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Departs: August 3rd, 2019 Tour Dates & Pricing
Enjoy the splendor of the Rockies on a spectacular rail tour through Canada. Arrive in Calgary and stroll the interactive exhibits at the Glenbow Museum. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area and a scrumptious lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. In Jasper, board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus Cars. A local specialist joins us as we learn about agriculture in British Columbia. Board a ferry bound for Vancouver Island where we’ll tour the city of Victoria and visit to the exquisite Butchart Gardens®. Depart Victoria by ferry and cross into Washington state with a drive along the Olympic Peninsula and one night in Seattle before we fly home.
Hosted By: Andrew McCrea
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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 learn 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. Following lunch, we visit Glenbow Museum whose exhibits showcase Western Canadian history, art and culture. We journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.
Day 3 : Banff
This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area. Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Banff Springs Hotel. The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.
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 Glacier Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. We stay in Jasper this evening.
Day 5 : Relax on 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.
Day 6 : Vancouver
Enjoy an included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken. 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 before we check-in to our accommodations for two nights.
Day 7 : British Columbia Agriculture
A local agricultural specialist joins our group this morning to provide commentary on the agricultural sights we see today. We begin at the Vander Meulen Greenhouses who grow peppers for the BC Hot House food co-op, visit a local dairy farm and learn about farming in Canada, and taste artisan cheese at Golden Ears Cheesecrafters.
Day 8 : The Butchart Gardens®
This morning we board a ferry for Vancouver Island. We visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most highly acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens and enjoy the seasonal floral displays. See the Ross Fountains play its pattern of water displays every four minutes. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Visit Michell’s Farm, a sixth-generation family owned and operated farm that has been growing on the Saanich Peninsula for over 150 years. Later, we arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia, for two relaxing nights. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.
Day 9 : Ferry to Washington
This morning we depart Victoria by ferry and cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the 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.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We bid farewell to our fellow travelers as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.
August 3rd, 2019 - August 12th, 2019
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Final Payment Date: 05/20/2019
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