AVUR ULTIMATE WESTERN CANADA & ROCKIES TOUR

Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Jasper, Lake Louise & Banff

AVUR ULTIMATE WESTERN CANADA & ROCKIES TOUR
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Vancouver City Tour & Stanley Park; Mount Robson Visitor Centre; Jasper SkyTram & Maligne Canyon; Maligne Lake; Icefields Parkway; Columbia Icefields with Ice Explorer Ride; Lake Louise; Yoho National Park; Banff Gondola; Butchart Gardens; Spectacular Heli Tour

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Dates & Prices


Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to the entries under the blue box below.


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How do I make a reservation? How and when do I pay?

The easiest way to make a reservation is to contact us by telephone. You can also book online through our website.

A non-refundable $500 deposit is payable at the time of booking; if a reservation is made within 60 days, full payment is required. Some trips require a larger deposit. If international airline bookings require a non-refundable payment in order to secure space or the lowest available fare, we will require an increase in deposit equal to the cost of the ticket(s).

Early enrolment is always encouraged as group size is limited and some trips require greater preparation time.

Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your space and send you a confirmation package containing your trip itinerary, any visa/travel permit related documents, invoice, clothing and equipment recommendations, general information on your destination(s), and forms for you to complete, sign and return to us. Your air e-tickets (if applicable), final hotel list, final trip itinerary, and instructions on how to join your tour, will be sent approximately 2-3 weeks prior to departure.

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What about cancellations, refunds, and transfers?

Should you need to cancel your trip, you must notify us in writing (e-mail preferred) immediately. Deposits are non-refundable, though if you cancel more than 90 days prior to tour departure date, the deposit is transferable to any other tour taken within 12 months of the original tour start date, minus a per person transfer fee (some tours have a 100% nonrefundable/ nontransferable deposit; you will be informed of this at the time of booking). Less than 90 days prior to departure, all monies paid are 100% non-refundable, nontransferable. Name changes are not permitted. We will not grant partial refunds for any unused trip arrangements—voluntarily missed meals, sightseeing, transport, etc—after the trip has commenced, or any refunds to trip members who do not complete any portion of the itinerary for whatever reason. All air tickets are non-refundable and valid only for the flight(s) indicated.

We may cancel departures if forced to do so by unforeseen circumstances such as war, civil unrest, disease outbreaks, catastrophic events such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions, etc -- things beyond our control that are commonly referred to as “force majeure.” In these instances we will offer 100% credits for all deposits if cancellation takes place more than 60 days prior to tour start date. Such credits can be applied to any future scheduled or custom tour (time limits may apply).

If cancellation occurs within the 60 day period, we will offer to postpone your trip to another departure of the same tour code within 12 months of the original tour start date and your full payment on the postponed tour will remain non-refundable; or, if circumstances do not permit at that time, an alternative will be offered.

Regardless of the timing of cancellation (outside or inside 60 days), we will not be responsible for costs associated with re-issuance or extension of visas, airline policies pertaining to cancellation/change fees, any trip component/s that may be non-refundable from our suppliers, or for any compensation. We strongly recommend that all travellers purchase trip cancellation insurance, either through Adventures Abroad or elsewhere, as this may provide coverage for the above listed circumstances and other perils.

If we cancel your tour due to insufficient enrolment, we will endeavour to find an alternative tour for you, either the same tour on a different date or another tour of your choice. If this is not acceptable, all monies paid will be refunded in full and will constitute full settlement. We will not be responsible for any expenses incurred, such as visas, vaccinations, independently purchase airfare, or any compensation. Notice of cancellation due to insufficient enrolment in any program will be given no later than 60 days prior to trip start date.

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Do you have a shared accommodation program?

Yes! Most tours have a single-share program in which we match you with another single traveller of the same gender. If we are unable to pair you, we will usually absorb the cost of a single room. On some tours a "forced single" will apply; please enquire at time of booking. You will normally be informed of this charge 60 days prior to departure; however, we reserve the right to charge this fee up to your departure and, in rare cases, once you have departed. Upgrading to single room once the tour has begun is subject to availability in each overnight point, and payment must be made immediately to our office or locally to the Tour Leader. If you want to guarantee your own room, a single supplement applies. Payment of single supplement does not, however, guarantee that you will receive a twin size, twin-bedded room.

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I am a single who prefers my own room. What is a single supplement?

All of our tours have a single supplement for those who want to be guaranteed their own room at each location.

This supplement is a reflection of the fact that most hotels around the world do not discount the regular twin-share rate for a room by 50% for only one person occupying a room. Most hotels will give a break on the price, but usually in the range of 25-30% of the twin-share rate. This difference, multiplied by each night, amounts to the single supplement.

The conventional amount can also vary from country to country and some destinations are more expensive than others for single occupancy. In order to be "single friendly," the supplements we apply are not a profit centre for us and we do our best to keep them as reasonable as possible.

On most tours we limit the number of singles available, not to be punitive, but rather because many hotels allow for only a limited number of singles; some smaller hotels at remote locations also have a limited number of single rooms available.

Please note that most single rooms around the world are smaller than twin-share rooms and will likely have only one bed.

Select a date below to reserve your spot:

Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sat 10 Jul 2021Wed 21 Jul 2021 $5460 USD
Sat 04 Sep 2021Wed 15 Sep 2021 $5460 USD
Sat 09 Jul 2022Wed 20 Jul 2022 $5460 USD
Sat 03 Sep 2022Wed 14 Sep 2022 $5460 USD

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price. These amounts will be listed separately on your invoice.

Optional Single Supplement: $1797 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $898 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.


Tour Overview


Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada


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What is the maximum number of participants on a trip?

Most of our tours carry a maximum of 18 participants; some tours (ie hiking tours) top out at 16. In the event that we do not achieve our minimum complement by our 60-day deadline, we may offer group members the option of paying a "small-group surcharge" as an alternative to cancellation. If all group members agree, we will confirm the trip at existing numbers; this surcharge is refundable in the event that we ultimately achieve our regular minimum. If the small group surcharge is not accepted, we will offer a refund of your deposit or a different trip of your choice.

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Can I extend my tour either at the beginning or end? What about stopovers?

Yes, you can extend your tour either at the beginning or the end and we can book accommodation in our tour hotel. Stopovers are often permitted, depending on air routing. Stopovers usually carry a "stopover" fee levied by the airline.

Full Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver!

A vibrant metropolitan city, Vancouver is nestled between the majestic Coast Mountains, the rugged Pacific coastline, and surrounded by a pristine wilderness of temperate rainforest, lakes, valleys and peaks. Its location and cosmopolitan culture makes Vancouver one of the most beautiful as well as highly live-able cities of the world. Its equitable climate and variety of indoor and outdoor attractions makes Vancouver a year-round sought after travel destination.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Vancouver: City Touring
Vancouver truly is one of the most captivating cities in Canada, and on our city tour today we will discover why Vancouver is considered by many to be one of the most interesting cities in North America. Our tour will takes us through Stanley Park. As Vancouver's first park, with its ever-blooming gardens, pristine coastal areas and roughly 500,000 cedar, fir and hemlock trees, Stanley Park has continued to live up to its "greenspace" designation for almost 130 years.

We will also see Vancouver’s Chinatown – a part of the city that has been humming busily for more than a century with vivid colours, exotic cuisine and a vibrant culture. Vancouver’s Chinese population originally made the journey to work in local mines and build the Trans-Canada railway. Rich in history and architecture, this area east of downtown boasts North America's third-largest Chinatown after New York and San Francisco. Gastown, past English Bay as well as some prestigious residential areas of the city. Nearby is Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood. Gastown grew from a single tavern founded by John ‘Gassy Jack’ Deighton back in 1867, and today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit.

This afternoon we will experience the natural wonder of British Columbia's Pacific coastal rainforest and the thrill of standing 150 meters (450 ft) above the Capilano River at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3 Vancouver - Ferry to Victoria
This morning we will enjoy a spectacular ferry trip across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island.

Taking a ride on a BC Ferry is part of the whole Vancouver Island experience, and this beautiful inland sea is 220 km (135 miles) long and at its narrowest point, about 25 km (15 miles) wide. The larger BC ferries between the mainland and Vancouver Island are state of the art outfitted with gift shops, restaurants, multiple decks, coffee shops, lounges, wi-fi, and observation decks. The route takes us past some of the many Gulf Islands scattered over this part of Pacific. Along the journey we will witness the sleepy charm and slow pace of life on these small islands that makes them so attractive to the residents who choose to live here.

Once on Vancouver Island our first stop will be at the world-famous Butchart Gardens. These gardens have been designated a National Historic Site of Canada, and we will have plenty of time to soak in the delightful ambience amongst these 55 acres of floral display and photo opportunities. We then drive to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia and a city tied closely to both land and sea. We will wander the quaint downtown core with its British colonial architecture, heritage buildings, and stunning gardens.

Overnight in Victoria.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Victoria - Ferry to Vancouver
Today we drive north along the eastern shores of Vancouver Island and head over the Malahat Pass. We will be treated to exceptional views of Discovery Passage as we take the ferry back to the mainland. This time we will cruise through the Gulf Islands to Horseshoe Bay. There are over 25 different ferry routes throughout the west coast of BC, and along these routes one can access over 45 different ports of call. Today’s crossing will take about 2 hours.

From Horsehoe Bay it is a short and scenic drive back to Vancouver where you will have some free time to explore the city on your own this afternoon.

Overnight in Vancouver.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 5 Vancouver - Whistler
This morning we will drive from Vancouver to Whistler along the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway. With the ocean to our left and the steep mountains on our right we soak in the endless vistas.

Along our route we will pass by Britannia Beach, once home to the largest copper producing mine in the British Commonwealth. We will continue just north of Britannia Beach and soon arrive at the Sea to Sky Gondola, where we will enjoy a ride on the gondola, one of British Columbia's newest attractions, taking us steeply up alpine slopes with views of 2600 meter high snow-capped peaks on one side and the glacier cut fjord of Howe Sound on the other. At the top we will enjoy sweeping views of Howe Sound, and walk the many viewing platforms.

After our time here we will continue towards Whistler and make a short stop at the 3rd highest waterfalls in British Columbia, at Shannon Falls. From here we pass by Squamish. Billed as the “Outdoor Recreation Capital of Canada,” this is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. A paradise for mountain bikers, windsurfers and hikers. We end the day with a walking tour of Whistler village built in an alpine style. Time=permitting we will visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre to discover the fascinating history of the Squamish and Lil'Wat indigenous people of the area.

Overnight in Whistler.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Whistler - Kelowna
Today we travel through some spectacular mountain landscape of the Coast Range along the scenic Duffy Lake Road into the rugged British Columbia interior. Our destination today is Kelowna, known for beautiful lakes and world renowned for the wines produced in the area.

There’s no shortage of incredible views, wildlife and adventure when taking a road trip like this through BC. Today’s route takes us through the gorgeous interior of BC and offers endless photo opportunities featuring breathtaking scenery. Our route takes us past Lillooet, home to BC’s newest wine region with their first winery opening in 2011. The town is situated along the Fraser River, and its varied terrain makes it a perfect area for outdoor activities such as biking, fishing, hiking and canoeing.

Today we also pass through Merritt, the gem of the Nicola Valley and the “Country Music Capital of Canada”. Located in ‘Gold Country’ in the Thompson-Okanagan region of British Columbia. The Nicola Valley is hiking country, with its rolling hills, mountain meadows, endless trails, and breathtaking beauty.

At the end of our route we arrive in Kelowna, the true gateway to the Okanagan Valley. Located on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Kelowna is surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains.

Overnight in Kelowna.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Kelowna - Jasper
Today’s route is a must for all travellers, taking us into the heart of the great Canadian Rockies and ending in the town of Jasper.

A highlight of our jouney today is a river safari ride through Grizzly Bear Valley, right in the heart of the world's only inland temperate rainforest. We will hope to see bears and wildlife in their natural environment, without the constraints of gates and cages, from the safety of a boat mid river, presenting the best opportunities for the perfect photograph. As we travel through glacier-fed rivers and lakes seemingly going where no boat has gone before, you are sure to bear witness to a variety of wildlife seen on the riverbanks.

Today's journey ends the quaint mountain town of Jasper located at the heart of Jasper National Park. This is the commercial centre of the region, set amidst the snow-capped Canadian Rockies with glacier-fed lakes, forests and rivers. The park’s shimmering glaciers, abundant wildlife, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls, deep canyons and evergreen forest — all surrounded by towering mountains — are some of the reasons the park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight in Jasper.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8 Jasper: Area Touring
We start our day by boarding the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada! Prepare to be amazed as you gain a brand new perspective of Jasper’s stunning beauty. Our seven minute ‘flight’ aboard the Jasper Skytram takes us to an altitude of 2263 metres and into a whole new world.

A full day of sightseeing follows including a gentle walk down Maligne Canyon to see how the water has carved spectacular crevices out of the mountain. A short drive then takes us to Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains and perhaps one of the world's most photographed and iconic natural beauty spots.

This evening we enjoy a float down the Athabasca River to wrap up a day in a place of stunning natural beauty. The specially designed oar powered rafts offer a safe and comfortable ride. Don’t worry, the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyote, wolf, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears.
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The Athabasca River begins at the Columbia Glacier in Jasper National Park (headwaters) and travels about 1500 km northeast across Alberta and drains into Lake Athabasca in the north-east. Lake Athabasca flows into the Slave River and joins the McKenzie River, which eventually flows to the Arctic Ocean, travelling over 1230 km from start to glacier to mouth.

Overnight in Jasper.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9 Jasper - Lake Louise
Today we continue to travel through the heart of the Canadian Rockies as we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous. We will see the powerful Athabasca Falls before arriving at the famous Columbia Icefields whose waters feed three oceans. Here we will visit the Interpretive Centre before we have the experience of a lifetime -- a ride on the Ice Explorer vehicle for a close up look at the Athabasca Glacier.

A short distance later at ‘The Crossing’, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains.

At the summit of Bow Pass, we do a quick side tour to see the turquoise blue waters of Peyto Lake and the beauty of the Mistaya River Valley below before arriving at the charming town of Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering mountain peaks.

Overnight at Lake Louise.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10 Lake Louise - Banff
This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, deer and bear, are common! We will stop at Johnston Canyon for a walk through the deep rugged canyon with several waterfalls. We then cross the Continental Divide to the western slopes of the Rocky Mountain range into Yoho National Park in British Columbia. The awe inspiring Takakkaw Falls and Emerald Lake, filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald, are next on our itinerary for today.

We end the day in world famous Banff, at the centre of Canada's very first National Park.

Overnight in Banff (dinner on your own this evening).

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 Banff: Area Touring
We start the day with a Banff sightseeing tour, including stops at Cascade Gardens and scenic Bow Falls, before riding the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for unparalleled view of the Rockies and the valley below. We also visit the Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew the first visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.

Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner to round off our experience through one of the most rugged and scenic parts of the world.

Overnight in Banff.

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12 Banff - Calgary - Depart
Transfer to Calgary (+/- 2 hours) for your journey home.

Please do not schedule flights departing before 4:00pm.

FOND FAREWELL!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map


*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Hampton Inn Vancouver

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Vancouver
Country: Canada

This modern hotel is a 5-minute walk from the Stadium-Chinatown SkyTrain station and a 15-minute walk from False Creek. Rooms
... free Wi-Fi, desks and flat-screen TVs, plus coffeemakers, minifridges and microwaves. Amenities include free breakfast, a fitness room, rooftop sauna and whirlpool.
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Royal Scot Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Victoria
Country: Canada

A 4-minute walk from the Black Ball Ferry Line, this traditional hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Royal British
... Museum.
Classic rooms offer flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and coffeemakers.
Amenities include an indoor pool and a hot tub, plus a sauna and an exercise room.

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Chateau Jasper

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Jasper
Country: Canada

The Chateau Jasper is a warm and inviting hotel that offers a relaxing stay for all guests


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Lake Louise Inn

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Lake Louise
Country: Canada

A resort for all seasons, the Lake Louise Inn features a wide variety of hotel rooms, suites and condos set
... a spectacular wooded setting with stunning views of the Canadian Rockies. Come and enjoy a great location near Lake Louise Village and the Lake Louise Ski Resort and experience the best of Banff National Park
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Moose Hotel & Suites

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Banff
Country: Canada

A 9-minute walk from the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, this relaxed, upscale hotel with a stone and timber
... is 3 km from the Cave and Basin National Historic Site and 5 km from Banff Upper Hot Springs.

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Trip Information


Inclusions

Breakfast daily & most dinners, some lunches (hotels & local restaurants) as listed in tour itinerary.

All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary. Gratuities for local guides, drivers, restaurant staff, porters (if available).

Airport transfers for land & air customers and for early arriving/late departing land & air customers who book their extra hotel nights through us.

Exclusions

The customary "end of trip" gratuity for the Tour Leader is not included in your tour price.

Airfare to the start point/from the end point are not included; contact us for a quote or you may book your own once our tour is "guaranteed." Travel Insurance is not included - call us for a quotation (or you may purchase your own).

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the land price and single supplement (if chosen), and any extra nights (if requested), and is not included in tour price. These amounts will be listed separately on your invoice.

Seasonality and Weather

July-September is the driest and warmest time of year in the region, with warm-to-hot days and cool nights with low humidity. Summer daylight hours are long and maximize sightseeing. Rain is always possible, especially along the coast, but one can expect fine weather overall.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by mid-size touring coach.

This is a busy tour, but not strenuous. One must be prepared for some early starts and full (scenic!!) travelling days. Roads are excellent, but some slow and winding sections should be expected.

Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.

Accommodation

Our preferred hotels are listed in the tour itinerary (we may substitute of a similar quality if necessary); all accommodation is no less than 3-star standard. We always receive great reviews about the hotels’ cleanliness, service, accessibility, and convenience/location. In two locations, we are limited to the accommodation and select the best that is available.

Click on the "Map & Hotels" tab for more information.

Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, local guides as necessary / appropriate.

Group Size

Maximum 18 plus Tour Leader

AVUR TRIP DETAILS

DURATION12 days

TOUR STARTVancouver

TOUR ENDCalgary

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