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June to September 2015
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Vancouver: Don't look down as you experience the Capilano Suspension Bridge.
Fraser Canyon: Ride the thrilling Hell's Gate Air Tram.
Jasper: Join your Tour Director for an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon and cruise the lake.
Icefields Parkway: Experience Athabasca Glacier on board a specially designed Ice Explorer.
Chateau Lake Louise: Join a Heritage tour of the historic hotel followed by afternoon tea.
Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump: Join a Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains People.
Glacier National Park: Board a 'Red Jammer' for a narrated trip with stunning views. Stop and meet a ranger for a guided exploration.
Spokane: Learn about fly fishing with an experienced trout chaser followed by a delicious barbecue lunch.
Quincy: At the Cave B Estate Winery, sample the wine with a guided tour followed by lunch with the owners.
Seattle: Enjoy an Art Breakfast at Chihuly Gardens and Glass.
Vancouver: Guided tour, see the totem poles in Stanley Park.
Seattle: Sightseeing tour of the city.
Vancouver: For lunch, join a local foodie tour featuring some of the city's favourite eats.
Banff: Choose from a selection of restaurants for your Dine-Around evening.
Seattle: Head to the top of the iconic Space Needle for a Celebration Dinner to toast a wonderful vacation.
Banff: Experience country luxury at the baronial Fairmont Banff Springs Resort.
Jasper: Experience a superb lakeside location at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Your expert Insight Tour Director will smooth your way throughout your vacation. Acting as a 'travelling concierge', he or she is also an expert guide, a consummate organiser and your friend in a foreign land
The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas and WiFi is also generally available on most touring coaches.
We include Personal radio headsets - these give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights without missing any of your local expert's fascinating insights and commentaries
Insight Flourishes - from time to time, your Tour Director will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing an authentic food or beverage of the region
We'll handle your Baggage everywhere, with seamless and prompt delivery to your door at every hotel
Your Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency
Day 1 Arrive Seattle
Welcome to beautiful Seattle! On arrival, your airport transfer takes you to your tour hotel. At 6.00 pm, join your Tour Director for a Welcome Reception and an opportunity to mingle over drinks and a light meal.
Day 2 Over the Border to Vibrant Vancouver
Travel to Vancouver, one of the most eclectic cities in Canada. Upon arrival, join a local foodie tour featuring some of the city's favourite eats. Meet the food artisans, learn the cultural significance of the cuisines and taste the signature dishes. After your Highlight Lunch, embark on a guided tour of Vancouver and all its highlights. See the famous totem poles in Stanley Park and then enjoy the rest of the evening relaxing or taking in the city as you please.
Full Breakfast, Highlight Lunch
Day 3 Bridges in Vancouver
Head to the North Shore to experience the Capilano Suspension Bridges, 7 suspended footbridges 100 feet above the forest floor. View towering evergreens, gushing streams and breathe in the fresh cedar-scented rainforest air. Enjoy dinner with your travelling companions at a local restaurant.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Fraser Canyon, Hell's Gate and Sun Peaks
Bid farewell to Vancouver and travel to Fraser Canyon to experience the thrilling Hell's Gate Air Tram. One of the only descending gondolas in North America, the aerial tram gives you a birds' eye view of this historic landmark where 200 million gallons of water thunder through the 108 foot-wide passage each minute. With your feet back on solid ground, depart for the alpine ski resort of Sun Peaks.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 The Alpine Wonderland of Jasper National Park
Travel to Jasper National Park, an alpine wonderland of immense forests, jewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows, and majestic mountains. Arrive at your hotel, the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
Day 6 Exploring Jasper National Park
Join your Tour Director for an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Embark on a cruise on the serene waters of Maligne Lake. Enjoy some time to explore Jasper on your own before returning to the hotel for dinner with a presentation about the history of the area.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7 Icefields, Glaciers and Lakes to Banff National Park
Get ready for a scenic symphony of glistening glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls as you follow the majestic Icefields Parkway - simply one of the world's most stunning mountain drives. At the Icefield Visitor Center, embark on a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. Led by an expert driver-guide, step out onto the frosty flow, formed centuries ago. After your icy adventure, warm up at sumptuous Chateau Lake Louise, where a delightful experience awaits - a Heritage tour of this historic hotel, followed by afternoon tea in one of the resort's charming venues. Continue to Banff, your home for the next two nights.
Day 8 Enjoying the Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park
Enjoy the full day exploring the wonders of Banff as you wish. Choose from several optional experiences including a helicopter flight in Canmore, or ride the Banff Gondola. For dinner tonight, choose from three local eateries.
Full Breakfast, Dine Around
Day 9 Hunting Buffalo on the way to Waterton Lakes
After breakfast, depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to discover how the indigenous people used this 36-foot high cliff to hunt stampeding herds of bison. Join a local Blackfoot elder and hear fascinating stories about the Plains people long ago. Continue to Waterton Lakes National Park where windswept mountains rise abruptly from gentle prairie grassland. The evening is at leisure; relax at the hotel or join an optional Waterton Lake Cruise.
Day 10 Going-to-the-Sun and the Glacier National Park
Get ready for a one-of-a-kind experience as you cross the US border into the rugged beauty of the mountainous, lake-filled, Glacier National Park. Board the historic Red Buses for a journey along the Going-to-the-Sun Road - an engineering marvel running through the park's wild interior. During your narrated trip, marvel at the stunning views from Logan Pass, before disembarking at Lake MacDonald where you meet a ranger for a more intimate look at the environment. A fine dinner is served at the hotel this evening.
Full Breakfast, Dinner
Day 11 A Fishy Tale to Spokane
Outdoor enthusiasts are in for a treat today as you learn about the enigmatic art of fly fishing! As well as getting to know your tackle, knots and basic casts from an experienced trout chaser, this experience also includes an outdoor barbecue lunch. Stay in Spokane this evening.
Full Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12 Wonderful Wines en route to Seattle
On through the wide endless horizons of Washington State this morning, before visiting the cellar doors of Cave B Estate. Meet the owners for a guided tour of this award-winning boutique winery and explore the nuances of their fine wine selection with some tastings. Learn also how these excellent wines combine with food over a delicious lunch Then it's on to Seattle for an evening at leisure.
Full Breakfast, Lunch
Day 13 The Soaring Sights of Seattle
Start the day with breakfast among the intricate glass sculptures of Chihuly Garden and Glass. Experience jaw-dropping rooms of colour, from the Persian ceilings to the glass filled boats and outdoor garden bursting with blooms and baubles. Afterwards, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Seattle seeing all the major sights. The afternoon is at leisure before this evening's Celebration Dinner at the top of the iconic Space Needle toasting a wonderful vacation.
Full Breakfast, Celebration Dinner
Day 14 Depart Seattle
Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.
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The majority of Insight hotels have free WiFi access in lobby or bedroom areas
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The accommodation on this tour, as with all Insight Vacations tours is of a very high standard, ranging from four star to de-luxe hotels in great locations. Accommodation where appropriate is within the National parks. You won't be disappointed !
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