Christmas in the Rockies

Spend a magical Christmas in the Rockies on this 13 day luxury tour from Victoria to Calgary. Stay at the iconic Fairmont hotels & enjoy a sleigh ride.

13 Days
Victoria to Banff
From (NZD)
$ 10,795
$ 10,045
Dates & Pricing

2019 Victoria > Banff

A special time; a special place

From fairytale snow across postcard landscapes to elk that resemble reindeer, a Christmas in Canada is the perfect seasonal retreat. A ‘white Christmas’ will suddenly make sense and instead of one Christmas tree, you can look forward to vast forests of them.
This itinerary will take you through a range of iconic Christmas spots, where you’ll get to absorb the unique holiday atmosphere permeating the region. Enjoy the lights at the beautiful Butchart Gardens, a magical place at any time of year, but especially so as Christmas arrives. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride in Lake Louise and enjoy dog sledding at Banff, where you’ll spend Christmas at one of the Fairmont’s iconic flagship hotels, the ‘Castle in the Rockies’. It’s sure to be more than just an idyllic Christmas, but one of your most enjoyable in living memory.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
RPXV
Duration:
13 days
Departure City:
Victoria
Return City:
Banff

13 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Victoria

    Your journey into wonder begins with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Empress. Tonight celebrate your adventures ahead at a welcome dinner.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Victoria > Butchart Gardens

    Freechoice

    For a traditional Victorian experience, indulge in afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, or take a horse and carriage tour. History buffs may wish to take a walking tour of Victoria with a local expert.

    Later, enjoy the ‘Magic of Christmas’ seasonal theme at the Butchart Gardens, with ice skating, Christmas lights, holiday wreaths and carol singers.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Victoria > Whistler

    On arrival in Whistler, visit Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre where a First Nations ambassador treats you to a unique cultural experience. The wonder continues with a two night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Chateau Whistler

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose from the best food Whistler has to offer.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Whistler

    Today is yours to enjoy however you wish in this quaint alpine village, nestled against a background of beautiful snow-splashed mountains.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Whistler > Vancouver

    Discover some of Vancouver’s characterful neighbourhoods, such as Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Make the most of your visit to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which is even more mystical in the winter. Tonight, enjoy an overnight stay at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Vancouver > VIA Rail

    Discover the romance of rail travel tonight as you sleep in Sleeper Plus Class on board VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - VIA Rail > Jasper

    Awake with a sense of wonder to views of the Rocky Mountains from your private cabin or the glass dome carriage. Tonight, you’ll enjoy a cosy home at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a junior suite.

    Freechoice Dining

    Tonight, choose between Canadian or Italian cuisine.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Icefields Parkway > Lake Louise

    Travel along one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway.

    Enrich

    Marvel at the unique, natural phenomenon of ice bubbles trapped below the surface of Abraham Lake. Explore this winter wonderland by helicopter and snowshoe.

    Freechoice Dining

    There are a variety of restaurants to tempt you this evening.

    Retire to your lakeview room at your two night Special Stay, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Lake Louise

    Enrich

    Today, the man in the red suit is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Make the most of your once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  10. Day 10 - Lake Louise > Banff

    The Canadian Rockies will astound you as you survey them from the top of Sulphur Mountain.  This afternoon relax and take in the breathtaking views and sparkling winter air of the Canadian Rocky Mountains on a sleigh ride through the Banff mountain meadows for a quintessential winter experience.  At this festive time of year, the Fairmont Banff Springs resembles a magical castle in an enchanted forest. To make your magical winter fairytale complete, you’ll be ensconced in a mountain or valley view room for your three night Special Stay.

    Freechoice Dining

    Indulge your palate as you please with dinner at a variety of restaurants at your hotel.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Banff

    Merry Christmas. If you’ve been dreaming of a white Christmas, then today your dream comes true. Celebrate a traditional Christmas Day brunch with your travelling companions and special loved ones.  Spend some time strolling through the historic hotel and enjoy its beauty.

    Enrich

    Continue the festive spirit with a pre-dinner drink in the grandiose Mt Stephen Hall. At this time of year the incredible medieval-like hall, with its rare antiques, paintings and oak-carved ceiling, is decorated with all the Christmas trimmings. Savour a classic Christmas dinner before dancing late into the evening.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Banff

    Freechoice

    Complete your Canadian winter experience with a dogsledding adventure or an icewalk into Grotto Canyon. Alternatively, you may choose to discover local landmarks and wildlife on a guided tour, or see the mountaintops from above in a helicopter. If you prefer, stay cosy in your ‘Castle in the Rockies’ and rejuvenate in the mineral pools of the Willow Stream Spa.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  13. Day 13 - Banff > Calgary

    Transfer to Calgary Airport for your homeward flight.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • Exclusive stays at the full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts
  • View rooms in Lake Louise and Banff
  • The intimacy of small group touring – a maximum of 40 guests
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 23 Scenic Freechoice activities and dining
  • 4 memorable Scenic Special Stays t
  • 21 meals – 12 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by expert local Tour Directors
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi at selected hotels
  • All tipping and gratuities

Pricing & Availability