Western Explorer with Sonora Resort

Western Explorer with Sonora Resort

11 Day/10 Nights Vancouver to Calgary or vice versa with Sonora Resort Pre or Post

Price fromCAD$6,520

• Vancouver • Sonora Resort • Kamloops • Rocky Mountaineer Railtour • Jasper • Icefields Parkway • Athabasca Falls • Yoho National Park • Lake Louise • Banff • Helicopter Tour • Calgary

Travel through dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. The train follows the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo mountains, and climbs even nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide.

See the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Mt Robson and continue past Pyramid Falls before climbing over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway and enjoy a ride an Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier. A brief stop at Bow Lake is included on the way to Lake Louise. Tour Yoho National Park and view some of its natural wonders including the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River.

Add to that Five-star accommodations, an extraordinary level of attention and service, and breathtaking outdoor adventure without compromise. Sonora is an absolute jewel amid the wild beauty and pristine waters of B.C.'s West Coast. All this and more awaits you at this one of a kind Resort, the ultimate all-inclusive Super Natural paradise whether you're into sport fishing or just taking in the best of British Columbia.

Western Explorer with Sonora Resort map

Day 1: Arrive Vancouver Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Pinnacle Harbourfront - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - Deluxe Cityview Room GoldLeaf: Deluxe Fairmont Waterfront - Signature Harbour view Room

Day 2: Free Day in Vancouver Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver, and check out Vancouver's must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park, or Granville Island, or explore the city's museums, art galleries, gardens, and varied neighbourhoods. This afternoon, transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight to Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands. Upon arrival at Sonora, check into your room and then explore some of Sonora's luxurious amenities. Your accommodation at Sonora Resort include gourmet meals, liquor and wine, beer, juice and soft drinks (additional charges may apply for premium spirits and wines), as well as complimentary wireless internet and unlimited worldwide phone calls. Tonight, enjoy a delicious wine-paired dinner featuring the seasonal best of BC created by Chef Terry Pichor.

Overnight at Sonora Resort.

Day 3: Sonora Resort Optional Activities After a delicious breakfast, take advantage of the wealth of included activities at Sonora Resort. Sonora's all-inclusive outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, tennis court, a putting green, fly fishing ponds (equipment supplied) and more. For guests seeking adventure beyond what's included, three optional touring activities are available at additional cost: a guided eco tour in a Polaris vessel (a 1 hour tour of the surrounding area, learning about the history and taking in amazing views along the shoreline, including viewing wildlife and marine life in their natural environment), world-class guided salmon-fishing in 22-25' Cruiser boats, (4 hours, and includes all bait & tackle, floater suits, lifejackets, raingear and boots, fish care and boxing for transportation, and Saltwater Fishing Licensing), and in September/October, grizzly bear viewing tours up Bute Inlet (5 hours, and includes transportation and upclose viewing from one of five grizzly stands stationed on the Orford River).

Overnight at Sonora Resort.

Day 4: Free Day at Sonora Resort Today, get out and enjoy the amenities of the resort, or perhaps go on another optional tour. When you're ready to relax, enjoy Sonora's roof top hot tubs, mineral pools, movie theatre, 9 hole putting green, virtual golf, or saunas. Later this afternoon, bid a fond farewell to Sonora Island and fly back to Vancouver, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at:
SilverLeaf: Pinnacle Harbourfront - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - Deluxe Cityview Room GoldLeaf: Deluxe Fairmont Waterfront - Signature Harbour view Room

Please note: While departure from Sonora will be approximately 4:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your overnight bag will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the resort before your flight departs for Vancouver.

Day 5: Vancouver to Kamloops (Train) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.

Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard the train

Depart Vancouver: 7:30 am Arrive Kamloops: 5:40 pm

Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 6: Kamloops to Jasper (Train) Your journey continues north and east to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will be surrounded by dramatic scenery as you follow the banks of the North Thompson River through the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains, climbing ever nearer to the high peaks of the Continental Divide. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, at 3,954 metres (12,972 feet) the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, Pyramid Falls, and the climb over the Yellowhead Pass into Jasper National Park. Your rail journey ends this evening on arrival in the resort town of Jasper.

Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard the train

Depart Kamloops: 7:45 am Arrive Jasper: 6:00 pm

Overnight at:
SilverLeaf: The Crimson Jasper - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 7: Jasper Highlights Tour Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: The Crimson Jasper - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 8: Jasper to Lake Louise (Coach) Travel to Lake Louise via one of the most scenic highways in the world, the Icefields Parkway. A stop will be made at Athabasca Falls before arriving at the Columbia Icefield. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Your driver/guide will explain how glaciers are formed and point out some interesting geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Afterwards, a brief stop will be made at Bow Lake before arriving in Lake Louise this afternoon.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Lakeview Room

Day 9: Lake Louise to Banff (Coach) This morning you are free to explore beautiful Lake Louise on your own. After lunch, a half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. At the end of the tour you will be transferred to Banff.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Banff Caribou - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs - Deluxe Room

Please note: While departure from The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 2:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your luggage will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel before the tour departs.

Day 10: Banff to Calgary (Coach) with Summit Helicopter Tour Today you will enjoy a full-day tour concluding in Calgary. Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the points of interest are Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today's adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Delta Calgary Downtown - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Palliser - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Palliser - Junior Suite

Day 11: Calgary Departure Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Calgary hotel.

Reverse Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary Arrival Arrive in Calgary and spend the rest of the day sightseeing in "The Heart of the New West" independently.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Delta Calgary Downtown - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Palliser - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Palliser - Junior Suite

Day 2: Calgary to Banff (Coach) with Summit Helicopter Tour Depart Calgary this morning for a full-day tour concluding in Banff. Journey to Kananaskis where you will enjoy the highlight of today, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Continue on to Banff for a sightseeing tour including Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola included. Your tour ends on arrival in Banff late this afternoon.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Banff Caribou - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Banff Springs - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Banff Springs - Deluxe Room

Day 3: Banff to Lake Louise (Coach) A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Fairmont Lakeview Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Deluxe Lakeview Room

Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.

Day 4: Lake Louise to Jasper (Coach) Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: The Crimson Jasper - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 5: Jasper Highlights Tour Jasper National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the Canadian Rockies' largest national park. Today you will enjoy a scenic half-day tour of some of the park's natural attractions and rugged peaks, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the wildlife that calls this region home. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore more of Jasper independently.

Overnight at: SilverLeaf: The Crimson Jasper - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Fairmont Room GoldLeaf Deluxe: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge - Deluxe Room

Day 6: Jasper to Kamloops (Train) Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of the British Columbia Interior. As you journey west and south you will be surrounded by the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and by the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Today's highlights include Mount Robson, Pyramid Falls, the climb over Yellowhead Pass, and the journey along the North Thompson River as you approach Kamloops.

Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard the train

Depart Jasper 8:10 am Arrive Kamloops 5:00 pm

Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 7: Kamloops to Vancouver (Train) Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. On today's journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the Interior, through winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening.

Breakfast and lunch will be served onboard the train

Depart Kamloops 7:35 am Arrive Vancouver 5:30 pm

Overnight at:
SilverLeaf: Pinnacle Harbourfront - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - Deluxe Cityview Room GoldLeaf: Deluxe Fairmont Waterfront - Signature Harbour view Room

Day 8: Free Day in Vancouver Take full advantage of a free day at leisure in Vancouver, and check out Vancouver's must-see attractions like the Vancouver Aquarium (admission not included), Stanley Park, or Granville Island, explore the city's museums, art galleries, gardens, and varied neighbourhoods. This afternoon, transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your flight to Sonora Resort in the Discovery Islands. Upon arrival at Sonora, check into your room and then explore some of Sonora's luxurious amenities. Your accommodation at Sonora Resort include gourmet meals, liquor and wine, beer, juice and soft drinks (additional charges may apply for premium spirits and wines), as well as complimentary wireless internet and unlimited worldwide phone calls. Tonight, enjoy a delicious wine-paired dinner featuring the seasonal best of BC created by Chef Terry Pichor.

Overnight at Sonora Resort.

Day 9: Sonora Resort Optional Activities After a delicious breakfast, take advantage of the wealth of included activities at Sonora Resort. Sonora's all-inclusive outdoor amenities include a swimming pool, hiking and biking trails, tennis court, a putting green, fly fishing ponds (equipment supplied) and more. For guests seeking adventure beyond what's included, three optional touring activities are available at additional cost: a guided eco tour in a Polaris vessel (a 1 hour tour of the surrounding area, learning about the history and taking in amazing views along the shoreline, including viewing wildlife and marine life in their natural environment), world-class guided salmon-fishing in 22-25' Cruiser boats, (4 hours, and includes all bait & tackle, floater suits, lifejackets, raingear and boots, fish care and boxing for transportation, and Saltwater Fishing Licensing), and in September/October, grizzly bear viewing tours up Bute Inlet (5 hours, and includes transportation and upclose viewing from one of five grizzly stands stationed on the Orford River).

Overnight at Sonora Resort.

Day 10: Free Day at Sonora Resort Today, get out and enjoy the amenities of the resort, or perhaps go on another optional tour. When you're ready to relax, enjoy Sonora's roof top hot tubs, mineral pools, movie theatre, 9 hole putting green, virtual golf, or saunas. Later this afternoon, bid fond farewell to Sonora Island and fly back to Vancouver, where you will be transferred to your hotel.

Overnight at:
SilverLeaf: Pinnacle Harbourfront - Standard Room GoldLeaf: Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver - Deluxe Cityview Room GoldLeaf: Deluxe Fairmont Waterfront - Signature Harbour view Room

*Please note: While departure from Sonora will be approximately 4:00 p.m., scheduled checkout time is normally 12:00 p.m. Your overnight bag will be stored upon checkout and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the resort before your flight departs for Vancouver.

Day 11: Vancouver Departure Your vacation ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel.

Rocky Mountaineer Train Service

SilverLeaf Service • A single-level dome coach with panoramic views through oversized windows • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • A selection of delicious hot gourmet breakfast and lunch options, as well as tasty snack options, served by a culinary team member at your seat • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • A dedicated culinary team member and two onboard Hosts in each SilverLeaf Service coach • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

GoldLeaf Service • Fully domed windows that give you unparalleled panoramic views from your seat in the upper-level of our custom-designed bi-level dome coach • A refreshing welcome aboard toast • Hot gourmet breakfasts and lunches from an à la carte menu, served in the lower-level dining room of your dome coach • An exclusive outdoor vestibule in the lower-level of your dome coach • Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks available throughout the journey • Interactive and captivating storytelling and historical trivia told by Rocky Mountaineer Hosts • A full culinary team and three or four onboard Hosts in each GoldLeaf Service coach • Complimentary baggage delivery to your overnight hotel accommodation in Whistler, Kamloops, and Quesnel • Complimentary transfers to and from the train during your vacation package

GoldLeaf Deluxe Service • Includes all features of our award-winning GoldLeaf Service, plus you'll receive upgraded deluxe hotel accommodation off the train

Please note: • All accommodations in Kamloops, while charming, are of moderate standard and cannot be upgraded. • Please be sure to carry any medication with you as you will not have access to your checked luggage onboard the train

• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf or SilverLeaf Service • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners • 10 nights hotel accommodation, including 2 all-inclusive nights at Sonora Resort • Air transportation between Vancouver International Airport and Sonora Resort • Vancouver Lookout • Jasper Highlights Tour • Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Jasper to Lake Louise • Yoho Park Tour, Lake Louise to Banff • Banff to Calgary Tour, including Banff Gondola • Summit Helicopter Flightseeing • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops, and Jasper • Transfers between Vancouver hotel and YVR South Terminal for Sonora Resort flights • Luggage handling and National Park Pass

Pricing (per person) $CAD

Type TWIN SINGLE

2017 Departures

Vancouver to Calgary

SilverLeaf

May 15, 22

May 29

Jun 5, 12, 19, 26

Jul 3

Jul 10, 17, 24, 31

Aug 7, 14, 21, 28

Sep 4, 11, 18

Sep 25

Oct 2, 9

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf

May 15, 22

May 29

Jun 5, 12, 19, 26

Jul 3

Jul 10, 17, 24, 31

Aug 7, 14, 21, 28

Sep 4, 11, 18

Sep 25

Oct 2, 9

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Deluxe

May 15, 22

May 29

Jun 5, 12, 19, 26

Jul 3

Jul 10, 17, 24, 31

Aug 7, 14, 21, 28

Sep 4, 11, 18

Sep 25

Oct 2, 9

Meal Plan

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2017 Departures

Calgary to Vancouver

SilverLeaf

May 9, 16, 23

May 30

Jun 6, 13, 20

Jun 27

Jul 4

Jul 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sep 5, 12, 19

Sep 26

Oct 3

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf

May 9, 16, 23

May 30

Jun 6, 13, 20

Jun 27

Jul 4

Jul 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sep 5, 12, 19

Sep 26

Oct 3

Meal Plan

GoldLeaf Deluxe

May 9, 16, 23

May 30

Jun 6, 13, 20

Jun 27

Jul 4

Jul 11, 18, 25

Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29

Sep 5, 12, 19

Sep 26

Oct 3

Meal Plan

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-

-

$6,572

$7,030

$7,132

$7,496

$7,394

$7,394

$7,394

$7,030

$6,520

$776

-

$8,042

$8,652

$8,763

$9,170

$9,018

$9,018

$9,018

$8,602

$7,787

$1,191

-

$9,170

$9,833

$9,944

$10,403

$10,250

$10,250

$10,250

$9,782

$8,915

$1,191

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-

-

-

$6,572

$7,030

$7,132

$7,496

$7,496

$7,394

$7,394

$7,394

$7,030

$6,521

$772

-

$8,042

$8,562

$8,763

$9,170

$9,170

$9,018

$9,018

$9,018

$8,601

$7,787

$1,187

-

$9,170

$9,833

$9,944

$10,403

$10,403

$10,250

$10,250

$10,250

$9,782

$8,916

$1,187

-

-

-

$8,261

$9,230

$9,383

$10,056

$9,852

$9,852

$9,852

$9,179

$8,363

$776

-

$10,607

$11,780

$11,933

$12,660

$12,392

$12,392

$12,392

$11,718

$10,199

$1,191

-

$12,647

$13,922

$14,140

$14,957

$14,650

$14,650

$14,650

$13,718

$11,996

$1,191

-

-

-

-

$8,261

$9,230

$9,383

$10,056

$10,056

$9,852

$9,852

$9,852

$9,179

$8,363

$772

-

$10,607

$11,780

$11,933

$12,660

$12,660

$12,392

$12,392

$12,392

$11,718

$10,199

$1,187

-

$12,647

$13,922

$14,140

$14,957

$14,957

$14,650

$14,650

$14,650

$13,718

$11,996

$1,187

Departs

2017 Departure Dates from Vancouver May 15, 22, 29
Jun 5, 12, 19, 26
Jul 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Aug 7, 14, 21, 28
Sep 4, 11, 18, 25
Oct 2, 9
Departure Dates from Calgary May 9, 16, 23, 30
Jun 6, 13, 20, 27
Jul 4, 11, 18, 25
Aug 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sep 5, 12, 19, 26
Oct 3

Booking conditions

Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars(CAD), and include Canadian GST • Ask your travel agent or World Journeys for child prices • Please contact World Journeys for the updated CAD exchange rate • Meal plan includes all breakfast and dinners • Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of a moderate standard

Please refer to World Journeys terms & conditions.

Not included

• Transportation from Vancouver airport other than specified • Transportation to Calgary airport • Meals, other than specified • Activities, other than specified • Optional activities at Sonora Resort • Gratuities for rail, hotel and transfer staff • Fuel surcharges