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Christmas in the Rockies

Never ceased to be amazed on this special 12 day experience in Canada's wonderland. From Vancouver to Banff, you'll be surrounded by endless snowy wonder.

12 Day
From (AUD)
$ 7,495
  • 2017 Vancouver > Banff

    Tour Code:

    RPXI

    Duration:

    12 Days

    Departure City:

    Vancouver

    Return City:

    Banff

    A special time; a special place

    From fairytale snow across postcard landscapes to elk that resemble reindeer, a Christmas in Canada is the perfect seasonal retreat. A ‘white Christmas’ will suddenly make sense and instead of one Christmas tree, you can look forward to vast forests of them.

    This itinerary will take you through a range of iconic Christmas spots, where you’ll you get to absorb the unique holiday atmosphere permeating the region. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Lake Louise and enjoy dog sledding at Banff, where you’ll spend Christmas at one of the Fairmont’s iconic flagship hotels, the ‘castle in the Rockies’. It’s sure to be more than just an idyllic Christmas, but one of your most enjoyable in living memory.

  • 12 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Vancouver > Whistler

      Arrive in Vancouver today and transfer to Whistler. Please ensure your flight arrives prior to 7pm. This evening, you’ll meet your Scenic Tour Director. Enjoy a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

      Freechoice Dining

      Choose from a number of dining venues at your hotel this evening.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Whistler

      At this time of year, Whistler transforms into a winter wonderland. Enjoy your stay at this quaint alpine village, nestled against a background of beautiful snow-splashed mountains.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Whistler > Vancouver

      Discover some of Vancouver’s characterful neighbourhoods, such as Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Make the most of your visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which is even more mystical in the winter. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Vancouver > VIA Rail

      Discover the romance of rail travel tonight as you sleep in Sleeper Plus Class on board VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - VIA Rail > Jasper

      Today, awake with a sense of wonder to views of the Rocky Mountains from your private cabin or the glass dome carriage. For the next two nights, you’ll enjoy a cosy home at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a Junior Suite.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

    • Day 6 - Jasper
      Freechoice

      Try something new, such as a Maligne Canyon icewalk, or have a go at the popular winter sport of curling. Alternatively put on your snow shoes and stroll with an experienced guide through the pristine Jasper National Park, or meet the locals on a wildlife discovery tour – the furry ones, that is.

      Freechoice Dining

      Tonight, choose between Canadian or Italian cuisine. A delicious dilemma.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 7 - Icefields Parkway > Lake Louise
      Enrich

      Go dashing through the snow in a two-horse open sleigh. Listen out for the jingling of bells.

      Freechoice Dining

      There are a variety of restaurants to tempt you this evening. Choose between fine or casual dining.

      There are a variety of restaurants to tempt you this evening. Choose between fine or casual dining.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Lake Louise
      Enrich

      Today, the man in the red suit is not Santa Claus but a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Lake Louise > Banff

      The Canadian Rockies will astound you as you survey them from the top of Sulphur Mountain.

      Freechoice Dining

      Indulge your palate as you please with dinner at any of a variety of restaurants at your hotel.

      At this festive time of year, the Fairmont Banff Springs, resembles a magical castle in an enchanted forest. You’ll be ensconced in a Mountain or Valley View room for your Special Stay for the next three nights, just to make your magical winter fairytale complete.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Banff:

      Merry Christmas. If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, then today your dream comes true. Celebrate a traditional Christmas Day brunch with the man in red (but this time it’s not a Mountie, but Santa Claus).

      Enrich

      Continue the festive spirit with a pre-dinner drink in the grandiose Mt Stephen Hall. At this time of year the hall’s incredible medieval-like décor, with its rare antiques, paintings and oak-carved ceiling, are decorated with all the Christmas trimmings. Savour a classic Christmas dinner before dancing late into the evening.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Banff
      Freechoice

      Complete your Canadian winter experience with a dogsledding adventure, or combine a taste of dogsledding with a cultural experience at a First Nations village. You may choose to icewalk into Grotto Canyon, or perhaps discover local landmarks and wildlife on a guided tour, or see the mountaintops from above in a helicopter. If you prefer, you can stay cosy in your ‘castle in the Rockies’ and rejuvenate in the mineral pools of the Willow Stream Spa.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Banff > Calgary

      Now to get ready for your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Transfer to Calgary Airport for your homeward flight. Please book flight to depart between 10am-11.30pm.

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 3 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of Freechoice activities and dining
    • Memorable Special Stays
    • 18 meals - 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 6 dinners