Majestic Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer (CVE) - 2016

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13 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver


Majestic Rockies with the Rocky Mountaineer
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies
Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792
Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance
The beautiful harbour in Vancouver
Vancouver Island
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks
Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada
Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park
The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens

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.

View of downtown Vancouver The beautiful harbour in Vancouver Vancouver Island Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 
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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. Visit world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS, followed by a special dinner in the original Butchart family residence. See major attractions on your city orientation tour including the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance Stanley Park features numerous unique Totem poles The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens 
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DAY 3Victoria

The day 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. (Breakfast)

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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)

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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. Before arriving at your hotel, 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, Dinner)

Mount Robson is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Wildlife roams freely in Jasper National Park Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta 
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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. (Breakfast)

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 1,200-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)

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks Jasper National Park - located in Alberta, Canada Ice Explorer 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 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–Rocky Mountaineer–Kamloops

This morning, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER and travel over the Continental Divide and along the Kicking Horse River. We travel westward to Shushwap Lake with its thousand miles of shoreline and then overnight in Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops. (Breakfast, Lunch)

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Kamloops properties are considered moderate 2- or 3-star hotels or motor inns. The city does not offer any hotels in the superior category. Your chosen hotel is determined by Rocky Mountaineer Railtours; however, you can rest assured that it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort. Plan to pack a small carry-on bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

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DAY 12Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Vancouver

Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, enjoy your amazing journey through the fertile fields of the Thompson Valley and the beautiful Fraser Canyon. Late this afternoon, arrive in Vancouver, where you’ll be transferred to your hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch)

The Vancouver Harbour at dusk 
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DAY 13Vancouver

Your vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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