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Canadian Rockies - Vancouver to Banff - 2023

Canadian Rockies

Prepare for a journey like no other as you experience "GoldLeaf Class" aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Rail to witness the Canadian Rockies. This "bucket-list worthy" tour also includes an all-terrain ride on the Athabasca Glacier; guided tour of Vancouver, pass through Banff and Jasper National Parks; travel along the banks of Lake Louise, thundering Bow Falls and the Columbia River; visit Butchart Gardens, the Hoodoos, Sulphur Mountain and experience FlyOver Canada.

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Prepare for a journey like no other as you experience "GoldLeaf Class" aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Rail to witness the Canadian Rockies. This "bucket-list worthy" tour also includes an all-terrain ride on the Athabasca Glacier; guided tour of Vancouver, pass through Banff and Jasper National Parks; travel along the banks of Lake Louise, thundering Bow Falls and the Columbia River; visit Butchart Gardens, the Hoodoos, Sulphur Mountain and experience FlyOver Canada.

Package Includes:  7 Nights’ Lodging, 7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners, Gourmet Snacks Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Rail, 90-Minute Cruise Through the Gulf Island, Admission to Butchart Gardens, Brief Narrated Driving Tour and Free Time in British Columbia, Ferry Rides to and From British Columbia, Narrated Driving Tour of Vancouver Including the University of British Columbia, Chinatown, Gastown, Stanley Park and Canada Place, Admission to Flyover Canada, Experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge, 2-Day Journey in “Gold Leaf Class” Aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Rail, Travel on the Scenic Icelands Parkway, Pass Through Banff and Jasper National Parks, Visit Columbia Icefields, Ride on the Athabasca Glacier Aboard a Specialty Ice Explorer, Visit Lake Louise, Photo Stop on Castle Mountain, Fairmont Chateau, Experience Bow Falls and the Mysterious “Hoodoos, Ride the Banff Gondola, Visit Sulphur Mountain, Baggage Handling, Transfers To and From the Airport, Motorcoach Transportation, and Fully Escorted with Tour Guide*, Roundtrip airfare cost out of Dulles Airport

 

**Airport Baggage Fees are NOT included in the above package price.  Airport Baggage Fees will be announced

1 month prior to the trip along with the departure locations and times.***

 

 

The Trip Payment Schedule is as Follows:

 

1.      A $500 per person deposit is due at time of booking and is NON-REFUNDABLE as of December 1, 2022

2.      A second deposit of $500 per person is due by January 10, 2023

3.      The trip must be paid in full by April 1, 2023

 

 

 

Please Note:  Proper identification is required in the form of valid Passport or Passport Card to cross the Canadian border.  Proof of Vaccination may also be required.

 

 

Wolf’s Bus Lines highly recommends that you purchase travel insurance for this trip. Travel insurance may be purchased through Wolf’s Bus Lines from Allianz Global Assistance.  Please inquire about travel insurance when booking this tour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

DAY 1

Today, Wolf's will provide transportation to the airport to begin your journey to our northern neighbor Canada. Upon arrival in Vancouver, British Columbia you will board an airport shuttle to take you to your host hotel for the next three nights, the 5-Star Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver (1-604-682-5511). Situated in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Sutton Place offers its guests an indoor pool, Sutton Place Wine Merchant, state-of-the-art fitness center, Vida Spa (Spa Treatments are not included in the tour package), and in-room amenities including a flat screen tv, electronic safe, mini-bar (fees apply) and complimentary Wi-Fi. After a brief time to freshen up, you will be whisked away to a local restaurant where a welcome dinner is included to get acquainted with your fellow passengers. Afterwards, you will return to the hotel to relax and unwind.

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DAY 2

Wake to a delightful breakfast included at Sutton Place before you board the motorcoach for a narrated city tour of Vancouver including the University of British Columbia, Chinatown, Gastown, Stanley Park and Canada Place. Vancouver is the most populous city in British Columbia and is a melting pot of cultures, races and religions. Each culture brings its own unique flavor to the city with its landmarks and districts as you will witness during your drive-through. You will make a stop at Canada Place, a national landmark located in the heart of Vancouver's waterfront. While at Canada Place, admission is included for an exhilarating journey over the world's most spectacular scenery on FlyOver Canada. Sit back and enjoy thrilling, authentic footage of real locations in North America combined with special effects including wind, mist, scents and the motion of the seats creating an unforgettable experience. You will have free time for lunch on your own before taking a walk on the wild side, with a stunning, bird's-eye view of from the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Originally built in 1889 using hemp ropes, the 450-foot long, 230-feet high bridge traverses the glorious Capilano River below. No fear, the bridge can hold up to a fully loaded 747 airliner or 96 full-grown elephants. Afterwards, dinner is included before you back to the Sutton Place for the rest of the night.

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DAY 3

Breakfast is included prior to an early morning departure to board a ferry for a spectacular cruise through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Vancouver is a multi-cultural city where the ocean, forest and mountains converge to make it an awe-inspiring destination. Drink in the beauty of the landscape as you cruise through the Gulf Islands and make your way to Vancouver Island. Located on Canada's West Coast, Vancouver Island is known for its mild climate and relaxed way of life and the region is defined by its ancient rainforests, rugged coastlines and cool waters of the Pacific Ocean. Your first stop on Vancouver Island is for a self-guided experience at the 118-year-old internationally renowned Butchart Gardens. Admission is included to stroll through 55-acres of breathtaking greenery and floral displays on meandering pathways through the Sunken Garden, Rose Garden, Japanese Garden and more. Butchart Gardens was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004 for its 100th birthday. Afterwards, you will travel a short distance to the capital city of British Columbia, Victoria, for a brief city tour followed by a little time to browse the shops and galleries located along the streets reminiscent of "Old England". Late afternoon, you board your ferry for return to Vancouver and enjoy dinner on your own as you gaze out over the waters and scenic backdrop. Once on land, you return to Sutton Place for the night.

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DAY 4

Breakfast is included today before check-out and boarding the Rocky Mountaineer Rail for an extraordinary 2-day journey in "GoldLeaf Class" where Five-Star comfort meets Five-Star Views from Vancouver to Banff. Indulge yourself with this legendary rail route that winds through mountain passes and dramatic canyons, along glistening waterways and colorful landscapes as you take in the view from the comfort of your own spacious reclining seat through panoramic domed windows. You may also wish to step out and enjoy the fresh smell of your beautiful surroundings on the exclusive outdoor viewing platform. Your "GoldLeaf" experience also includes a private dining room on the lower level, gourmet meals and snacks prepared by the culinary team, complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and entertaining and enlightening storytelling throughout the journey. Today your journey takes you along the rugged cliffs of the Fraser River where you will witness the whitewater of Hell's Gate and from fertile greenery, the landscape transforms to the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains. A gourmet lunch is included and accompanied by stories about the region. Later in the day your rail journey continues along the tracks amid the Thompson River system and climbs to the British Columbia's interior plateau. Your first day's adventure concludes in the charming town of Kamloops where you disembark for a nights' stay at a local hotel (TBD) and dinner on your own.

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DAY 5

Awake this morning and depart the hotel to board the Rocky Mountaineer for breakfast included as you set out on the second day of your awe-inspiring rail journey that takes you along the shores of the Shuswap lakes, amid the Purcell Mountains which form the rugged heart of a dramatic landscape bounded on two sides by the majestic Columbia River. You cross over the Columbia River and tunnel under Rogers Pass and into Yoho National Park which lies on the western slopes of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and its vertical rock walls, waterfalls and dizzying peaks are a highlight of the region. Lunch is once again included during your excursion along with entertaining narrative by your hosts. You continue traveling through the famous Spiral Tunnels and then enter the province of Alberta and Banff National Park, Canada's first national park and part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site. A leisurely pace along the banks of the Bow River brings you to the end of a memorable rail journey as you arrive in the iconic Alpine resort of Banff where you will spend the next three nights in the Delta Banff Royal Canadian Lodge (800-661-1379). Luxurious, yet rustic, the 4-star Royal Canadian offers its guests a well-equipped fitness center, indoor swimming pool and hot tub, complimentary high-speed wireless internet and onsite restaurant and lounge. In-room amenities include a mini refrigerator, coffee/tea maker, hairdryer, and 55" flat screen tv and complimentary high-speed internet access. Enjoy the hotel amenities or relax and unwind the remainder of the night.

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DAY 6

Rise and shine to breakfast included at the lodge and you will have soe free time to do a little shopping in the heart of Banff. Today's adventure includes Banff National Park. Stops will be made at the thundering Bow Falls, the mysterious "Hoodoos", and the "Castle in the Rockies", Banff Springs Hotel. Your last stop of the day is in jaw-dropping style via the Banff Gondola with a bird's-eye view of the Rocky Mountains, as you climb to the top of 7500-foot Sulphur Mountain. Next, dinner tonight is on your own with the remainder of the night to enjoy the hotel amenities.

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DAY 7

Your day begins with breakfast included at the lodge before you board the motorcoach for a day of touring. Traveling on a portion of the Trans-Canada Highway you will visit magnificent Castle Mountain offering 360 degrees of uninterrupted beauty, Lake Louise well-known for its striking turquois-colored lakes and soaring mountainous backdrop, and the famous Fairmont Chateau that sits on the shores of Lake Louise and reminds you of a fairy tale castle at the edge of the wilderness. Next, your travels take you on one of the most scenic highways in the world, The Icefields Parkway. Unlike any other, this stretch of road is dotted with ancient glaciers, cascading waterfalls, dramatic rock spires and emerald lakes set in sweeping valleys of thick pine. You will venture through two majestic mountain passes, as well as Banff and Jasper National Parks enroute to one of the largest glacier masses in North America, Columbia Icefields. A once-in-a-lifetime experience awaits as you climb aboard an Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle to the Athabasca Glacier, a 10,000-year-old sheet of ice, where you can walk on, feel and learn about the fascinating geological history of this ever-evolving, ancient area. During your return to the Royal Canadian Lodge, you will witness the captivating azure-blue, glacier-fed Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, as well as the aquamarine waters of Bow Lake that is fed by meltwater from the Bow Glacier and reflects a glorious mirror image of Bow Summit on a calm day. Additionally, you will see the intriguing Crowfoot Glacier that is situated on the northeast flank of Crowfoot Mountain. Once back at the lodge, a farewell dinner is included to reflect upon your "cool" day's adventure and your unforgettable experience in Canada.

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DAY 8

Breakfast is included at the lodge before you check out and depart for the airport and return to the states with a lifetime of memories from your spectacular journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Rail and legendary landscapes that will forever be etched in your mind.

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