Day 1: Calgary to Banff
Welcome to Calgary and Alberta. Meet your driver and begin making your way to the town of Banff and Canada's first national park. Check into your downtown hotel, then enjoy a get acquainted dinner this evening with your travel companions.
Day 2: Banff
Explore Banff on a sightseeing tour with stops at the Cascade Gardens and beautiful Bow Falls, then ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unparalleled view of the mountains and valley below. Also included is time at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew visitors to Banff in the first place.
Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise
This morning travel along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings are common so keep your camera close by. Visit Johnston Canyon for an easy walk through a deep rugged canyon littered with waterfalls, then explore the western part of the mountain chain and cross the Continental Divide into Yoho National Park. Visit Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald. Your destination today is Lake Louise, jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks.
Day 4: Lake Louise to Jasper
Traveling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. Follow the winding road that boasts a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. At the summit of Bow Pass see the beautiful baby blue waters of Peyto Lake and the rugged beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below. Arrive at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans. Visit the interpretive center then have the experience of a lifetime - a ride on the Ice Explorer for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. Visit the powerful and breathtaking Athabasca Falls before arriving to the charming town of Jasper and your home for the next two nights.
Day 5: Jasper
Start the day with a ride up Whistler Mountain on the Jasper Tram and enjoy breakfast at the top. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive takes you to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. This evening enjoy a float trip down the Athabasca River.
Day 6: Jasper to Kamloops, BC
After breakfast the journey to British Columbia begins. A stop is made at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. An unforgettable highlight today is a River Safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Observe bears and other wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints fo gates and cages, from the safety fo a boat mid-river. This presents the ultimate opportunity for the perfect snapshot. Your destination today is Kamloops, known for its rolling hills, two coverging rivers, abundance of parks and a sparkling lake.
Day 7: Kamloops to Vancouver
Today travel the fertile Fraser Valley through the Coastal Mountains and into the rugged BC interior. Your destination today is Vancouver, a vibrant metropolitan city. Vancouver is nestled between majestic mountains, sparkling oceans, and rainforests.
Day 8: Vancouver
Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities within Canada, with its multicultural fusion and spectacular mountain and ocean setting. A city tour include Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay as well as some prestigious residental areas of Vancouver. Visit Capilano Park and experience the suspension bridge, the tree top adventure and the cliff walk, plus Salish Nations culture. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner with newfound friends.
Day 9: Depart Vancouver
A transfer is provided to the Vancouver International Airport for your journey home.