Canadian Rockies & Pacific Coast - end Vancouver, Small Group

Tour Type: Regional
Brochure Type: V1 USA and Canada 2024

This two-week guided tour traverses the most majestic terrain of Canada before dipping into the U.S. Start in Vancouver, where the famous totem poles in the lush Stanley Park are worth of a photo - or 10. Cruise across the serene, mirror-like waters of Maligne Lake, watching as the reflection of the Canadian Rockies wave in the vessel's wake. Enjoy a private guided tour of Glacier Skywalk, a glass walkway above the Sunwapta Valley, where you will see waterfalls and wildlife. Explore the rugged wonder of Banff National Park on a helicopter or gondola ride. In Washington, visit the award-winning winery Cave B Estate and indulge in an artisanal lunch paired with its finest wines. And look for flying fish at Seattle's Pike Place Market, where fishmongers at the world-famous farmers market are apt to toss fresh filets from stand to stand.

Choice Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Seattle: Get an up close look at world-renowned glass artist Dave Chihuly's work.
  • Seattle: Head to the Space Needle and experience its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Seattle skyline.
Well-being
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19. All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
Travel Director
  • "It's magical to see how a group of guests come together over the course of our trip. I can always tell when that's happening because they start planning their own 'post-arrival' activities before the travel day has finished."
Authentic Dining
  • Vancouver: At 18:00, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle over wine.
  • Victoria: At night, choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Icefields Parkway: Evening Reception at the Glacier View Lodge. After dinner, step out onto the viewing deck and stargaze as you marvel at the dark night sky, relax with a drink in the library or hang out inside the Moraine Lounge with games and live entertainment.
  • Quincy (WA): A Highlight Lunch with emphasis on fresh, local & artisanal ingredients.
  • Seattle: Head to the waterfront for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar's, aptly referred to as Seattle's King of the Waterfront, to toast your newfound friends.
  • Dining Summary: 6 Dinner with Wine (DW), 12 Breakfast (B), and 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)
Top Rated Highlights
  • Vancouver: Embark on an orientation tour of Vancouver, including Gastown, Canada Place and Stanley Park including a stop to view the famous collection of First Nations totem poles.
  • North Vancouver: Vancouver's original and still main attraction to date - no visit would be complete without an adventure to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park to soak in the view from above and marvel at its engineering. Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 ft across and 230 ft above Capilano River. Since then, much has been added to the 27-acre park. Cliffwalk is the parks newest attraction - a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above Capilano Canyon. Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 ft above the forest floor, offers a unique squirrel's eye perspective of the forest.
  • Victoria: Visit the stunning floral displays at world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. A must-see oasis which has been growing for over 100 years and remains privately owned by the family.
  • Mount Robson: Enroute a stop will be made at Mount Robson Provincial Park, which is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks, UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy the best views of Mount Robson, which at 12,972 ft (3,954 meters) is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range and the highest point in the Canadian Rockies.
  • Maligne Lake: Relax on board a narrated cruise on the serene waters of Lake Maligne. Glide past jagged mountain peaks to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination accessible only by boat.
  • Maligne Canyon: Join your Travel Director as you walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most stunning gorges in the Canadian Rockies and the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park.
  • Icefields Parkway: Travel along the Icefields Parkway Drive, one of the most scenic drives in North America. Made up of breathtaking glaciers, soaring mountain peaks and dramatic valleys.
  • Glacier National Park: Board a private, historic Red Jammer bus for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road; an engineering marvel running through the park's wild interior.
  • Wine connoisseurs rejoice. Today you'll head through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Visit Cave B Estate, an award-winning boutique winery and local favorite. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. A setting that allows you to 'B' inspired through delicious wine, friendly staff, exciting events & beautiful views.
  • Seattle: Enjoy a Tour Director led journey through the charming labyrinth that is Seattle, where you'll see the Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market - keep an eye out for flying fish!
Insight Experiences
  • Icefields Parkway: Venture out onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk where you will be treated to an after-hours hours, private guided tour of a cliff-edged glass-floored walkway.
  • Icefields Parkway: After a delicious dinner, step out onto the viewing deck and stargaze. As you marvel at the dark night sky, relax with a drink in the library or hang out inside the Moraine Lounge with games and live entertainment. The perfect way to end any night.
  • Athabasca Glacier: Join your Local Expert on a special before-hours glacier tour, when all visitors are gone. Venture out onto the Athabasca Glacier in a massive Ice Explorer. Then, join your guide for a warm beverage as you stroll atop the ice.
Insight Choice
  • Seattle: Get an up close look at world-renowned glass artist Dave Chihuly's work.
  • Seattle: Head to the Space Needle and experience its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the Seattle skyline.
Additional Included Highlights
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

Call (256) 891-0888 for more information or to book today! Mention code 17097097

Tour Operator
Insight Vacations
Offer
Offer valid through 3/31/2023
Duration
13 Days
Escorted
Escorted - Yes
DayDestinationDescription
Day 1VancouverWelcome to Vancouver: Arrive in Vancouver, a haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike. This unique city offers something for everyone. From its striking mountains to the bustle of the city's art and music scene, this British Columbia seaport does not disappoint. Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over wine.
The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver.
Day 2Cruise the Gulf Islands to VictoriaCruise the Gulf Islands to Victoria: This morning, enjoy a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park - home to Vancouver's first visitor attraction, the original suspension bridge built in 1889. Today, the park also includes Cliffwalk, a cantilevered walking clinging to the granite cliff and Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100ft above the forest floor. After your visit, head out on an orientation tour of Vancouver, including Gastown, Canada Place and Stanley Park, home to a collection of First Nations totem poles. You'll have free time to have lunch on your own, with many great eateries to choose from. This afternoon board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, and idyllic place known for its fishing and art communities. You'll end your day here in British Columbia's stunning capital city, Victoria.
Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria.
Day 3Butchart GardensButchart Gardens: Start your day wandering through world renowned Butchart Gardens, a beautiful natural historical site of Canada featuring beautiful floral displays. After Butchart Gardens, enjoy an orientation tour covering Mount Tolmie, the Inner Harbour and its Parliament Buildings, Canada's oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy at your leisure - perhaps you'll want to book onto an optional Whale Watching Excursion. The three-hour expedition boards in the waters of Victoria and while it can't be guaranteed in advance which of the abundant marine wildlife you'll see on your journey, chances are you'll also spot magnificent bald eagles, porpoises or seals. At night choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening, where you'll sit down for a hearty meal with striking views.
Hotel Grand Pacific, Victoria.
Day 4Victoria to Sun Peaks, British ColumbiaVictoria to Sun Peaks, British Columbia: This morning cruise back to the mainland and continue your scenic journey through British Columbia. Travel along Coquihalla highway and climb to the summit of Coquihalla Pass and cross Thompson Plateau, passing along forests of Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Douglas firs and ponderosa pines. Enjoy a stop in Hope before continuing on to Sun Peaks where you'll end the night with a dinner at a local restaurant.
Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre
Day 5The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National ParkThe Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park: After breakfast, your journey takes you along the legendary Yellowhead Highway towards Jasper National Park, part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enroute, a stop will be made at the Mount Robson Visitor Center in Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest park in British Columbias' park system and truly one of the world's crown jewels. Enjoy the best views of Mount Robson, which at 12,972 ft (3,954 meters) is the most prominent mountain in North America's Rocky Mountain range and the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountain. After a brief orientation tour through town, you'll have the option to explore on our own or book onto an optional Float Trip, or for those looking for more adrenaline a Class II Rapids Trip.
The Crimson Jasper.
Day 6Jasper and the Columbia IcefieldExploring Jasper and the Columbia Icefield: Start the day with an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (please note that this activity is seasonal and subject to closure as the lake may be frozen). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies. Start your journey along the majestic Icefields Parkway, one of the world's most stunning mountain drives. Travel along the majestic Icefields Parkway and arrive at the Columbia Icefield for your stay at the just opened Glacier View Lodge, the first and only glacier-view resort in Canada. After a welcome reception in the Moraine Lounge,venture onto the amazing Glacier Skywalk where you will be treated to an after-hours, private guided tour of the cliff-edged, glass-floored walkway.After enjoying a gourmet dinner with wine, you can step out onto the Viewing Deck, stargaze marveling at the dark night sky, relax with a drink in the library, or hang out inside the Moraine Lounge with games and live entertainment.
Glacier View Lodge
Day 7Icefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National ParkIcefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National Park Relaxed Start: Following a hearty breakfast, your Local Expert will escort you to a special before-hours glacier tour. Venture out onto Athabasca Glacier in a massive Ice Explorer. Then, join your guide for a stroll atop the ice and discover the beauty and immensity of the glacier. Learn about the history and geology of the region and enjoy a warm beverage out on the glacier itself. After this morning's icy adventure, continue south to Lake Louise and admire its blue waters and Victoria Glacier. You'll have the opportunity to feel truly immersed in nature as you spend a portion of your afternoon here. Journey on to the resort town of Banff, your home for the next two nights. This evening, dine in town and unwind in your stunning natural surroundings.
Fairmont Banff Springs.
Day 8The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National ParkThe Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park Relaxed Start: Today is yours to spend exploring the rugged charms of the park. Choose from several optional experiences, including a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over the magnificent Canadian Rockies, or a ride onboard the Banff Gondola, a scenic cableway that can take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, or journey through a land sculpted by fire and ice in Kootenay National Park on a guided hike. If you'd rather spend the day on your own, join your Travel Director on a Banff Orientation Tour covering Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and a few other local sights.  
Fairmont Banff Springs.
Day 9Buffalo Jump and Glacier National ParkBuffalo Jump and Glacier National Park: Prepare for a day of culture and history as you depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head- Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world's oldest and largest buffalo jumps. Once here you'll discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot-high (11 metres) cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER Experience. You'll also get a unique chance to join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of today and long ago. The experience contributes to reducing inequalities by hiring members of the community as storytellers and promotes cultural vibrancy by sharing the communities' history. From craggy plains to mountainous landscapes, you'll cross the U.S. border into Montana and end your day at Many Glacier Hotel, a charming property situated in the heart of Glacier National park.
Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park.
Day 10Glacier National ParkGoing-to-the-Sun and Glacier National Park: Today board a private Red Jammer bus to cruise along the Going-To-The-Sun Road in style. The Going-to-the-Sun Road is the only road that traverses through Glacier National Park and the first to have been registered in all the following categories: National Historic Place, National Historic Landmark, and Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. During your narrated trip you'll witness stunning views from Logan Pass and the marvels of the park's wild interior. Disembark and end your day at Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Rest up in a classic Swiss-chalet-style lodge with spectacular mountain views.
Lake McDonald Lodge
Day 11SpokaneLake Coeur d'Alene and Spokane: Today you'll continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel. This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has welcomed a number of famous faces including Amelia Earhart and Clark Gable.
The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection, Spokane.
Day 12SeattleWonderful Wines en route to Seattle: Wine connoisseurs rejoice. Today, you'll head through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Visit Sage Cliffe Resort & Spa, an award-winning boutique winery and local favorite. You'll explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. A setting that allows you to "B" inspired through delicious wine, friendly staff and beautiful views. You'll also enjoy a Highlight Lunch here, focusing on fresh, local and artisanal ingredients. Then it's on to Seattle for an evening of leisure at your hotel.
The Charter Hotel Seattle.
Day 13The Soaring Sights of SeattleThe Soaring Sights of Seattle Relaxed Start: This morning head out on a Seattle Orientation tour where you'll see Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, where you should watch out for flying fish! The afternoon brings you an Insight Choice. Either head to the Space Needle, with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the unique skyline or the Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit, where the work of world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly is housed. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Here you'll find the Northwest's best dining, as you take in the views on Seattle's waterfront.
The Charter Hotel Seattle.
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08/08/2024$8,095.00* (USD) / Land Price - FullQuote
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