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Canadian Rockies, Vancouver & Victoria

featuring one night on VIA Rail

Enjoy one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian train for phenomenal mountain views and decadent onboard service. Begin in Calgary, Alberta just east of the Rockies and explore its art, history, and culture. Have a tour of Banff and lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. When we board the historic Canadian train, we travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus cars for a top-class experience. Explore Vancouver and walk across the thrilling Capilano Suspension Bridge. Then ferry to Vancouver Island and visit the Butchart Gardens® with time to explore. Tour Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, before we board a ferry that takes us to Washington State where we drive along the Olympic Peninsula and arrive in Seattle.

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Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
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Day 1 : Fly to Calgary

Upon arrival we check in to our accommodations in Calgary.

Day 2 : Discover Calgary

In the morning we spend time learning about this spectacular city just east of the Rocky Mountains. After enjoying the highlights of Calgary, relax and savor lunch at Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower, almost 630 feet above downtown. We journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3 : Banff

Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform followed by a panoramic tour of the Banff area. Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 : Columbia Icefield

Breathtaking scenery borders our route today along the Icefields Parkway. This beautiful area is famous for the glacial blue waters of its many lakes nestled among the mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, we board a giant Ice Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. We stay in Jasper this evening.

Lunch

Day 5 : Ride the Rails

This morning we board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Vancouver in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences onboard as you roll past the beautiful landscapes. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.

Brunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Vancouver

Enjoy an included breakfast on the train this morning. We arrive in Vancouver and take time to explore the city. Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, this vibrant city is the largest in British Columbia. We find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge. After, we check in to our accommodations for the night.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 : The Butchart Gardens®

This morning we board a ferry for Vancouver Island. We visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped, themed gardens. Enjoy seasonal floral displays and see the Ross Fountain play its water patterns every four minutes. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Later, we arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia. Shops, cafes, and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.

Lunch

Day 8 : Victoria

A local guide joins us to tour Victoria, known for its British atmosphere. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. We view historic sites including the Parliament Building on the lovely Inner Harbor, and witness beautiful flower beds and gardens that reflect the area’s passion for gardening. A spectacular lunch awaits us after our tour. We have the afternoon at leisure to browse in the delightful shops or to visit local attractions.

Lunch

Day 9 : Ferry to Washington

This morning we depart Victoria by ferry and cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and international border to Washington. We drive along the Olympic Peninsula before arriving in Seattle. Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Dinner

Day 10 : Fly Home

Bid farewell as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and Western Canada.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All rail transportation
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night in Calgary
  • 2 nights in Banff
  • 1 night in Jasper
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rail's Canadian train
  • 1 night in the Vancouver area
  • 2 nights in Victoria
  • 1 night in Seattle

Attractions & Highlights

  • Calgary guided tour
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Mountie Meet & Greet presented by Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Two scenic ferry rides
  • The Butchart Gardens®
  • Victoria guided tour

12 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at Sky 360 Calgary Tower
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel
  • Lunch at the Columbia Icefields
  • Dinner on Train
  • Lunch at The Butchart Gardens®
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner in Seattle

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet.

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$5999

Single

$6899

Final Payment Date: 05/05/2023

Departure Cities

WSAZ TV Pickup Locations:

Barboursville, WV - Walmart

Charleston, WV - Microtel Inn & Suites By Wyndam

Columbus, OH - John Glenn Columbus International Airport

John Marra

John is the retired Home and Garden Expert spending nearly 35 years at WSAZ. If it had anything to do with lawns, gardens, shrubs or trees, viewers could count on John to give them the latest technology to solve their many landscaping needs. He also retired from the West Virginia University Extension Service with the rank of Associate Professor.

While at WSAZ, John had his own TV show, The Saturday Report, where he interviewed many local agriculture experts. He also appeared on his Green Thumb segment and answered viewers calls live on air regarding gardening tips. John was also one of the main attractions at the WSAZ Home and Garden Show which attracted tens of thousands of people at the local civic arena.

John has previously hosted several Holiday Vacation Tours. Join John and many other WSAZ viewers on this very exciting vacation.