Day 1 Vancouver
Fly from the UK & upon arrival into Vancouver transfer (own cost) to your hotel. The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver.
Day 2 Vancouver to Kelowna (397 km/247 mi)
Collect car rental downtown Vancouver & travel into the Thompson Okanagan region; this region is famous for its orchards and vineyards as well as the wildly varied landscape. To the north of the central wine-and-fruit producing valley are vast boreal forests and to the south the desert of the Great Basin.
Day 3 Kelowna Wine Tour
Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. You will be picked-up at your hotel at around 10am and visit up to 6 wineries. Each winery has its own personality and wines that they specialise in. You will visit the Mission Hill Winery with the full tour and tasting followed by lunch (gift card for lunch included). More wineries will be explored in the afternoon before going back to Kelowna.
This tour includes: full tour of Mission Hill Winery, gift card for lunch, all tasting fees, picnic platter of gourmet cheeses and crackers.
Day 4 Kelowna to Emerald Lake Lodge (405 km/252 mi)
Today drive by spectacular waterfalls, towering peaks and beautiful lakes towards Revelstoke. Just before Revelstoke you will find Craigellachie, where the ‘last spike’ was driven completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. The mountains that were the curse of railway workers are responsible for the park’s many waterfalls including Laughing Falls, Wapta Falls, Twin Falls and one of Canada’s highest (254 metres / 833 feet), Takakkaw Falls.
Day 5 Emerald Lake Lodge to Banff (81 km/50 mi)
Enjoy the leisurely drive to Banff. Choose the Bow Valley Parkway, beside the Bow River with an option for you to take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Banff.
Day 6 Banff Exploring (Banff Gondola)
A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included), Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included).
Day 7 Banff to Jasper (292 km)
View a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way see such sights as the Sarbach Glacier, Peyto Lake, Bow Lake, with the Bow Glacier providing the backdrop, and Crowfoot Glacier before your arrival at the Columbia Icefield for an Ice Explorer ride out on to the glacier(included). Leaving the Athabasca Glacier, your camera should be ready to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival into Jasper.
Day 8 Jasper Exploring
Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram ride up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world (admissions not included).
Day 9 Jasper to Clearwater Wells Gray Provincial Park (318 km)
Set out for Wells Gray Provincial Park along the scenic Yellowhead Highway and take in the breath taking vistas of the steep-walled gorges and crashing falls of the North Thompson River.
Day 10 Wells Gray Provincial Park
Today is free to explore on your own.
Day 11 Wells Gray Provincial Park to Whistler (421 km)
Begin the day travelling via 100 Mile House to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years.
Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler.
On the upper elevations of the Duffey Lake Road enjoy breath-taking views of Joffre Glacier and snow-capped Mount Currie that rises to a height of
2,596 meters (8,518 feet). Continue on to the mountain village of Whistler for your 2-night stay.
Day 12 Whistler Exploring (Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride)
Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack; if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.
Day 13 Whistler to Pacific Rim National Park (310km/192mi + Ferry)
Travel the Sea-to-Sky Highway through a landscape carved out by glaciers and edged by craggy fjords. After a brief stop at Shannon Falls continue to Horseshoe Bay where you will board a ferry to sail across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island. Your drive to the Pacific Coast will take you through ancient rain forests and provincial parks. You are venturing into true wildlife territory here, and you might even catch a glimpse of bears, deer or wolves. The Pacific Rim National Park is a marvel of ecological and geographical diversity as you will see as you pass through dense rain forests, steep ravines and windswept beaches.
Day 14 Tofino (Pacific Rim National Park)
You may wish to walk along the famed Long Beach, with its miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf, or explore the rain forests on a selection of well groomed trails. Mid-afternoon enjoy a 3-hour whale watch cruise (included) through the Clayoquot Sound, revealing sensational scenery and wildlife such as Gray Whales, Sea Lions, Porpoises and Orcas. The area is also known for its variety of birds, including tufted puffins and resident bald eagles.
Day 15 Tofino to Victoria (313 km)
Travel back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island and head south to Victoria. En-route stops should be made at the artist community of Chemainus, where you can admire the giant murals which adorn the exterior walls throughout the town and Duncan the “City of Totems”. If time permits visit the Quw’utsun’ Heritage Village which provides you with an insight into the lives of the northwest coast people (seasonal hours – admission not included).
Day 16 Victoria Exploring (Butchart Gardens)
Today is free to explore Victoria, with its turn-of-the-century architecture and British traditions such as high tea and shops full of woollens and china.
Admission is (included) to the Butchart Gardens with it’s over 50 acre display of magnificent colour.
Day 17 Victoria to Vancouver (69 km + Ferry)
Leaving Victoria drive north to Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal for a 90 min Ferry ride (ferry toll included) to Tsawwassen. On-board BC Ferries enjoy the scenery of the Gulf Islands as you cross the Strait of Georgia. From Tsawwassen continue on to downtown Vancouver or airport before returning your car rental; and returning to the UK.