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Insight Vacations Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast end Vancouver (Summer 2017) (APNC)

14 Days starts and ends in Vancouver Print
Tour Style: Premium Trip
USA, Canada and South America 2017
Visits: Canada, United States

Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest.This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. For the majority of the time you are at the mercy of Mother Nature's eye-popping palette - a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park, free time in Jasper and Waterton National Parks. And when you not soaking up the scenic splendour, you can while away the hours shopping, or spending time exactly as you please, in the cosmopolitan cities of Vancouver and Seattle.Read 'Canada Unlocked: An Interview with Travelling Concierge Andrea Dionne' on the Insight Vacations blog

ADDITIONAL INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vancouver: Guided tour, see the totem poles in Stanley Park.

AUTHENTIC REGIONAL FLAVOURS

  • Victoria: Dine at Canoe Brewpub for a Highlight Dinner on the waterfront.
  • Vancouver: Featuring a west coast inspired menu, dine at Stanley Park Pavillion, overlooking the Stanley Park gardens.
  • Lake Louise: A delightful and warming Afternoon Tea is served in the resort before heading to Banff.
  • Banff: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
  • Spokane: Dine at Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub, nestled among the remaining catwalks, pipes and boilers of a historic Spokane building.
  • Quincy: Visit a boutique winery for a behind the cellar doors look and wine tasting.
  • Seattle: Head to the waterfront for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar's, aptly referred to as Seattle's King of the Waterfront, to toast your newfound friends.
  • Welcome Reception (WD), 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), 2 Dinners (D) 1 Dine-Around (DA), 3 Highlight Dinners (HD), 1 Afternoon Tea (AT) and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD) On the ms Nieuw Amsterdam* 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

SIGNATURE EXPERIENCES

  • Vancouver: A Local Expert shares all of the city highlights in this bustling west coast seaport.
  • Victoria: Visit the stunning floral displays at Butchart Gardens.
  • The Canadian: Stay aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian, simply one of the world's greatest rail journeys.
  • Jasper: Join your Tour Director for an interpretive talk on the trails of Maligne Canyon and cruise the lake.
  • Jasper: A local naturalist uncovers the history of local flora and fauna.
  • Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer.
  • Chateau Lake Louise: Join a heritage tour of the historic hotel followed by afternoon tea.
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people.
  • Glacier National Park: Board a 'Red Jammer' for a narrated trip with stunning views. Stop and meet a ranger for a guided exploration.
  • Lake McDonald: Meet a Glacier National Park ranger who shares the features of the park's largest lake.
  • Wallace: Meet an experienced miner and tour a silver mine.
  • Seattle: Sightseeing with a Local Expert uncovers all of the city's major sights.

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Spokane: Stay at Washington's grandest hotel, The Historic Davenport Hotel, Autograph Collection, and a landmark in itself. With soaring architecture and a rich history that dates back to 1914, it has earned the reputation as Spokane's grandest hotel.
  • Lake McDonald Lodge: You'll enjoy stunning views at the cosy and historic Lake McDonald Lodge located on the western side of the beautiful Glacier National Park.

ADDITIONAL FIVE STAR SERVICES

  • An expert Insight Tour Director, at the pinnacle of their career, will guide you on your journey. Serving as your 'travelling concierge', this skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 seat coach with extended leg room and on-board restroom. It's business class comfort.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • Baggage handling everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on Day 1, and 14.

Insight Vacations Tour Itinerary

Day: 1 Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to beautiful Vancouver, one of the most eclectic cities in Canada. On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.(WD)
Day: 2 Cruise the Gulf Islands to Victoria.
Embark on a guided tour of Vancouver and all its highlights. Explore Gastown, Chinatown and the diverse community of English Bay along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Then board the ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island and on to Victoria, British Columbia's stunning capital city. Enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing or taking in the city as you please.(FB)
Day: 3 Butchart Gardens.
Start your day at the world-renowned Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada. Wander through the gardens with incredible views of the Italian Garden, Residence Lawn and Rose Garden. Next, take a guided sightseeing tour of Victoria with the city's spectacular Inner Harbour, viewing the stately Parliament Buildings, down Government Street to Old Town, Canada's oldest Chinatown and view the last remnants of Fort Victoria. Continue on as you follow Antique Row, before passing Craigdarroch Castle and through the Oak Bay residential area. Stop at the summit of Mount Tolmie for a photo opportunity high above the city and continue on to Uplands and along Marine Drive with vistas of the straits of Juan de Fuca and past Beacon Hill Park. The afternoon is free. Perhaps take an optional whale watching experience seeking out pods of Orcas. Tonight, partake in a Highlight Dinner at a modern brewpub offering homemade seasonal brews on the waterfront.(FB / HD)
Day: 4 Victoria, Vancouver’s Bridges, VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian'
Cruise back to the mainland and head to Vancouver's North Shore to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge and its 7 suspended footbridges, 100 feet (30 metres) above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy a Highlight Dinner sipping a local craft beer or a glass of chilled BC wine from the sun drenched seated deck overlooking the Stanley Park gardens. After, step on-board VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian' for your overnight journey to the world-renowned Canadian Rockies. Settle in the restored rail cars and celebrate the start of your rail journey with a champagne send-off. Retire to your private Sleeper Plus Class cabin and let the train gently lull you to sleep.(FB / HD)
Day: 5 The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park
Wake up to the stunning vistas from your private compartment. You’ll also have access to the skyline, park or panorama car, a one–of-a-kind car topped with a full domed window roof. Enjoy breakfast and lunch onboard as you travel past towering peaks and glaciers, cross the Continental Divide into the province of Alberta. In the afternoon, arrive in Jasper National Park, your home for the next two nights and an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.(FB / L)
Day: 6 Exploring Jasper National Park
Start the day with an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise across the serene waters of Iconic Maligne Lake – one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps join an optional, fun and easy scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. In the evening, enjoy dinner at the hotel, followed by a presentation about the history and fauna of the area by a local naturalist.(FB / D)
Day: 7 Icefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National Park
Get ready for a scenic symphony of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls as you follow the majestic Icefields Parkway – simply one of the world's most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefield Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise, where a delightful experience awaits – an afternoon tea in one of the resort's charming venues. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.(FB / AT)
Day: 8 The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
(Relaxed Start) Spend the full day exploring the wonders of Banff as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences, including a helicopter flight over the magnificent peaks of the Canadian Rockies or a ride on-board the Banff Gondola. For your dining pleasure, choose from three popular local eateries in the village of Banff.(FB / DA)
Day: 9 Hunting Buffalo on the way to Glacier National Park
Depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to discover how the indigenous people used this 36 foot (11 metre) high cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago.(FB)
Day: 10 Going-to-the-Sun and the Glacier National Park
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience as you board the historic ‘Red Jammer’ buses for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road–an engineering marvel running through the park's wild interior. During your narrated trip, marvel at the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake McDonald. Dinner will be served at the hotel in the evening.(FB / D)
Day: 11 Silver Mine, Lake Coeur d'Alene and Spokane
Head east and stop in Wallace, Idaho, where you meet an experienced miner for a personalised visit to the Sierra Silver Mine. Walk through the main drift of an underground silver mine, as your guide shares personal experiences as a hard-rock miner. Continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane, where you stay at The Historic Davenport Hotel. This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with soaring architecture, award-winning amenities and a rich history. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at the Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery situated in a nationally recognised historic building.(FB / HD)
Day: 12 Wonderful Wines en route to Seattle
Continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Enjoy a visit behind the cellar doors of Cave B Estate of the award-winning boutique winery. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. Learn how these excellent wines combine with food over lunch. Then it's on to Seattle, the ‘Emerald City', for an evening at leisure at the stunning Fairmont Olympic.(FB / L)
Day: 13 The Soaring Sights of Seattle
Start your day with a Local Expert on a sightseeing tour of Seattle's major sights including Pioneer Square, Pike Place Market (watch out for flying fish!) and Seattle's iconic Space Needle, with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the skyline and Puget Sound. The afternoon is yours to do as you please. Visit the Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibits, or the Experience Music Project Museum (EMP). In the evening, join your Tour Director and fellow travellers for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar's Acres of Clams, for the best of Northwest's dining and cuisine, on Seattle's waterfront.(FB / CD)
Day: 14 Depart Vancouver
Today, you have the choice of an included transfer to Seattle SeaTac International Airport or Vancouver International Airport. Guests taking the Optional Alaska Cruise will be transferred back to the Marriott Vancouver Pinnacle Downtown for the night before boarding their cruise on Day 15.(FB)

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