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Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

12 Days, Calgary to Vancouver
Discover the Canadian Rockies - Westbound

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Awe-inspiring scenery and fascinating wildlife are simply everywhere in Western Canada. This 12-day adventure offers the Rocky Mountain highs of crisp Jasper and serene L read more...

What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • Accommodation in Hotel/lodges (11 nts).
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 dinner.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Vancouver and Calgary orientation walk.
  • Scenic ferry to Vancouver Island.
  • Victoria, Whistler, and Banff orientation walks.
  • Stops at Joffre Lake and Marble Canyon.
  • River safari through Grizzly Bear Valley.
  • Visit Mount Robson Visitor Centre.
  • Admission to Miette hot springs.
  • Excursion to the Columbia Icefields and ice walk on the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Banff historical walking tour.
  • Services on a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Interesting articles, helpful tips, and photography advice from National Geographic before you depart.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 470-615 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Calgary
Day 2 Calgary/Banff
Day 3 Banff/Lake Louise
Day 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park of Canada
Day 5 Jasper National Park of Canada
Day 6 Jasper National Park of Canada/Blue River
Day 7 Blue River/Whistler
Day 8 Whistler
Day 9 Whistler/Victoria
Day 10 Victoria
Day 11 Victoria/Vancouver
Day 12 Vancouver
Departures
  • Jun
    2018
  • Jul
    2018
  • Aug
    2018
  • Sep
    2018
  • Jun
    2019
  • Jul
    2019
  • Aug
    2019
  • Sep
    2019
  • Start
  • Finish
  • Mon, 04 Jun '18
  • Fri, 15 Jun '18
  • Mon, 11 Jun '18
  • Fri, 22 Jun '18
  • Mon, 18 Jun '18
  • Fri, 29 Jun '18
  • Mon, 02 Jul '18
  • Fri, 13 Jul '18
  • Mon, 09 Jul '18
  • Fri, 20 Jul '18
  • Mon, 16 Jul '18
  • Fri, 27 Jul '18
  • Mon, 30 Jul '18
  • Fri, 10 Aug '18
  • Mon, 06 Aug '18
  • Fri, 17 Aug '18
  • Mon, 13 Aug '18
  • Fri, 24 Aug '18
  • Mon, 27 Aug '18
  • Fri, 07 Sep '18
  • Mon, 03 Sep '18
  • Fri, 14 Sep '18
  • Mon, 10 Sep '18
  • Fri, 21 Sep '18
  • Mon, 03 Jun '19
  • Fri, 14 Jun '19
  • Mon, 10 Jun '19
  • Fri, 21 Jun '19
  • Mon, 17 Jun '19
  • Fri, 28 Jun '19
  • Thu, 27 Jun '19
  • Mon, 08 Jul '19
  • Thu, 04 Jul '19
  • Mon, 15 Jul '19
  • Thu, 11 Jul '19
  • Mon, 22 Jul '19
  • Sun, 21 Jul '19
  • Thu, 01 Aug '19
  • Sun, 28 Jul '19
  • Thu, 08 Aug '19
  • Sun, 04 Aug '19
  • Thu, 15 Aug '19
  • Wed, 14 Aug '19
  • Sun, 25 Aug '19
  • Wed, 21 Aug '19
  • Sun, 01 Sep '19
  • Wed, 28 Aug '19
  • Sun, 08 Sep '19
  • Sat, 07 Sep '19
  • Wed, 18 Sep '19
  • Sat, 14 Sep '19
  • Wed, 25 Sep '19
TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Calgary
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Jasper National Park
  • Blue River
  • Whistler
  • Victoria
  • Vancouver
  • DAY 1 Calgary

    Arrive at any time.

    Famed for its entrepreneurial spirit and youthful population, Calgary prides itself on being the heart of the new west while honouring its cowboy heritage.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    1h
    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore, but make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your
    CEO will review the details of your tour. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Calgary/Banff

    Drive to Banff where we take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town.

    Private Vehicle
    Calgary - Banff 2h-3h 130km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Banff Historical Walking Tour
    Banff
    Take a walk back in time with an expert from the Whyte Museum, exploring the historical town of Banff. Retrace the history of the riverside site where Tom Wilson established one of the first outfitting operations in the area, then explore St Georges-in-the-Pines Anglican Church, and past the Luxton home and garden. These and many other intriguing stops reveal the fascinating history of this town and the Canadian Pacific railroad, and how it was the stepping stone of opening up western Canada.

    Free Time
    Banff
    Explore the town of Banff in your free time.

    Optional Activities
    Banff Gondola Ride to Sulphur Mountain

    Banff National Park of Canada 2h-3h
    40CAD per person
    Take a gondola to the famous Sulphur Mountain and enjoy the spectacular view of the whole mountain range and the village below.

    Canoeing
    Banff 2h-3h
    18-36CAD per person
    Rent a canoe and leisurely enjoy the scenery from a calm section of the Bow River. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Banff/Lake Louise

    Enjoy the morning in Banff before continuing to Lake Louise. View the emerald blue waters of this alpine lake, and opt to hike to the Tea House.

    Private Vehicle
    Banff - Lake Louise 1h-1h30m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Lake Louise Visit
    Lake Louise 30m-1h 1km
    Visit postcard perfect Lake Louise and take time to savour the emerald blue waters and breathtaking scenery of the Victoria Glacier.

    Free Time
    Lake Louise

    Optional Activities

    Lake Agnes Tea House Hike
    Lake Louise 2h30m-5h
    5-10CAD per person
    Originally built in 1901 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Lake Agnes Tea House has been serving fine loose-leaf teas to visitors for over one hundred years. Hike along a forested trail as you make your way past Mirror Lake and cascading waterfalls, to the shores of Lake Agnes. This lovely log building serves up a great cup (over 100 loose-leaf teas!) as well as finger food.

    Kicking Horse River White Water Rafting
    Kicking Horse River 3h-4h
    85-135CAD per person
    Raft on one of the most famous rivers in Canada. The Kicking Horse River is the ultimate whitewater rafting destination in the Rocky Mountains and is guaranteed to provide the thrill of a lifetime.

    The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Visit
    Lake Louise
    Visit one of the most iconic hotels in Canada. This beautiful hotel was rebuilt after a fire in 1924 and stands looking out at the breathtaking Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Lake Louise/Jasper National Park of Canada

    Considered one of the most scenic drives in the world, travel the Icefields Parkway to Peyto Lake with a stop at the Columbia Icefield.

    Walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Continue on to Jasper National Park. Along the 300km (186.4 mi) ride, a spectacle unfolds before our eyes: lush coniferous forests, immense mountains, turquoise lakes, high-falling cascades, and humbling glaciers. Numerous stops will be planned along the way for photos, observation, and wildlife encounters.

    Athabasca Glacier Ice Walk
    Athabasca Glacier 3h-4h 2-5km
    At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a glacier walk with an expert guide on the lower Athabasca Glacier to explore and understand the life of this active glacier. Walking on this glacially carved landscape is an experience you won't soon forget.

    Columbia Icefields Center Visit
    Columbia Icefield 1h-2h
    View one of the Rockies' largest and most accessible active glaciers. The Athabasca Glacier recedes at a rate of nearly 5m (16.4 ft) a year. See this natural beauty while you still can.

    Private Vehicle
    Lake Louise - Jasper National Park of Canada 10h 290km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Jasper National Park of Canada

    Spend the day at leisure with the option to hike at Maligne Canyon, enjoy a boat cruise, or check out some whitewater rafting. In the evening, we have an included visit to Miette hot springs.

    Jasper's friendly mountain hospitality, peaceful atmosphere, and the promise of real adventure make any visit unforgettable.

    Miette Hot Springs Visit
    Jasper National Park of Canada 1h-3h
    Enjoy the stunning landscape of lakes and mountains as you drive to the hot springs. Soak in one of the four pools as you take in the peaceful panoramic views.

    Free Time
    Jasper National Park of Canada
    An exciting day ahead! Whatever you choose, the scenery will be stunning and the excitement of these optional activities will make this day unforgettable.

    Optional Activities
    Maligne Canyon Hike

    Maligne Canyon 30m-1h30m
    Free
    Malinge Canyon follows an interpretive trail with several bridges. Hover over the Malinge River that, over thousands of years, has eroded the canyon to over 60m (197 ft) in some spots.

    Boat Cruise to Spirit Island
    Maligne Lake
    65CAD per person
    Glide across the beautiful blue waters of Maligne Lake, the Canadian Rockies' largest glacial fed lake, on your way to the famous Spirit Island.

    Whitewater Rafting on Athabasca River
    Jasper National Park of Canada
    65CAD per person
    Pass through many small sets of rapids and calm stretches, which allow your National Park Licensed guide to point out the natural and human history of Jasper. The Athabasca River is the same route that was used by the fur traders many years ago. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 6 Jasper National Park of Canada/Blue River

    View the highest peak in Jasper, Mount Robson, with a stop at the visitor centre before crossing the Rockies to reach Blue River.

    Enjoy a river safari tour through Grizzly Bear Valley and the world's only inland temperate rainforest. Search out wildlife, which can include grizzly bears, moose, and eagles.

    Private Vehicle
    Jasper National Park of Canada - Blue River 7h 230km
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Mount Robson Visit
    Mount Robson 30m-1h 1-3km
    Stop at the visitor centre and, if it's a clear day, see the top of the Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Canadian Rockies.

    River Safari Tour in Grizzly Bear Valley
    Blue River 1h
    Hop on a river safari tour for an unforgettable one hour adventure through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest. On top of glimpsing grizzly bears in their natural habitat, we can observe moose, eagles, and many others wild animals. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 7 Blue River/Whistler

    Pass through the Caribou Mountains into Coastal Mountains, and enjoy stops at the emerald coloured Joffre Lake and Marble

    Canyon before arriving to the village of Whistler, home of the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    Following this extraordinary route, once marked by the gold prospectors, we leave the arid and dry land of the Thompson Okanagan region into the Coastal Mountain Range. We drive through the region where aboriginal peoples led a semi-nomadic life moving between hunting and fishing grounds in the summer and settling into pit houses for the winter. Europeans came at first for fur trading and later on to establish cattle ranches, farms, and mining operations. The scenery changes dramatically and could even make you feel as if you were in a western movie.

    Private Vehicle
    Blue River - Whistler 9h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Joffre Lakes Visit
    Joffre Lakes Park 30m-2h 1km
    The three Joffre lakes, Upper, Lower, and Middle, are emerald in colour and set against the backdrop of the Coastal Mountain Range.

    Marble Canyon Visit
    Marble Canyon 30m-1h 1km
    The clear waters of Turquoise Lake in Marble Canyon PP make it an ideal spot to stop for a swim in the summer.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 8 Whistler

    Today is at your leisure. Take a walk through the village with options to ride the gondola up the mountain, hike, or go ziplining. Whistler and its surrounding provincial parks are places you must discover. It is also a great place to try one of the many optional mountain activities.

    Free Time
    Whistler
    Enjoy this stunning mountain town.

    Optional Activities

    Rafting
    Whistler 4h-5h
    99CAD per person
    Get your adrenalin fix on this exhilarating white water rafting trip. Enjoy the amazing scenery along the way, and keep your eyes peeled for bears.

    Ziplining and Treetop Adventures
    Whistler 1h-4h
    129CAD per person
    Spend the day in the sky, floating through Whistler's rainforest on one of Canada's longest ziplines.

    Peak 2 Peak Gondola Ride
    Whistler 1h30m-3h
    53CAD per person
    Soak up the scenery with 360-degree views of mountains, lakes, and glaciers. Hop out at the top and take a short hike or grab a coffee and snack at the mountaintop restaurant. Catch a glass bottom gondola to get an even better view. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Whistler/Victoria

    Drive the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway and catch the ferry to Vancouver Island to reach Victoria, where we take an orientation walk with our CEO.

    Private Vehicle
    Whistler - Horseshoe Bay 1h30m-2h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ferry
    Horseshoe Bay - Nanaimo 1h45m-2h
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Private Vehicle
    Nanaimo - Victoria 1h30m-1h45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk
    30m-1h
    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Victoria

    Today is free for optional activities, including a zodiac whale watching cruise, visit to museums and Butchart gardens, or enjoying high tea at an historic hotel.

    Free Time
    Victoria
    Enjoy some optional activities but also take time to just wander along the waterfront.

    Optional Activities

    Zodiac Whale Watching Cruise
    Victoria
    105CAD per person
    Cruise the sea in a Zodiac boat in search of marine wildlife such as gray whales, sea lions, otters, seals, porpoises, and killer whales.

    Butchart Gardens Visit
    Victoria
    32CAD per person
    Visit this famous National Historic Site of Canada. The Butchart Gardens are absolutely stunning floral show gardens.

    Royal British Columbia Museum Visit
    Victoria 1h-3h
    16-26CAD per person
    Filled with local human and natural British Columbian history, the BC Royal Museum always has a unique cultural and artistic exhibit on showcase.

    Miniature World Visit
    Victoria 1h-3h
    20CAD per person
    Described as the "greatest little show on earth," this place is filled with miniatures of train sets, movie sets, and fairy tales. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 11 Victoria/Vancouver

    Board the scenic ferry to Vancouver, and discover highlights like Stanley Park and Gastown.

    Private Vehicle
    Victoria - Swartz Bay 30m-45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Ferry
    Swartz Bay - Tsawwassen 1h30m-1h45m
    Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

    Private Vehicle
    Tsawwassen - Vancouver 30m-45m
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Stanley Park Visit
    Vancouver
    Often voted as one of the greatest city parks in the world, this 1,000-acre peninsula filled with luscious gardens, beaches, woodlands, and miles of trails is a highlight of Vancouver's downtown.

    Gastown Visit
    Vancouver 30m-1h
    Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood, filled with Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets, is one of the liveliest in the city. It's rich in Canuck culture, food, and fashion. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Vancouver

    Depart at any time.

    If you are interested in exploring the city and its nearby attractions, it is recommended you book additional pre-trip accommodation nights.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 470-615 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED. (Additional notes in the PDF to be added after these 07 mandatory points)

  9. TRAVEL DAYS
    In order to cover the vast distance in Noth America to be able to visit several different parks and cities along our trip; we will have a couple of long driving days.


  10. HIKES AND WALKS
    All walks and hikes proposed by our CEO will be easy to moderate level. You may choose to participate or not, but exploring our national parks on foot is part of our way of travelling. It's a healthy way to discover North America's beauty and landscape.


  11. LEGAL DRINKING AGE
    Please note that the legal drinking age in the United States is 21 and in Canada, 19 (with Alberta and Quebec at 18). Many bars and clubs will ask for ID at the door, therefore listening to live music in certain bars or spending a night out in Las Vegas or New Orleans is not possible when you are under the legal age, even if you don't plan on consuming alcohol. Drinking laws in both countries are strictly enforced and our CEOs are unable to help those under age obtain alcohol of any kind.


  12. While this should not stop those under legal drinking age from booking a tour, it is important to note that if a traveller is under-age there are certain optional night-time activities that they may not legally be able to participate in. When trying to book the right trip, we recommend that travellers under legal drinking age take this into consideration when booking a tour that visits several big cities.



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