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19 Night Self Drive Tour from £2,469 per Person Including Flights

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Overview

This classic route offers up some of the most breath-taking scenery in all of Canada, passing through the provinces of British Columbia and Alberta. From Vancouver, travel east through the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park to the world-renowned resort regions of Banff and Jasper. Via Mount Robson, Wells Gray Provincial Park and the Cariboo Region, head north to the Pacific Coast and sail the spectacular Inside Passage on B.C. Ferries to Vancouver Island. Your final destinations lie in the charming Victoria, with a return ferry ride to back Vancouver.

19 night Tour Begins & Ends Vancouver:  2nights Vancouver; 1 night Harrison Hot Springs; 1 night Penticton; 1 night Revelstoke; 2 nights Banff; 2 nights Jasper; 2 nights Clearwater; 1 night 100 Mile House; 1 night Prince George; 1 night Smithers; 1 night Prince Rupert; 1 night Port Hardy; 1 night Campbell River; 2 nights Victoria

Details

Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

Arrive into Vancouver 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 remainder of the day is at leisure.

Overnight: Vancouver at Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver or Rosdale on Robson Suite Hotel or Blue Horizon Hotel.

Day 2

Vancouver

You will have the whole day free to tour Vancouver and the surrounding area today – we recommend checking out Stanley Park, the MacMillan Planetarium, Chinatown, Granville Island and Gastown. There are so many fantastic attractions to experience here that you’ll be spoiled for choice!

Overnight: Vancouver at Coast Plaza Hotel & Suites Vancouver or Rosdale on Robson Suite Hotel or Blue Horizon Hotel.

Day 3

Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs (78 miles)

Today sees you leave the coast and traverse the great maritime plain in order to arrive at the popular holiday resort of Harrison Hot Springs at the end of the day. Situated at the foot of the Harrison Lake and edged by rugged mountains, this is a really picturesque location where you can wander on the beach or explore the hot springs which make the town famous. If you’re lucky, you may even catch sight of an eagle! En-route, you should check out Minter Gardens.

Overnight: Harrison Lake Hotel or Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa

Day 4

Harrison Hot Springs to Penticton (180 miles)

Take a scenic drive to Penticton as you pass dense forests of the Manning Provincial Park and approach your destination from the south. Take a walk in the park on the remnants of the Dewdney Trail or the Rhododendron Flats; the town of Penticton can be found at the lower end of the Okanagan lake, flanked by the luscious orchards and vineyards of the Okanagan Valley.

Overnight: Penticton Lakeside Resort or Ramada Inn & Suites Penticton

Day 5

Penticton to Revelstoke (161 miles)

The morning is yours to spend at leisure so make the most of this gorgeous valley, with its spectacular waterfalls, jagged peaks and vast crystalline lakes. From here, journey onwards to the Revelstoke area.

Overnight: The Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke or Coast Hillcrest Resort

Day 6

Revelstoke to Banff (174 miles)

Drive through Glacier National Park and Rogers Pass on your way to the bustling resort town of Banff. This stunning area is incredibly popular and with good reason – the scenery is awe-inspiring. Be sure to take a visit to Lake Louise while you’re here – one of the most photographed lakes in Canada!

Overnight: Banff International or Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Day 7

Banff National Park

Today is spent in Banff, exploring the region and the natural beauty. We suggest a visit to the Banff Natural History Museum as well as river rafting and boat tours on Lake Minnewanka.

Overnight: Banff International or Mount Royal Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn

Day 8

Banff to Jasper (177 miles)

This morning sees you drive to Jasper via the spectacular Icefields Parkway – why not stop en-route at Peyto Lake and take an Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield to really make the most of your time here?

Overnight: Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper

Day 9

Jasper National Park

Today offers a full day of relaxation in Jasper where you can tour this stunning area at leisure. Visits here are not complete without a stop at Maligne Lake (why not take a boat cruise?) as well as a trip to Miette Hot Springs and a ride on the Jasper Tramway.

Overnight: Lobstick Lodge or Chateau Jasper

Day 10

Jasper to Clearwater (214 miles)

Drive the scenic Yellowhead Highway to Wells Gray Park. We suggest a stop at Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies, while you’re here – this natural wonder is well worth seeing in person!

Overnight: Helmcken Falls Lodge or Clearwater Lodge or Wells Gray Guest Ranch

Day 11

Clearwater/Wells Gray Provincial Park

Take a day out to enjoy this area to the full – there are plenty of activities to enjoy here, such as hiking, canoeing and river rafting. You can even enjoy some horseback riding!

Overnight: Helmcken Falls Lodge or Clearwater Lodge or Wells Gray Guest Ranch

Day 12

Clearwater to 100 Mile House (93 miles)

It’s just a short drive to the dramatic cattle ranching country of the Cariboo Region as you leave the park this morning. 100 Mile House was first built in the 19th century during the days of the Cariboo Gold Rush, providing shelter for gold seekers heading into the goldfields. Travelling along the Cariboo Wagon Road, they would have begun in Lillooet and frequently stopped here along the way. This historic building is your base for the night.

Overnight: The New 108 Resort or Spruce Hill Resort & Spa

Day 13

100 Mile House to Prince George (202 miles)

En-route to Prince George, we recommend a visit to Barkerville which is a restored pioneer settlement from the Gold Rush era – a location steeped in history.

Overnight: Coast Inn of the North or Ramada Hotel Downtown Prince George

Day 14

Prince George to Smithers (233 miles)

Traverse the rugged wilderness terrain of the interior mountain ranges today. With countless cultural and historical ties to many native bands, this is a unique and interesting area to explore.

Overnight: Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge or Aspen Inn & Suites

Day 15

Smithers to Prince Rupert (217 miles)

Take the scenic route through the Skeena River Valley to the vibrant port city of Prince Rupert. En-route in Hazelton, you should make time to visit Ksan Native Village which is home to numerous tribal houses, museums and totem poles of the Gitksan First Nation. Prince Rupert can be found on Kaien Island and was home to the Tsimshian and Haida nations for over 5000 years – their heritage and legacies can be explored in the totem poles of Service Park, Roosevelt Park and the Sunken Gardens.

Overnight: Prestige Hotel Prince Rupert Hotel or Crest Hotel

Day 16

Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (25 miles – land only)

Enjoy a full-day ocean cruise onboard B.C. Ferries, journeying along the British Columbia coastline where you can cruise the famous Inside Passage – the cruise comes to an end in Port Hardy.

Overnight: Kwa'Lilas Hotel or Pierside Landing

Day 17

Port Hardy to Campbell River (146 miles)

Today sees you travel the eastern shore of Vancouver Island to Campbell River, which is a popular spot for sport salmon fishing and a picturesque area.

Overnight: Coast Discovery Inn or Best Western Plus Austrian Chalet

Day 18

Campbell River to Victoria (165 miles)

This morning, head along the coast past Nanaimo and Chemainus to enjoy the beautifully scenic Malahat Drive.

Overnight: Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites or Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina or Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria

Day 19

Victoria

Spend a day exploring the stunning and elegant capital city of Victoria, perhaps with a visit to Beacon Hill Park and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Take afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel or visit the Butchart Gardens in the afternoon.

Overnight: Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites or Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel and Marina or Comfort Inn & Suites Victoria

Day 20

Victoria to Vancouver/End of Tour (44 miles – land only)

Journey along the charming Saanich Peninsula before taking a mini cruise on B.C. Ferries back to Vancouver through the Strait of Georgia. Upon arrival, check in at Vancouver International Airport for your departure flight.

Day 21

Arrive back home

What's Included

  • Transatlantic schedule flights
  • Car hire (economy size) from day 3
  • Accommodation for 19 nights
  • Ferry crossings: Day 16, Inside Passage cruise Prince Rupert to Port Hardy (depart: 07:30, arrive: 23:30, 15 hours). Day 20, Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen (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 fees

2016 Departures:

Tour departs every other day between 5th June and 30th August 2016.  Departures unavailable 28 - 30 July and 02 - 06 August 2016

2017 Departures:

Tour departs every other day between 5th June and 30th August 2017.  Departures unavailable 14 - 24 August 2017

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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