CHRISTMAS MARKETS & THE ROCKIES
14 Days / 13 Nights

Canada is a magical place to visit at any time of the year, but never more so than during the holiday season. This fantastic 14 day holiday includes an array of experiences to get you into the festive spirit pre-Christmas.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Christmas Markets - During your stay, explore Banff and Vancouver Christmas Markets. Stroll the twinkling pathways of a European inspired Christmas village in the crisp winter air.
• Canada’s native wildlife - you may be lucky enough to spot some of Canada's native wildlife. Keep an eye out for bears, moose, elk, deer and eagles. During the winter months you might even have the chance to witness polar bears, whilst those on a cruise can look out for whales including Orcas.
• Fairmont Hotels - you can enjoy exclusive special stays at the full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for the most iconic and memorable Canadian experience. From the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and The Fairmont Empress Victoria, a good night's sleep awaits.
• Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - At the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, there are an abundance of dining options, with each restaurant proudly sourcing Alberta fresh local ingredients. Take in the incredible views of Lake Louise as you enjoy fine dining at its best. Enjoy the authentic fondue experience at the Walliser Stube or try the wonderful pasta dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.

ITINERARY
DAY 1 CALGARY - BANFF
Arrive Calgary where you will be met and transferred to Banff. Your journey begins with a three night Special Stay at the exclusive Fairmont Banff Springs. At this festive time of year, the Fairmont Banff Springs resembles a magical castle in an enchanted forest. To make your winter fairytale complete, you’ll be ensconced in a mountain or valley view room for three nights. Tonight celebrate your adventures ahead at a welcome dinner.
Meals included: Dinner

DAY 2 BANFF CHRISTMAS MARKET
After a leisurely start to the day, head off to Banff Christmas Market - a celebration of all things merry and bright. Santa arrives in Banff on a sleigh in this land of wonderful handcrafted gifts, culinary delights, warming beverages and caroling.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 3 BANFF
Freechoice: Continue your Canadian winter experience with a dogsledding adventure or a canyon icewalk. 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

DAY 4 BANFF - LAKE LOUISE
Take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a final view over magnificent Banff National Park before heading to Lake Louise. 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; Dinner

DAY 5 LAKE LOUISE
A free day to enjoy stunning Lake Louise, where you may choose from a range of indoor and outdoor activities or simply indulge in pure relaxation. This afternoon, 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

DAY 6 ICEFIELDS PARKWAY - JASPER
Travel along one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Arrive in Jasper where you’ll enjoy a cosy home at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in a junior suite warmed by a fireplace or a wood burning stove. Over the next two days and nights enjoy a special ‘Christmas in November’ programme exclusive to Scenic guests. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities to give you a host of unusual ideas for your own celebrations back home, from Christmas decorations to delicious food and cocktail recipes, all with a Canadian flavour. This evening, marvel at the constellations at a private Dark Sky event featuring a heated Planetarium experience followed by s’mores around the fire pit.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 JASPER
Your ‘Christmas in November’ activities continue today. This afternoon there will be some free time to relax before a sumptuous private dinner and entertainment, exclusive to Scenic guests.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 8 JASPER - OKANAGAN VALLEY
Drive into the picturesque Okanagan Valley, known for its fine wineries and abundant local produce. You will visit one of the region’s leading wineries and learn about the curious production of ice wine – a delicious dessert wine produced from grapes that have been frozen while still on the vine. This evening enjoy a delicious meal paired with some of the region’s best wines.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 9 OKANAGAN VALLEY - VANCOUVER CHRISTMAS MARKET
Travel to Vancouver today, arriving in time to explore the local Christmas Market, a beloved holiday tradition for locals and visitors alike. Located in an impressive seaside location, this popular yuletide celebration features more than 80 huts of European-inspired sweets, treats, and treasures – many with a Canadian twist. This is a great opportunity to wow friends and family back home with some memorable handcrafted Christmas decorations and gifts.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 10 VANCOUVER
This morning you have some free time to explore Vancouver’s characterful neighbourhoods, such as Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. This afternoon, visit Vancouver’s ‘forest in the city’, Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, which is even more mystical in the winter. Dinner and overnight will be at the exclusive Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 11 VANCOUVER - WHISTLER
ravel to Whistler, a quaint alpine village nestled against a background of beautiful snow-capped mountains. 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.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 12 WHISTLER
Freechoice: Today you can choose from a range of activities. You might like to take the Peak to Peak Gondola for stunning 360-degree views of Whistler Village, mountain peaks, lakes, glaciers and forests; or embark on a thrilling dog-sledding or snowmobiling adventure. You’ll also have some free time for your own explorations or sheer relaxation.
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 13 WHISTLER - VICTORIA
Travel to Victoria on Vancouver Island where you will stay for two nights at the famous Fairmont Empress Hotel. Enjoy the ‘Magic of Christmas’ seasonal theme at the Butchart Gardens, with ice skating, Christmas lights, holiday wreaths and carol singers. This evening, your Canadian winter and Christmas Markets adventure draws to a close with a special farewell dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

DAY 14 DEPART
Transfer to Victoria Airport for your departure flight. You’ll arrive home in plenty of time to prepare for your Canadian inspired Christmas celebrations with family and friends.
Meals included: Breakfast

2019 DEPARTURE DATE
21 November

PRICE
From $8,995* per person

CHRISTMAS IN BANFF
13 Days / 12 Nights

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.

HIGHLIGHTS
• Canada’s native wildlife - you may be lucky enough to spot some of Canada's native wildlife. Keep an eye out for bears, moose, elk, deer and eagles. During the winter months you might even have the chance to witness polar bears, whilst those on a cruise can look out for whales including Orcas.
• Fairmont Hotels - you can enjoy exclusive special stays at the full range of Fairmont Hotels and Resorts for the most iconic and memorable Canadian experience. From the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and The Fairmont Empress Victoria, a good night's sleep awaits.
• Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - At the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, there are an abundance of dining options, with each restaurant proudly sourcing Alberta fresh local ingredients. Take in the incredible views of Lake Louise as you enjoy fine dining at its best. Enjoy the authentic fondue experience at the Walliser Stube or try the wonderful pasta dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.

ITINERARY
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

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

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.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

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

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

DAY 6 VANVOUVER - 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

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. Tonight, choose between Canadian or Italian cuisine.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 8 ICEFIELDS PARKWAY - LAKE LOUISE
Travel along one of the most spectacular drives in the world, the Icefields Parkway. Marvel at the unique, natural phenomenon of ice bubbles trapped below the surface of Abraham Lake. Explore this winter wonderland by helicopter, snowshoe and jingle to the bells of a horse-drawn sleigh. Retire to your lakeview room at your two night Special Stay, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Meals included: Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

DAY 9 LAKE LOUISE
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

DAY 10 LAKE LOUISE - BANFF
The Canadian Rockies will astound you as you survey them from the top of Sulphur Mountain. 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. Indulge your palate as you please with dinner at a variety of restaurants at your hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast; Dinner

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 the man in red, Santa Claus. 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

DAY 12 BANFF
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

DAY 13 BANFF - CALGARY
Transfer to Calgary Airport for your homeward flight.
Meals included: Breakfast

2019 DEPARTURE DATE
15 December

PRICE
From $9,845* per person

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices are per person twin share, land only based on adult fares in AUD and subject to availability at time of booking. Offers valid until sold and for departures as specified. Freechoice activities are subject to minimum numbers and/or seasonal operations. Seasonal surcharges & single supplements may apply, & prices may vary due to currency fluctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Valid for new bookings only & not combinable with any other offers.  Departures may be based on minimum group numbers. Prices are correct as at October 2018 & are subject to change without notice. Further conditions apply, call your Bucket List Buddy team.