The Sip And Soak Tour

The Sip and Soak Tour

Travel One-Way East or West between Vancouver and Calgary

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Overview

Journey along the road less travelled. This self-guided tour will have you explore some of the most stunning and less crowded areas Western Canada has to offer. This route runs both East and West Bound. The inclusions are the same for both tours, but the days they occur on will differ. You can see the exact itineraries below. This description describes the west/east journey After departing the Pearl of the Pacific, Vancouver, you will travel through the Fraser Valley and the Coastal Rainforests towards Canada's only desert, The Okanagan. Explore the Okanagan Valley with its orchards and vineyards and make several stops at some of the most famous wineries in the area. You will have an opportunity to sample some local cider made from apples that are famously grown in the area as well as the opportunity to see why the Canadian wine scene is fast becoming known around the world. After leaving the Okanagan Valley behind you, you will travel through the ever-changing landscapes into the land of mountains, valleys and hot springs when entering the Kootenays. The Kootenays has a long and rich archeological history. Signs show that man has been inhabiting the area for the past 10,000 with the Ktunaxa people residing there permanently for the past few hundred years. This is known from the pictograms in some of the hot spring caves. Here is the Soak part of the adventure. You will have the chance to experience a few of the region's hot springs and relax. You will head through the Kootenays and into the Rocky Mountains. Sheer, imposing, impressive; these mountains will genuinely make you feel that nature is more significant than us, and we are a mere speck on the face of this earth. You will travel up a section of the Icefields Parkway and have the opportunity to go onto the Athabasca Glacier with the Ice Explorer. You will also have the chance to see the best glacial lakes in Canada, including Lake Louise, Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake. The greens, turquoise and blues will leave you with a memory you will never forget. You will also be based in the town of Banff for this part of the tour. Banff is arguably one of the most famous towns in the Rockies. It is quaint, with some spectacular dining and shopping options. The adventure will end in either Calgary or Vancouver.

Top Highlights

There are many highlights on this tour, but there are a few that stand out above all others. You will have the opportunity to sightsee your way through the most beautiful parts of Western Canada. There are some areas on this adventure that are still considered hidden treasures! There will be many chances to see some of the wildlife that is native to Western Canada, including moose, elk, black and grizzly bears and bald eagles. Of course, with this experience being the Sip & Soak, you will be visiting several wineries, a cidery and the opportunity to taste some of Alberta’s best beers. From the soak aspect, you will be stopping at many natural hot springs in the Kootenays. This adventure will take your breath away with some of the incredible scenery, showing you just how diverse Canada truly is. And to top it all off, you will be with an experienced and friendly tour guide how will guide you through the heritage and traditions to Canada.

Photo Credit: Destination Canada, Destination BC | Andrew Strain, Kari Medig, Dave Heath, Ryan Creary, and Shayd Johnson

Tour Itinerary

This itinerary is subject to change due to unforeseen (weather) conditions. Departure times may vary by date, please see your confirmation email for exact departure times.

Optional Activities

  • Ice Explorer
  • Banff Gondola
  • Horseback Riding in Banff
  • Fly Fishing on the Bow River (early bookings essential)
  • Via Ferrata in Banff
  • Whitewater rafting in Canmore

Price Includes

  • 6-night hotel accommodation including 2 nights in downtown Banff
  • 6 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 1 dinner 
  • Nk’Mip Desert & Heritage Centre
  • Wine tastings in the Okanagan Valley
  • Beer tasting in Banff
  • Deluxe mini-coach transportation
  • Friendly experienced Driver Guide to make sure you have the best trip ever
  • All taxes and park fees

September 2021 Tour Pricing

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SUMMER ROCKY MOUNTAIN COMPARISON
Explorer Rockies Taste of the Wild Classic Premium Western Canada Sip and Soak
One Way East or West
Inside Passage and Rocky Mountains
  Price From
Price From $669 $999 $749 $1,529 $2,299 $1,559 $2,999
  Duration
Duration 4 Days | 3 Nights 5 Days | 4 Nights 4 Days | 3 Nights 5 Days | 4 Nights 7 Days | 6 Nights 7 Days | 6 Nights 11 Days | 10 Nights
  Meals
Meals 3 Breakfasts
1 Dinner
1 Breakfast 3 Breakfasts
1 Dinner
4 Breakfasts
1 Dinner
6 Breakfasts
1 Dinner
6 Breakfasts
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
10 Breakfasts
1 Lunch
1 Dinner
  Accommodation
Overnight Stay Valemount
Banff
Golden
Kelowna
Banff
Jasper
Kamloops
Revelstoke
Banff
Valemount
Blue River
2 Nights in Banff
Revelstoke
Whistler
Sun Peaks
Jasper
2 Nights in Banff
Revelstoke
2 Nights in Osoyoos
Nelson
Fairmont Hot Springs
2 Nights in Banff
Kelowna
2 Nights in Banff
Jasper
Prince George
2 Nights in Prince Rupert
Port Hardy via the Inside Passage
Campbell River
Victoria
  Traveller Type
Traveller Type
These are guidelines - travellers of all ages welcome on most tours
18 to thirtysomethings (Students and the Adventurous) 18 to thirtysomethings (Not Suitable for under-18s and families) Suitable for all travellers Young professionals, families and mature, experienced travellers Young professionals, families and mature, experienced travellers Young professionals, families and mature, experienced travellers Young professionals, families and mature, experienced travellers
  Service Level
Service Level West Trek
Simple hotels with many optional activities
West Trek
Hostel accommodation with many optional activities
West Trek and Discover Canada Tours
Comfortable accommodations, more inclusions and optional accommodation upgrades
Discover Canada Tours
Intimate small group tour with upgraded accommodation
Discover Canada Tours
Intimate small group tour with upgraded accommodation
Discover Canada Tours
Intimate small group tour with upgraded accommodation
Discover Canada Tours
Intimate small group tour with upgraded accommodation
  Short Descriptions
Short Descriptions Hike and adventure your way through the Rockies. Perfect for the outdoors traveller Stay in the best hostels in prime locations as you taste and adventure around Western Canada This is our original tour and the best way to comfortably explore the Rockies at a low price Journey through the mountains of British Columbia and the Rockies on this deluxe tour Journey through the mountains of British Columbia and the Rockies on this deluxe tour Journey along the road less travelled through Southern BC and the Kootenays Small intimate journey of a lifetime through one of the wildest, diverse and unbelievably beautiful parts of the world
  Age Requirement
Minimum Age 16+ 18+ 6+ 6+ 6+ 19+ 6+
  Brand

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