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THE GREAT BRITISH INVASION 2018 
"FIRST BLOOD - THE SONS OF ROYALTY RETURN!"

The History

The Sons of Royalty is an eclectic group of individuals dedicated to raising money for Childline NSPCC through live music and a unique annual jaunt through North America entitled “The Great British Invasion”. In seven previous invasions we have raised over £160,000 for the cause, and we are the only motorcycle and car gang ever to have ridden all of the Rocky Mountain States for a British charity: Montana, Idaho, Arizona, Wyoming, Utah. Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, British Columbia, Alberta..and additionally Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi.

Our members include the following: some of the UK’s finest musicians, suits, a distant living relative of Butch Cassidy rumoured to be living somewhere in South London, an A list actor, a surgeon, a town mayor, Special Forces veterans, artists, celebrity chefs, chartered accountants, property professionals, a descendant of Henry V111’s Yeoman of the Wardrobe, a royal refuse expert (motto Trashus Maximus) and even a personal service provider. This is the pedigree of this never before or again to be gathered together gang!

2018 - The Ride

The challenge each year is simple: to create a ride which is more spectacular than the previous year’s Invasion. This was the original concept. Imagine driving through the most spectacular scenery North America has to offer in the company of a really special group of people - drawn from the most diverse of backgrounds. And in the company of one of the UK’s most successful rock bands!

This year’s jolly jape will take us through the sacred lands of the following tribes: Cree, Nakoda, Stoney, Ktunaxa, Salish, Shushwap, Shoshonean, Chelan, Humptulips, Muckleshoot, Wallawalla, Wenatchee & Yakima.

All of which translates into the following most spectacular journey:

Day 1: Fly from Gatwick to Calgary, disembark and pick up your chosen Harley Davidson or car. From Calgary, drive west as your view goes from farmlands to undulating flatlands-to the Rocky Mountains. Overnight Kananaskis National Park. Verily a stunning opener of a day.

Day 2: Now we’re into them: we go deep into the Rockies through Banff, Lake Louise and then north up the Icefields Parkway to Jasper-with the best of stops along the way. This will be the case for the entire journey.

Day 3: Jasper to Blue River, through MT Robson National Park, and overnight in a Rocky Mountain town for a Rocky Mountain evening.

Day 4: Blue River to West Kelowna, from the mountains to the Okanagan…Canada’s wine producing region. Today and tomorrow we will ride the shoreline of the vast Okanagan Lake-the drive acknowledged to be the finest   

Lakeside drive in British Columbia.

Stop ! Editor’s Note: All of our overnight destinations will be outstanding. At this point we will have stayed in the following accommodations: the best in Kananaskis, a Rocky Mountain special…and two 4/5 star hotel resorts.

Day 5….and Day 6: The ride’s title kicks in! Ride along the lakeshore and continue south, cross the border into the state of Washington and the Cascade Mountains and Pasayten Wilderness. The Cascades-where First Blood was filmed - became home to the highest concentration of Vietnam veterans who returned from the war and were unable to live in and adjust to normal society. This mountain range is as spectacular as it is remote, and is bordered to the North by the Pasayten Wilderness - the most remote part of the United States. Between the two nestles the Methow Valley….famed for its arts, crafts, local produce and culture.

We will spend two nights at Sun Mountain Lodge - the No 1 Resort Hotel in the state of Washington, famed for its views and choice of activities. Horse riding, fishing, hot air ballooning, hiking, a wine cellar to die for, and for golfers down the road one of the top two courses in the state….

So, our first day at leisure. Expect a chirpup !

Day 7: From day one it has always been our mission to ride the greatest roads in North America. We have ridden Route 66, The Going to the Sun in Glacier National Park, The Beartooth Highway in Montana…and many more. 

It’s time for another: The Cascade Scenic Byway. This iconic drive will take us west from the Methow Valley to Bellingham WA, and the shores of the mighty Pacific Ocean. Overnight - expect oysters!

Day 8…and Day 9: A short hop back over the border to the city which has won multiple awards as the most desirous city on the planet to live in - Vancouver. Fitting therefore to be spending two nights in its number one hotel - the St Regis. Relax, shop, go whale watching, take a ferry to Vancouver Island, fish for salmon - the choice is yours!

End of tour dinner and concert.

Day 10: Fly home.

The Itinerary

  • Day 1 : Flight 6th September 2018 - Air Transat

    Convene at Gatwick airport, and board Canada's finest airline Air Transat to arc our way over Greenland and touch down in Vancouver. Adventure's our name, and travel's our game. 4724 miles, 9 hrs 50 minutes. Average speed 497 miles per hour.

    Outbound
    Fare Type Date Flight Number Departure Airport/Time Arrival Airport/Time
    Economy 6th September 2018 TS541 London Gatwick / 12:25 Calgary / 14:20

    Check-in opens 4 hours before departure and closes strictly 1 hour before departure. Online check-in is available at www.airtransat.com 24 hours before departure.

    Calgary Airport – Kananaskis – 74miles

    1 Night Accommodation at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge – Kananaskis – Breakfast & Dinner included.

    Nestled in the Kananaskis River Valley, surrounded by the Rockies, this luxurious resort offers fantastic amenities in a stunning location. The indoor/outdoor pool and tennis courts are a real highlight. From a light bite at Obsessions Deli, a drink in Bighorn Lounge to a taste of Italy at Grappa restaurant, there is something to suit everyone.

    Parking - On-site parking, fee: 12.50 CAD daily or Complimentary off-site parking

  • Day 2: 7th September - Kananaskis to Jasper 232miles

    1 Night Accommodation at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Jasper – Breakfast and Dinner included

    Nestled between Mildred and Beauvert lakes, the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge is a beautiful resort with rustic rooms and lovely large windows to maximize the views. The many restaurants serve a delicious selection of dishes, from sushi to classic pub food and gourmet dining to take-away sandwiches. Every taste is catered for.

    Parking – Free Parking

  • Day 3 : 8th September – Jasper to Blue River – 136miles

    1 Night Accommodation at the Sandman Inn Blue River – Breakfast Included

    Along the stretches of Highway 5, you can experience the stellar comfort of Interior hospitality at its finest.

    Sparkling glacier-fed lakes and breathtaking mountain views make Blue River an ideal interior destination for tourists and travelers alike. Halfway between Vancouver and Edmonton, this area is a hot spot for heli-skiing, hiking and fishing enthusiasts – with the inn standing just three blocks from the town centre. Tasteful, plush bedding in addition to modern conveniences like complimentary internet and 24-hour front desk guest services ensure your stay is both enjoyable and relaxing.

    Parking – Free Parking

  • Day 4 : 9th September 2018 – Blue River to Kelowna – 266miles

    1 Night Accommodation at the Cove Lake Side Resort – Breakfast & Dinner included

    The Cove Lakeside Resort is a luxury all-suite, indulgent treatments at The Spa at the Cove, a private lakefront beach, two seasonal outdoor pools and a private marina. With a peaceful waterfront setting and dramatic views of Okanagan Lake, we are a place where the beauty and solitude of nature is just 20 minutes from the shops and restaurants of downtown Kelowna.

    Parking – Free Parking

  • Day 5 and 6 : Wednesday 23 August

    2 Nights’ Accommodation at the Sun Mountain Lodge - 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners

    A Resort for All Seasons Inspired by the enduring beauty of nature, Sun Mountain Lodge reflects harmony with its surroundings down to the last detail. Whether you’re looking for refined elegance or a rugged wilderness experience, a place to come together with the family or a romantic getaway, thrill-of-a-lifetime recreation or quiet reflection, or perhaps that rarified place where business and pleasure do mix, Sun Mountain Lodge is poised to exceed your expectations.

    Parking – Free Parking

  • Day 7 : 12th September 2018 – Winthorp to Bellingham – 175miles

    1 Night accommodation at Baymont Inn & Suites Bellingham - Breakfast included

    Baymont Inn & Suites pride themselves on offering signature hometown hospitality in the heart of the Pacific Northwest. They offer good old fashioned, friendly service that begins with a smile. Conveniently located off I-5,5 there is plenty to see and do during your stay. Grab breakfast at Baymont Breakfast Corner for a quick bite for the road or enjoy a cup of coffee wile reading the morning newspaper. You will also find a fully equipped, free fitness room and outdoor pool.

    Parking – Free Parking

  • Day 8 : 13th September 2018 - Bellingham to Vancouver - 53miles

    2 Nights’ accommodation at St Regis Hotel – 2 Breakfast & 1 Dinner Included

    Perfectly located in the heart of Vancouver, the award-winning St. Regis Hotel is Vancouver’s best choice for warm, personal service and stylish boutique accommodations. Within steps of every downtown attraction including the Convention Centre, Cruise Ship Terminal and the city’s best shopping destinations like Nordstrom, Holt Renfrew, Versace, and TopShop, the St. Regis Hotel is ideal for any stay in the city. The independent, Canadian-owned and operated St. Regis has been welcoming visitors to Vancouver for over a century. The Edwardian heritage building has been completely renovated to the highest level of modern comfort and finish, and each room is stripped and refurbished every winter to ensure that every guestroom is always in perfect condition.

    Parking - Private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs CAD 37.80 per day.

The itinerary is subject to recce and distances / overnight stays may change following the route check. During the event the route may change depending on local weather conditions. Flight times subject to change.

 

Inbound
Fare Type Date Flight Number Departure Airport/Time Arrival Airport/Time
Economy 15th September 2018 TS676 Vancouver / 15:35 Gatwick / 09:05 + 1

Check in baggage at Calgary and luggage transfers automatically to London Gatwick. Check-in opens 4 hours before departure & closes strictly 1 hour before departure.

Holiday Cost

Passenger Type Number of Passengers Price per passenger
Adult 40 £2350.00 based on double occupancy
£3199.00 based on single occupancy

Cost Includes

  • Return flights in economy as stated, operated by Air Transat. Price includes Seat Selection & Option Plus (priority checking, priority boarding, 2 pieces of checked baggage, 23kg per piece & 1 piece of hand baggage 10kg, comfort kit with blanket, headphones and eye mask, complimentary hot meal, beer/wine with meals and choice of snack from bar)
  • 9 nights’ accommodation (as described or similar) including taxes - all double occupancy
  • 9 breakfasts & 6 Dinners (buffet where available) including taxes and gratuities
  • 10-day Van hire with U-Haul including 1146 KM
  • Airport Transfer Calgary Airport to Calgary Harley Davidson Depo (55 passenger)
  • Airport transfer Vancouver Downtown to Vancouver Airport on chartered highway coach (55 passenger)

Not Included

  • Airport driver gratuities. It is customary to provide a gratuity in North America for services rendered
  • Motorcycle rental + applicable expenses (booking directly)
  • Wine with meals
  • Baggage handling
  • Additional U-Haul KM exceeding allowance (Canadian Affair will reimburse up to additional 678KM)
  • Personal insurances
  • Parking fees may apply, Free parking might be available in the local area
  • Park fees: Banff National Park & Jasper National Park

Important Notes

  • Check-in at hotels is usually at 16:00 and check-out is usually at 11:00

How to Confirm Your Quote:

  • Complete the booking form attached - 1 form per person
  • Send the form by email to Amanda McDermott at Canadian Affair Amanda.mcdermott@canadianaffair.com 0207 616 9999
    If you have any special requests, please let Amanda know and she will handle them Amanda will put you in touch with the motorcycle hire company (& you will pay them separately)
  • At time of booking, pay a non-refundable deposit of £500pp for the holiday (excluding motorbike) Payment methods: bank transfer, debit or credit card (no fees)
  • Balance is due 12 weeks prior to departure

Cancellation

84 days (12 weeks) or more prior to departure loss of deposit 83-31 days prior to dep 50% loss of price
30-16 days prior to dep 80% loss of price
15 days or less prior to dep - 100% cancellation charges

Notice: All Applicants are subject to interview and vetting by the SOR committee.

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