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  • Calgary
  • Banff 
  • Jasper
  • Kamloops
  • Vancouver
  • Cruise/croisière

Discover West Canada without rental car ... incredible but true! You arrive at the various hot spots aboard the famous and luxurious Rocky Mountaineer, an experience per se. Banff, Jasper ... you will experience Canada’s most breath-taking scenery Vancouver and Victoria are also on your programme. And to round off in the samen extraordinary beauty we have added a 7-day cruise through Alaska's fjords and bays! Pinch your arm and see if you're dreaming!

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Day 1 - Calgary > Banff (136 km)

Today you will be enthralled by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains as you travel along its foothills towards the bustling town of Banff. Here the glorious peaks of the Banff National Park masterfully enclose the park lands. Take your time and stop to enjoy and marvel at the natural beauty along your route.

Standard Hotel:  Elk and Avenue Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Brewster Mountain Lodge (Continental Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Banff Springs
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Day 2 - Banff National Park

Banff National Park, one of Canada’s most captivating parks, is yours to explore! Whether you wish to board the cable car to the top of Mt. Suphur; go hiking, mountain bike or prefer to enjoy a day of horse-riding or rafting, the easy to advanced level trails offer the best opportunity to experience the natural wonders of the area and the charming setting of the town.

Standard Hotel:  Elk and Avenue Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Brewster Mountain Lodge (Continental Breakfast)
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Banff Springs
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Day 3 - Banff > Jasper (288 km)

Your day starts with a transfer to Jasper. You visit the Columbia Icefield with a surface area of 325km². On board the Ice Explorer you reach the Athabasca Glacier. Time for a walk ! For the more adventurous the glass skywalk or observation bridge 280m above the Sunwapta valley will be a definite victory (included). The views, a A lust for the eyes !

Standard Hotel:  Marmot Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  The Crimson
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Park Lodge
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Day 4 - Jasper

Day at leisure to comb the stunning mountainous surroundings of Jasper and participate in excursions on location.

Standard Hotel:  Marmot Lodge
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Superior Hotel:  The Crimson
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Park Lodge
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Day 5 - Jasper > Kamloops r+ 441 km (B-L)

All aboard ! The famous Rocky Mountaineer leaves from jasper station and your seat aboard has been prebooked ! Sit back and relax in all comfort while awe-inspiring landscapes glide by your window. West canada at its best!

Standard Hotel:  Thompson Hotel
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Superior Hotel:  Thompson Hotel
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Deluxe Hotel:  Thompson Hotel
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Day 6 - Kamloops > Vancouver r+ 354 km (B-L)

Your last stretch aboard the Rocky Mountaineer will guide you through cowboy ranch land and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. En-route the history and legends of this pioneer territory are revealed.

Standard Hotel:  Holiday Inn Downtown
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Superior Hotel:  The Georgian Court
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Hotel
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Day 7 - Vancouver > Victoria > Vancouver

You exchange the train for the ferry. From Vancouver you sail along the picturesque Gulf Islands to Victoria, the charming capital of British Columbia. A visit to Butchart Botanical Gardens and a city sightseeing tour along the stately homes and historic landmarks is included. You return to Vancouver in the late afternoon.

Standard Hotel:  Holiday Inn Downtown
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Superior Hotel:  The Georgian Court
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Deluxe Hotel:  The Fairmont Hotel
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Day 8 - 14 - Cruise to and in Alaska

Today you board the Holland America Cruise ship. For the next 7 days you sail through the Alaskan fjords, the Inside passage and bays characterized by glaciers and snowy mountain tops. Expect a wow content of 11 out of 10!

Deluxe Hotel:  Holland America cruise ship MS Volendam (Full board)
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Standard Hotel:  Holland America cruise ship MS Volendam (Full board)
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Superior Hotel:  Holland America cruise ship MS Volendam (Full board)
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Day 15 - Vancouver

Your cruise has come full circle. You dock at the Vancouver Cruise Terminal. From here you reach the airport on your own account, extend with a Vancouver citytrip or Vancouver Island discovery, for instance, where you can spot bears or whales in their habitat. Awesome!

Banff Horseriding in Sundance

 2 hours

Enjoy the fresh mountain air of the Rockies during your horseback ride. You ride along the banks of the river Bow and cross over Sulfur mountain. A unique opportunity to enjoy nature with all your 5 senses and make beautiful photos as lifelong souvenirs. 

Season:  operates 24 APR - 05 OCT. Min. 8 years; max 113 kg / 250 pounds

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Banff Gondola

 2 hours

From the cable car that takes you to the summit of the Sulfur Mountain you can admire breathtaking panoramas. Follow the marked walk on top of the mountain. Super instructive and stunning views guaranteed.

Season:  operates 1 APR > 31 OCT. Child rate: age 6 > 15

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Jasper Walk the Athabasca Glacier

 1h20

Travel to the heart of the Rockies and board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed 4x4 vehicle, to the 6 km large Athabasca glacier. You will feel the ice crack underneath your shoes. An exceptional experience, especially in summer! 

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.
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Jasper Rafting the Athabasca River

 2h30

What is the best way to experience Canada like real Canadians and explore nature up close?
Thanks to your experienced guide you see the landscapes and the wilderness like never before. This excursion does not need you to be experienced; the rafting is suitable for the whole family!

  • Season: Operates 10 MAY > 06 OCT (weather-permitting).
  • Childfare: age 2>5 and 6>17.
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Jasper On top of the Athabasca Glacier & Skywalk

 1/2 day

Besides exploring the Athabasca Glacier, you also get the chance to walk the brand new glass suspension bridge. Perched above a cliff over the Sunwapta Canyon,280 metres high, you will be awe-struck by the unlikely stunning panoramic views and the feeling to be on top of the world. A unique experience in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.

Season: Operates 19 APR > 14 OCT (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 6 > 15.

  • The excursion to Athabasca Glacier lasts 1h20, of which 90 min. are spend on the glacier
  • The time at skywalk is unlimited
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Cruise Lake Maligne

 1h30

You sail on one of the most famous lakes in Western Canada. An enthusiastic guide showers you with an abundance of information and it is easy to take that perfect shot that oozes with charm which will make the home front wish they were there. Super photogenic is also your stop on Spirit Island.

Season:  operates 25 MAY - 07 OCT. Child rate: age 6 > 15

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Vancouver by Bike

 3 hours

In the company of your guide, you will discover Vancouver, a city of impressive contrasts. The skyscrapers of downtown, the waterfront and the forest of Stanley Park, everything is there. For all ages and levels. E-bikes are available for adults at surcharge (10% off for all bookings prior to 31 DEC)

Season: operates 01 MAY > 31 OCT.  Child rate bike: age 10 > 17

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Victoria Whalewatching

 +/- 4 hours

On board a comfortable catamaran you sail through the Juan de Fuca strait in search of whales. Do not forget your camera!

Season: operates  01 MAY > 31 OCT.  Child and Youth rates are available upto 17 years of age.

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Vancouver by Seaplane

 30 min.

In Vancouver, travelling by sea plane is an (extra-)ordinary means of transport. The coming and going of planes and boats at the jetty resemble a water ballet. Discover the magic of Vancouver, located between the mountains and the sea, from up above. A camera is an absolute must as these sights are some of the finest you will wish to share...

Season: operates 01 MAY > 30 SEP.  Child fare: age 2 > 12

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Vancouver Fly over Alpine Lakes and Glaciers

 85 min.

Aboard the hydroplane you do not know where to look first as you overfly the snowcapped peak of Mount Mamquan (2600m) and if weather conditions allow you will land on the crystal clear waters of the alpine lake.

Season: Operates 01MAY > 30SEP (weather-permitting). Childfare: age 2 > 11.

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Hotels & Meals

Travel Documents

  • All Belgian nationals travelling on a Belgian passport (children and babies included) must be in possession of an international e-passport (electronic) containing min. 2 blank pages, valid for at least 1 day after their return home. All travellers to Canada must purchase an eTA or electronic Travel Authorisation online via the official website cic.gc.ca/english/visit/index.asp prior to entering canadian territory via its airports. Price: 7 CAD or +/- 5 Euros. Your eTA is valid for 5 years and linked to your passport number. This implies that as soon as your passport expires, so does your eTA.

  • To save time at Customs and Immigration in Canada, you can downmload the CanBorder eDeclaration app before your arrival. You will then receive a QR-code that remains valid for 24 hours. Thanks to the scanning of the QR code, you do not have to re-enter your data on the screen at the Customs counters. You can download via the Apple Store app or Google Play app.

  • Please note: A credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. All cross-border travellers with the USA must on top be in possession of an international passport and an ESTA. The digital passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the set date of your return flight. The electronic travel authorization must be purchased online by means of a personal credit card via the official link https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/esta/ (14 USD on 20JAN2015). Your ESTA is valid for max. 2 years. Should your international passport expire within that period, so does your ESTA as it is linked to your passport number. We strongly recommend you to print out the Esta- or Eta permit and to have it on you while you travel to avoid problems.

  • Travellers with a non-Belgian nationality and / or travellers travelling on a foreign passport are invited to spontaneously report this matter to the Connections travel consultant and shall contact their respective embassy (s) or Consulate (ate) to obtain the latest updates concerning all current travel requirements and documents.

Insurances

Have a safe and carefree trip: travel fully insured with our Protections travel insurance! Our Protections insurance policies offer various formulas in order to offer you the widest possible cover (with even a fly-on-time, natural catastrophes and epidemics) for both single journeys or for the entire year. We guarantee you the best protection at the best price.

Tailored travel

The tours in our brochures are just a few examples of travel itineraries possible. Our trips can be tailored to suit your specific needs. If you want to book a specific destination or combine it with a mini-tour then we will gladly make you a tailor-made offer. For a personalised day-by-day program please contact our destination experts.

Would you like to travel in a group; with your entire family, friends or colleagues? (min. 10 people required). Put our know-how to the test and send us your details and wishes. We will gladly turn the blueprints of your trip into a detailed quote and a lasting memory for you to cherish. Contact our Connections' Group Service by e-mail at groups@connections.be or by telephone on +32 (0)2 550 01 65. We would love to hear from you.

Health

No mandatory vaccinations. To verify the latest updates on health requirements, please surf to www.itg.be.

Time Zones

  • In The East (Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa): - 6 h.
  • Alberta (Banff, Jasper, Calgary): - 8 h.
  • British Colombia (Vancouver, Victoria, Kamloops): - 9 h.
Daylight saving time 2015: In Canada the clock is set forward in the night of Saturday 7 March to Sunday 8 March. In Belgium, the clock is set forward on the night of Saturday March, 28 to Sunday, March 29th. This entails that between 8 and 29 March, the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Winter time 2015: Belgium turns the clock back one hour on the night of Saturday, October 24th to Sunday, October 25th.  Canada turns back the arms of the clock on the night of Saturday, 1 November to Sunday, 2 November. That entails that during the latter week the time difference is one hour less than indicated above.

Currency

Currency

Canadian Dollars (CAD); 10 CAD = 6.62€ / 1€ = 1.50 CAD (16/08/2018)

Methods of Payment

A personal credit card is required upon check-in at the hotels and also when renting a car. Credit cards are very convenient and widely accepted and ATMs are readily available.

Climate

The climate is comparable to ours. In spring, days are nice and nights are fresh.

In summer temperatures can reach peaks, especially in the East. In the West, there is more chance of precipitation and it is cooler than in the East.

On the coast and around the lakes it is usually a lot cooler.

Average Temperatures (in °C):
DESTINATION  J  F  M  A  M  J  J  A  S  O  N  D
Montreal -10 -09 -03 06 13 18 21 20 15 09 02 -07
Toronto -04 -03  01 08 14 19 22 21 17 11 05 -01
Vancouver  03  05  07 10 14 17 19 19 14 11 07  05

What's included?

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in the listed hotels or equivalent
  • 7 nights onboard the Holland America cruise ship M/S Volendam in full board ( from dinner on day 8 till breakfast on day 14) in a standard inside cabine
  • The mentionned transfers and meals
  • Your journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper to Vancouver in Silver Leaf Service
  • Your excursion to Columbia Icefield & Skywalk
  • Your full day excursion from Vancouver to Victoria (& ferry)

What's not included?

Your intercontinental return flights, non-listed meals and beverages, personal expenses and tipping during the cruise...

Good to Know

Please note: this tour is also available in the opposite direction starting at Vancouver (eastbound). In this case, the cruise to and in Alaska comes first and your trip ends in Calgary. The rates and departure dates are available in your favourite travel shop.

Rocky Mountaineer: An upgrade to the Gold Leaf Service can be booked at a surcharge of € 530 / pp. The train is fitted with a bar/restaurant wagon and a glass roof vehicle to maximize the views of the surrounding landscapes and mountain peaks.
Cruise: An outdoor cabin or cabin with a balcony is availably at surcharge. All info will be provided by your Connections travel shop.

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