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Best of the West (westbound) 9 days from $4209CAD per person - Independent Tour

Overnight stays in Calgary, Lake Louise, Banff, Vancouver and Victoria truly make this the Best of the West. Other highlights include a tour of Yoho National Park and whale watching off Vancouver Island’s coast.

2018 Package Start Dates:
Starts Calgary (Westbound)
Sundays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
Apr 14 - Oct 10

Westbound
Day Activities Overnight
1 Arrive in Calgary Calgary
2 Scenic transfer to Lake Louise Lake Louise
3 Scenic tour to Banff Banff
4 Banff tour including Banff Gondola Banff
5 Rocky Mountaineer train to Kamloops Kamloops
6 Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver Vancouver
7 Victoria tour including Butchart Gardens Victoria
8 Whale watching tour. Transfer to Vancouver Vancouver
9 End of tour  

2018 Package Start Dates:

Starts Calgary (Westbound) Sundays, Wednesdays & Saturdays
Apr 14 18 21 25 28 29
May 2 5 6 9 12 13 16 19 20 23 26 27 30
Jun 2 6 9 13 16 20 23 27 30
Jul 4 7 11 14 18 21 25 28
Aug 1 4 8 11 15 18 22 25 29
Sep 1 2 5 8 9 12 15 16 19 22 23 26 29
Oct 3 6 7 10

Package Includes

• 8 nights hotel accommodation
• Transfer from Calgary to Lake Louise
• Yoho National Park Tour from Lake Louise to Banff
• Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service
• 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
• Rail station transfers Banff, Kamloops & Vancouver
• Tour from Vancouver to Victoria, including Butchart Gardens
• Hop-on, Hop-off Bus Tour of Vancouver (2 day pass)
• Whale watching tour
• Coach and ferry transfer to Vancouver

Not Included

• Transportation from Vancouver or Calgary airport (ask your Vacation Planner for details)
• Meals, other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train
• Luggage handling and transfers, unless otherwise stated
• Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff
• Canadian sales tax

2018 Vacation Prices

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
14 Apr-30 Apr $4209 $6229 $8989 $6719 $9969
01 May-31 Aug $5239 $7399 $10849 $7719 $11489
01 Sep-30 Sep $4959 $7329 $10709 $7869 $11779
01 Oct-10 Oct $4209 $6639 $9799 $7169 $10869

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $649.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
14 Apr-30 Apr $3283 $4858 $7011 $5240 $7775
01 May-31 Aug $4086 $5771 $8462 $6020 $8961
01 Sep-30 Sep $3868 $5716 $8353 $6137 $9187
01 Oct-10 Oct $3283 $5178 $7643 $5591 $8477

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $506.

United States Dollar (USD) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
14 Apr-30 Apr £2483 £3675 £5303 £3964 £5881
01 May-31 Aug £3091 £4365 £6400 £4554 £6778
01 Sep-30 Sep £2925 £4324 £6318 £4642 £6949
01 Oct-10 Oct £2483 £3917 £5781 £4229 £6412

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional £382.

British Pound (GBP) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
14 Apr-30 Apr €2820 €4173 €6022 €4501 €6679
01 May-31 Aug €3510 €4957 €7268 €5171 €7697
01 Sep-30 Sep €3322 €4910 €7175 €5272 €7891
01 Oct-10 Oct €2820 €4448 €6565 €4803 €7282

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional €434.

Euro (EUR) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Vacation start days Superior Hotels Deluxe Hotels
Double Double Single Double Single
14 Apr-30 Apr $4166 $6166 $8899 $6651 $9869
01 May-31 Aug $5186 $7325 $10740 $7641 $11374
01 Sep-30 Sep $4909 $7255 $10601 $7790 $11661
01 Oct-10 Oct $4166 $6572 $9701 $7097 $10760

* Upgrade from Silverleaf to Goldleaf aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train for an additional $642.

Australian Dollar (AUD) prices are subject to currency market fluctuation — CAD price is actual cost.

Prices are per person and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
Prices for triples and children are available, please contact us for details.
Upgrading to Premium rooms with private tours and transfers is also available, please contact us for details.

Itinerary

Day 1 Calgary

Upon arriving in Calgary you’ll have the rest of the day to explore the city. Calgary combines contemporary pizzazz with cowboy-ruggedness, creating a unique urban environment. Calgary Tower, the Calgary Zoo, the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, Prince’s Island and Olympic Plaza are some of the city’s most famous attractions.

Day 2 Calgary to Lake Louise

Transfer to Lake Louise in the morning, one of the most photographed settings in the world. You’ll check into the Fairmont Chateau, located along the edge of Lake Louise, giving you out-the-door access to one of the planet’s true wonder spots. Jagged, snow-touched peaks surround the turquoise-colored lake, making every view picture-worthy. Canoe rentals allow you to explore by water. Or you can stroll along the lake’s wooded edge via the Lake Louise Lakeshore Trail, an easy hike with zero elevation gain.

Day 3 Lake Louise to Banff

From Lake Louise you’ll enter Yoho National Park, home to more than 30 peaks over 3,000 metres (9,000 feet) high. Your tour will visit many of the park’s most popular landmarks, including the appropriately named Emerald Lake and the Kicking Horse River’s natural bridge. You’ll then continue on to Banff, one of the world’s premier mountain town resorts.

Day 4 Banff

A 4.5 hour guided tour will introduce you to the wonders of Banff. Highlights are many and include Bow Falls, which was made famous by Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return. The tour will also visit Tunnel Mountain Drive with its outstanding views of Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and Banff’s famous hoodoos (strange, finger-like rock formations). A ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain aboard the Banff Gondola will conclude your tour. From here you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the Bow Valley and surrounding Banff National Park.

Day 5 Banff to Kamloops

The rail portion of your Canadian vacation begins aboard a Rocky Mountaineer train. From Banff you’ll snake through the Canadian Rockies, passing endless vistas of snow-draped peaks, cascading streams and earth-carving glaciers. You’ll also pass several famous landmarks including Rogers Pass, the Spiral Tunnels and Glacier National Park.  After crossing the Continental Divide you’ll enter British Columbia and eventually glide into the province’s arid interior, where the mountains are replaced by rolling brown hills. 

Day 6 Kamloops to Vancouver

Your Rocky Mountaineer train will continue west along the Thompson River before veering south into the Fraser River Valley. Here, you’ll follow the fast flowing path of the Fraser River, skirting steep canyon walls shadowed by the Canadian Cascade Mountains. Along the way you’ll pass Hell’s Gate, the valley’s most popular landmark, before arriving in Vancouver in the late afternoon. A two-day “Hop-on Hop-off” bus pass will allow you to tour the city’s biggest attractions – Gastown, Stanley Park, the Robson Street Shopping District, Chinatown – at your own pace.

Day 7 Victoria

Today you’ll board a ferry for a tour of Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, is annually recognized as one of the world’s prettiest cities. Your guided tour will take you to all of Victoria’s hotspots, with plenty of attention devoted to the Inner Harbour area. Admission to Butchart Gardens, one of western Canada’s most popular attractions, highlights the day.

Day 8 Victoria Whalewatching/Vancouver

This three-hour experience off the coast of Vancouver Island provides the definitive exclamation point for your Canadian vacation. This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a 14 metre ocean cruiser or a custom-built Zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whale watching experience. Comments by a certified marine biologist and naturalist are provided. Full-length cruiser suits are provided on the zodiac boats. Guests who prefer to travel in a larger, covered boat may do so, please advise at time of booking. After, you’ll board a ferry back to Vancouver, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Day 9 Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checking out of your hotel.

This itinerary is also available in reverse on Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays.

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