Tour Planning ... 9 Days - Jewels of the Rockies

Day 1
Arrive Calgary International Airport-Airport greeting, Hotel Check/in, City Tour and arrival banquet dinner (private room) at the Regency Palace (Canada's largest and finest Chinese Restaurant). Evening tour of the Calgary "nightscene". Overnight Calgary (Welcome Banquet Dinner)

Day 2
This morning we drive West to Kananaskis Mountain National Park for an exciting and fascinating (class 3-4) guided whitewater raft trip down the "Bow River". (all equipment supplied). Kananaskis is on the very edge of the eastern portion of the Rocky Mountains and the views are spectacular. We also visit Kananaskis Village to freshen up after rafting and take a look as it is one of the Jewels of the Rockies.
Get Ready. Now it's on to the most famous tourist town in the world: Banff. Situated in Banff National Park. We start with a trip to the top of the mountain. Sulphur Mountain Gondola transports visitors to an elevation of 2,281m (7,486 feet) above sea level at the top of Sulphur Mountain in Banff. This offers the best view in the Canadian Rocky Mountains - an unobstructed 360¡ã view of the most memorable mountain scenery you will ever witness! This evening is free to discover the romantic beauty and excitement of this town and take in the breath-taking views of the majestic Rocky Mountains that surround this beautiful Jewel in the Rockies. A 'must' to see while in Banff is the legendary and world famous Banff Springs Hotel with its 'castle-like' appearance and also famous for its multi-million dollar 'hot spring' pools and saunas.
Overnight Banff (B)

Day 3
Make sure you have a hearty breakfast this morning because its a hiking we will go. (allow 4 hours) Banff has some of the best hiking trails in the world and we will be on them today. (hiking shoes are great to bring along) Our hike will take us high into the mountains where the air is fresh and nature is abundant. Your camera is a must to bring along because some of the views are incredible. (picnic lunch is supplied) After our invigorating hike its to the "hot spring pools" to ease the aching muscles and get ready for your incredible dining experience at the world famous Banff Springs Hotel. Join Maitre d' Hotel/Sommelier Anthony Chalmers and Chef Daniel Buss for a remarkable and memorable evening in the intimate and exclusive: Banffshire Club. Offering contemporary North American cuisine the Banffshire Club is an experience not to be missed during your stay in Banff National Park.
Overnight Banff (BL)

Day 4
After a great breakfast its away to another Jewel, Lake Louise with its grandeur hotel the "Chateau Lake Louise" and more breathtaking views of the Great Canadian Rocky Mountains. It is Canada's "Diamond in the Wilderness," set amid grandiose walls of ice and sheets of rock in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, shimmering like an emerald jewel. Each year more than two million visitors pay homage to the grandiose setting at the shores of Lake Louise, sightseeing, photographing, dining, hiking, climbing and canoeing. Time will be allowed for a great hike to St. Agnes Lake which overlooks the chateau from high above. Its High Tea this afternoon served in the majestic Lobby Lounge of the Chateau Lake Louise. Fruit cocktail, tea sandwiches, crumpets, scones, tea pastries, and tea of course.
We now travel north through the valley of glaciers, the Icefield Parkway. The canyon of the glaciers. Our next stop is Peyto Lake, chosen by Kodak because of its unbelievable colors. You won't believe the colors are real. Now get ready to get lost in a sea of ice and an ocean of mountains as we visit another Jewel and board the Snow-Coach and travel to the top of the only glacier in the world that is accessible by road. The Athabasca Glacier. Make sure you bring a warm jacket and sunglasses. After the Snow-Coach we pose for a Group Photo with the glacier in the background.
We now travel further north, winding our way through the mighty canyon to the town of Jasper, situated in Jasper National Park. Established in 1907, Jasper National Park is the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies with 10,878 square kilometres of mountain wilderness. Jasper is also the wildest of the mountain parks, and contains a superb backcountry trail system as well as the world famous Columbia Icefields. It is internationally-renowned for wildlife viewing, and is home to some of North America's rarest animals, including healthy populations of grizzly bears, moose, caribou and wolves.
Overnight Jasper (BL)

Day 5
This morning we board the Jasper Skytram and travel to the top of the world where they say one can see for a thousand miles. The experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park's alpine tundra will captivate all ages, you will discover views unsurpassed in the Canadian Rockies. Gaze over six mountain ranges, glacial-fed lakes, meandering rivers, and the scenic Jasper Townsite. Witness the snow-capped splendor of Mt. Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. At 2,500 meters (over 8,000 feet) above sea level, you will truly expand your horizons.(up-top restaurant & gift shop, hiking etc.) Time will be allowed for a nice hike along some of the finest and most scenic gentle hiking trails in the Rockies. This afternoon its on to another Jewel, Maligne Lake for a breathtaking 1 1/2 hour Boat Cruise to Spirit Island.
This lake is very famous and one of the most photographed in the world. It is said that a beautiful Indian Princess is buried there. She died from a broken heart after her warrior husband was killed in a battle. There are claims that she sometimes roams the island appearing out of the mist as if searching for her lover. Evening free to hike and explore around the town of Jasper.
Overnight Jasper (B)

Day 6
Jasper to Kamloops. Get ready to be pampered. Its all aboard the Rocky Mountaineer Railtrain. The most spectacular train trip in the world. You will witness some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Enjoy a stunning view of Pyramid Falls and marvel at the vast expanses of the Albreda Icefield glaciers. Travel through the snowy peaks of the Monoshees. Follow the Thompson River to historic Kamloops, gateway to the interior of British Columbia. Overnight in accommodation provided in Kamloops.
This evening its entertainment at Two River Junction Dinner and Musical Revue. Breakfast and lunch onboard train.
Overnight Kamloops (BLD)

Day 7
Kamloops to Vancouver. Rejoin your train for the continuation of your trans-mountain journey. Pass through the Fraser Canyon and through the fertile fields of the Fraser River Valley and the towering peaks of the Coastal Mountains. At Vancouver's Pacific Central Station its welcome to Vancouver. One of the liveliest cities in the world. Your motor coach and driver will meet you at the station to transfer you to your downtown hotel. After dinner its experiencing the exciting nightscene in Vancouver (Canada's liveliest city).
Overnight Vancouver (BL)

Day 8
After a relaxing morning we do a sightseeing tour of this great city of Vancouver. Some of the attractions we will see are Capilano Suspension Bridge, Stanley Park, Lions Gate Bridge, Gas Town, Chinatown. Today we also see Vancouver from the sea as we board a harbor Cruise Vessel. Sit back and experience a different view of Vancouver on one of Harbor Cruises fully narrated tours of Vancouver's inner harbor. This 1 1/4 hour scenic tour takes you on a journey through Canada's "Gateway to the Pacific"- the Burrard Inlet. We get you up close to many of Vancouver's most famous landmarks. Cruise past Stanley Park, the Lookout Tower, Lions Gate Bridge, the busy cruise ship terminals, the spectacular city skyline, historic Gastown the breathtaking North Shore Mountains and more. Afternoon free to explore or relax. Tonight we dine at the Canada famous seafood restaurant "Bridges"
Overnight Vancouver (Farewell Dinner Banquet) (located on Granville Island). It will be a banquet to behold. (D)

Day 9
Good-bye Breakfast and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for flight Home. (B)