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Totem Circle with Extended Stay in Banff (8385)

15 Day Tour from Vancouver to Calgary

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Join us on this exciting tour from British Columbia’s coast, taking an enchanting cruise through the Inside Passage, VIA Rail's Jasper–Prince Rupert train, and ferry crossings to/from Vancouver Island. Begin your journey in Vancouver with city sightseeing before taking a ferry to Victoria, where you’ll enjoy two overnights and a city tour, plus time for optional activities, including a whale-watching cruise. Also visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of showcase floral exhibits.

Next, cruise the Inside Passage to Prince Rupert, where you’ll board Canada's VIA Rail train to Prince George. Leave British Columbia and cross the border into Alberta, where you'll overnight in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park. Other fabulous visits include a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies, Mount Robson, Lake Louise, and Yoho National Park. Your Canadian vacation ends in Banff with two nights and time to explore on your own.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Vancouver and Victoria; Stanley Park, Butchart Gardens, orientation tour of Prince Rupert, guided visit to the North Pacific Historic Fishing Village, and Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride). Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:
Strait of Georgia, Gulf Islands, coastline of Vancouver Island, Campbell River, Skeena River, Pacific Coast rainforest, Jasper National Park, Lake Louise.

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

  • Yoho National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Ferry crossing from the mainland to Vancouver Island; full-day cruise through the Inside Passage; VIA Rail’s® Jasper–Prince Rupert train with seating in Touring class or Economy class on departures August 7, 31 & September 4; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

On VIA Rail - 1 continental breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner (except on departures August 7, 31 & September 4 when meals are available for purchase)

 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 and beaches, and more. The rest of the day is at leisure, and your Tour Director will have suggestions for your further exploration of the city. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Day 3 Vancouver–Ferry Crossing–Victoria

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an area known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its unusual collection of totem poles.

Day 4 Victoria

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, join our optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colorful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant.

Day 5 Victoria–Chemainus–Port Hardy

An early departure from Victoria follows the eastern coastline of Vancouver Island, stopping at Chemainus, the unique village with more than 30 murals depicting pioneer settlement of the area. Then, it’s through the port of Campbell River, the “Salmon Capital of the World.”

Day 6 Port Hardy–Inside Passage Cruise–Prince Rupert

Early this morning, embark on one of the world’s most beautiful ocean voyages. The scenery is spectacular, with towering mountains, roaring waterfalls, endless islands, and virgin rainforest. Marine life abounds, often with sightings of sea lions, eagles, and porpoises—you may even spot a killer whale! Late-evening arrival in Prince Rupert.

NOTE:
Cruising time through the Inside Passage is approximately 16 hours. Please come prepared with all medications, eyeglasses, and any other items you will need.

Day 7 Prince Rupert

Depart for an orientation tour of Prince Rupert, then visit the NORTH PACIFIC HISTORIC FISHING VILLAGE, a National Historic Site, for a guided tour of British Columbia’s oldest cannery village. Learn of the canning process and what life was like in the village during peak production in the last century.

Day 8 Prince Rupert–VIA Rail® Train–Prince George

This morning, board VIA Rail’s Jasper–Prince Rupert train for the trip of a lifetime. Sit back and enjoy an all-daylight journey that winds its way through the majestic Coast Mountains, follows the mighty Skeena River—often referred to as the “River of Mists”—and concludes in the Pacific Coast rainforest. You’ll retrace ancient First Nations trading routes and follow the paths of the earliest fur traders. Soaring bald eagles, inquisitive black bears, browsing moose, and other wildlife may be spotted from the glassed-in observation dome that provides 360-degree views. (CB,L,D)

NOTE:
On departures August 7, 31, and September 4, there are no included meals or dome-car access. However, meals are available for purchase.

BreakfastContinental Breakfast
LunchLunch
DinnerDinner

Day 9 Prince George–Mount Robson–Jasper National Park

As we continue onward to JASPER NATIONAL PARK the peak elevations grow, culminating with Mount Robson, the highest of Canada’s Rockies at almost 13,000 feet. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 10 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 11 Jasper National Park–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff National Park

Winding our way down the western fringe of Alberta, our journey takes us through some of the Canadian Rockies’ most breathtaking wilderness. Our first highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Next, Lake Louise, its cold waters perfectly mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as we continue the journey south to BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Day 12 Banff National Park

Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities including hiking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing. Cosmos has arranged for an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies.

Days 13-14 Banff National Park

Encompassing 6,641 square miles of glorious wilderness, mountains, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and alpine meadows, Banff National Park is one of the world’s must-see places. Spend the next two days in scenic grandeur and enjoy everything Banff has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Day 15 Banff National Park–Calgary

The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Calgary 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 Century Plaza Hotel (MF)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)
PORT HARDY Port Hardy Inn (T)
PRINCE RUPERT Crest Hotel (SF)
PRINCE GEORGE Sandman Hotel Prince George (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Chateau Jasper (SF)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Spruce Grove Inn (ST)

 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

Banff

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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