Experience some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, by road and rail, and discover the best of glorious British Columbia and Alberta. This wonderful escorted tour of Western Canada begins in Banff, the Canadian Rockies’ majestic capital, before heading via Lake Louise and its turquoise waters to the historic rail-road town of Jasper, at the gateway to Jasper National Park. After the chance to explore, you'll board the Rocky Mountaineer and travel through yet more wonderful scenery to Vancouver, to discover one of the world’s most beautifully located cities. Finish your adventure in Victoria, the decidedly British capital of Vancouver Island.
Enjoy a journey on the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer
Stay in Banff, the capital of the Rockies
A two-night stay in the alpine town of Jasper
A journey along the Icefields Parkway, via sparkling Lake Louise, to Jasper
Discover Vancouver, frequently voted one of the world's best cities to live in
Stay two nights in the pretty harbourside city of Victoria
Discover Jasper National Park and Maligne Lake on an optional excursion
Fly direct to Calgary, meet your Tour Manager and board the coach for the journey up into the majestic Rockies and Banff, for a two-night stay. Rest and relax upon arrival.
Explore the delightful, bustling capital of the Rockies, in its breathtaking setting, and take the opportunity to join a choice of memorable optional excursions. Take a cable car up to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, join a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, or take an unforgettable helicopter ride over the mountains.
Today you’ll travel by coach along the renowned Icefields Parkway, calling briefly at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters – frozen for much of the year – are set against the awesome backdrop of the Victoria Glacier. You'll then continue to Jasper, at the entrance to scenic Jasper National Park, to stay for two nights in this historic Rockies’ railroad town.
Rest and relax at the hotel, enjoying the railroad-town surroundings of Jasper, or join one of today's optional excursions. Options will include a ride on the historic Jasper Skytram – Canada's longest cable car – to witness spectacular views of Jasper and its mountainous backdrop. Alternatively, journey to idyllic Maligne Lake, famous for its dazzling blue water, in its spectacular setting. The adventurous can take a ride on the back of (or in a sidecar beside) a Harley Davidson motorcycle piloted by a professional rider.
This morning, begin your journey on the legendary Rocky Mountaineer, following the path of the North Thompson River past Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls and Yellowhead Pass, and through the scenic wonderland of the Monashee and Caribou mountains. Enjoy breakfast and lunch on board the train as you gaze in awe at the majestic scenery, and arrive in Kamloops in the late afternoon to transfer to a comfortable overnight hotel.
Re-board the train to continue your spectacular journey to the coast. Highlights will include the mighty Fraser River, the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon, and the stunning coastal ranges that rise up as you near beautiful Vancouver. Once again, you'll enjoy breakfast and lunch on board, and once you arrive in Vancouver, you'll transfer to your next hotel. Relax, or head out to enjoy your first evening in a city often voted among the best places in the world to live.
Join today’s optional city tour of this delightful place. Highlights will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You’ll also cross into the leafy suburbs of North Van for the chance to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 450 ft across Capilano River. The rest of the day you're free to explore.
Journey to the ferry terminal and cross the strait to Vancouver Island, before heading to the charming, unashamedly "British" capital of British Columbia, Victoria, with its Royal B.C. Museum, vast parliament buildings and the grand Empress Hotel, for a two-night stay.
Enjoy a day free to explore under your own steam, or join this morning’s optional excursion to world-famous Butchart Gardens. Here, over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed. This afternoon, complete your stay – and your Canadian adventure – by joining our optional whale-watching cruise, for the chance to seek out orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment. Later, spend a second evening in Victoria, perhaps reliving the wonders of the past few days.
Board the ferry back to the mainland, this morning, and head to Vancouver airport to check in for your overnight flight home.
Land back in the UK at the end of a spectacular Canadian adventure.
Nine nights' room-only hotel accommodation in Banff (2 nights), Jasper (2), Kamloops (1), Vancouver (2) and Victoria (2)
A two-day journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, travelling in SilverLeaf Service (GoldLeaf available at a supplement)
Breakfast and lunch on board Rocky Mountaineer
Return flights to Calgary (returning from Vancouver)
Comfortable, air-conditioned coach travel and transfers
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager
You will have the option to book your own flights independently with the operator.
With more than 35 years’ tour-operating experience, Newmarket Holidays can provide escorted tours, river cruises, cruise holidays and resort-based stays that combine superb value for money and the highest standards of customer care. Having won Best Escorted Tours Holiday Company six years running at the British Travels Awards, the company has become one of the largest and most respected independently owned tour operators in the UK.
Newmarket Holidays offers a huge array of escorted tours, short breaks, long explorations and holiday experiences for just about every interest and activity level, with transfers, excursions, carefully chosen accommodation and many entrances included in the price. All holidays also include a friendly and knowledgeable tour manager to help you make the most of your trip and to ensure your holiday operates as smoothly as possible. And although much of your escorted tour is prearranged, you’ll still have plenty of free time to relax and the flexibility to do your own thing.
With Newmarket Holidays, there’s a whole world to explore, from the historic railways of the Isle of Man and the canals of Amsterdam to the exciting city of New York and the magical sight of the Taj Mahal in India. Alternatively, relax and unwind beside the blue waters of Lake Garda, enjoy a guided tour of Poland’s former royal capital or spend a few nights in the heart of Moscow in Russia. Newmarket Holidays has something special for all couples, groups, families and solo travellers, including romantic breaks in Paris, safari adventures in Kenya, Santa experience days in Lapland and rail journeys through the Italian countryside.
There’s also a choice of holiday types and themes, such as small group tours, rail holidays, UK and Ireland short breaks, Christmas markets and cultural experiences, as well as concerts and events. As a company that now focuses on UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises, you can even choose how to travel to your chosen destinations. Not forgetting that Newmarket Holidays specialises in included and optional excursions to ensure your escorted tours are memorable from beginning to end.
When you choose an air holiday, you can either tour as many attractions and cultures as you can fit in or base yourself at a quiet resort and take your pick from a collection of excursions and day trips. This means that your holiday can be as adventurous or as relaxing as you wish. If a cruise is your ideal group tour, Newmarket Holidays has departures from nearly every major port in the UK and can take you to places in and around Europe, the Canary Islands, the Baltic Cities, Greenland, the Far East, Australia and Africa. You can also choose from a wide range of European and worldwide river cruises or select a Christmas and New Year river cruise along the Danube, the Rhine or the Seine River.
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Please note: After many years of operation, Newmarket Holidays has decided to discontinue the UK and European coach breaks and tours departing from local pick-ups in the UK (as of 2019) to concentrate on its range of UK, European and Worldwide air holidays, ocean cruises and river cruises.