- Canada and the Rockies
Taking you into the great outdoors of Canada, our 8-day adventure showcases bewitching spectacles: from the grizzly bears inspecting Lake Louise's shores to the breath-taking mountain pass through Glacier National Park and the ice gouged chasm of Johnston Canyon. Along the way encounter utopias of the Great White North including the small town charm of Banff and one of the world's great scenic cities, Vancouver.
Depart London on your scheduled flight to Calgary where you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of today will be at leisure.
This morning, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Calgary. Set in the rolling foothills of the majestic Canadian Rockies, view the city's key sights including Scotsman's Hill, Stampede Park, Calgary Tower and Fort Calgary.
Travel from Calgary to Banff National Park and embark on a day tour of the to discover some of Canada's best-kept wilderness secrets. Taking the scenic Tunnel Mountain Drive route, admire the magnificent spires of layered rock carved by the elements within Bow Valley. Later, climb a short distance to view Bow Falls, a dramatic backdrop of many classic Hollywood films. A gondola-ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain has also been included, allowing you to marvel at the enormity of the six surrounding mountain ranges.
Continue along the Bow Valley Parkway for more unforgettable scenery including Johnston Canyon, a deep limestone ravine which can be explored upon a walkway. Visit Moraine Lake, a glacially fed lake that turns turquoise blue as it begins to thaw in the summer months, before finally arriving at Lake Louise, one of Canada's most beautiful freshwater lakes and home to a thriving population of grizzly bears, moose and timber wolves. Later embark on a journey on board a snow coach to navigate the rugged Columbia Icefield, formed from an ancient glacier.
Board your coach and embark on a breath-taking journey abound for cinematic vistas as you travel west through Yoho and Glacier National Parks. Later today arrive at the city of Kamloops in British Columbia for an evening at leisure.
Your journey continues along the picturesque Duffy Lake Road, a winding route affording visitors a superb vantage point to admire Duffy Lake's shimmering reflection of the surrounding mountain range. A stop will be made in the skier's paradise of Whistler to stretch your legs before continuing along the Sea to Sky Highway, arriving at Vancouver.
Framed by a rippling ocean scarred by ferry trails, vast forests of mighty Cedars and snow-dusted pinnacles, Vancouver boasts one of the most spectacular settings of any city on the planet. During your tour visit the 1,000 acre Stanley Park, one of the largest city parks in North America. Later stop at Granville Island, whose indoor market offers a colourful assortment of gastronomic delights. Today concludes upon the world's longest and highest suspended footbridge, which will take you over the towering tops of evergreens allowing you to peak down onto the roaring Capilano River below.
This morning, transfer to Vancouver airport for your return flight back to the UK.
Patricia Pearce09 Jul 19
The Red Carpet Inn in Banff was not of the same standard as the other three hotels, with no dining facilities -breakfast was taken at the next door establishment. However, the position of the hotel in the centre of Banff made up for this.
Graham Yates15 Jun 17
The guide Barb, was truly excellent as was the driver Russell.
Excellent hotels & ideally positioned in the centre of most of the locations.
A Canadian ESTA will be required for entry into Canada. For the Alaska Cruise Extension, an American ESTA will be required. Further advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you check your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding passport validity.
We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.
If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.
Your flight to Canada is with British Airways, departing from London Heathrow, Terminal 5. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage (40cm/30cm/15cm) plus 1 item of hand luggage not exceeding in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase, or laptop case. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your final documentation. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-In should be at least 3 hours before departure. IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure. A printed E-ticket is no longer required at check-in, all you need to do is present your passport to the staff at the desk and your boarding pass will be given to you.
It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.
This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves moderate days of walking on uneven paths and small hills, and getting on and off coaches. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.
The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 20, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 20 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and a full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.
This is an escorted tour, meaning the you will have the services of an English speaking guide during each excursion ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. We recommend that you exchange your currency before you leave the UK.
You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any meals and personal purchases, such as souvenirs, extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £500-£600 per person should be sufficient for the duration of your tour. Please also bear in mind that there will be several shopping opportunities throughout your tour. Tipping is at your discretion, however we would recommend approximately $7 per person per day. Tips are accepted in the local currency, however it is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency that you only pay with notes, as coins cannot be exchanged.