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British Columbia – Coastal Explorer – Vancouver, Jasper, Banff, Victoria, Calgary

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Arrival Vancouver

Depart London Heathrow - 12:40

Arrive Vancouver - 14:00

Journey Time 9 hours 20 minutes

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

Upon arrival into Vancouver take a private transfer (included) toyour hotel. Balance of day at leisure.

Overnight - Vancouver


Day 2
Vancouver

Today is free to enjoy the sights of the city. Canada’s third-largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port with a thriving multicultural ambiance. The city is located in a spectacular setting with the Coast Mountains across the Burrard Inlet to the north, and the waters of the Strait of Georgia to the west. Restaurants, shopping, nightlife, a mild climate and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Vancouver a favourite tourist destination. Among optional activities are Hop-on/hop off sightseeing, a Vancouver City & the Lookout tour and a Guilty Pleasures Gourmet tour (activities not included).

Overnight - Vancouver


Day 3
Vancouver

The day is free to explore Vancouver on your own. We highly recommend taking the sightseeing tour of the North Shore (not included) which will take you from sea level to 1,250 metres above Vancouver for breathtaking views of the city, the ocean and the surrounding mountains.

Overnight - Vancouver


Day 4
Vancouver to Victoria 

Collect your rental vehicle. Leaving Vancouver drive south to Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal for a 90 min ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Swartz Bay. On board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Swartz Bay continue on to the charming city of Victoria. The afternoon is free to explore Victoria. You may wish to take an optional whale watching tour (not included) to spot orcas (killer whales), humpback whales, gray whales and minke whales while enjoying Vancouver Island's spectacular scenery.

Overnight - Victoria


Day 5
Victoria Exploring (Butchart Gardens)

Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn of the century architecture, British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woolens and china. Admission is included to the Butchart Gardens with its over 50 acre floral display of magnificent colour.

Overnight - Victoria


Day 6
Victoria to Port Hardy

Travelling north on the Island Highway, pass through Duncan, the “City of Totems”. Further north is the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town. By late afternoon arrive in Campbell River. Continue your journey north. Your day ends in the fishing community of Port Hardy.

Overnight - Port Hardy


Day 7
Port Hardy to Prince Rupert (Ferry)

Embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of Canada’s Inside Passage with BC Ferries (ferry toll included). During the length of the 15-hour crossing, a wonderful array of snow-capped mountains combined with rich forests provides a background for a series of dramatic fjords.

Overnight - Prince Rupert


Day 8
Prince Rupert to Smithers

Today, follow the Yellowhead Highway, along the Skeena River for most of the way. Pass through the mining town of Terrace and into Smithers.

Overnight - Smithers


Day 9
Smithers to Prince George

Depart Smithers, continuing along the Yellowhead Highway. Passing through Houston - known as the Steelhead Capital and home to the world’s biggest fly rod - over 18 metres in length! Next you will travel through Burns Lake and Vanderhoof into Prince George.

Overnight - Prince George


Day 10
Prince George to Jasper

Today is another unforgettable day of scenery. Follow mountain passes and raging rivers as you wind your way to an overnight stop in Jasper - ‘the Jewel of the Rockies’.

Overnight - Jasper


Day 11
Evening Wildlife Tour Jasper

Today is at your leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of Jasper. This evening experience the Jasper Wonderland for some amazing close-up photo opportunities of wildlife. Destinations can include the Maligne Valley and the Pyramid Bench (with its beaver ponds).

 Overnight - Jasper


Day 12
Jasper to Banff

Your scenic drive takes you through the spine of the Canadian Rockies. View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Also watch for the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake with Bow Glacier as the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival into Lake Louise. From Lake Louise choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.

Overnight - Banff


Day 13
Banff Sightseeing (Coach)

This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride included), and Tunnel Mountain Drive - which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore this charming resort.

Overnight - Banff


Day 14
Banff Exploring 

Today you have one more day to spend exploring the beautiful Rocky Mountains on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs, horseback riding on nearby mountain trails or floating on the magnificent Bow River.

 Overnight - Banff


Day 15
Banff to Calgary

Depart the Rocky Mountains at your own leisure to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2,000 kilometres and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Your tour concludes with the return of your rental vehicle in Calgary.

Depart Calgary- 22:25

Arrive London Heathrow - 14:25*

Journey Time - 9 hours
* = Next Day Arrival

(Please note: Flight times are subject to change)

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Introduction

This itinerary takes in the best of British Columbia and Alberta all on a wonderful 14 nights self-drive. British Columbia is a beautiful state of contrasts, and with this itinerary you'll combine that beauty with the awesomeness of Jasper and Banff in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. This escorted tour has so many extras incuding sightseeing and widlife tours of the national parks and cities. Sit back and relax and enjoy the best of western Canada.

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Accommodation

The accommodation we have chosen for this itinerary represents a great mixture from moderate, clean and comfortable properties around the National Park areas - to Superior Grade properties in Vancouver and over on the Island - all of them perfectly located so that you don’t miss anything - enabling you to get the very most from your time in each place. By selecting these properties we have tried to keep a balance between cost, convenience and the standard of accommodation offered. We are always happy to look at alternatives if you feel you will be unhappy with any of our choices...but we don’t think you will.

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Financial Protection

By booking this complete package with Complete North America you benefit from reduced rates on flights, accommodation and car rental along with complete financial protection. Package holidays are sold by Complete North America Limited as a member of the Hays Travel Independence Group. All payments will be handled by Hays Travel Limited and will be financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under Hays Travel Limited's ATOL Number 10531. The ATOL scheme ensures that you will not lose the money you have paid over and will not be stranded abroad should the ATOL holder fail.

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Note: ‘From’ prices are per person based on 2 people sharing one room travelling in low season and are subject to availability. Click the 'Quick Enquiry' tab above or call us today on 0115 9610590 for an instant price based on your specific travel dates / travel party requirements

Hotel CategoryModerateSuperiorDeluxe
Prices From...£2849£3088£3599
Vancouver, BCRosedale on RobsonWestin Bayshore VancouverFairmont Waterfront
Victoria, BCChateau VictoriaInn at Laurel PointFairmont Empress Hotel
Port Hardy, BCQuarterdeck InnQuarterdeck InnQuarterdeck Inn
Prince Rupert, BCPrince Rupert HotelPrince Rupert HotelPrince Rupert Hotel
Smithers, BCHudson Bay LodgeHudson Bay LodgeHudson Bay Lodge
Prince George, BCSandmann Inn & SuitesSandmann Inn & SuitesSandmann Inn & Suites
Jasper, ABLobstick LodgeSawridge InnFairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Banff, ABIrwin's Mountain InnBanff Caribou LodgeFairmont Banff Springs Hotel

 

'British Columbia - Coastal Explorer' inclusions:

  • Scheduled flights
  • UK & Canada Airport taxes
  • Accommodation - 14 nights as mentioned or similar.
  • 11 day compact car rental based on Avis Canada 'Fully Inclusive' Rate - Unlimited Mileage, LDW, $1 Million (CAD) Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage, 1 Additional Driver, PST/GST, Airport Contract Fees. LDW may exclude a non-waivable amount of damage. (Excludes Satellite Navigation System - please ask for details if you would like us to include for you.)
  • Private transfers between Vancouver International Airport and hotel
  • BC Ferries tolls for passengers and vehicles from Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal
  • Butchart Gardens admission
  • BC Ferries tolls for vehicle, passengers & access to the Aurora Lounge (reserved seating) between Port Hardy and Prince Rupert
  • Evening wildlife tour in Jasper
  • Ice Explorer ride to Athabasca Glacier
  • Morning sightseeing tour of Banff with Gondola Ride
  • Exclusive travel documentation package including personalised maps, itinerary and driving directions

Extra Fees

Some hotels now charge an in house daily 'resort fee' which covers things like WiFi, local shuttle service, business & fitness centres, steam room etc. irrespective of if any/all of these services are used. Hotels may also charge for parking be that self parking or valet parking. Where applicable, such fees are not included in your prepaid cost and payable by yourselves directly to hotel at check out.

Amendments

Please do remember we can work on any number of variations of this itinerary to suit your own individual requirements, the possibilities are endless… Please just give us a call on 0115 9610590 or drop us a line - tell us what you'd like and we'll do the rest!

Hotel Availability

Sometimes the hotels named in this itinerary are not available at the time of booking. Under these circumstances Complete North America will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard. Such changes will be confirmed in writing to you at the time of booking confirmation. If you are not completely happy with the alternative hotel we will happily discuss other possibilities with you in the same location.

Weather

Canadian mountain weather can be changeable year round however the optimum time to travel to the region where adverse weather conditions are least likely to affect your enjoyment of the region is May 01st - September 15th. We are able to provide tailored itineraries and costs for any visit outside of this period when we will suggest adjustments to the itinerary or accommodation selected. We can of course tailor an itinerary to take full advantage of the quite beautiful winter season when Canada takes its place as one of the world leaders in winter sports and activities.

Best days to travel, seat assignments, special requests and flight upgrades

British Airways operate non-stop flights daily to Vancouver and Calgary, so subject to availability you can select the travel date that best suits you. Should you wish to fly with an alternative carrier we would also be happy to prepare a quote for you. Where available we will be delighted to take care of any special meal requests on your flights (vegetarian, child meals etc) – please discuss with us at the time of booking. We have exceptional deals on upgrades with British Airways to World Traveller Plus, Club World and FIRST. We have discounted prices for British Airways regional flights to Heathrow, please ask for details and if you are flying from Northern Ireland or Republic of Ireland.

Ready to Book?

Call our booking line on 0115 961 0590 (Mon-Fri. 09.00-18.00 or Sat 10.00-17.00) or email us.
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