WESTERN CANADA WITH INSIDE PASSAGE - 2017
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Enjoy city sightseeing in Vancouver before taking a ferry to Vancouver Island, where you'll make stops in Victoria, Chemainus, and Port Hardy. Cruise the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, where you’ll then board Canada's VIA Rail train to Prince George. Leave British Columbia and cross the border into Alberta, where you'll overnight in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. Other fabulous visits on this 13-day holiday include Mount Robson, Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise and Vernon before your journey concludes back in Calgary.
Extend your tour with a Banff extension
In Vancouver and Victoria; Stanley Park, Butchart Gardens, orientation tour of Prince Rupert, guided visit to the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, and Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride).
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, coastline of Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Skeena River, Pacific Coast rainforest, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Ferry crossing from the mainland to Vancouver Island; full-day cruise through the Inside Passage; VIA Rail's Jasper-Prince Rupert train with seating in Touring class or Economy class on departures 0714, 0811 & 0908; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
On VIA Rail - 1 continental breakfast (CB), 1 lunch (L), 1 dinner (D) (except on departures 0714, 0811 & 0908 when meals are available for purchase).
Day by Day
Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbour and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.
Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, join our optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant.
An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it's through the port of Campbell River, the "Salmon Capital of the World."
PORT HARDY-INSIDE PASSAGE CRUISE-PRINCE RUPERT.
Early this morning, embark on one of the world's most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises-you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert.
NOTE: Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.
Depart for an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, then visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia's oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.
PRINCE RUPERT-VIA RAIL TRAIN-PRINCE GEORGE.
This morning, board VIA Rail's Jasper-Prince Rupert train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River-often referred to as the "River of Mists"-and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. You'll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose, and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views. (CB,L,D)
NOTE: On departures 0714, 0811, and 0908, there are no included meals or dome-car access. However, meals are available for purchase.
PRINCE GEORGE-MOUNT ROBSON-JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada's Rockies at almost 3,962 metres (13,000 feet). Overnight in Jasper.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-LAKE LOUISE-BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies' most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight on today's agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 365-metres (1,200-feet) thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Banff is one of Canada's favourite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged for an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK-CALGARY.
The trip ends today with the final leg of your journey taking you to Calgary International Airport for those with homebound flights. Please schedule flights after 2 pm.
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