From the lush green Pacific coast of Vancouver to the world-famous Calgary Stampede, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian for a once-in-a-lifetime overnight train journey. Relax in the dome car and experience panoramic views of snow-capped mountains, glacial lakes, rushing rivers and the sheer unspoiled wilderness of Canada. Arrive in Jasper and see the dramatic Maligne Canyon and its picture-perfect lake, where you enjoy breakfast with a view! Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Marvel at Athabascsa Glacier. Feel like royalty while overnighting at the fabulous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs. Discover the natural beauty of Moraine Lake and the powerful Bow Falls. End your tour in Calgary, where it’s time for some rodeo fun as you take your seat at the world’s largest rodeo, the Calgary Stampede! Discover the natural beauty only found in the Canadian Rockies.
A scenic ferry crossing transports you to Vancouver Island to visit the incomparable and lovely Butchart Gardens. Set on over 55 acres, Butchart Gardens are among the world's most beautiful and are a veritable explosion of color and fragrances. Then, take a short sightseeing tour of the "City of Gardens," Victoria, and enjoy leisure time to explore this charming, seaside city. This evening you will journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride. Duration approximately 12 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Please Note: This option is operated by a local representative and requires guests to have a pre-night hotel stay in Vancouver.
Discover Maligne Lake, the second largest glacially fed lake in the world, secretly tucked away in a ring of towering mountains. Cruise the deep blue waters of this lake on a 1½ hour, fully-narrated scenic cruise aboard a heated, enclosed vessel. Sail in comfort to captivating Spirit Island, learning about the lake’s history, geology, flora and fauna. See towering mountains white with glaciers and watch for wildlife while cruising through unforgettable scenery. Enjoy a stroll on Spirit Island and experience for yourself one of the most iconic, photographed scenes in all of the Rockies. It is a photographer's dream. Duration approximately 1.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 15 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option is not available between October and June due to the lake being frozen. Closing and opening dates are weather dependent and subject to change. Availability is limited — space is on a first come, first served basis.
Set off on the Athabasca River for the adventure of a lifetime! Climb aboard a specially-designed raft with a licensed National Parks guide and explore this great waterway as it flows through the Alberta wilderness. Float through many small sets of rapids and calm waters as you trace a route once used by early fur traders. This is a great excursion for travelers of all ages and a safe, gentle way to experience one of the world’s true wild rivers. Each raft is 25 feet long and seats 25 people. The fully-trained guides possess endless streams of knowledge of the local wildlife, history and folklore. Don’t miss an unforgettable chance to experience the fascinating Canadian wilderness. Watch as they row through six to eight short sets of mild rapids as well as calm stretches over 10 miles (16 kilometers) of river. Duration approximately 2.5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 4 passenger(s) is required to operate this option.
Experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies from a birds-eye perspective -- leave the ground behind and behold the incomparable beauty of the region with a helicopter tour. Nothing compares to the total exhilaration of soaring above some of the most incredible scenery the world offers. Soar to the “Matterhorn” of the Canadian Rockies, Mt. Assiniboine, which rises majestically 11,870 feet along the Great Divide. The surrounding glaciers and icefalls will astound you and capture your imagination. This is a photographer's dream come true! Duration approximately 2 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 2 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. Actual flight time is 30 minutes. Due to weight restrictions per aircraft, there is a group weigh-in prior to boarding. Passenger location in aircraft is based on weight & balance of the aircraft and is determined upon arrival at the heliport.
You’ll be sitting on the edge of your reserved seats when you witness one of the Calgary Stampede’s most popular and exciting events. Watch 36 drivers, 128 horses pulling chuckwagons and their teams of outriders as they compete for over $1 million in prize money! The Stampede’s world-famous Grandstand show follows. The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede perform in an energetic spectacle that features song, dance and special effects before concluding with a fantastic fireworks display. Duration approximately 5 hour(s). Transportation is included. A minimum of 1 passenger(s) is required to operate this option. This option must be pre purchased before April 30th. As of May 1st, tickets cannot be guaranteed and will be subject to availability. Due to the nature of this optional item, once purchased it will be non refundable.
Take a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Your adventure opens in Vancouver.
A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown - a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. Later, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations.
This morning, travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. While at Maligne Lake, you may choose to embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with time to independently explore this lovely town.
Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle -OR- take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Bow Lake – a beautiful crystal clear lake fed by Bow Glacier – for photographs and a walk along its shore before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice...choose the perfect spot from a “menu” of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise’s great restaurants.
En route to Banff, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies,” for a luxurious 2-night stay. This evening, it’s another Diner’s Choice...you’ll choose the perfect spot from one of the Fairmont Banff Springs’ great restaurants.
Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Surprise Corner, known for its picture-perfect panoramic views. Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During leisure time, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown.
This morning we’re off to the Calgary Stampede which has been entertaining patrons since 1912. Travel to the Stampede grounds and visit the Midway, an authentic Native American village, various exhibits and enjoy entertainment. The rodeo is the heart of the Calgary Stampede and this evening you will have the opportunity of reserved seating for a great view of the various Stampede performances including the Chuckwagon races*** and musical entertainment.
Your tour ends today in Calgary.
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
Back in 1918, when Jack Collette started the company, the first tour to ever run was made up of a jitney bus of travellers that left Boston, Massachusetts headed for Florida. This three-week adventure cost just $61.50! At that time few could have foreseen that nearly 100 years later, that same company would be taking guests from around the world to all seven continents.
Collette believe that a true travel experience starts and ends with people and they pride themselves in creating adventures which take you on a journey around the world. They offer over 150 tours taking you to the national parks of North America, the wonders of Central and South America, the culture of Europe, the ancient sites of Asia, the wildlife of Africa and the outback of Australia. Their extensive travel experience and local expertise, developed over their 100 year history, means they take you to the main sights but also to places rarely visited and those you have always dreamed of exploring. Their aim is to deliver authentic experiences so on their tours you can expect to experience and try your hand at local crafts and traditions, meet the locals and see a lifestyle often very different to your own.
Travelling is such an enriching experience, but it is not always straight forward. Language and cultural differences can be a challenge, but Collette have it covered. They have their own experts on the ground who speak the language and understand the customs, and they have designed tours to maximise your stay in your chosen destination. They have organised all the details with airlines, accommodation, transportation, meals, sightseeing and more to ensure your tour runs seamlessly. They transport you from A to B in comfort, so you can sit back, relax and really make the most of your travels.
Collette offer you their ‘Best Value’ approach. Their tours are inclusive of any domestic transportation, accommodation, most meals, daily tours including entrance fees, local guides and exceptional Tour Managers. When you book a flight inclusive tour with them, they will also transport you in style in your own private door to door airport transfers. All you have to pay for are any non-included meals, drinks and non-included excursions – not to mention the odd souvenir along the way! Before you travel, Collette includes, with your full itinerary, details on how to download your personal App for use on tour. The App will become your new travel friend, and is packed with useful information including all the details about your flights and accommodation on tour, useful weather updates, city maps, and restaurant and attraction recommendations. You can also use it to share photos via social media.