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Duration: 14 days Visiting: Canada
Take in the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savour delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska.
On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.
Victoria - Putting the British into British Columbia.
This morning, experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour will introduce you to the city's highlights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront.
Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant and gain access to the stunning grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. Why not head to Royal British Columbia Museum or explore downtown Victoria and take a stroll along the beautiful inner harbor.
The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.
Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. If you've enjoyed this years' Winter Olympics, why not learn more in Whistler, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics? Explore Whistler and learn about its ascendancy onto the world stage. Dine at the AAA rated four-diamond restaurant SIDECUT for a Highlight Dinner of featuring a modern take on traditional steakhouse fare.Rest up at the Four Seasons Resort, Whistler, a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.
First Nations Culture and History.
In the morning, a First Nations Ambassador welcomes you at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the native peoples’ art, history and culture. Once here, you'll learn about traditional teas important to the region, before taking part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Why not take an easy nature walk around Lost Lake or head to Whistler Museum, where you can find out about Whistler's early settlers?
The Napa Valley of the North.
Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region. Known for producing some of the best wines in the world, this fertile land holds the majority of vineyard acreage in the province and is home to both boutique vineyards and larger distinguished operations. Savour a delicious Dinner with wine at your luxury hotel, prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley.
Canada's Exquisite National Parks.
Journey through four of Canada's most breath-taking National Parks – Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff – with informative talks on the distinguishing highlights of each park. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Famed for its vibrant colour, this iconic beauty spot offers an idyllic photo opportunity. In the afternoon, enjoy an engaging nature talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake, before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues, including contemporary Canadian cuisine at the Fairview or Italian dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.
The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.
This morning, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or visit Whyte Museum. Later, join a private meet-and-greet with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform, before having the opportunity to ask questions and have your picture taken with the Mountie. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel, with each taking pride in sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and artisans. Get some royal shut eye at The Fairmont Banff Springs, otherwise known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’.
Banff Sights at Leisure.
Enjoy a full day at leisure to take in the wonders of Banff at your own pace. Your Traveling Concierge is on hand to assist with local recommendations.
Along the Icefields Parkway.
Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. At the Icefields Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. With your expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores on the hotel's magnificent grounds.
Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake.
In the morning, embark on a narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies, before joining your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park as you join a Local Expert on an afternoon scenic float trip (waiver required) down the Athabasca River.
Mount Robson and Sun Peaks.
If you choose, board the optional Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service to relive the golden age of rail travel on your way to Vancouver with an overnight stay in Kamloops. Alternatively, journey west by luxury coach and arrive at Mount Robson, the Canadian Rockies’ tallest peak, before descending through the Columbia Mountains, arriving in Sun Peaks.
Vancouver, the Most Livable City.
History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day yours to explore Vancouver. A haven for sports enthusiasts and keen history buffs alike, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy.
It's time to say goodbye to your fellow travelers. Your included transfer to Vancouver International Airport arrives at 15:00. Guests extending their stay may do so at the luxurious Four Seasons in Vancouver.
Vancouver (Contemporary) - Canada
Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.
Victoria (Traditional) - Canada
The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria’s downtown.
Whislter (Contemporary) - Canada
The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.
Kelowna (Contemporary) - Canada
Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline.
Lake Louise (Heritage) - Canada
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Banff (Heritage) - Canada
Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.
Jasper (Traditional) - Canada
Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.
Sun Peaks (Traditional) - Canada
An internationally renowned year-round destination resort offering luxury in the heart of Sun Peaks.
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1015 independent user reviews received during the past year.
06 October, 2018
Trip: If it was possible I would give the itinerary 3 1/2 stars owing to the following :The first half of the trip was reasonably well paced allowing for relaxed starts and free days and 2 night stops. Though it would much better if a 2 night stay at Lake Louise was possible. We arrived late afternoon and left early morning hardly having time to walk the lake. Quite disappointing...... The seconded half of the trip we felt was more rushed with a number of early starts in a row. Please look at making this tour as few 1 night stops as possible and in particular reduce the early starts. We are in our late 50's and fit and found it tiring, many other travellers were in their 70's and a number mentioned how tiring the trip became and doubted they would do another bus tour. Guests book luxury gold in the hope it slower and a luxury experience and have paid as such. The tour went to some lovely places but please allow time for us to enjoy them slow down the pace - particularly given the price of Luxury gold.
Service: We were very happy with our tour guide Nancy and with our drive Martin. Both are very professional and did everything they could to make our trip enjoyable. Nancy has a wealth of knowledge giving us interesting information along the way.
05 October, 2018
Trip: Couldn’t fault it. Beautiful locations and hotels. Comfortable coach. Never in it for too long.
Service: Everything was done well
27 September, 2018
Trip: well put together would recomend it
Service: couldnt have been better
26 September, 2018
Trip: See previous, ie. the above.
Service: The tour guide AND the driver were a great team, both contributing to the commentary without trying to upstage the other or take the micky. Both demonstrating a level of courtesy exceeding our experience on previous tours. The only thing that may have the improved the experience, could be less or no one night stops. It is appreciated however that this would likely be impractical.
25 September, 2018
Trip: It was great because we visited so many different places in 2 weeks. A great variety. We also appreciated that there was plenty of "on our own time" so we could see other things we wanted to explore.
Service: Our Travel Concierge, Nancy Wanstaller, was exceptional! She took care of each and everyone of us on our tour, Majesty of the Rockies. As I told her, she and our driver, Martin, raised the bar so high as to exceed any expectations we might have had. Will be difficult for any other trip to meet that high bar!!
25 September, 2018
Trip: This was a great itinerary, We saw all the highlights of the area (although the smoke made the first few days difficult) . Time spent on Vancouver Island was good .
Service: Apart from not receiving our documents till after we had left for our trip everything else worked exceptionally well. From the time we landed in Vancouver we were met and taken hassle free to our hotel, checked in and then went to meet our TC We had the most awesomeTour Concierge Nancy Wanstall. She made our trip more than we could have hoped for. Her enthusiasm professionalism and her amazing sense of humour had everyone on the coach totally united within two days. Our bus driver Marten ?? was amazing, we had complete trust in his ability as a driver and he and Nancy were a great team. Entertained us at each stop. Lovely. Hotels were of a good standard and everything went like clockwork, much because Nancy informed us all the time of where to be and what time. etc. The coach was super comfortable with the most leg room of any bus we have ever been on. Hopefully all your tours have these buses. All in all this was an amazing two weeks spent in a beautiful country Canada and many new friends were made along the way. Thankyou Nancy and Insight. !!!
25 September, 2018
Trip: Ditto previous comments ..
Service: Very good tour , great sites , great food and great tour director and coach driver
21 September, 2018
Trip: The itinerary was well thought out...... with the sea and the mountains ....
Service: As usual this was spot on. The customer service is not a right term... it should be Customer Experience ..... and the experience was fantastic
14 September, 2018
Trip: On the whole this trip was terrific. However, the opening meal was NOT preceded by a cocktail hour and the meal was served at a single long table. It made it VERY difficult to mix and meet with the other participants. Every other tour we have gone on has had a cocktail hour and that really helps to get people to know each other. Also, I would have preferred extra time in Lake Louise and less in Banff. Although the hotel in Banff is spectacular, the rooms and particularly the bathrooms are small and other than shopping, I didn't get that there was much to do in Banff. I loved having a day off there to rest, but I would have been just as happy with a day trip from Lake Louise to Banff. The bus was great. Since my husband is 6 foot 3 and I am tall as well, we really love the legroom that Insight gives us. I was amazed that we never tired of looking out the window at scenery that was so beautiful. Our kids said that our pictures looked like postcards.
Service: The itinerary was well planned and carried out smoothly. The guide was well versed in the information of the area. Hotels and meals were exceptional. The down day in Banff was a perfect break.
13 September, 2018
Trip: All of the areas visited were different and interesting.
Service: Everything was done extremely well (ie hotel rooms,food,travel,both bus & train).
12 September, 2018
Trip: Beautiful scenery, interesting history.
Service: Oh, yes. Everything was just as promised in the brochure. Our rooms were fabulous, the food was delightful, and the scenery was beautiful. Our bus was comfortable and clean and the driver extremely courteous. Our trip concierge, Keith, provided snacks, entertaining stories, and interesting history. He helped find lost articles and took care of our every need. Thanks again for a wonderful, fun-filled two weeks.
11 September, 2018
Trip: Loved the itinerary! This was a splurge for us, and we especially loved the Four Seasons, the Fairmonts in Lake Louise and Banff, and the spectacular scenery. Our room in Jasper was disappointing, however. The lodge was lovely, though. All the buffet breakfasts were outstanding except in Kelowna. They struggled to keep the buffet stocked, and it was skimpy. Our tour guide and bus driver were fantastic. Suggestion: Make more of the activities optional regarding payment. My husband became very ill and had to miss several activities that we had pre-paid for. I missed the float trip to check on him.
Service: Very organized; good information package; excellent itinerary