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Hidden Gems & Western Highlights

Travel Roundtrip from Vancouver to Calgary and Back

HIDDEN GEMS & WESTERN HIGHLIGHTS

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Banff
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Overview

The perfect tour to see and enjoy the best of Western Canada. Starting in Vancouver you’ll head east to Osoyoos in the Okanagan, Canada’s lone desert. Highlights here include a wine-tasting and visit to the Nk’mip Desert Cultural Centre. Continue east for a stay in the charming town of Nelson, in the heart of the Kootenays. You’ll fall in love with this charming lakeside town with its boutique shops and breweries! Next we head into Alberta for a 2-night stay in the spectacular Waterton Lakes National Park. Relax in the park and indulge in the spectacular scenery (lake cruise included). Then you’ll visit Calgary with a stop at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump National Historic Site (UNESCO approved) to learn more about the indigenous culture of the area. After 1 night and a city highlights tour of Calgary, you’ll spend two nights in Banff to explore the Rocky Mountains and glacier-fed turquoise lakes before traveling over Rogers Pass for a night in the Okanagan town of Vernon.

 

Itinerary

1

Vancouver to Osoyoos

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Manning Provincial Park
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Spirit Ridge
  • Depart Vancouver from Canada Place at 9:00am
  • Enjoy incredible sights traveling through the Fraser Valley and Manning Park, a road less traveled
  • Sightseeing tour of the Osoyoos and Oliver area with the afternoon and evening at your leisure. We recommend a visit to the Oliver District Wine Village
Sightseeing
Tour of the Osoyoos
2

Osoyoos

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Nk'Mip Desert Cultural Centre
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Nk'Mip Cellars
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) to learn more about the stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people.
  • Enjoy a wine tasting at Nk’Mip Cellars
  • The remainder of today is at your leisure with time to enjoy Osoyoos lake, go wine tasting or participate in optional activities
Winery
Wine tasting at Nk'Mip Cellars
3

Osoyoos to Nelson

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Kokanee Creek Provincial Park
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Downtown Nelson
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • View Osoyoos lake from a magnificent lookout
  • Visit Kokanee Creek Provincial Park, bordering the West arm of Kootenay Lake
  • Explore the charming town of Nelson on a tour of the city
  • The remainder of the day is at your leisure in Nelson
Meal
Breakfast
4

Nelson to Waterton

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Purcell Mountains
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Waterton
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Travel through the Purcell Mountains before entering the vast landscape of the rolling prairies
  • Arrive in Waterton Lakes National Park where you check-in to your hotel
Meal
Breakfast
5

Waterton

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Waterton Lake
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Waterton
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Enjoy a scenic cruise on Upper Waterton Lake through the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
  • This afternoon, join your guide for a short hike of the area
Meal
Breakfast
Cruise
Scenic Cruise on Upper Waterton Lake
6

Waterton to Calgary

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Head-Smashed in Buffalo Jump
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Calgary Tower
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site that preserves and interprets over 6,000 years of Plains Buffalo culture
  • City Tour of Calgary upon arrival
  • Visit Calgary Tower to marvel at the stunning city views and Rocky Mountains in the distance
  • Check-in to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure
Meal
Breakfast
Sightseeing
Calgary City Tour
7

Calgary to Banff

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Calgary
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Moraine Lake
  • Depart Calgary from the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary Downtown at 9:00am
  • We are leaving the city behind us and are heading straight for the crown jewel of Western Canada – The Canadian Rockies 
  • On the way to Banff, we will visit a few of the spectacular glacier-fed turquoise lakes that the Rockies are well known for including Lake Louise and Moraine Lake
  • Upon arrival in Banff enjoy a tour of Banff townsite 
  • Check into your centrally located hotel on Banff Avenue and the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at your leisure
Sightseeing
Peyto Lake and Moraine Lake
8

Banff

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Banff Gondola
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Banff
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Enjoy a Gondola Ride up Sulphur Mountain (included) followed by a scenic drive to Lake Minnewanka & Two Jack Lake Loop 
  • The rest of your day is at leisure for some optional activities, to relax at your hotel, stroll along Banff Avenue for some souvenir shopping
Meal
Breakfast
Gondola
Banff Gondola
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Banff to Vernon

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Lake Louise
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Wine Tasting
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit Takakkaw falls – the second tallest waterfall in Canada
  • Marvel at the vistas at Emerald Lake before driving to the Okanagan Valley
  • Enjoy a wine tasting in Vernon
  • The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the many murals that can be found in the town of Vernon, highlighting the cities heritage and culture
Meal
Breakfast
Winery
Wine tasting in Vernon
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Vernon to Vancouver

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Okanagan Valley
  • Breakfast included at your hotel
  • Visit and orchard to try the famed Okanagan fruits
  • Travel through the Okanagan Valley
  • Return to Vancouver at approximately 7:30pm
Meal
Breakfast
duration

Duration

10 Days | 9 Nights
duration

Size

Max. pax: 22
duration

Quad

From $3,099/pp

Triple

From $3,274/pp

Double

From $3,599/pp

Single

From $4,824/pp
Prices are in Canadian Dollars and include taxes. They may vary during peak season. Special rates available. 6% booking fee excluded.
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Highlights

  • Take the road less travelled
  • Explore Canada only desert
  • Roll through the Southern BCs Mountain ranges
  • Marvel at the magnificent landscape of Waterton Lakes National Park
  • Immerse yourself in the heritage and culture of the First Nations people of southern Alberta

Inclusions

  • Bed9 Nights Hotel Accommodations
  • OSOYOOS - 2 Nights
  • NELSON - 1 Night
  • WATERTON - 2 Nights
  • CALGARY - 1 Night
  • BANFF - 2 Nights
  • VERON - 1 Night
  • GuideExperienced, fun & friendly driver guide
  • BusCoach transportation
  • Meal9 Breakfasts
  • AdmissionWaterton Lake Cruise
  • Nk'Mip Cultural Center
  • Calgary Tower
  • GondolaBanff Gondola
  • SightseeingScenic sightseeing stops including Head- smashed-In Buffalo Jump National Historic Site
  • WineryWine tasting and tour in Vernon and Osoyoos
  • BeerCraft beer tasting in Nelson

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