Tour: CV - 2014 (CV) - 2014 / 2015

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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 Vancouver Harbour at dusk The beautiful harbour in Vancouver 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. Major attractions on your city orientation tour include the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (Breakfast)

Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 
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DAY 3Victoria

The morning is free to explore on your own; your Tour Director suggests an optional marine wildlife and whale-watching trip. Shoppers will love Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s specialty stores, while history buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Then, visit world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

Today, board a BC FERRY and cross the Strait of Georgia and cruise through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Stop at SHANNON FALLS, where a boardwalk leads to a viewing platform near the base of the roaring falls. On to the alpine resort of Whistler at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Time to explore the 2010 Winter Olympics’ sites. (Breakfast)

Enjoy the spectacular views of Whistler 
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DAY 5Whistler

Today is free to explore all that Whistler has to offer. You might enjoy a trip on Whistler’s Peak2Peak Gondola, connecting Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy spectacular scenery and incredible photo opportunities as you travel via the longest unsupported gondola span in the world. Other options include a walk in the tree tops, a sightseeing excursion by air, shopping in the village, or just relaxing at your resort. (Breakfast)

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DAY 6Whistler–Sun Peaks

This morning, enjoy a visit and private breakfast at the Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite SQUAMISH LIL’WAT CULTURAL CENTRE, dedicated to the history and culture of the First Nations people. Then, journey north 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)

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

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DAY 7Sun Peaks–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)

Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada 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 
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DAY 8Jasper

Enjoy a 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 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 Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park 
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DAY 9Jasper–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)

Lake Louise Take in the magnificent scenery of the Icefields Parkway Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Peyto Lake in Banff National Park 
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DAY 10Banff

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. This evening, join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

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DAY 11Banff–Calgary

Depart Banff for Calgary International Airport. Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon. (Breakfast)

Visit metropolitan Calgary Beautiful view of downtown Calgary at sunset Calgary skyline 
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