British Columbia & the Canadian Rockies Escorted Tour
full facility sites to simple national park campgrounds without hook-ups or wash blocks, and from individual pitches to group campsites
19 May – 8 June 2016 from £2,950 per person
16 June – 6 July 2016 from £3,190 per person
Tour Escorts: Chris and Hilary Vendy
Ray and Noreen Stephens
18 May – 7 June 2017
15 June – 5 July 2017
Get a breath of fresh air in one of the world’s greatest mountain ranges, with spring bringing bears out of hibernation in May and carpets of wild flowers in June.
- City tour of Vancouver, with free time afterwards to explore this cosmopolitan city.
- Welcome meal in a panoramic restaurant in Vancouver.
- Ferry crossing to Vancouver Island, via the lovely straits of the beautiful Gulf Islands.
- Whale-watching trip, from Victoria on Vancouver Island.
- Springtime in the spectacular Rocky Mountains.
- Farewell meal in Banff.
An overview of our British Columbia and Canadian Rockies escorted tour’s 21 day schedule. Tour is subject to a minimum of 15 motorhomes and 30 people participating.
Flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Overnight Vancouver hotel.
Breakfast followed by guided coach tour of Vancouver. Afternoon spent at leisure to explore Vancouver. Enjoy a panoramic welcome meal in the evening with your fellow tourers. Overnight Vancouver hotel.
Day 3 - 5
Breakfast, then transfer to motorhome depot to pick up vehicles. Cross to Vancouver Island by ferry to first campsite in Victoria, capital of British Columbia (BC) (42 miles driving). Group get together for a campground barbecue.
Your Victoria stay includes a whale-watching trip. There's also a further full day at leisure to explore this very ‘British’ city, complete with double-decker buses and traditional flower-filled parks, the Royal British Columbia Museum and Parliament Building – or the surrounding area, including the lovely Butchart Gardens. 3 Nights Victoria campsite.
Travel from Victoria to Nanaimo (72 miles), second largest town on Vancouver Island, to take the ferry to Horseshoe Bay. Drive through Garibaldi Provincial Park to Whistler (69 miles), the famous ski resort. There is a number of good restaurants in the town.
Overnight Whistler campsite.
Leave behind the Garibaldi Provincial Park, to enjoy some splendid lakeside roads. Stop off at Joffre and Duffey Lakes, before heading east towards Kamloops (130 miles).
Overnight Cache Creek campsite.
Day 8 - 10
Drive along the Yellowhead Highway into the Wells Gray Provincial Park (163 miles), one of BC’s largest at 540,000 hectares. There is plenty of time to explore the park, a vast wilderness of alpine meadows, mountain peaks, glaciers, lakes, rivers, extinct volcanoes and waterfalls. Be sure also to visit Helmcken Falls, at 142m high one of the most amazing natural features in the Wells Gray Provincial Park.
3 Nights Wells Gray Provincial Park campsite.
Travel to Mt Robson Provincial Park (173 miles), home to 3,954m Mt Robson, the highest
peak in the BC Rockies. From here on you may spot moose, mountain goats, elk, black bear and grizzly bear, deer, marmots, chipmunks, caribou, squirrels, muskrats, beavers and up to 170 bird species.
Overnight Mount Robson Provincial Park campsite.
Day 12 - 15
Mt Robson to Jasper (54 miles) with time to visit Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed lake in the Rockies. Three full days to explore Jasper and to get out into Jasper National Park – keep your eyes peeled for roaming wildlife up here! Take a gondola trip up to Whistler’s Mountain for views back to Mt Robson and south to the Columbia Icefield. Be sure to visit Miette Hot Springs and the Athabasca Falls. The lakes, mountains and glaciers of this region are truly awe-inspiring.
4 Nights Jasper campsite.
Time to move on, down the awe-inspiring Icefields Parkway to Kootenay Plains (113 miles). Don't miss the Athabasca Glacier, one of the six main spurs of the Columbia Icefield, the largest icecap south of the Arctic Circle and north of the equator. Overnight Kootenay Plains campsite.
Day 17 - 19
Explore the Yoho National Park. En route to Banff (113 miles) take in Lake Louise too – a stunning lake with a world-famous hotel. Enjoy Banff National Park, where helicopter trips, gondola rides and horse riding are all possible. On the final day further explore Banff National Park, or alternatively the great shopping in Banff provides a good opportunity to stock up with souvenirs. Enjoy a farewell dinner in Banff.
3 Nights Banff campsite.
Day 20 - 21
Return your motorhome to the depot in Calgary (94 miles). Transfer from motorhome depot to Calgary airport.
Evening overnight flight from Calgary to London Heathrow, arriving in the morning, or your own onward travel arrangements.
This ends the tour travel arrangements.
- Prices indicated are per person for two adults sharing a motorhome. Single supplement, extra adult sharing a vehicle and child supplement – available on request.
- Return Economy Class flights with Air Canada from London to Vancouver, return Calgary to London (including airport taxes).
- 18 days fully equipped motorhome hire
- 19ft 3-berth motorhome with over-cab bed, including 3,000kms (1,875 miles) with extra kilometres charged at 46 cents per kilometre; CDR-Plus vehicle insurance with zero excess
- Preparation fee and convenience kit; full propane tank; 17 nights site fees including hook-up where available (campgrounds vary from full facility sites to simple national park campgrounds without hook-ups and wash blocks, and from individual pitches to group campsites)
- Services of Tour Escorts
- Vancouver island return ferry crossing
- Vancouver hotel accommodation for two nights (bed and breakfast based on two adults sharing a room, taxes included)
- Transfers as stated
- Half day guided city tour of Vancouver
- Welcome Meal in Vancouver
- Campground barbeque in Victoria
- Whale-watching trip from Victoria
- Farewell Meal in Banff
- Touring map/information
- Tour daybook - gives you a full tour itinerary, including suggested excursions en route. A useful guidebook but also a lasting memento!
What’s not included
- Personal insurance – please ask for a quote for Worldwide insurance at the time of booking
- Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
- Meals other than those listed
- Drinks with listed meals
- Excursions or entrance fees other than those listed
- Expenditure of a personal nature, tips etc; tolls
- Entry to national and other parks (you should budget about £85 for two people in park entry fees).
Upgrades and extras
A number of upgrades and extras (do book early to get the best prices) can be added to the package prices. Please ask our Worldwide Travel Specialists about:
- Upgrades to 5-berth or 6-berth motorhomes – we can then check availability of these vehicles for you.
- Extensions to your trip, pre-tour or post-tour stays, extended motorhome rental, hotels or excursions – just ask us for prices. The Inside Passage cruise described below fits around the dates of either tour, but it is only one of the extra options we can offer. How about visiting the world’s largest waterfall at Niagara? Sampling the French flavour of Québec? A classic rail journey, either right across Canada, or aboard the Rocky Mountaineer? Something else in mind? Whatever your fancy, ask for details.
- Enhance your flight with an upgrade.
7-day Inside Passage Cruise
You can choose just a motorhome tour, or combine your tour with this classic cruise. Starting and ending in Vancouver, you'll experience breathtaking scenery combined with the opportunity for exciting onshore adventures as you cruise through the unmistakeable Inside Passage. The route bisects the mainland and the islands, a rarity in that large vessels can sail close to the steep mountain walls, forests and glaciers that grace the route to historic frontier towns on the way. There are several stops along the way for you to step ashore and experience a host of excursions.
The cruise package includes hotel nights in Vancouver before and after your cruise, plus accompanied transfers from hotel to harbour, and from harbour to hotel. An extra nine nights before your motorhome tour enables you to fly to Vancouver for a night in a hotel, then seven nights’ amazing cruising, then another night in Vancouver before joining the motorhome tour group. Alternatively, we can book other cruise dates to fit your extended holiday plans.
The prices below are for an Ocean-view Stateroom. Please ask us for other prices if you wish, whether for Inside Staterooms or for upgrades to other cabin types.
May Inside Passage cruise guide price from £1,075 per person.
June Inside Passage cruise guide price from £1,180 per person.
- A full day at sea each way cruising the Inside Passage.
- Juneau, a town with no roads to anywhere else.
- Ketchikan, known as the world’s salmon capital.
- Skagway, historic boom town of the Klondike gold rush era.
- The Tracy Arm fjord and Glacier Bay.
- Cruises offer various optional excursions, paid for along the way. Dependent on the cruise chosen and local availability, these may include dog sledding, glacier helicopter trips, kayaking, sight-seeing by sea plane, fresh fish and seafood feasts, mountain gondola rides, or other options.
Exact cruise itineraries may vary with sailing dates.
What’s included in the cruise option
Price indicated is per person based on two adults sharing a two-berth (twin/double) Ocean-View Stateroom, with full board, and includes:
- Inside Passage cruise.
- Hotel in Vancouver for two additional nights, on a bed and breakfast basis.
- Accompanied transfers from hotel to harbour and from harbour to hotel.
What’s not included in the cruise option
- Personal insurance – please ask us for a quote.
- Any applicable supplements for your chosen flights, upgrades to other cabin types (e.g outside cabins, or suites) – these we can arrange to suit your budget and taste.
- Personal expenditure, meals, drinks, tips etc. in Vancouver.
- Drinks, tips (allow roughly £10 per person per day), excursions, other personal expenditure on the cruise.
- Services of Tour Escorts (the cruise is unescorted).
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