Spirit of the Rockies (CR)

12 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Begin your Canadian Rockies tour with sightseeing in Vancouver and end with a ferry ride through the Gulf Islands from Victoria to Vancouver. In between, witness breathtaking scenery and enjoy fun experiences. A tour highlight is a 2-day journey on board the Rocky Mountaineer train to Banff National Park. Along the way, see wild rivers, majestic mountain ranges, and beautiful lakes. Another tour highlight is a ride on an Ice Explorer on the 750-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier.

Spend two nights in Banff at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, a chateau-style hotel developed into one of North America’s top three getaways. En route to Lake Louise, stop to see one of the Canadian Rockies’ crown jewels—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks, where ten mountain peaks soar 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. In Lake Louise, stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a world-famous resort built in 1890 and known for its breathtaking setting and Old World charm. In Jasper, stay at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, the embodiment of peace and tranquility nestled between majestic mountains.

Drink in the scenery as you pass Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ highest peak, on your way to Sun Peaks and the mountain resort of Whistler, where you'll stay at the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler, nestled at the base of spectacular Blackcomb Mountain. Ferry across to Victoria, where you’ll visit Butchart Gardens, with its 55 acres of stunning floral displays—another special experience offered by Globus.

Stunning scenery, unique experiences, world-class lodges, and much more await you on this Canadian Rockies tour. A dream vacation!

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 Destinations & Sightseeing

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing
ROCKY MOUNTAINEER
2-day scenic train trip
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing
WHISTLER
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Breakfast at Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre
VICTORIA
Sightseeing; whale-watching excursion; farewell dinner at world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Butchart Gardens
Notes:

  • Your Train: The Rocky Mountaineer travels through spectacular Canadian scenery. SilverLeaf Service features a single-level dome coach offering panoramic views from oversized windows and meals served at your seat. An upgrade to GoldLeaf Dome Service offers luxury reminiscent of a bygone era, including extra attendants, an elegant bi-level dome car, and regional cuisine in an exclusive dining room.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 5 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner at Butchart Gardens

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 ARRIVE 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.

Day 2 VANCOUVER

This morning, tour Vancouver, including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. The afternoon is free to explore the many attractions at your leisure before dinner at a local restaurant.

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Day 3 VANCOUVER–ROCKY MOUNTAINEER–KAMLOOPS

At Vancouver’s Rocky Mountaineer Station, board the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER train to follow the Fraser Canyon and the Thompson River through beautiful landscapes to historic Kamloops. Tonight, enjoy free time in Kamloops.

NOTE:
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; however, you can rest assured it satisfies our high standards of cleanliness and comfort.

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Day 4 KAMLOOPS–ROCKY MOUNTAINEER–BANFF

Back aboard the ROCKY MOUNTAINEER, journey from Kamloops eastward to Shuswap Lake with its many miles of shoreline. Follow the Kicking Horse River and pass over the Continental Divide into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend the next two nights at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, internationally recognized as the symbol of Canadian hospitality. Opened by Canadian Pacific Railway in 1888, this chateau-style hotel developed into one of the top three getaways in North America.

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Day 5 BANFF

Breathe in the fresh mountain air! This morning, tour the highlights of Banff, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and Surprise Corner. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy all that Banff has to offer. You may wish to ride on the Banff Gondola, visit the shops on Main Street, or perhaps take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for impressive views of the Rocky Mountains and Banff.

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Day 6 BANFF–LAKE LOUISE

En route to Lake Louise, a side trip showcases one of the crown jewels of the Rockies—Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Here, 10 mountain peaks soar above 10,000 feet and surround the tranquil waters of the lake. Later, we arrive at enchanting Lake Louise. After checking into your room, the rest of the day is free to enjoy the beauty, romance, and serenity of this famous location.

NOTE:
The visit to Moraine Lake is normally possible from late May to early September.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Stay overnight at the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Built as a log cabin in 1890, the historic chateau has become world famous, hosting celebrities and royalty, including Queen Elizabeth II, Alfred Hitchcock, and Marilyn Monroe. Take a leisurely stroll along the pristine lake, pamper yourself in the spa, or just relax with afternoon tea.

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Day 7 LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER

Travel on awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway past towering peaks and immense hanging glaciers to JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Ride an exciting ICE EXPLORER on the 750-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, and see thundering Athabasca Falls. Your overnight destination is the charming village of Jasper in Jasper National Park.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Spend this evening at the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Originally built by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and called “Tent City,” it is now a 4-star resort nestled between majestic mountains and enchanting lakes. Take a nature hike, play a game of croquet, enjoy a canoe trip on the lake, or just bask in the beauty of this tranquil setting.

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Day 8 JASPER–SUN PEAKS

Departing Jasper, watch the scenery unfold while traveling the Yellowhead Highway along the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. This is the same route followed by the early fur brigades of the Hudson’s Bay Company as they paddled fully laden canoes to the Pacific Coast. Pass regal Mount Robson; at 12,972 feet, it is the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

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Day 9 SUN PEAKS–WHISTLER

A spectacular day lies ahead! This morning, travel past some of the most beautiful and rugged lakes and mountains in British Columbia. This afternoon, we arrive in Whistler—one of Canada’s newest and most exciting mountain resorts, and host of the 2010 Winter Olympics—and settle into the deluxe Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

SPECIAL FEATURE: Overnight at the all-season luxury resort, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain, the chateau brings old and new together in a seamless meld of historical style and modern beauty. Enjoy impeccable service and outstanding cuisine in this pristine mountain wilderness.

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Day 10 WHISTLER–VICTORIA

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. Afterward, Victoria awaits! Board a BC FERRY for a picturesque cruise to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. This afternoon, discover British Columbia’s capital on a city highlights tour. Later, perhaps stroll around the Parliament buildings or do some shopping. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this delightful harbor city.

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Day 11 VICTORIA

Today, enjoy an experience not to forget, a WHALE-WATCHING excursion from Victoria’s Inner Harbour. This afternoon, visit the world-famous Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite BUTCHART GARDENS. This estate offers more than 700 varieties of flowers on 55 acres and includes Italian, Japanese, and English-style gardens. Later, your Tour Director hosts a festive farewell dinner in the original Butchart family residence.

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Day 12 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER

This morning, travel via BC FERRY through the Gulf Islands back to the British Columbia mainland for a transfer to Vancouver International Airport. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

MARK LOVE

Escorting tours for more than 3 years

Travel has always been my passion. After completing my degree in Tourism, I lived oversees and had the opportunity to visit numerous countries and experience different cultures. My background in the travel industry has enabled me to realize how invaluable a respected and experienced tour operator is. I have 5 years of experience as a Tour Director with Globus family of brands and am proud every time I represent the company and travel with my guests. The Canadian Rockies are my home and I can not imagine a better office space in the world. Regardless if I am viewing wildlife with my group, telling a story of historical significance, or just standing close by as guests enjoy the beautiful scenery of Western Canada, I love my role as a Tour Director. Being a part of a guests travel experience is the best reward that I can ask for!

Tour Director - MARK LOVE

 Accommodations

Vancouver
Banff
Lake Louise
Jasper
Sun Peaks
Whistler
Victoria

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)


Vancouver
Lake Louise
Jasper
Sun Peaks
Whistler

Vancouver

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Sunset Dinner Cruise

Take in the sights and sounds of the city while cruising past the magnificent Vancouver skyline at night while enjoying live music and delicious West Coast-themed cuisine.

Price Range: $$

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

Grouse Mountain & Capilano Suspension Bridge

From suspension bridges and treetop viewing platforms, to fish ladders and mountain gondolas, this sightseeing tour to Vancouver's North Shore is the ultimate tour for thrill-seekers and nature lovers.

Price Range: $$$

Lake Louise

Helicopter Tours

Helicopter Tours

Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.

Price Range: $$$

Jasper

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River

Jasper's best rafting scenic float trips take you down the Athabasca River for a unique perspective for Jasper National Park.

Price Range: $$

Sun Peaks

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Canoeing In Sun Peaks With Fur Traders Feast

Enjoy a guided voyageur canoe trip on Lake McGillivray followed by a 4-course Fur Traders Feast.

Price Range: $$

Whistler

Peak to Peak Experience

Peak to Peak Experience

Whistler's pinnacle summer experience is a ride on the Guinness World Record breaking PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola between Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.

Price Range: $

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Spectacular Glacier Seaplane Tour

Experience a memorable seaplane flight over the majestic glaciers, rugged peaks, unique volcanic formations and lush alpine meadows that surround the turquoise waters of mile-high, 1000 foot deep Garibaldi Lake.

Price Range: $$$

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