Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting)

  • Stay in Jasper National Park

  • Scenic drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Rocky Mountains

  • Get back to nature as you picnic in the Rocky Mountains

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • White-water rafting in Mt. Robson

    $100.00

DAY 5 - Jasper

Jasper

Rise 'n' shine - it's time to get out there with an easy hike though Maligne Canyon. Towering limestone walls will watch over us as we take in the scene, making our way across bridges to the thrilling soundtrack of rushing water. Nature goals achieved, we'll jump on the coach and head to Maligne Lake, famous for the azure colour of its water, and today we’ll show you why. Drink in the beauty of the surrounding snow-capped mountains from the shore, or take an optional cruise out to iconic Spirit Island, the most photographed image in the Rockies - we'll bet you know the one. Later, we'll leave you to your own devices to explore the cute town of Jasper.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit Maligne Canyon, the deepest & longest limestone canyon in the Rockies

  • Visit Maligne Lake, the largest in the Canadian Rockies (seasonal) M Maligne Lake Cruise

DAY 6 - Jasper to Banff

Jasper

On our way to Banff today, you’ll be glued to the windows as we pass the waterfalls, lakes, meadows, glaciers and towering mountains that make up the Columbia Icefield Parkway. Take a walk to the Athabasca Falls, wheel across the Athabasca Glacier on the Ice Explorer, and cure that cotton-mouth with a drink of pure H2O – just be careful not to stick your tongue to the ice... Peyto Lake and Lake Louise (you're sure to have seen these on Instagram) are the perfect place to snap your next profile pic, and make sure those eyes stay peeled for wildlife.

Banff

We’ll roll into Banff – the unofficial capital of the Canadian Rockies. You’re in cowboy country now, and who are we to buck tradition? Saddle up for a round of drinks before dinner and check into your chalet.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Discover the Athabasca Glacier on the 'Ice Explorer'

  • See the Saskatchewan River Valley & Weeping Wall

  • See the vivid blue colour of Peyto Lake (seasonal)

  • Visit Lake Louise & the enchanting Lake Louise Chateau

  • Sleep in the heart the heart of the Canadian Rockies

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Glacier skywalk

DAY 7 - Banff

Banff

There’s loads on the menu today in Banff: hop on a gondola (and hold your nose) up Sulphur Mountain, take a heli-tour of the high country or play knock-and-run in the 800 rooms that make up the landmark Banff Springs Hotel – a gothic monstrosity that is definitely worth a visit. At night, toast the moon with a horseback ride through the back-country complete with a fire-cooked meal to round off the day.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See the majestic Banff Springs Hotel

  • Visit Banff National Park

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Mountain climbing

    CAD $168.00

  • Helicopter Flight

    CAD $ 183.56

  • Horseback Ride & Steak Fry

    CAD $123.00

DAY 8 - Banff to Calgary

Banff


Catch you later Banff - we've got some rodeo-ing action to get to…

Calgary

Dubbed 'the greatest show on earth', the Calgary Stampede is some next level rodeo action and guess what - we've got you the best seats in the house. Stopping off at Stephen Avenue you'll have the chance to pick up some cowboy garms to get you looking the part, then it's straight into the action of the Stampede. Bull-riding, calf-roping, steer-wrestling and cow-tackling are all on the agenda, then tonight prepare to have your mind blown at the GMC Rangeland Derby. What this entials we'll keep a surprise, but we can promise you you'll never of seen anything quite like it...

DAY 9 - Calgary for Stampede

Calgary

Can we get a yah-hoo? Today is all about seeing and experiencing the very best of this world renowned rodeo event. Grab your cowboy hat (mandatory), your frayed chaps (optional) and your lasso (questionable) and let’s go. Today's action includes barrel racing, bareback riding and bull riding, or get your Taylor Swift 2010 era on and go line dancing with the locals. Bars, restaurants, mock gun fights and country bands will keep the action going long after the sun goes down.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Calgary Stampede

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

DAY 10 - Calgary to Vernon

Calgary

With cloudy heads and western spirits on high we'll leave Calgary in our dust this morning. Keep those eyes to the horizon as today's drive to Vernon promises to be nothing short of spectacular.

Wild, rugged and impossibly beautiful, our drive through Yoho National Park will see heads swivelling in every direction as you struggle to take in the incredible landscape of waterfalls, meadows the the ice blue Kicking Horse River

Vernon

Hitting the second out of the three national parks we see today we stope in Revelstoke and then on to stunning Glacier National Park. 

DAY 11 - Vernon to Vancouver

Vernon

We’re sure you’ll agree that meandering through Canada's wine country – the famed Okanagan Valley - is a great way to kill time on the drive back to Vancouver. It's time to see everything of this magical metropolis that you missed the first time around, we'll treat you to a whirlwind tour of the historic sites.

Vancouver

It’s time to see everything of this magical metropolis you missed the first time round. Vancouver’s downtown is world class, and its locals’ take immense pride in its multiculturalism. Stop for pics at the city's nine Totem Poles - these colourful carved sculptures stand tall in Stanley Park and are a must-see sight that were gifted to Vancouver City. Get out there and get local, do some boutique shopping or even rent a bike and explore the city on wheels. Tonight, give your ears a treat with some live music in the alleys of Yale Town.

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • See Lake Okanagan & its large floating bridge

  • Drive through Kelowna, the largest city in the Interior of B.C

  • See Gastown, Chinatown & Lion's Gate Bridge

  • Visit the Totem Poles of Canada's First Nations People in Stanley Park

DAY 12 - Vancouver

Vancouver

A hidden grassroots art scene, eating adventures in abundance, and a pretty seaport setting - your free day in Vancouver will not be short of magic. If the galleries and cute cafes get old, roam one of the cities many parks or gardens or find a spot to take in the surrounding mountain vistas. Top off the day with a dinner cruise and your Vancouver experience is whole and complete.

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Dinner Cruise

    CAD $73.00

  • Experience FlyOver Canada

    CAD $20.00

  • Capilano Suspension Bridge

    $36.00

DAY 13 - Depart Vancouver

Vancouver

All good things must come to an end, and so does our alpine adventure this morning. We wish you all a fond salute and bon voyage. We hope we'll be seeing you again soon...

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