Canada: Luxury Retreat in the Rocky Mountains
Luxury Rocky Fly Drive, crossing the entire mountain range from Vancouver to Calgary
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- Luxury, 11 day, fly drive, crossing the Rocky Mountains from Vancouver to Calgary
- Sleep in luxurious, waterside lodges with stunning scenic views
- Take a cable car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for magnificent views of Bow Valley
- Discover the majesty of nature with an ‘Ice Explorer’ ride on the Athabasca Glacier
- Experience outstanding views as you step out onto the newly opened Glacier Skywalk
- Relax in the Miette and Upper Hot Springs savouring the peace and tranquillity
- Travel the famous Icefields Parkway, taking in some of Canada’s most breathtaking natural features
Begin the adventure of a lifetime in the Canadian Rockies on this unforgettable journey through Western Canada. Your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive takes you across the entire breadth of this world-famous mountain range, spending every night of your trip in luxury, waterside accommodation. Travel roughly 950 miles on this epic road trip from Vancouver in British Columbia, through to Calgary in Alberta and discover Canada like never before!
Take in the stunning views of Emerald Lake and relax in style at the water’s edge at the Moraine Lake Lodge. Enjoy a mountainous vista from the peak of Sulphur Mountain and head out onto the Athabasca Glacier on an exhilarating Ice Explorer ride! Your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive introduces you to an unrivalled range of Canadian highlights, including the so-called ‘Spine of the Rockies’: the Icefields Parkway. Framed by towering mountains and breathtaking lakes, this unforgettable section of your journey offers you the chance to see the true Rocky Mountains, a truly unforgettable experience! When you’re not driving through the stunning Canadian scenery, you can lie back and enjoy it while you relax in a range of luxury mountain lodges. Unwind in style when you stay in these exceptional retreats, offering spectacular views of snow-capped peaks, shimmering lakes and the unspoilt Canadian wilderness.
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Day 1 - Arrive in Vancouver
Arrive in Vancouver today and transfer to your luxurious hotel in the city. Drop off your luggage and set out to explore the city this afternoon. Whether you’re looking for modern culture, stunning architecture or even breathtaking nature, you’ll find it on your adventure in Vancouver! Stop off at one of the many cafes and restaurants for some lunch and dinner, with options from a variety of cultures and ranging from a quick bite to fine dining! Later on, return to the hotel and enjoy a good night’s sleep, ready for the start of your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive tomorrow.
Day 2 - Vancouver to Gold Bridge
Collect your hire car this morning and leave Vancouver along the scenically stunning Sea to Sky Highway. Today’s journey takes you to the breathtaking Shannon Falls and the world-famous climbing challenge: Stawamus Chief Rock. Stop and take a look at these incredible features, or continue your journey toward Whistler. We strongly recommend taking some time from the drive to enjoy this sensational alpine resort before continuing your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive on the Duffey Lake Road. Travel through Lillooet, along a well maintained gravel road, until you reach tonight’s luxury retreat: the Tyax Mountain Lake Resort.
Driving distance: 145 miles
Day 3 - Tyax Mountain Resort
Enjoy a day to relax on the shores of Tyaughton Lake today as you take a break from the journey at the Tyax Mountain Lake Resort on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive. Sit back and enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped mountains or try your hand at some of the optional activities on offer here. With choices including western horse riding, gold panning lessons, ATV safaris and even floatplane adventures, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy during your stay here.
Day 4 - Gold Bridge to Lac Le Jeune
Return through Lillooet today on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive, enjoying the stunning scenic views en route. Turn onto Highway 99, heading towards the pretty Cache Creek and from here, drive on to your accommodation for the night: the Lac Le Jeune Resort. This wilderness retreat offers breathtaking, lakeside views and a tranquil atmosphere. While still a luxury lodge, Lac Le Jeune Resort doesn’t offer television or phones, instead it lets you relax in your sensational, natural surroundings.
Driving distance: 203 miles
Day 5 - Lac Le Jeune to Jasper
Follow the Thompson River today as you travel through the plateaus to the peaks of the Monashee Mountains. Journey past the breathtaking Pyramid Falls and the glaciers of the Albreda Icefirelds. Today you can look forward to seeing the tallest peak in the Rockies, Mount Robson, standing 3954 metres high. Continue on to the pretty town of Jasper and your accommodation for tonight: the Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by stunning natural vistas and offering the chance to set out on horseback into the mountains, this lodge is the perfect place to unwind for the fifth night of your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive.
Driving distance: 297 miles
Day 6 - Explore Jasper
Make the most of a day at leisure in Jasper today. Explore the town independently, enjoy an optional tram ride up Whistler’s Mountain or even a boat cruise on Maligne Lake! Whatever your preference, Jasper has something to suit. And what better way to relax at the end of a day’s adventures on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive than with a soak in the Miette Hot Springs and watching the sunset on the Pyramid and Patricia Lakes? If you prefer, you can save the treat for Banff and enjoy a dip in the Upper Hot Springs instead.
Day 7 - Jasper to Moraine Lake
Depart Jasper this morning and begin your journey along the incredible Icefields Parkway, also known as the ‘Spine of the Rockies’. Travel past countless mountain peaks, glaciers and shimmering lakes and stop at some of the highlights of this journey. See the Columbian Icefield and head out on an Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier, look out for Peyto Lake and Bow Lake as well as Sarbach, Bow and Crowfoot Glaciers on your journey to the Moraine Lake Lodge. Experience phenomenal views as you walk on the brand new Glacier Skywalk. Set on the shore of the breathtaking Moraine Lake, known as the ‘Jewel of the Rockies’, this exceptional retreat is the perfect place to relax in style on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive.
Driving distance: 148 miles
Day 8 - Moraine Lake to Emerald Lake
Begin your day with a short journey through the mountain passes into Yoho National Park. Enjoy the sight of the Park’s breathtaking waterfalls and glacial lakes as well as its mountain peaks and lush forests. Discover the railroads and spiral tunnels in the mountain sides as you journey through this unforgettable location on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive. Look out for the natural rock bridge of the Kicking Horse River and, of course, the Burgess Shale Fossil Find where over 120 marine species were discovered, some as old as 530 million years! End your day in the luxurious Emerald Lake Lodge, your accommodation for the next two nights.
Driving distance: 23 milesMeals included:Breakfast
Day 9 - Emerald Lake Lodge
Look forward to a day of true relaxation today as you unwind in the tranquil Emerald Lake Lodge. Sit back and take in the captivating views of the surrounding wilderness from this luxury escape. Made from hand-hewn timber and boasting a formal dining room, reading and sitting rooms, stunning stone fireplaces and verandas offering panoramic views, there really is no better place to spend a day at leisure on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive.Meals included:Breakfast, Dinner
Day 10 - Emerald Lake to Banff
Take things slowly today with a leisurely drive to Banff. Head down the Bow Valley Parkway and stop at Johnson Canyon, enjoying a walk to the waterfalls, or choose a different route and make the drive in one to give yourself more time to explore in Banff. Once you reach the town, you can spend the rest of the afternoon looking at the shops, museums and cafes for another relaxing day on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive.
Driving distance: 60 milesMeals included:Breakfast
Day 11 - Explore Banff
You have a full day in Banff today, the highlight of which is undoubtedly a cable car ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to enjoy unrivalled views of Bow Valley. Be sure to take a camera with you and capture your own souvenir or this unforgettable, panoramic view. If you chose to save your entry to the hot springs for Banff then tonight’s the night to enjoy a soak in the Upper Hot Springs and unwind on your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive.
Days 12 to 13 - Banff to Calgary and Your Overnight Flight Home
Set out in the morning for the drive to Calgary along the 1A Highway. If you like you can stop off at the Cochrane Ranch before you drop off your hire car at the airport, marking the end of your Luxury Rockies Fly Drive. Arrive in London the following morning.
- Return international flights from London Heathrow (details of regional departures on request)
- Escorted airport transfers
- 11 days' car hire based on a category E vehicle, e.g an Impala
- One night's accommodation in a superior room at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel in Vancouver
- 10 nights' accommodation in superior rooms in lodges and resorts throughout the tour
- The following activities and excursions, as per the itinerary:
- Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs in Jasper
- Ice Explorer ride on Athabasca Glacier
- Sulphur Mountain cable car ride
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Travel documentation pack, including maps, itinerary and a Canada Guide
- Road tolls
- Entrance fees to National Parks
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.