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Western Explorer by Rail & Polar Bear Experience

13 Night Tour from £6,499 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

The ultimate holiday to Canada, including a tour of Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, a helicopter trip over the Rockies, an ice-explorer drive over the Athabasca Glacier and a two-day rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer. This trip then culminates in a journey up to Churchill for a Polar Bear experience – enjoying two days on a Tundra Buggy viewing polar bears and other arctic wildlife.

Highlights:

  • Full-day tour of the Banff National Park, including a Summit Helicopter Tour over the Rockies
  • Half-day tour of Yoho National Park, exploring the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and Kicking Horse Bridge
  • Overnight stay at the iconic Fairmont Lake Louise
  • Visit the Columbia Icefield and enjoy a trip on board an Ice Explorer over the Athabasca Glacier
  • Two-day trip on board the renowned Rocky Mountaineer train, into British Columbia and ending in Vancouver
  • Visit an Eskimo museum and enjoy dog-sledding in Churchill
  • Two days spent in a Tundra Buggy viewing Polar Bears and other Arctic wildlife, with an expert guide

Details

Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Arrive into Calgary and transfer independently to your hotel, spending the remainder of the day sightseeing in the ‘Heart of the New West’.

Silverleaf: Delta Calgary Downtown

Goldleaf: Fairmont Palliser, (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Palliser, (Junior Suite)

Day 2

Calgary to Banff

Depart from Calgary this morning and take part in a full-day tour which ends in Banff. Head to Kananaskis where you’ll take a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the Rockies – a true highlight of the trip. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour which takes in Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The tour ends in Banff in the late afternoon.

(Banff Gondola included)

Silverleaf: Banff Caribou Lodge

Goldleaf: Fairmont Banff Springs (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs (Deluxe Room)

Day 3

Banff to Lake Louise

You’ll embark on a half-day tour into Yoho National Park this morning, where you’ll explore the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and the Kicking Horse Bridge, complete with natural rock bridge. The tour concludes at Lake Louise where you’ll then have the rest of the afternoon at leisure to enjoy the beauty of this magnificent location.

Overnight in Lake Louise

Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1pm, scheduled check-in time is not until 4pm. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Silverleaf: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Lakeview Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: The Fairmint Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)

Day 4

Lake Louise to Jasper

Take a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway, where you’ll enjoy landmark attractions such as Bow Lake, the Athabasca Falls and the Columbia Icefield. At the Columbia Icefield, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle, you’ll ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier where you’ll learn more about the geological features. There’ll be time for lunch (not included) before arrival into Jasper in the late afternoon.

Silverleaf: The Crimson Jasper

Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 5

Jasper

Today you will enjoy a scenic half day tour of Jasper National Park including the top natural attractions, snow-capped peaks and native wildlife. The rest of the day is free for you to explore more of this area at your own pace.

Silverleaf: The Crimson Jasper

Goldleaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Deluxe Room)

Day 6

Jasper to Kamloops

Journey to Kamloops today aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, heading into the interior of British Columbia and watching out for the dramatic scenery changes. Keep watch for Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls and the North Thompson River, among other natural wonders along the route.

Overnight in Kamloops (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 7

Kamloops to Vancouver

Head west towards Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean, past Fraser Valley and Thompson River. Marvel at the steep slopes and an rushing waters of Hall's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends upon arrival into Vancouver.

Silverleaf: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Goldleaf: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Waterfront, (Signature Harbour View Room)

Day 8

Vancouver

Today is at leisure to enjoy vibrant Vancouver, explore the city and taking in the top attractions, such as Stanley Park, Vancouver Aquarium and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you’d prefer, you can pre-book some excursions to help you make the most of the city.

Silverleaf: Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront

Goldleaf: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Goldleaf Deluxe: Fairmont Waterfront, (Signature Harbour View Room)

Day 9

Fly to Winnipeg.

Overnight at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel located at the Winnipeg Airport, or similar.

Day 10

Fly to Churchill

Early morning flight to Churchill with breakfast included onboard. Depart for town and area tour, and visit to Eskimo Museum. Evening slide presentation by local photographer. All meals are included.
Overnight Churchill hotel.

Day 11 & 12

Tundra Buggy

Transfer each day to the Tundra Buggy launch area. 2 Days spent in a Tundra Buggy with knowledgeable guide, viewing polar bears and other Arctic wildlife. All meals are included. Overnight Churchill hotel.

Day 13

Churchill & Winnipeg

Morning dogsledding and afternoon visit to Parks Canada Interpretive Center. Evening return flight to Winnipeg. All meals are included.
Overnight Four Points by Sheraton airport hotel or similar.

Day 14

Depart Winnipeg at leisure.

Day 15

Arrive back home

What's Included

  •     Return transatlantic flights and internal flights within Canada
  •     2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service with 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches
  •     13 nights hotel accommodation as listed above or similar
  •     Calgary Tower
  •     Calgary to Banff Tour
  •     Summit Helicopter Flightseeing
  •     Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  •     Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  •     Jasper Tour
  •     Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
  •     Vancouver Lookout
  •     Meals are included as stated above in Churchill
  •     Full range of activities throughout the tour to include:
  •     Churchill and Area Tour: A guided bus tour of local and historical points of interest surrounding Churchill, including such attractions as Cape Merry, Port of Churchill and Manitoba Conservation’s Polar Bear Holding Facility (weather permitting).
  •     Dog Sledding: Hosted by a local resident and dog sledding expert, you will learn about the history associated with dog sledding in Northern Canada. Enjoy an exhilarating ride behind a strong team of huskies on a custom-made sled (or cart, weather permitting). Join the musher’s for hot chocolate and freshly made bannock after your ride and share their personal stories of their dog sledding adventures.
  •     Eskimo Museum: The museum contains one of Canada’s finest collections of Inuit carvings, kayaks and artifacts dating from pre- Dorset, Dorset, Thule, and modern Inuit times.
  •     Interpretive Transfer: During transfer from port of entry to your accommodations, receive guided interpretation of route-side points of interest from friendly and knowledgeable drivers.
  •     Interpretive-Guided Tundra Buggy Adventure: The best way to experience an intimate encounter with a wild polar bear is on an authentic Tundra Buggy. All of the Tundra Buggies are furnished with dual-pane frost-free windows and contain propane heating systems that closely resemble a cozy fireplace, with real flame (behind glass). Each day, we depart early and board the world famous Tundra Buggies looking for polar bears and other wildlife out on the tundra. You will enjoy picnic style lunches and refreshments while you are bear watching.
  •     Parks Canada Interpretive Centre: Walk back in time viewing detailed and exciting wildlife dioramas, fur trade exhibits. View a series of videos on the history, culture and wildlife of the area. You leave chock-full of natural and historical information from the Churchill region.
  •     Slide Presentation: Conducted by seasoned residents. Relax and soak-up years of northern experience communicated in enchanting stories and magnificent photography

What's Not Included

  •     Arrival transfer from Calgary airport to hotel and Vancouver hotel to airport transfer
  •     Meals unless stated.

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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