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On this tour of Canada see Vancouver and discover the majestic Rockies

Discover the glacial wilderness and spectacular mountain landscapes of the Canadian Rockies. From Vancouver on Canada's west coast to Banff high in the mountains, you'll see vibrant lakes, cross a glacier, peer over the edge of a canyon and maybe even spy wolves and bears…

Including...

14 nights in hotels and 1 in flight

17 meals: 14 breakfasts (B) and 3 dinners (D)

Excursions and visits

  • Sightseeing in Vancouver and Victoria
  • Visit to Butchart Gardens
  • Whistler tour and cable-car ride
  • Visit Hat Creek Ranch
  • Tour of Jasper and Maligne Canyon
  • Icefields Parkway scenic drive and Ice Explorer ride over Athabasca Glacier
  • Time to explore Lake Louise
  • Tour of the alpine resort of Banff

2019 Departures

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Day 1 UK to Vancouver

Vancouver

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Vancouver where you stay for three nights at the locally rated 4-star Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center. The hotel is well positioned close to the boutiques of Robson Street and Yaletown, while Stanley Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery are just round the corner. The 733 guest rooms enjoy views of the city’s celebrated skyline and the Pacific Ocean. They are equipped with a television, telephone, minibar, fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. You can relax in the restaurant, bar or coffee lounge, and enjoy the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and health club.


Day 2 Vancouver

Vancouver

An included sightseeing trip this morning visits some of the city's many attractions. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. B

Stanley Park Vancouver British Colombia Canada North America

Day 3 Vancouver

Vancouver

At leisure. B


Day 4 Vancouver - Victoria

Victoria

Transfer to Victoria by coach and ferry with a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city and stay two nights in Victoria at the locally rated 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Victoria. The hotel overlooks Victoria's historic downtown, and is just steps away from many attractions, shops, restaurants and bars. You can enjoy a meal or a drink in the hotel restaurant, outdoor patio or lounge. The 181 guest rooms have city or Inner Harbour views, free Wi-Fi, television, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and safe. B


Day 5 Victoria

Victoria

Perhaps join an optional whale-watching excursion.B



Optional excursions

Look out for one of nature’s most majestic creatures, the orca whale, on this exciting excursion. The waters around Vancouver Island boast the largest population of whales in the world. There are nearly 100 orcas (killer whales) surrounding Victoria, and minke, humpback and grey whales are also frequently spotted.

Whale watching
Vancouver Island British Colombia Canada North America

Day 6 Victoria to Whistler

Whistler

Return to the mainland and continue to the resort of Whistler for an included tour of the town and gondola trip up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains –

(Please note: on May 9 and 16, and September 12, 19 and 26, 2019 departures it will not be possible for you to visit the Whistler Mountain gondola ride due to the seasonal operating schedule. Instead you'll enjoy an included gondola ride at Sulphur Mountain, in Banff, on day 14. See day 14 for excursion details).

Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Listel Hotel Whistler in the heart of Whistler Village. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, lounge/bar, free Wi-Fi, hot tub and sauna. There are 98 bedrooms each with tea and coffee-making facilities. B


Day 7 Whistler

Whistler

At leisure. You may like to try one of the many fine restaurants and cafes in this alpine resort.B


Day 8 Whistler to Sun Peaks

Fraser Valley

Leave Whistler and the Lower Mainland and travel through the lush Fraser Valley. Learn about the Gold Rush, the life of a prospector, and the Shuswap First Nation on a visit to Hat Creek Ranch. Break up the journey from Whistler to Jasper with an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Sun Peaks Grand. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, fitness room, pub, lounge and a restaurant serving local Okanagan Valley wines. All rooms have a bathrobe, television, telephone, coffee maker, hairdryer and drinks cooler. Dinner is included tonight. B, D

(Please note: On 30 May, 2019 departure, you will stay at the locally rated 3-star Coast Sundance Lodge.)


Day 9 Sun Peaks-Jasper

Jasper

Head east along the Yellowhead Highway into Alberta. You spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Crimson Hotel. The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of Jasper's downtown, with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. The 99-room hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, restaurant and lounge/bar. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable television, complimentary tea and coffee, mini fridge, microwave, safe, telephone and hairdryer. B, D


Day 10 Jasper

Maligne Canyon

Enjoy an included tour of Jasper and its surroundings, including Maligne Canyon. See Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake on an optional trip. B

Maligne Lake Jasper Alberta Canada North America


Optional excursions

This tour gives you an opportunity to see Jasper’s wildlife, which depending on the season, might include elk, mule deer, Dall's sheep, bighorn, mountain goat and ptarmigan. Travelling through Maligne Valley you'll stop at Maligne Canyon where thousands of years of erosion have carved out a 165-foot deep gorge in the limestone rock. It is a short walk to Maligne River where you can watch in awe as the river thunders through the canyon and down several waterfalls. Your guide will lead you onto Medicine Lake, and then Maligne Lake, tucked at the foot of a ring of mountains, where you can take a boat cruise to scenic Spirit Island. 

Please note: the boat cruise is weather-dependent and can only be operated when the lake has completely thawed. This varies from year to year according to the spring weather, so please ask your tour manager for the latest update.

Maligen Canyon
Maligne Canyon Jasper Alberta Canada North America

Day 11 Jasper-Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Drive along the famous Icefields Parkway en route to Lake Louise, including a stop at the Athabasca Glacier for a ride on the Ice Explorer.

Nestled in a picturesque wilderness with unforgettable views of the mountains and a short walk from Lake Louise village is locally rated 3-star Lake Louise Inn where you stay two nights. All bedrooms come equipped with cable television, telephone, coffee maker, hairdryer and free Wi-Fi. The hotel has three restaurants, a heated indoor pool, whirlpools, fitness centre and laundry facilities. Thanks to its great location the hotel is popular with tourists, so it can get busy throughout the year. B

Athabasca Glacier Jasper Alberta Canada North America

Day 12 Lake Louise

Lake Louise

Day at leisure with plenty of time to admire the alpine scenery of the sparkling blue lake surrounded by glacier-clad peaks. You might like to join an optional excursion to ride on a gondola above Lake Louise. B


Day 13 Lake Louise-Banff

Banff

Travel to Banff for an included tour of the resort and its surroundings. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Banff Park Lodge. There's plenty to do here in the highest town in Canada, and it's right on your doorstep. You can browse the shops and galleries of the attractive main street or stroll along riverside walking trails. The National Park that surrounds the town is an ideal location for wildlife spotting, hiking, cycling, winter sports and the less energetic hobby of photography!

Perhaps enjoy an optional cable-car ride up Sulphur Mountain for amazing views.

Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, small gym, steam room, whirlpool, beauty salon, news stand and gift shop. All 211 rooms have a balcony or patio, cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, fridge, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and Wi-Fi (charges apply). Laundry service and 24-hour room service are available for an extra charge. B

(Please note: on May 9 and 16, and September 12, 19 and 26, 2019 departures when it will not be possible for you to visit the Whistler Mountain gondola ride on day 6 due to the seasonal operating schedule, this will be replaced by an included gondola ride at Sulphur Mountain today.)


Day 14 Banff

Banff

Today explore this picturesque resort at your leisure. Perhaps take an optional helicopter ride over the mountains for amazing views. Dinner is included tonight. B, D



Optional excursions

This ride will gently hoist you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. In good weather the views over Banff and the sweeping panorama of mountains and valleys are spectacular.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Banff Alberta Canada North America

Choose from two flights over the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. The first, Royal Canadian Tour, will take you through the Goat Range Pass and past the Sundance Range for views of the mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes of Banff National Park, on a 25 minute flight. The second option, Mount Assiniboine Glacier Tour - a 30 minute flight, will include the same sights as the other tour, but will also fly you to Assiniboine Mountain.

The Rockies by helicopter
Alberta Canada North America

Day 15 Calgary-UK

Calgary

Leave Banff for Calgary airport for your overnight flight.B

Calgary Alberta Canada North America

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the UK the following morning for your included door-to-door travel service home.


2020 Departures

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Day 1 UK to Vancouver

Vancouver

After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, depart for your flight to Vancouver where you stay for three nights at the locally rated 4-star Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center. The hotel is well positioned close to the boutiques of Robson Street and Yaletown, while Stanley Park and the Vancouver Art Gallery are just round the corner. The 733 guest rooms enjoy views of the city’s celebrated skyline and the Pacific Ocean. They are equipped with a television, telephone, minibar, fridge, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, safe, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. You can relax in the restaurant, bar or coffee lounge, and enjoy the indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and health club.


Day 2 Vancouver

Vancouver

An included sightseeing trip this morning visits some of the city's many attractions. Afternoon at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. B

Stanley Park Vancouver British Colombia Canada North America

Day 3 Vancouver

Vancouver

At leisure. B


Day 4 Vancouver - Victoria

Victoria

Transfer to Victoria by coach and ferry with a visit to the beautiful Butchart Gardens. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the city and stay two nights in Victoria at the locally rated 4-star DoubleTree by Hilton Hotels Victoria. The hotel overlooks Victoria's historic downtown, and is just steps away from many attractions, shops, restaurants and bars. You can enjoy a meal or a drink in the hotel restaurant, outdoor patio or lounge. The 181 guest rooms have city or Inner Harbour views, free Wi-Fi, television, fridge, tea and coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and safe. B


Day 5 Victoria

Victoria

Perhaps join an optional whale-watching excursion.B



Optional excursions

Look out for one of nature’s most majestic creatures, the orca whale, on this exciting excursion. The waters around Vancouver Island boast the largest population of whales in the world. There are nearly 100 orcas (killer whales) surrounding Victoria, and minke, humpback and grey whales are also frequently spotted.

Whale watching
Vancouver Island British Colombia Canada North America

Day 6 Victoria to Whistler

Whistler

Return to the mainland and continue to the resort of Whistler for an included tour of the town and gondola trip up Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Listel Hotel Whistler in the heart of Whistler Village. Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, lounge/bar, free Wi-Fi, hot tub and sauna. There are 98 bedrooms each with tea and coffee-making facilities.B

Please note: on May 7 and 21, September 10 and 24, and October 8, 2020 departures,it will not be possible for you to visit the Whistler Mountain gondola ride due to the seasonal operating schedule. Instead you'll enjoy an included gondola ride at Sulphur Mountain, in Banff, on day 13. See day 13 for excursion details)


Day 7 Whistler

Whistler

At leisure. You may like to try one of the many fine restaurants and cafes in this alpine resort.B


Day 8 Whistler to Sun Peaks

Fraser Valley

Leave Whistler and the Lower Mainland and travel through the lush Fraser Valley. Learn about the Gold Rush, the life of a prospector, and the Shuswap First Nation on a visit to Hat Creek Ranch. Break up the journey from Whistler to Jasper with an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Sun Peaks Grand. Facilities include a heated outdoor swimming pool, sauna, jacuzzi, fitness room, pub, lounge and a restaurant serving local Okanagan Valley wines. All rooms have a bathrobe, television, telephone, coffee maker, hairdryer and drinks cooler. Dinner is included tonight. B, D

(Please note: On 30 May, 2019 departure, you will stay at the locally rated 3-star Coast Sundance Lodge.)


Day 9 Sun Peaks-Jasper

Jasper

Head east along the Yellowhead Highway into Alberta. You spend the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Crimson Hotel. The hotel is situated within easy walking distance of Jasper's downtown, with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. The 99-room hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub, fitness room, restaurant and lounge/bar. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, cable television, complimentary tea and coffee, mini fridge, microwave, safe, telephone and hairdryer. B, D


Day 10 Jasper

Maligne Canyon

Enjoy an included tour of Jasper and its surroundings, including Maligne Canyon. See Maligne Lake and Medicine Lake on an optional trip. B

Maligne Lake Jasper Alberta Canada North America


Optional excursions

This tour gives you an opportunity to see Jasper’s wildlife, which depending on the season, might include elk, mule deer, Dall's sheep, bighorn, mountain goat and ptarmigan. Travelling through Maligne Valley you'll stop at Maligne Canyon where thousands of years of erosion have carved out a 165-foot deep gorge in the limestone rock. It is a short walk to Maligne River where you can watch in awe as the river thunders through the canyon and down several waterfalls. Your guide will lead you onto Medicine Lake, and then Maligne Lake, tucked at the foot of a ring of mountains, where you can take a boat cruise to scenic Spirit Island. 

Please note: the boat cruise is weather-dependent and can only be operated when the lake has completely thawed. This varies from year to year according to the spring weather, so please ask your tour manager for the latest update.

Maligen Canyon
Maligne Canyon Jasper Alberta Canada North America

Day 11 Jasper-Banff

Banff

Drive along the famous Icefields Parkway en route to Banff, including a stop at the Athabasca Glacier for a ride on the Ice Explorer. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Banff Park Lodge. There's plenty to do here in the highest town in Canada, and it's right on your doorstep. You can browse the shops and galleries of the attractive main street or stroll along riverside walking trails. The National Park that surrounds the town is an ideal location for wildlife spotting, hiking, cycling, winter sports and the less energetic hobby of photography! Facilities at the hotel include a restaurant, lounge, indoor pool, small gym, steam room, whirlpool, beauty salon, news stand and gift shop. All 211 rooms have a balcony or patio, cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, fridge, safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and Wi-Fi (charges apply). Laundry service and 24-hour room service are available for an extra charge. B

Athabasca Glacier Jasper Alberta Canada North America

Day 12 Banff

Banff

Enjoy an included tour of Banff and its surroundings, including lake Louise. B


Day 13 Banff-Kananaskis

Scenic mountain hiking views of Barrier Lake Kananaskis

Travel to Kananaskis, a beautiful mountain resort from where you can explore the Alberta Rocky Mountains, visit the serene Barrier Lake, or perhaps enjoy one of the paved trails and view points. Stay two nights at the locally rated 3-star Mount Kidd Manor where facilities include a restaurant, bar, indoor pool, small fitness centre, BBQ area and garden. All 211 rooms have a balcony or patio, television, telephone, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, and free Wi-Fi. B

Kananaskis Alberta Canada North America

Day 14 Kananaskis

Today explore this picturesque resort at your leisure. Later today, move on out to Boundary Ranch for an included farewell ranch barbecue. B, D



Optional excursions

This ride will gently hoist you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. In good weather the views over Banff and the sweeping panorama of mountains and valleys are spectacular.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola
Banff Alberta Canada North America

Choose from two flights over the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies. The first, Royal Canadian Tour, will take you through the Goat Range Pass and past the Sundance Range for views of the mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes of Banff National Park, on a 25 minute flight. The second option, Mount Assiniboine Glacier Tour - a 30 minute flight, will include the same sights as the other tour, but will also fly you to Assiniboine Mountain.

The Rockies by helicopter
Alberta Canada North America

Day 15 Kananaskis-UK

Early afternoon leave Kananskis for Calgary airport for your overnight flight. B

Calgary Alberta Canada North America

Day 16 UK

Arrive in the UK the following morning for your included door-to-door travel service home.