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Canadian Rockies: Banff, Kelowna & Vancouver

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Journey from majestic mountains to charming cities.

Pristine national parks and glittering turquoise lakes often come to mind when you think of the idyllic provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Travel throughout the region to find that classic scenery in places like Lake Louise while also uncovering some of the area’s unexpected treasures, including the world-renowned Okanagan Valley wine region. From rugged Banff National Park to coastal Vancouver, discover the diversity of western Canada.

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 1 lunch
  • 3 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 wine tasting
Included highlights
  • Banff National Park
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site
  • Moraine Lake
  • Lake Louise Gondola
  • Glacier National Park of Canada
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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Canada! Settle in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff Region, Alberta2 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary & Banff National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

With your Tour Director leading the way, head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

  • Drive by City Hall, the Olympic Park, and the winding Bow River
  • Pass by Fort Calgary and make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted

Make your way to Banff, a glamorous resort town known for its mix of outdoor activities, art galleries, and vibrant culture. Join your Tour Director to explore the natural wonders in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, this afternoon.

  • Pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel, and Lake Minnewanka
  • Admire Banff’s beautiful landscapes, which are rich in history and home to a wide variety of wildlife
  • Enter the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s first national park
Day 3: Free day in the Banff Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in the Banff region or add an excursion.

Icefields Parkway & Glacier Experience
Excursion (additional cost)
Canadian Rockies, British Columbia1 night
Day 4: Rockies Region via Moraine Lake & Lake Louise
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today, discover the showstopping scenery in southwestern Alberta.

  • Pass through the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park to stop at Moraine Lake and take in its beautiful turquoise water (seasonal, June–September)
  • Soak in panoramic mountain views while you ride the Lake Louise Gondola
  • View Château Lake Louise and then spend your free time canoeing or walking around the lake

Later, cross into the Rockies region of British Columbia and enjoy an included dinner.

Kelowna, British Colombia2 nights
Day 5: Kelowna via Glacier National Park of Canada & Revelstoke
Included meal: Breakfast

Pass by the beautiful Rocky Mountains and travel through winding valleys en route to the city of Kelowna, which is bordered by Okanagan Lake and the acclaimed Okanagan Valley wine region.

  • Drive through Glacier National Park of Canada, stopping to take photos of the snow-capped peaks and sprawling forest
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in Revelstoke, an outdoorsy city nestled between Mount Revelstoke National Park and the Columbia River

Please note: You may visit Glacier National Park of Canada on day 4 instead of day 5.

Spend a free evening in Kelowna or add an excursion.

Okanagan Lake Dinner Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 6: Okanagan Valley wine tasting
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Spend the afternoon getting to know the flavors and wine making traditions of the Okanagan Valley.

  • Join a local wine expert for a guided walk through an estate vineyard
  • Learn about the unique microclimates of the Okanagan Valley and why this new world wine region is often called the Napa of the North
  • Visit the wine cellar to discover the production process
  • Sample some wines, many of which can only be found locally, including the region’s signature Pinot Noir
  • Sit down to enjoy an included lunch
Vancouver, British Columbia2 nights
Day 7: Transfer to Vancouver
Included meal: Breakfast

Take in the picturesque views of British Columbia’s coastal range as you travel to the city of Vancouver today.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Vancouver
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Today, tour the multicultural, cosmopolitan city of Vancouver with your guide before enjoying a free afternoon for exploration at your leisure.

  • Drive through downtown Vancouver, passing the Roman-inspired Public Library
  • See the historic Gastown district
  • Head to the waterfront to see Canada Place, a sail-inspired building, which houses the Vancouver Convention Center and World Trade Center
  • Pass by Stanley Park and Queen Elizabeth Park to take in views of the city
  • Enjoy free time to explore Granville Island, located directly across the water from downtown Vancouver

Tonight, celebrate your trip at a farewell dinner with your group.

Flight Home
Day 9: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home or continue on to explore Victoria.

Extension to Victoria

Victoria is a turn-of-the-century, multicultural capital with British charm, making it one irresistibly great place to explore. After a short ferry ride, you’ll get to know this captivating city on a sightseeing tour with a local guide.

Victoria, British Columbia2 nights
Day 9: Ferry to Victoria & sightseeing tour
Included meal: Breakfast

Board a ferry to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia, which is located on Vancouver Island.

Then, set off on a guided sightseeing tour of the city that’s known for having the most beautiful gardens and mildest weather in Canada.

  • Stroll along the charming Inner Harbour to see the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel
  • Explore the colorful and eclectic downtown area
  • Head out into the countryside to visit the 55-acre Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada
  • Learn about the Butchart family and how they turned a former limestone quarry into a sprawling, beautiful green space
  • Explore the lush gardens to see the wide variety of colorful flowers
Day 10: Free day in Victoria
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Victoria or add an excursion.

Raise a glass and toast to your trip with a farewell drink this evening.

Vancouver Island Wildlife Cruise
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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by 2nd-time traveler 

A couple of the hotels with breakfast were fruit loops, and nothing an adult would want. The first dinner was less than eatable. Steak was like eating a boot. The Calgary tower had a broken elevator so we went to Fort Calgary, which everyone Loved. I think it should take the place of the Tower...

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Go Ahead Tours replied on 08/07/2019

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by 2nd-time traveler 

I can honestly say this tour went above and beyond expectations. The Canadian Rockies were breathtaking and the itinerary allowed time to truly experience the beauty and landscape. We made many stops throughout the tour and each one was spectacular. Our tour guide (Patrick) was AMAZING! If I co...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Hotel Arts

This contemporary hotel is located near the Victoria Park neighborhood. Guests enjoy a pool, complimentary bike rentals, and a fitness center. Nearby,...

Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown

This comfortable hotel is located near the Victoria Park neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center and on-site restaurants. Nearby you’ll find shops...

Hotel Rialto

This boutique hotel is located in downtown Victoria. Guests enjoy a bar, restaurant, and lounge. Nearby you’ll find Victoria Public Market, the Inner ...

Comfort Suites Kelowna

This suite-style hotel is located in the Okanagan Valley. Guests enjoy an indoor pool and waterslide, and a fitness center. Nearby you’ll find downtow...

Rundlestone Lodge

Situated in Banff National Park, the Rundlestone Lodge is the perfect getaway right in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. After receiving a warm welco...

Banff Aspen Lodge

This contemporary hotel is located in Banff National Park. Guests enjoy balconies, laundry services, and hot tubs. Nearby, you’ll find Mount Norquay, ...

Coast Hillcrest Hotel

This comfortable hotel is located in Revelstoke. Guests enjoy an outdoor pool, spa, and sauna. Nearby you’ll find Mt. Revelstoke National Park.

Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre

This modern hotel is located in the upscale Shaughnessy neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Van...

Flights

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  • Round-trip flight for your tour
  • Airport transfers at your destination
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  • 24/7 support from our dedicated service team
  • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
  • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements 
  • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.
  • In order to enter Canada, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact your destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace 
  • You will walk for at least 1.5 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and paths with some steep inclines. During certain seasons, there may be snow or ice on the paths. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of ferries on the tour extension.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information 
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Calgary, Alberta and depart from Vancouver, British Columbia (or Victoria, British Columbia on the tour extension). A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • A ferry ride from Vancouver to Victoria is included in the price of the tour extension.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance 
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips 
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • To ensure you’re comfortable for outdoor sightseeing during spring and fall departures, we recommend packing a warm coat, hat, and gloves. Avoid wearing cotton whenever possible as it is an ineffective insulator.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health 
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine 
  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine, and anything with maple syrup.
  • While still largely under-the-radar, Canada’s Okanagan Valley is one of the world’s top wine regions. There are over 60 grape varietals grown in the region, thanks to the wide variety of microclimates, and many of these signature sips can only be found in this corner of the world. Must-try wines include Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Electricity & air conditioning 
  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
Connectivity 
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones 
  • Alberta is on Mountain Time (MT), which is two hours behind Eastern Time (ET). British Columbia is on Pacific Time (PT), which is three hours behind ET.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am in Alberta and 9am in British Columbia.
Currency 
  • You will use the Canadian dollar on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping 
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour 
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information.
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