Welcome to Vancouver, a gorgeous city where the ocean meets dramatic mountains and is filled with grand parks, lush forests, lively pubs, outstanding shopping, world-class restaurants and museums. Upon arrival, relax or doing a little exploring at your leisure before enjoying a special welcome dinner to kick off your tour, including time mingling over wine.
Overnight: The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver (Dinner included)
In the morning, take a tour of Vancouver, exploring Gastown, Stanley Park and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Next, you’ll hop aboard a ferry, sailing through the picturesque Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, where along the way you’re likely to catch one of the daily orca whale shows, with the aquatic acrobats happily dancing in and out of the glistening waters regularly in this area. Afterward, enjoy a scenic drive to your destination for the next two nights: Victoria, the spectacular capital city of British Columbia.
Overnight: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria (Breakfast included)
In the morning, explore Butchart Gardens, considered one of the best display gardens in the world, with some 700 varieties of plants in bloom from March to October. You won’t want to miss taking a sightseeing tour either, which includes many of the city’s other highlights, like the luxurious Uplands, the oldest Chinatown in Canada, the stately legislative buildings and the Inner Harbour. End your time in Victoria with a dine around evening where you'll have a selection of local restaurants to choose from.
Overnight: Inn at Laurel Point, Victoria (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Return to the mainland and head towards the charming town of chase. On arrival take part in the spiritual ritual of a Smudging Ceremony conducted by one of the local indigenous community. This evening you'll enjoy authentic regional flavours over dinner at your lakeside lodge.
Overnight: Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort, Chase (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
This morning you continue to your next destination: Jasper National Park, tucked in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll find mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains.
Overnight: Crimson Jasper (Breakfast included)
After a night of rest, you’ll have a full day to explore the park, starting out with an informative walk along the Maligne Canyon trails, marvelling at the rock formations, waterfalls and the powerfully churning waters while getting a fascinating geology lesson through the interpretive displays. Give your feet a break by embarking on what’s been called Canada’s best boat cruise across the glacial waters of one of the Rockies’ crown jewels, Maligne Lake, where you’ll make a stop at Spirit Island, known for its myths and legends, including a Romeo & Juliet-style tale. Later travel along the spectacular Icefields Parkway arriving at Glacier View lodge, the only glacier-view resort in Canada. Tonight, you’ll take a special after-hours glacier tour accompanied by a local expert, venturing onto the ice in an Ice Explorer. Enjoy a gourmet dinner and marvel at the night sky, stargazing from the resort’s viewing deck.
Overnight: The Glacier View Lodge, Jasper (Breakfast and dinner included)
After breakfast take a private, before hours guided tour of a cliff-edged glass-floored walkway on the Glacier Skywalk. Then it’s time to head south to Lake Louise, admiring its spectacular blue waters and Victoria Glacier as you go. Your destination for the next two nights: Banff National Park.
Hotel: The Rimrock Resort, Banff (Breakfast & Dinner included)
Enjoy a relaxing morning followed by a day at leisure. You can choose to either explore on your own or join an optional tour, whether it’s taking in a bird’s-eye view of the landscape via helicopter tour, or a ride on the Banff Gondola.
Hotel: The Rimrock Resort, Banff (Breakfast included)
Travelling south toward the U.S. border, where the foothills of the Rockies meet the Great Plains, you’ll discover one of the oldest, largest and most well-preserved buffalo jumps, which bears witness to a type of hunting practiced by native people in this region for nearly 6,000 years. At “Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump”, a UNESCO World Heritage site, you’ll find out how they used the cliff to hunt the stampeding herds of bison, and even hear tales told by a local Blackfoot elder about the Plains people before crossing the border into Montana, and into glorious Glacier National Park.
Hotel: Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park (Breakfast included)
Today you’ll embark on one of the world’s most breath-taking drives via a private, historic Red Jammer bus, restored originals that have been touring passengers since the 1930s. The narrated trip includes views of cedar forests, intensely blue glacial lakes, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife, including the bighorn sheep and mountain goats that often hang out at Logan Pass, soaking up the sun along the roadway. The adventure ends at the park’s most famous, and largest, lake, glacier-fed Lake McDonald with peaks of the Continental Divide at its head.
Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge, Glacier National Park (Breakfast included)
Heading west toward the Evergreen State, stop at one of the most pristine lakes in the country, Lake Couer d’Alene, with deep blue waters that span 25 miles, and bald eagles can often be seen perched in the trees or soaring overhead. Just over the border in Spokane, Washington, you’ll reach your destination for the night: the Historic Davenport Hotel, which opened over a century ago, playing home to a countless number of Hollywood stars, writers, explores, politicians and other luminaries, including Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh, Clark Gable, Mary Pickford and Bob Hope.
Hotel: The Historic Davenport, Spokane (Breakfast included)
Continuing west through the wide open spaces of eastern Washington and onto the vineyards in the state’s top wine-producing area, take a break at the award-winning boutique winery Cave B Estate for lunch paired with wine tastings. Afterward, you’ll traverse over the magnificent Cascade Mountain Range and into Seattle to enjoy some relaxation after your long drive.
Hotel: The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton (Breakfast and lunch with wine included)
Begin your day exploring the Emerald City with a sightseeing tour that will take you through many of Seattle’s most beloved sights, like the iconic Space Needle where you can ride the elevator to the top for astounding panoramic views of the city, the Sound, and, if the weather cooperates, Mount Rainier, the Olympic and Cascade Mountains. You’ll also explore Pioneer Square, Seattle’s original downtown area, and one of its most interesting neighbourhoods, as well as famous Pike Place Market, where you can watch fishmongers toss the fresh catch of the day and shop for local goods. Spend the afternoon experiencing places like Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits, the Seattle Art Museum and the waterfront before indulging in what’s been called the best clam chowder in the world at Ivar's Acres of Clams on Pier 54 overlooking Elliott Bay in a special Celebration Dinner.
Hotel: The Charter Hotel Seattle, Curio Collection by Hilton (Breakfast and dinner with wine included)
It’s time to end your amazing journey today, with a flight out of SeaTac International Airport. Alternatively you may also end your journey in Vancouver.