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Christmas in the Rockies

Experience a winter wonderland with Christmas in the Rockies on a magical 13 day journey. Visit Butchart Gardens, Lake Louise and enjoy a sleigh ride.

14 Day
From (AUD)
$ 9,195
  • 2018 Victoria > 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 get to absorb the unique holiday atmosphere permeating the region. Enjoy the lights at the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a magical place at any time of year, but especially so as Christmas arrives. 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.

    Tour Code:

    RPXV

    Duration:

    14 Days

    Departure City:

    Victoria

    Return City:

    Banff

  • 14 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Victoria

      The wonder begins with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Empress.  Celebrate your journey with a welcome dinner. Please book your flight to arrive prior to 5pm.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens
      Freechoice

      For a traditional Victorian experience, indulge in afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, or take a horse and carriage tour. History buffs, take a walking tour of Victoria with a local expert or visit the Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Or, enjoy a tasty culinary walking tour. Later, enjoy the ‘Magic of Christmas’ seasonal theme at the Butchart Gardens, with ice skating, Christmas lights, holiday wreaths and carol singers.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 3 - Victoria > Whistler

      At this time of year, Whistler transforms into a winter wonderland. The wonder continues with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

      FreechoiceDining

      Choose from the best food that Whistler has to offer.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 4 - Whistler

      Today is yours to enjoy however you wish in this quaint alpine village, nestled against a background of beautiful snow-splashed mountains.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 5 - 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 6 - 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 7 - VIA Rail > Jasper

      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 8 - 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.

      FreechoiceDining

      Tonight, choose between Canadian or Italian cuisine.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 9 - Icefields Parkway > Lake Louise
      Enrich

      Marvel at the unique, natural phenomenon of ice bubbles trapped below the surface of Abraham Lake. Explore this winter wonderland by helicopter, snowshoe and jingle to the bells of a horse-drawn sleigh.

      FreechoiceDining

      There are a variety of restaurants to tempt you this evening.

      Retire to your lakeview room at your two night Special Stay, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 10 - Lake Louise
      Enrich

      Today, the man in the red suit is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 11 - Lake Louise > Banff

      The Canadian Rockies will astound you as you survey them from the top of Sulphur Mountain. 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 three night Special Stay, just to make your magical winter fairytale complete.

      FreechoiceDining

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 12 - Banff
      Freechoice

      Complete your Canadian winter experience with a dogsledding adventure or an icewalk into Grotto Canyon. Alternatively, you may choose to discover local landmarks and wildlife on a guided tour, or see the mountaintops from above in a helicopter. If you prefer, stay cosy in your ‘Castle in the Rockies’ and rejuvenate in the mineral pools of the Willow Stream Spa.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - 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, Santa Claus.

      Enrich

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Banff > Calgary

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

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 3 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 30 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 4 memorable Special Stays
    • 22 meals - 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 7 dinners