Grizzly bears, spectacular rock formations, thunderous waterfalls and the tranquil emerald waters of glacial lakes – take in the best of the Rocky Mountains on this in-depth exploration.
You'll enjoy Insider moments like… getting escorted on horseback into the ranch of the Guinn family for a private BBQ. After a mouthwatering meal of Alberta beef and the trimmings, join the family for a line-dancing lesson.
Welcome to beautiful Canada. Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
Head north into the Canadian Rockies and stop at the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies," Lake Louise, one of the most beautiful lakes in North America, with its backdrop of glistening Victoria Glacier. Continue along the stunning Icefields Parkway, driving alongside snow capped peaks, thundering waterfalls and sparkling glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including gizzly and black bears, moose, elk, and mountain goats. Stay tonight in the quaint town of Jasper.
Start the day with a morning at leisure, enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper's quaint streets, or if you like, take an optional float down the Athabasca River. This afternoon, enjoy a guided walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a Regional Meal. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Specialist and naturalist.
Head south and stop at the Columbia Icefield Visitor Center. You'll step aboard and Ice Explorer, a huge vehicle specially designed for travelling on the surface of glaciers, and head for Athabasca Glacier, a massive sheet of ice 3.7 miles long and 300 - 980 feet thick. Learn a wealth of fascinating information about glaciers, icefields and their impact on our environment. Step out onto the glacier to take in the most stunning alpine and glacial vistas. Next is Glacier Skywalk, a perfect balance of breathtaking views, interpretive storytelling and adrenaline-pumping excitement including a glass-floored observation platform 918 feet over spectacular glacier-formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. Later arrive in the quintessential alpine village of Banff. This evening before dinner, you have the unique opportunity to have an informal chat with a retired Local Specialist and Canadian Mountie, dressed in the traditional red serge uniform, to hearexciting and colorful stories and even pose for a few memorable photos.
This morning there is time for optional flightseeing by helicopter for bird's-eye views of the Canadian Rockies. Then immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Banff during a morning sightseeing excursion, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations.
This morning is yours to do as you please in Banff, or perhaps join an optional excursion to other jewels of the Rockies-Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, where you'll see Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass and Spiral Tunnels. This evening travel to the Guinn Family Ranch for a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Enjoy pristine views, flowered alpine meadows and abundant wildlife, during a horse drawn hayride. Back at the ranch, the aroma of a sizzling barbecue will whet your appetite as a meal of Alberta beef with all the trimmings is waiting. After dinner, enjoy a private lesson in the traditional country western style of line-dancing.
After completing a unique hockey experience in Canmore, bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to your hotel in Calgary. This evening get your adrenaline pumping at the Stampede's thrilling chuckwagon races, in which teams of horses pull traditional chuckwagons around a racetrack. Cap off the day with a bang at the Grandstand Show, a singing and dancing musical extravaganza with a fireworks display.
Don your boots and Stetson hat for the world famous Calgary Stampede, an exciting spectacle of classic rodeo events and grandstand shows. Spend the entire day at "the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth." Your all-day pass includes reserve seating for the world's largest rodeo, and admission to the Stampede Park, home to agricultural and livestock exhibitions, live bands, and an amusement park.
Take a transfer to Calgary International Airport this morning.
8 nights' accommodations, 8 full breakfasts, 3 dinners (including Be My Guest).
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|30 Jun 18||8 Jul 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|1 Jul 18||9 Jul 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|6 Jul 18||14 Jul 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
|7 Jul 18||15 Jul 18||$2,795$2,516pp||Early PaymentPay by Jan 11||Request Quote Book Now|
Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.
Single Room Supplement: from $1,025.
Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $74 per person.
Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.
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Past Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the Land Only price of the vacation.
At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director. Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit. A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.
Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.
You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions. All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers. In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group.
If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.
We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.
Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.
Adult Price: $195.00 | Child Price: $195.00
Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Canada rises up from the Kananaskis Base and soars away over the valley, crossing snow-capped mountains, rivers, and lakes. Rising to 9,500 feet, gaze upon all of these breathtaking panoramic views as you glide smoothly by on the Explore the Rockies tour. The tour is long enough to get beyond the face of the Rockies and “behind” the peaks. This exciting option typically will provide the excitement of flying through or over a mountain pass with frequent sightings of Big Horn Sheep and occasionally herds of Elk. Subject to weather permitting.
Adult Price: $325.00 | Child Price: $325.00
The thrill of flight and the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies as seen from an eagle's perspective - the Grand Rocky Mountain Tour is Rockie Heli's most popular flight from our RHT-K base, the tour will introduce you to the spectacular scenery of the Spray Lakes Valley, the Iconic Three Sisters Mountains of Canmore as well as stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. Subject to weather permitting.
Adult Price: $135.00 | Child Price: $135.00
The Summit Tour will provide you with you first glimpse into the spectacular Rocky Mountains. Flying up to 7,000 ft. (2,300 m) above sea level, this tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Subject to weather condition.
Adult Price: $73.00 | Child Price: $30.00
Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 7 meter / 25 foot long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required.
Adult Price: $49.00 | Child Price: $25.00
At the Banff Gondola, you’ll see more mountains in a moment than most see in a lifetime! Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies. Begin with an eight-minute journey to the summit in a fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) to the Summit Upper Terminal. Witness the breathtaking views in every direction or go to the restaurant area to enjoy the views inside or from its upper deck. You can also take the Banff Skywalk for a short self-guided interpretive walkway along the summit ridge leading to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada. Subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: $35.00 | Child Price: $35.00
Explore the jewels of the rockies, and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Stradle the continental divide at kicking Horse Pass as you head to view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900's.
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