Whales, Bears, Vancouver & Mountain Peaks Fly-Drive

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Vancouver * Victoria * Tofino * Whistler * Kamloops * Lake Louise * Banff * Calgary
Explore Vancouver and Victoria, experience both a whale-watching cruise and a bear watching excursion before taking a leisurely drive through the mountainous scenery of Western Canada visiting several of the iconic resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
16 days from £2141 per person twin share including scheduled flights.


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Itinerary

Day 1 - U.K. - Vancouver
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow o­n your Air Canada flight to Vancouver. O­n arrival there is an included private transfer to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure. 
Overnights(3): Vancouver

 

Days 2-3 - Vancouver
Renowned as o­ne of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery with breathtaking views in each and every direction, has a bustling metropolitan core and boasts o­ne of the mildest climates in Canada. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of the major sites of the city. There are numerous attractions, all within easy reach of downtown; visit Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and Granville Island with its craft workshops and superb restaurants. For a stunning vista of Vancouver and its harbour, take the gondola up Grouse Mountain.  

 

Day 4 - Vancouver – Victoria (42 miles)
Pick up your hire car from downtown Vancouver and head south to Tsawwassen for the ferry through the myriad Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and Victoria.  (Ferry Crossing Included )Overnights(2): Victoria 

 

Day 5 - Victoria
The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria is situated o­n the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is world-renowned for its charming ambience. Sometimes referred to as the “garden city” Victoria has a bustling harbour, heritage buildings and offers numerous whale watching cruises. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens and explore the harbour area by horse drawn carriage or stroll amongst the narrow streets and markets. We have included a Whalwatching tour from Victoria's inner harbour.

 

This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orca's, Minke Whales, Grey Whales, Porpoises, Harbour Seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a 14 metre ocean cruiser. Comments will be provided by a certified marine biologist and naturalist.

Day 6  - Victoria - Tofino/Ucluelet (215 miles)
Head northwards to Chemainus and o­nce in the town, follow the footprints to view the internationally acclaimed wall murals. Each mural features a part of Chemainus' heritage as well as individuals and cultures from the history of the town. Big, detailed, and colourful, the murals cover the sides of buildings so that you have to stand well back to appreciate them. Continue west to the Pacific coast and Tofino.
Overnights(2): Tofino or Ucluelet

 

Day 7 - Tofino - Black Bears
The coastal district of Tofino is an intriguing contrast of forests and sandy beaches. Close by is the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve which preserves outstanding examples of coastal rainforest, surf-swept beaches, coastal marine life and the cultural history of the area. We have included an excursion to view the Black Bears of the region.

 

Encounter o­ne of the most fearsome and fascinating animals that roam the West Coast of Vancouver Island; the black bear. At low tide, board the Explorathor, a 40-passenger vessel, and speed along the lush coastline to the bear’s feeding grounds. When the tide goes out, the bears emerge from the forests and forage along the shores in search of rock crabs. These times offer excellent opportunities to view the inquisitive black bear in their natural habitat.

 

Day 8 - Tofino/Ucluelet – Whistler (188 miles)
You can take an optional excursion to view grey whales and discover the beauty of Clayoquot Sound o­n the west coast of Vancouver Island. Head back to Nanaimo and the ferry to Horseshoe Bay. ( Ferry Crossing Included) o­nce o­n the mainland, drive north through Squamish o­n the beautiful Sea to Sky Highway, which skirts Howe Sound, to Whistler. For those interested in railroad history, Squamish is home to the West Coast Railroad Heritage Park with numerous locomotives, items of rolling stock and rescued railroad buildings from British Columbia.
Overnights(2): Whistler

 

Day 9 - Whistler
Established in the late 19th Century, with just half a dozen wooden huts as a remote honeymoon hamlet beside a lake, Whistler today is a top mountain resort. Nestling between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. The natural setting of Whistler offers numerous activities from winter sports to golf, hiking, fishing, canoeing and mountain biking in the summer. The pedestrian o­nly Whistler Village has superb dining, intriguing shops, boutiques and sunny sidewalk cafes as well as, for the young at heart, a vibrant nightlife.

 

Day 10 - Whistler – Kamloops – Sun Peaks (199 miles)
Meander through “Gold Rush Country”, passing Cache Creek and Lillooet. Both townships are rich in historic lore, dating back to the days when wagon trains and prospectors followed the trail to the Cariboo Gold Fields in the 1800's. However, Cache Creek owes its origins, and name, to the earlier fur traders who cached, or stored, their furs in the area before taking them east to trade. o­nce at Kamloops visit peaceful Riverside Park where the North and South Thompson rivers meet. The word “Cumloops” in the Shuswap language means “meeting of the waters”. Overnight(1): Sun Peaks

 

Day 11 - Sun Peaks – Lake Louise (291 miles)
Drive along the southern shores of Shuswap Lake and Little Shuswap Lake to reach Salmon Arm. With its famous sockeye salmon runs o­n Adam River, bear, deer, beaver, river otter and mink all inhabit this area. Continue east, visiting Crazy Creek Falls just to the west of the alpine community of Revelstoke where over 60 circa 1800s buildings have been conserved. Drive through the stunning scenery of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, Rogers Pass, Yoho National Park and Kicking Horse Pass to reach the turquoise blue waters of Lake Louise. Overnights(2): Lake Louise

 

Day 12 - Lake Louise
Enjoy a day to savour the surrounding area. Lake Louise, with its blue-green water set against the stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier, is probably the most photographed scene in the Canadian Rockies. The village of Lake Louise holds an array of fine dining and shopping. Scenic drives will take you to the awe-inspiring Moraine Lake, the beautiful Icefields Parkway and the Athabasca Glacier or enjoy a boat trip o­n nearby Lake Minnewanka to Devil’s Gap.

 

Day 13 - Lake Louise – Banff (33 miles)
Today enjoy a leisurely drive through glorious scenery to the township of Banff.
Overnights(2): Banff 

 

Day 14 - Banff
Situated o­n the doorstep of spectacular scenery, Banff nestles amidst the glory of the Canadian Rockies. With a wealth of attractions, ranging from the Hot Springs to the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, Banff boasts an attractive main street with numerous cafes and craft shops and is the summer “gateway” to National Parks. 

 

Day 15 - Banff – Calgary Airport (74 miles)
A leisurely drive to Calgary for, perhaps, some last minute souvenir hunting or a visit to o­ne of the Historic Parks before dropping your hire car at the airport in time to catch your overnight flight back to the UK.

 

Day 16 - Arrive UK

 

 BRITISH AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS DOMESTIC ADD-ONS

Available in conjunction with your trans-atlantic Air Canada flights between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

 

Air Canada Upgrade to Executive First

Designed to provide you with your own personal space that's ideal for a good night's sleep, each Executive First Suite* reclines into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. Armed with a comfy pillow and duvet and fully equipped with all the latest in-flight amenities, you'll arrive at your destination completely refreshed and ready to start your day.

 

SPECIAL OFFERS

1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on from £269 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach transfers from Toronto Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Niagara Falls including a boat ride o­n the Hornblower Cruises to view the Horseshoe Falls (seasonal) and lunch.

2) Enjoy a Montreal and Quebec City add-on from £329 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return transfers from Montreal Airport to your centrally located hotel, 2 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel and a full day sightseeing tour to Quebec City.

Prices

Departing Between EARLY BOOKING 2015 Prices - Twin Share - 3 Star Hotels EARLY BOOKING 2015 Prices - Twin Share- 4 Star Hotels
01 - 18 May£2220 Book£2336 Book
19 - 27 May £2249 Book£2508 Book
28 - 29 May£2249 Book£2511 Book
30 May - 02 Jun£2249 Book£2520 Book
03 - 05 Jun£2272 Book£2524 Book
06 - 08 Jun£2310 Book£2529 Book
09 - 10 Jun£2310 Book£2564 Book
11 - 13 Jun£2310 Book£2608 Book
14 - 16 Jun£2310 Book£2608 Book
17 - 19 Jun£2310 Book£2608 Book
20 - 24 Jun£2632 Book£2930 Book
25 - 26 Jun£2739 Book£2930 Book
27 - 28 Jun£2739 Book£2952 Book
29 Jun - 12 Jul£2772 Book£2952 Book
13 Jul - 16 Aug£2860 Book£3038 Book
17 - 22 Aug£2860 Book£3038 Book
23 - 27 Aug £2451 Book£2629 Book
28 - 31 Aug£2451 Book£2623 Book
01 - 11 Sep£2428 Book£2623 Book
12 - 18 Sep£2299 Book£2504 Book
19 - 27 Sep£2229 Book£2504 Book
28 - 30 Sep£2205 Book£2401 Book
01- 15 Oct£2141 Book£2401 Book
16 - 18 Oct£2141 Book£2328 Book
LATE BOOKING FOR 2014 ON REQUEST

What's Included

Included

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow to Vancouver with return from Calgary.
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation room only unless stated
  • Private transfer to your Vancouver hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • 12 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Midsize hire car with Unlimited Mileage, Taxes, 1 Extra Driver. from Vancouver with NO DROP CHARGE
  • Ferries between Vancouver and Vancouver Island
  • Whale watching cruise in Victoria
  • Bear watching excursion in Tofino
  • Detailed day-by-day itinerary with door-to-door driving instructions and maps provided prior to departure from UK
  • Reserved aircraft seats
  • 24-hour customer service support within Canada

Not Included

  • Meals
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to renters under 25 years of age
  • National Parks entrance fees
  • Hotel car parking fees if applicable
  • Weekend Flight Supplement(Friday-Sunday)£24pp each way

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