Take in the scenic highlights of Alberta and British Columbia on this self-drive private journey. Start in the vibrant cities of Victoria and Vancouver before heading up the Pacific coast for an unforgettable ferry cruise through the Inside Passage. Stop off at the less-frequented locations of Smithers and Prince George, before ending in the alpine towns of Banff and Jasper in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.
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Arrive into Vancouver and make your own way to the Metropolitan Hotel for 1 night. (N)
Collect your hire car and drive to Tsawwassen ferry terminal for the 90-minute crossing to Vancouver Island. Enjoy the scenic drive with a stop at Butchart gardens before checking into Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria for 1 night (N)
Drive north to Campbell River via Duncan, a small city known for its totem poles. Then board a short ferry ride to Quadra Island and stay 2 nights at April Point Resort & Spa. (N)
Join a shared cruise on a Zodiac through Desolation Sound, with the chance to see sea lions, dolphins, timber wolves and black bears in their natural habitat. (N)
Head back to Vancouver Island before travelling north up to the town of Port Hardy for a 1-night stay at Quarterdeck Inn. (N)
Travel through the sheltered waters of Canada’s spectacular Inside Passage on board a car ferry to Prince Rupert. You will have a private cabin for the duration of this 15-hour journey, which passes snow-capped mountains, dense forests and dramatic fjords. Upon arrival in Prince Rupert make your way to Prestige Prince Rupert Hotel for 1 night. (B)
Follow the Yellowhead Highway to Smithers, hugging the Skeena river. En route we recommend stopping at the Ksan Historic Indian Village for an insight into the culture and history of the First Nations people of Gitxsan. Stay 1 night at Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge. (B)
Drive to Prince George, passing through spectacular scenery with possible wildlife sightings. Overnight at Sandman Signature Hotel & Suites Prince George. (N)
Drive east today through mountain scenery and over the Continental Divide to Jasper. Stay 2 nights at The Crimson. Day 10 is at leisure. (N)
Drive to Banff, travelling along one of North America’s most scenic highways, the Icefields Parkway. En route join a shared Ice Explorer excursion on the Athabasca glacier. Stay 2 nights at the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa. (N)
At leisure in Banff. A ride on Banff gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain is included. (N)
Drive to Calgary and return your hire car. Fly home or continue your holiday in Canada. (N)
As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals.
International flights are not included with this itinerary. Transfers are also not included as taxis are easy, reliable and affordable in Canada. If you would prefer to have transfers included, or for flight options and prices, please call your Cox & Kings tour consultant.
This tour is based in 3- and 4-star accommodation.
For a price quote including flights, transfers or alternative accommodation standards, or to tailor this itinerary, please call 020 3930 5094 or email Info@CoxandKings.co.uk.
Located on the coast of Quadra Island, April Point Resort & Spa offers a comfortable base to explore this part of Vancouver Island. Accommodation includes hotel rooms, two-bedroom suites, private cabins and a four-bedroom house. Facilities include a dining room and spa. Guests can also use the facilities of April Point's sister property Painter's Lodge, located in Campbell river, which includes an outdoor swimming pool and fitness...
Located just a short walk from the centre of town, Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa is a comfortable 3.5-star property. The 184 rooms and suites have modern amenities. Facilities include a fitness centre, complimentary wireless internet access, a spa, restaurant and...
Located on the waterfront at Inner Harbour, the Inn at Laurel Point is a modern 4-star property. The 200 rooms and suites each feature air conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities and complimentary wireless internet access. Facilities include a restaurant, indoor swimming pool and fitness...
The Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver has a convenient downtown location close to many of the restaurants, shops and attractions of the city centre. Rooms at the property are contemporary in design while the hotel restaurant offers international cuisine including north-western specialities.
Features: 197 rooms, restaurant, indoor pool, fitness centre.
Room amenities: Television, marble bathroom, safe, climate...
Located just minutes from the centre of Smithers, the Prestige Hudson Bay Lodge is an eco-hotel set against the picturesque backdrop of Hudson Bay Mountain. The restaurant serves a diverse range of local dishes while the sports bar offers casual dining with large tv screens.
Features: 96 rooms, fitness centre, parking, restaurant, sports bar.
Room amenities: Television, coffee & tea maker, iron & ironing...
Centrally located in Prince Rupert, the Prince Rupert Hotel is a comfortable 3-star property within walking distance of many of the town's attractions. Each of the 88 rooms has an en suite bathroom and modern amenities. Hotel facilities include complimentary parking, a breakfast room and a sports...
Close to the centre of Port Hardy, the Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort is a comfortable 3-star property. Each of the guestrooms has modern amenities and hotel facilities include complimentary car parking, a restaurant and a...
The Sandman Hotel & Suites Prince George is conveniently located close to Highway 97 and the nearby business and shopping districts. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, but there is a 24-hour Denny's restaurant on site.
Facilities: 144 rooms; indoor heated pool; steam room, fitness room; parking; business centre.
Room amenities: Television; bathtub with shower; 2 armchairs; table; internet...
The Crimson hotel is located within easy walking distance of the shops and restaurants in downtown Jasper, providing a great base from which to explore the area. The hotel's name was inspired by the colour of the foliage in autumn and the sunsets in Jasper National Park. Hotel rooms are smart and stylish with modern amenities.
Features: 99 rooms, restaurant, 2 bars, indoor pool, gym, Wi-Fi.
Room amenities: Television, air conditioning, safe, hot drinks,...
Regional air connections are available from within the UK. Please contact your travel consultant for current prices from your nearest city.
We can also arrange flights from overseas, simply give us a call to find out more.
If you choose to take the tour without flights arranged through Cox & Kings, please contact one of our travel consultants prior to booking the flights to ensure that you are aware of the tour timings and all the implications of not booking through us. We strongly advise you not to book flights independently of Cox & Kings if significant charges would apply in case of cancellation.
Flight details may be subject to change prior to departure.
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