Welcome to outdoorsy, nature loving Vancouver! Regarded as one of the world's most naturally beautiful
cities, Vancouver is framed by dramatic vistas on all sides and is the kind of place where, given its close
proximity to nature, you can ski in the morning and swim in the ocean by early afternoon. After settling in
to your hotel you'll meet your Travel Director this afternoon, then you're free to head out and uncover the
city's many delights. Take a stroll through Stanley Park, or alternatively explore Vancouver's diverse culinary
scene which boasts some of the best Asian cuisine in all of North America.
HOTEL - Pacific Gateway Hotel
VANCOUVER – VICTORIA (2 NIGHTS)
This morning's sightseeing tour of lovely Vancouver will visit the city's oldest neighbourhood, Gastown,
which was designated a National Historical Site in 2009. You'll also visit buzzy Chinatown and admire the
famous collection of totem poles at Stanley Park, before catching the ferry to the capital of British
Columbia, Victoria. Docking at Swartz Bay and making the short drive into the city, you'll no doubt be struck
by the English influence of Victoria. A sightseeing tour of the city will take you along the waterfront district
and into the downtown area, passing the Parliament Buildings, Government Street and through Beacon Hill
Park so you can really get your bearings. Keen to explore even further? Victoria has more cycle routes than
any other Canadian city, so the best way to get around is undoubtedly on two wheels.
HOTEL - Comfort Inn and Suites
VICTORIA SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Breakfast this morning is a real treat - you'll be heading to the world famous Butchart Gardens in the Blue
Poppy Restaurant where, surrounded by beautiful blossoms and blooms, you'll eat a fresh, seasonal
breakfast with sunlight pouring in from the vast skylights above. Feeling full, the rest of the day is yours to
explore Victoria your way. Keen to make your visit here memorable? Why not join our Whale Watching
Optional, where you'll head out into the protected waters of Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to try
and catch a glimpse of the orca whales who are known to reside here in spring and summer. Of course, with
wild animals sightings are never guaranteed, but even if the orcas are a no show you'll be sure to spot
magnificent bald eagles, porpoises and seals.
MEAL(S) - Iconic Breakfast
VICTORIA – WHISTLER (2 NIGHTS)
First up on today's agenda is Chemainus, a seaside community and former industrial town that is best
known for its series of giant outdoor murals depicting local history. Hopping on board a ferry across the
Georgia Strait and arriving into Horseshoe Bay, you'll then travel along the iconic Sea-to-Sky Highway, one
of the world's most scenic drives. We challenge you not to keep your eyes to the horizon as you pass
cascading waterfalls, jagged mountain peaks and the dreamy ocean vistas of Howe Sound, before stopping
off at Shannon Falls Provincial Park, which boasts the third highest waterfall in all of BC. Still in awe of the
scenery served up by today's drive, you'll finish today in the alpine village of Whistler, which sits nestled in
the shadows of the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.
HOTEL Delta Hotels by Marriott Whistler Village Suites
With a free day in Whistler, the choice is yours for how to explore this pretty adventure playground. Spend
your day hiking or biking one of the many trails, explore the labyrinth of lanes that make up Whistler village,
or make the most of our Optional activities, each one more exhilarating than the next! You could find
yourself soaring into the skies on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, admiring the turquoise waters of the mile high
Garibaldi Lake from above, whitewater rafting down the Green river, or zip lining at 100km per hour amidst
the stunning mountain wilderness. When we said exhilarating, we weren't joking!
No doubt still on a high from yesterday's high-flying pursuits, you'll leave Whistler behind as you venture
along scenic Duffey Lake Road, spotting the freshwater fjord of Seton Lake, and the ominous sounding Mt.
Rohr along the way. Following the once treacherous Cariboo Wagon Trail, which formed part of the Gold
Rush Route, your final port of call for today is Sun Peaks, one of British Columbia's best loved ski resorts.
Winter time here sees ski and snowboard enthusiasts from across the globe flocking to this pretty little
town to enjoy just some of the 135 ski runs that pepper the horizon. In the warmer months, the ski lifts stay
open to provide access to more than two dozen hiking and mountain bike trails, making Sun Peaks yet
another BC outdoorsy gem.
HOTEL Sun Peaks Lodge
SUN PEAKS – JASPER (2 NIGHTS)
Fall in love with the gorgeous prairie provinces of Canada this morning as you drive through the white
fenced ranch lands that surround the Yellowhead Highway. Keeping a firm eye on the snowcapped peaks of
the Columbia Mountains in the distance, it will be cheers all round as you catch a first glimpse of Mount
Robson, the most prominent mountain in the North American Rockies and the highest point in the
Canadian range. Finally, you'll finish up today in unpretentious, heart warming Jasper, which sits smack
bang in the heart of one of the most beautiful protected wildernesses in the world.
HOTEL Lobstick Lodge
JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIME
Today promises to be action packed! Stepping outside and smelling the fresh mountain air, let the prospect
of a day exploring stunning Jasper bring a smile to your face. As the largest national park in the Canadian
Rockies your options are limitless, and as always we've also got a range of exciting Optionals on hand to
help personalise your experience. Perhaps you'll choose a gentle float trip down the Athabasca River, which
provides ample wildlife spotting opportunities, or maybe a guided walk on the "Path of the Glaciers" as you
make your way to the emerald green "Lake of Forgiveness". Have your heart set on exploring beautiful
Maligne Lake? Then a boat cruise around the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies has your
name all over it.
JASPER – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – LAKE LOUISE – BANFF (2 NIGHTS)
The magnificent Icefields Parkway awaits you today, a striking 232km stretch of road that cuts straight
through the backbone of the Rockies, serving up ancient glaciers, mountain lakes and broad sweeping
valleys en route. You'll be making a stop at glacier fed and impossibly green Peyto Lake, one of the most
photographed lakes in the world (and for good reason), before heading on to explore the Columbia Icefield,
which covers an area of over 200 square miles and is as deep as 1000 feet in parts. Here, you'll get the
chance to ride the giant Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier for a closer look at this ancient marvel of
nature. Not done with the day yet, you'll pay a visit to ethereal Lake Louise, which sits nestled at the base of
the Victoria Glacier, before finally coming to a stop in dramatic, UNESCO World Heritage listed Banff.
HOTEL Inns of Banff
BANFF SIGHTSEEING AND FREE TIME
Waking up today we hope you're full of energy, as the vast natural playground outside of your front door
isn't going to explore itself. Venture into the stunning wilderness of Banff National Park, or better still you
could take advantage of our enticing range of Optionals to truly unlock this region in real Costsaver style.
We've got a variety of helicopter flights to see you soaring over sights including the Three Sisters Peak, the
Sundance Ranges and the Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers, or perhaps you'd prefer to catch the gondola to
the very top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's eye view of six mountain ranges within the Rockies, spotting
glorious Lake Louise and Moraine Lake in the distance. However you choose to explore today, one things for
sure - Banff will be an experience you'll never forget.
It will be another incredible drive today as you climb higher and higher to cross the Continental Divide at
Kicking Horse Pass, stopping at the Spiral Tunnels on the way to marvel at one of the steepest railroad
stretches in the world. You'll then travel through not one, not two, but three beautiful national parks, slowly
descending from the mountains as the landscape changes from snowcapped peaks to sprawling wineries
and fruit orchards, indicating that you've arrived in Canada's 'fruit basket', the Okanagan Valley. Surrounded
by so many grapes the temptation for a tasting will be hard to resist, so you'll stop off at a local winery for a
tour and tasting before heading on to Vernon, the unofficial capital of the Okanagan.
HOTEL Sandman Vernon
VERNON – DEPART VANCOUVER
On your final drive of the trip make the most of the scenery this morning as you pass through the Cascade
Mountains, named for the staggering number of waterfalls tumbling off the peaks, before venturing into
the Fraser River Valley and finally coming to a stop back in Vancouver, the place where it all began. For
those who are doing the Alaska Cruise, now's the time to start getting excited as you're dropped off at
Canada Place to board the luxury Holland America cruise liner.