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DAY 1 (FS) - Direct flights from London to Las Vancouver -  After clearing Canadian customs and immigration you'll collect your hire car for the short drive to the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa in the centre of Vancouver. The remainder of the day is at leisure to enjoy the sights and attractions of this beautiful City. Overnight at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Vancouver.

Canadian Rockies Tour Itinerary

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DAY 6 (RO) – At Leisure in Banff - Breakfast followed by the day at leisure in Banff. Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, Nestled amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler’s mecca for good reason. In Banff National Park you can enjoy year-round discovery of the 6,641 km2 mountainous landscape. As the first national park established in Canada and a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes Banff National Park so special is its combination of vast unspoiled wilderness and Mountain lakes. Attractions include; Bow River Falls, Banff Gondola, Wildlife tours and Horse and Carriage rides in the town. Overnight at the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, Banff.

DAY 2-3 (RO) - At leisure in Vancouver – Considered by many to have one of the most spectacular settings in the world, in the foreground the Pacific Ocean and as a backdrop, the grandeur of Grouse Mountain. The 1,000-acre Stanley Park is the largest urban park in North America, a wilderness area of forest, marshland and beaches. Surrounded by ocean on three sides, the park houses the aquarium and the zoo. The Gastown area of the city is distinguished by cobbled walkways, gas lamps, quaint shops and restaurants. Overnight at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, Vancouver.

DAY 10 (RO) – Kamloops to Vancouver Island (approx. 220 miles) – Departing Kamloops after breakfast you'll head west to Cache creek, where you'll join the Trans Canadian Highway and turn south following the Thompson River Valley to Lytton.  From here you'll follow Fraser Canyon with its seven mountain tunnels through the historic heart of BC and relive the biggest 'rush' on the Gold Rush Trail at Hell's Gate Airtram. Here the aerial trams will give you a birds’ eye view of this historic landmark where 200 million gallons of water per minute thunder through this 33 metre wide passage and the 'fishways' or salmon ladder constructed to help migrating salmon pass through Hells Gate. Your route then takes you to the stunning town of Hope, located at the confluence of the mighty Fraser and Coquihalla rivers, nestled between the mountains of the Cascade and Coastal mountain ranges is popular for sightseeing, rock hounding, gold panning, golfing, fishing, and gliding (thanks to the thermal air currents created by the mountains). Your final journey takes you back to the coast and Vancouver where you'll board an afternoon ferry to Victoria on Vancouver Island, BC (crossing time 1 hour 30 minutes).  On arrvial in Victoria, you make the short drive to the Best Western Plus Inner Harbour Hotel.

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DAY 4 (RO) - Vancouver to Kamloops (approx. 220 miles) –  After breakfast you'll head along the breathtaking Howe Sound as you make your way inland towards the Rocky Mountains. Your route today takes you past Shannon Falls on the Sea-to-Sky-Highway and the famous ski resort of Whistler and the Blackcomb Mountains. You'll have some time at leisure in Whistler before continuing your journey to Kamloops, a hotbed for outdoor activities where Sandstone canyons, grasslands and evergreen timberlands play host to incredible hiking, mountain biking and camping. More than 100 lakes and two major rivers provide great fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and tubing and attractions here include the BC Wildlife Park.  Overnight at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Kamloops.

DAY 8 (RO) – At leisure in Jasper - Breakfast followed by the full day at leisure to explore Jasper and the surrounding area. Our suggested tour today would include Maligne Canyon and Maligne, the heart and soul of Jasper National Park where you can take a 90 minute cruise to the world-famous 'Spirit Island'. Another popular attraction is the Jasper SkyTram, the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada. It was built in 1964 and goes to a height of 2,277 m above sea level. It is a ten minute drive from Jasper. Overnight at Chateau Jasper, Jasper

DAY 9 (RO) – Jasper to Kamloops (approx. 275 miles) - Departing Jasper and the hotel after breakfast, today your journey takes you via Mount Robson Provincial park. This iconic park is home to amazing wildlife such as mule deer, whitetail deer, black bears, grizzly bears and mountain goats. Its incredibly varied wilderness setting offers plenty of quintessential BC outdoor adventure opportunities, including fishing, caving, camping, and hiking. Mount Robson is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range, it is also the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. You journey continues south via Blue River, Clearwater and Barriere following the Fraser River also known as the Salmon River, a vast home to millions of salmon that swim out to the ocean after they are born and eventually return and fight their way back upstream where they spawn and die. Overnight at the Sandman Signature Hotel, Kamloops

Meal Basis - FS = Meals on Flight Service / RO = Room Only / BB = Bed & Breakfast

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DAY 5 (RO) – Kamloops to Banff (approx. 310 miles) - After a leisurely breakfast, today sees you departing Kamloops and heading through the Mount Revelstoke & Glacier National Park. Canada’s second oldest national park as you make your way to Banff. Linked by the Trans-Canada Highway, these two parks protect landscapes of the Columbia Mountains with steep, narrow valleys, ancient inland rainforests and vast icefields. Established in 1914, Mount Revelstoke National Park features a scenic parkway to mountaintop meadows filled with wildflowers in mid-summer, while Glacier National Park is home to Rogers Pass National Historic Site. Overnight at the Banff Rocky Mountain Resort, Banff.

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DAY 7 (RO) – Banff to Jasper via the Columbia Icefield - Departing the hotel and Jasper after breakfast, today you'll follow the spectacular Icefields Parkway for a day packed with attractions as you make you way to Banff. The first stop is at Lake Louise and the spectacular Chateau Lake Louise where you can stop for a coffee and to take some photos before making your way to the amazing Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre where you'll enjoy a tour onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier on a vehicle specially designed for glacial travel. An experienced driver-guide shares a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment during this one hour and 20 minute journey. Mid-point in the tour, passengers can safely step out onto the glacier and take in the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. After an awe-inpiring visit to the Columbia Icefield you'll continue onto Athabasca Falls, among the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains, the Athabasca River thunders through a narrow gorge where the walls have been smoothed and potholed by the sheer force of the rushing water carrying sand and rock.

Overnight at Chateau Jasper, Jasper

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DAY 11 (RO) - At leisure in Victoria - After a leisurely breakfast today we have organised a visit to the spectacular Butchart Gardens, just 30 minutes drive from Victoria, Butchart Gardens is one of Victoria's most famous and popular attractions! Opened in 1904 as an effort to restore a worked-out quarry site, Butchart Gardens has since been delighting visitors from all around the world. As you make your way around the gardens, you'll walk through intimate stone paths and streams lined with colorful arrays of flowers and trees. The gardens adjusts their floral displays to suit the season so it is just as spectacular in Spring and Fall as it is in Summer. The Gardens  feature over 55 acres of meticulously manicured grounds. After your visit to Butchart Gardens the remainder of the day is at leisure in Victoria. Ovenight at the Best Western Plus Inner Harbour Hotel.

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DAY 12 (RO) - At leisure in Victoria - Today you'll experience one of the greatest wildlife adventures as we take you on a Whale Watching Tour. During the 3-4 hour tour you'll experience the rugged beauty of the West Coast  and enjoy all the wildlife and adventure the Salish Sea has to offer, at what's more we guarantee you'll see the whales! The knowledgeable crew make each and every trip an inspiring and educational experience. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure in Victoria.  Ovenight at the Best Western Plus Inner Harbour Hotel.

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DAY 13 (RO/FS) - Victoria to Vancouver - Departing the hotel after breakfast, today you'll catch a ferry back to Vancouver where you'll have some free time for last minute sightseeing and shopping before making your way to Vancouver International Airport to drop off your rental car and check-in for your flight back to London.

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DAY 14 (FS) - Arrive London