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Journey through the Clouds Discovery Self-Drive
Journey through the Clouds Discovery Self-Drive

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


Other departures: Manchester - £3209, Birmingham - £3259, Bristol - £3259, Norwich - £3259, Newcastle - £3259, Edinburgh - £3359, Glasgow - £3359


GoldLeaf Service: 1 Sept 18 - 24 Sept 18 - £4189


Other departures: Manchester - £4239, Birmingham - £4289, Bristol - £4289, Norwich - £4289, Newcastle - £4289, Edinburgh - £4389, Glasgow - £4389


Flower-dotted meadows, weeping waterfalls and wildlife-packed mountains await discovery on this jaunt through Canada's National Parks, where casual walks morph uncannily into nature documentaries.


Itinerary:


Day 1: Tour Start - Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver.


Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops. Overnight in Kamloops. Please note that all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.


Day 3: Kamloops to Jasper
Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today’s highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper. Overnight in Jasper. Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard.


Day 4: Free Day in Jasper
Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Jasper National Park on your own. A wealth of optional activities (not included) abound: taking the Jasper Skytram to the high alpine of Whistlers Mountain, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, cruising on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island, or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Overnight in Jasper.


Day 5: Jasper to Lake Louise - Discovery Drive
Travel to Lake Louise via the Icefields Parkway. Visit highlights along the way, including Athabasca Falls, Bow Summit, Peyto Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. With sightseeing stops, we recommend allowing at least eight hours for today’s drive. Overnight in Lake Louise.


Day 6: Lake Louise to Banff - Discovery Drive
Today, drive the scenic one-hour journey from Lake Louise to Banff. Along the way, watch for deer and elk crossing the specially constructed wildlife bridges over the highway. Alternatively, take a more leisurely drive along the Bow Valley Parkway for views of Castle Mountain and Johnston Canyon (requires a short walk). The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the shops, restaurants, pristine scenery and plentiful wildlife of magnificent Banff National Park. This afternoon return your rental vehicle in Banff. Overnight in Banff.


Day 7: Banff to Calgary - Discovery Drive
Travel through Kananaskis Country and the western ranching regions of Alberta at your own pace before arriving in Calgary. Overnight in Calgary.


Day 8: Discovery Drive End - Calgary
Drop off your rental car in downtown Calgary or at Calgary International Airport, where your vacation ends.



Offer Includes

  • Flights from London with Scheduled Airlines
  • Airport taxes
  • Meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches
  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Visit Calgary Tower
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service
  • 5 days full-size car rental, including one-way drop charge and unlimited kilometres
  • Rail station transfers in Kamloops and Vancouver
  • Luggage handling

Meal Plans

  • As per Itinerary