Itinerary - WEST COAST & ROCKIES

  • Day 1: Arrival

Today, enter the world of ‘Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations’ (Vacations Exotica) as you begin your beautiful journey of Canada. On arrival transfer from airport to hotel.   Later in the afternoon, visit FlyOver Canada, a 4D show to experience Canada like never before. FlyOver Canada is a breath-taking flight simulation ride like no other! You will take off into a huge dome screen with the latest in projection and ride technology creating a true flying experience (complete with wind, scents, and mist!).  The special effects including wind, mist, and scents, combined with the chair’s motion, will make you feel like you’re truly soaring.

The complete FlyOver Canada experience lasts approximately 25 minutes. Your journey begins with Uplift, an inspiring audio-visual pre-show that gets you ready for the flight. Next, you will head to the boarding zone, where our flight guides will prepare you to embark on the Ultimate Flying Ride. The ride takes approximately 8 minutes.

Overnight in Vancouver


  • Day 2: Victoria + Butchart Garden Tour (Full Day)

The Victoria + Butchart Gardens Tour starts with a 90-minute cruise aboard BC Ferries, and just gets better. With scenery so jaw-dropping you won’t want to blink, relax and enjoy the voyage across the Georgia Strait and through the Gulf Islands. From exploring the Inner Harbour of BC’s capital city of Victoria–named after British monarch Queen Victoria–to Butchart Gardens, 22 breath-taking hectares (55 acres) of meticulously manicured beauty, this tour delivers a royally spectacular day-trip to remember.

Overnight in Vancouver


  • Day 3: Whistler + Shannon Falls (Full Day)

Home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Whistler is an award winning, internationally renowned, year-round resort nestled in the Central Mountain range. The journey up the Sea to Sky Highway is just like it sounds–a winding spectacle of ocean and mountain scenery including the roaring Shannon Falls and cultural Squamish Adventure Centre. As the majestic backdrop of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain unveils before your eyes, the adventure at our Whistler Village destination is yours to create.

Tour includes admissions to Peak to Peak Gondola Ride

Overnight in Vancouver

 

  • Day 4: Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge

If the combination of city sights and a forest escape is your idea of an ideal day-trip, this is the tour for you. Ride and relax with our unique, guided commentary through Vancouver’s vibrant downtown. See spectacular waterfront landmarks including the sails of Canada Place and the bustling Robson Street shopping strip. Then soak in the view over Lions Gate Bridge as we venture to the adrenaline-pumping Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Next up are the sandy shores of English Bay on the west side of Stanley Park, then Granville Island, and a scenic drive through historic Chinatown and Gastown.  The tour includes admissions to Capilano Suspension

Bridge Park including the Cliffwalk and Treetops Adventure

Overnight in Vancouver


  • Day 5: Tour transfer from Vancouver to Kamloops

Your journey through Western Canada begins with an afternoon departure from the sights and sounds of downtown Vancouver. The first leg of travel takes us from cityscape, through the lush Fraser Delta Region and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains, before entering the Fraser River Canyon. We follow the Fraser River until the town of Hope for a short rest and spectacular views. Movie fans may recognize Hope as the setting for the classic adventure movie “First Blood”. After Hope we continue upwards to the sub alpine region via the Coquihalla Highway. Along this route, we will see the landscape change dramatically as we gain altitude. We will move from lush coastal forest, to sub alpine, to Canadian desert enroute to your destination at the historic, train-era, Plaza Hotel, in downtown Kamloops. Here you will have free time explore the quaint downtown scene and choose your dinner (not included) amongst the many restaurants nearby.

Overnight in Kamloops

 

  • Day 6: Tour transfer from Kamloops to Banff

Departing Kamloops after breakfast (included) we follow the Coquihalla Highway which winds its way into the through the Cascade Mountains. A lunch stop (included) is made in the town of Revelstoke, founded in 1880 when the CP Railroad was built through the area. This section of the tour takes us through the Canadian Rockies and is full of short stops, stunning views and mountains all around. You will see Roger’s Pass, one of the highest point on the highway, and one of the biggest challenges for the Canadian Pacific Railway during their construction era. We’ll follow the rail line for the rest of our journey making stops at historic places. As you enter Banff National Park, we will visit Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most recognized features. Walk to the lakeshore, see the turquoise water, and take in the sights that drew early mountaineers here. Your journey can either end in Lake Louise or Banff.  We expect to arrive in Banff around 7:00pm local time where you will have plenty of time to plan your evening and further adventures.

Overnight in Banff

 

  • Day 7: Mountain Lakes & Water Falls Tour to Lake Louise

See the best that Banff National Park and the surrounding wilderness have to offer — including world-famous Lake Louise, stunning Moraine Lake and towering Takkakaw Falls — on this full-day guided coach tour.  Over the course of 9.5 hours, you’ll discover some of the most awe-inspiring natural scenery of the Canadian Rockies, with time to spot some of the area’s diverse wildlife, plus enjoy lunch and round-trip transport from your Banff hotel.

 

Start the day with hotel pickup in Banff, and proceed on a short drive up to the park’s famous Bow Valley Parkway, a scenic route that is often frequented by local wildlife like elk, deer and more than 200 species of birds. Along the Parkway, stop at beautiful Johnston Canyon for a nature walk next to a stream that takes you toward a series of waterfalls. Back on the coach, you’ll continue to Lake Louise, an emerald-coloured lake tucked between a series of mountain peaks below Victoria Glacier. Stop for a quick lunch at the lake before heading up toward the glacier, and then take a look inside the historic Fairmont Chateau hotel, situated at the edge of Lake Louise. Before leaving this area, you’ll also visit nearby Moraine Lake, another amazing alpine sight, as well as the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Moving on, head over the Great Divide and into Yoho National Park, via the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass, for a stop at the Spiral Tunnels. Then finish your sightseeing at magnificent Takkakaw Falls before heading back to Banff in the late afternoon.

Overnight in Banff

 

  • Day 8: Full day Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff to Columbia Icefield including admissions to Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk

Explore the most scenic attractions in Canada’s Banff National Park and Jasper National Park on this full-day tour to the Columbia Icefields, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Your day in the Rockies finishes with an unforgettable ride on the all-terrain Ice Explorer atop the icefields, offering a first-hand view of this huge natural wonder. Start your tour with pickup in Banff, heading out for your first stop at Lake Louise, the superstar alpine lake of Banff National Park. From there, proceed north on the Icefields Parkway, considered by many to be one of the world’s greatest scenic drives, and listen as your guide shares details about the unique ecosystem of the area and about the history of its remarkable glaciers. You’ll also visit two of the parkway’s notable landmarks, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier, for photo opportunities and to take in the views. Next, arrive at the Columbia Icefields for your ride on the Ice Explorer, which takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey across the surface of this amazing sheet of ice. After your ride, stop by the Glacier Gallery, gift shop and restaurant at the Icefields Centre before boarding the bus for the drive back to Banff, where your day trip ends.

Overnight in Banff

 

  • Day 9: Discover Banff Tour including admissions to Banff Gondola

This 4-hour tour of the spectacular natural landscape surrounding the city of Banff is the perfect introduction to this famous Canadian resort town and Banff National Park. Begin your tour with hotel pickup, and then proceed along Tunnel Mountain Drive, where you can enjoy views of the town, Mount Rundle, Cascade Mountain and Bow Falls. Along the way, you’ll also have a chance to view the hoodoos, a series of interesting rock pillars shaped by countless years of wind and water. From there, make an ascent to the top of Sulphur Mountain aboard the Banff Gondola, which ferries passengers to the peak of the 7,486-foot (2,281-meter) mountain. Snap a few photos, and then head back down the mountain for drop-off at your hotel.

Overnight in Banff

 

  • Day 10: Departure

After breakfast, morning is at leisure. Afternoon checkout and transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with ‘Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations’ (Vacations Exotica), which we’re sure you will treasure for a lifetime.

Inclusions - WEST COAST & ROCKIES


  • 4 night’s accommodation with breakfast at your choice of hotel in Vancouver
  • 1 night’s accommodation with breakfast at your choice of hotel in Kamloops
  • 4 night’s accommodation with breakfast at your choice of hotel in Banff
  • Arrival transfer from Airport to Hotel in downtown Vancouver - Private
  • Tour coach transfer from Vancouver to Banff with overnight in Kamloops – SIC

Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.  Clients must report to anyone of the below boarding points at least 15 minutes prior to boarding time.

  1. Century Plaza Hotel & Spa - In front of hotel on Burrard Street - 2:00 PM
  2. Rosedale on Robson Street Hotel - Main lobby entrance in breezeway – 2:15 PM
  3. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver - South entrance in breezeway – 2:30 PM
  4. Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre - South entrance in breezeway – 2:25 PM
  • Tours & Admissions (includes hotel pick up)
    1. Fly Over Canada Admissions (transfers not included)

Operates Daily 10 AM to 9 PM.  December 24 – operates 10:00 am to 6:00 PM.  Closed on December 25.

  1. Vancouver City + Capilano Suspension Bridge - SIC
  2. Full day tour to Victoria + Butchart Garden including BC Ferry Tickets and admissions to Butchart Gardens - SIC
  3. Full day Whistler + Shannon Falls – SIC
  4. Admissions to Peak to Peak Gondola Experience

Operates – 10 am to 5 pm:

  • 27 May to 17 Sep, 2017 - Daily
  • 18 Sep to 9 Oct – Sat & Sun
  • Does not operate from April 1 to May 26, 2017. Price of package adjusted accordingly.
  • Mountain Lakes & Water Falls Tour from Banff to Lake Louise
  • Full day Icefield Parkway Tour from Banff to Columbia Icefield including admissions to Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk
  • Discover Banff Tour with Banff Gondola Tour
  • Departure Transfer from hotel in Banff to YYC Airport - SIC

Hotels Featured

Cities

Value Brand

Deluxe Brand

Vancouver

Holiday Inn & Suites Downtown Vancouver

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre

Kamloops

Plaza Hotel

Plaza Hotel

Banff

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Moose Hotel & Suites

 

Exclusions - WEST COAST & ROCKIES


  • Transfers to and from Fly Over Canada
  • Transfer from hotel in Vancouver to the Tour Coach departure point
  • Cost of airfare (International & domestic) / ticket taxes, visa’s and travel insurance
  • Early check-in & late check-out (Standard Check-in time: 1500 hrs & Check-out: 1100 hrs.)
  • Any expenses of personal nature such as porterage, laundry, wines, mineral water, food and drink not in the regular menu provided by us, mini bar, telephone calls, pay channels etc.
  • Tips of any nature i.e. drivers, guides etc
  • Meals other than what is mentioned in your itinerary
  • Cost of excursions, city sightseeing, entrance fees and local guides availed of by the passengers, other than that mentioned in ‘Package Inclusions’
  • Camera/video entrance fees
  • Surcharges may be applicable on the entire package, depending upon the final date of travel.
  • Taxes as applicable.

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Notes:

  • All arrangements made by Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations are in the capacity of an agent only. Balmer Lawrie, Travel & Vacations will not be liable for claims or expenses arising from circumstances beyond our control such as accidents, injuries delayed or cancelled flights & acts or forces of nature.
  • The above package cost is valid for a minimum of 2 adults travelling together.
  • Certain sightseeing and day tours may be subject to weather conditions or minimum number of passengers before they operate and suppliers may cancel or postpone the date of the tour at short notice. Any changes shall be notified to you at the earliest opportunity.
  • There is no refund for services not utilised.
  • Offered Discounts cannot be clubbed or used with any other ongoing/existing discounts, vouchers, offers and promotions.
  • Confirmations of all bookings are subject to availability at time of booking.
  • Above rates are not valid during public holidays, festivals, events, exhibitions, conference and conventions. Surcharges are applicable during this period.

Offered discounts cannot be clubbed or used with any other ongoing discounts, vouchers, offers and promotions

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