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Grand Canadian Passage

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Day 2: Calgary / Banff National Park / Banff
Day 3: Banff / Yoho National Park / Lake Louise / Banff
Day 4: Banff / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops, British Columbia
Day 5: Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver
Day 6: Vancouver
Day 7: Vancouver / Depart for U.S.

Optional Post-Tour: Victoria

Day 1: Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
After arriving in Calgary, settle into the luxurious Fairmont Palliser and experience its rich history and elegance, plus outstanding hospitality and location. This refined hotel, dating back to 1914, is centrally located in downtown Calgary, providing quick access to the sights and sounds of this welcoming city. Whether reveling in the 360-degree views from the top of Calgary tower, shopping at Stephen Avenue Walk—an outdoor pedestrian mall, or immersing yourself in art and culture at Glenbow Museum, a myriad of activities abound during leisure time prior to joining fellow travelers for a special welcome dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Palliser (D)

Day 2: Calgary / Banff National Park / Banff
Today's adventures include a visit to Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park and the flagship of the nation’s park system. Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin and bask in endless views of six magnificent mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, and the town of Banff. During free time at the top, visit the interactive interpretive center and the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk, or grab a snack at one of the restaurants. From the observation decks at the summit complex, viscerally experience just why Banff is a part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Return to the base of the mountain by gondola and enjoy leisure time strolling Banff's charming Main Street to peruse the quaint shops and boutiques. Afterwards, join a local guide to explore Banff's special sights, making it one of the world-renowned destinations of the Canadian Rockies.

Later, arrive at the acclaimed Rimrock Resort Hotel, ideally situated directly across from Banff Hot Springs. This evening, perhaps visit the thermal waters for an authentic heritage experience, a treasured activity of both locals and visitors.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B)

Day 3: Banff / Yoho National Park / Lake Louise / Banff
After breakfast, begin a full-day tour of Banff followed by a visit to Yoho National Park. Named for a Cree expression meaning awe and wonder, Yoho features magnificent natural wonders like majestic mountain ranges, waterfalls, the serene waters of Emerald Lake, and a natural Rock Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River.

Later, take advantage of free time to walk around Lake Louise—a pristine setting of turquoise water, the Victoria Glacier, and marvelous mountains—providing abundant photography opportunities.
Overnight: The Rimrock Resort Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 4: Banff / Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops, British Columbia
This morning, transfer to Banff Station to board the Rocky Mountaineer. Riding the rails through the Canadian Rockies is an adventure like no other, combining breathtaking natural beauty with educational historical insights, and delicious samplings of regional cuisine. Celebrate with fellow travelers during a welcome toast at departure, and delight in a sophisticated GoldLeaf Service lunch—seated in a relaxing dining car outfitted with picture windows, white tablecloths, and fine china—during the journey to Kamloops.

Gliding towards the interior of British Columbia, embrace the dramatic changes in scenery from one of the outdoor viewing platforms —perfect spots to capture photographs of the enigmatic landscape and take in the fresh Rockies air. There will be no shortage of images worth capturing and remembering on this special trip.

Today’s highlights include the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, the climb over Rogers Pass, and Craigellachie—where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven.

Keep a keen eye out for wildlife as well. Animals often spotted along the four rail routes the train travels include grizzly and black bears, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, elk, and eagles. Your engineers and onboard hosts are also on the lookout, and they will notify guests when any creatures are spotted.
Overnight: Kamloops Lodging (B,L)

Day 5: Kamloops / Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver
Back aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, continue the journey west as you view the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate, the deepest and most narrow part of the Fraser Canyon. The track follows along the edge of the canyon, traversing old trestle bridges and tunnels.

After a leisurely dinner on your own in Vancouver, take advantage of a restful evening at a gorgeous hotel in the center of downtown. Known as the “Castle in the City,” the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver received a 2019 Forbes Travel Guide four-star rating and TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B,L)

Day 6: Vancouver
Following breakfast, join your Orbridge Travel Director for a guided tour of Vancouver. Afterward, discover the natural beauty of Stanley Park in comfort and style during a memorable horse-drawn ride. Stanley Park is a 1,000-acre wonderland featuring totem poles that display the artistry of British Columbia's First Nations, the Hollow Tree—a western red cedar tree stump nearly 800 years old with a hollow center—and the statue, Girl in a Wetsuit, representing Vancouver's dependence on the sea. Your local guide will offer insightful commentary punctuated with the clip-clop of horse hooves, great views, and stops for photo opportunities.

Next is a visit to Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, Gastown. Covering 12 city blocks, this stylish area blends hip with heritage. It's best known for beautiful Victorian-style architecture, where visitors of Water Street find cobblestones, vintage lamp posts, and a statue of the man who started it all, Gassy Jack Deighton. Stop to see the city's infamous attraction, the whistling Steam Clock, along with a mix of souvenir stores, boutiques, restaurants, clubs, and art galleries.

Then enjoy leisure time to explore Granville Island on your own. Art lovers will enjoy the island's dozens of galleries and studios highlighting work from local artists, plus the opportunity to witness the creation of jewelry, leather goods, and more. Shoppers can browse the Railspur District featuring extensive collections of pottery and ceramics in addition to other handmade (and even delicious) goods. Outdoor enthusiasts can take joy in the forest, ocean, and city at the same time by walking the seawall, a path that extends for miles along Vancouver's waterfront. Birders have an opportunity to spot the island's many varieties of ducks, mergansers, geese, and cormorants. Architecture and history buffs will appreciate Granville Island's original buildings, preserved and repurposed to house boutiques, artisans, and vendors of today.

This afternoon, reconnect with fellow travelers during a special farewell lunch to celebrate a magnificent week in Canada.
Overnight: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver (B,L)

Day 7: Vancouver / Depart for U.S.
After breakfast, guests departing during the suggested times take the complimentary group transfer to Vancouver International Airport for flights home. Guests continuing on the optional post-tour will transfer to Victoria. (B)

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
(Itinerary subject to change.)

Activity Level:

Easy

Guests should be comfortable boarding and disembarking trains without assistance, walking and moving between coaches while the train is in motion and navigating stairs to upper level of the coach. Guests should also be able to enjoy outdoor walking with sure-footing on uneven terrain, get in and out of a motor coach without assistance, and be able to manage stairs.