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Majesty of the Rockies GoldLeaf (Summer 2018) tour
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Majesty of the Rockies GoldLeaf (Summer 2018)

Insight Vacations
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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
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    Overview

    Highlights

    • Vancouver: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Vancouver.
    • Jasper: Enjoy a glass of liqueur with friends before roasting s’mores around a bonfire and stargazing.
    • Jasper: Join your Travelling Concierge for a lively Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
    • Whistler: Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner with fresh seafood or perfectly grilled steak at Hy's Steakhouse.
    • Kelowna: Your resort's reputation for fine food is hard to overlook - join us for a dinner with wine.
    • Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of Whistler restaurants during your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Banff: Experience traditional, regional and contemporary à la carte dining with your choice of fine restaurants at the Fairmont.
    • Included Quality Dining: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 7 Dinners all with wine (DW); On-board Rocky Mountaineer: 2 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L), on-board snacks and all beverages, including alcohol; On-board Inside Passage Cruise: 7 Full Breakfasts (FB), 6 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D).
    • Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes.
    • Maligne Lake: Cruise along the crystal-clear, reflective waters of Canada’s most famous lake. Prepare for a breathtaking display of nature’s beauty as you learn how early French Traders navigated waters crowned by snow-laden peaks and nestled between glaciers.
    • Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view.
    • Victoria: The oldest city in the Pacific Northwest and the gem of British Columbia, Victoria is a grand, elegant wonder. Explore this Garden City with her historic charm, baroque architecture, colourful squares and lively waterfront.
    • Whistler: With your Squamish Lil'wat Ambassador take part in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend.
    • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.

    Short Description

    Travel in luxurious comfort by road, rail and sea to the most dazzling national parks, glaciers and historic villages of Western Canada and Alaska. Savour delicious local cuisine in trendy Vancouver and meet passionate Local Experts, as you discover Mother Nature’s bounties from the Rockies to the waters of Alaska. See how you travel like a VIP with Luxury Gold

    Trip Type N/A
    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value - 3 star
    Flights & Transport N/A
    Start City Vancouver BC
    End City Vancouver BC

    Travel Theme

    50 plus

    Destinations

    Canada

    Cities & Attractions

    Lake Louise Vancouver

    Activities

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    Trip Includes

      • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
      • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
      • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
      • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
      • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
      • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
      • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
      • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
      • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Vibrant Vancouver.

      On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar. (Dinner with Wine)

      Day 2: Vancouver, the Most Livable City.

      Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Stop at Granville Island Public Market, and take time to browse through this bustling market. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, as you cross the bridge for spectacular views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is at your leisure. (Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 3: Victoria - Putting the British into British Columbia.

      Board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the city. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 4: Exploring Victoria.

      Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens’ Blue Poppy Restaurant. Gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public. You’ll have ample time to explore. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. (Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 5: The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.

      Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. In Whistler, your Local Expert will explain its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the evening, dine at Hy's Steakhouse for a Highlight Dinner with wine and perfectly grilled steak or local seafood. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 6: First Nations Culture and History.

      In the morning, you will be welcomed by a First Nations Ambassador at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing First Nations' art history and culture. Next, take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. (Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 7: The Napa Valley of the North.

      Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Savour a delicious dinner prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley and paired with wine. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 8: Canada's Exquisite National Parks.

      Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. In the afternoon, visit another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake, before continuing to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 9: The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.

      Enjoy an engaging talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation of Banff and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, join in a private meet-and-greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the world-famous red serge uniform. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 10: Banff Sights at Leisure.

      Enjoy the day at your leisure. (Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 11: Along the Icefields Parkway.

      Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier of the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores. (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 12: Jasper National Park and Iconic Maligne Lake.

      In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the waters of Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the park as you join a National Park Guide on a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River. (Buffet Breakfast)

      Day 13: On-Board the Rocky Mountaineer.

      Enjoy GoldLeaf Service as you journey through the Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. Your carriage has two levels: take in dazzling vistas upstairs from the glass-topped dome coach and enjoy gourmet meals downstairs. View spectacular scenery as the train crosses the Continental Divide back to British Columbia. On arrival at Kamloops, your bags will be waiting in your hotel room. (Buffet Breakfast / Lunch)

      Day 14: Onto Vancouver.

      Your magical GoldLeaf ride on-board the Rocky Mountaineer continues. Relax while rail staff ensure your every need is attended to. On arrival at Vancouver, you will be transferred to the Vancouver International Airport, or to the hotel for those extending their stay. Airport arrival will be between 18:30 and 20:00 depending on rail traffic. Please note, for guests flying internationally after taking the Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Service, an extra night's accommodation is recommended for this day. (Buffet Breakfast)

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      Francis Touscheck was fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable on the history. Christine was also fantastic in Rome, Vatican.

      Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went.

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      Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.
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      Absolutely everything! I would book any tour with Howie - Howie Geib is the 'best of the best' Tour Director.

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      It certainly pleases us to learn that your overall experience with Insight Vacations in Canada and the United States of America was a successful one. Furthermore, we are especially delighted to know that you thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary and services provided by our staff and we truly look forward to welcoming you back soon for more amazing destinations
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      Generally the Itinerary was very good. However there was far to much emphasis and pressure on the shopping expedition

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      While the guide was knowledgeable about his country and culture his people skills were wanting. he seemed most interested in gaining commissions from preferred traders and meeting the requirements of those who wanted a shopping experience than ensuring that the majority of the group who were more interested in actually touring. Most hotels were closer to average rather than high end. The hotel on the first and last night did not even have a bar facility. The driver was excellent but the bus had absolutely minimal storage overhead and not even a bungee bag on seat backs to manage some personal items
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      Knowable guides and all of the best places!

      Great tour with very good food and drink.

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      Insight always chooses the best available hotels in the area. Our tour director. Tom Hogan, was excellent. His knowledge of Ireland was comprehensive and interesting making our journey more enjoyable and fun. His diplomacy and sense of humour made the tour one of the best bus tours we have experienced. Thanks so very much Tom. We look forward to our next Insight holiday.
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