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First Passage to the West

Travel past lakes, jagged mountain peaks and raging rivers as you travel towards the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley and Vancouver's sparkling coastline. From Vancouver, you'll travel by ferry to the beautiful island city of Victoria for an overnight excursion in British Columbia's capital city.

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  •  Includes flights from UK, Rocky Mountaineer train, coach transport, accommodation, 
    some group tours & helicopter tour
  •  Fly into Calgary and out of Vancouver
  •  Includes 2 days onboard Rocky Mountaineer
  •  Includes Calgary, Banff, Kamloops and Vancouver Island
  •  Extra days can easily be added before or after the tour
  •  Your full holiday pack and itinerary will be sent to you
  •  Your entire package is ATOL protected

Your Itinerary

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Day 1:
Calgary

Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in “The Heart of the New West” independently. Overnight in Calgary. Your admission to the Calgary Tower is included in your package - you'll love the vantage point from the top, with stellar views from 525 feet above the city. Travel to and from the Calgary Tower is not included.

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Calgary,
AB

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Day 2:
Gondola, Helicopter & Banff

Today is a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola is included. Your hotel will be in Banff.

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Banff,
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Day 3:
Yoho National Park

A half-day tour takes you from Banff 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 spanning the Kicking Horse River. In the afternoon, you will return to Banff for your second night in this wonderful town.

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Banff,
AB

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Day 4:
Banff to Kamloops

Travel on the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops through spectacular scenery as you pass the snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and along rocky lakeshores. Highlights include the Continental Divide, Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie – where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

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Kamloops,
BC

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Day 5:
Towards the Pacific

Your journey continues towards the Pacific Ocean and Vancouver. You will again see dramatic changes in scenery through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and lush green of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver.

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Vancouver,
BC

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Day 6:
British Comumbia Capital

Today you’ll travel by seaplane from Vancouver Harbour to British Columbia's garden capital city, Victoria. Among the highlights are a scenic flight over the picturesque Gulf Islands. The remainder of your day is yours to explore Victoria's Inner Harbour, take a whale-watching tour, or experience high tea at the Fairmont Empress. Overnight in Victoria.

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Victoria,
BC

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Day 7:
Butchart Gardens

This morning you’ll take a scenic drive to Victoria's premier attraction, Butchart Gardens. You'll be enchanted by the beautiful sights and scents of this 55-acre floral garden and discover why it's been designated a National Historic Site of Canada. In the afternoon, return at your leisure by coach to Victoria, where you are free to explore on your own. Overnight in Victoria.

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Victoria,
BC

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Day 8:
Seaplane to Vancouver

After checking out from your Victoria hotel, take a 40min scenic flight over the Strait of Georgia from Victoria's Inner Harbour right into Downtown Vancouver. Highlights include aerial views of the Gulf and San Juan Islands, the Cascade, Olympic and North Shore mountains, and Vancouver's Stanley park. You are free to explore Vancouver for the remainder of the day.

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Vancouver,
BC

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Day 9:
Enjoying Vancouver

Explore Vancouver and enjoy your choice of one of four activities; a sightseeing tour of Vancouver's spectacular North Shore, a guided bicycle tour of Vancouver's highlights, a small-group culinary walking tour at Granville Island market, or a Sea Safari zodiac boat tour along the Howe Sound coast. Overnight in Vancouver.

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Vancouver,
BC

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Days 10 & 11:
Final Morning & Fly Home

Enjoy your final morning in Canada. Later today you’ll take your overnight flight back to the UK.

If you want to add an extra self drive holiday in either Canada or USA to this trip, please let us know and our travel experts will be happy to design a trip for you.

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Rocky Mountaineer Service Levels

When you travel on the Rocky Mountaineer, you can choose from two service levels. Learn more about them here.

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