Christmas in the Rockies

14 Days
Victoria to Banff
From (AUD)
$ 9,995
$ 9,245
Dates & Pricing

2020 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 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. Enjoy dogsledding 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 and one of your most enjoyable in living memory.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
RPXV
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Victoria
Return City:
Banff

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Victoria

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Empress. Tonight celebrate your adventures at a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

    For a traditional Victorian experience, indulge in afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, or history buffs may wish to take a walking tour of Victoria with a local expert.

    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

  3. Day 3 - Victoria > 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. Enjoy a two night stay at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Vancouver

    Take a simulated flight over Canada’s greatest landmarks or treat yourself to Vancouver’s best dim sum or some signature Italian meatballs with a walking tour of Vancouver’s finest. Alternatively, take a creative photography tour in preparation for the next leg of your journey.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Vancouver > Okanagan Valley

    Drive into the picturesque Okanagan Valley, known for its fine wineries and abundant local produce. The luxurious Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa will be your base and Special Stay for the next two nights. This afternoon and evening are free for you to relax and unwind in the resort’s state-of-the-art spa and enjoy a delicious dinner at your leisure.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Okanagan Valley

    Spend the day visiting some of the region’s most innovative family-owned vineyards, including a fascinating winery owned and run by members of the local Syilx First nations band, merging modern culture with indigenous history. You’ll sample some wonderful wines along the way, enjoy a hands on harvest experience and feast on local produce with a delectable ‘farm to fork’ meal.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  7. Day 7 - Okanagan Valley > Jasper

    Keep a look out for wildlife such as elk as you arrive into Jasper. For the next two nights enjoy a cosy home at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a junior suite.

    Tonight, choose between Canadian or Italian cuisine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Jasper

    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.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  9. Day 9 - Jasper > Lake Louise

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

    Marvel at the unique, natural phenomenon of ice bubbles trapped below the surface of Abraham Lake. Explore this winter wonderland by helicopter or romantic  horse-drawn sleigh.

    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

  10. Day 10 - Lake Louise

    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

  11. 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. To make your magical winter fairytale complete, you’ll be ensconced in a mountain or valley view room for your three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  12. Day 12 - 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.

    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

  13. Day 13 - Banff

    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

  14. Day 14 - Banff > Calgary

    Transfer to Calgary airport for your homeward flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Stays at the exclusive Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • View rooms in Lake Louise and Banff and Junior Suite in Jasper with fireplace or wood stove
  • 4 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 21 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 21 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour Directors
  • Luxury group touring with knowledgeable local guides
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability