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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Kenya Railways – Nairobi to Mombasa or Vice Versa

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Kenya’s President, Uhuru Kenyatta, launched the revitalised/ new Standard Gauged Railway between Nairobi and Mombasa last week. This has cut the travelling time to just over 4 hours for the trip and with prices set at US$9-00 for economy class and US$30 for First Class this has become a real alternative to flying or buses.

There are plans to include a Business class carriage as well but these have yet to be delivered from China.

 

Kenya Lion

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This gives travellers another option for travel between thee two popular cities but you could also use the train for access to Tsavo East and West National Parks and the Taita Hills with the train stopping at Voi and Mtito Andei. Providing the service is maintained this is another way to see this beautiful country without the experience of some of the rough roads.

For expert advice on your tailor made holiday to Kenya call us on 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Kenya

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Destinations Show, Olympia

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Don’t forget we will be at Destinations Show at Olympia, London, on February 02, 03, 04 and 05. Find us on Stand AC32 which we are sharing with the American company Uncruise Adventures. Most of the team will be there over the 4 days and would love to see a friendly face or two. This is one of the biggest travel shows in the U.K and a great place to find new destinations and experiences that would suit you. If you have a particular place in mind for your holiday next year (or the year after) give us a call to book an appointment with our team expert for that part of the world. However we will be very pleased to see you as and when you are free.

For your free tickets to Destinations Show, please go to: http://www.destinationsshow.com/london/form/registration  and then type in MSC97 in the appropriate place.

We look forward to seeing you at either event.

Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

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Sydney and Melbourne are two cities that often feature on the wish list for a visit to Australia. Whilst the cities can be linked with a flight or rail journey, if time allows we suggest driving between the two – taking time to explore the beautiful scenery along the way.

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Sydney to Melbourne Coastal Drive

Sydney and Melbourne are two cities that often feature on the wish list for a visit to Australia. Whilst the cities can be linked with a flight or rail journey, if time allows we suggest driving between the two – taking time to explore the beautiful scenery along the way.

There are two key routes to choose between – the Coastal Drive and the Heritage Drive. In description, we have suggested an itinerary for the Coastal Drive.

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Day 1: Sydney

With its compact city centre and efficient public transport, Sydney is an easily accessible city with many of the main attractions close by. Enjoy a morning harbour cruise, a concert at the Opera House and blow away the cobwebs doing the Bridge Climb. Visit Bondi Beach and watch the surfers on the waves, shop in Paddington’s markets, enjoy a stroll around the Rocks and Circular Quay, or head out to glamorous Double Bay for designer shopping.

Three nights Sydney

Day 4: Wollongong

Take the stunning Grand Pacific Drive down the coast today. Starting south of Sydney at the entrance of the Royal National Park, this drive passes through picturesque seaside villages, coastal rainforests and the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge. With plenty of un-crowded beaches, a relaxed café culture and a plethora of activities on offer, Wollongong is a great place to stop along the way.

Two nights Wollongong 

Day 6: Jervis Bay

The Grand Pacific Drive continues south, through Shell harbour and Kiama before ending in Shoalhaven. Continue on to Jervis Bay – this is a beautiful marine park with stunning white sand beaches. Dolphin watching cruises are popular here, and you may be lucky enough to see migrating humpback and southern right whales (June/July and September to November).

Two nights Jervis Bay 

Day 8: Narooma

Continue down the coast to Narooma – from here explore Bateman’s Marine Park, or visit the Montague Island Nature Reserve and view the wildlife there – shearwaters, little penguins and fur seals.

One night Narooma

Day 9: Mallacoota

Crossing into Victoria today, for an overnight stay in the pretty coastal town of Mallacoota. Explore Croajingolong National Park and the many walking trails in the region. Gypsy Point is well worth a visit – a beautiful peninsula home to plenty of kangaroos.

One night Mallacoota 

Day 10: Lakes Entrance

Continue along the coast to Lakes Entrance. This is located on the edge of Ninety Mile Beach, where the Gippsland Lakes meets the Southern Ocean. Boating is a key activity of the area – take a cruise on the lakes, or enjoy some of the amazing fresh seafood that this region is known for. Explore the quaint seaside village of Metung and try your hand at fishing.

Two nights Lakes Entrance

Day 12: Wilsons Promontory

Drive towards Wilsons Promontory today. This park is a haven for native wildlife and has a plethora of walking trails. It’s the largest coastal wilderness area in Victoria, and is home to kangaroos, wombats, echidnas and emus amongst others.

Two nights Wilsons Prom 

Day 14: Phillip Island

Drive on to Phillip Island today. Here, see the little penguins as they come ashore at dusk, or explore some of the islands many cycle and walking trails. Phillip Island is also home to fur seals at certain times of the year, as well as koalas.

One night Phillip Island

Day 15: Melbourne

Complete the drive to Melbourne today. A free tram service circles around the edge of the Central Business District, enabling easy access to many attractions. Take in a sporting event at the Telstra Dome – a sliding roof here means there are no stoppages for rain. For an interesting dinner, try The Tram Car Restaurant, which tours the suburb of St Kilda with an excellent meal (remembering to hold onto your wine glass as the tram passes over the points)! Take a tour out to Pin Oak Court, the home of Neighbours’ Ramsey Street, or enjoy an adventurous city tour by Harley Davidson motorbike. Visit the Eureka Tower, which has a viewing platform 88 floors up, as well as The Edge – a cubed glass room which projects out from the building allowing you the view straight down.

Three nights Melbourne

Day 18: Depart Melbourne

Depart Melbourne today, for the onward or homeward journey.

Sydney Opera House Credit Tourism Australia

Sydney Opera House Credit Tourism Australia

 

 Jervis Bay, NSW, Credit Jarvis Bay Kayaks - Tourism Australia

Jervis Bay, NSW, Credit Jarvis Bay Kayaks – Tourism Australia

 

Beach at Wilsons Promontory, VIC Credit Hamish Ta-me, Tourism Australia

Beach at Wilsons Promontory, VIC Credit Hamish Ta-me, Tourism Australia

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island, VIC Credit David Hannah - Tourism Australia

Kitty Miller Bay, Phillip Island, VIC Credit David Hannah – Tourism Australia

 

Koala Phillip Island, VIC Credit Ross Holmberg - Tourism Australia

Koala Phillip Island, VIC Credit Ross Holmberg – Tourism Australia

 

Wilsons Promontory; Coastlines Credit Jeff Drewitz - Tourism Australia

Wilsons Promontory; Coastlines Credit Jeff Drewitz – Tourism Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

Phillip Island Credit Tourism Australia

Phillip Island Credit Tourism Australia

 

Australia's Coastal Wilderness Credit Sorrel Wilby - Tourism Australia

Australia’s Coastal Wilderness Credit Sorrel Wilby – Tourism Australia

 

Skyline, Melbourne, VIC Credit Cameron Ernst - Tourism Australia

Skyline, Melbourne, VIC Credit Cameron Ernst – Tourism Australia

 

 

 

 

 

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba - Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba – Tourism Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba - Tourism Australia

St Kilda, Melbourne, VIC Credit Roberto Seba – Tourism Australia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why not experience the exhilaration of a helicopter flight.  See Sydney’s most famous landmarks bathed in the glow of the setting sun above the glistening waters of Maroubra Beach and tracking north over the water at 500 feet for approximately  25 min.

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Belmond Andean Explorer – Peru

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Belmond have announced the arrival of an incredible new train journey in Peru – launching in May 2017 the Andean Explorer could be a fantastic addition to your holiday in the region.

 A carefully curated selection of four journeys will include ‘Peruvian Highlands’, a two night, three day journey departing from Cusco to Puno, where guests will be able to visit the remote villages and floating islands on Lake Titicaca, and then onwards to Arequipa, including a chance to stop and explore Colca Canyon, the realm of the condor. A shorter option, fully inclusive of all meals, an open bar and scheduled excursions, will be the ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey, crossing the Altiplano between Cuzco and Lake Titicaca.  

Picture copyright to Belmond - Richard James Taylor

Picture copyright to Belmond – Richard James Taylor

 

Picture credited to Belmond - Richard James Taylor

Picture credited to Belmond – Richard James Taylor

Inside the train you will be met by personal luxury cabins where you can relax along your journey, a lounge car for you to relax with friends and family, two dining rooms serving locally sourced ingredients from the Peruvian Andes and an observation car with an open deck so you can make the most of the ever changing landscape.

 

 

 

 If you would like to find out more or add this glorious train journey to your own bespoke, tailor made itinerary then please contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Picture copyright Belmont - Inge Moore

Picture copyright to Belmond – Inge Moore

 

Picture credited to Belmond - Inge Moore

Picture credited to Belmond – Inge Moore

 

Picture credited Belmond - Inge Moore

Picture credited to Belmond – Inge Moore

Book now for New England

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New England is perhaps most famous for the wonderful colours of its fall foliage; forests of maple trees don their autumn mantle of reds and gold in the transition from summer to the snows of the winter months.  However, a visit to the New England States of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Connecticut has far more to commend it than simply experiencing Mother Nature’s awesome autumn splendour.  Well known for its variety of accommodation from the small B&B’s, to Inns and larger luxury properties, as well as the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, the more rugged scenery of the Maine coastline dotted with colourful lighthouses and the mountains of New Hampshire and Vermont, there is something for everyone in New England.  We can help you tailor your plans to fit the time you have available, your expectations and budget.  We pride ourselves on helping you achieve your dreams, not simply selling you a holiday.

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If you would like to see the amazing fall colours this year then you need to book soon or alternatively start thinking about making this part of your next years holiday.  Please contact us to help make your bespoke, tailor made holiday really special and one to remember – Tel: 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Top Tips for Queensland, Australia

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We’ve detailed below our top tips for visitors to Queensland – a useful guide for those thinking about a future holiday.

  • Allow plenty of time! The state covers a vast area so if you’re limited on time, choose one or two regions and explore them thoroughly. For example, it would be easy to spend two weeks just exploring the areas surrounding Brisbane.

 

  • Northern Queensland has a tropical climate and two seasons – wet and dry. We recommend travelling in the dry season, between May and October. This also avoids the box jellyfish season too.

 

  • Southern Queensland has four seasons – but prides itself on the fact that it usually receives 300 sunny days a year! This part of the state is a year-round destination.

 

  • Take a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef by small yacht – with limited passenger numbers you’ll have a more individual experience of this Wonder of the World.

 

  • Go whale watching! From August until October, humpback whales can be found off the Fraser Coast as they nurture their young, play and socialise.

 

  • For an idyllic end to a Queensland trip, include stay on one of the many beautiful islands of the Great Barrier Reef or the Whitsundays – there are options to suit most budgets.

 

  • Whilst we’d usually suggest visitors self-drive in Queensland, if you’re not keen or not able to do so, consider taking the Spirit of Queensland train between Cairns and Brisbane – you can stop en route for stays in plenty of places of interest.

 

  • Search for wildlife! The state is not only home to the Great Barrier Reef, but also has plenty of land creatures to see, from koalas and kangaroos to platypus. crocodiles and the elusive cassowary. We can suggest the right places to give you the best chance of seeing the wildlife.

 

  • For a true outback experience, take the ‘Spirit of the Outback’ train to Longreach, home of cattle stations, the Qantas Founders Museum and Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

 

For more information, and for assistance planning a holiday to Queensland, call us on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk.

Picture Credit Tourism & Events Queensland

Picture Credit Tourism & Events Queensland

 

Credit Angie Watson

Credit Angie Watson

Great Rail Journeys of the World

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We are often asked what and where is the best rail journey in the world? So in answer to this we have detailed below some of our must do Great Rail Journeys of the World:

  • Consider the luxury rail experience offered by the Eastern and Oriental Express, operating between Singapore and Bangkok and taking two or three nights depending on the direction of travel. Enjoy vistas of tea plantations, rolling farmland, colonial cities and historic temples.
  • Take a rail journey in Vietnam, from the bustling city of Hanoi to the village of Sapa, located in the mountains overlooking spectacular views of the Ta Van valley’s terraced rice fields. The train operates overnight in both directions.
  • Think about the super-fast Shinkansen ‘Bullet Train’ in Japan. There are a number of routes on offer, but no trip to Japan is complete without at least one trip in the iconic Bullet Train.
Picture courtesy of JNTO

Picture courtesy of JNTO

 There are three iconic rail journeys available in New Zealand, one on the North Island, and two on the South.

  • On the North Island, the Northern Explorer runs from Auckland to Wellington through diverse countryside comprising of rolling farmland, towering viaducts and beautiful hidden valleys.
  • On the South Island, the Tranz Alpine train runs from Christchurch in the east to Greymouth in the west through stunning scenery. A stop is made in the small mountain town of Arthur’s Pass, where a stay enables a closer inspection of this Alpine region.  The Coastal Pacific runs from Picton (tying in perfectly with the ferry from Wellington on the NorthIsland)  south to Christchurch. This rail journey stops in Kaikoura en route, where a stay gives the opportunity to take a whale watching cruise.

 

  • An impressive and popular rail journey on the Devil’s Nose section of railway in Ecuador could be a part of your holiday itinerary.  Named Devil’s Nose due to the many deaths amongst workers as well as difficulty of building it, the route connects the Alausi and Sibambe stations taking a stunning trip down the rocky slopes of the Andes through breath-taking scenery.
  • Board the tourist train in Peru taking you on a journey through the Urubamba Valley or Sacred Valley of the Incas, to the marvellous mountaintop ruins of Machu Picchu.
  • One of the more popular rail routes is the Coast Starlight which takes you along the west coast between Seattle and Los Angeles stopping in Portland along the way. Why not take a day out of your itinerary to treat yourself by taking a trip on the Napa Valley Wine Train where you can relax on-board the exquisitely restored vintage rail cars and experience fine dining service, multiple course meals and the stunning Napa Valley scenery. Most people see the Grand Canyon from the skies but since 1901 the Grand Canyon Railway has been taking people right through the heart of this amazing place and you could be one of them, you’ll feel like you’re travelling back in time. For something a little different during your visit to Colorado why not travel along the 45 miles of 3 foot narrow gauge track on the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway which has been running since 1881. However long your journey is travelling by rail is a definite must do during your USA holiday.
Picture courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer

Picture courtesy of Rocky Mountaineer

  • The most famous rail journey in Canada has to be the Rocky Mountaineer. With a variety of routes available you can spend a couple of days or a couple of weeks on board. One of the more popular routes is the Journey through the Clouds which takes you between Vancouver and Jasper with an overnight stop in Kamloops. With different grades of      service available this is a must no matter how big or small your budget is. If you want to travel the width of Canada in comfort and without missing the scenery as you concentrate on driving then take a ride on The Canadian. In the space of four nights and three days, you’ll get to see the lakes in Northern Ontario, the lush boreal forest, the western Prairies, and the magnificent Rocky Mountains as you travel between historical Quebec and modern Toronto.
  • Australia has some of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. There isn’t enough room here to talk about them all but here are some to whet your appetite. The Indian Pacific gets its name because it covers 4352km between Perth on the Indian Ocean and Sydney on the Pacific Ocean. The whole journey takes three nights, although you can break it up with a stop in Adelaide. You’ll travel through a variety of landscapes from towns and cities to the desert like Nullarbour Plain, from the outback to the forest of the Blue Mountains. So we’ve taken you East and West, but what if you want to go North and South? Named after the Afghan Cameleers who travelled this route, the Ghan will take between Darwin in the North to Adelaide in the South going straight through the centre of Australia. If it’s just a day on a train that you would prefer then a trip on the Kuranda Scenic Railway is perfect. It was built between 1882 and 1891 and is made up of 15 hand made tunnels and 37 bridges taking you from Cairns into the Barron Gorge National Park on your way to Karunda, known as the village in the rainforest.

 

  • Africa has a wealth of train experiences that cover the whole spectrum from world leader to leaving a lot to desire.  Rovos Rail has exciting itineraries that stretch from Pretoria, in South Africa through all their southern neighbouring countries and even a trip to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Where possible they travel during the day. The Blue Train is another South African luxury train that travels from Johannesburg to Durban and Cape Town or vice versa.
Picture courtesy of SA Tourism

Picture courtesy of SA Tourism

For further information, and for assistance planning your next bespoke, tailor made holiday which could incorporate one of these great rail journeys, please call us on 01323 446550, email us at  info@experienceholidays.co.uk 

 

 

 

Top Tips for New Zealand

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We’ve detailed below some of our top tips for New Zealand – useful points for anyone thinking of visiting this spectacular country.

 

  • Explore the North Island first, and the South Island second – the scenery will become better and more dramatic as you go.

 

  • Travel in New Zealand’s spring or autumn to avoid the crowds (the summer holidays there are usually throughout January and therefore visitor attractions tend to get busy).

 

  • Visit the far south of the South Island for great wildlife viewing opportunities such as fur seals, sea lions, albatross, yellow eyed penguin and little blue penguin all found in this region, and of course the elusive kiwi found on Stewart Island along with other endemic species.

 

  • Dig in the sand at low tide at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula and enjoy your own personal spa pool.

 

  • Plan your time carefully – We suggest at least four weeks to see the key highlights, or six weeks if you’d prefer a more comprehensive trip. If you’re limited to a shorter duration, choose one region and explore it well.

 

  • Stay in a variety of accommodation – New Zealand is fantastic for B&B’s, farmstays and boutique lodges, which provide a chance to meet the locals and learn about their way of life, rather than simply providing a place to lay your head.

 

  • Put on your hiking boots and go tramping for a few hours, a day or perhaps one of New Zealand’s famous multi-day Great Walks – you’ll find fantastic scenery and well marked trails whichever you choose.

 

  • For train enthusiasts, the Tranz Alpine is a must – cutting through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, and providing stunning vistas along the way.

 

  • Take an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sounds for a chance to experience the region with fewer crowds.

 

For more information, and for assistance planning a holiday to New Zealand, call us on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk.

Alaska by road, rail and ferry

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry. Start and finish in Anchorage on this adventure in Alaska.

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Alaska by road, rail and ferry

The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Day 6: Homer to Seward
Day 9: Valdez
Day 10: Copper Centre
Day 12: Fairbanks
Day 14: Denali
Day 16: Anchorage
Day 17: Depart Anchorage

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The State of Alaska is the largest in the United States, and this itinerary offers an adventure into this vast and wonderful wilderness. Having few paved roads, the route follows a loop using road, rail and ferry.

Day 1: Anchorage
Fly to Anchorage for a two night stay.
2 nights in Anchorage.

Day 3: Homer (Kenai Peninsula)
Drive along the Cook Inlet – pods of Beluga Whales are often spotted here. A stop off at Mount Alyeska is well worthwhile. Then drive on to Homer on the Kenai Peninsula. Homer has great halibut fishing.
3 nights in Homer.

Day 6: Homer to Seward
Follow the Peninsula northeast today to Seward. Seward is located on the beautiful Resurrection Bay and is the gateway to the Kenai Fjords National Park. The Alaska Sealife Centre is a major attraction here.
3 nights in Seward

Day 9: Valdez
Drive through the Toll Tunnel before arriving at the little port of Whittier. From here, take the ferry across beautiful Prince William Sound to Valdez.
1 night in Valdez

Day 10: Copper Centre
Drive to Copper Centre, 14 miles south of Glenallen on the old Richardson Highway. The Wrangell Mountains are to the east.
2 nights in Copper Centre

Day 12: Fairbanks
Follow the Richardson Highway, bringing you to Fairbanks and the gateway to the Arctic Circle.
2 nights in Fairbanks

Day 14: Denali
Take the train this morning to Denali. Denali National Park has North America’s highest mountain – Mount McKinley. Stay either outside the Park, or take the transfer to Kantishna and have two or three nights at the Denali Back Country Lodge.
2 nights

Day 16: Anchorage
Take the train south to Anchorage for an overnight stay.
1 night in Anchorage

Day 17: Depart Anchorage
Return home or perhaps join an Inside Passage cruise southbound to Vancouver.

Denali Wonder Lake

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Katchemak Bay - kayaking

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Alaska coast

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Little Gems

***This is the land of the mid-night sun.  Plan your journey for mid-summer and take a light aircraft flight into the Arctic Circle to experience 24 hour daylight***

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Western Canada Fly Drive

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Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains. Explore the Canadian Rockies on this tailor made itinerary.

Summary

Western Canada Fly Drive

Think of Western Canada and the Rocky Mountains will probably spring to mind, but take a self drive tour between Calgary and Vancouver, in either direction, and you’ll soon realise that there is a lot more than simply the Rocky Mountains.  Western Canada has so much to offer, from its world class ski resorts for winter visitors to hiking, kayaking and other outdoor activities in the many National Parks.  The Parks offer numerous walking trails for both keen hikers and those preferring a casual stroll and a quick call in to the Visitor Centre will provide you with maps and ideas and possibly the opportunity to join Ranger lead programmes.

Day 1: Calgary
Day 2: Banff
Day 5: Jasper
Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Day 10: Whistler
Day 11: Vancouver
Day 14: Depart Vancouver

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This is just one idea for exploring the Canadian Rockies states of Alberta and British Columbia. As with all our itineraries this can be adapted to your exact requirements and to fit your budget.

Day 1: Calgary
Arrive at Calgary Airport and take either the Airport Shuttle bus or taxi into the city.
One night Calgary

Day 2: Banff
Pick up your hire car this morning and head west along the Bow Valley Parkway to Banff. Explore Banff National Park. You are now in the heart of the Rockies and for spectacular views of Banff and the surrounding area, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Also visit Bow Falls and Johnston Canyon. Take a day trip across the Great Divide for a visit to the spectacular (and often overlooked) Yoho National Park.
Three nights Banff

Day 5: Jasper
Head north to Jasper along one of the most scenic drives in North America; The Icefields Parkway. Stop en route at the Columbia Icefield for a ride in the huge Ice Explorer on to the Athabasca Glacier. Jasper National Park offers a wide choice of stunning sightseeing drives, visit Maligne Canyon, take a cruise on Lake Maligne, one of the most photographed lakes in the world or enjoy a rafting trip down the Athabasca River.
Three nights in Jasper

Day 8: Wells Gray Park
Leave Jasper and take the scenic Yellowhead Highway past mighty Mount Robson, the tallest peak in the Rockies. Follow the Thompson River to Wells Gray Provincial Park. A full day to explore this wonderful park where leaping salmon, bears and moose are often spotted. Visit Helmcken Falls; the drop is deeper drop than Niagara. Hire canoes or take a guided boat tour deep into the park.
Two nights Wells Gray Park

Day 10: Whistler
Drive to Whistler for an overnight stay. Whistler is a popular ski resort. The chair lifts are open year-round making this a popular summer destination for mountain bikers and hiker.
One night Whistler.

Day 11: Vancouver
Today take the scenic drive along the Cheekamus River by Mt Garibaldi and the logging town of Squamish and on to Vancouver. Before entering the city take a detour to Grouse Mountain and the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Cross the Lions Gate Bridge into the city through the famous Stanley Park. Drop your car at the downtown depot. You will have two full days to explore this vibrant and beautiful city. Take the all-day Trolley tour; a hop-on hop-off tour of the city covering all the major attractions, you can spend as much or as little time on this as you please! It’s a great way to see the city at your own pace. Take in some last minute shopping or a day trip across to Victoria; the Butchart Gardens are a must-see. Take a whale watching trip through the spectacular Gulf and San Juan Islands; during the season you are almost guaranteed a sighting of the resident Orca whales.
Three nights Vancouver

Day 14: Depart Vancouver

Credit Jackie Appleton

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bighorn

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Whale

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Well Gray Provincial Park is a true gem.  Visit in the early part of the season and you will be rewarded by carpets of Alpine flowers as the winter snows melt and the fresh young shoots appear.  This can also be a good time to spot black bear as they emerge from their winter hibernation and feed on the juicy young growth.

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