Grand Western Canada

Elevate your vacation with upgraded hotels and rail travel, luxurious amenities, and private personalized touring. This deluxe tour combines a coastal wilderness retreat with modern city exploration, extravagant rail travel, and visits to the iconic landmarks of the Canadian Rockies.

Discover the metropolitan City of Vancouver with plenty to see and do from boutique shopping to rainforest trails, and the artisan Granville Island Market. Visit the Vancouver Art Gallery’s extensive collection of national and international exhibitions, and get an overview of the city at the Vancouver Lookout. Travel by helicopter over the breathtaking beauty of the Pacific Coastline and Strait of Georgia to the luxury wilderness retreat of Sonora Resort. Plentiful amenities and unparalleled service combined with a lineup of unique activities make this resort truly unforgettable.

Continue your adventure with an extravagant trip aboard the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train from Vancouver to Banff. GoldLeaf amenities aboard the train include a la carte dining, alcoholic beverages, and insightful commentary throughout your journey. Travel the scenic Icefield Parkway, home to over 100 visible glaciers and towering mountain peaks. Spend three nights at the famous Banff Springs Hotel, known as the Castle of the Rockies. Wrap up your holiday with a private tour through the iconic sights of Canada’s first national park, and an enchanting ride to the peak of Sulphur Mountain at the Banff Gondola. This luxury vacation incorporates the best accommodations, rail travel and sightseeing that Western Canada has to offer.
10 days/9 Nights
from $9,707.00
per person based on double occupancy

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Highlights

  • Spend three nights in the luxury wilderness retreat of Sonora Resort
  • Tour through the beautiful inlets and fjords of the Discovery Islands and watch for wildlife
  • Take the Rocky Mountaineer sightseeing train from Vancouver to the Canadian Rockies
  • Visit the iconic sights of Banff National Park and spend a day at Columbia Icefield
Features & Inclusions

Features & Inclusions

Accommodations
  • 6 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights at Sonora resort
    • Includes all meals, snacks, and alcoholic beverages

Train Adventures
  • Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf service from Vancouver to Banff
    • Includes 2 breakfasts & 2 lunches aboard the train

Transfers & Flights
  • Private sedan transfers between Vancouver airport and downtown hotel
  • Helicopter flight from Vancouver to Sonora Resort
  • Helicopter flight from Sonora Resort to Vancouver
  • Private sedan transfer from Vancouver hotel to Rocky Mountaineer station
  • Private sedan transfer from Banff train station to hotel
  • Private sedan transfer from Banff to Calgary Airport

Sightseeing
  • Guided Eco Adventure by boat to the Discovery Islands
  • Private guided tour of the Columbia Icefield from Banff
  • Private sedan tour of Banff National Park

Admissions
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Vancouver Art Gallery
  • Glacier Adventure
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Banff Gondola

Extras
  • Free mountain bike rentals at Sonora Resort
  • Fly fishing pond at Sonora Resort
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Hotel luggage handling
  • National park entry fees
  • Travel documents
  • Personalized travel photo book
Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver and enjoy an evening exploring this metropolitan hub of arts and culture. Visit the Vancouver Lookout Tower for a fascinating overview of Vancouver’s modern architecture, with views extending to the Coast Mountains and Pacific Coast.

Day 2 – Vancouver to Sonora Resort

The morning is yours to explore Vancouver. Check out the artisan foods of Granville Island Market, take a walk in the urban rainforest of Stanley Park, or shop to your heart’s content on Robson Street. Browse through the national and international art exhibitions at Vancouver Art Gallery before checking in for your flight to Sonora Island at the Vancouver Airport. A breathtaking helicopter ride over the Strait of Georgia and Vancouver Island’s rugged coastline concludes at Sonora Resort. Relax and enjoy the luxury accommodations, five-star amenities, and unparalleled service of this wilderness retreat.

Day 3 – Sonora Resort Eco Tour

Enjoy a boat tour through the spectacular coastal wilderness surrounding Sonora Resort. Venture out on the protected inlets of the Discovery Islands. Offering spectacular views of the coastline, and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, this Eco Boat Tour is a great way to begin your day. Watch for sea lions, porpoises, and dolphins. Witness eagles swoop and pluck fish from the water. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the plentiful amenities of Sonora Resort including a swimming pool, biking trails, a putting green, movie theatre and fly fishing ponds.

Day 4 – Sonora Resort

Spend another day in the peaceful natural setting of Sonora Resort. Choose from a variety of outdoor activities including sport fishing, guided kayaking, and Grizzly Bear viewing. Spa lovers can treat themselves to a day of rejuvenation at the onsite spa.

Day 5 – Sonora Resort to Vancouver

Board a helicopter for your return flight to Vancouver. The remainder of your day is free to explore the many landmark sights of the city. Browse through the trendy boutiques and galleries of historic Gastown, or venture to the North Shore and visit Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain. Outdoor enthusiasts can rent a bike or kayak to explore Vancouver’s trails and beaches.

Days 6 & 7 – Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day rail adventure. Enjoy picturesque views as the Rocky Mountaineer travels through the Pacific Coastal Mountains and Hell's Gate Canyon to Kamloops. After an overnight stay in Kamloops, continue your luxury train touring to Banff. Experience the spectacular Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels as you wind your way through the majestic valleys of the Canadian Rockies. A delicious breakfast and lunch are served onboard, to keep you satisfied until you arrive at your destination, Banff. Following a private transfer to your hotel, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore.

Day 8 – Columbia Icefield Day Trip

Today, travel through the rugged expanse of wilderness surrounding the Icefields Parkway with a private sedan tour. This route is home to over 100 visible glaciers, turquoise lakes, and rushing waterfalls. At the Columbia Icefields, board an all-terrain Ice Explorer and venture onto the ancient Athabasca Glacier. Step out on a glass viewing platform suspended 918 feet above Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. Return along the scenic Bow Valley Corridor to Banff for an evening at leisure.

Day 9 – Banff

Spend the morning Canada’s first national park. Visit scenic highlights including Bow Falls, Two Jack Lake, and Surprise Corner. Learn about the historical significance of Hoodoo rock formations overlooking the Bow Valley.  At Banff Gondola, ascend to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for a bird’s eye view of the surrounding peaks and the Banff town site far below. Enjoy an interpretive boat cruise at Lake Minnewanka and watch for wildlife at the water’s edge. Enjoy a leisurely night in Banff.

Day 10 – Banff to Calgary

This unique holiday concludes with a private sedan transfer from Banff to the Calgary International Airport.
Accommodation Options

Accommodation Selection

 
Location Deluxe
Vancouver Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Gold Room
Sonora Island Sonora Resort, Deluxe Gold Room
Rocky Mountaineer Moderate Hotel Kamloops
Banff Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Gold Room
 
prices

Prices

 
  Deluxe Accommodations
  Double Single Child
11 May - 18 May $9,894.00 $14,184.00 $5,862.00
25 May - 15 June $10,506.00 $15,408.00 $6,259.00
22 June - 31 Aug $10,958.00 $16,217.00 $6,714.00
7 Sept - 28 Sept $10,931.00 $16,164.00 $6,714.00
5 Oct $9,707.00 $13,811.00 $5,863.00
       

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All prices quoted are per person and shown in CAD funds. Rates are for 2016 and do not include taxes. All prices include administration, planning, and operational expenses. All prices are subject to change without notice and are subject to international exchange rate fluctuations. Infants (less than 2 years old) travelling with an adult and not occupying a seat may travel free of charge. For children 2-11 years old, we provide reduced rates – please contact one of our vacation planners at 1-877-791-5500 for more information. A deposit of $200 per person is due at time of booking (unless otherwise stated at the time of booking). Final payment is due 45 days prior to tour departure. Tours booked within 45 days of departure require full payment before reservations can be confirmed.

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