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CANADIAN ROCKIES
Offered By: Van Galder Bus Company
Featuring The Rocky Mountaineer!

Operates: Aug 9 2014
Tour Length: 8 Days
Departs From: Madison, WI * Janesville, WI * South Beloit, IL * Rockford, IL


Price:
Double Room - $4,799.00
Single Room - $5,499.00

Accommodations:

Renaissance Vancouver, British Columbia (2 nights); Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna, British Columbia; Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, Alberta (2 nights); Chateau Jasper, Jasper, Alberta; Kamloops, British Columbia

Tour Inclusions:

Professional tour director, roundtrip motorcoach transportation airport/hotels, roundtrip air, accommodations, luggage handling at hotels, Silver Leaf transportation on the Rocky Mountaineer, attractions, and 12 meals including 7 breakfasts and 5 lunches

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver

Jet away to unbelievable and stunning mountain and lake-scenery in the Canadian Provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Prepare for this nature at its best tour! Upon arrival in Vancouver, British Columbia greet a local guide for a city tour including Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, Lions Gate Bridge, and the meticulously manicured Queen Elizabeth Park.

Day 2: Kelowna

Motorcoach inland through the Fraser Valley and the Cascade Ranges winding through incredible mountain turns and switches. Reach the sunny Okanagan Valley, renowned for its abundant orchards. Visit Minter Gardens nestled against the 7,000 foot Mount Cheam in beautiful “Super Natural" British Columbia. Overnight at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort, an ideal setting on Lake Okanagan.

Day 3: Banff

The Canadian Rockies await you today! Travel eastward across the Columbia Mountains and the rugged ranges of the Rockies, through Roger's Pass and later cross the Great Continental Divide and on into Yoho National Park.

 

Banff National Park Alberta, Canada: Nestled in the Bow River Valley amidst snow-capped peaks, Banff is part of the UNESCO Rocky Mountain World Heritage Site. Canada's first and oldest National Park with world-class scenery. Settle in for a 2-night stay in Banff.

City Tour: Sightseeing tour of Banff highlights Surprise Corner, The Hoodoos and Bow Falls.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola Lift: Open-air observation deck provides awesome 360 degree views of Banff, Lake Minnewanka, Bow Valley, and surrounding Rocky Mountain peaks.

Day 4:

Lake Louise: Tour this photographic area with a stop at Johnston Canyon and the beautiful water of Lake Moraine, one of the most photographed lakes in the world!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Lunch: Grand iconic resort hotel built by the Canadian National Railway and exquisitely placed on the shores of the lake’s crystal-clear turquoise waters. Savor a lunch while dining amid spectacular scenery! (Dress code required). Stroll the grounds and take some unforgettable pictures of Lake Louise, known as the “Jewel of the Rockies.”

Day 5: Jasper

Peyto Lake: Admire unspoiled beauty of blue-green hues amid a mountain valley backdrop!

Columbia Icefields Parkway: Known as the grand boulevard of the Canadian Rockies, approach the drive with informative narrative. This breathtaking journey penetrates the very heart of the Rockies, a parade of peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine mountain lakes, and sweeping valleys. Enter Jasper National Park, the largest mountain park in Canada boasting massive icefields and unparalleled beauty.

Ice Explorer/Snocoach: An experience of a lifetime!! Shuttle to the icefield and hop-on the large-tired vehicle, Snocoach, that transports passengers onto the Athabasca Glacier.

Day 6: Kamloops

Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf Service: Board the often called "most spectacular train trip in the world" and relax as you take in the scenery through glass domed windows from Jasper to Kamloops. Admire the unspoiled wilderness, lush river valleys and the majestic Rocky Mountain beauty from the comfort of your seat and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Overnight in Kamloops, BC.

Day 7: Vancouver

Rocky Mountaineer Silver Leaf Service: Continue your journey along the Thompson River, passing the thundering waters of Hell's Gate. View the towering peaks of the Coast Mountains before entering the Vancouver Train Station. Overnight Vancouver, BC

Day 8:

Jet back to Chicago O’Hare International Airport after an exhilarating experience of touring the Canadian Rockies and touring onboard the Rocky Mountaineer!!

Important Notes:

  • Medium Level of Walking Involved
  • DEPOSIT: $500.00 at time of reservation; final payment due May 2, 2014. Once payments have been received stringent cancellation penalties apply
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Passport valid for six months upon departure from Vancouver, Canada is required
  • Airline luggage fees (if applicable) are additional and vary by airline

Departure Details:


 

Departure City
Location Address
Parking Info.
Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall
2101 W Broadway
Lot "G"
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal,
3120 N Pontiac Dr.
Parking pass provided.
South Beloit, IL Road Ranger / McDonald's
I-90 / Hwy 75 Interchange
Parking $3.00 Per Day.
Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal
7559 Walton St
Parking Token Provided.


Terms and Conditions:

RESERVATIONS:
Van Galder Tour & Travel requires advance reservations on all tours. Reservations can be made by telephone at : 800-747-7407 or 608-531-4545, in person at The Old Towne Mall - Van Galder Tour & Travel, 20 S Main St Ste 26, Janesville, WI , or on-line at www.vangalderbus.com Office hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm
DEPOSITS/PAYMENTS:
One day tours: No deposit required, final payment due 45 days prior to departure. Extended Motorcoach Tours: $50.00 per person deposit due within 7 days of making reservation, final payment due 45 days prior to departure. Flyaway and Cruise offerings: Deposit amounts and due dates may vary by vendor and will be covered at time of reservation. Payment types accepted: Cash, personal check, money order, Mastercard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY:
One day tours: Full refund will be issued if cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to departure. Within 30 days of departure, half of the tour cost will be charged, or the cost of the ticketed event (which ever cost is higher), no refunds on cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to departure. Multi-day motor coach tours: A full refund will be issued if cancellation is received at least 30 days prior to departure date. Within 30 days, $100.00 per person will be charged, plus any amount advanced on your behalf which is not recoverable from suppliers. No refunds on cancellations received less than 48 hours prior to departure. Flyaway and Cruise offerings: Every vendor carries their own rules/restrictions. Individual tour policies will be available upon request. Note: Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to cancel any trip up to seven days prior to departure.
DOCUMENTATION:
One day tours: An invoice with timing will be issued at time of payment. Multi-day motor coach tours: An invoice will be issued at time of payment and a detailed itinerary will be issued at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Flyaway and Cruise offerings: An invoice will be issued at time of payment and a detailed itinerary will be mailed at least 2 weeks prior to departure. Exceptions, due to outside vendors, will be explained at time of reservations.
PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS:
A valid U.S. Passport for travel outside the United States via land, air, or sea is required. All International travel requires a U.S. Passport valid for 6 months upon departure from foreign country.
ACCOMMODATIONS:
Each tour participant is pre-registered by advance reservations. Upon arrival, room keys will be obtained by the tour director or driver and distributed accordingly. Arrangements will be made for your luggage to be delivered to your room and returned to the motorcoach at check out time. Room assignments are made by the hotel in an impartial manner. All nonsmoking rooms are requested. If any special service (ex: smoking room, ADA accessible room) is required, please advise at time of reservation.
SINGLE SHARE PROGRAM:
Our “Single Share Program” is offered on most of Van Galder Tour & Travel's motor coach extended day tours. If traveling alone and you would like to share a room with another person of the same sex, please advise the Van Galder staff member assisting you at the time of reservation. The tour MUST be booked at least 45 days prior to departure to take advantage of this offer. Tour & Travel will try and match you with another tour participant traveling alone who would like to share. If there is a match, you and your roommate will travel at the double rate. If no potential roommate is available, you still travel at the double rate. If you CHOOSE not to travel with the tour participant selected, you’ll travel at the single rate. Van Galder Tour & Travel is not responsible for the personal habits of our clients.
PERSONS NEEDING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE:
Any disability requiring special attention must be reported to Van Galder Tour & Travel at time of reservation. Van Galder will make reasonable efforts to accommodate the special needs of tour participants, but are not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, or if any of the vendors deny services. We strongly advise persons with special needs to travel with a qualified and physically able companion. Van Galder Tour Directors and/or Drivers are not to act as a travel attendant to any client with special needs, or physically lift or assist clients into transportation vehicles. A minimum of 48 hours advance notice in writing is required for a wheelchair accessible bus. ** Please note: the Americans with Disabilities Act is not applicable outside of the United States and facilities for disabled individuals may be limited.
TRAVEL PROTECTION:
We strongly recommend the purchase of a Coach USA Travel Protection Plan to safeguard you and your travel investment. Insurance details are available in Tour & Travel office and are optional. However, no representation or description of the insurance made by our staff constitutes a binding assurance or promise about the insurance.
GRATUITIES AND TAXES:
Motor coach tours include most necessary tips for bellman, doorman, and dining room meals as noted on itineraries, plus all taxes unless otherwise indicated. Tips are appreciated by the tour directors and drivers who work diligently to ensure your trip is enjoyable. Suggested per person amount is $3.00 per day for each tour director and driver (optional). Gratuities / taxes may vary for flyaway tours and/or cruises and will be noted on tour itinerary.
MOTORCOACH:
We use state-of-the-art motor coaches, which are climate controlled with comfortable reclining seats, footrests, overhead storage, rest rooms, public address system, GPS units, and large panoramic windows for your viewing enjoyment. Note: It is difficult to maintain the coach at a temperature that is comfortable for everyone; a light jacket is suggested.
SMOKING:
In accordance with the law and the interest of the health and comfort of all passengers, smoking (including the use of e-cigarettes) is not allowed on board any motorcoach.
ALCOHOL:
Alcohol is not permitted on board any Van Galder Tour & Travel retail tour. If you wish to bring alcohol beverages for a baseball game etc... coolers will be allowed to be stored under the motor coach in the luggage bay, only to be taken out and consumed off of the motor coach upon arrival at destination.
LUGGAGE:
Each person is permitted to bring one large piece of luggage to be stowed in the luggage bay. Also, a small carry-on size bag is allowed to be stowed in the overhead bin on coach, and is the responsibility of the client.
MEDICINES:
Take sufficient supply of prescription medication to last duration of tour. It is very difficult to get prescriptions refilled while enroute. Keep medications on your person at all time.
MOTORCOACH SEATING:
Seat assignments are made on extended day tours only and are assigned based on booking date order from the front of the coach back. No special requests for front or back of motorcoach will be honored. All passengers on a three or more day tour will participate in daily rotation. Note: On extended tours, all passengers are required to sit in assigned seats until all clients are on board. If there are ample seats empty in the rear of the coach, the Tour Director will ask group if anyone wants to be left out of the seat rotation. If there are enough seats for ALL clients that would like to move, at that time they will be able to switch seats. However, if there are not enough seats in the back for all clients that want to be out of the rotation, then no one will move and everyone will be required to participate in seat rotation.
GIFT CERTIFICATES:
Van Galder Tour & Travel gift certificates are available year-round for any domination. They are attractively packaged and are available online at www.vangalderbus.com
TRAVEL DOLLARS:
Each Van Galder organized motorcoach retail tour grants a $3.00 per person, per day, travel dollar to all tour participants. Travel Dollars can be used on a future Van Galder tour and do not expire. Note: Chicago Fun Days, Casino Tours, Cruises and all Flyaway tours are excluded.
TOUR PICKUP LOCATIONS:
Janesville, WI Van Galder Terminal 3120 N Pontiac Dr South Beloit, IL Road Ranger / McDonald’s ($3 per day) Hwy 75 & I90 Rockford, IL Van Galder Terminal 7559 Walton St Madison, WI Shopko South Towne Mall 2101 W Broadway Lot “G” **Elgin, IL Country Inn & Suites 2270 Point Blvd **Crystal Lake, IL Colonial Cafe 5689 NW Hwy Rte 14 **pickup locations are offered ONLY on tours with this icon
OTHER VAN GALDER SERVICES OFFERED:
• Individual Tour Services on: Collette Vacation, Funjet, Apple Vacations, Costa Rica Dream Adventures, Norwegian Cruiselines, and Holland America Cruiselines • Custom Group Tours for any group type (ex: family reunion, girls weekend, baseball games etc…) • Daily Service to Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Downtown Chicago, and Midway Airport • Charter / Limo / School Bus Services - quality transportation for any type of group
GENERAL INFORMATION/DISCLAIMER:
Children under the age of 18 years old are welcomed to travel on any of our tours, however must be accompanied by an adult. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant. Van Galder Tour & Travel reserves the right to substitute hotels of equal or better grade, the right to alter sightseeing schedules, or substitute the type of transportation when operationally necessary, and reserves the right to cancel any tour up to seven days prior to departure. Tour prices include only the meals, accommodations etc… that are listed in the individual tour itinerary. Maid, laundry service, telephone calls, room service, alcoholic beverages, souvenirs, and other items of a personal nature are not included. No responsibility will be accepted for lack of appropriate medical facilities, weather, losses, strikes, criminal acts, war, terrorism, computer difficulties, delay or other complications not under the supervision of Van Galder Tour & Travel.