Breathtaking scenery and magical experiences sum up this Canadian Rockies winter vacation. Your tour begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary with overnights along the way in some of the Canadian Rockies' most beautiful resorts—Jasper, Lake Louise, and Banff.A tour highlight is an overnight journey on the VIA Rail® the Canadian, one of the world’s most renowned trains. Watch for wildlife, such as moose, as well as frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies! You’ll also overnight at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, a luxury lodge set in the beautiful wilderness; the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, a luxury hotel surrounded by majestic mountain peaks the gorgeous Victoria Glacier, and a beautiful frozen lake; and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, built in 1888 and known as the "Castle of the Rockies."Throughout this Canadian Rockies tour, Globus has arranged some out-of-the-ordinary experiences for you. For example, in Jasper National Park, choose between an ice walk through Maligne Canyon or a guided wilderness safari. In Lake Louise, enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride as you take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery. You'll also have time to explore these beautiful resorts on your own. In Jasper, perhaps snowshoe, browse the many shops, or relax in the hotel’s spa. Perhaps try ice-skating, enjoy a snowmobile tour, cross-country ski, or just relax surrounded by Lake Louise's beauty. In Banff, you may want to enjoy Afternoon Tea at the hotel, visit one of the museums, or soak in the natural hot springs. From its stunning scenery to its enchanting adventures, all of this and more await you on this marvelous Canadian Rockies winter tour.
- The Canadian Rockies
- British Columbia
- North America
- Globus escorted tours
Day 1: ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER.
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2: VANCOUVER–VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN.
This morning, tour Vancouver including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Then, arrive at the train station for your midday departure on the CANADIAN. See Canada’s pristine landscape of frozen lakes, snowcapped mountains, and beautiful blue skies. Keep your eyes open for wildlife such as moose, elk, and eagles. Spend the day in comfort on the train, with delicious meals and spectacular views from the dome car. NOTE:On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are open by day in arm chair style. By night, beds are converted to upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder in order to reach upper bed.
Day 3: VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–JASPER.
Wake up this morning to the beautiful scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper and enjoy a CULINARY DEMONSTRATION lunch at the historic Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Then, get acquainted with the village on an orientation tour. Spend the next two nights at this great Canadian lodge surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.
Day 4: JASPER.
A day to explore all the wonders of JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Enjoy your choice of activities: take an LF ICE WALK through Maligne Canyon or a guided WILDLIFE SAFARI. During your free time, you may want to go cross-country skiing, try snowshoeing, or browse the shops in downtown Jasper. Indoors, you can choose from spa treatments, gourmet dining, or just relaxing by the fire with a warm drink.
Day 5: JASPER–LAKE LOUISE.
Today, we travel to the beautiful shores of Lake Louise and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Enjoy this winter wonderland on a leisurely LF HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDE. Take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery with blankets to keep you warm and comfortable. Other winter activities available include dogsledding, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, or ice skating.
Day 6: LAKE LOUISE–BANFF.
This morning is at leisure to relax and recharge or explore the elegant alpine paradise. Later, travel to BANFF NATIONAL PARK, where sightseeing includes a visit to Bow Falls. The remainder of the day is yours to explore on your own. Your Tour Director will have suggestions for additional sightseeing, shopping, and dining. Your home for the next two nights is the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. SPECIAL FEATURE: Built in 1888, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel was the largest hotel in the world at the time and also marked the beginning of tourism in the Canadian Rockies. Styled after a Scottish Baronial castle, the hotel is known as the “Castle of the Rockies.”
Day 7: BANFF.
Spend a full free day to explore Banff on your own. You may wish to stroll Banff Avenue visiting shops and galleries, partake in Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, or learn the Canadian sport of curling. Other options include visiting one of the town’s museums, taking a soak in the natural hot springs, enjoying a massage, or striking up a conversation with a local at one of the town’s coffee shops. Tonight, your Tour Director hosts drinks by the fire, followed by a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your Canadian Rockies winter adventure.
Day 8: BANFF–CALGARY.
Your tour comes to a close today as you arrive at Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 2 pm.
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Touring with Cosmos
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