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  • Victoria

    Only 62 miles from Vancouver, Victoria is the capital city of British Columbia, and is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island off Canada's Pacific coast and is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences.

    • Orca Harbour Whales

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    • Beacon Hill Park

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    • Legislative Buildings

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    • Lower Johnston Street

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    The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria boasts many historic buildings and some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada. The city benefits from one of Canada's mildest climates, which allows its visitors to enjoy outdoor pleasures year round. Victoria also enjoys some of the country's most exhilarating scenery: there's an ocean or mountain vista around every corner, while the city's flower gardens are famous the world over. Whether your taste runs to golfing, hiking, biking and fishing or you're more the shopping, dining and theatre type, there are no end of delights in Victoria.

    Savour the sights of Victoria's downtown Inner Harbour, which includes the historic Legislative Buildings, home of the provincial government; the Royal BC Museum; and Thunderbird Park, with an amazing display of 15 impressive totem poles. End your journey at the imposing, yet elegant, Fairmont Empress Hotel with a traditional high tea. Victoria is famed for its gardens, and none more so than Butchart. Over 100 years old, more than one million people visit this botanical wonderland each year for the rare, dramatic and colourful displays. Enter through the Gate of Harmonious Interest to North America's second oldest Chinatown to view such fascinating sights as the narrowest street in Canada. Explore the city in a variety of unique ways: by horse-drawn carriage, double-decker bus, rickshaw, scooter, bicycle, water taxi as well as by canoe or kayak.

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  • British Columbia Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Departures: Year round

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurances and satellite navigation
    • Accommodation as stated
    • Personalised Road Book
    • Vancouver Harbour in the Fall

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    • Kayaking in Tofino

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    • Victoria Evening Carriage Ride

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    • Whistler Village

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    • Floatplane North Vancouver Island

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    Day 01

    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your hotel, where you spend the first two nights of your adventure.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 02

    Vancouver

    We’ve included a full free day for you to explore Vancouver, and there is plenty to keep you entertained. Visit Stanley Park covering over a thousand acres, historic Gastown, with its myriad of shopping and dining options, and perhaps take a trip out of the city to Grouse Mountain or the Capilano Suspension Bridge. This cosmopolitan city has great nightlife too for the young, or young at heart.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    78Mi/125Km

    Day 03 Day 04

    Whistler

    This morning collect your rental car and commence your journey of discovery. Today’s short but beautiful drive takes you along the scenic Sea to Sky highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way included Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock, where climbers all over the world migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Your hotel for the next two nights is in the heart of the alpine valley.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    97Mi/156Km

    Day 05 Day 06 Day 07

    Sunshine Coast

    The Sunshine Coast is one of the most beautiful areas of British Columbia and today's adventure showcases it perfectly. Take the short drive to Horseshoe Bay, where you board the ferry to Langdale. From here you wind your way along the coastline, enjoying the amazing views as you go. Once in Half Moon Bay, there are so many choices to keep you busy. Take a kayak or boat tour onto the water, hike or bike the trails, explore the quaint villages and unique stores or take a floatplane ride for bird's-eye views.

    Hotel: Rockwater Secret Cove Resort

    51Mi/83Km

    Day 08 Day 09

    Parksville

    Retrace your footsteps to Langdale this morning, where you board the ferry back to Horseshoe Bay. From here, you take the ferry across the channel to Departure Bay on Vancouver Island. Just a short drive north brings you to Parksville, your base for the next two nights, where your hotel is conviently located to explore the area's delights.

    Hotel: Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort

    105Mi/169Km

    Day 10 Day 11

    Tofino

    It's a scenic journey from the east coast to the west, through the Sawtooth Range of the Cascade Mountains and majestic Sutton Pass. Stop off at Sproat Lake, home to the world's two largest water-bombers which are used for the sole purpose of extinguishing forest fires. Also take a stop at Cathedral Grove to enjoy the splendour of the 800 year old Douglas Fir and Cedar trees. Tofino is the gateway to the majestic Pacific Rim National Park. Take a stroll along famed Long Beach, boasting miles of pristine sandy beach and pounding surf. During your stay, explore the rainforests' well groomed trails or take a whale watching cruise through Clayquot Sound.

    Hotel: Wickaninnish Inn

    197Mi/317Km

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    Victoria

    Today your drive takes you to the south of Vancouver Island and to its capital city Victoria. En route we suggest a stop at Chemanius, where you can admire the giant murals adorning exterior walls throughout the town, and Duncan, known as The City of Totems. Once in Victoria, explore the imposing facades of the Parliament Buildings, St. Ann's Academy and nearby Butchart Botanical Gardens. The historic old town is ideal for soaking up Victoria's atmosphere, visiting the myriad of boutiques, museums, galleries and cafes.

    Hotel: Fairmont Empress

    74Mi/119Km

    Day 14

    Vancouver

    This morning you leave Victoria for a short and leisurely drive to Swartz Bay, where you make the return 95 minute crossing to Tsawwassen on the mainland. This afternoon you have the opportunity to experience any of Vancouver's attractions that you didn't manage to see at the start of your itinerary.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 15

    Journey home

    Today you return your rental car to Vancouver International Airport and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £2199 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

    West Coast Explorer

    Begins in and ends in Vancouver, British Columbia

    11 Days / 10 Nights

    Departures May to September

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Mini-coach tour of the Sea-to-Sky highway
    • Seaplane flight from Whistler to Vancouver
    • Admission to Butchart Gardens and the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre
    • Orca Spirit whale watching cruise
    • 2 day Vancouver hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass.
    • Vancouver

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    • Harbour Air Seaplanes

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    • Vancouver

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    • Orca Whales

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    • Butchart Gardens - Victoria

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    • Whistler

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    Day 1

    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight into Vancouver. Upon arrival, take a taxi to the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, where you will be staying the next 3 nights.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 2 Day 3

    Vancouver

    Spend the next two days exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver. The cosmopolitan city, which is renowned for its shopping, dining and culture is an outdoor playground. We have included a 2 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass to allow you to easily get around the tourist attractions of this vibrant city.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 04

    Whistler

    Today, you will depart Vancouver by mini-coach along the stunning Sea-to-Sky highway. Take in viewpoints on the fully narrated tour along the way, offering perfect photo opportunities of the spectacular scenery. Arrive into Whistler before noon, allowing an afternoon to explore the mountain resort.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    Day 05 Day 06

    Whistler

    Enjoy two days in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the resort of Whistler. Known for its multitude of summer activities and outdoor adventure pursuits such as rafting, mountain biking, zip-lining and heli-hiking, there is something on offer for all ages. Relax in the evening at the stunning Fairmont Chateau Whistler and enjoy a drink on the outdoor fire lit terrace.

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    Day 07

    Victoria

    Today, you will depart Whistler's Green Lake for a breathtaking one hour seaplane flight aboard Harbour Air to downtown Victoria. Flying high above Whistler valley, passing over glacial lakes, lush alpine meadows, the Strait of Georgia and the beautiful Gulf Islands, the awe-inspiring flight gives a different view of the stunning scenery. Upon arrival in Victoria, you will spend the next three nights at The Oswego Hotel in downtown Victoria.

    Hotel: The Oswego Hotel

    Day 08 Day 09

    Victoria

    The capital city of British Columbia, Victoria offers some of the most fascinating museums in Western Canada and many historic buildings. We have allowed two days for you to explore Victoria, including a half day whale watching with Orca Spirit, with the chance to witness resident Orca whales in all their glory.

    Hotel: The Oswego Hotel

    Day 10

    Vancouver

    Board a fully narrated coach tour today to the world famous Butchart Gardens en-route to the BC Ferries terminal, where you will sail back across to Vancouver through the scenic Active Pass. Arrive back into Vancouver in time for a relaxing final evening meal.

    Hotel: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Day 11

    Journey Home

    Today, spend the morning shopping for those last minute souvenirs before catching a taxi back to Vancouver Airport for your scheduled flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £1799 per person based on twin occupancy of a standard room, departing from Heathrow. Other prices available on request.

    Departures from Manchester and Edinburgh start from £1830 per person.

    Western Canada Discovery

    Begins in Vancouver and ends in Calgary

    15 Days / 14 Nights

    Selected departures: April to October

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    Your fly drive includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as stated
    • Mini-coach tour of the Sea-to-Sky highway
    • Seaplane flight from Whistler to Vancouver
    • Silver Leaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer 'First Passage to the West'
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    • Coal Harbour, Vancouver

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    • Vancouver

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    • Rocky Mountaineer

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    • Whistler

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    • Bow Lake, Banff

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    • Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf

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    • Lost Lake, Whistler

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    • Victoria

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    • Stephen Street, Calgary

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    Day 01

    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer independently to the Four Seasons Vancouver, where you will spend your first two nights. Enjoy an evening at leisure, perhaps taking in a meal at one of Vancouver's many excellent restaurants.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Vancouver

    Day 02

    Vancouver

    Today, you have a day at leisure to explore the vibrant city of Vancouver. Shop Robson Street, filled with big name brands and small quaint boutiques or visit Granville Island where you can take a food tour around the bustling market or a kayak out onto the water. Pack a picnic and relax in Stanley Park or cycle along the waterfront and watch the cruise ships enter port. Vancouver is truly a city of contrasts.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Vancouver

    Day 03 Day 04 Day 05

    Whistler

    Today, you will depart Vancouver by mini-coach along the stunning Sea-to-Sky highway. Take in viewpoints on the fully narrated tour along the way, offering perfect photo opportunities of the spectacular scenery. Arrive into Whistler before noon, allowing an afternoon to explore the mountain resort. Enjoy the next three days exploring Whistler and its surrounding area.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Whistler

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    Victoria

    Today, you will depart Whistler's Green Lake for a breathtaking one hour seaplane flight aboard Harbour Air to downtown Victoria. Flying high above Whistler valley, passing over glacial lakes, lush alpine meadows, the Strait of Georgia and the beautiful Gulf Islands, the awe-inspiring flight gives a different view of the stunning scenery. Upon arrival in Victoria, you will spend the next three nights at The Oswego Hotel in downtown Victoria.

    Hotel: The Oswego

    Day 09

    Vancouver

    Board a fully narrated coach tour today to the world famous Butchart Gardens en-route to the BC Ferries terminal, where you will sail back across to Vancouver through the scenic Active Pass. Arrive back in Vancouver in time to enjoy an evening meal.

    Hotel: Four Seasons Vancouver

    Day 10

    Rocky Mountaineer & Kamloops

    An early start today as you board the Rocky Mountaineer train for its journey through the Rocky Mountains. Sit back, relax and enjoy the terrific views as the train winds through spectacular scenery to the small town of Kamloops, where you spend your evening.

    Hotel: Allocated by Rocky Mountaineer

    Day 11

    Rocky Mountaineer & Banff

    It is another early start as you depart Kamloops on the second stage of your magical rail journey. Traversing through scenic valleys with the magnificent Rocky Mountains accompanying your journey, the landscape is nothing short of breathtaking. On arrival into Banff, transfer to the Rimrock Resort Hotel, where you will spend the evening.

    Hotel: The Rimrock Resort Hotel

    Day 12

    Banff

    We have allowed a two night stay for you to explore Banff, a small town filled with quaint shops, restaurants and museums. We suggest taking the Banff Gondola for panoramic views of Bow Valley, and visiting the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Your hotel is in the heart of Banff National Park and offers many recreational opportunities.

    Hotel: The Rimrock Resort Hotel

    Day 13 Day 14

    Calgary

    Transfer by motorcoach along the Trans-Canada highway to the cowboy city of Calgary. Home of the famous stampede, The Aero Space Museum, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park Historic Village, Glenbow Museum and Olympic Park, there are ample attractions to keep you entertained.

    Hotel: Fairmont Palliser

    Day 15

    Journey Home

    Spend the morning picking up last minute souvenirs before transferring independently to Calgary Airport. Depart Calgary on your chosen scheduled flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3535 per person based on two sharing a Fairmont Room and Silver Leaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer. Other room categories and classes on the Rocky Mountaineer are available on request.

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  • Grand Canadian Rockies

    Begins in Vancouver, British Columbia and ends in Calgary, Alberta

    10 Days / 9 Nights

    Departures: May, June, July, August and September

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    Your Escorted Tour includes

    • Round trip scheduled flights
    • Accommodations as specified
    • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 8 dinners 
    • Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
    • Services of a Tauck Tour Director
    • Classic tour
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    • Lac Beauvert, Alberta

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    • Biking in the Rockies

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    • Athabasca Glacier

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    • Rockies Wildlife

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    Day 01

    Arrive Vancouver

    Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Vancouver. This evening meet your Tauck Tour Director and new travelling companions for a welcome reception and dinner. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Waterfront (Dinner included)

    Day 02

    Vancouver & Victoria

    This morning’s sightseeing tour of Vancouver includes Stanley Park and Chinatown, two of the city's best loved attractions. This afternoon, take the ferry to Vancouver Island where you spend the next two nights in the quaint town of Victoria. Vancouver Island is simply charming, with lots to see and do just a short walk from the hotel.

    Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 03

    Vancouver Island

    Today you journey north and visit famed Butchart Gardens; with its themed displays, it is a horticulturist's dream. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the sights of Victoria.

    Hotel: Hotel Grand Pacific (Breakfast included)

    Day 04

    Victoria & Flightseeing

    Your morning is free to explore or visit Victoria’s Royal BC Museum. This afternoon fly by floatplane over the Gulf Islands and back to Vancouver, where you have time to explore the historic Gastown district. Then it’s all aboard ‘The Canadian’ for dinner and a Champagne send-off, before commencing your journey by rail into the Rockies. 

    Hotel: The Canadian, VIA Rail (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 05

    Canadian Rockies By Rail

    Experience an incredible rail journey, from your seat in the Panorama Car, aboard The Canadian. Towering peaks and glaciers highlight your mountainous route. Arrive for two nights at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 06

    Jasper

    Enjoy your day at leisure – biking, golfing, swimming or simply absorbing the stunning mountain views. For the more adventurous, try rafting on the Athabasca River. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 07

    Icefield Parkway

    The Icefield Parkway, from Jasper to Lake Louise, winds between snow-domed peaks and immense hanging glaciers. Ride in a specially designed Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefields, the largest mass of ice outside the Arctic Circle. Arrive in Lake Louise late afternoon. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 08

    Banff

    Spend the morning at leisure indulging in the recreational opportunities that Lake Louise affords, before taking the picture-postcard journey to Banff National Park. The discovery of the Cave and Hot Spring Basin by Canadian Pacific Railway workers led to the park’s establishment in the early 1880s.Your castle-like hotel for the next two nights first opened in 1888 and is still resplendent today. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

    Day 09

    Bow River Valley

    This morning you may choose to enjoy a float trip along the river at Bow River Valley. This afternoon is yours to explore Banff National Park with 2,500 square miles of valley's, mountains, glaciers, meadows and forests, it is simply stunning. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your new friends. 

    Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs (Breakfast and dinner included)

    Day 10

    Journey Home

    This morning, following breakfast make the final journey from Banff to Calgary Airport where you check-in for your flight back to the UK.

    Prices

    From £3899 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard room. Other room categories available on request.

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  • Victoria City Tour

    Victoria

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    • Legislative Buildings

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    • Beacon Hill Park

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    • Lower Johnston Street

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    This 90-minute, fully narrated Victoria city tour is a great way to see the famous landmarks of the city, and learn about the fascinating history behind them. Discover Victoria's lovely homes and gardens, the Legislative Buildings, Chinatown, Beacon Hill Park, Craigdarroch Castle, the residental area of Oak Bay, and other historical points.

    Duration: 1.5 Hours

    Prices

    From £25 per adult, £12 per child (5-12 years)

    Victoria Whale Watching

    Victoria

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    • Orca Whale Watching

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    • Views from the vessel

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    Choose to take to the water in the covered Orca Spirit boat or to get wet aboard the open 12 passenger Zodiac. Both vessels soar through the waves to one of three resident Orca pods, where you'll get the opportunity to see the resident Orca whales in all their glory. All tours are accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, who will answer all your questions about these magnificent creatures.

    Duration: 3 Hours

    Prices

    From £79 per adult and £59 per child.