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First Passage to the West at Leisure with Pre-Tour Sonora Resort

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Witness nature's serene and untouched beauty with this 11-day tour that takes you to some of the most luxurious places in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

11 days    $5,163
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About the Tour

Witness nature's serene and untouched beauty with this 11-day tour that takes you to some of the most luxurious places in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

This product is also available from Calgary to Vancouver based on your travel preference.

Highlights

  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service
  • Air transportation between Vancouver International Airport and Sonora Resort
  • 10 nights hotel accommodation, including 2 all-inclusive nights at Sonora Resort
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Vancouver Lookout
  • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explore
  • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff
  • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola
  • Panoramic Helicopter Tour
  • Calgary Tower
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Lake Louise
  • Transfers between Vancouver hotel and YVR South Terminal for Sonora Resort flights
  • Luggage handling and National Park Pass
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Itinerary

  • Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival
    Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 2 - Free Day in Vancouver
    Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver, and check out Vancouver's must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park, or Granville Island, or explore the city's museums, art galleries, gardens, and varied neighborhoods. This afternoon, transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight to Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands. Upon arrival at Sonora, check into your room and then explore some of Sonora's luxurious amenities. Your accommodations at Sonora Resort include gourmet meals, liquor and wine, beer, juice and soft drinks (additional charges may apply for premium spirits and wines), as well as complimentary wireless internet and unlimited worldwide phone calls. Tonight, enjoy a delicious wine-paired dinner featuring the seasonal best of BC created by Chef Terry Pichor. Overnight at Sonora Resort. (D)
  • Day 3 - Sonora Resort Optional Activities
    After a delicious breakfast, take advantage of the wealth of included activities at Sonora Resort. Sonora's all-inclusive outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, tennis court, a putting green, fly fishing ponds (equipment supplied) and more. For guests seeking adventure beyond what's included, three optional touring activities are available at additional cost: a guided eco-tour in a Polaris vessel (a 1-hour tour of the surrounding area, learning about the history and taking in amazing views along the shoreline, including viewing wildlife and marine life in their natural environment), world-class guided salmon-fishing in 22-25' Cruiser boats, (4 hours, and includes all bait & tackle, floater suits, lifejackets, raingear and boots, fish care and boxing for transportation, and Saltwater Fishing Licensing), and in September/October, grizzly bear viewing tours up Bute Inlet (5 hours, and includes transportation and up-close viewing from one of five grizzly stands stationed on the Orford River). Overnight at Sonora Resort. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 - Free Day at Sonora Resort
    Today, get out and enjoy the amenities of the resort, or perhaps go on another optional tour. When you're ready to relax, enjoy Sonora's rooftop hot tubs, mineral pools, movie theater, 9 hole putting green, virtual golf, or saunas. Later this afternoon, bid a fond farewell to Sonora Island and fly back to Vancouver, where you will be transferred to your hotel. Overnight in Vancouver. (B, L)

    Please note: While departure from Sonora will be approximately 4:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your overnight bag will be stored upon checkout, and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the resort before your flight departs for Vancouver.

  • Day 5 - Vancouver to Kamloops
    Travel onboard 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. (B, L)
  • Day 6 - Kamloops to Lake Louise
    Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along the rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Roger's Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends this evening in the mountain hamlet of Lake Louise. Overnight in Lake Louise. (B, L)
  • Day 7 - Icefields and Glaciers Experience
    Today, enjoy a full-day tour along one of the most scenic highways in the world as you travel to Jasper National Park on the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Glacier Skywalk and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle ad one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Lunch is included at the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. Afterward, brief stops will be made at Bow and Peyto Lakes before arriving back in Lake Louise this afternoon. Overnight in Lake Louise. (L)
  • Day 8 - Lake Louise to Banff

    This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour, you will be transferred to Banff. Overnight in Banff.

    Please note: While departure from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

  • Day 9 - Free Day in Banff
    Today you will have an entire day to spend exploring Banff National Park on your own. Optional activities include soaking in the mineral pools at Upper Hot Springs, enjoying a nature walk on nearby mountain trails, visiting Banff's historic museums, cruising on Lake Minnewanka or playing a round of golf at The Fairmont Banff Springs. Overnight in Banff.
  • Day 10 - Banff to Calgary with Panoramic Helicopter Tour
    Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today's adventure, a 12-minute Panoramic Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Overnight in Calgary.
  • Day 11 - Calgary Departure
    Your Vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Accommodations

SilverLeaf Service
Hotels include the Hampton Inn, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Caribou Lodge, and Hotel Arts. Take in the awe-inspiring scenery of the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies through the panoramic windows of your custom-designed single-level dome coach.

GoldLeaf Service
Hotels include the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Palliser. Travel first-class aboard Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf Service from Seattle to Vancouver and from Vancouver into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. A custom-designed bi-level dome coach puts travelers right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies as they enjoy gourmet meals prepared by onboard chefs.

GoldLeaf Deluxe Service
Hotels include the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, and Fairmont Palliser. Spoil yourself by making your Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf rail journey through America’s Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies a deluxe one. Enjoy all of the same luxurious onboard amenities in GoldLeaf Service plus upgraded hotel accommodations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
It is your responsibility to check and fulfill the passport, visa, health and immigration requirements applicable to your itinerary. We do not accept any responsibility if you cannot travel, or incur any other loss because you have not complied with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities. You agree to reimburse us in relation to any fines or other losses which we incur as a result of your failure to comply with any passport, visa, immigration requirements or health formalities.

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Prices are correct at the time of this web page going live; however are subject to confirmation at time of booking. Prices are in USD based on a given exchange rate from 5/1/2019. Hotels & Accommodations are subject to change based on availability. Prices are land-only, per person based on double occupancy. Prices for triples and children are available upon request. Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. Taxes are not included for the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this vacation. Taxes can be up to 5% on the rail portion only. Please note all accommodations in Kamloops are of moderate standard. Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
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