The past comes alive. Travel from the Galapagos Archipelago to the Sacred Valley of the Incas. More than a vacation, this Explorations tour offers a look into mankind's collective history. Cruise the Galapagos Islands, made famous by Charles Darwin. Set foot in two hemispheres at the Equatorial Line Monument. Connect with one of a kind wildlife and delve into ancient cultures. Overnight at the base of Machu Picchu and take advantage of the chance to explore this 'Lost City' twice in two days. Visit the UNESCO Spanish colonial cities of Lima, Quito and Cuzco. Throughout Ecuador and Peru, look toward the future and reflect on days gone by.
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- 9 Days
|Day 1||Vancouver||Vancouver, British Columbia - Tour Begins: Join us for a remarkable journey through the stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes of the Canadian Rockies. Your adventure opens in Vancouver.|
|Day 2||Vancouver||Vancouver - VIA Rail: A city tour of Vancouver begins this morning at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada's renowned urban rainforest. Then, continue to Chinatown, the waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century center comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. Stroll picturesque Granville Island and its fascinating markets. This evening, enjoy dinner overlooking the city skyline. Later, board VIA Rail's The Canadian to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations.|
|Day 3||Vancouver||VIA Rail - Jasper, Alberta: Enjoy a lovely hot breakfast in the dining car as your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mt. Cheadle. Relax in the dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mt. Robson - the highest peak of the Rockies! Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway.|
|Day 4||Jasper||Jasper: This morning we travel to Maligne Lake and enjoy breakfast* against the backdrop of the picture-perfect sparkling waters of the lake. While at Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, you may choose to embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Later, enjoy the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of the area's most spectacular landmarks. Return to your hotel with leisure time to explore this lovely town.|
|Day 5||Icefields Parkway||Icefields Parkway - Glacier Experience or Glacier Skywalk - Banff: Set off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Banff. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway! Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snowcapped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas - so have your camera handy! Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. Stop at the Columbia Icefield and choose a fun ride** across this mass of glacial ice which is over 1,000 feet thick - the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle; or, take a walk on the Glacier Skywalk to experience the breathtaking views of the Sunwapta Valley and witness the dramatic landscape from the glass-floored platform. Continuing down the parkway, be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake - a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity. Later, arrive in Banff and soak in your location for the next three nights amid the backdrop of the majestic Canadian Rockies.|
|Day 6||Banff||Banff - Lake Louise - Banff: Embark on a journey to spectacular Lake Louise. En route, view the spectacular Moraine Lake and the awe-inspiring Valley of the Ten Peaks. The jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Upon arrival enjoy lunch at the Ski Louise Lodge. Then, board the gondola and ascend the mountain in fourteen minutes, to a height of 6,850 feet above sea level. Marvel at the spectacular panoramic views of mountain ranges while keeping an eye out for grizzly bears who call this mountain home. At the upper gondola terminal, take in one of Banff National Park's greatest views, and then visit the Interpretive Centre to learn about the bears in this area, their habitat and history. Next, visit the shores of the famous turquoise blue lake and the incomparable Chateau Lake Louise. You may choose to hike along the lakeshore or simply relax in the majesty of your surroundings.|
|Day 7||Banff||Banff: Set off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and Hoodoos - known as the 'Land of the Sleeping Giants.' Next, meet a local ammolite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff's delightful downtown. This evening experience another Diner's Choice...you'll choose the perfect spot from one of Banff's great restaurants.|
|Day 8||Banff||Banff - Calgary: Leave the wonders of the Rockies for the prairies of Alberta en route to the Kananaskis Valley. Visit a local ranch where you can play a game of horseshoes, take a line dance lesson and enjoy a wagon ride** in search of buffalo. Meet the family that lives there to gain insight into their daily life on the ranch. Then, delight in a traditional Albertan barbecue with beautiful views of the mountains in the background. Later, enjoy the views of the prairies before you reach the vibrant city of Calgary.|
|Day 9||Calgary||Calgary - Tour Ends: Your tour ends today in Calgary.|
- Westin Bayshore Vancouver , Canada
- Westin Calgary Calgary, Canada
- Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper, Canada
- Rimrock Resort Banff, Canada
- VIA Rail Canada Vancouver, Canada
- Listel Vancouver Vancouver, Canada
- Tonquin Inn Jasper, Canada
- * NOTE:Tour prices are land only rates based on per person, double occupancy. Some dates may feature various changes in hotels, sightseeing and inclusions. Please confirm your specific itinerary at the time of booking. Government taxes and fees are additional. Land rates are guaranteed at time of deposit. Certain taxes and fees are to be paid upon exiting the country in local currencies.
Airfare is additional and is available through Collette Vacations.