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Christmas in the Rockies

(14 days, Victoria - Banff, 2015)
Christmas in the Rockies Tour

5–star luxury

Ultimate Inclusions

  • Exclusive Full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • Lakeview rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • View rooms at The Fairmont Banff Springs
  • Junior Suite at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Welcome and Farewell Dinners
  • Fully Escorted
  • Canadian Tour Director
  • Luxury Coach
  • Dedicated Canada Based Team
  • Scenic airport representatives
  • Return Airport Transfers
  • Small group - maximum 40 guests

Scenic Special Stays

  • The Fairmont Chateau Whistler – exclusive to Scenic Tours
  • The Fairmont Empress – exclusive to Scenic
  • The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • The Fairmont Banff Springs

Scenic Enrich

Exclusive once in a lifetime experiences

  • Horse drawn sleigh ride along a lakeside trail
  • Meet an iconic Canadian Mountie
  • Christmas Eve pre dinner drink in Mount Stephen’s Hall

Scenic Free Choice

  • 12 activity options and 18 dining experiences to choose from in 5 destinations

Dining Experiences

  • 20 superb meals including 12 Breakfasts (B), 1 Lunch (L) and 7 Dinners (D)

Scenic Highlights

  • Magical Christmas light display at Butchart Gardens
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
  • Overnight Rail experience on board VIARail’s ‘The Canadian’ train in the comfort of Sleeper Plus Class
  • World Heritage listed site of the collective Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks
  • Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies
  • Elevate by gondola to Sulphur Mountain’s summit

ALL TIPPING and GRATUITIES

Day 1: Victoria (D)
Upon arrival at Victoria Airport you will be personally met and transferred* to your hotel (book flight to arrive before 5pm). Tonight enjoy a ‘Welcome to Canada’ dinner.
Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Empress – exclusive to Scenic
Day 2: Victoria - Butchart Gardens (B)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) visit Craigdarroch Castle, then indulge in afternoon tea at the Empress; or (2) a horse and carriage tour; or (3) walking tour of Victoria with local expert; or (4) Royal BC Museum and IMAX. Travel up the Saanich Peninsula to the world famous Butchart Gardens. Christmas lights, holiday wreaths, carollers and ice skating create the ‘Magic of Christmas’ season. Enjoy this spectacle among 22 hectares of beautiful floral displays.
Day 3: Whistler (B,D)
Transfer via the Georgia Strait to Whistler. Enjoy an afternoon of leisure. SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining this evening.
Two Night Special Stay: Fairmont Chateau Whistler, exclusive to Scenic
Day 4: Whistler (B)
Blackcomb Mountain is on the door step of the Chateau. Perhaps take to the slopes or stroll through the gorgeous Whistler resort village and even indulge in après–ski!
Day 5: Vancouver (B,D)
Travel along the spectacular Sea to Sky Highway to Vancouver. On arrival explore the rainforest and highlight Cliffwalk, at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Later see the city’s famous sights including Stanley Park and Gastown. This evening enjoy dinner and overnight accommodation in the heart of this cosmopolitan city.
Overnight Stay: The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver – exclusive to Scenic
Day 6: Vancouver - VIA Rail ‘Snow Train’ (B)
Today is yours to enjoy at leisure, perhaps explore Robson Street, the heart of Vancouver’s shopping district. This evening board the ‘Snow Train’ to Jasper and discover Western Canada from a truly unique perspective. Retire to the comfort of your private room in Sleeper Plus Class (Upgrade to Prestige Class available at additional expense, limited seats available). Relax as the gentle rocking of the train lulls you to sleep and discover the pleasure of train travel by moonlight.
Overnight Stay: On board the ‘Snow Train’
Day 7: ‘Snow Train’ - Jasper (B,L)
This morning, rise to panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains and experience the majesty of train travel of yesteryear until arrival in Jasper this afternoon. Settle in and enjoy the ambience of a Junior Suite in this true Canadian Lodge.
Two Night Stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 8: Jasper Park (B,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) Maligne Canyon icewalk; or (2) nature walk from the top of Maligne Canyon, then a scenic drive up the valley to Maligne Lake; or (3) snowshoeing with an experienced guide through the pristine Jasper National Park. SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining this evening.
Day 9: Icefields Parkway - Lake Louise (B,D)
SCENIC ENRICH This afternoon enjoy a sleigh ride in an old world Belgium Cutter along the lakeside trail to the end of majestic Lake Louise. SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining this evening.
Two Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 10: Lake Louise (B)
Today relax and enjoy your breathtaking surroundings. Perhaps strap on a pair of skates and glide through the Ice castle on the frozen lake, take to the slopes in the Lake Louise Ski Area or spend an afternoon in the most classically English of fashions enjoying afternoon tea.
Day 11: Bow Valley Parkway - Banff (B)
Upon arrival in Banff, travel to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. This offers the best view in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – an unobstructed 360° view of the most memorable mountain scenery you will ever witness! SCENIC ENRICH Meet an iconic Canadian Mountie.
Three Night Special Stay: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 12: Banff (B,D)
SCENIC FREE CHOICE (1) dog sledding adventure where friendly Alaskan Huskies are eager to pull you through the mountains; or (2) ice walk into Grotto Canyon; or (3) relax in your Castle in the Rockies and enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Rundle Lounge; or (4) rejuvenate in the mineral pools of the Willow Stream Spa or (5) Canadian wine sampling with a Sommelier. SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining this evening.
Day 13: Banff - Merry Christmas! (B,D)
Enjoy the merriment of a white Christmas dream come true. A lazy morning followed by a traditional Christmas Day brunch with Santa at the Fairmont Banff Springs. SCENIC ENRICH Enjoy a pre–dinner drink in the grandiose Mt. Stephen Hall. Its usual medieval presence with its rare antiques, paintings and an oak carved ceiling is filled with festive trimmings. A traditional dinner of mouth–watering culinary delights is complemented with evening entertainment at your hotel to celebrate in style.
Day 14: Banff - Calgary (B)
Farewell the spectacular Canadian Rockies and transfer* to Calgary Airport for your homeward flight (please book flight to depart between 10am-11.30pm).

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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