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Cosmos Western Canada & Rocky Mountaineer (8930)

9 days from Calgary to Vancouver 
Create a lifetime of incredible memories traveling through the unforgettable Canadian Rockies! Take a snocoach ride on Athabasca Glacier in Alberta, travel across British Columbia on the Rocky Mountaineer train, and enjoy ferry crossings to/from Vancouver Island—these are just a few of the many highlights on this memorable Western Canada vacation. Begin your trip in Calgary with a sightseeing tour of Calgary’s major sites. Then travel to Banff, one of Canada’s favorite resorts, for time to hike, fish, and relax, or take an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. On the way to Jasper National Park, stop in Lake Louise and marvel at this world-famous location with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Next: a highlight of your vacation—take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada, for two nights.

Next, journey on the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight journey from Jasper National Park to Vancouver. This train ride through breathtaking scenery takes you back to a time when getting to your destination was part of the fun. Along the way, see wild rivers, majestic mountain ranges, and beautiful lakes. Upon arrival in Vancouver, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Vancouver’s major sites. Then set sail for Victoria and enjoy a sightseeing tour, including world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays. Your grand Canadian Rockies vacation ends in Vancouver. This is truly an unforgettable vacation with an amazing itinerary full of beautiful scenery and once-in-a-lifetime activities.

Cosmos Highlights & Sightseeing

Sightseeing:
In Calgary and Vancouver; orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), Stanley Park, and Butchart Gardens. Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Cosmos Hotels

CALGARY International Hotel Calgary (SF)
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Bow View Lodge (ST)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Lobstick Lodge (F)
KAMLOOPS Comfort Inn or similar (ST)
VANCOUVER Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown (F)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)

Itinerary (2015)

Day 1Calgary.
 Enjoy time at leisure. Your Tour Director can answer any questions this evening.
Day 2Calgary–Banff National Park.
 The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Guided sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Upon arrival, take the optional gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views. Then, visit sparkling Bow Falls. (B)
Day 3Banff National Park.
 Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
Day 4Banff National Park–Lake Louise–Columbia Icefield–Jasper National Park.
 First stop is Lake Louise, its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales two mountain passes. Another highlight on today’s agenda is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. Upon arrival in Jasper, an orientation tour showcases Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Your accommodation for the next two nights will be in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
Day 5Jasper National Park.
 Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.
Day 6Jasper National Park–Rocky Mountaineer–Kamloops.
 An exciting morning as you board the Rocky Mountaineer for a 2-day, all-daylight, classic rail journey from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Coast. En route, pass Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Follow the Thompson River and enjoy vistas of the Monashee Mountains. (CB,L)
Day 7Kamloops–Rocky Mountaineer–Vancouver.
 Reboard the train and head through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River. Continue through the stark beauty of Fraser Canyon and the turbulence of mighty Hell’s Gate. Then, pass through the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, surrounded by the snowcapped Coast Mountains. Arrive in Vancouver at the Rocky Mountaineer Station in early evening and transfer to your hotel. (CB,L)
Day 8Vancouver–Ferry Crossing–Victoria.
 Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Afternoon sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.
Day 9Victoria–Ferry Crossing–Vancouver.
 Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

Included Cosmos Meals

1 breakfast; on Rocky Mountaineer—2 continental breakfasts, 2 lunches

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Cosmos Pricing Details

Any applicable Goods and Service Tax (GST) and/or Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) for Canada are additional. Taxes will be calculated and listed at the time of booking, prior to payment being collected.

Pricing is based on RedLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Upgrade to SilverLeaf Service for a supplement of $370 or upgrade to GoldLeaf Service for a supplement of $750. Please book early, as space is limited.

Prices based on double room occupancy.

Single Room Supplement:
$485 (May 5-26); $660 (June 2-September 26)

Triple Room Reduction per person:
$95 (May 5-26); $135 (June 2-September 26)

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

Cosmos Notes

NOTE:
All RedLeaf travelers should pack an overnight bag for the train journey. Suitcases for SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf travelers will be delivered in Kamloops; suitcases for RedLeaf travelers will be checked and unavailable for the overnight in Kamloops.

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05/05/2015$2,473.00
*05/12/2015$2,473.00
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05/26/2015$2,493.00
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06/09/2015$2,642.00
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*06/30/2015$2,642.00
07/07/2015$2,732.00
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07/18/2015$2,642.00
*08/18/2015$2,642.00
*08/25/2015$2,642.00
*09/01/2015$2,642.00
09/05/2015$2,642.00
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09/22/2015$2,642.00
09/26/2015$2,603.00
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