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Northern Rockies at Leisure – 2015

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Total 14 nights


Day 1
Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.


Day 2
Vancouver To Whistler

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to the resort town of Whistler, renowned for outstanding skiing and year-round outdoor activities. Following your motorcoach transfer from downtown Vancouver, the Rocky Mountaineer takes you on a breathtaking rail journey through the stunning scenery of the Sea to Sky Corridor. Highlights of the trip include spectacular views of Howe Sound and the Coast Mountains, Brandywine Falls, Mount Garibaldi and the impressive Cheakamus Canyon. On arrival at the Whistler train station, you will be transferred to the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre for a delicious lunch and a tour of the SLCC. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight in Whistler - Breakfast / Lunch included


Day 3
Whistler To Quesnel

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to the charming rural town of Quesnel, gateway to the North Cariboo. Enjoy breathtaking and varied scenery, from the river canyons and lush farmland of the Pemberton Valley, through the desert-like conditions of the Fraser Canyon, to rolling hills and vast ranchlands of the Cariboo Bridge, one of the highest railway bridges in the world. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer follows the banks of the Fraser River in Quesnel.

Overnight in Quesnel - Breakfast / Lunch included


Day 4
Quesnel To Jasper

Your journey continues eastwards today to the majestic Canadian Rockies and Jasper National Park. From Quesnel, the Rocky Mountaineer follows the Fraser River north to the town of Prince George, then travels east through the forests of northern British Columbia, home to plentiful wildlife, including a large population of moose. Entering the Rocky Mountain Trench you are surrounded by the steeply rising Rocky Mountains to the north and the Cariboo Mountains to the south. Continue climbing past Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, through Yellowhead Pass into the province of Alberta. Your rail journey ends today on arrival in Jasper.

Overnight in Jasper - Breakfast / Lunch included


Day 5
Jasper

Jasper National Park is a World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies’ largest National Park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour including the many natural attractions, rugged peaks, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of the many creatures that call this mountain park home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Overnight in Jasper


Day 6
Jasper To Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.

Overnight in Lake Louise


Day 7
Lake Louise

Enjoy a free day in Lake Louise. Local activities include canoeing, hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views.

Overnight in Lake Louise


Day 8
Lake Louise To Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.


Day 9
Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff’s historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Overnight in Banff


Day 10
Banff To Calgary

Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies.

Overnight in Calgary


Day 11
Calgary

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

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Introduction

Our solo Alaska programme is ideal for those wanting to jump into the depths of Alaska. Visit some of the most spectacular and unspoilt National Parks in North America such as Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks. Drive some of the most amazing highways in the world such as The 'Top of The World' Highway and the Klondike Highway. Learn about the rich American native history in Alaska and experience the Gold Rush towns of Fairbanks and Skagway. Along the way you have the chance to see wonderful wildlife including Grizzly Bears, Moose and Killer Whales.

Alaska is quite unique and rightly so appeals to many of us for its rugged unspoilt beauty and abundance of wildlife that we very rarely see in our lifetimes. This itinerary gives you the best chance to savour all of this and as we have included details of recommended excursions, be sure to check the details on these as you read through this wonderful itinerary.

Tour Highlights & Inclusions

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or RedLeaf Service
  • 3.5 hour Rocky Mountaineer Whistler Sea to Sky Climb
  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches (Reverse itinerary features 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 afternoon snack)
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Lunch and Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre Tour
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Calgary Tower
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Whistler, Quesnel

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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