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Welcome to Calgary! Dust off your spurs to enjoy a true frontier experience in the Calgary Stampede. Called “the greatest outdoor show on Earth,” the stampede brings the Old West to life throughout its grounds, with entertainment and exhibits, great food, world-famous Chuckwagon horse races, and the Calgary Stampede Rodeo.Your budget-minded western Canada tour continues through spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian across Canada’s Rocky Mountains. From your comfortable cabin, witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields from Jasper to Vancouver. Next, journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with blue-green waters forming a perfect mirror of Mount Victoria. Pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favorite resorts. Enjoy time to explore in Jasper National Park give you time to explore. This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. Board the ferry from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands, and visit Victoria’s world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of exquisite floral displays.Board your Alaskan cruise ship and sail amid the emerald forests and turquoise glaciers of the spectacular Inside Passage on your way to Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan. Take in the authentic Yukon atmosphere of the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique narrow-gauge railway. Cruise stunning Glacier Bay for the chance to witness mammoth ice calve into the sea. Keep your eyes on the water for the chance to spot whales, porpoises, orcas, eagles, and more!For the value-minded traveler looking for stunning scenery, western adventure, and natural wonders, this western Canada tour and Alaskan cruise is the perfect vacation!
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CALGARYSightseeing; daily passes to the Stampede Grounds, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand ShowBANFF NATIONAL PARKOrientation tour; stay overnight inside the parkLAKE LOUISEVisit the lakeCOLUMBIA ICEFIELDIce Explorer ride on the Columbia IcefieldJASPER NATIONAL PARKOrientation tour; stay overnight inside the parkJASPER NATIONAL PARK-VANCOUVERJourney aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus classVANCOUVERSightseeing; Stanley ParkVICTORIASightseeing; visit Butchart GardensHOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE7-night Inside Passage cruise on the MS VolendamGuides:
PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR
On VIA Rail’s Canadian—Private bedroom from Jasper to Vancouver in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; Holland America’s MS Volendam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.
8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.
CALGARY. Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS. Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the CALGARY STAMPEDE grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping CHUCKWAGON RACES in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.
CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS AND RODEO. Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede RODEO this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.
CALGARY–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. The discovery of oil converted this cattle ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. Your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the motorcoach scales three mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights are in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.
JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, an early evening departure allows you a last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres with Bon Voyage service and enjoy regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit.
VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–VANCOUVER. Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel where the evening is free for independent activities. (B,L)
VANCOUVER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA. Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK. Afterward, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean-like climate. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.
VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION) Morning departure for Vancouver. Embark your cruise ship.
SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers. (B,L,D)
JUNEAU Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier (B,L,D)
SKAGWAY Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway. (B,L,D)
SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. (B,L,D)
KETCHIKAN This self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street. (B,L,D)
SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment. (B,L,D)
VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION) Your cruise ends this morning. Please schedule flights after Noon.
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"As a small child I was fascinated when hearing my grandparents' travel adventures. I would listen to their stories for hours! Here I am, years later, taking passengers around, sharing stories and showcasing my beautiful country! Combining my love for working with people and traveling is a perfect fit. Seeing the fascination in passengers' eyes as they witness Western Canada's stunning and ever changing scenery is the part I love best. Bringing the world alive through stories is a privilege."
BANFF Bow View Lodge (ST)
CALGARY Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre (ST)
JASPER Marmot Lodge (F)
VANCOUVER Sandman Suites on Davie (F) or Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Center (ST)
VICTORIA Royal Scot Hotel & Suites (F)