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Canada & the Rockies

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  • Trip Code: COCRCR

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Chill out & challenge yourself in Canada's dynamic duo of provinces: Alberta & British Columbia. The diverse physical beauty from Vancouver to Whistler to Banff features the greatest of the great outdoors. Take a hike or ride a bike along the many scenic, wildlife-laced trails. Better yet, we'll put you on a gondola, horseback, helicopter, or whatever improves your views point for the endless, to-die-for photo opportunities.

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Vancouver to Whistler

Meet up with your fellow travellers, Tour Manager and Driver in gorgeous Vancouver. With beaches, forests and mountains, this town is all about location and fusing big-city living with an outdoor lifestyle. Today we wind our way along the spectacular cliff-top Sea to Sky highway and arrive in Whistler, one of the most popular ski resorts in North America and home to the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Day 1 San José

Arrive in San Jose at any time. There are no planned activities so check into our hotel and enjoy the city. Included Activities Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Whistler

Today, you've got time to get into some alpine activities and experience Whistlers' high-energy action. Choose to have a go with the paddle and get out on the water in a canoe excursion along the River of Golden Dreams. With lots of trails to choose from, Whistler is a hiker's heaven. For those wanting vistas of the spectacular surrounds but not wanting to work up a sweat, choose a gondola or chairlift ride to the top for amazing views. Otherwise, kick back and take in the natural surroundings back at the hotel or walk around the quaint village of Whistler.

Day 2 San José/Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

We begin with an incredible bus ride over the mountains to the Caribbean coast. The picturesque village of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca's white and black sand beaches are surrounded by exotic tropical vegetation. Transport Local bus (4.00-5.00 hours, 220km)

Whistler to Kamloops

Leaving the mountains behind, we make our way to the desert and to Canada's impressive interior. Passing the picture-perfect Seton Lake, we'll make a stop in Lillooet, a former gold rush town. We travel on to our next night stop, Kamloops, sitting at the confluence of 2 rivers. Once a former meeting point for traders, it continues to serve as a stop over point for travelers and still has touches of the Wild West.

Days 3-4 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Kamloops to Jasper

Sticking to the famous Yellowhead Highway, we stop off at the highest peak of the Rockies, Mt Robson. Get your blood pumping in a thrilling white-water rafting optional on the Fraser River. Then pull into small-town Jasper and kick back in the Rockies' largest national park - our home for the next two nights.

Day 5 Puerto Viejo de Talamanca/La Fortuna

We travel north by bus through varied landscapes and arrive at La Fortuna, a small town near the foot of Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna is an excellent base for adventure. Hike the area's nature trails, swim in chilly La Fortuna waterfall or go canyoneering (rappelling) and catch a bird's eye view of the forest greenery. Natural hot springs are also in the area and perfect after a day of travel or exploration. Transport Local bus (3.50-4.00 hours)Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours)

Jasper

We drive through the wild beauty of Jasper National Park to Maligne Lake, known for its stunning scenery and vivid colors. There's a chance to take in the snow capped mountains from the water and visit iconic Spirit Island on an optional cruise. Later, your Trip Manager will take you for an easy-going hike through the Maligne Canyon, an impressive limestone gorge - the result of years of raging waters. Use your free time to make the most of lesser-known Jasper Park. With 1000kms of trails, from hour loops to day hikes, it's easy to get off the beaten track and into nature.

Days 6-7 La Fortuna

Optional activities include full-day whitewater rafting on the Toro or Balsa Rivers, mountain biking, caving, horseback riding, or a tour of the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. Like much of Costa Rica, the area is a birders' paradise, with over 600 species as permanent residents. Finally, after a long day of exploring, you can choose to take a relaxing soak at Baldi Hot Springs. Additional Notes If you have pre-booked the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle, you will have an action packed day with both canyoneering and an option of your choice. Canyoneering is approximately 2.5 hrs long, with four waterfall rappels through the lush rainforests around Costa Rica's Arenal Volcano. For your second option, you can choose ONE of the following: stand-up paddle (2 hrs), half-day hike (3 hrs), Venado cave excursion (2 hrs) or kayaking (2 hrs). (This is subject to change and may change to tomorrow.)

Jasper to Banff

Get ready for some sublime scenery as we stick to the Columbia Icefield Parkway, a route that fur traders and native peoples once used during the 19th century. With waterfalls, lakes, meadows, glaciers, towering mountains, and the largest ice-field south of Alaska, this is one fantastic drive. Jump on board the Ice Explorer, a snow coach on tracks, and roll onto the Athabasca Glacier, where you can get out and explore the icy slopes. Drink straight from the glacier and taste some of the purest water on earth. We continue on to famous Lake Louise. Its striking turquoise color and incredible mountain back drop create a breathtaking scene. Back on the coach, we roll on to legendary Banff, the unofficial capital of the Rockies.

Day 8 La Fortuna/Monte Verde

From the central valley, ascend to the Monteverde cloud forest region. Spend a couple of days exploring the town and a cloud forest reserve, truly a bird lover's paradise. This unique community has several cooperatives worth visiting including artist collectives and a cheese factory. Local guides are extremely knowledgeable about the area and passionate about conservation of this precious ecosystem. Optional activities include a walk along suspension bridges through dense forest, a coffee tour, or an adrenaline-filled zipline above the cloud forest on one of the many famous canopy tours. Transport Private Vehicle (0.25 hour(s))Boat (1.00 hour(s))Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

Banff

With loads of activities available in Banff, you can choose your own adventure. There's the option to get above the Rockies in an unforgettably spectacular helicopter ride or to head up Sulphur mountain by gondola for a slice of remote high country and the chance to see some summit wildlife. Other ideas for your day include checking out Banff's landmark Banff Springs Hotel. With over 800 rooms, this massive Gothic structure is fun to explore. Otherwise, head downtown for some shopping, where you can pick up cowboy hats, well-known brands and outdoor sporting equipment. Tonight, give our horseback ride optional a go, where you'll ride into the back country and enjoy a traditional cook-out dinner under the open sky.

Day 9 Monte Verde

Additional Notes If you have pre-booked the Costa Rica Adrenaline Bundle, today's the day for ziplining.

Banff to Vernon

Cut across three national parks today and experience what each one has to offer in an incredible drive. Things get wilder and a whole lot more rugged in Yoho National Park, where the ice blue Kicking Horse River winds through a valley of waterfalls and meadows. Be impressed by Glacier National Park, home to over 400 glaciers and stop off at Rogers Pass - a place of awesome surroundings. We'll also see Mt. Revelstoke National Park's towering peaks and surging river. Then it's a complete change of scene as we travel into British Columbia's wine country, Okanagan Valley, with its vines and terraced hills, to Vernon for our overnight stop.

Day 10 Monte Verde/Sámara

We travel to the coast of the Nicoya peninsula and arrive in Sámara, a cozy little beach town. Transport Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 140km)

Vernon to Vancouver

Journey through the stunning Okanagan Valley, Canada's wine country, before returning to laid-back Vancouver, with its friendly locals, sandy beaches and Pacific rim position. You'll enjoy a taste of it all with the group when your Trip Manager points out historic Gastown, Vancouver's founding district, the city's own Chinatown - home to the largest minority group in Vancouver and the landmark Lion's Gate Bridge. In Stanley Park, see the colourful Totem Poles of Canada's First Nations People and learn about traditional culture as your Trip Manager tells you the stories behind them. For a bit of urban culture, head down town and grab a coffee at one of the many cafes. Continue on to the Gastown area for a bit of shopping, where you can find souvenirs to take back home, including Native American crafts and jewelery. Tonight, head out on the town with your friends and experience more of Vancouver's nightlife. Hit the back streets of Gastown or the alleys of Yale Town for some live music. Otherwise, if you know what you're after, ask your Trip Manager for tips.

Days 11-12 Sámara

Fill your days with as much or as little as you like. Start off with an early yoga class or sleep in before setting off to explore nearby beaches in search of a perfect, tranquil spot for a day of relaxing along the beautiful Pacific coast. For those who prefer to stay active, try your hand at surfing, fishing, snorkelling, or horseback riding along the beach. There is also a zip-line adventure tour through the tropical forest if you're looking to get a close-up view of monkeys, iguanas, and various other wildlife. If you'd like to strengthen some of the Spanish skills you have picked up during your time in Costa Rica, try out some classes at the local Spanish school. At night, enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at one of the beachside restaurants or sip a cocktail as you watch the sun set and the town come alive.

Vancouver

Feel the young vibe of this city while exploring its hip shops & cafes. Later, enjoy a dinner cruise around the harbor & head out for a night on the town!

Day 13 Sámara/San José

Return to San José for some last-minute shopping and a final night on the town. Transport Local bus (5.00-6.00 hours, 240km)

Depart Vancouver

Your Canadian adventure ends this morning and it's time to say farewell to your new friends. For those who are keen for some more action, there's the option of a trip to Grouse Mountain or Butchart Gardens.

Day 14 San José

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  • Canada > Costa Rica

Is this for me?

  • Trip Style: 18-35s , 18-35s , Small Group Adventures
  • Comfort Level: Basic
  • Physical Demands: There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

What's included?

  • 10 nights accommodation: 8 nights in hotels & 2 nights Special Stay experience
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with powerpoints for charging
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities
  • Local taxes & service charges
  • Plenty of beach time in Puerto Viejo and Sámara. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Drive the scenic Sea to Sky Highway
  • Max 18, avg 14.
  • See Whistler & Blackcomb Mountains
  • Allow USD330-440 for meals not included.

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