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7 DAY OKANAGAN & THE ROCKIES

CODE
7DOR
PLACES VISITED
Vancouver, Banff, Field, BC, Revelstoke, BC,...
TRIP DESCRIPTION
Drive through the picturesque Okanagan Valley, known for its warm climate, sandy beaches, lakes and wine country. Visit the Grizzly Bear Refuge at Kicking Horse Resort. Relax at Emerald Lake Lodge in Yoho National Park surrounded by stunning scenery.
Start Location: Vancouver End Location: Calgary
TOP HIGHLIGHTS
  • British Columbia’s scenic Fraser Valley with its farm shops
  • Manning Park and the Similkameen Valley
  • The Okanagan Valley- orchards, vineyards and sand beaches
  • Visit the heart of the Canadian Rockies
  • Evening wildlife tour in Banff
  • Calgary’s vibrant city scene
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ITINERARY
Day 1: Vancouver – Penticton (4½ hours)

Travel east along Canada’s Highway 1, the oft-travelled Trans Canada Highway, through the scenic Fraser Valley and quickly escape the city to a place of family-run farms near Abbotsford, towering mountains and waterfalls beside the road. Taking the less-hurried route through Highway 3 and 97, you can explore vast nature, Indigenous experiences, and unexpected wine tours along the way. In Manning Park Resort, tall trees line the lakeside and wilderness campsites, nature trails abound, and cozy cabins are peppered throughout. Manning Park is an ideal spot for year round night sky watching and photography. Drive through the Similkameen region and while this valley may not receive the same hype as its sizable Okanagan neighbour, the Similkameen is a charming, bucolic place of orchards, ranches, and lesser-known wineries. Penticton and Wine Country is a warm and welcoming lakeside community, bounded by forested ridges and clay bank cliffs. The wine country and rich agricultural lands provide fresh ingredients for local menus, making this a growing food and wine destination with an abundance of urban attractions for culturally-minded visitors.
Overnight: Penticton
Day 2: Okanagan sightseeing

On Okanagan Lake’s west shore is Penticton and not too distant, on the e east shore, is Kelowna, both are sun-kissed, easygoing towns surrounded by vineyards. Penticton is one of just two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Okanagan and Skaha beaches feature nearly 15 acres of sandy beach and swimming areas. There are over 80 wineries in the Penticton area, 6 craft breweries, 1 cidery and 3 distilleries, all within easy walking or biking distance of the downtown core.
Overnight: Penticton
Day 3: Penticton – Revelstoke (3½ hours)

Drive to Revelstoke, named as a “must do trip” on National Geographic’s Ultimate Adventure Bucket List. Revelstoke offers open spaces, big mountains, and real adventure. Revelstoke is nestled between the magnificent Selkirk and Monashee Mountains. Climb the only mountain in Canada’s national park system where you can drive all the way to the highest part and summit just a short walk from your car, at the Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Overnight: Revelstoke, BC
Day 4: Revelstoke – Kicking Horse – Emerald Lake Lodge (2½ hours)

Drive to the Kicking Horse National Historic Site and cross the Kicking Horse Pass, the highest point on the Trans-Canada Highway while looking down to a spectacular mountain landscape of Yoho National Park. This legendary pass opened BC to the rest of Canada by rail in the 19th century. From the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, watch a Canadian engineering phenomenon in action as trains disappear into one Rocky Mountain tunnel and emerge from another at a different elevation on the steep slopes. On your way to Emerald Lake join a guided river rafting excursion on the Kicking Horse River, visit the Bear Refuge and ride the gondola to the top of Kicking Horse Mountain. After your day of adventure, continue to Yoho National Park and the well known Emerald Lake. Lodge. The Emerald Lake Lodge offers 24 cabin style buildings, surrounding the lake in a true wilderness escape.
Overnight: Field, BC
Day 5: Emerald Lake Lodge

Legendary guide Tom Wilson first stumbled across this small gem of a lake in 1882 during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway located in the heart of what is known today as Yoho National Park. Known for its jade-coloured waters, the area remains one of North America’s most scenic wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, the lodge itself includes an elegant dining room, quiet reading and sitting rooms, conference facilities and a games room. The lounge features an oak bar salvaged from a 1890’s-era Yukon saloon and from the verandas, the vistas of surrounding mountain scapes are breathtaking. Few destinations in Canada offer this unique mix of luxury and jaw dropping nature. Today you can just enjoy the tranquil setting or set out to find one of the many hiking trails in the area or go canoeing.
Day 6: Emerald Lake – Lake Louise – Banff (1½ hours)

Begin your drive into Banff National Park, which offers spectacular mountain scenery and its many attractions. Stop in Lake Louise to view the picture perfect lake setting with the famous Hotel Fairmont Lake Louise overlooking it. Lake Louise is a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks. You may have seen photos of the lake but you will not be prepared for the experience of rounding the corner, getting the first sight of the emerald green waters and the rugged peaks as a backdrop. Late in the day, with the glowing sun dropping behind Mount Victoria, you will likely have never seen anything so dramatically beautiful. Drive onwards to Banff.
Overnight: Banff
Day 7: Banff – Calgary (2 hours)

Immerse yourself in the stunning landscape of the town of Banff, a spirited place where you are surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The town site of Banff covers almost 4 sq. kms. and is at an elevation of 1,383 mtrs (4,537 feet), making it the highest town in Canada. Banff is flanked on all sides by towering mountains, including Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain. You may see a herd of elk wandering down the main street during your early morning walk. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. Explore Banff with a stop at Cascade Gardens and beautiful Bow Falls, then ride the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unparallel view of the mountains and valley below. Later, follow Highway 1 via Canmore to Calgary which is known as the entrance to the Canadian Rockies. Calgary offers and entrepreneurial energy while embracing the rich western heritage. Drop your car rental off at the Calgary International airport where your Self-Drive tour package will end. This itinerary is available in reverse from Calgary to Vancouver.
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WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • 7 Day mid-size car rental including unlimited kilometres (special conditions apply)
  • Sightseeing and attractions as indicated above
EXCLUSIONS
  • Items (attractions and sightseeing & entrance fees) not listed as included in the itinerary
  • Airfare unless specified as included within the itinerary
  • Taxes as applicable
  • Travel Insurance and Cancellation Protection (strongly recommended, ask us for a quote!)
  • Gratuities for Local Guides, Tour Managers, and/or Bus Drivers
  • Meals not specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary

Why Take A Custom Tour?

Private & Customizable You can see what you want, when you want, how you want. A trip that's perfectly timed and well organized.
Unique Experience Experiences that help you take in the region in a different way. Can combine your trip with our group tours. Advice to help you get the most out of your trip.
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Unique Experiences Experiences that help you take in the region in a different way.
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Booking & Flight Questions

Do you arrange airport transfers?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking airport transfers for you! Some tours have airport transfers included already. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

Can you assist with booking additional accommodation?

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

Can you assist with booking flights?

Yes! We can certainly assist with booking your flights for you! We do not recommend you book any flights until you receive your booking confirmation directly from Anderson Vacations Tours, as some tours are not pre-guaranteed. Please inquire for further information and pricing.

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 pricing may also vary and it will be subject to availability.

Can we book this tour with our exclusive group?

Anderson Vacations Tours can work with private groups to customize a tour to your needs. Please inquire for further information and pricing.
Tour Questions

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+

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

There are options for single travelers to join most tours. Solo Travelers can choose to pay the single supplement and have their own room throughout the tour. For those willing to share, we also have a Twin Share option that is offered for the majority of our tours. This means you will be sharing the hotel rooms with another single, same gender traveller who also books the Twin Share option. If this is the case, there will be no single supplement charged to either of you. If we are unable to match you with another Twin Share traveler, there may be a single surcharge applied to cover the full cost of the rooms on some of our longer tours. Please enquire before finalizing your booking for full details.

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

This tour has a low level of physical demand, although there may be some activities or sightseeing tours that require walking short distances. Please inquire if you have any mobility restrictions before completing your booking to ensure this tour 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 this suitcase is 32 kilograms/60 pounds. Baggage handling is provided at the hotels in our tour packages. Please 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 the 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 Tours 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 (includes tipping).

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

Yes! 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 and arrangements made for you.

Are gratuities included in the tour cost?

For your convenience, gratuities for local guides and meals stated on the itinerary are included in the price of the tour. For meals not included in your tour package please remember that it is customary to tip your server 15-20% in North America. Gratuities for your Motorcoach Driver and Tour Director are left to your discretion. We recommend $4.00 - $5.00 CAD per person, per day for your Motorcoach Driver and $6.00 - $7.00 CAD per person, per day for your Tour Director. if you can't find your
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