Departure Date: June 17th, 2019
Return Date: June 26th, 2019
Day 1 : Fly to Calgary
Upon arrival we check-in to our accommodations in Calgary.
Day 2 : Discover Calgary
In the morning, we spend time learning about this spectacular city just east of the Rocky Mountains. After enjoying the highlights of Calgary, relax and savor lunch at Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower, almost 630 feet above downtown. Following lunch, we visit Glenbow Museum whose exhibits show¬case Western Canadian history, art and culture. We journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.
Day 3 : Banff
This morning we enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area. Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Banff Springs Hotel. The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.
Day 4 : Columbia Icefield
Breathtaking scenery borders our route today along the Icefields Parkway. This beautiful area is famous for the glacial blue waters of its many lakes nestled among the mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, we board a giant Glacier Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. We stay in Jasper this evening.
Day 5 : Ride the Rails
This morning we board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Vancouver in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences onboard as you roll past the beautiful landscapes. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.
Day 6 : Vancouver
Enjoy an included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken. We arrive in Vancouver and take time to explore the city. Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, this vibrant city is the largest in British Columbia. We find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge before checking-in to our accommodations for the night.
Day 7 : The Butchart Gardens®
This morning we board a ferry for Vancouver Island. We visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens and enjoy the seasonal floral displays. See the Ross Fountains play its pattern of water displays every four minutes. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Later, we arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia for two relaxing nights. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.
Day 8 : Victoria
A local guide joins us to tour Victoria, known for its British atmosphere. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. We view historic sites including the Parliament Building on the lovely Inner Harbor. Beautiful flower beds and gardens reflect the area’s passion for gardening. A spectacular lunch is prepared for us at the elegant Empress Hotel. We have the afternoon at leisure to browse in the delightful shops or to visit local attractions.
Day 9 : Ferry to Washington
This morning we depart Victoria by ferry and cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and international boarder to Washington. We drive along the Olympic Peninsula before arriving in Seattle. Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the hotel.
Day 10 : Fly Home
Bid farewell as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.
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Tour Hosted by Joe Murgo
Joe Murgo has been the Chief Meteorologist at WTAJ over the past 17 years. He spent a lot of his younger years living in many places across the country so he’s quite versed in the weather and climate in many locations. He studied the weather at the Pennsylvania State University where he now teaches some introductory courses in meteorology. In 2005, Joe was one of the first meteorologists in the nation and the first in Pennsylvania to be designated as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). This is one of the most prestigious honors in the field of Broadcast Meteorology. In 2008, Joe also earned a Television Seal of Approval for the National Weather Association, completing a sweep of all possible certifications for television meteorologists. He also is a leader in the field of Broadcast Meteorology by being active in both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, of which he services on the board of Broadcast Meteorology.
Joe is married to Mara and has two daughters, Kristen and Rebecca. He loves to be involved with many community events, and is a lover of the outdoors. During the winter, you can catch him on the ski slopes. He is a certified ski instructor and enjoys teaching others the joy of the sport. In the warmer seasons you can catch him kayaking on the local rivers and hiking on the hills and mountains. He’s also an avid traveler and adventure lover. He’s taken part of a dozen group trips and loves to make his travel group feel like family.
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