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Winter Wonders

Experience the icy winter wonders on a 17 day adventure from Calgary to Vancouver. Ride the Banff Gondola, enjoy a sleigh ride & chase the Northern Lights.

17 Day
From (AUD)
$ 11,145
  • 2019 Calgary > Whitehorse

    The most wonderful time of the year

    Seeing the icy wonders of this extraordinary region has got to be one of the loveliest experiences.

    Dark winter nights to view the Northern Lights, icewalks through canyons outside Jasper and Banff and a journey deep into the iconic Yukon, this 17 day tour covers it all. Discover the beauty of Banff before the soul-cleansing serenity of Lake Louise. Jasper offers a myriad of activities to get you out into the great outdoors before you can sit back and relax on the great VIA Rail journey south. A quick stop in Vancouver lets you explore this cosmopolitan city before you head into the famed Yukon, where you’ll learn about its gold rush past, spot the fascinating wildlife and rug up at night to wait for the mighty Northern Lights.

    Tour Code:

    RPWI

    Duration:

    17 Days

    Departure City:

    Calgary

    Return City:

    Whitehorse

  • 17 Day Itinerary

    • Day 1 - Calgary
      Highlights:
      Welcome dinner

      Begin your wondrous winter escape in Calgary, gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Become acquainted with your Tour Director and fellow travellers over a welcome dinner tonight. Check into the Fairmont Palliser for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Dinner

    • Day 2 - Calgary > Banff
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Your home-away-from-home resembles an enchanted castle in the forest. A mountain or valley view room for a three night Special Stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs is the best way to embrace your magical winter wonderland adventure ahead.

      Freechoice Dining

      Indulge your tastebuds as you please tonight with your choice of restaurant at your hotel.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 3 - Banff
      Highlights:
      Banff Gondola; Enrich - Meet a Canadian Mountie

      Winter splendour of the Canadian Rockies will astound you as you ascend to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola.

      Enrich

      Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 4 - Banff
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Continue your incredible Canadian winter experience with an icewalk into Grotto Canyon. Perhaps see the mountaintops from above in a helicopter or discover local landmarks and wildlife on a guided tour. Or, 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 5 - Banff > Lake Louise
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice Dining
      Freechoice

      Fine or casual dining and a variety of restaurants to tempt your palate are on offer this evening.

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

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 6 - Lake Louise
      Highlights:
      Day at leisure

      Take a moment to relax overlooking the stunning frozen lake, perhaps venture out to marvel at the famous ice sculptures on Lake Louise or glide across it on ice skates if you’re game.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 7 - Icefields Parkway > Jasper
      Highlights:
      Icefields Parkway Enrich - Heli ice bubbles; Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Travel north along one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway.

      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.

      Arrive into Jasper and check into the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, where you’ll be ensconced in a junior suite for the next two nights.

      Freechoice Dining

      Canadian or Italian cuisine are among your choices for dinner tonight.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

    • Day 8 - Jasper
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      Try something new, such as a Maligne Canyon icewalk, or put on your snow shoes and stroll with an experienced guide through the pristine Jasper National Park. Alternatively, learn about the friendly (and not so friendly) locals on a wildlife discovery tour. Or if you’ve always wanted to try your hand at the popular winter sport of curling, now is your chance.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 9 - Jasper > VIA Rail
      Highlights:
      Mount Robson Private Cabin aboard VIA Rail

      Enjoy some free time at your lodge this morning. With 700 acres wrapped around pristine Lac Beauvert, exploring the grounds of the resort alone offers remarkable scenery and plenty of photo opportunities. This afternoon, board VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ and discover the romance of rail as you sleep tonight in your private cabin.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 10 - VIA Rail > Whistler
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice Dining

      Arrive in Vancouver this morning after breakfast on board the train. Enjoy a city tour highlighting areas such as Stanley Park, Gastown and Canada Place. Later, head north to the winter playground of Whistler, a quaint alpine village nestled beneath Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains.

      Freechoice Dining

      Enjoy your choice of restaurants for dinner in Whistler tonight.

      The wonder continues with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 11 - Whistler
      Highlights:
      Scenic Freechoice
      Freechoice

      There is certainly no shortage of winter activity options in Whistler. We have made a shortlist of options for you, ranging from exciting and adventurous to relaxing and slow-paced. Perhaps fly high with a helicopter ride or on board the famous Peak 2 Peak Gondola, or take control on a snowmobile. Or if you’ve always dreamt of that magical winter experience of dogsledding through the snow, this is on offer too. Perhaps you would just like to soak it all up, literally, with a visit to the Scandinave Spa.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 12 - Whistler > Vancouver
      Highlights:
      Capilano Suspension Bridge

      Travel to Vancouver and enjoy a stroll around Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which is even more mystical in winter. Enjoy some free time to explore cosmopolitan Vancouver before you check in to the centrally located and exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver for your overnight stay.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 13 - Vancouver > Whitehorse
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Guided Aurora Borealis viewing

      Transfer to Vancouver Airport for your flight to Whitehorse, home to some of the best Northern Lights viewing in the world. Your local Yukon guide will meet your group at the airport and bring you into town. Check into the Best Western Gold Rush Inn, perfectly located on the main street of downtown Whitehorse for a four night stay. Even the most acclimatised will be glad for the winter clothing arranged for this portion of the trip, including pants, jacket, boots, gloves and a beanie, or ‘tuque’ as the locals call them. We recommend resting up for the remainder of the day as it is a late night tonight.

      Enrich

      Rug up inside a cosy, heated cabin at the Aurora viewing site, sip hot chocolate and treat yourself to late night snacks while gazing out at the mystical Aurora Borealis dancing across the night sky. You will be assisted with your camera by a professional photographer to get the best photo opportunities of this natural phenomenon.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 14 - Whitehorse
      Highlights:
      Aurora Viewing

      Discover the sights of the capital of the Yukon on a tour of the city. Late tonight, depart for Aurora viewing. Ponder over the scientific explanation behind this phenomenon, wonder at the magic of the vast universe from your cosy nook, or just relax and behold the spectacle occurring before you.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 15 - Whitehorse
      Highlights:
      Enrich - Ultimate winter experience Aurora Viewing
      Enrich

      Today you’ll get to try a range of incredible winter activities. Walk like the old-timers and trappers do, and you’ll see that snowshoeing is lots of fun – and hard work. The home of the Yukon Quest is the perfect place to ride with an experienced dog musher and enjoy the beautiful winter landscape from your dogsled, and you’ll also be driven on a snow machine along the groomed trail.

      Enjoy a third night of Aurora viewing. The viewing site is away from the city lights of Whitehorse, a dark, clear sky is your friend when viewing the Northern Lights. It is not always easy to see the Aurora, being a spectacular natural phenomenon, but you have a very good chance on this itinerary with four nights in the Yukon and the assistance of our local guide and expert.

      Meals included: Breakfast

    • Day 16 - Whitehorse
      Highlights:
      Yukon Wildlife Preserve, Takhini Hot Springs, Aurora Viewing

      Travel to the Yukon Wildlife Preserve, where you can see wildlife in their natural habitat, including moose, caribou, lynx, bison to name a few. Moose actually outnumber humans in the Yukon (almost two to one), and here’s your chance to see the notoriously shy mammal up-close. Then, visit the Takhini Hot Springs for a relaxing dip in the warm pools. Enjoy an early farewell dinner, before venturing out for your last night of viewing the resplendent Northern Lights. A truly unforgettable experience.

      Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

    • Day 17 - Whitehorse
      Highlights:
      Farewell

      Savour a well-deserved sleep in today, before being transferred to the airport to meet your homeward flight. We hope you’ve enjoyed your Canadian winter adventure and leave with wonderful memories (and photos).

      Meals included: Breakfast

  • Tour inclusions

    Scenic highlights
    • 3 exclusive Enrich experiences
    • Your choice of 30 Freechoice activities and dining
    • 3 memorable Special Stays
    • 25 meals - 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 8 dinners