An ever-evolving and dynamic cosmopolitan city, Calgary still maintains the tranquility of the Rockies. It is fairly easy to take a gondola ride or hike along a trail to reach a secluded spot in the mountains beside a lake, capture panoramic views and get back to the city in a few hours.
Day 1 - 3
Drive yourself from Calgary to Banff in your rental car (Duration: 1.5 hrs)
A resort town in the heart of the Rocky Mountains and part of Canada’s oldest national park, Banff is an outdoor enthusiast’s haven. One of the various ways that you can travel through the region is onboard the Rocky Mountaineer Train.
Personalized Evening Wildlife Safari Experience a thrilling wildlife safari in Banff National Park! As the sun sets behind the rugged peaks of the Canadian Rockies, set out on a private bus through a variety of natural landscapes along with a local guide. Spot some of Banff’s wildest residents as you head to the hotspots of the Rocky Mountain wildlife. Your guide shares information on safe wildlife watching practices while you try to catch a glimpse of elks crossing a clearing, a bighorn sheep grazing in a meadow or even a grizzly bear. Learn about the challenges of protecting animals and their natural habits from the many threats to the eco-system. Each bus has binoculars which you can use to see the animals up close, and rare animal artefacts such as antlers and hides. (Duration: Half Day; Evening Departure; Private Activity & Transfer; Meals Not Included; Fitness Level: Easy; Please wear warm, comfortable clothes and shoes.)
A quaint little railway town by the Athabasca River in the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains, Jasper is steeped in history and beauty. Explore the panoramic landscapes of the Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dotted with fascinating waterfalls, canyons, lakes, and lush green forests.
Group Hike and Culinary Class in Jasper Jasper is a small and close-knit community that originated as a railway town. It lies in the heart of some of the most spectacular protected wilderness in the world. As a mountain town, it covers an expansive region of rugged backcountry trails and has always welcomed those who wish to venture beyond. Enjoy the breathtaking wilderness as you hike up one of the picturesque peaks and test your backcountry skills. Start at the Old Fort parking area and proceed for a 2.4-mile hike up a peak. En route, learn about the local flora and fauna, geology, and history of Jasper. Once at the top, your guide will help you set up camp and teach you to cook a tasty meal in the outdoors, using efficient and eco-friendly cooking methods.(Duration: 3 hours; Lunch and Dinner tours possible depending on travel time, Shared Activity & Shared Transfers; Included: Lunch or Dinner, Hiking Poles, Cooking Equipment; Fitness Level: Intermediate; Please wear comfortable and waterproof outerwear, sturdy hiking shoes. Restrictions: Individuals aged 12 and above allowed)
Kamloops is a lovely city that sits tucked away in the Thomson Valley at the meeting point of two rivers in south central British Columbia. From its origins as a fur hunting center of the early 19th century and its recent past as a hub of the country’s logging industry, Kamloops has now transformed into a tourist magnet.
Vancouver is a beautiful cosmopolitan city buzzing with life nestled in the lap of the Pacific ocean and the North Shore mountains. Take a stroll through some of the trendy and colorful neighborhoods dabbling with some of the local fare.
Group Tour with Vancouver Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Classic Pass Get a ringside view of all the action in the city with the Hop On Hop Off Vancouver Tour. Climb aboard clear-top buses or San Francisco-style Trolleys to craft your own sightseeing tour. Explore the city’s old and new attractions with over 29 bus stops, covering both City and Park routes. Get off at any of the stops, visit the nearby sights and then hop into the next bus to travel on. Choose to stroll through the lush environs of Stanley Park or soak in the hip vibes of Yaletown. Have a sumptuous lunch at Granville Island and then set off for the historic neighborhood of Gastown, followed perhaps by some shopping at Robson Street! Enjoy Vancouver sightseeing with the comforts of a flexible Classic pass and a multilingual earphone service on the clear-top buses. The San Francisco style Trolleys liven things up with live onboard commentary in English. (Duration: Full Day; Shared Activity; Please note that entry fees for attractions along the route are not included; Fitness level: Easy, busses go every 30 minutes with 29 stops)
Group Gastronomic Gastown Tour Get a taste of Vancouver’s colorful history and culture in the most delicious way possible – touring the iconic restaurants, chic cafes and atmospheric bars in the historic Gastown district! Set out on foot to explore historic landmarks like the Gastown Steam Clock, The Original Woodward Building and Blood Alley across the vibrant quarter named after ‘Captain Gassy Jack.’ Savor the eclectic culinary culture of the city that values continental pizzas and exotic cuisines with the same fervour as it does local craft beers and Canadian poutine. Your guide shares gastronomic secrets that only locals know, like the bar that rustles up the most innovative cocktails and the delicatessen that offers sinfully decadent pastries. Ask for additional recommendations if you’d like to explore this fascinating neighborhood further. (Duration: 3 hrs; Shared Activity & Guide; Fitness level: Easy; Tour includes 4 restaurants, 8 tastings & 4 alcohol pairings; Meeting Point: Gassy Jack Statue, in front of Six Acres Restaurant, 203 Carrall St. Transfers not included. Please wear comfortable shoes and please note that any additional purchases will have to be borne by the guest)
Drive yourself in your rental car from Vancouver to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (duration: 1 hr)
Board your car ferry from Tsawwassen Terminal to Swartz Bay Terminal. Be prepared and have your camera ready as this transfer across the Strait of Georgia can easily turn into a marine wildlife safari!
Drive yourself in your rental car from the Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal to Victoria (duration: 40 min)
Uncover Victoria, the pretty capital of British Columbia that is perched on the southern edge of Vancouver Island, in western Canada. Thanks to its British colonial heritage, Victorian architecture punctuates the cityscape, especially highlighted by the Craigdarroch Castle, the cluster of Parliament buildings, and the mighty Empress Hotel.
Group Orca and Whale Watching Tour Be prepared for an encounter with the masters of the ocean as you have arrived at the perfect place to spot and watch killer whales, also known as Orcas. The waters of the Straits of Juan de Fuca and Haro around Victoria are the summer home to the Southern Residents, a well- studied group of orcas but threatened by declining numbers of salmon, their main food source. As you leave Victoria harbour behind, also look out for other marine mammals such as Humpback, Minke or Gray whales, Sea Lions, Seals and Otters. Learn from your naturalist guide all about their feeding and breeding habits and gain an appreciation of the rich West Coast marine ecosystem. (Duration: 3 hrs; Shared Activity & Transfer; you can choose between a covered vessel or a more adventurous open-air zodiac, both types can carry up to 10 people, please inform your travel consultant. Weatherproof coats, pants, hat and gloves provided; Shared shuttle service from your hotel included)
Make your own way to the Victoria airport and drop off your rental car
Price & Inclusions
Option 1 From $ 3,590 /person
Option 2 From $ 4,490 /person
Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.
Accommodation in one double room for 11 days / 10 nights.
Meals as indicated
All activities as listed :
Banff: Personalized Evening Wildlife Safari
Jasper: Group Hike and Culinary Class in Jasper
Vancouver: Group Tour with Vancouver Hop-on, Hop-off Sightseeing Classic Pass
Vancouver: Group Gastronomic Gastown Tour
Victoria: Group Orca and Whale Watching Tour
Self-driven car during your journey as follows:
Vehicle Type: Full size 4 door – Hyundai Sonata or similar
One additional driver
Pick-up: Oct 12th/Calgary airport
Drop-off: Oct 22nd/Victoria airport
Detailed description of your routing
Where 2 GPS Unit
Towing charges in the event of mechanical failure
For your rental car we book the following insurance services:
Third party liability insurance (up to 1 Mio. CAD)
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) with an excess of 300 to 500 CAD depending on the vehicle type
The general business terms apply
Note: A full valid original driver’s license (from your country of origin) and passport are required for each rental.
Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
On request: A printed set of your travel documents by post
All transfers as indicated above
Among other expenses, the following additional costs are not included for rental cars (to be made directly at the car rental shop with a credit card from a recognisable bank institution):
Deposit for the car
Deposit for the GPS navigation system
Fine handling fee & fine in case of a speeding ticket
Baby seats, ski racks, etc. (please request at the time of booking)
No drivers under 25 years of age
Delivery/collection services and fees
Cross border fees
One way fees
Customer Convenience Fee at Calgary Airport (6 CAD per day and excluding tax, max. 7 days charge)
Fuel (Please drop off the car with a full tank. In case fuel needs to be added, the car rental company will charge you the amount for it)
Tips, additional meals and personal expenses
Entrance fees, unless otherwise stated in the activity descriptions
Travel, health and cancellation insurance
International airfare (from your home country to your destination and return), unless specified under the trip inclusions above