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Self-Drive Western Wonders

13 Night Tour from £1,839 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

Explore the very ‘Best of the West’ on this breath-taking journey through many of the world’s most photographed landmarks – the national parks of the Rockies. In addition to the renowned regions of Banff and Jasper, you’ll also experience the delights of Harrison Hot Springs and Kananaskis Valley, with stays in the scenic cities of Victoria and Vancouver.

13 night Tour Begins Calgary, Ends Vancouver: 1 night Calgary; 2 nights Kananaskis; 2 nights Banff; 2 nights Jasper; 1 night Sun Peaks; 2 nights Harrison Hot Springs; 1 night Victoria; 2 nights Vancouver

Details

Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive into Calgary International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel; when you check in, be sure to pick up your Canada Roadbook from the front desk. The rest of the day is yours to explore at leisure, perhaps with a trip to Calgary Tower or Heritage Park.

Overnight in Calgary
Standard Accommodation: Delta Calgary Downtown or International Hotel Calgary
Superior Accommodation: Westin Hotel Calgary or Calgary Marriott Hotel

Day 2

Calgary to Kananaskis (56 miles)

Swap Calgary for the Kananaskis Valley, set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Known for its rugged mountainous scenery, Kananaskis Country is situated by the edge of the Kananaskis River.

Overnight in Kananaskis
Standard Accommodation: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Superior Accommodation: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis

Day 3

Kananaskis Valley

Explore the beauty of the Kananaskis Valley today, admiring the breath-taking scenery of your surrounds. There are numerous outdoor pursuits at your disposal here, from golfing and swimming to tennis, horseback riding or, of course, hiking.

Overnight in Kananaskis
Standard Accommodation: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis
Superior Accommodation: Delta Lodge at Kananaskis

Day 4

Kananaskis to Banff (34 miles)

Take a scenic drive to the resort town of Banff, past Canmore and Harvey Heights. Banff is arguably one of the most popular and famous locations in Canada, most notably for the Bow Falls and Banff Springs Hotel – both worth checking out when you arrive. Alternatively, ride the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.

Overnight in Banff
Standard Accommodation: Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Superior Accommodation: Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Brewster’s Mountain Lodge or Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Day 5

Banff National Park

Today provides you with a whole day to explore Banff National Park, from the Banff Natural History Museum to river rafting and boat tours on Lake Minnewanka.

Overnight in Banff
Standard Accommodation: Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn
Superior Accommodation: Buffalo Mountain Lodge or Brewster’s Mountain Lodge or Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge

Day 6

Banff to Jasper (177 miles)

Drive to Jasper this morning via the spectacular Icefields Parkway; we suggest stopping at Lake Louise and Peyto Lake on the way. Lake Louise remains one of the most photographed lakes in Canada and is known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’. Take an Ice Explorer ride too on the Columbia Icefield – a memorable experience.

Overnight in Jasper.
Standard Accommodation: Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper
Superior Accommodation: The Crimson or Chateau Jasper

Day 7

Jasper National Park

Take a full day to relax and tour Jasper and the surrounding area, perhaps with a tranquil boat cruise on Maligne Lake or with a visit to the Miette Hot Springs. If you have time, a ride on the Jasper Tramway is a must.

Overnight in Jasper
Standard Accommodation: Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper
Superior Accommodation: The Crimson or Chateau Jasper

Day 8

Jasper to Sun Peaks (273 miles)

Head to Sun Peaks today via the scenic and renowned Yellowhead Highway. We suggest a stop at the highest peak in the Rockies while you’re here – Mount Robson.

Overnight in Sun Peaks
Standard Accommodation: Nancy Greene’s Cahilty Lodge or Coast Sundance Lodge
Superior Accommodation: Sun Peaks Grand Hotel & Conference Centre or Sun Peaks Lodge

Day 9

Sun Peaks to Harrison Hot Springs (248 miles)

Drive past Kamloops and continue onwards into the breath-taking landscape of the Fraser Canyon. Along the way you;ll see Hell’s Gate and the Fraser Valley to reach your base for the night – Harrison Hot Springs.

Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs
Standard Accommodation: Harrison Lake Hotel or Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Superior Accommodation: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa or Harrison Lake Hotel

Day 10

Harrison Hot Springs

Take a day to relax and enjoy the beauty and soothing waters of the mineral-rich hot springs at Harrison Hot Springs. There are plenty of things to keep you occupied here, with Harrison Lake providing wide sandy beaches and numerous recreational activities.

Overnight in Harrison Hot Springs
Standard Accommodation: Harrison Lake Hotel or Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa
Superior Accommodation: Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa or Harrison Lake Hotel

Day 11

Harrison Hot Springs to Victoria (180 miles – land only)

Your journey takes you Victoria on Vancouver Island, where you will drive along the rugged coastline, passing Nanaimo and Chemainus. In Victoria, we recommend visiting the Inner Harbour, Beacon Hill Park and Bastion Square, perhaps stopping for afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel.

Overnight in Victoria
Standard Accommodation: Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites or Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
Superior Accommodation: Inn at Laurel Point or Magnolia Hotel & Spa

Day 12

Victoria to Vancouver (44 miles – land only)

Spend your remaining time in Victoria this morning visiting the Butchart Gardens before returning to the mainland for a mini cruise across the Strait of Georgia. The rest of the day can be spent in Vancouver, going shopping, dining at the gourmet restaurants and experiencing the vibrant nightlife.

Overnight in Vancouver
Standard Accommodation: Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver or Century Plaza Hotel & Spa or Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea
Superior Accommodation: Delta Vancouver Suites or Coast Coal Harbour

Day 13

Vancouver

Take today to really get to know Vancouver and the surrounding sights, from Chinatown, Gastown, the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain to Stanley Park and the MacMillan Planetarium.

Overnight in Vancouver
Standard Accommodation: Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver or Century Plaza Hotel & Spa or Best Western Plus Sands by the Sea
Superior Accommodation: Delta Vancouver Suites or Coast Coal Harbour

Day 14

End of Tour

Today marks the end of the tour so your final route takes you from the city centre to Vancouver International Airport in time for your return flight.

Day 15

Arrive back home

 

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 2
  • Accommodation for 13 nights
  • Ferry crossings (under height car and passengers): Day 11, Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay (1 hour 35 minutes). Day 12, Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay (1 hour 35 minutes)
  • A personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes of the area of travel, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides, hotel vouchers and customised day-by-day routing maps


Not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Park entrance fees
  • Hotel car parking charges

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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