July 9: Salt Lake to Missoula: Our tour today departs from Salt Lake on a late model, luxury coach equipped with WiFi, DVD, restroom, etc. Today is a drive day as we get acquainted with one another. Our lunch is in Idaho Falls and our hotel tonight is in Missoula. A welcome dinner is included this evening. Tour to pay for dinner today.
July 10: Missoula to Glacier Park to Waterton: This morning, we drive into Glacier National Park. After a chance see beautiful Lake Macdonald and get a bite of lunch, we will board the park vehicles, affectionately named "Jammers" (1920 refurbished convertibles) and travel through the park. Guides will provide interesting commentary as we travel over Logan Pass on the "Going to the Sun" road. This is the beginning of a VOLUME of incredible scenery that we’ll be seeing on this tour. This 50 mile stretch of road through the middle of the park is truly awesome to see. We'll enjoy stops in different areas of the park. We will then take a short drive across the Canadian border into the town of Waterton. Tour to pay for breakfast and Park Tour today
July 11: Waterton to Calgary: Welcome to Waterton, a charming mountain town in the Canadian Rockies. We have time to enjoy it today. You’ll have some free time this morning to take a stroll to Cameron Falls, do a little shopping in town, or just relax and enjoy. This is part of Waterton Lakes National Park that was established in 1895 and you'll enjoy this magnificent setting on Waterton Lake with the Rockies in the background. In the late morning, we'll board the Waterton Shoreline boat and cruise through the peaceful waters, across the international border, and back to the town. It’s the best way to enjoy the scenery. We’ll then enjoy lunch before we continue our journey north, arriving at our hotel in the Calgary area around 5:00. Tonight you’ll have the option to go to Stampede Park and enjoy the famous Chuckwagon Races and an outdoor stage performance. There is singing, dancing, comedy and so much more. The show ends with an impressive fireworks display. It’s is one of the grandest outdoor stage show anywhere and exceptional every year. Tour to pay for boat ride and breakfast today.
July 12: Calgary to Banff Area: Today we’ll sleep in and go to a fun community pancake breakfast (very fun to enjoy time with the locals). By 10:30, we’ll be at Stampede Park to enjoy some time at “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. It’s fun to wander and enjoy the displays and atmosphere in the fairgrounds. After lunch, we have reserved seats for the famous Rodeo. Even if you're not a rodeo fan, you'll have a ball! If you are a rodeo fan, you'll be in heaven. This is the 106th Calgary Stampede and it’s fun to be a part of it. We then drive 90 minutes to our hotel in Canmore, Alberta (near Banff) where we spend two nights. Tour to pay for breakfast and Stampede tickets today.
July 13: Columbia Ice Fields: Today you will see the most beautiful alpine scenery in North America. After breakfast at our hotel, we'll enjoy an excursion into Jasper National Park and the Columbia Ice Fields. The Icefields Parkway is among the world’s most scenic drives, with views of mountains and lakes that are among the most dramatic in the world. We’ll stop at Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and other overlooks. Our destination is the spectacular Athabasca Glacier, a massive river of ice that continues inch its way south. We'll board the Snow Coaches and go onto the glacier (one of the few places in the world where one can do that). On the way back, we’ll take you into the heart of Banff for an evening to enjoy some browsing, dinner on your own and strolling in this scenic town. Tour to pay for breakfast and Columbia Icefields today.
July 14: Banff Area to Revelstoke: Welcome to Banff National Park as we continue living in postcards today A short drive takes us to stunning Moraine Lake (flanked by seven glaciers) among the most beautiful lakes in the Rockies. We then drive 20 minutes to incomparable Lake Louise, the most well known and most photographed lake in the Rockies, with the Victoria Glacier in the background. You’ll have time to stroll along the lakeshore or paddle a canoe or take it in as you wish. We have a delicious included lunch at the Deer Lodge near this stunning lake. We then continue to another iconic scene which is Emerald Lake. You’ll have some time to stroll the paths and take in the spectacular lake and mountain backdrop. Our afternoon drive takes us into Yoho National Park and into the picturesque Revelstoke area. Our hotel tonight is the charming Three Valley Gap Chateau. The hotel sits on a lake with mountains on three sides and is adjacent to an authentic ghost town. You'll have some time to relax, take a walk, and just enjoy the setting. Tonight will be a treat as we enjoy a barbecue steak or chicken dinner in the adjacent ghost town. Tour to pay for lunch and dinner.
July 15: Three Valley Gap to Vancouver: We’ll have a leisurely morning today, departing the resort at 10:00. Our drive takes us out of the Rockies through Kamloops and into the Vancouver area. We’ll stop in Chilliwack and visit beautiful Bridal Veil Waterfall. In addition, we’ll take you to the famous Othello Tunnels for a scenic stroll over a beautiful gorge along a now extinct railway. We stay in the Vancouver suburb of Abbotsford tonight where we have included a nice dinner near our hotel. Tour to pay for breakfast and dinner.
July 16: Vancouver to Victoria: This morning, we'll have a chance to enjoy some of the highlights of this beautiful city like Stanley Park, the Lion's Gate Bridge and more. The highlight of the morning will be a visit to the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge spanning a lovely gorge and river below. You'll be amazed at the beauty on the outskirts of Vancouver. There’s time for a short stroll in the beauty of these natural forests. We’ll give you time for lunch in downtown Vancouver and an interesting visit to Queen Elizabeth Park before continuing to the ferry terminal to catch our 4:00 ferry to Victoria. Our hotel tonight is in downtown Victoria, one of North America’s must cee cities. Tour to pay for breakfast.
July 17: Victoria all day: Welcome to Canada’s most gentle city. This morning we'll enjoy a tour of Victoria provided by our good friend (Robert) who lives in Victoria. There is much to show you. Our tour will end at the harbor where you’ll enjoy some free time in this charming area. There are shops, restaurants, charm and ambiance galore. We have included a spectacular lunch at Vista 18 (18th Floor), overlooking the charming Inner Harbor. We then drive to Butchart Gardens, perhaps the most famous gardens in the world. There are 49 acres of garden paradise. We'll have plenty of time to stroll the lovely paths of this Garden of Eden. We'll return to our hotel for dinner and free time tonight. Tour to pay for city tour, lunch and Butchart Gardens.
July 18: Victoria to Seattle Area: This morning we ferry off of Vancouver Island back to the mainland. We cross the border back into the USA stopping for lunch in Bellingham. In the afternoon, we have a fun surprise in store. You may not have heard about it, but it is the most photographed attraction in Washington state. We’ll drive to Deception State Park a scenic collection of 10 islands in the beauty of the Pacific. We’ll board a comfortable Jet Boat (one hour ride) and cruise through this scenic area and under the famous Deception Pass Bridge as we look for wildlife and enjoy the beauty (we sometimes see whales). Our hotel is just north of Seattle in Mt. Vernon. Tour to pay for breakfast and Jet Boat.
July 19: Seattle to Salt Lake: This morning we'll take a short drive into Seattle. We'll visit to nearby Ballard Locks where ships from Puget Sound make their way into the Pacific. A very interesting stop. We’ll make a picture stop overlooking Seattle before continuing into downtown Seattle for lunch and browsing at famous Pike’s Place Market in the heart of the city. We then transfer to the airport for our flight back home. Tour to pay breakfast today.