Rocky Mountain Explorer

Overview

Rocky Mountain Explorer

Travel from Vancouver to Clearwater in central British Columbia and spend some time exploring Wells Gray Park. Next, drive into the Rockies and the beautiful mountain resort of Jasper for a 2 night stay. Enjoy a full day with your guide exploring the area. After a second night in Jasper, it's time to journey along the spectacular Icefields Parkway to Banff. From here you will visit Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and explore the amazing scenery of one of Canada's first National Parks. Leave Banff and travel to Waterton National Park for a 2 night stay. Enjoy a day searching for local wildlife and taking in the area's best sites. After your stay in Waterton, travel back through British Columbia with stays in Fernie and Kimberley, then stay for 2 nights in Nelson located in the soaring Kootenay mountains. A final night is spent in Osoyoos with a chance to visit some of the area's superb wineries before you return to Vancouver.

Your journey is onboard a small mini-van with a maximum of 9 guests and your driver-guide. This small group tour experience allows you to visit the areas the larger coach parties can't, and also gives your guide the opportunity to tailor the sightseeing to maximise the chances for wildlife viewing and to take into account any specific requests by the guests on any given day.

What's Included:

  • Return flights.
  • 12 nights in hotels (accommodation as specified or similar).
  • All transfers.
  • Services of an experienced tour manager.
  • National Park fees.
Highlights:
  • Experience the freedom and spontaneity of small group touring.
  • Explore the incredible Rockies.
  • Stunning scenery of lesser known National Parks.

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Fly London to Vancouver - Clearwater

Leave Vancouver and cross over the Coast Mountains to Kamloops and follow the North Thompson River to Clearwater and the Wells Gray Park.
Overnight - Wells Gray Park

Day 2: Clearwater - Jasper

Spend the morning exploring Wells Gray Park before heading past Mt. Robson to Jasper for a two night stay.
Overnight - Jasper

Day 3: Jasper

A lot depends on the weather and the wildlife today; your guide will design this day to suit the local conditions.
Overnight - Jasper

Day 4: Icefields Parkway - Banff

Travel the famous Icefields Parkway stopping along the way to capture the sights and sounds of placid lakes, rushing glacier water and the local wildlife. See Athabasca and Dome Glaciers as well as Peyto and Bow Lakes. End the day with a tour of Banff where you stay for two nights.
Overnight - Banff

Day 5: Lake Louise / Banff

Enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake with a stroll along their shores or for the more ambitious take a mountain walk to the famous Lake Agnes Tea House; return to Banff for free time or optional tours.
Overnight - Banff

Day 6: Banff - Waterton Park

Travel the east side of the Rockies to the Waterton Park, the cattle ranch land of Canada. Along the way you will see a variety of wildlife and the dry side of the Rockies. Spend two nights in Waterton Park.
Overnight - Waterton

Day 7: Waterton Park

Spend the day sightseeing for wildlife and enjoying the spectacular vistas in the Park and take the boat tour (weather permitting) to explore some of the less accessible walks and sites.
Overnight - Waterton

Day 8: Waterton - Fernie

Fernie is one of the most untouched parts of the Rockies with great and easy access. Today you will sightsee, with short walks and hikes in the mountains surrounding Fernie.
Overnight - Fernie

Day 9: Fernie – Kimberley

Head west today, with options along the way to see the historic Fort Steele and some natural hot springs. Spend tonight on the Indian Reserve at a hotel operated by the 1st Nations band in the Kootenays.
Overnight - Kimberley

Day 10: Kimberley - Nelson

Travel through the winding landscape of beautiful southern BC to Nelson, a town full of heritage buildings and a friendly local population that is unlike anything in Canada. Stay two nights at the historic Hume Hotel, one of the original hotels built in the Gold Boom times.
Overnight - Nelson

Day 11: Nelson

This area sits amongst the soaring mountains and you will explore the hot springs and the old mining history of the Kootenays today.
Overnight - Nelson

Day 12: Nelson - Osoyoos

Journey through the effervescent landscape and historic sites of Western Canada’s gold and silver mining towns to the Okanagan vineyards and wineries. Visit and taste some of the wines of the 1st Nations vineyard in Osoyoos.
Overnight - Osoyoos

Day 13: Osoyoos - Vancouver - Fly to London

See the Fraser River and the farming area of the Fraser delta as you travel back to Vancouver where you should arrive around 6pm. Transfer to the Airport for your return flight home.

Hand Picked By

Vicky Gurney

Canada simply has something for everyone: breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, vibrant cities, wonderful restaurants and plenty of shopping – to name just a few. I was lucky to travel to this amazing country and enjoyed some if its wonderful highlights. I would thoroughly recommend experiencing the Rocky Mountaineer. During your trip, sit back and enjoy the first class service, food and scenery.

Vicky Gurney

Additional Information

  • Date: Various departure dates
  • Board Basis: Self catering
  • Duration: 13 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: Please call for latest price
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