Journey through the Clouds Outdoor Adventures - Eastbound 2019

Tour code SJJE

  • Highlights:
  • Calgary to Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Flightseeing
  • Bow River raft float trip
  • Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
  • Voyageur canoeing on Lake Louise
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
  • Jasper Highlights Tour
  • Guided hiking in Jasper
  • Zodiac tour on Howe Sound or a guided cycling tour of Vancouver
  • Vancouver Lookout 
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  •  Rail station transfers in Jasper, Kamloops, and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • from $3,758.77 USD
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Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Vancouver

Today, select your choice of one of two outdoor activity options: Enjoy a five-hour guided cycling tour of Vancouver's highlights, and experience the best of Vancouver food, history, ecology and culture while being active. The 23km ride takes in the seawall and rainforest of Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Island (including the Aquabus ferry), False Creek, Chinatown, Gastown, and Coal Harbour. Includes helmet and bicycle rental. Please note: guests will need to make their own way to/from 648 Hornby St. for the tour. OR Experience the Howe Sound coast line from a 30 ft. rigid hull inflatable boat on a 'Sea Safari'. With the refreshing sea mist in their faces, guests will take in the towering cliffs of Anvil Island, the seals at play at Pam Rocks, the caves of Bowen Island, and many more picturesque sights only seen from the water. Spend an unforgettable 2 hours cruising along the water's surface, surrounded by BC's unique Coastal Mountains, taking pictures with seals bathing in the sun, or cruising through the waves on our natural roller coaster. Includes hotel pick-up/drop-off transportation. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 3: Vancouver to Kamloops

Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 4: Kamloops to Jasper

Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.

Day 5: Jasper to Jasper

Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. This morning you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. In the afternoon, experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on foot. A 3-hour guided nature walk will feature a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams and stunning glacial lakes. Your licensed interpreter will lead this leisurely walk as you explore the abundant flora and fauna along these routes that often offer incredible opportunities to spot wildlife. Marvel at snow-capped peaks during the months of May and early June, in mid-summer the forest and alpine meadows are ablaze in glorious wildflower shades of red, blue, yellow and white. By late August and through the month of September, the mountain landscapes glow with the red, orange, and gold of larch and aspen trees. Transportation to and from the trailhead is included. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 6: Jasper to Lake Louise

Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 7: Lake Louise to Lake Louise

Canoes are a historic way in which to experience Lake Louise as they have been on the water for over a century. Paddle on the sparkling emerald surface of the lake from the comfort of an authentic 26' cedar strip group canoe. As you journey across the lake, your guide will share local stories about the wildlife, the indigenous people, and the early explorers. Enjoy the remainder of your day at your leisure in Lake Louise. Popular activities include hiking in the mountains or simply relaxing and taking in the magnificent views. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8: Lake Louise to Banff

This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff. Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 9: Banff to Banff

In the morning, make your way to the launch point at the base of Bow Falls (less than 2.5km from downtown Banff, near the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course). The river float will begin at 9:20AM. You can take a free shuttle from Banff Park Lodge or Fairmont Banff Springs hotel to the launch point. The raft will travel approximately 7 km down the Bow River encountering extraordinary views of Buffalo, Rundle, Cascade and Tunnel Mountains. Float past the Hoodoos, and your interpretive guide will land the rafts near the towering north face of Mount Rundle. This gentle raft float is the perfect way to intimately encounter this natural mountain beauty. You will see and experience the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps have the opportunity to view wildlife in their natural habitat. A shuttle bus will return you to your starting point on a scenic 10-minute mountain meadow drive. The morning before the float trip, and the remainder of the day are free for you to explore more of Banff independently. Soak in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoy a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visit Banff's historic museums, or play a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10: Banff to Calgary

Begin the morning with a motorcoach sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner, and the Hoodoos. A trip on the Banff Gondola is included. Continue on to Kananaskis for a 12 minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies before you transfer to Calgary. Enjoy admission to the Calgary Tower. Overnight in Calgary

Day 11: Calgary

Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Departure Dates:

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