Best of the Rockies & West Coast with Air Calgary, AB

Tour Code: DM-MDT-BSTROCWCVI
Duration: 13D/12N
Availability: 01 May to 8 Oct 2022 and 01 May to 8 Oct 2023
Place: Calgary, AB

Highlights

The Best of the Rockies tour offers you a complete tour of the Canadian Rockies and West Coast.  From the craggy peaks, forested slopes, and emerald-green lakes of the Canadian Rockies to the Whistler, the fun and adventure mecca on the West Coast, the beautiful Vancouver waterfront and the gardens and colonial charm of Victoria, this tour has it all.  

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrive in Banff.

Arrive in YYC, Calgary’s International Airport this afternoon.  Collect your bags and proceed to the shuttle desk at the airport for your pre-booked transfer by coach to the mountain resort of Banff, AB.   

With Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominating its skyline, the resort town of Banff is by far the largest town in the Rockies. Banff features chateau style hotels, plenty of shops and dining options and a range of sightseeing and soft adventure options.

The ride to Banff will take approximately two hours.  On arrival in Banff, check into your hotel.  Rest of the day free to explore Banff Avenue with its many shops and restaurants on your own.

Overnight in Banff, AB.

DAY 2 – Tour of Banff and its surroundings + admissions to Banff Gondola Ride.

You will see some of the most incredible sights and sounds that the Canadian Rockies has to offer on this fully guided sightseeing tour of Banff. Learn about the history, geology, and wildlife of Banff while exploring the spectacular sights of this renowned mountain town of Banff. This tour will include some of the most scenic and historically significant highlights of Banff such as the Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner Lookout, Hoodoos Viewpoint and Lake Minnewanka. While on the tour, enjoy hot chocolate or fresh water (depending on the time of year) and maple cookies at one of the scenic stops. This a complete orientation to Banff and a great tour for seeing wildlife in the morning!

Also included in your tour is a ride in the famous Banff Gondola to the summit of the Sulphur Mountain where you will get a 360-degree panorama view of the Bow Valley.

Overnight in Banff, AB. 

DAY 3 – Tour of Yoho National Park including its Mountain Lake and Waterfalls..

Get to see the best that Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness have to offer. Visit the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies on this amazing excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. The Yoho National Park in British Columbia to the west of Banff National Park is a place loaded with stories. From the history of the Canadian railroad to Takakkaw Falls (the second-highest waterfall in Canada!), follow the trails through a park whose name means “awe” in the Cree language.  The tour includes a stop a 20-minute stop at lake Moraine (late May onwards) and will pass by the Victoria Glacier, Takakkaw Falls, Valley of Ten Peaks, Spiral Tunnels, and Yoho National Park.

At Emerald Lake we will stop for lunch (included in your tour) at the historic lodge tucked on the shores jewel-toned lake in the middle of a beautiful glacial cirque. You’ll have time to stroll and explore.

Stop times on this tour vary depending on the area. Approximately 30 minutes at Lake Louise, one hour at Emerald Lake Lodge where you can enjoy lunch. When Moraine Lake and Takkawaw Falls are not affected by seasonal road closures, the stops are 50 mins at Moraine, and one hour the Falls.

Note - When Takakkaw Falls and Moraine Lake access is unavailable due to seasonal road closures, alternative sightseeing stops will be provided (based upon accessibility). Tour may run for less time than stated above when roads are closed. 

Overnight in Banff, AB.

DAY 4 – Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff to Jasper.

Every twist and turn of the spectacular 143-mile (230-kilometer) Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) reveals cloud-piercing peaks, valley-carving glaciers, teal lakes, and dense forests. Running from Lake Louise to Jasper, this scenic Alberta drive offers stunning views of the Canadian Rockies, with lots of roadside lookouts and trailheads along the way. From the iconic Lake Louise to the otherworldly Columbia Icefield and beyond to Jasper, this tour allows you to see glaciers up close and discover how they’ve shaped our landscape. A once-in-a-lifetime ride on the Athabasca Glacier—on board the famous Ice Explorers—will have you drinking water fresh from the ice. The trip continues to the awe-inspiring Columbia Icefield Skywalk before ending in Jasper. It’s a day that you’ll remember forever.  

This 8 ½ hour tour will include visit to Lake Louise, Bow Lake, Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls, admissions to Ice Explorer Tour and the Glacier Skywalk and Buffet Lunch at the Altitude Restaurant at the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre.

Overnight in Jasper, AB.

DAY 5 – Explore Jasper, its wildlife, and Lake Maligne Cruise.

Jasper as you will notice is a laid-back place.  At 11,228 square kilometers (4,335 square miles), Jasper National Park is Canada's largest park in the Rocky Mountains and the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world and its full of treasures for you to discover.  Spend the day on this tour exploring the highlights of Jasper National Park with hot lunch included. We’ll tour the historic townsite then head to the fascinating Maligne Canyon. The tour culminates in an unforgettable cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island.  Surrounded by breathtaking mountains, glacier fed Maligne Lake is world-renowned for its beauty and is home to the world-famous Spirit Island. Experience these iconic locations in a completely unique way on our Maligne Lake Cruise.

Tour includes a delicious hot lunch.

Overnight in Jasper, AB.

DAY 6 – Fly to Vancouver and transfer to Whistler.

This morning, we will transfer you by coach from your hotel in Jasper to YEG International Airport.  You will be leaving Jasper at 7 AM and arrive at YEG Airport around 12:30 PM.  

Depart for Vancouver by WestJet flight WS 171 at 3:15 PM.  This is a 1 ½ hour flight and you will arrive at YVR International Airport at 3:50 pm Pacific Time.

On arrival collect your bags and proceed to SkyLynx desk at the airport for your coach transfer to Whistler.  Your express coach will depart Whistler at 6 PM.  The ride to Whistler takes approximately 2 hours and you will be driving on scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway on this transfer to Whistler.  Your transfer coach will drop you off at the Gateway Loop from where you will have to make your own way to your hotel.

On arrival, check into your hotel.  

Overnight in Whistler, BC.

DAY 7 – Day free for optional activities and soft adventure.

With stunning mountain backdrops, Whistler is the fun and adventure capital on Canada’s west coast and as popular during the summer months as it is during the winter. Hiking, biking, rafting and adrenaline-fuelled activities can be found in abundance, and a friendly welcome from the locals is assured.  The hub of Whistler is a compact, chalet-style pedestrian village at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Check with us on the list of many optional activities and soft adventures we offer in Whistler.

Overnight in Whistler, BC.

DAY 8 – Transfer from Whistler to Vancouver.

This morning, check out of your hotel and travel in the luxury of a tour coach to Vancouver.  There are several departures available starting at 9:00 AM and the last coach departs at 7:00 PM.  The ride to Vancouver takes approximately 2 hours.

On arrival, transfer on your own from the Vancouver Nus Depot to your hotel in downtown Vancouver.

Rest of the day free.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC.

DAY 9 – City tour of Vancouver including admissions to Capilano Bridge..

Vancouver fascinating past and present comes together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rain forests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron. Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts, and the fashion hub of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Visit the First Nations Totem Poles before whisking off to North Vancouver.

Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore, and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Do not miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre. From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars, and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side where many unique and informative experiences await, including the Treetops Adventure.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC

DAY 10 – Day free in Vancouver for optional tours and activities.

Vancouver is the most cosmopolitan city on Canada's west coast. Nestled between the Pacific coast and the Coastal Mountain Range, Vancouver is perhaps the most beautiful city in Canada. This city offers both, the amenities of a world class city including world class dining, a variety of cuisines from  round the world, a range of tours and soft adventure activity options.

Check with us on the various tours and activities offered.

Overnight in Vancouver, BC

DAY 11 – Tour transfer from Vancouver to Victoria with visit to Butchart Gardens.

Depart today morning for Victoria, on Vancouver Island and the capital of the Province of British Columbia.  The journey to Victoria will include a 90-minute ferry crossing across the Straits of Georgia from Tsawwassen on the mainland to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island.  

On arrival at Swartz Bay, we will head to Butchart Gardens, spanning over 22 breathtaking hectares (55 acres) of meticulously manicured beauty.  Post the visit to Butchart gardens, we head off to downtown Victoria and the majestic Victoria Inner Harbour to take in the historic sights of the capital city, named after British monarch Queen Victoria. 

Overnight in Victoria, BC

DAY 12 – Day free.

Victoria, leafy, flower-filled, and very much colonial is known for her museums, English charm, seafront parks, and ocean adventures.  From ziplining through treetops to crescent moon kayaking, diving, Seaplane Tours, Golfing, hiking, or cycling, a delight of tours and activities await you today.  Check with us for optional tours and activities you can go on in Victoria.

Overnight in Victoria, BC

DAY 13 – End of your Best of Canadian Rockies & West Coast Tour.

This morning check-out of your hotel and depart for Vancouver International Airport.   Today’s journey will include a transfer by coach and ferry and the trip to Vancouver will take around 4 hours including 90 minutes of ferry crossing.

Your tour ends on arrival at YVR International Airport.

End of Best of the Rockies & West Coast Tour

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Inc - Exc

Inclusions

  • 12-Nights Accommodations.
  • Banff - Tour of Banff and its surroundings.
  • Banff - admissions to Banff Gondola Ride. 
  • Banff - Tour of Yoho National Park including its Mountain Lake and Waterfalls.
  • Banff to Jasper - Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff to Jasper.
  • Columbia Icefield - Admissions to Ice Explorer and Glacier Skywalk.
  • Jasper - Explore Jasper, its wildlife, and Lake Maligne Cruise.
  • Vancouver - City tour of Vancouver
  • Vancouver - Admissions to Capilano Bridge & Park.
  • Vancouver to Victoria - Coach & Ferry transfer from Vancouver to Victoria including Tour of Victoria
  • Victoria - Admissions to Butchart Gardens.
  • Travel by overnight VIA Rail Train # 1 from Jasper to Vancouver – Upper Berth & Lower Berth Accommodations.
  • Calgary - Coach transfer from YYC International Airport (Calgary) to hotel in Banff.
  • Jasper – Coach transfer from hotels in Jasper to YEG (Edmonton) International Airport.
  • Vancouver - Coach transfer from YVR (Vancouver) International Airport to Whistler.
  • Whistler - Coach transfer from Whistler to downtown Vancouver.
  • Coach & Ferry Transfer from Victoria to YVR (Vancouver) International Airport.
  • Ferry Tickets Vancouver – Victoria – Vancouver.
  • Resort fees, Taxes & HST.

Exclusions

  • Airfare.  Offered as a supplement on request.
  • Breakfast and other meals.
  • Day 6 – Vancouver to Whistler coach transfer- transfer is not offered from coach drop off point to your hotel in Whistler Village.
  • Day 8 - Whistler to Vancouver coach transfer – no transfer is offered from hotel in Whistler Village to the tour coach pickup point in Whistler.
  • Day 8 - Whistler to Vancouver coach transfer- - transfer is not offered from coach drop off point in downtown Vancouver to your hotel downtown Vancouver. 
  • Day 13 – Victoria to YVR International Airport –transfer is not offered from your hotel to the touch coach pickup point in downtown Victoria.
  • Park Fees.
  • Porterage at hotels. 
  • Bottled Water in hotel rooms.
  • Visa and Documentation Fees.
  • Telephone calls, Laundry, and other expenses.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Gratuities for hotel staff.
  • Travel Insurance – highly recommended. We require clients to provide us a signed Waiver in the event your client opts to decline your offer to sell Travel Insurance.  DMCI Inc. sells Manulife Travel Insurance.  Please check with us for rates.
  • Optional Tours and activities.
  • Early Check-in and Late Check-out charges.  Charges will apply.
  • Gratuities for Tour Guides/Driver cum Guides (Expected)
  • If applicable, cost of any RTPCR/Antigen Test or costs related to quarantine.

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