A wonderful tour by land and sea exploring the best of British Columbia

At the heart of the towering mountains and turquoise lakes of Jasper National Park, the small town of Jasper lies at the confluence of the Athabasca and Miette rivers. This pleasant place can be reached by car or by rail from Prince George, Vancouver or Edmonton and is ideally located for exploring the northern regions of the Rockies and still retains a frontier feel. Though it is small enough to walk around, it offers every amenity with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

Enjoy the wildlife, pristine lakes, and breathtaking mountain peaks along the world famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the natural wonder of the Columbia Icefield – one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Step onboard an Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure onto the Athabasca Glacier. At the Glacier Skywalk, enjoy the unobstructed view on a glass floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley.

The small town of Banff is dominated by the towering mountains of Banff National Park. The town itself has plenty of shops and restaurants and is small enough to walk around, but it is the stunning beauty of the surrounding national park that captivates visitors. Created in 1887, this is Canada’s oldest national park and encompasses some of the finest scenery in North America, if not the world. For an overall view of the mountain landscape take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain before visiting the Cave and Basin, Lake Minnewanka and bathing in the Upper Hot Springs. Active options include walking, horse riding, mountain biking, canoeing and rafting, all of which may well provide a close sighting of the region’s abundant wildlife.

Vancouver basks in a glorious natural setting, set on the water yet surrounded by the Coast Mountains. Downtown Vancouver, including historic Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island, is compact and easily explored on foot. On the edge of the city you’ll find the huge expanse of Stanley Park with its ancient cedars and totem poles, the beaches of English Bay and Kitsilano, Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. A multi-cultural hub of the Pacific world, it has some of Canada’s finest and most varied restaurants, shops and most lively entertainment. Countless highlights include the Museum of Anthropology, renowned for its insights into First Nations culture, and the spectacular float-plane flight to Bowen Island.

Named for Queen Victoria, Victoria is a garden city situated in the south of Vancouver Island and is the capital of British Columbia. Compact and easily navigated, it lends itself to discovery on foot, in a horse-drawn carriage or, thrillingly, from a lowflying float-plane. Victoria is adorned with some lovely colonial architecture such as the Parliament Buildings while the Empress Hotel is an historic gem, an excellent place to take afternoon tea. The nearby Butchart Gardens are world-renowned, as is the Royal British Columbia Museum while other attractions include Craigdarroch Castle, the home of artist Emily Carr, and orca whales which visit the waters off the island in the summer.

Tour Highlights

  • Toronto to Jasper by train
  • Icefields Parkway Tour
  • Exploring Banff
  • Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver
  • Glacier Discovery Northbound Cruise
  • Fly from Anchorage to Vancouver
  • Victoria city tour

Tour Details

  • 17 nights
  • £POA

Itinerary in brief

  • Toronto x 1 night
  • VIA Train x 3 nights
  • Jasper x 2 nights
  • Lake Louise x 1 night
  • Banff x 2 nights
  • Rocky Mountaineer Train x 1 night
  • Vancouver x 3 nights
  • Anchorage x 1 night
  • Victoria x 2 nights

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart UK

Depart UK and fly to Toronto.

Day 2 – Toronto

Arrive in Toronto and transfer to your hotel in Toronto.

Day 3 – Toronto to Jasper by train

Depart Toronto on board the VIA Rail service to Jasper.

Day 4 – On train

Spend the day relaxing onboard the VIA Rail service to Jasper.

Day 5 – On train

A day relaxing onboard the VIA Rail service to Jasper.

Day 6 – Jasper

Arrive Jasper and transfer to your hotel.

Day 7 – Jasper

At leisure. This pleasant town is ideally located for exploring the northern regions of the Rockies and still retains a frontier feel. Though it is small enough to walk around, it offers every amenity with plenty of restaurants, bars and shops.

Day 8 – Icefields Parkway Tour to Lake Louise

Join the Icefields Parkway Tour and spend the day exploring the incredible scenery. Step onboard an Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure onto the Athabasca Glacier. At the Glacier Skywalk, enjoy the unobstructed view on a glass floored observation platform extending 30 metres out over the Sunwapta Valley.

Day 9 – Transfer to Banff

Leave Lake Louise this morning and arrive in Banff.

Day 10 – Banff

At leisure in Banff. For an overall view of the mountain landscape take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain before visiting the Cave and Basin, Lake Minnewanka and bathing in the Upper Hot Springs.

Day 11 – Rocky Mountaineer Train to Vancouver

Leave Banff and enjoy a wonderful train journey to Vancouver aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.

Day 12 – Vancouver

Arrive Vancouver and transfer to your hotel.

Day 13 – Vancouver

At leisure. A multi-cultural hub of the Pacific world, it has some of Canada’s finest and most varied restaurants, shops and most lively entertainment. Countless highlights include the Museum of Anthropology, renowned for its insights into First Nations culture, and the spectacular float-plane flight to Bowen Island.

Day 14 – Vancouver

At leisure.

Day 15 – Holland America Glacier Discovery Northbound Cruise

Transfer from your hotel to the quay and board the cruise liner.

Day 16 – Holland America Glacier Discovery Northbound Cruise

At sea.

Day 17 – Disembark cruise at Anchorage

Disembark at Anchorage and transfer to your hotel.

Day 18 – Fly to Victoria

Fly from Anchorage to Vancouver and then on to Victoria. Transfer to your hotel for the night.

Day 19 – Victoria

Spend the day exploring Victoria’s highlights including its colonial architecture, the Parliament buildings, Butchart Gardens, Royal British Columbia Museum and Craigdarroch Castle.

Day 20 – Fly to UK

Fly home to the UK.

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