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Whales, Bears and the Rocky Mountaineer Rail & Drive

Vancouver * Victoria * Tofino * Rocky Mountaineer Train * Jasper * Banff * Calgary

This multi-centred holiday of Western Canada includes stays in both the spectacular city of Vancouver and stately Victoria, bear watching at Tofino and a marvellous rail journey through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. We have included a hire car in both Vancouver Island and the Rockies. Explore to your heart’s content!

2018 - 16 days from £3,502 per person twin share + flights


Day 1 - UK – Vancouver

Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow o­n-board a scheduled Air Canada flight to Vancouver - regional departures are available on request. A private car transfer will be provided o­n arrival to your centrally located hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure.

Overnights (2): Vancouver

Day 2 - Vancouver

Renowned as o­ne of the most beautiful cities in the world, Vancouver is home to spectacular natural scenery with breath-taking views in 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 3 - Vancouver – Victoria (42 miles)

Today, pickup your hire car and take a scenic ferry ride through the Strait of Georgia and around the many Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and stately, Victoria.

Overnights (2): Victoria

Day 4 - Victoria - Whale-watching cruise

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 and beautiful heritage buildings. Enjoy an included whale-watching cruise in search of Orcas, minke whales and grey whales. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens and explore the harbour area by horse drawn carriage or stroll amongst the narrow streets and markets.

Day 5 - Victoria – Tofino (215 miles)

Leave Victoria heading north for the Pacific Coast and Tofino. Along the way stop at Chemainus to view the famed wall murals. They cover the sides of buildings and depict colourful scenes featuring the town’s heritage. Afterwards continue to Tofino winding through ancient forests and national parks.

Overnights (2): Tofino

Day 6 - Tofino - in search of the black bear

From Tofino enjoy the included cruise at low tide in a zodiac to see the feeding grounds of black bear. When the tide goes out, the bears emerge from the forests and forage along the shoreline in search of rock crabs. These times offer excellent opportunities to view the inquisitive black bear in their natural habitat.

Day 7 - Tofino – Vancouver (138 miles)

Today head back for the mainland as you drive through stunning scenery of Pacific Rim National Park en route to Nanaimo and the ferry to Horseshoe Bay, just north of Vancouver. Time for a final look at this beautiful harbour city before returning your hire car, as tomorrow you’ll be heading into the Rockies by train.

Overnight (1): Vancouver

Day 8 - Vancouver – Kamloops

Travel o­n-board 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 9 - Kamloops to Jasper

Back o­n-board the Rocky Mountaineer you will follow the Thompson River through rolling plateaus into the snowy peaks of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Pass by Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3954 meters (12,972 ft), before entering Jasper National Park. Arrive in Jasper late afternoon. Breakfast & Lunch Included.

Overnights (3): Jasper

Day 10-11 - Jasper

Collect your hire car this morning. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Jasper National Park. A showcase of pearly blue lakes, long ridge-top hikes, canyons and a world-class golf resort, the town of Jasper is a sleepy sanctuary, known as a refuge for bighorn sheep, elk, deer and moose – all of which have been spotted wandering its streets. A trip to exquisite Maligne Lake, the second largest glacier-fed lake in the Rockies, is well recommended where a cruise will take you past glacier-studded mountain peaks to world-famous Spirit Island.

Day 12 - Jasper – Banff (173 miles)

Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain paradise. Stop at the Columbia Icefield, and, weather permitting, why not take the ‘Snocoach’ ride o­nto the Athabasca Glacier to walk o­n this huge expanse of ice. Afterwards view the turquoise waters of Lake Louise before arriving into Banff.

Overnights (3): Banff

Day 13-14 - 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. Renowned for its winter activities, Banff is also the summer “gateway” to National Parks and the scenic splendour of the Icefields Parkway.

Day 15 - Banff – Calgary (74 miles)

Today drive to Calgary, a stylish and friendly city. Its history comes alive at Heritage Park, Canada's largest living historical village, at the Glenbow Museum and at the site of Calgary's birthplace, Fort Calgary. Discover Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Olympics and travel to the top of the ski-jump tower or, for a spectacular view of the city’s heart, ascend Calgary tower. Return your hire car at Calgary Airport prior to your overnight flight to the UK.

Day 16 - Arrive UK

PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT of £220 to £300 per person is required to confirm a reservation.

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.


1) Enjoy a Toronto and Niagara Falls add-on from £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 from £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


Twin Share
3 Star Hotels

Twin Share
4 Star Hotels
May 01, 04, 11, 15, 18 £3,600 £3,895
May 22, 25 £3,810 £3,967
May 29 £3,851 £4,007
June 01, 05 £3,914 £4,007
June 08, 12, 15, 19 £3,914 £4,148
June 22 £4,236 £4,469
June 26 £4,360 £4,515
June 29 £4,407 £4,561
July 03, 06, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31 £4,407 £4,561
August 03, 07, 10, 14 £4,407 £4,561
August 17, 21, 24 £4,086 £4,240
August 28 £4,039 £4,194
August 31 £3,993 £4,148
September 04, 07, 11, 14 £3,993 £4,148
September 18, 21, 25, 28 £3,914 £4,069
October 02, 05 £3,502 £3,947
Rocky Mountaineer Goldleaf Supplement - £352
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3 Star Hotels4 Star Hotels
VancouverBest Western Plus Sands by the SeaPinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
VictoriaInn at Laurel PointThe Parkside Hotel & Spa
TofinoJamies Rainforest InnWaters Edge Resort at Pacific Rim
VancouverBest Western Plus Sands by the SeaPinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel
JasperMarmot LodgeSawridge Inn & Conference Centre
BanffElk and Avenue HotelBuffalo Mountain Lodge

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from London
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation room only unless stated
  • Private car transfer from Vancouver Airport to your hotel
  • Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver
  • 5 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Compact hire car with unlimited mileage
  • BC Ferries passage from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • Whale-watching Excursion in Victoria
  • 2 hour Bear Watching Excursion in Tofino
  • BC Ferries passage from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay
  • Two day “Rocky Mountaineer” train journey from Vancouver to Jasper in SilverLeaf class including Breakfasts and Lunches
  • 7 days hire of a “Fully Inclusive” Intermediate hire Car
  • Day-by-day itinerary with door-to-door driving instructions and maps provided prior to departure from UK
  • 24-hour Customer Service support from our local agent within Canada

Not Included:

  • Meals unless stated, other than on the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Jasper car hire drop charge $40 plus tax
  • Fuel for hire car
  • Extra charge applies to hirers under 25 years of age
  • National Park entrance fees
  • Hotel parking if applicable
  • Transfers to Vancouver railway station and from Jasper railway station
  • Weekend Flight Supplement (Friday-Sunday) £30 per person each way

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Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea


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