2001 Canadian Rockies

The Rocky Mountaineer
Banff - Jasper - Lake Louise
Truly a Finesse West Classic, this will be our 12th tour of Alberta and British Columbia provinces. A perfect blend of beautiful and breathtaking natural scenery, we'll see deer, elk, bighorn sheep, bear and, if we're really lucky, moose. We'll also visit the metropolitan cities of Calgary, Victoria and Vancouver and ride the world famous Rocky Mountaineer train. Come join the biggest moving bridge party on the North American continent.

Dates: June 12 to 24, 2001 - 13 days
Cost: $2997.00 (land only)

Tour Schedule
Day 1 U.S.A. / Calgary
  Fly to the Wild West town of Calgary. This evening join other tour participants at a special "Welcome to Canada" dinner at our hotel.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel Calgary
Meal(s): , Dinner
Day 2 Calgary
  Breakfast high atop the Calgary Tower will be followed by a tour of the city including visits to Fort Calgary, Olympic Park, and the Saddledome.
Hotel: Marriott Hotel Calgary
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 The Martinique Bridge Studio has made special plans for us to join them for a buffet style dinner followed by bridge.
Day 3 Calgary / Banff
  After a short ride to Banff, our guide takes us on a tour of the Banff townsite and its magnificent local natural scenery. We'll take a spectacular gondola ride to the top of Sulfur Mountain.
Hotel: Inns of Banff Park
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 Banff
  We'll tour Yoho National Park and the famous lakes of the region today. The days highlight is a stop at stunning Lake Louise where we'll lunch at the world famous Chateau Lake Louise.
Hotel: Inns of Banff Park
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch

 Finesse West Tours has invited local players to join us for an evening of social duplicate bridge in Banff National Park.
Day 5 Banff
  Spend a relaxing day at leisure in the beautiful city of Banff or join tour members for a thrilling optional helicopter ride.
Hotel: Inns of Banff Park
Meal(s): Breakfast

 We have again invited local players to join us this afternoon for a friendly duplicate bridge session.
Day 6 Banff / Jasper
  We'll travel along the Continental Divide via the Icefields Parkway. Spirits will soar when we stop for a "Snocoach" ride across the mighty Athabasca Glacier!
Hotel: Sawridge Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast
Day 7 Jasper

Breathtaking Canadian Rockies
landscape at Moraine Lake.
Today we'll tour Jasper National Park stopping at Pyramid Lake, Maligne Canyon, and cruise to Spirit Island on Maligne Lake.
Hotel: Sawridge Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 A bridge session tonight at the hotel. Be prepared for fun, games, and surprises.
Day 8 Jasper / Kamloops
  "The finest way, bar none, to experience the Rockies" as we board our train, the "Mountaineer", for a spectacular journey through some of the most stunning landscape in the world. Tonight we stop in Kamloops.
Hotel: Kamloops Town Lodge
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 The bridge players of Kamloops and the surrounding areas come to join us for dinner and duplicate bridge.
Day 9 Kamloops / Victoria
  We rejoin the "Mountaineer" and again recline in the super comfort of our wide-windowed Dayniter to continue our way through untamed wilderness. Early evening we arrive in Vancouver and board our ferry to Victoria.
Hotel: Harbour Towers Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch
Day 10 Victoria
  This morning we'll tour the city of Victoria. This afternoon is yours to relax and enjoy this most English town.
Hotel: Harbour Towers Inn
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 A friendly session of duplicate and dinner with locals awaits us at the Victoria Bridge Centre.
Day 11 Victoria / Vancouver
  We depart for the highlight of our stay in Victoria - the world famous Butchart Gardens - a flower lovers dream come true. Following our visit to the gardens, it's a short drive to meet our B.C. Ferry cruise through the endless evergreen islands to Vancouver. Our hotel is in the heart of the city, and we'll have free time to walk down lively Robson Street
Hotel: O'Doul's Listel Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner

 Tonight we are honored guests of the Vancouver Bridge Centre.
Day 12 Vancouver

Views of Vancouver from
high atop Grouse Mountain.
This morning we'll continue our tour of Vancouver, visiting Stanley Park, the historic district, China Town, Gastown, Granville Island for a refreshing lunch break, and Capilano Park with its 450' suspension footbridge. Tonight's grand Farewell Dinner will be a lively finale to a great vacation.
Hotel: O'Doul's Listel Hotel
Meal(s): Breakfast, Dinner
Day 13 Vancouver / U.S.A.
  Transfer to Vancouver Int'l Airport for your flight home.
Meal(s): Breakfast

Your 13-Day Package Includes

 First class rail transportation via the "Rocky Mountaineer."

 First class air-conditioned motor coach transportation.

 Twin or double bedded first class hotel accommodations.

 23 meals - 12 Full American breakfasts, 3 lunches, and 8 dinners.

 Professional tour guides throughout; all entry fees included.

 Airport transfers, porterage, and hotel service charges.

 7 bridge sessions, including games with local players in Calgary, Banff, Kamloops, Victoria and Vancouver.

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