Majesty of the Rockies - with Calgary Stampede, Summer 2021
From 02/07/2021 to 19/07/2021
Inclusive Luxury Gold Services.
You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
Enjoy the comfort of Luxury Gold's air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard restroom.
Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency.
We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
From time to time, your Travel Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local speciality representing the destination.
Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.
Day 1 - Vibrant Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at The Victor.(Dinner with Wine)
Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing. This morning experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is at your leisure.(Breakfast)
Day 3 - Onward to Sun Peaks. Journey by luxury coach through the majestic landscapes of British Columbia and arrive at Sun Peaks, a European-style, pedestrian-only village with breathtaking mountain views. Alternatively, guests that have selected the optional Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service will journey from Vancouver with an overnight in Kamloops and rejoin their fellow travellers in Jasper on Day 4.(Breakfast)
Day 4 - Mt. Robson and on to Jasper. After breakfast, continue your journey through the stunning Columbia Mountains and stop for a view of Mt. Robson's snow-capped peak before arriving in Jasper National Park. A part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains Park, it is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area is studded with snow-capped mountain peaks, giant hanging glaciers, lakes of exquisite turquoise colors, large green forests, thundering waterfalls and steep canyons. The area is also home to an array of animals and birds, such as elk, bighorn sheep, deer, bear, and moose among many others.(Breakfast)
Day 5 - Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake. Embark on a narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake in the morning (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island before enjoying a walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park as you join a Local Expert on an afternoon scenic float trip(8) down the Athabasca River. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine at your lodge.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 6 - The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park. Travel on to Banff National Park and join a private meet-and-greet with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Hear fascinating tales of what it's like to wear the famous red serge uniform.(Breakfast)
Day 7 - Banff Sights at Leisure. Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or play 9 holes of golf at the Banff Springs Golf Course. Perhaps be tempted by a helicopter flight, soaring above the Rockies - your Travelling Concierge can assist you with the arrangements. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 8 - Banff to Calgary. Travel to Calgary, your home for the next two nights. Later, revel in the evening activities and a wide variety of food choices.(Breakfast)
Day 9 - Calgary Stampede. Visit "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth" and take in all the action, including one of Canada's largest music festivals and First Nation cultural experiences.(Breakfast)
Day 10 - Calgary to Lake Louise. This morning visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, know for its reflective and bright blue glacial waters. Later today you'll arrive at Lake Louise. Enjoy an engaging nature talk while strolling lakeside, before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. Why not upgrade to a Junior Lakeview Suite for views of Lake Louise?(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 11 - Canada's Exquisite National Parks. As you leave Banff this morning, stop at exquisite Emerald Lake. Journey through some of Canada's most breathtaking national parks - Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke, as you make your way to Kelowna. Tonight visit the family-owned estate winery Quails' Gate for a delicious wine-paired dinner with stunning views over the vineyard and Okanagan Lake.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 12 - The Napa Valley of the North to Whistler. Enjoy a thrilling range of landscapes as you travel to Lillooet, a historical town on the road of the old Gold Rush. Drive along the scenic Duffey Lake Road through mountains and forests, offering sublime lake and river views. Keep an eye out for wildlife such as bears or deer as they are often spotted here. Arrive in Whistler, a small alpine village ringed by mountains, forests and valleys.(Breakfast)
Day 13 - First Nations Culture and History. In the morning, head for the striking Audain Art Museum, where you will be greeted by your host for breakfast in the museum, followed by a private, before-hours guided exploration of the private collection focused entirely on British Columbia artists. It also houses one of the best collections of First Nations masks. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. [CC] If you are travelling on a Chairman's Collection departure, today you will meet Rob Boyd, former Olympic alpine skier, as he personally welcomes you for a private reception. Relax and dine at your resort this evening. [/CC](Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 14 - From Whistler to Victoria. Leave the mountains of Whistler behind and travel along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway. Stop at the beautiful Shannon Falls before ferrying across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and back on the road to Victoria.(Breakfast)
Day 15 - Exploring Victoria. Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens' Blue Poppy Restaurant. Gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public, then enjoy this designated National Historic Site of Canada. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, join your Travelling Concierge and new friends at a farm-to-table Celebration Dinner at 10 Acres Kitchen. This restaurant pledges to serve the best of Vancouver Island; what they do not grow and ethically raise on their own farm, they proudly source from other like-minded farmers and food purveyors.(Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)
Day 16 - Depart Vancouver. This morning you will board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge all the way to the mainland. An included transfer will take you to Vancouver International Airport, arriving at approximately 12:00, the DOUGLAS Hotel for additional nights, or to Canada Place cruise ship terminal for your Alaska cruise.(Breakfast) Exceptional Dining Vancouver: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at The Victor, located on the sixth-floor rooftop featuring local ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. Whistler: Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner at SIDECUT, a AAA rated, four-diamond restaurant known for traditional steakhouse fare with a modern take. Kelowna: Enjoy a locally inspired menu with wine pairing from the Okanagan Valley at Quails' Gate, one of the oldest family-owned wineries in Kelowna. Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of restaurants during your Dine-Around Evening. Banff: Experience traditional, regional and contemporary ? la carte dining with your choice of fine restaurants at the Fairmont. Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B), 7 Dinners all with wine (DW); Journey Highlights Victoria: One of the oldest cities in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia, Victoria is a grand, elegant wonder. Explore this Garden City with her historic charm, baroque architecture, colourful squares and lively waterfront. Athabasca Glacier: Enjoy a private meeting with a retired Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories. Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes. Whistler: In the morning, head for the striking Audain Art Museum, where you will be greeted by your host for breakfast in the museum, followed by a private, before-hours guided exploration of the private collection focused entirely on British Columbia artists. It also houses one of the best collections of First Nations masks. Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view. Luxury Hotels Victoria: The Hotel Grand Pacific is perched right on the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria's downtown. Whistler: The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious resort with a gorgeous backdrop and charming local village. Kelowna: Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline. Lake Louise: Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Banff: Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", the Fairmont Banff Springs, has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years. Jasper: Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the hotel wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife. Sun Peaks: An internationally renowned year-round destination resort offering luxury in the heart of Sun Peaks. VIP Experiences Whistler: Visit the striking Audain Art Museum, known for its unique exhibitions. Join your host for breakfast, after which you'll be taken on a private, before-hours guided exploration of the museum's private collection, which showcases British Columbia's most celebrated artists. It also houses one of the best collections of First Nations masks. Banff: Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or play 9 holes of golf at the Banff Springs Golf Course.
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