2018 FPW Culinary Exploration from Calgary

Tour code FBIW

  • Highlights:
  • Culinary walking tour of Granville Island or Chinatown
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer
  • Six-course wine-paired gourmet menu at The Post Hotel Dining Room
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Six-course wine-paired chef’s tasting menu at Eden Restaurant in The Rimrock Hotel
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
  • A culinary tour of one of Calgary’s neighbourhoods
  • Calgary Tower
  • 2 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 2 days Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Lake Louise
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • 9 nights hotel accommodation
  • from $3,399.20 USD
route map

Day 1: Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing on your own in 'The Heart of the New West'. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 2: Calgary to Calgary

Today, enjoy a culinary tour of one of Calgary's neighbourhoods. Professional guides lead three hour small group walking/tasting tours, where you'll meet local chefs, restaurant owners, and food artisans while enjoying a delicious progressive meal filled with Alberta's best food, drink, fun and adventure. Along the way, the tour leader shares entertaining stories of the area's history, art and culture. Lunch is definitely included! The rest of the day is yours at leisure. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 3: Calgary to Banff

Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff to Banff

Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff's historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Tonight, you will relax in the luxurious atmosphere and take in incredible mountain views while enjoying Banff's finest dining experience at Eden, renowned for its delicately crafted French cuisine, influenced by fresh local ingredients. Located in The Rimrock Resort Hotel, Eden has been honored since 2003 with AAA/CAA 5-Diamond and 'Best of Award of Excellence' Wine Spectator awards. You will enjoy the diverse and imaginative flavours of a six-course chef's tasting menu with wine pairings for each item that compliments and enhances each course. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff to Lake Louise

A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders, including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake, and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops, in the heart of BC's interior. Travel between the glacier and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 7: Kamloops to Vancouver

Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver.

Day 8: Vancouver to Vancouver

Today, select your choice of one of two culinary activity options: 1. 'Made in BC' Vancouver food tour on Granville Island British Columbia's mild climate and unique geographic location, tucked between mountains and sea, provide the province with an abundance of amazing culinary bounty which guests will explore on this in-depth 'Made in BC' Vancouver food tour on Granville Island. In the company of an experienced local chef or food writer (maximum six guests/docent), this 2.5 hour walk will get under the skin (or peel) of this fascinating and delicious world as intellectually curious guests tour the market, meet some of the local producers and taste their delicious wares. Please note: Include any dietary restrictions or allergies, and the docent will adapt accordingly, as there are several tastings of fish or seafood, and guests will need to make their own way to/from 126 Davie St. for the tour. 2. Wok Around Chinatown It's no secret that off-duty chefs love to shop for themselves and choose from the freshest local and exotic fruits, vegetables, seafood, and meats. Get to know this colourful district from a culinary and cultural perspective with 'A Wok Around Chinatown'. The adventure will begin at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens, and will meander through the diverse specialty shops and vendors, featuring products from barbequed crispy ducks and teas, to herbal medicines and cookware supplies. A viewing of historical landmarks, a visit to a symbolic merchant, and a well-deserved dim sum lunch will be part of the tour! Please note: guests will need to make their own way to Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Gardens (578 Carrall St.) for the tour. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver. & lt;a href= "/contact-us " & gt; Contact us & lt;/a & gt; after booking to select your preferred culinary activity.

Day 9: Vancouver

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

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