Tour: CG - 2013 (CG) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Vancouver, BC

Welcome to Vancouver, your gateway to the Canadian Rockies! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Vancouver Harbour at dusk View of downtown Vancouver Vancouver Island 
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DAY 2Vancouver–Victoria

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Catch the FERRY over to Vancouver Island and Victoria. On your way to Victoria, stop at Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SEA CIDER FARM for an exclusive tour of the orchards and ciderhouse followed by a cider tasting. Major attractions on your orientation tour include the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (Breakfast)

The beautiful harbour in Vancouver View of downtown Vancouver Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles The Vancouver Harbour at dusk 
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DAY 3Victoria

This morning is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Next, visit world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens 
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DAY 4Victoria–Whistler

This morning, board a BC FERRY and sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Continue to the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Time today to explore many of the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the spectacular views of Whistler 
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DAY 5Whistler–Sun Peaks

This morning, enjoy a visit and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private breakfast at the SQUAMISH LIL’ WAT CULTURAL CENTER, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations People of Canada. Journey north today through the heart of the magnificent Cariboo region. Spectacular scenery abounds as you pass by rolling hills, deeply incised rivers, and sparkling lakes. Afternoon arrival in Sun Peaks with the balance of the day at leisure. You may take advantage of an optional canoe trip on Lake McGillivray, where, surrounded by beautiful scenery, you learn about Canada’s fur trade. (Breakfast)

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Operation of the canoe trip is subject to favorable weather conditions.

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DAY 6Sun Peaks–Mount Robson–Jasper

Continue north, following the Yellowhead Highway and hugging the mighty North Thompson River into the province of Alberta. See the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson (the highest point in the Canadian Rockies) before entering JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Marvel at the precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens in this wild mountain wilderness. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies 
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DAY 7Jasper

Enjoy a short sightseeing tour to see Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Afterward, travel to glacial Maligne Lake for a narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore Jasper on your own or to perhaps take an optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River, where your experienced guide will navigate as you absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park. (Breakfast)

Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park 
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DAY 8Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast)

Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies Lake Louise Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway Absorb the splendor of Jasper National Park 
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DAY 9Banff

Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional float trip excursion on the Bow River or a helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks 
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DAY 10Banff–Yoho National Park–Glacier National Park–Kelowna

This morning, depart Banff and scale Kicking Horse Pass across the Continental Divide into British Columbia and Yoho National Park. Next, enjoy panoramic vistas of peaks exceeding 10,000 feet on Rogers Pass at the summit in Canada’s Glacier National Park. Descend into the agricultural region of the Okanagan Valley to the resort city of Kelowna. A special evening is in store for you with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite a dinner at a WINERY, producing some of the best wine in British Columbia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Yoho National Park, established in 1886 Glacier National Park in Montana The rushing waters in Yoho National Park Glacier National Park in Montana 
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DAY 11Kelowna–Vancouver

Today, continue through the fertile Fraser Valley with grand vistas of vineyards and orchards before traveling over the towering Cascade Mountains into Vancouver. Upon arrival, enjoy some time at leisure. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 Vancouver Island The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Vancouver Harbour at dusk 
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DAY 12Vancouver

The tour ends after breakfast this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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