This 7-Days Pre/Post Cruise Land Tour takes us back to the good old days and along the Canadian Route 97 Gold-Rush Trail.
Route 97 is the longest continuous North – South Highway in North America, stretching from Northern California, USA clear through British Columbia, Canada. The Canadian part of Route 97 starts at the US border near Osoyoos, BC and leads you to Canada’s only desert and it’s warmest lake, lush temperate rainforest, top wineries and into the Majestic Canadian Rocky Mountains!
This wonderful Vancouver Circle Tour can be best described as “Diverse” in terms of variety and for travellers that truly want to experience a destination they are visiting, this is the ideal way to explore beyond the coast of Vancouver. The various regions, landscapes, history, traditions, local cultures, nature & wildlife that we will drive through, show you the beauty and diversity of this most western part of Canada.
Day 1: Vancouver – Osoyoos
We departure from Vancouver in the early morning and drive via the beautiful Fraser Valley up to the one-and-only Canadian Desert, situated in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. We’ll drive into Osoyoos where we will visit the First Nation’s NK’Mip Cellars & Winery before we check into our accommodation for one night.
Day 2: Osyoos – Kamloops – (D-tour) Clearwater
Today we actually start our Route 97 here in Osoyoos and we’ll drive through the wonderful Okanagan Country via Kelowna to Kamloops. From there we are making a little D-tour to Clearwater. All for two very good reasons, stunning falls and a surprise luncheon, so just relax & enjoy the local life.
Day 3: Clearwater – Jasper
Today we will make our way into te Rockies. Before we leave BC behind us, we will change time zone from Pacific to Mountain time and enter Mount Robson Provincial Park where we’ll stop at the foot of Mount Robson that with 3954 m/12,972ft is the highest point in the North American Rocky Mountain Range. From there we drive straight into Alberta and into Jasper National Park, on our way to Jasper, the little mountain town named after this park. After check-in the rest of the afternoon/evening is at leisure.
Day 4: Jasper
In the morning we will do a sightseeing tour in, and around Jasper and drive up to Maligne Canyon where you’ll get plenty of time to walk along the canyon path, and/or have a relaxing lunch break. The afternoon and evening is at leisure.
Day 5: Jasper – Banff
After breakfast we drive from Jasper to Banff on the most iconic and scenic road in Canada, the Icefield Parkway. There will be a few stops along the way to visit some falls, lakes and the famous Athabasca Glacier before we drive out of Jasper National Park into Banff National Park which is the oldest National Park of Canada, heading for Banff that just like Jasper is named after the Park.
Day 6: Banff
In the morning we drive up to the Gondola so you can enjoy a ride up toSulphur Mountain. We show you the Banff Hot Springs that you might want to try in the evening (there’s a free shuttle that takes you there) before we drive you back to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure in the vibrant little town of Banff
Day 7: Banff – Calgary
Today is the last day of this tour so we leave Banff after breakfast and drive to Calgary where we either drop you off downtown, at the Calgary YYC Airport or at your preferred accommodation. This is the end of this tour.
Vancouver Airport or Hotel Pickup & Drop-off
7-days transportation with luxury coach
6 nights accommodation
All baggage handling
Surprise luncheon in Clearwater
All National Park entrance fees
Professional Tour Guiding throughout
Lunches, dinners and everything else that is not described as included in this itinerary
Personal expenses & insurance