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Canadian Rockies: Banff, Kelowna & Vancouver

with Victoria extension
  • Duration: 9 or 11 days
  • Group size: 15-35
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
  • Calgary Tower
  • Banff National Park
  • Moraine Lake
  • Lake Louise Gondola
  • Glacier National Park of Canada
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Day-by-day itinerary
Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Canada! Settle in to your hotel before getting to know 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.

• Pass by the Calgary Olympic Park

• Enjoy sweeping views of the city from atop the Calgary Tower

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

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, Dinner

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

• Visit Granville Island and Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre public space

• See the historic Gastown district

• View Canada Place and the Vancouver waterfront

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

Head to Victoria to experience the best of the Pacific Northwest. Temperate weather and coastal living make this city one of Canada’s best. Spend a few days visiting some of Vancouver Island’s top spots, including the impressive Butchart Gardens.

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 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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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.

Best Western Plus Downtown Vancouver

We invite you to experience the modern comforts of our full-service hotel conveniently located in downtown Vancouver BC Canada, overlooking the False ...

Irwin's Mountain Inn

An absolutely charming Banff hotel, The Irwin's Mountain Inn is an ideal choice for accommodation in the Canadian Rockies. A family owned and operated...

Flights

Round-trip flights are one more thing we handle to make your journey as smooth as possible. Our team of travel experts will find the best flight itinerary for you at a competitive rate, thanks to our partnerships with top airlines.

Add our airfare package and you'll get:
  • 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
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 about 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.
  • 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 
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.
  • 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 Canada.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • 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 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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11 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Jul 18–Jul 26, 2019
Extension available
$3,049
Only 2 spots left!
May 7–May 15, 2020
$2,699$2,599
May 16–May 24, 2020
Extension available
$2,699
Jun 4–Jun 12, 2020
$2,949
Jun 20–Jun 28, 2020
Extension available
$2,949
Jul 2–Jul 10, 2020
$2,949
Jul 16–Jul 24, 2020
Extension available
$2,949
Aug 15–Aug 23, 2020
$2,949
Aug 29–Sep 6, 2020
Extension available
$2,899
Sep 19–Sep 27, 2020
Extension available
$2,899
Oct 3–Oct 11, 2020
Extension available
$2,799$2,699
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