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Enjoy an unforgettable Christmas in Canada

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2022 Tour code: CWX23

About the tour

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous journey through the Rockies on the iconic Canadian. Discover the sights, sounds and scents of Canada at Christmas time as we explore vibrant cities lit up with cheery lights and enjoy a wonderfully festive Christmas surrounded by the landscapes of Jasper National Park.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Vancouver

We fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver, checking into our hotel on arrival for a three-night stay.

Day 2 - Discovering Vancouver

We set out on a sightseeing tour of Vancouver today, making our way firstly to Gastown. Named after 'Gassy' Jack Deighton, a Yorkshire seaman who settled here in 1867, today Gastown is a popular downtown area, full of cafés, contemporary fashion shops, galleries and more. Continuing to Chinatown, one of the largest of its kind in North America, we soak up the sights, sounds and smells of the Asian inspired streets and food stalls. Finally, we visit Stanley Park, 400 hectares of wild open space that's home to the city's famous and colourful totem poles which celebrate Canada's Native American heritage.

Day 3 - Free time in Vancouver

You're free today to explore further. You could escape the city and take the bus to Grouse Mountain for a ride on the Skyride cable car, which boasts jaw-dropping views across Vancouver's skyline, Pacific Ocean and nearby Gulf Islands. At the top, you can enjoy a range of seasonal activities, including sleigh rides or a snow limo. Perhaps stay closer to the bustle of the city and sample the flavours of Granville Island, which boasts a mouth-watering food market and an array of craft studios.

Day 4 - The Canadian

We transfer to Union Station and board The Canadian for our overnight journey through the majestic Rocky Mountains to Jasper. The Canadian is truly iconic, transporting us in restored stainless steel carriages through incredible landscapes in comfort. During the night, we climb into the foothills of the Rockies, awakening to the sight of glaciers, lakes, plunging canyons, frozen waterfalls and soaring snow-covered peaks illuminated by the sun's first rays of the day.

Day 5 - Jasper

We arrive in Jasper, a quaint mountain town at the edge of the wilderness and located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. The town is surrounded by tree-covered mountains, and at this time of year, is often blanketed in snow. With free time to look around after checking into our hotel for two nights, you could take a walk through the wintry streets, admiring quaint houses and small shops. It isn't unusual to even see a family of elk crossing the road.

Day 6 - Christmas Day

We enjoy a relaxed day of festivities to celebrate Christmas, including a slap-up lunch of traditional treats, and there can be no better environment in which to set out on your annual, Christmas Day walk.

Day 7 - Boxing Day in Banff

Leaving Jasper and its national park behind, we begin the drive to Banff, travelling along the world-famous Icefields Parkway - a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper. Travelling along a lake-lined valley, past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies, we pass by the Columbia Icefields and the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way, we stop at Lake Louise, which at this time of year is completely frozen over, to admire the views of soaring peaks covered in verdant pine forests which slope away from the lakeshore.

Day 8 - Tour of Banff

Today's excursion takes us on a tour around the natural wonders of Banff. Exploring with a local guide, we visit Lake Minnewanka, Two Jack Lake, where we're greeted by a stunning backdrop of emerald-green waters and a sweeping panorama of Mount Rundle, the Banff Hoodoos, a cluster of needle-like sedimentary rocks, Surprise Corner, which, as the name suggests, delivers spectacular and surprising views of and Bow Falls. We also take a ride on the Banff Gondola, a cable car that transports us to the summit of Sulphur Mountain to marvel at the wintry scenes laid out beneath us.

Day 9 - Free time in Banff

Enjoy a free day to make the most of wintertime in the Rocky Mountains. There are plenty of seasonal activities to keep you occupied, including snow show tours, horse and carriage rides and husky-hauled sleigh rides through the snowy countryside. If you're a keen skier, you may like to make your way into the surrounding peaks to ski a few trails. Or perhaps something a little more sedate is more your pace, in which case there are plenty of cosy cafés and restaurants where you can while away the time.

Day 10 - Calgary

We transfer to Calgary, where we board our flight back to London Heathrow.

Day 11 - London

Landing in the UK, our festive holiday finishes and you're free to continue home.

Additional information

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Elk and Avenue, Banff

Elk and Avenue, Banff

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Forest Park Hotel

Forest Park Hotel, Jasper

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Frances Williams

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Submitted 5/Jan

The holiday was a realisation of a long-held ambition. Unfortunately because of covid restrictions it was not as enjoyable as I hoped. Our UK leader was unable to travel and we needed her expertise to enjoy the break

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Patricia

5 stars

Submitted 3/Jan

The whole trip was very good and special thanks must go to our tour manager Harriet Pearson who was brought in at very short notice but her experience as a tour manager enabled her to deal with both U.K. and USA Covid tests and form filling, which she dealt with exceptionally well. The whole trip was most enjoyable.

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