Canadian Rockies Pacific Coast

Canadian Rockies and Pacific Coast end Vancouver (Summer 2019)

Duration: 14 days Visiting: United States, Canada

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Discover the majestic landscapes, towering peaks, and sparkling turquoise lakes of the Canadian Rockies, teamed with the charming and sometimes quirky Pacific Northwest. This fabulous journey is as relaxed as the Canadian wilderness is vast. For the majority of the time you will be at the mercy of Mother Nature’s eye-popping palette, with a whole day at leisure in Banff National Park and free time in Jasper National Park. From taking a walk on the wild side at the Capilano Suspension Bridge to nourishing your palate at a waterfront celebration in Seattle, you won't be disappointed with this sensational trip – just don't forget to bring your camera!

  1. Day 1

    Welcome to Vancouver.

    Arrive in Vancouver, a haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike. This unique city offers something for everyone. From its striking mountains to the bustle of the city’s art and music scene, this British Colombia seaport does not disappoint. On arrival, your airport transfer will take you to your luxury hotel before you join your Travel Director at 18.00 for a Welcome Dinner and an opportunity to mingle with fellow guests over wine.

  2. Day 2

    Cruise the Gulf Islands to Victoria.

    Embark on a tour of Vancouver, including a visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park and exploring Gastown, along with the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. You'll have free time to enjoy lunch on your own. This afternoon, board a ferry and sail through the beautiful Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island, an idyllic place known for its fishing and art communities. You'll end your day here, in British Columbia's stunning capital city, Victoria.

  3. Day 3

    Butchart Gardens.

    Start your day wandering through world renowned Butchart Gardens, a beautiful National Historic Site of Canada featuring groups of floral displays. Enjoy an immersive day exploring Canada's oldest Chinatown, the bustling Inner Harbour and stately Legislative Buildings. At night, partake in a Highlight Dinner at Canoe Brewpub Marina and Restaurant, offering homemade seasonal craft beers, a selection of hearty meals and striking views on the waterfront.

  4. Day 4

    Victoria to Chase, British Columbia.

    This morning, cruise back to the mainland and continue on your scenic journey through British Columbia to the charming town of Chase. Upon arrival you will witness and partake in a Smudging Ceremony, a traditional spiritual ritual conducted by a member of the local indigenous community. As you settle in at your lakeside lodge this evening, you'll enjoy Dinner with wine featuring authentic regional flavors.

  5. Day 5

    The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park.

    After breakfast this morning, your journey continues to Jasper National Park. You'll stop for a smooth yet exhilarating Boat River Safari (waiver required) with an excellent chance to view grizzly bears and other wildlife along Grizzly Bear Valley in Blue River, B.C. To complete your exciting experience, enjoy lunch in the unique floating restaurant, The Forest Table where the menu focuses around game, wild salmon, berries and greens. Arrive in the wonderland of Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains.

  6. Day 6

    Exploring Jasper National Park.

    Wake up to breath-taking views of the park from your balcony rooms, before heading on an informative walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Move on to a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies (weather permitting). Stop at Spirit Island, quite rightly one of the most photographed sites in the Canadian Rockies, before returning to Jasper where the rest of the day is yours. You’ll end the day surrounded by lush landscapes and a delectable three course dinner, with your choice of fish or meat, to satisfy your palettes.

  7. Day 7

    Icefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National Park.

    No trip to Canada would be complete without a road trip along the majestic Icefields Parkway, one of the world’s most stunning mountain drives. Once at the Icefields Visitor Center, you’ll embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. You’ll be led by an expert driver-guide, who will help you step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Château Lake Louise for a serving of afternoon tea. Journey on to the resort town of Banff, where you’ll stay at the Rimrock Resort Hotel, a superior address with exceptional views from inside Banff National Park. Attractive to writers and artists, this pretty town will be your home for the next two nights.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.

    Today is yours to spend exploring the rugged charms of the park. Choose from several optional experiences, including a once in a lifetime helicopter flight over the magnificent Canadian Rockies, or a ride onboard the Banff Gondola, a scenic cableway that can take you to the summit of Sulphur Mountain.

  9. Day 9

    Quest for Buffalo on the way to Glacier National Park.

    Prepare for a day of culture and history as you depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world’s oldest and largest buffalo jumps. Once here you’ll discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot-high (11 metres) cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. You’ll also get a unique chance to join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people of long ago. From craggy plains to mountainous landscapes, you’ll cross the U.S. border into Montana and end your day at Many Glacier Hotel, a charming property situated in the heart of Glacier National Park.

  10. Day 10

    Going-to-the-Sun and the Glacier National Park.

    Today, board a private Red Jammer bus to cruise along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in style. During your narrated trip you’ll witness stunning views from Logan Pass and the marvels of the park’s wild interior. Disembark and end your day at Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park. Rest up in a classic Swiss-chalet-style lodge with spectacular mountain views.

  11. Day 11

    Lake Coeur d'Alene and Spokane.

    Today you’ll continue on to the beautiful shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene, one of America's most beautiful lakes, and arrive in Spokane to stay at The Historic Davenport, Autograph Collection hotel.This is Washington State's grandest hotel, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Ithas welcomed a number of famous faces including Amelia Earhart and Clark Gable. In the evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner at Steam Plant, an award-winning brewery, situated in a nationally recognised historic building. From house-smoked carbonara to pizza or rotisserie porchetta this unique venue offers a number of inventive dishes.

  12. Day 12

    Wonderful Wines en route to Seattle.

    Wine connoisseurs rejoice. Today you’ll continue on through the wide, endless horizons of the wine-producing area of Washington State. Visit Cave B Estate, an award-winning boutique winery and local favourite. Explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings over a Highlight Lunch, focusing on fresh, local and artisanal ingredients. Then it's on to forward-thinking Seattle for an evening at leisure at your hotel.

  13. Day 13

    The Soaring Sights of Seattle.

    Start your day with a sightseeing tour of Seattle's major sights, including the renowned Space Needle with its jaw-dropping panoramic views of the unique skyline. You’ll see Puget Sound, Pioneer Square and Pike Place Market, where you should watch out for flying fish! The afternoon is yours at leisure and you’ll find activities, restaurants and shops aplenty. In the evening, join your Travel Director and fellow guests for a Celebration Dinner with wine at Ivar's Acres of Clams. Here you’ll find the Northwest's best dining, as you take in the views on Seattle's waterfront.

  14. Day 14

    Depart Vancouver.

    It’s time to say goodbye to the Emerald City as your trip comes to an end. You have an included transfer to Vancouver International Airport, where you will arrive at approximately 14:00.

Highlights

 

INSIGHT EXPERIENCES

  • Vancouver: Join your Travel Director as they share all of the city highlights in this bustling west coast seaport.
  • Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier, onboard a specially designed Ice Explorer, with an expert driver guide.
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people.
  • Glacier National Park: Board a traditional Red Jammer for a private tour with a park veteran and enjoy the stunning views.
  • Seattle: Sightseeing uncovers all of the city's major sights.

TOP RATED HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vancouver: See the totem poles in Stanley Park.
  • Victoria: Visit the stunning floral displays at Butchart Gardens.
  • Vancouver: The Capilano Suspension Bridgecrosses the Capilano River, providing an appreciation of nature from three breathtaking perspectives.
  • Jasper: Embark on a narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake.

AUTHENTIC DINING

  • Victoria: Dine at Canoe Brewpub for a Highlight Dinner on the waterfront.
  • Banff: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Spokane: Dine at Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub, nestled among the remaining catwalks, pipes and boilers of a historic Spokane building.
  • Quincy: Visit a boutique winery in the picturesque Columbia Valley region for a hearty luncheon and wine tasting.
  • Seattle: Head to the waterfront for a Celebration Dinner at Ivar's, aptly referred to as Seattle's King of the Waterfront, to toast your newfound friends.
  • Dining Summary: 13 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L), and 7 Dinners with wine (DW).

STAY AT THE BEST ADDRESSES

  • Vancouver: The Four Seasons Vancouver provides a sophisticated backdrop for your visit to Vancouver.
  • Victoria: Stay just a short walk from the Inner Harbour and historic downtown Victoria at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria.
  • Chase: The Quaaout Lodge & Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort in Chase is the unique, lakeside hotel of the Little Shuswap Indian Band, and strives to preserve First Nation heritage and culture.
  • Jasper: Enjoy the view from your Balcony Room at the Sawridge Inn in Jasper National Park.
  • Banff: Marvel at the exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies at the Rimrock Resort Hotel.
  • Glacier National Park: Many Glacier Hotel is located in the park among awe-inspiring majesty.
  • Lake McDonald: Stay in classic Swiss chalet style Lake McDonald Lodge, located inside Glacier National Park, on the shores of the largest lake in the park.
  • Spokane: With soaring architecture and a rich history that dates back to 1914, it has earned the reputation as Spokane’s grandest hotel.

INCLUDED INSIGHT SERVICES

  • Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas
  • Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxury, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
  • We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available)
  • From time to time, your Travel Director will enchant you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination
  • If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times
  • If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Optional experiences

Most Insight trips already include a host of bonus highlights and comprehensive sightseeing. There may also be an exciting array of Optional Experiences which will turn an already amazing experience into the trip of a lifetime! These are entirely optional and can be booked through your Travel Director/Local Representative at the commencement of your trips. Please note, many Optional Experiences are operated by independent third party suppliers, not Insight Vacations. The Optionals and pricing listed here are a guideline only and subject to change.

Accommodation

 

Four Seasons Vancouver

Vancouver (Traditional) - Canada

Set in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, above the Pacific Centre mall, this upscale 30-story hotel enjoys an ultra-convenient location for enjoying the best Vancouver has to offer. Amenities include the only indoor/outdoor pool in town, state-of-the-art fitness facilities, and luxurious accommodations with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and marble bathrooms. A visit to the acclaimed seafood restaurant and chic bar is a must as is a stroll around the fine shops that surround the hotel.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel and Suites Victoria

Victoria (Contemporary) - Canada

This brand new contemporary hotel is just steps away from the famous Victoria Inner Harbour and historic downtown Victoria. Chic rooms offer flat-screens and custom-designed beds, microwaves and minifridges. There’s also a lively English-style pub, a cocktail lounge, a gym and 2 infinity pools and a business center.

Quaaout Lodge Spa at Talking Rock Golf Resort Chase

Chase (Reasort) - Canada

Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper

Jasper (Contemporary) - Canada

The Rimrock Resort Banff

Banff (Resort) - Canada

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is a Four Diamond Hotel located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and Banff National Park. The hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, a luxury spa, along with luxurious accommodation. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience. The Rimrock Resort Hotel has something for everyone with 2 restaurants -- Primrose and Eden -- 2 lounges -- Larkspur and Divas -- and a coffee shop. The Rimrock culinary team is especially proud of Eden, 1 of only 5 Five Diamond restaurants in all of Canada.

Many Glacier Hotel Glacier National Park Babb

Glacier National Park (Traditional) - USA

Lake McDonald Lodge Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park (Traditional) - USA

Built in 1913, this classic and historic Swiss-style lodge has a picturesque location on the eastern shore of beautiful Lake McDonald. The property features multiple dining options as well as a lounge where an evening cocktail may be enjoyed. All guest rooms at Lake McDonald are rustic, yet comfortable.

The Historic Davenport Autograph Collection Spokane

Spokane (Heritage) - USA

Known as "Washington’s grandest hotel” the property features soaring architecture, award-winning amenities, rich history, and proximity to nearby Spokane attractions, The Historic Davenport Hotel has welcomed film stars, explorers, writers, politicians and other luminaries for more than 100 years. The hotel is also known for having the city’s best restaurants and lounges and also features the very popular Davenport Spa.

The Charter Hotel Seattle Curio Collection by Hilton

Seattle (Contemporary) - USA

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
10914 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 18 August, 2018

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    Trip: The itinerary was great. This was a region we had never visited before. We saw and experienced so much but never felt rushed.

    Service: This was a wonderful vacation! Lezli was a fantastic tour leader making everything run smoothly. She added history, personal experiences and great humor to each day. Greg, our bus driver delivered us safely to each destination in the beautiful coach. Gosh, that man likes to wash windows!

  • 17 August, 2018

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    Trip: We saw everything there was to see

    Service: Great trip

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    Trip: 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍

    Service: Outstanding overall trip. Loved our guide and driver. Beautiful scenery- all we expected and more

  • 17 August, 2018

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    Trip: The sights were magnificent, and the stops were exactly the places we wanted to see.

    Service: The itinerary was perfect, and the accomodations were mostly superior. The arranged meals were high quality, and the overnight train ride was special.

  • 09 August, 2018

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    Trip: One of the lodges (Many Glacier Lodge), although in a beautiful setting, was not up to par. Our tour guide could have given us more historical background and faced us while talking on the bus. She, normally, would sit in the front seat and not get up to talk to the bus. Some of the included meal choices were not as promised. We were also promised an email list of everyone that was on the tour. She guaranteed this would be done and sent to everyone, yet, we have not received anything thus far. It's been two weeks.

    Service: Steve Warren was an excellent source of information, returning all phone calls and answering all questions.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: Having never traveled to this region, we got to see and experience many beautiful treasures that we will long remember.

    Service: Insight tours are far above their competition from the roominess and cleanliness of their motor coaches to the finely tuned experiences along our journey. Every detail was taken care of so each day ran smoothly.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: It was a fantastic tour! We covered so much in those 14 days, and really did not feel rushed. It was a very good pace, with some leisure time of our own, if wanted. Or you could do some other optional excursions which were great. Our tour guide, Lezli, was so knowledgeable, gracious, and warm. She was like our mother hen, guiding her chicks along, yet giving us space. And Greg, our bus driver, did a fantastic job as well. We felt safe in his hands driving the bus and always keeping it clean as well. We also enjoyed his sense of humor.

    Service: They did a fantastic job! We did a 14 day Canadian Rockies tour. Everything was in order. Our documents came and explained everything in detail. We felt confident going into the trip that it would be good and it was better than I thought.

  • 06 August, 2018

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    Trip: We saw amazing sights and had wonderful excursions! Each day was just as spectacular as the day before!

    Service: Our tour guide was very responsive to our every need. I misplaced my purse twice--once on the bus--no big deal, and once at Many Glacier Lodge. Both times, Lezli was right on it--very helpful and she didn't make me feel at all stupid--which I was feeling!. Any questions or concerns that we had, she answered. Our bus driver, Gregg, was not only an excellent driver, but a very friendly and courteous person.

  • 03 August, 2018

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    Trip: Spectacular scenery and wonderful sites. Variety from beautiful gardens to beautiful mountains.

    Service: Definitely would recommend them. Everything went smoothly for us. Tour guide was good. Always cheerful. My husband walks slowly and she adjusted to that so we did not feel really rushed.

  • 03 August, 2018

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    Trip: Only complaint was the cramped sleeping accommodations on the overnight train.

    Service: Tour director was especially attentive to the needs of individuals.

  • 03 August, 2018

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    Trip: Itinerary is good.many glaciers hotel is poor but rustic.athabasca glacier was a disappointment. Other stops were good.

    Service: Would use again.

  • 03 August, 2018

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    Trip: We got to see everything we hoped for

    Service: Our tour guide and driver were outstanding. They were consistently concerned that we experienced all we could in comfort and with an overall pleasant day. The other people in our group were great also We would love to take a trip to Israel and to New Zealand/Figi with Insight? Any chance of that in the next couple of years? Thanks for all you do Glenn &Jill Ozaki

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