Majestic Canadian Rockies by Train, Seaplane & Ferry - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Vancouver • Quesnal • Jasper National Park • Kelowna • Victoria • Seattle
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From spirited cities to lush scenery, explore the best of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains on Majestic Canadian Rockies by Train, Seaplane & Ferry, new for 2018. From high-speed ferries to soaring seaplanes, unique modes of transportation will have you experiencing the magnificent scenery of this region like never before. Climb a glacier in the sparkling Columbia Icefield, glide over the raging Fraser River during a ride on Hell’s Gate Tram, and relax in comfort as you traverse the Rocky Mountains in a dome train car perfect for observing stunning landscapes and regional wildlife. 

We've designed this itinerary with a carefully-curated selection of sightseeing excursions, balanced by the time and flexibility to explore the natural wonders of each new destination your own way, so it's easy to bring your grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and children along for the ride. With a convenient Saturday-to-Saturday schedule and the intimate experience of small group travel, this thrilling adventure is perfect for multigenerational family groups and solo travelers alike!

Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Depart home for Vancouver

Begin your adventure through the majestic Canadian Rockies with a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Vantage representative who will assist you with your transfer to our hotel in downtown Vancouver. This evening, you’ll enjoy a Welcome Dinner back at the hotel. 

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DAY 2:

Thrills on the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Hell’s Gate Tram

As we leave Vancouver this morning, we’ll drive past popular harborside Stanley Park and stop to admire the incredible views from the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Originally built in 1889 with hemp ropes and cedar planks, today this popular landmark is a unique and thrilling way to admire the beauty of this area. From here, we head into the picturesque Canadian Rockies. Multigenerational Feature: Later, treat your family to more awe-inspiring views as you glide over the raging Fraser River during an adventurous ride on the Hell’s Gate Tram. We’ll also enjoy lunch here before continuing to the old mining town of Quesnal this evening, where we’ll check into our retro-style hotel and enjoy dinner together. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 3:

A scenic train adventure through Prince George

Multigenerational Feature: This morning finds us in Prince George, where we’ll board the VIA Rail for a scenic train adventure that harks back to the golden age of rail travel. Whether you're traveling solo or with the entire family, you'll find that dome cars allow for incredible sightseeing opportunities; keep your eyes open and cameras ready as elk, moose, bears, and other wildlife graze around you. As we head towards Jasper, watch the scene outside your window change from glistening glaciers to verdant forests to shimmering lakes and back again. We’ll arrive in Jasper, a charming alpine town nestled between snowcapped mountains, just in time for dinner on your own this evening. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

Sailing through the Athabasca Glacier by snow coach

Continuing our epic journey today, we’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, the scenic stretch that connects Banff and Jasper national parks. Along the way, soak in views of majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. Active Features: You’ll also make a number of stops for sightseeing, including at the picturesque Athabasca Falls, the awe-inspiring Glacier Skywalk, and the Columbia Icefield Centre. Later, you’ll embark on a special snow coach ride specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. This evening, we’ll arrive in Kelowna, a Canadian region known for its wine production, just in time to enjoy dinner at our hotel. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

DAY 5:

See more of Vancouver before embarking a seaplane to Victoria

After breakfast, we’ll set off for Vancouver, a bustling seaport with a thriving art and culinary scene, with a stop along the way to enjoy lunch on our own. This afternoon, see more of this energetic metropolis during a city tour before boarding a seaplane for a short but scenic flight to Victoria. Be sure to watch the waters below for whales! Active Feature: We’ll land in style right in beautiful Victoria Harbor, a marina well known for its distinctive architecture, festive street fairs, and rich history. The evening is yours to explore this quaint area or relax in the hotel’s spa. 

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DAY 6:

A walking tour of Victoria, British Columbia’s capital city

Join a walking tour of Victoria this morning, where you’ll discover this city’s historic buildings and world-famous gardens. The capital of British Columbia, Victoria enjoys a stunning mix of ocean and mountain vistas. Enjoy the balance of an afternoon at leisure to further explore Victoria’s many shops, restaurants, and museums, or perhaps visit Butchart Gardens, an enchanting year-round floral show that changes with the seasons. Tonight, we’ll regroup to reminisce about favorite moments during a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner
Optional Tour: Butchart Gardens

Butchart Gardens

  • Approximate Cost: $119 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 3 hours
  • Location: Victoria, BC
  • When: Afternoon tour
Spend the afternoon exploring one of Victoria's finest gems — world-renowned Butchart Gardens. Located on Vancouver Island, the Butchart Gardens are a National Historic Site of Canada. Truly a flora lover’s dream come true, this privately owned 55-acre display garden is located just 35 minutes north of downtown. Wander at your leisure through the Sunken Garden, the Japanese and Italian gardens, and the English Rose Garden — all linked by spacious lawns, streams, and lily ponds. Don’t miss a ride on the Rose Carousel; with its 30 hand-carved animals, it's sure to delight children (and adults!).

DAY 7:

Ferry to lively Seattle for a trek through its lively hotspots

Today we head for the energetic city of Seattle, the last leg of our North American adventure. Active Feature: We’ll depart Victoria via The Clipper, a high-speed ferry with multiple viewing decks and amenities, for a relaxing way to take in the sights. Once in Seattle, set off on a city tour, full of fabulous mountain scenery, remarkable history, and striking architecture. Along the way, we'll stop to enjoy incredible city views from one of Seattle’s many cultural gems: the top of the iconic Space Needle. After checking into the hotel this afternoon, your final evening is at leisure to enjoy Seattle on your own. 

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DAY 8:

Return home

After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, if you have purchased the post extension, you’ll remain in Seattle.

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Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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Journey Majestic Canadian Rockies by Train, Seaplane & Ferry Grand Canadian Rockies
Price without Air* $3,699 $5,690 Save $3982 per couple!
Triple & Quad Availability Enjoy family-friendly pricing for third and fourth guests in rooms on this tour – they travel from just $2,799! Children 12 and under save $500 – they travel from $5,190 Save $2,391 per guest with Vantage Multigenerational Accommodations! 
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