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Rockies Rail & Sail Vancouver to Calgary by Road, Train and Boat

11 nights

This holiday gives a tremendous overview of the best that Western Canada has to offer via Vancouver Island, Banff and Jasper. The northern part of your journey takes you from Victoria into pristine valleys and the native heritage of totem poles, expressive art and peaceful landscape whilst the rest of your journey gives you the highlights of Vancouver and the Rockies.  Travel in luxury by rail, motorcoach and on ferries through scenic landscapes you will remember forever. 

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Day 1

Vancouver

Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will transfer to your downtown hotel (not included). ...

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Day 2

Vancouver

Today you will be sightseeing in Vancouver.  A morning tour will introduce you to the many a...

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Day 3

Vancouver to Victoria

Your journey to Victoria today includes a 1.5 hour ferry ride over to Vancouver Island then admis...

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Day 4

Victoria

Today is yours to explore the rest of Victoria. You may wish to have high tea at the Fairmont Emp...

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Day 5

Victoria to Port Hardy

This morning you will board a tour to Port Hardy. Along the way you will see Duncan, 'City of Tot...

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Day 6

Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

This morning, transfer by motorcoach to the BC Ferries Terminal (included), and embark on a full...

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Day 7

Prince Rupert

After a 1.5 hour cruise around Kaien Island, the rest of the day is yours to explore the quaint t...

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Day 8

Prince Rupert to Prince George

From waterways to railways ... a morning boarding of VIA Rail's 'Skeena' begins your discovery of...

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Day 9

Prince George to Jasper

This morning continue on your rail journey aboard the "Skeena." You may see bald eagles, black be...

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Day 10

Jasper to Banff

Today you will enjoy the scenic drive to Banff via Canada's most spectacular mountain highway - t...

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Day 11

Banff

This morning's excursion takes you through the alpine town of Banff and its environs. Visit the C...

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Day 12

Banff to Calgary

Transfer by Brewster scheduled airport service to Calgary International Airport....

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Day 1

Vancouver

Upon arrival in Vancouver, you will transfer to your downtown hotel (not included).

2 nights in Vancouver.

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Day 2

Vancouver

Today you will be sightseeing in Vancouver.  A morning tour will introduce you to the many attractions of Vancouver with a visit to Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the beautiful coastal city. 

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Day 3

Vancouver to Victoria

Your journey to Victoria today includes a 1.5 hour ferry ride over to Vancouver Island then admission to Butchart Gardens and a tour of Victoria city centre, Chinatown and Beacon Hill Park.

2 nights in Victoria.

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Day 4

Victoria

Today is yours to explore the rest of Victoria. You may wish to have high tea at the Fairmont Empress, take a whale watching tour, explore the Royal British Columbia Museum or just stroll the picturesque Inner Harbour area.

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Day 5

Victoria to Port Hardy

This morning you will board a tour to Port Hardy. Along the way you will see Duncan, 'City of Totem Poles', Chemainus 'City of Murals' and Coombs Deli (where goats graze on the roof). Your journey is enhanced by views of the Gulf Islands, vast farm lands, fishing villages and deep sea ports.

1 night in Port Hardy.

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Day 6

Port Hardy to Prince Rupert

This morning, transfer by motorcoach to the BC Ferries Terminal (included), and embark on a full day of cruising the sheltered waters of the Inside Passage. After your nineteen-and-a-half-hour journey, you will be transferred by taxi to your hotel.

2 nights in Prince Rupert.

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Day 7

Prince Rupert

After a 1.5 hour cruise around Kaien Island, the rest of the day is yours to explore the quaint town of Prince Rupert; a bustling port town with cruise ship docks and ferries to Alaska, Port Hardy and the Queen Charlotte Islands, as well as a starting point for VIA Rail's Skeena train.

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Day 8

Prince Rupert to Prince George

From waterways to railways ... a morning boarding of VIA Rail's 'Skeena' begins your discovery of northern British Columbia's forested landscape. Take advantage of the Skyline Car with its 360 degree views from the dome, or the casual atmosphere of the lounge car below as the train gently weaves and winds its way to Prince George.

1 night in Prince George.

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Day 9

Prince George to Jasper

This morning continue on your rail journey aboard the "Skeena." You may see bald eagles, black bears or moose from the windows of the train. Arriving into Jasper this afternoon, a transfer will be waiting to shuttle you to your hotel.

1 night in Jasper.

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Day 10

Jasper to Banff

Today you will enjoy the scenic drive to Banff via Canada's most spectacular mountain highway - the Icefields Parkway. A ride on Brewster's all-terrain Ice Explorer on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier is another highlight (April 15 - October 15). After a brief stop at Lake Louise, you will continue on to beautiful Banff for an early evening arrival.

1 night in Banff.

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Day 11

Banff

This morning's excursion takes you through the alpine town of Banff and its environs. Visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site and your final stop is at the Banff Gondola for a 360 degree look at Banff and the Bow Valley.

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Day 12

Banff to Calgary

Transfer by Brewster scheduled airport service to Calgary International Airport.

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This holiday is presented by Brewster Vacations Canada.  Trip dates in 2012: May 13, May 23 - June 10, June 22 - August 31, September 2 - September 16, starting on Sundays, Wednesday and Fridays. 

 

Price Includes:

2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.

Sightseeing excursions and tours: Vancouver City Highlights Tour, Victoria City and Butchart Gardens Tour, BC Ferries 'Northern Expedition' from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, whale watching or grizzly bear viewing in Prince Rupert, VIA Rail from Prince Rupert to Jasper, Icefield Parkway & Glacier Experience from Jasper to Banff, Discover Banff tour.

Admissions: Butchart Gardens, Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, Banff Gondola Tour.

Transfers: Taxi transfer in Victoria, transfer from Victoria to Port Hardy, 2 taxi transfers in Port Hardy, 2 taxi transfers in Prince Rupert, 2 taxi transfers in Prince George, transfer from Jasper Train Station to hotel, transfer from Banff to Calgary.

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Mr & Mrs Downie

We had an absolutely wonderful time in Vancouver, Victoria, and all points to Banff. The travel arrangements were excellent, the hotels were all good and the various tours etc were again excellent. In addition to seeing numerous bears, eagles, the occasional whale etc., we were amazed at the size, the wilderness and peace of it all, and the Rockies were....the Rockies. People were incredibly and genuinely friendly and welcoming.

 

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