The Canadian Rockies & Vancouver Tour - Cosmos® Vacations

The Canadian Rockies with Extended Stay in Vancouver (8902)

15 Day Tour from Vancouver to Vancouver

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Canada’s national parks highlight this wonderful Canadian Rockies vacation. Begin your trip in Vancouver with a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s major sites and time to explore on your own. Then, travel to the resort city of Kelowna for a winery tour and overnight. Journey through the Okanagan Valley to Canada’s Glacier National Park for panoramic vistas and to Yoho National Park with its Natural Bridge. Enter Alberta and Banff National Park, the scenic heart of the Canadian Rockies. In Banff, one of Canada’s favorite resorts, you have time to hike, relax, and much more. Then it’s on to Jasper National Park. But first, stop in Lake Louise and travel north to Columbia Icefield for a highlight of your vacation—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, for two nights and an orientation tour in Jasper.

Head back into British Columbia via the base of 12,972-foot Mount Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy leisure time in Sun Peaks and the alpine resort of Whistler, host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Then travel to the Pacific Coast, where you’ll sail across the Strait of Georgia to Victoria for a sightseeing tour, two overnights, free time to discover some of Victoria’s most popular attractions, and a visit to Butchart Gardens, rated as one of the most beautiful gardens in the world. Your Canadian Rockies vacation ends in Vancouver with two nights and time to explore on your own—an unforgettable vacation not to be missed.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Vancouver and Victoria; orientation tour in Jasper, Stanley Park, included winery tour, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Butchart Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; local host service in Vancouver, where information is provided for independent exploration and dining.

Scenic Highlights:
Lake Okanagan, Okanagan Valley, Glacier National Park, Yoho National Park, Kicking Horse Pass, Banff National Park, Canadian Rockies, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park, Fraser River, Mount Robson, Seton & Duffey Lakes, Whistler, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1 Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 Vancouver

This morning, an included city tour highlights STANLEY PARK, Chinatown, the harbor, beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure; your Tour Director can suggest ways to further explore the city. Maybe take a water taxi to Granville Island with outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, and art galleries.

Day 3 Vancouver–Kelowna

Our journey begins in British Columbia’s fertile valleys and continues through rich mountain forests to Lake Okanagan. Travel along the lake to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the lake shore and surrounded by orchards and vineyards. Sample local wines on the included WINERY TOUR.

Day 4 Kelowna–Glacier National Park–Yoho National Park–Banff National Park

Motor north through the Okanagan Valley, famous for its peaches and vineyards. Climb up 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass in GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. Take a break at the pass, perfect for photos of the rugged mountains, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enter YOHO NATIONAL PARK and scale Kicking Horse Pass at 5,421 feet. By early evening, reach BANFF NATIONAL PARK, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies.

Day 5 Banff National Park

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, and your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 6 Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park

First, to Lake Louise, its turquoise waters a perfect natural mirror that reflects the mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach continues northward into JASPER NATIONAL PARK. A highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to ride the Ice Explorer that travels on ice that’s 1,200 feet thick. This afternoon, join our optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.

Day 7 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.

Day 8 Jasper National Park–Mount Robson–Sun Peaks

Leave Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, peaking at 12,972 feet. Continue following the Yellowhead Highway south along the North Thompson River—a route pioneered by fur trappers a century ago. Overnight at the mountain resort of Sun Peaks.

Day 9 Sun Peaks–Lillooet–Whistler

Head south, following the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail. Via Lillooet, ”Mile 0 of the Gold Rush Route,” your motorcoach will follow the shores of Seton and Duffey Lakes with a late-afternoon arrival in Whistler.

Day 10 Whistler

Spend the day in the alpine resort of Whistler, nestled at the base of breathtaking Blackcomb Mountain. Free time to explore many sites from the 2010 Winter Olympics or to join one of the many optional excursions, including flightseeing by floatplane over the lakes and glaciated peaks of Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Day 11 Whistler–Ferry Crossing–Victoria

Set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Afternoon arrival in Victoria. Sightseeing includes Marine Drive, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles. Then, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, rated among the most beautiful gardens in the world. Stroll through the colorful Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens, the English Rose Garden, and the magnificent Ross Fountain.

Day 12 Victoria

Today is at leisure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 13 Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver

Early this morning, enjoy a scenic ferry crossing to the mainland. Check into your Vancouver hotel, the Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center, for the next two nights.

Day 14 Vancouver

The day is at leisure for independent activities or choose from a variety of optional excursions. Your local host will have ideas on the best places to shop and dine.

Day 15 Vancouver

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Vancouver International Airport.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SERENA CAMPBELL

Years of Experience: 16

As a small child I was fascinated when hearing my grandparents' travel adventures. I would listen to their stories for hours! Here I am, years later, taking passengers around, sharing stories and showcasing my beautiful country! Combining my love for working with people and traveling is a perfect fit. Seeing the fascination in passengers' eyes as they witness Western Canada's stunning and ever changing scenery is the part I love best. Bringing the world alive through stories is a privilege.

Tour Director - SERENA CAMPBELL

 Accommodations

VANCOUVER Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center (F)
KELOWNA Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre (F)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Mount Royal Hotel (F)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Marmot Lodge (F)
SUN PEAKS Sun Peaks Lodge (ST)
WHISTLER Listel Hotel Whistler (MF)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola

Banff Gondola

The adventure begins with an eight minute journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully-enclosed four passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb 698m (2,292 ft.) to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 ft.) at the Summit Upper Terminal. Stay on the look out for wildlife and birds that frequent the Banff Gondola. This is nature's wild playground, so a camera is a must! You can encounter the local wildlife including Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Golden mantled ground squirrels, Hoary marmots, Clark's nutcracker and the Canada (Gray) jay. Afterwards, we'll visit thundering Bow Falls where plenty of great photo opportunities await you. Be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket as the wind can become quite cool at 2,285 meters above sea level.

Approximate value: $44 CAD per person

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