Discover Vancouver, Victoria, Banff & Lake Louise with Fairmont Hotels
Our tailor-made discovery tour is the perfect introduction to the best of Canada's west. This independent multi-centre itinerary takes you to the most popular destinations in British Columbia and Alberta, including Vancouver, Victoria, Banff and Lake Louise, staying in the famous Fairmont Hotels in each location.
You have the opportunity to add optional excursions in each destination including a Hop-On, Hop-Off tour of Vancouver which takes you to all of the major attractions in the city, including Stanley Park and Chinatown. In Victoria you can add an excursion to the beautiful Butchart Gardens and also enjoy an exhilarating whale watching cruise. In Banff you can lookout for wildlife on an evening excursion through the wilderness and take a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for 360-degree panoramic views.
This tour completes with a night at the famous Fairmont Lake Louise Hotel, set right on the lakes edge surrounded by the towering peaks of Banff National Park.
Day 1 - Travel to Vancouver
Take your flight from the UK to Vancouver, arriving the same day and in time for you to enjoy an evening in this spectacular city. You will be transferred to your Vancouver accommodation from the airport.
Day 2 - Vancouver
On this full day in Vancouver we recommend taking the optional Hop-On, Hop-Off Vancouver sightseeing tour. This tours helps you get familiar with the layout of the city and gives you the flexibility to get on and off the bus wherever you wish and take in some of the highlights which include a one way ticket with False Creek Ferries to Granville Island with its amazing public market, galleries and boutiques, you will also be able to visit the 1000 acres Stanley Park with its Totem Poles .
Day 3 - Victoria, Vancouver Island
Today you will take a 35-minute scenic seaplane flight from Vancouver to Victoria on Vancouver Island where you will spend 2-nights at Fairmont Empress Hotel. In the afternoon we recommend the optional tour of Butchart Gardens. These gardens were named a National Historic Site of Canada in 2004, the 100th birthday of the gardens. The 55 acres of beautiful gardens are glorious anytime of year. You are free to stroll through the gardens are your own pace.
We can offer several optional excursions including a 2 hour Craft Beer & Culinary Tour which visits 4 of the city's finest brewpubs and restaurants and allows you to sample 7 types of beer and includes 3 stops for food. Whale watching excursions are available between April - October and are a very popular activity from Victoria Harbour. Take an optional exhilarating 50 - 80km round trip in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales by zodiac boat.
Today you will take a flight from Victoria, Vancouver Island to Calgary, Alberta. On arrival you will be transferred by private vehicle to Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel where you will spend 2 nights. Your afternoon is free to enjoy the facilities of this grand hotel or take an optional Evening Wildlife Safari where you will travel through a variety of landscapes giving you excellent opportunities to observe animals in their natural environment.
Banff is an area of outstanding natural beauty with mountain ranges, lakes, waterfalls and wildlife. Some of the best ways to explore the surrounding areas include hiking or by canoe on one of the beautiful and tranquil lakes. Another popular activity includes the Banff Gondola which is a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain where you can enjoy 360-degree panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
Lake Louise is a spectacular glacier fed lake in the Banff National Park and is famous for its turquoise waters ringed by high mountain peaks and the lakeside Fairmont Lake Louise hotel where you will spend one night. One of the most popular activities from Lake Louise is the Columbia Icefield Discovery Tour, where you get to witness the glaciers up-close and travel on an Ice Explorer vehicle and walk on Athabasca Glacier, this can be arranged as an optional tour.