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Grizzly Bears and the Rocky Mountaineer

Campbell River * Knight Inlet * Vancouver * Rocky Mountaineer Train * Banff

A superb multi centre holiday of Western Canada including a two night trip by seaplane, to view spectacular wildlife such as grizzly bears and whales, combined with the beautiful harbour city of Vancouver and a classic rail journey through the Canadian Rockies to Banff. Included is a full day tour of the National Parks and the Columbia Icefield.

12 days from £4,547 sharing Twin Included scheduled flights
**Option available to Travel from Gatwick with Air Transat**

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK – Campbell River
Your Canada holiday starts from London Heathrow airport with Air Canada to Vancouver and then o­nward to Campbell River. You will be transferred o­n arrival to your hotel. Campbell River is located o­n Discovery Passage o­n the northeast side of Vancouver Island and is known as “the Salmon capital of the World” as its waters are home to all five varieties of pacific salmon.
Overnight (1): Campbell River - Comfort Inn & Suites

Days 2-3 - Knight Inlet
You are transferred to the seaplane terminal for your flight to Knight Inlet. Located 50 miles north of Campbell River, Knight Inlet is o­ne of the largest fjords o­n the B.C. coast. Situated 37 miles from the mouth of the inlet is Knight Inlet Lodge. The floating lodge is tucked into Glendale Cove, which offers o­ne of the few protected anchorages in the inlet. Knight Inlet abounds with marine wildlife (Orcas, seals, sea lions, otters, Pacific white sided dolphins, humpback, minke, and gray whales), birds (bald eagles, common loons, herons, trumpeter swans, Canada geese and ducks) and land based wildlife (black bears, deer, mountain goats, cougars) – including, of course the notorious grizzly bear! Glendale Cove is home to o­ne of the largest concentrations of grizzly (brown) bears in British Columbia. In the peak autumn season, it is not uncommon for there to be up 50 bears within 5 miles of the lodge, when the salmon are returning to the river. Starting in late April the bears return from hibernation and start the year off feeding in the estuary. This is the time to see the tiny cubs emerge with their ever-cautious mothers in close proximity. In the summer the berry crop is very heavy and this helps to keep the bears in the general area. Usually some bears are seen every day but not in the high numbers seen in the spring and autumn seasons.
Overnights (2): Knight Inlet Lodge - Knight Inlet

Day 4 - Knight Inlet – Vancouver
The floatplane will return you to Campbell River where you will be transferred to the airport for your scheduled flight to Vancouver. O­n arrival a private car transfer will be provided to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Overnights (3): Vancouver - Residence Inn by Marriott

Days 5-6 - 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 all the city has offer with your included flexible city tour. Highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days, and the convertible clear top buses offer stunning views, rain or shine. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Take an up close and personal look at Vancouver’s urban oasis, Stanley Park, have lunch at Granville Island, visit the historical Gastown or the trendy Yaletown, and don’t forget Robson Street to do a little shopping! Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Yaletown, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District. The tour loop duration is 120 minutes, without hopping off to visit attractions.

Day 7 - Vancouver – Kamloops
Travel o­nboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Vancouver to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. En route you will pass through the fertile Fraser Valley and the scenic Fraser Canyon. o­ne of the canyon's true highlights is Hell's Gate, where you will watch water torrent past the canyon's walls at its narrowest point. Upon leaving the Fraser Canyon, the train will follow the Thompson River to the city of Kamloops. Breakfast & Lunch Included.
Overnight (1): Kamloops

Day 8 - Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies. o­nce again you will see a spectacular range of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon and the engineering marvel of the Spiral Tunnels of Yoho National Park and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Breakfast & Lunch Included
Overnights (3): Banff - Rundlestone Lodge

Days 9-10 - Banff
Situated o­n the doorstep of spectacular scenery, Banff nestles amidst the glory of the Canadian Rockies and boasts an attractive main street with numerous cafes and craft shops. Enjoy a full-day tour to the Columbia Icefield along the scenic Icefields Parkway. Prepare yourself for the experience of the Columbia Icefield! Covering an expanse of 325 sq. km and reaching depths of up to 320m, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Your route along the scenic Icefields Parkway provides a spectacular view, and also includes a trip directly onto the Athabasca Glacier – which represents a substantial portion of the entire ice blanket - in a special Ice Explorer snocoach. An alpine picnic lunch and the Ice Explorer ride are included.

Day 11 - Banff – Calgary Airport
Today you travel by airporter coach to Calgary airport to check-in your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 12 - Arrive UK

PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT of £520 to £600 per person is required to confirm a reservation.

 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.

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service o­n the Rocky Mountaineer
Our custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the dazzling vistas upstairs, and enjoy delicious meals downstairs. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

SPECIAL OFFERS

1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on for £265 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 for £299 per person.
Price includes internal scheduled flights, airport taxes, return airport coach 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.

 
Departure Dates 2017 Prices
Twin Share
       
03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20 Jun 2017 £4547       Quote
24 Jun £4869       Quote
27 Jun £4725       Quote
01, 04, 08, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 Jul £4725       Quote
01, 05, 08, 12, 15 Aug £4869       Quote
19 Aug £4547       Quote
22 Aug £4547       Quote
26, 29, 30 Aug £4720       Quote
02, 05, 06, 09, 12, 13 Sep £4720       Quote
16, 19, 20 Sep £4720       Quote
23 Sep £4674       Quote
26 Sep £4640       Quote
30 Sep £4617       Quote
03, 04, 07 Oct £4617       Quote
GOLDLEAF SUPPLEMENT £320       Quote

 Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from Heathrow
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • Return air flights from Vancouver to Campbell River
  • Return float plane trip from Campbell River to Knight Inlet
  • All meals and snacks while at Knight Inlet, including wine
  • Private car transfer from Vancouver Airport to your hotel
  • Full breakfast at Vancouver hotel
  • Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Two day “Rocky Mountaineer” Train from Vancouver to Banff in Silverleaf including Breakfasts and Lunches
  • Full day Sightseeing tour to Columbia Icefield Parkway with Picnic Lunch and The Ice Explorer
  • Scheduled Coach Transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport
  • 24-hour customer service support from our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated
  • Transfers to Vancouver railway station and from Banff railway station
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Gratuities - recommended $20 per person per day while at Knight Inlet
  • Weekend Flight Supplement (Friday-Sunday) £30 per person each way


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