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12 DAY ULTIMATE CANADIAN ROCKIES

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UREB
PLACES VISITED
Vancouver, Kelowna, Whistler, Victoria, BC, Banff,...
CANADIAN ROCKIES TOUR
Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Canada on this fully escorted journey from the stunning Pacific Coast through to the majestic Canadian Rockies.
Start Location: Vancouver End Location: Calgary
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • Ice Explorer Ride on Athabasca Glacier
  • Icefields Parkway Helicopter Tour
  • Jasper Float Trip
  • Jasper SkyTram
  • Jasper National Park
  • Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake
  • Mount Robson Visitor Centre
  • River Safari
  • Sea-to-Sky Highway
  • Butchart Gardens
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Vancouver City Tour
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrive in Vancouver, BC

A vibrant metropolitan city, Vancouver is nestled between the majestic Coast Mountains, the rugged Pacific coastline, and surrounded by a pristine wilderness of temperate rainforest, lakes, valleys and peaks. Its location and cosmopolitan culture makes Vancouver one of the most beautiful as well as highly live-able cities of the world. Its equitable climate and variety of indoor and outdoor attractions makes Vancouver a year-round sought after travel destination.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Dinner
Day 2: Vancouver, BC

Vancouver is one of the most captivating cities in Canada, with its multicultural fusion and spectacular mountain and ocean setting. On our city sightseeing tour this morning, we discover why Vancouver is one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour takes us through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of Vancouver like Shaughnessy. This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia's Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Vancouver - Victoria, BC

We head to the ferry terminal to take the British Columbia ferry ride crossing the Straits of Georgia to Vancouver Island. The route takes us past some of the Gulf Islands scattered over this part of Pacific. As we sail past, we can see the sleepy charm and the slow pace of life on these small islands that make them so attractive to the residents in their ocean front homes. Our first stop is at the famous Butchart Gardens with time to soak in the delightful ambience, and then enjoy a tour of the distinctly old world city of Victoria with its colonial architecture, elaborate gardens and British flavour.
Overnight: Victoria, BC
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Victoria - Vancouver, BC

Driving north along the eastern shores of Vancouver Island, we head over the Malahat Pass with exceptional views of Discovery Passage to take the ferry back to the mainland, cruising through the Gulf Islands to Horseshoe Bay and then a brief drive back to Vancouver. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure.
Overnight: Vancouver
Meals: Breakfast
Day 5: Vancouver - Whistler, BC

We drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway with the ocean to our left and the steep mountains on our right before arriving at the 3rd highest waterfalls in British Columbia, at Shannon Falls. You will have the opportunity to ride the Sea to Sky gondola, one of British Columbia's newest attractions that takes you steeply up alpine slopes with views of 2600 mtrs. high snow-capped peaks on one side and the glacier cut fjord of Howe Sound on the other. We end the day with a walking tour of Whistler village built in an alpine style and, time permitting, perhaps visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to discover the fascinating history of the Squamish and Lil'Wat indigenous people of the area.
Overnight: Whistler
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Whistler - Kelowna, BC

Today we travel through some spectacular mountain landscape of the Coast Range along the scenic Duffy Lakes Road into the rugged British Columbia interior. Our destination today is Kelowna, known for beautiful lakes and world renowned for the wines produced in the area.
Overnight: Kelowna
Meals: Breakfast
Day 7: Kelowna, BC - Jasper, AB

A highlight today is a river safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest. We will hope to see bears and wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the best opportunities for the perfect photograph. Today's journey ends in the great Canadian Rockies, as we head to the quaint mountain town of Jasper located at the heart of Jasper National Park.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast
Day 8: Jasper, AB

We start the day with a ride up Whistlers Mountain on the Jasper SkyTram. A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive then takes us to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps one of the world's most photographed and iconic natural beauty spots. This evening we enjoy a float down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty.
Overnight: Jasper
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9: Jasper - Lake Louise, AB

Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. We see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans, we visit the Interpretive Centre then have the experience of a lifetime - a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier. A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below before arriving at the charming town of Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks.
Overnight: Lake Louise
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10: Lake Louise - Banff, AB

This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, deer, and occasionally, bears, are common so keep your cameras handy. We stop at Johnston Canyon for a walk through the deep rugged canyon with several waterfalls and then cross the Continental Divide to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The awe inspiring Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald, are next on our itinerary for today. We end the day in world famous Banff, at the centre of Canada's very first National Park.
Overnight: Banff
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11: Banff, AB

We start the day with a Banff sightseeing tour with stops at Cascade Gardens and scenic Bow Falls, before riding the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled view of the Rockies and the valley below. We also visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew the first visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.Tonight there is a farewell dinner to round off our experience through one of the most rugged and scenic parts of the world.
Overnight: Banff
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 12: Banff - Calgary, AB

We make our way through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, the largest city in the western Canadian province of Alberta.
Meals: Breakfast
DATES & PRICES
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Roundtrip airport transfers in Vancouver and Calgary
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
  • Professional Tour Leader
  • 11 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
  • 16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
EXCLUSIONS
  • Gratuities to driver (Recommend $3-$4 per person per day)
  • Gratuities to guide (Recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare — domestic and international (Unless Specified)
  • Travel insurance (Strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)

Why Take An Anderson Tour?

Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't

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Tour Questions

What is the maximum number of travellers in a group?

Anderson Vacations specializes in Small Group Fully Escorted tours. If the tour is classified as a 'Classic Tour', up to of 24 persons may join the tour although tours commonly travel with anywhere between 18 to 24 travellers. However, if the tour is classified as a 'Tour of Distinction, only up to of 18 persons join the tour and many Tours of Distinction travel with 12 to 18 travellers.

What are Guaranteed Departures?

After dreaming about travel to an exciting destination, arranging for time off work, booking your flights the last thing you need is for your trip to be cancelled. Anderson vacation's Pre-Guaranteed tours take the uncertainty away from planning your travel and give you peace of mind to book our tours. Pre-Guaranteed Tours are group tours that we have already confirmed as certain to travel on the specified date. All 'Guaranteed Tours' will travel except in the event of a natural disaster or a catastrophic event that is beyond our control. They may already have the minimum number of people booked or else are tours that are known to be popular. Select departures of many tours are 'Pre- Guaranteed'.

What is the average age of passengers for this tour?

Our tours are suitable for all age demographics. The average age of travelers is typically 45+

How physically demanding is this tour? Are you able to accommodate people with mobility restrictions/limitations?

Some tours are mainly coach based and may not be physically demanding while others may require walking inclines or on rough surfaces to access interesting locations. Please check with us and your booking agent carefully and discuss your mobility restrictions before completing any tour booking to ensure this style of travel is right for you.

How much luggage should I bring?

Each passenger may bring one large suitcase and one carry-on bag. The weight limit for baggage is 20 kilograms or about 40 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages but there may be places where you will be required to wheel in your bags for quicker access. Be sure to advise our reservations staff if you will be bringing additional items such as a cane, walker or wheelchair. You may also bring one small soft-sided carry-on bag, which should easily fit into the overhead shelf of a coach. Each person is responsible for his/her own carryon luggage. Remember to check your airline baggage restrictions if you are flying, as they may differ from Anderson Vacations guidelines.

What is your recommended spending amount for non-included meals?

The suggested allowance for non-included meals is $40.00 – $60.00 CAD per day (with tipping).

Can you accommodate passengers with dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegan, vegetarian etc.)?

Yes, but within reason. There are many meals included on our fully escorted tours. Please inform us of any dietary restrictions at the time of booking so we can ensure there are alternative meal choices.
Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can help with booking airport transfers for you in most locations at a reasonable extra cost. Several tours have airport transfers already included. Please ask for details.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking additional nights of hotel accommodation for you before and after your fully escorted tour. Please inquire for further information and prices.

Can you assist with booking airline flights?

Yes! We can help with booking your flights for you. We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation from Anderson Vacations including specific confirmation that your tour is 'Guaranteed'. Please be aware that you may be liable for airline cancellation costs should your tour not become guaranteed and your travel dates need to be amended or cancelled.

I am a solo traveler. Is there a single surcharge?

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo travellers can choose to pay a Single Supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share with a co-traveller of the same gender, we have a Twin Share option that is offered for most tours where you share a hotel rooms with another same gender traveller. No Single Supplement payment is charged to you in this case.

Is it possible to book a triple share accommodation?

Yes, it is possible to book triple share accommodations on select trips. Please inquire about this option, as prices and availability varies from tour to tour.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations works with many private groups and helps to customize a tour to travellers needs. Please ask us for details.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals that are specified in the itinerary are included in the tour price. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 10-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Coach Driver (where appropriate)and Tour Director are entirely at your discretion. We recommend about CDN $5.00 per person, per day, for your Driver and CDN$7.00 per person, per day for your Tour Leader.
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Seasoned Tour Guides Get a deeper understanding with storytelling tailored to your interests.
Space To Breathe We never max out buses even if we use the same size bus as the competition.
All Inclusive No hidden expenses along the way. Competitors offer activities as an extra - we don't
CLASSIC TOURS

The style our travellers have enjoyed for over 20 years, these tours feature inclusive itineraries to popular destinations including the 'must see' sites and attractions. Led by an expert Tour Leader, you will enjoy comfortable accommodation, and coach transport throughout the journey.

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TOURS OF DISTINCTION

These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring 'off the beaten path' destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination's local culture and traditions.

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CUSTOM TRIPS

These travel experiences are fully customizable to better fit your needs. Every itinerary is created based on your comfort level, accommodation choices, and personal interests. Whether you are looking for a rail adventure, self drive holiday, unique experiences, or a short city stay our team will work with you on combining accommodation, transportation, and activities based on your preferences to create the perfect itinerary for you.

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BUBBLE TOURS

Types of Bubble Tours: Independent Travel (FIT), Self-Drive Small Custom Groups limited to 12 persons

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