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British Columbia travel for yourself in 2009!

 

Experience all the delights of the Canadian Rockies &

British Columbia travel for yourself in 2009!

 
 
Tauck Partners’ Savings – Deduct $220 per person on all departures! Certain restrictions apply; ask at booking for details. A comprehensive Alberta and British Columbia travel adventure combines the rugged beauty of the Canadian Rockies with the charms of the far west of Canada. Explore the Pacific coastal cities of Victoria and Vancouver before setting off across British Columbia for the adventures that await you in Canada’s majestic mountains; visit The Butchart Gardens and a new First Nations cultural complex. Stay in world-famous Fairmont hotels and resorts in Canada’s western cities and finest national parks, and see nature’s wonders as an insider. Enjoy a scenic rail journey aboard the Whistler Mountaineer, jet boat along freshwater rivers, and climb up the surface of a mighty glacier aboard an Ice Explorer – just a few highlights of your Rockies and British Columbia travel experience operating round-trip from Seattle
 
 

2009 Itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to the Emerald City
Your Pacific Northwest / Canadian Rockies / British Columbia travel adventure begins: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel at 3:00 PM. A transfer is included upon arrival at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in the heart of Seattle, dubbed the Emerald City. We invite you to meet your fellow travelers and enjoy a different view of the city this evening during a reception and dinner cruise on Lake Washington and Lake Union.
Meals: Dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel, Seattle, WA

Day 2 – British Columbia beckons
Travel by boat across Puget Sound to Washington’s scenic Olympic Peninsula for lunch. Continue on by ferry to Vancouver Island and the lovely city of Victoria, British Columbia’s provincial capital, for a two-night stay at a grand landmark Fairmont hotel on Victoria’s Inner Harbor.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, BC

Day 3 – The Butchart Gardens in bloom
Fifty-five acres of stunning floral displays await your exploration on a visit to the world-famous themed gardens that comprise The Butchart Gardens. Later, explore the delights of Victoria, a bit of Britain on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, including a Tauck exclusive – an “insider’s walk” through your historic hotel with a guide dressed in period attire, a highlight of your British Columbia travel.
Meals: Breakfast
Lodging: The Fairmont Empress, Victoria, BC

Day 4 – Vancouver visions
Between Vancouver Island and the city of Vancouver lie the beautiful Gulf Islands. Ferry among them on your way to one of Canada’s most breathtaking cities. See Vancouver’s Prospect Point, Stanley Park and historic Gastown as you enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan ambiance on a sightseeing tour; rest of the day is at leisure.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch
Lodging: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC

Day 5 – Ride the rails to Whistler & discover First Nations culture
Tauck takes pride in providing special experiences that other British Columbia travel adventures may not. Board the Whistler Mountaineer today for a wonderful rail journey along the Sea to Sky corridor’s spectacular scenery to Whistler, Canada’s renowned year-round resort area. Then learn about the traditions of local First Nations peoples on a visit to the Squamish and Lil’wat Cultural Center. Schedule permitting, you’ll have a chance to explore wonderful Whistler “peak-to-peak” aboard a gondola.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Chateau Whistler, Whistler, BC

Day 6 – British Columbia’s high desert country
Experience another side of western Canada as you traverse the fertile Pemberton Valley and enter the high-desert interior of British Columbia. Arrive in the quaint community of Blue River, surrounded by glacier-fed lakes, pristine forests and majestic mountain peaks, for a one-night stay in a hand-crafted log cabin at a rustic mountain resort.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: Mike Wiegele’s Helicopter Skiing Resort, Blue River, BC

Day 7 – Scenic wonders of Western Canada by jet boat
A jet boating adventure* should be a part of all British Columbia travel, and Tauck is pleased to include just such an exciting experience through the hidden scenery of British Columbia for your enjoyment today. Then, journey through the Yellowhead Pass to Canada’s highest mountain, lofty Mount Robson, and onward to a two-night stay in Jasper National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, AB

Day 8 –Sample the joys of Jasper National Park
Enjoy a day at your leisure to take advantage of the many optional activities available to you in this lovely wilderness park. Available options (at additional cost) range from golf to guided nature walks to white water rafting on the Athabasca River to the soothing services of the Lodge’s spa.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper National Park, AB

Day 9 – Incredible Icefields Parkway
Your British Columbia travel takes you along the scenic Icefields Parkway, where you have a treat in store. After journeying among waterfalls, hanging glaciers and snow-capped mountains, savor the unique thrill of climbing along the Athabasca Glacier in an Ice Explorer. Your accommodations at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be the perfect end to a wonderful day.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Banff National Park, AB

Day 10 – Lovely Lake Louise and more of Banff National Park
Drink in the views of one of Canada’s most beautiful lakes and the spectacular scenery surrounding its sparkling waters before setting off to explore another part of Banff National Park. You’ll enjoy a two-night stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs, truly one of British Columbia’s legendary hotels.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park, AB

Day 11 – The Beauty of Banff
The day is yours to enjoy in Banff National Park as you please. Your hotel offers a wide range of optional activities (available at additional cost) to enhance the pleasure of your stay in this special place. You may want to reserve the optional services of the renowned Willow Stream Spa, explore the charming village of Banff on your own, or visit Banff’s museums with Tauck’s included Heritage Pass. End your delightful day in Banff by joining us for a farewell reception and dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Lodging: The Fairmont Banff Springs, Banff National Park, AB

Day 12 – Journey Home
Travel from Banff National Park to Calgary, approximately 80 miles. Tour ends: Calgary International Airport at 10:00 a.m. Passengers on flights traveling directly to the United States will clear US Customs at Calgary. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check-in.
Meals: Breakfast

* For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.

Experience all the delights of the Canadian Rockies &

British Columbia travel for yourself in 2009!

 

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