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INT1003 Rockies Splendour12 Nights / 13 Days tour

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Banff - Calgary - Jasper - Kamloops - Lake Louise - Vancouver

Tour Overview

Vancouver, a bustling west coast seaport in British Columbia, is among Canada’s densest, most ethnically diverse cities. A popular filming location, it’s surrounded by mountains, and also has thriving art, theatre and music scenes. Vancouver Art Gallery is known for its works by regional artists, while the Museum of Anthropology houses preeminent First Nations collections.The Grouse Mountain – take a Skyride - High above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside. North America's largest aerial tramway system is your gateway to the majestic nature of The Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself.

Day 1: Vancouver

Arrive at Vancouver International Airport. Our local representative will be waiting at the airport to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel. Day free at leisure to relax. Overnight at Vancouver hotel.

Day 2: Vancouver

Attractions: Gastown,Chinatown,Stanley Park,Granville Island

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for a city tour of Vancouver – visit the most famous sites including Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park and Granville Island. Your tour starts in Gastown, Vancouver's historic district, where you'll stroll down the cobbled streets past 19th-century buildings. After soaking up the lively cultural atmosphere of Chinatown, one of North America's largest Chinatowns, head to Robson Street, Vancouver's famous shopping district in the heart of downtown Vancouver. You'll then explore famous Stanley Park. At Brockton Point, see the nine historic totem poles built by the First People in British Columbia. Take a walk in the forest and ascend to Prospect Point, the highest point of Stanley Park, and get amazing scenic views of the North Shore Mountains, the Lions Gate Bridge, and Burrand Inlet. Pass English Bay, Vancouver's famous sunbathing destination, and Vancouver Harbor. You'll then visit Granville Island, where you'll explore Public Market's variety of stalls selling beautiful homemade goods and gastronomic masterpieces. Immerse yourself in the eclectic art scene by meeting and chatting with artists in their shops and viewing their unique creations made from glass and textiles. For the 10am tour, you'll conclude at the lookout viewing deck high atop the Vancouver Lookout. The glass elevator will lift you up 430 feet skyward in just 40 seconds, giving you a 360-degree view of Vancouver. Admission to the Bloedel Floral Conservatory is included for the 2pm tour. After the city tour proceed to visit the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge – 15 min from Vancouver, Since 1889 visitors and locals alike have flocked to this famous swinging bridge across Capilano Canyon and is one of Canada's most popular attractions. The reason is simple - there are so many things to see and do. Committed to preserving and presenting its history, culture and nature in unique and thrilling ways, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park is Canadian in nature, universal in appeal. Can you say, 'I Made It?' Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Since then much has been added to the twenty-seven acre park. Experiences here are – Cliffwalk, Treetops Adventure - putting you over 100 feet into the tree canopy, visitors to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park can pose with the Tramps before they begin their walk through the Story Centre. Life-size photomurals, artifacts and antiques, together with "voices from the past" and informative flipbooks chronicle the early history of the Bridge, part of Capilano's captivating story involves the tradition of placing totem (story) poles on the grounds at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Get a glimpse into the lives of BC's First Nations people at Kia'palano, then there is the guided history and nature tours, The Living Forest, kids Rainforest Explorer Program. There are also seasonal experiences – Raptors Ridge Birds of Prey, Canyon Lights. Overnight at Vancouver hotel.

Day 3: Vancouver

Attractions: Grouse Mountain,Gulf Islands

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the Grouse Mountain – take a Skyride - High above towering Douglas firs, breathtaking views of the city of Vancouver, sparkling Pacific Ocean, Gulf Islands, and snowy peaks unfold as you journey up the mountainside. North America's largest aerial tramway system is your gateway to the majestic nature of The Peak of Vancouver, and an experience in itself. Whether you're in search of the perfect photo, or a romantic dinner at The Observatory, your adventure begins with the Skyride. There are also guided eco-walks where you can learn about the local flora and fauna, enjoy the Peak chairlift ride - Soaring to an altitude of 4,100 feet above sea level, the scenic Peak Chairlift will transport you to the apex of Grouse Mountain in a ride time of fourteen minutes. There are also self guided walks through the forests of Grouse Mountain. Experience the glass-enclosed viewPOD, 58 metres above the Peak of Vancouver. See the „Eye of the Wind‟ - Inspiring and revolutionary, this is the world‟s first and only wind turbine that allows you to stand in a clear glass viewPOD at the top of the tower, three metres from its massive, rotating blades. Soar through the air on the Mountain Ziplines before visiting The Eye of the Wind viewPOD with the Adventure Bundle. Book your family for an amazing breakfast experience at Grouse Mountain with an interactive ranger talk. Besides this there is mountain zipline, lumberjack show, mountain disc golf, heli tours, paragliding and lots more. Evening come back to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at Vancouver hotel.

Day 4: Vancouver - Kamloops

After breakfast at the hotel, morning at leisure on own. Evening check out and transfer to Vancouver station for your overnight VIA Rail train to Kamloops. Depart Vancouver at 2030 hrs and arrive Kamloops next day at 0600 hrs. It is among the most renowned trains in the world. Whether it‟s breathtaking views, friendly service or world-class food, this train has been creating unforgettable moments for decades, for over a hundred thousand passengers every year. On board the Canadian, you‟ll discover the beauty of Canada‟s landscape and cities at a pace that allows you to be in-tune with the nature around you. Overnight onboard VIA Rail.

Day 5: Kamloops

Attractions: Sandstone canyons,Grasslands

Arrive Kamloops at 0600 hrs. Located at the confluence of North and South Thompsons rivers in British Columbia‟s semi-arid grasslands, Kamloops is a hotbed of outdoor activities. Sandstone canyons, grasslands and evergreen timberlands play host to incredible hiking, mountain biking and camping. Kamloops is also a major golfing destination, with around a dozen courses close by. More than 100 lakes and two major rivers provide great fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rafting and tubing. Check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure on own. Play golf on the at any one of the Kamloops 13 courses including Tobiano Golf Course, voted Canada's best new course in 2008 Find a campsite for a weekend (or week-long) getaway or go hiking. Some places also have guest ranches, caving, climbing, ziplining, horse riding, mountain biking, downhill skiing, snow boarding. The city's location in the Thompson Okanagan region – the wine-making hub of British Columbia – also means wine and food lovers are certainly not overlooked. Summer activities are plenty at Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to Helmcken Falls and incredible canoeing, rafting, kayaking, and camping opportunities. Kamloops' arts and culture scene encompasses music, live theatre, and the visual arts. Then there is the farmers markets, fly fishing, ATV riding, winery and brew tour, segway tours, BC Wildlife Park and lots more. Overnight at Kamloops hotel.

Day 6: Kamloops – Jasper

Attractions: Galleries & Museums,Wildlife Viewing,White Water Rafting,Rock Climbing

Early morning check out and transfer to Kamloops station for VIA Rail to Jasper – Dep – 0635 a.m. / Arr – 1600 p.m. (Day trip 8 hrs/25 min). Arrive at Jasper and check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Lots of attraction and things to do – Galleries & Museums, wildlife viewing, rock climbing, natural wonders, camping, Dark Sky Preserve, Spa & Wellness, hiking, fishing, white water rafting, golfing, ice climbing, Jasper Skytram, biking, motor cycle tours, Jasper dive adventures offers unique underwater experience for visitors to the park with certified PADI scuba diving, Jasper is home to Canada‟s first commercial raftin g company, join the fun and experience an easy rafting/scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, visit Lac Beauvert - this lake sits along side The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Golf Club. The scenic hiking trail, that wraps the entire distance of Lac Beauvert is approximately 4km and should take just over 1 hour to complete. Overnight at Jasper hotel.

Day 7: Jasper

Attractions: Maligne Lake,Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour,Medicine Lake

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to visit the Maligne Lake & Valley – at 22 kms long, the majestic Maligne Lake is the second-largest glacier fed lake in the world. While its azure blue waters can be cold for swimming, there are plenty of other activities to do here – biking, fishing, canoeing, kayaking and boat tours to Spirit Island, the jewel of Maligne Lake and one of the most photographed natural landmarks in the world. You can take the 90-minute cruise to Spirit Island, named the “Best Boat Tour in Canada” by Reader‟s Digest, or specialty cruises like the Family of Explorers cruise and see the majestic scenery. Maligne Adventure offers - a wide selection of activities geared for all members of the family. Our Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour explores the Maligne Valley, Maligne Canyon and the Scenic Cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake. Join the professional certified guides on one of the guided hikes or walks to spectacular areas such as Mt. Edith Cavell or Maligne Lake. White water rafting in Jasper is one of the highlights to any summer vacation and they offer family friendly trips on the Athabasca River and class 3 exciting white water on the Sunwapta and Fraser Rivers. Then visit the Maligne Canyon - Waterfalls, fossils, potholes, underground stream outlets, unexpectedly lush plant life - these are just some of the wonders of Maligne Canyon. Swirling, churning water has worn the canyon, only two metres across at some points, to a depth of more than 50 metres. Maligne Canyon is carved into the Palliser Formation, a layer of limestone deposited in a shallow tropical sea by lime-secreting plankton about 365-million years ago. There are four bridges across the gorge, each with its own special view. A short hiking loop tours the upper reaches of the canyon, while a longer trail follows the gorge and exits at a fifth and sixth bridge lower down. Popular for sightseeing and exploration, the area contains waterfalls, stream outlets, birds and plant life. Jasper's Maligne Canyon hikes remain very interesting at any time of year. The most interesting Rockies' canyon reveals different flavours to explore as the seasons change. Be sure to observe how weather patterns have contributed to this fascinating wonder. Maligne canyon's hike may not have obvious overlooking views, but with just a short 2 minute detour, you will be exposed to probably one of Jasper's best views for the least amount of effort! Medicine Lake is located within Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada. It is located approximately 20 km southeast of the townsite of Jasper, Alberta. Medicine Lake is a relatively shallow lake. The lake is part of the Maligne Valley watershed which is mainly glacial fed. Medicine Lake also boasts a healthy population of rainbow trout and brook trout and is a fly fisherman's paradise. Overnight at Jasper hotel.

Day 8: Jasper – Lake Louise

Attractions: Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage,The Icefields Parkways

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed to Icefields Parkway – to travel the Icefields Parkway is to experience one of Canada‟s national treasures and most rewarding destinations. Stretching 232 kms through the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world class journey offers access to a vast wilderness heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site, this world-class journey offers access to a vast wilderness of pristine mountain lakes, ancient glaciers and broad sweeping valleys. This special travel route winds its way through two national parks, boasting a unique and irreplaceable landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none. The Icefields Parkways, known as Highway 93 North, offers spectacular sightseeing of pristine turquoise lakes, tumbling waterfalls, ancient glaciers and the Columbia Icefields. More than a drive, the Icefields Parkway is a journey through natural history and captivating landscapes.  It is possible to travel this route in 3 hours but it is a crime to do so because of the jaw-dropping scenery. Needless to say, a visit to the Canadian Rockies would be incomplete without experiencing the splendour of the Icefields Parkway. At six kilometres long and one kilometre wide, the impressive Athabasca Glacier descends dramatically from the 325-square-kilometre Columbia Icefield. And while the icefield is mostly out of sight, the Athabasca Glacier can be easily viewed and accessed right from the Icefields Parkway! A Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure gives you the chance to see one of these wonders of nature up close. The 80-minute journeys run April through October bring you right up onto the glacier with the help of an experienced driver-guide. You‟ll be fascinated to learn all about glaciers and icefields and their impact on our alpine environment. Halfway through the tour you can step out onto the glacier with your own two feet and take in the awesome expanse of ice around you. Tours on the Ice Explorers depart every 15-30 minutes from the Icefield Centre, giving you ample opportunity to take in this unique experience. Also experience the Glacier Skywalk - feed your adrenaline and step into a breathtaking world where glaciers rest above and birds soar below. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918 foot drop. The Glacier Skywalk is an experience like no other: a perfect balance of breathtaking views, interpretive story-telling and adrenaline-pumping excitement. Start by taking your time to explore a cliff-edge walkway that is filled with nature-inspired interpretive exhibits. The grand finale to this experience is a glass-floored observation platform 918 feet (280 metres) over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. At the end of the day check in at hotel in Lake Louise. Overnight at Lake Louise hotel.

Day 9: Lake Louise – Banff

Attractions: Banff National Park

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Banff by road (approx 40 – 45 min). Arrive at Banff and check in at hotel. Banff National Park is Canada‟s Alpine Adventure. Nestled amongst the peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Banff is known as a traveler‟s mecca for good reason. Whether by car, bicycle, hiking boots, skis, snowshoes or canoe, in Banff National Park you can enjoy year-round discovery of the 6,641 km2 mountainous landscape. As the first national park established in Canada and a coveted UNESCO World Heritage Site, what makes Banff National Park so special is its combination of vast unspoiled wilderness, mountain lakes like Lake Louise, and the gateway to it all: the Town of Banff. Rest of the day at leisure. Lots of things to do here – hiking, heli-hiking, boat tours, mountaineering, white water rafting and float trips, biking, camping, horse riding, dining, spa, golf, alpine helicopters, canoeing, lodges, Banff Lake Cruise n Lake Minnewanka, rocky mountain resort, Upper Hot Springs, bowling and entertainment centre, mountain chalets, cave tours, explore Rockies activity centre and coffee bar, indoor waterpark. Families can take a break from the great outdoors at the indoor waterslides, climbing wall or swimming pool, which is open to the public almost every day. The movie theatre shows the latest films seven days a week – including afternoon matinees – or you can give bowling under psychedelic black lights a shot. Fitness fans may want to drop in at a local yoga studio, gym or exercise class if they want to keep the routine going while they‟re on vacation or, if it‟s for serious relaxation, track down a therapeutic massage at a local spa. No matter the size of your adventurous spirit, it could take a lifetime to explore the 1000 kilometres of trails, multitudes of lakes, rivers and streams and illustrious scenery of Banff National Park. Day at leisure. Overnight at Banff hotel.

Day 10: Banff

Attractions: Banff Sightseeng Gondola

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the Banff Sightseeng Gondola is located just 5 mintues from the Town of Banff, on the shoulder of Sulphur Mountain, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. it back and relax in a 4 passenger, glass enclosed gondola. Marvel at the unsurpassed view of Banff, the Bow Valley and a 360 degree view of six scenic mountain ranges from 2281m (7486ft) above sea level. You will feel like you're on top of the world when you are standing on the spacious main level observation deck, where the optional Banff Skywalk (an 1km self-guided interpretive walkway) leads you to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site and Sanson's Peak Meteorological Station. In the afternoon you can take the Banff Wildlife tour – evening safari, while watching for wildlife of all sizes, hear stories about the challenges of protecting animals and their habitat in Banff National Park. On each bus are binoculars, antlers and animal hides to touch, feel and use. The tour will take you to a range of habitats and every evening is a new adventure. It‟s no surprise that this UNESCO World Heritage Site has been nominated time and again as a “must-see” destination for travelers around the world. Banff National Park boasts some of the most scenic roads in the world. Whether you have an hour or a full day, there is plenty of the Park you can explore on four wheels. You can also take a GPS Commentary Tour to help you learn more about the area eg. Drive on the Trans Canada Highway (from Banff to Lake Louise), Bow Valley Parkway, Icefields Parkway, Tunnel Mountain Drive - the drive up Tunnel Mountain Drive starts close to the Town of Banff and offers great views of some of Banff‟s most iconic landmarks. Explore the impressive geological formations of the Hoodoos, which can be seen from a viewing deck or up-close on a short hike from the road. For a view of Bow Falls and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, take a drive around Surprise Corner. Day at leisure. Overnight at Banff hotel.

Day 11: Banff – Calgary

Attractions: Calgary Zoo,Calaway Park,Heritage Park Historical Village,Skyline Luge,Calgary Tower,Winsport Canada Olympic Park

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and proceed by road to Calgary via the Trans Canada Highway (approx 1 hr 20 min). En route stop to enjoy the Banff & Canmore helicopter tours - 35 minutes from downtown Banff, so it is quick and easy to start your amazing heli adventure. Experience a 12 minute helicopter tour over the Summit Mountains – the 12 minute flight will take you 2300 metres above sea level over Kananaskis and the Rocky Mountains. Flying 7,000 ft (2,300 m) above sea level, this helicopter tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious Rocky Mountains. Depart to Barrier Lake filming site of many Hollywood movies before following the ridges of Heart Mountain and Doorjam Peak. Then proceed to Calgary. Arrive at Calgary and check in at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Lots of attractions – Calgary Zoo, Calaway Park - Western Canada's largest family amusement park offering food, entertainment and fun, Heritage Park Historical Village, Skyline Luge, micro brewery, Calgary Tower, Winsport Canada Olympic Park. You can also experience „The Calgary Stampede‟ held in July every year, The Calgary Stampede is called The Greatest Outdoor Show On Earth for good reason. For 10 days every July we welcome the world to a spectacular celebration of western heritage and values. The world‟s greatest rodeo and western festival offers family fun, agricultural displays, one of Canada‟s largest music festival. Other attractions – Children‟s farm, Laser Quest Calgary, brewing and distilling, food and wine festivals, clubs and lounges, ziplining, mountain biking, hot air ballooning and lots more. Overnight at Calgary hotel.

Day 12: Calgary

Attractions: Casino Calgary,Canada‟s Sports Hall of Fame,Calgary Farmer‟s Market

After breakfast at the hotel, enjoy one of the many activities / attractions like sky diving, Casino Calgary, enjoy the Calgary has over 80 square kilometers of parkland and public green spaces, wellness spas, Calgary Tower, Canada‟s Sports Hall of Fame, Calgary Farmer‟s Market, whether you're looking for big brand names or smaller, more eclectic collections, you'll find both in Calgary's shopping centers and districts. Check out our markets for locally grown produce and crafts by local artisans. And if you're in the need of a new pair of boots, we know just the place for that, too. Overnight at Calgary hotel. 

Day 13: Depart Calgary

Depart Calgary Early morning check out and transfer to Calgary airport for your departure flight via Toronto or Vancouver.

Inclusions / Exclusions

* 11 Nights accommodation with breakfast

* Return airport transfers on Seat-in-Coach basis

* Inter-city transfers on Seat-In-Coach basis from Toronto / Niagara Falls / Toronto

* Inter-city transfers by VIA Rail economy class from Toronto / Ottawa / Montreal

* Sightseeing tours on Seat-In-Coach with local English speaking driver / guide.

Tour price excludes:

* International Airfares, Airport taxes, Visa charges.

* Cost granted by the Reserve Bank of India under the Basic Travel Quota scheme.

* Any increase in the rate of exchange, surface transportation and land arrangements, which may come into effect, prior to departure.

* Porterage, tips, insurance, laundry, wines, mineral water, telephone charges, optional tours and all items of personal nature and also food & drinks not forming part of the group menus.

* Anything not specifically mentioned in “Tour Price Includes” box.

Please Note:

1. Passengers under 12 years sharing room without an extra bed are considered children.

2. All Rates are per person in USD based on minimum 02 full paying passengers traveling together.

3. GOI Service Tax as applicable will be added to the final tour invoice.

4. Check for peak season surcharge as applicable.

Visa requirements:

A valid single entry visa for Canada will be required. Visa charges will be applicable.


To undertake the tour you must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months beyond your date of travel.

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