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.
This tour can be booked / reserved online by clicking on one of the coloured links below.
YVI2018: 12 Nights
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