Included in the Tour:
Pricing (subject to change after 11/26/19)
$5,395 per person (double)
$6,895 per person (single)
HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE... British Columbia, Vancouver, Victoria, VIA Rail, Jasper, Athabasca Glacier, Choice of Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk, Banff
Gold Key Travel, Ltd.
~In partnership with the Longmont Senior Center~
June 3 - 10, 2020
Day by Day Itinerary
Day 1: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins
Join us for a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies.Your adventure opens in Vancouver. Mingle with your fellow travelers during your welcome dinner this evening. (D)
Day 2: Thursday, June 4, 2020 - Vancouver - Victoria
A scenic ferry crossing transports you to Vancouver Island to visit the incomparable and lovely Butchart Gardens. Set on over 55 acres, Butchart Gardens are among the world's most beautiful and are a veritable explosion of color and fragrances. Then, take a short sightseeing tour of the "City of Gardens," Victoria, and enjoy leisure time to explore this charming, seaside city. This evening you will journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride. (B)
Day 3: Friday, June 5, 2020 - Vancouver VIA Rail
A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. Later, board VIA Rail’s The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations. (B, D)
Day 4: Saturday, June 6, 2020 - VIA Rail - Jasper, Alberta
Your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mt. Cheadle. Relax in the dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mt. Robson – the highest peak of the Rockies! Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway. (B, L)
Day 5: Sunday, June 7, 2020 - Jasper
This morning we travel to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, and enjoy breakfast against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area’s most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with time to independently explore this lovely town. (B)
Day 6: Monday, June 8, 2020 - Icefields Parkway - Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk - Banff
Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway! Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas – so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Then, it’s your choice! Stop at the Athabasca Glacier and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick – the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle -OR- take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake – a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity. Arrive in Banff National Park and enjoy a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos – known as the “Land of the Sleeping Giants.” (B, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - Banff - Lake Louise - Banff
En route to Lake Louise, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning alpine scenery. Arrive at the incomparable Chateau Lake Louise and visit the shores of its famous turquoise blue lake. You may choose to hike along the lakeshore or simply relax in the majesty of your surroundings. Then travel through Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho National Park, crossing the Continental Divide prior to returning to Banff. Tonight, join in a farewell dinner celebrating the end of a memorable trip. (B, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - Banff - Calgary - Tour Ends
Your tour comes to a close today, leaving you with many pleasant memories of your outstanding journey. Transfer from Banff to Calgary for your flight back home. (B)
Deposit: $885 (includes travel insurance)
Final Payment: Due by March, 25, 2020
*Train schedule and sightseeing while on VIA Rail is subject to change. An overnight bag is necessary for your train experience aboard VIA Rail.
**This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, particularly over uneven grounds and cobblestone streets.
***We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. Travel protection plans can include coverage for Trip Cancellation, Trip Interruption, Emergency Medical and Emergency Evacuation/Repatriation, Trip Delay, Baggage Delay and more.