Classic Rockies featuring Rocky Mountaineer

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Best time to go: May to September

11 Nights | from £3,950pp

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  • Explore the landmarks and historic sites of Banff, taking the gondola to Sulphur Mountain and experiencing the hot springs
  • Hop aboard the Ice Explorer to visit the Anthabasca Glacier
  • Search for iconic Canadian wildlife in Jasper National Park: bears, elk, beavers and coyote
  • Take the Rocky Mountaineer train to through spectacular mountain scenery, arriving at Vancouver in British Columbia the following day
  • Spend two days exploring the cosmopolitan coastal city of Vancouver

Day 1 UK/Calgary
We've arranged a hire car so you can explore at your own pace and head off the beaten track when you feel like it –we think this is the best way to see Canada. Collect your hire car from the airport on arrival and get straight into the action in Calgary as you check into the stylish Kensington Riverside Inn for the night. Just steps from the Peace Bridge it's the ideal base for exploring the city.
Kensington Riverside Inn | Room Only

Day 2 Banff
Leaving the Stampede City you've got two routes to choose from: take the iconic Trans-Canada highway or the more scenic 1A Highway, which wends its way between mountains and canyons, with marked pullovers along the route to educate visitors about the region. At just two hours to Banff it's a great introduction to the area. Your home for the next two nights is the stunning Rimrock Resort Hotel, a mere five minute walk from the hot springs and the gondola.
Rimrock Resort Hotel | Room Only

Day 3 Banff
Your day is free to explore Banff and the surrounding national park at your own place in your hire car. The town offers plenty of excitement, with shopping, cafes, nightlife and museums. We'd recommend taking a ride on the Banff Gondola, where you'll have panoramic views of the Bow Valley.
Rimrock Resort Hotel | Room Only

Day 4 Moraine Lake
Another leisurely drive is on the cards: set off along the Bow Valley Parkway, where you'll have the option to stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footway to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Moraine Lake Lodge. As hotel settings go, this one is truly spectacular: known for its iridescent turquoise colour, Moraine Lake is known as the 'jewel of the Rockies', and the lodge nestles up against the shores with incredible views.
Moraine Lake Lodge | Room Only

Day 5 - 6 Jasper
Head along the spine of the Canadian Rockies, traversing the amazing Icefields Parkway, which features more than 100 ancient glaciers, waterfalls cascading from dramatic rocks and shimmering emerald lakes flashing past your window. Make sure you stop in at Peyto Lake, a glacier-fed expanse of mirror-like turquoise water – one of the most picturesque lakes in Canada. At the Columbia Icefield, hop aboard an Ice Explorer to take a ride on the Athabasca Glacier, one of the six principle ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield. The mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June, though no less spectacular in the winter. Head to Jasper for the night, and the next day explore Jasper National Park. In the evening you’ll take a wildlife tour to seek out the park’s most iconic creatures, from bears, elk, coyotes and beavers.
Fairmont Jasper Park | Room Only

Day 7 Jasper/Kamloops on board the Rocky Mountaineer
All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a scenic rail journey to Kamloops in the interior of British Columbia. Leaving Jasper National Park, you’ll pass along the Yellowhead route past the sprawling grandeur of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, and follow the mighty Thompson River, the route of early fur traders, before arriving in Kamloops, where you’ll spend the night in a hotel.
Hotel on arrival | Full Board onboard Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf 

Day 8 Kamloops/Vancouver on board the Rocky Mountaineer  
Boarding the train again you’ll leave Kamloops and follow the Thompson River through Ashcroft, one of Canada’s driest towns, with an average rainfall of just 20 centimetres each year. Pass through Rainbow Canyon, named for its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys, creating a stunning rainbow effect. Continue on to Fraser Canyon, where at Hells Gate you can watch water torrent past the canyon walls at its narrowest point. The last leg of the journey takes you through the fertile farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the Pacific port of Vancouver in the late afternoon. Check in at the chic Rosewood Georgia for the next few days.
Rosewood Georgia  | Room Only

Day 9 Vancouver Half day Private City Tour
Enjoy the best of Vancouver on this personalised tour, see the highlights of the downtown core plus the unique neighbourhoods of Chinatown, historic Gastown and fashionable Yaletown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Park and “see” the stories of Stanley Park’s Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay, visit Granville Island Market and The Lookout for 360° views of the Vancouver and coastal mountains. Enjoy the rest of your day exploring at your own pace.
Rosewood Georgia | Room Only

Days 10 Vancouver
Enjoy exploring the city as you wish.
Rosewood Georgia | Room Only

Day 11 Vancouver / UK
Head to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home.

At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 12 day suggested holiday will cost from £3,950 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights and Gold Leaf on the Rocky Mountaineer (at low season).


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Best time to be there

The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.

Fly to

For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.

Flying time

For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.

Time difference

Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.


Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.

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