8 Days
1 Country

Canada

9 Cities

Calgary, Lake Louise, Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Lake, Athabasca Glacier, Banff, Canmore, Kamloops, Vancouver

13 Meals

1 Welcome Reception, 7 Breakfasts, 3 Lunchs, 2 Dinners

Comfortable

Mainly 2 and 3 night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Trafalgar

Trafalgar

If you like hassle free travel with everything handled for you – looking to meet great people, eat great food, enjoy great sightseeing, and have immersive experiences, Trafalgar is for you.  From the iconic not-to-be-missed to one-of-a-kind local experiences, including Be-my-Guest dining and stays with stories, you’ll connect deeper to your destination, and every tour has at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER immersive impact experience included advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), offering you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community. As the world’s leading tour company and trusted by more than 5 million guests, Trafalgar tours are simply the best value for your vacation dollar.

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National Parks Tours

Explore the breathtaking beauty of the National Parks in the USA. See the wonders of Yellowstone, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and more with local experts who provide insights into the park's history, geology, and wildlife. From magnific geysers to breathtaking vistas, these guided tours offer an unforgettable experience in the heart of America's natural treasures.

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Venture to the land of the glistening glaciers. Your in-depth exploration of the Rocky Mountains begins in Stampede country, taking you through scenic icefields, breathtaking landscapes, and alpine villages. Then relax onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada's West and the Canadian Rockies.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Kick Start Your Journey in Calgary

Tip your Stetson to Canada’s ‘Cowboy Country’, kick-starting your adventure through the inimitable Rockies in Calgary. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada
Accommodation The Westin Calgary
Included Meals Welcome Reception

Day 2

Uncloak the Ethereal Canadian Rockies

Embark on a spiritual encounter with the Canadian Rockies, admiring the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the surrounding summits and Victoria Glacier, before we continue along the Icefields Parkway. Skirt the craggy peaks, waterfalls and luminous glacial lakes keeping an eye out for bears, elk and mountain goats as you make your way through the wilderness to Jasper.

Lake Louise in Banff, Canada
Accommodation Chateau Jasper
Included Meals Breakfast
Iconic Experience Hike along the Lake Louise shoreline and to the Plain of Six Glaciers Teahouse, Alberta, Canada
Lake Louise Walk

Walk the shoreline of Lake Louise learning about its turquoise waters while taking in the Victoria Glacier and scenic mountain backdrop.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Drive through mountains towards Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Canada
Icefields Parkway Drive

Unlock the Canadian Rockies' pristine wilderness on one of the most scenic drives in North America – the Icefield Parkway. This stretch of double-l...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Athabasca Falls in Jasper, Canada
See Athabasca Falls

A picturesque waterfall awaits at Athabasca Falls. At only 75 feet tall, the rushing Athabasca River tumbles over a wide ledge into a tight canyon ...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Day 3

Enjoy the Wonders of Jasper National Park

Soak up pristine natural surroundings enjoying a morning at leisure or joining an optional Jasper Float Trip. Next, enjoy a Be My Guest experience over lunch at Maligne Lake Chalet. Hear fascinating stories about Jasper and uncover local secrets with the entertaining Jasper Theater Productions. Then, take to the aqua waters of Maligne Lake (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island, named by the Stoney Nation indigenous people for the experiences their ancestors had at this place centuries ago. While Spirit Island is only a tiny grove of trees separated from the mainland by an isthmus, it becomes a true island for a few short days during the summer. Later, enjoy dramatic views as you take a guided walk to Maligne Canyon.

View of Spirit Island, Canada
Accommodation Chateau Jasper
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch
Iconic Experience
Maligne Lake Cruise

See how Maligne Lake is in a league of its own on a scenic cruise. Discover world-famous Spirit Island and get great photo opportunities with beaut...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Maligne Canyon Walk, Jasper, Canada
Guided Maligne Canyon Walk

Take a guided walk through Maligne Canyon for some incredible photo ops along this scenic trail into the depths of Jasper National Park.

Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Be My Guest Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park, Canada
From Jasper with Love

Dive into everything you wanted to know about Jasper and Jasper National Park joining Pieter van Loon or Joost Tijssen of Jasper Theater Production...

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Included in Trip

Be My Guest

Optional Experiences Experience a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River in Jasper National Park, Canada
Jasper Float Trip

Float down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide provides commentary on the human and natural h...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Take an Excursion to the Athabasca Glacier

Your adventure begins with a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier in an all-terrain Ice Explorer—a massive vehicle specially designed for glacier travel. On this thrilling trip, an experienced driver-guide will share local secrets about glaciers and their impact on our environment. Take a sip of ice-cold glacier water and admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama before continuing your journey to the alpine village of Banff. Enjoy a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience as we meet a Cree Guide who will share insight on how buffalo were so important to our survival, the interconnected relationship we have, the teachings of the Buffalo around the sacred contract we hold and how we may have become part of that sacred contract. Tonight, enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers.

People on the Glacier Walk in Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Accommodation Banff Park Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Iconic Experience Ice Explorer Columbia Icefield, Jasper, Canada
Columbia Icefield Adventure

Gear up for a Columbia Icefield Adventure. Board a massive, specially designed ‘Ice Explorer’ to view one of the largest non-polar ice fields in th...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Iconic Experience Enjoy a scenic horseback ride along Bow River, Canada
See Bow Lake

View one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, Bow Lake. As one of the many lakes that line the Icefields Parkway, this is a beautiful and s...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet Cree guide and talk at hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada
Buffalo Fat of the Land, Storytelling Experience

Sip tea and engage in rich stories and history with your Cree guide who will bring the buffalo to life and help you see them through their eyes. Ga...

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Included in Trip

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

Trafalgar Difference Stays with Stories Banff Park Lodge in Banff National Park, Banff, Canada
Banff Park Lodge

Banff Park Lodge, located inside Banff National Park, is within walking distance to all Banff offers and has been a staple of local life since 1970...

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Included in Trip

Trafalgar Difference

Day 5

Shoot Your Shot in Canmore

Learn the art of playing the puck like a pro when you meet a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore. Dive Into Culture and embrace Canada’s national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and put on the full hockey gear with help of a real coach. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you'll soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty and learn how to score the big goal. A sightseeing excursion around Banff reveals the exquisite natural beauty of the area. Admire the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls, and the hoodoo rock formations. You may also choose a breathtaking helicopter optional for views of the Canadian Rockies you won't soon forget or take a ride on 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.

Visit Canmore in Alberta, Canada
Accommodation Banff Park Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast
Dive Into Culture Experience the thrill of hockey at Banff Hockey Experience, Canada
Hockey in Canmore

Lace up those skates, hit the ice and learn about being a real hockey player.

Included in Trip

Dive Into Culture

Iconic Experience Take a guided tour of Banff, Canada
Banff Sightseeing

Uncover how Banff is in a league of its own. Stroll through the downtown lined with historic buildings as majestic mountains stand tall in the dist...

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Included in Trip

Iconic Experience

Optional Experiences View the Canadian Rockies on the Brewster Banff Gondola
Banff Gondola

Unlock incredible views of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies on the Banff Gondola. Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a fully enclose...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences See Mount Assiniboine on this exciting helicopter tour, Canada
Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour

It’s one blockbuster after another zipping in a helicopter to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Get your camera ready t...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Get up close and personal with the famous Three Sisters Peaks on this scenic flight tour, Canada
Three Sisters Peaks Tour (25 min)

Gear up for the most action packed twenty minutes of your life. You won’t want to miss your chance fly past famous Three Sisters Peaks. Get up clos...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

Breathe Fresh Air in Banff

Join your Travel Director for an optional excursion in the morning to explore the jewels of the Rockies and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake (seasonal) in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, the second tallest waterfall in Canada. Straddle the continental divide at Kicking Horse Pass as you view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900's. Later, toast to your travels and shared experiences with your fellow travelers over a Farewell Dinner.

Canoes on Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada
Accommodation Banff Park Lodge
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner
Optional Experiences Explore Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley and view the famous Spiral Tunnels, Canada
Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion

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 talle...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Board the Rocky Mountaineer

A sensational two-day journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer with a night in Kamloops.

Rocky Mountaineer Train in Kamloops, Canada
Accommodation Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Ride by Rail to Vancouver

Continue your journey by rail through British Colombia to Vancouver. Upon arrival into Vancouver.

Rocky Mountaineer Train in Kamloops, Canada
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch

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Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Iconic Experience
Lake Louise Walk

Walk the shoreline of Lake Louise learning about its turquoise waters while taking in the Victoria Glacier and scenic mountain backdrop.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Icefields Parkway Drive

Unlock the Canadian Rockies' pristine wilderness on one of the most scenic drives in North America – the Icefield Parkway. This stretch of double-l...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Athabasca Falls

A picturesque waterfall awaits at Athabasca Falls. At only 75 feet tall, the rushing Athabasca River tumbles over a wide ledge into a tight canyon ...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Maligne Lake Cruise

See how Maligne Lake is in a league of its own on a scenic cruise. Discover world-famous Spirit Island and get great photo opportunities with beaut...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Guided Maligne Canyon Walk

Take a guided walk through Maligne Canyon for some incredible photo ops along this scenic trail into the depths of Jasper National Park.

Included in Trip
Be My Guest
From Jasper with Love

Dive into everything you wanted to know about Jasper and Jasper National Park joining Pieter van Loon or Joost Tijssen of Jasper Theater Production...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Columbia Icefield Adventure

Gear up for a Columbia Icefield Adventure. Board a massive, specially designed ‘Ice Explorer’ to view one of the largest non-polar ice fields in th...

See More
Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
See Bow Lake

View one of the largest lakes in Banff National Park, Bow Lake. As one of the many lakes that line the Icefields Parkway, this is a beautiful and s...

See More
Included in Trip
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
Buffalo Fat of the Land, Storytelling Experience

Sip tea and engage in rich stories and history with your Cree guide who will bring the buffalo to life and help you see them through their eyes. Ga...

See More
Included in Trip
Trafalgar Difference
Banff Park Lodge

Banff Park Lodge, located inside Banff National Park, is within walking distance to all Banff offers and has been a staple of local life since 1970...

See More
Included in Trip
Dive Into Culture
Hockey in Canmore

Lace up those skates, hit the ice and learn about being a real hockey player.

Included in Trip
Iconic Experience
Banff Sightseeing

Uncover how Banff is in a league of its own. Stroll through the downtown lined with historic buildings as majestic mountains stand tall in the dist...

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Included in Trip

About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
All porterage and restaurant gratuities
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
All transport and transfers shown
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Optional Experiences and free time
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

What to expect

Explore Columbia Icefield Adventure, Learn to play hockey like a pro with a professional hockey coach in Canmore.
Visit Jasper National Park, Maligne Canyon, Banff National Park
Scenic Drive along the Icefields Parkway
Cruise across Maligne Lake to Spirit Island
View Lake Louise, Athabasca Falls, Bow Lake, Bow Falls, Surprise Corner

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Jasper Float Trip

Float down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide provides commentary on the human and natural h...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Banff Gondola

Unlock incredible views of six mountain ranges of the Canadian Rockies on the Banff Gondola. Ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain in a fully enclose...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour

It’s one blockbuster after another zipping in a helicopter to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Get your camera ready t...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Three Sisters Peaks Tour (25 min)

Gear up for the most action packed twenty minutes of your life. You won’t want to miss your chance fly past famous Three Sisters Peaks. Get up clos...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion

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 talle...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Canada

  • Official Languages across Canada: English the official language of Canada.
  • Currency used in Canada: The currency of Canada is the Canadian Dollar (C$).
  • Capital Cities:: The capital of Canada is Ottowa.
  • Time Zone(s) in USA & Canada: Several time zones are used across different regions of Canada to establish standard time: Eastern Standard Time (EST), Central Standard Time (CST), Mountain Standard Time (MST), Pacific Standard Time (PST), Atlantic Standard Time (AST), and Newfoundland Standard Time (NST). It's important to note that some regions within each time zone may observe daylight saving time, which would result in a one-hour shift during the daylight saving time period.

USA & Canada passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Canada.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

The weather and climate in Canada vary significantly due to its vast size and diverse geography. In general, Canada experiences four distinct seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter. The country's northern regions have a subarctic and arctic climate characterized by extremely cold winters and short, cool summers. The central and eastern regions have a temperate climate with warm summers and cold winters, while the western coastal areas have a milder maritime climate with mild winters and cool summers. Canada also has various microclimates due to its mountain ranges, such as the Rockies, which can bring significant variations in weather patterns. The Canadian Rockies encompass a large area that includes national parks such as Banff, Jasper, Yoho, and Kootenay.

The weather in the Canadian Rockies can vary widely depending on the time of year and the specific location within the region. Typically, weather in the Rockies looks like this over the seasons:

  • Spring (March to May) is a transitional period, with temperatures gradually warming up. Snow can still be present in higher elevations during early spring. Weather can be unpredictable, with a mix of sunny days, rain, and occasional snow showers.
  • In Summer (June to August), the peak tourist season, expect milder weather and longer daylight hours. Daytime temperatures are generally pleasant, ranging from mild to warm. Be prepared for cooler temperatures in the evenings, especially at higher elevations.
  • Fall (September to October), is also a popular time for visitors due to the stunning fall foliage and fewer crowds. Daytime temperatures start to cool down, and nights can get quite chilly. September can still offer pleasant hiking weather, but by October, snow can start to fall in higher elevations.
  • Winter (November to February) brings colder temperatures, snow, and a popular skiing and snowboarding season. Daytime temperatures can range from chilly to very cold, especially at higher elevations. Winter activities like skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating are popular. Be prepared for road closures and limited access to certain areas due to heavy snowfall.

Keep in mind that weather conditions can change rapidly in mountainous regions, so it's essential to be prepared for a range of temperatures and conditions regardless of the time of year. If you're planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies, it's a good idea to check the weather forecast and pack layers to stay comfortable and adaptable to changing weather conditions.

Additionally, Canada is known for its heavy snowfall in many regions during winter, particularly in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Comfortable walking shoes. Canada offers a vast range of terrains. To make the most of your trip, it is vital to pack shoes that can cater to all your activities. We suggest shoes you can wear for light hikes or long walks. 
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: From the snowy peaks of the Rockies to the coastal regions, you’ll encounter a myriad of climates. To ensure you're ready for any situation, it's wise to pack adaptable, layered clothing. We advise you to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall. 
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: It's always a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).
  • Small travel hair dryer

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

As an American traveler going on a guided tour of Canada, there are a few essential things to know about electricity and adaptors to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience. 

  • Voltage and Plug Type: Canada operates on a standard voltage of 120V and a frequency of 60Hz, which is similar to the electricity standards in the United States. This means that most American electronic devices, including laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, will work in Canada without the need for a voltage converter.
  • Compatibility: In Canada, you'll likely only need a plug adapter to fit your American devices into Canadian outlets. A voltage converter is usually unnecessary because of similar voltage standards. While the voltage is the same as in the United States, the plug types in Canada might be different depending on the region. In most of Canada, Type A and Type B plugs are used. Type A plugs have two flat parallel pins, and Type B plugs have two flat parallel pins and a grounding pin (like the standard US plugs).
  • Hotels and Accommodations: Most hotels and accommodations in Canada provide outlets compatible with American plugs. However, it's still a good idea to carry a plug adapter for convenience.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Most hotels in Canada, especially those in urban and tourist areas, provide hair dryers as a standard amenity in guest rooms or available upon request. Hair dryers are generally found in the bathroom or within the bedroom area. 

If you prefer to use your own hair dryer, it's essential to consider voltage compatibility. As Canada uses a standard voltage of 120V, similar to the United States, if your hair dryer is designed to work with 120V (as most American devices are), you should be able to use it without any issues. Make sure you have the appropriate plug adapter to fit your hair dryer's plug into the Canadian outlets.

If your hair dryer is not compatible with 120V or the local voltage, you might need a voltage converter to prevent damage or overheating. Alternatively, you could consider using the hair dryer provided by the hotel to avoid any voltage-related concerns.

You can check out your hotels' websites for specific details about the amenities they offer, including hair dryers, to ensure a comfortable and hassle-free stay in Canada.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in most hotels, restaurants, and public spaces in Canada, especially in major cities and tourist areas.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. 

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are not included or available on tours that operate in the United States and Canada. Guests will be provided local transfer options after booking so they can make their travel arrangements from the airport to the hotel and vice versa. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history and current health status.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.  

Stay Hydrated: Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water, avoid strenuous activities during the hottest part of the day, and rest in air-conditioned or shaded areas.

Respect Local Customs: Respect local customs and dress codes, especially in conservative areas. Dress modestly, particularly when visiting religious sites.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack an adequate supply of your prescription medications and carry them in their original packaging, along with a copy of your prescription. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these. 

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity of $1.00-$2.00 USD per person/half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/day is listed in your travel documents.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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James Peak
Review date: Sunday, July 7, 2024
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Vacation
Richard Krajewski
Review date: Sunday, September 24, 2023
Service
Excellent travel director and wonderful places visited.
Vacation
Excellent trip director with fantastic knowledge and enthusiastic effort to make our trip the best ever.
Retired Couple
Review date: Thursday, July 6, 2023
Service
We've used Grand European about 8 times; but not since all the COVID interruptions and requirements. The agent answered all our questions to ensure there wouldn't be extra inconveniences or additional health record requirements/concerns.
Vacation
Even though uncontrollable weather situations affected (but didn't prevent) a couple activities; we were pleased to be part of a diverse group of true spirited travelers. Our guide, Arsen, brought forth the best in everyone, resulting in positive attitudes and truly wonderful experiences in some spectacular settings. There were 25 (?) of us on this tour. Everyone was on time, cheerful, courteous and helpful (if needed) when a few less mobile guests needed a little extra time walking to and from the coach. Our driver, JT, was also right there to assist those individuals who may need it during our stops. Several fellow travelers brought personal stories and expertise (when appropriate) to share with the group. This element of additional knowledge, history and interest was well managed by Arsen in such a way as to add to everyone's experiences. When traveling, we enjoy our "alone time" to explore, rest or enjoy local activities. There was a suitable opportunity to do that. We liked the fact the pace was not to hectic. Most places included multiple night stays. The hotels were very comfortable, clean and nice. Our "group meals" were much better quality than those we've had on some other tours. Service at hotels and restaurants was exceptional and friendly. We felt welcome everywhere we went. The fun but professional rapport between Arsen and JT added an enjoyable atmosphere to this trip. We're not sure if there were any issues with any part of the tour or any other travelers; but if there were, we were totally unaware of anything negative or disruptive. It was a smooth, very enjoyable journey! Arsen warmly shared his very personal love and respect for Canada and that feeling was contagious. We left with the feeling he'd shared something truly dear and special with us.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, June 27, 2022
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Beautiful scenery.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a fabulous time exploring Canada's Rockies. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate it.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Vacation
beautiful scenery and lots of animals.
Lyndea Brown
Review date: Sunday, September 22, 2019
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Wonderful help. If our personal one was not available there were always other very knowledgeable and helpful people available. No complaints and very satisfied at their expertise and helpfulness.
Vacation
The Canadian Rockies tour far exceeded our expectations. We were offered extra excursions that turned out to be wonderful. Along the way our tour director also showed us some extra unbelievable sights that we were not expecting. Every minute of our trip was wonderful! A special shout out for both our tour director Ben and driver Asif. Ben was vey knowledgeable and very polite and accommodating to all. He knew the area and its history. We learned a lot about Canada. Ben also went out of his way to educate us through games, etc. on the bus too, and to also give just enough down time on the bus, too. Asif was a wonderful driver and also a local who shared wonderful information when asked. We left the tour leaving two new friends, Ben and Asif! We loved the beautiful scenery and activities Trafalgar, Ben, and Asif gave us.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed the Canada's Rockies tour. We appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback and hope to be able to help you plan another trip very soon.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Narasimha Swamy
Review date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
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No comments
Vacation
Large group of 50 people. Not enough time to enjoy the scenery at any of the locations.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Service
Very simple booking and payment experience with helpful travel professionals.
Vacation
Visited beautiful sites in Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise and Calgary. Saw lots of wildlife, glaciers, waterfalls, lakes, etc.
Pamela Fredrickson
Review date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Service
very professional and knowledgeable
Vacation
don't know if the value was there as compared to Caravan tours
Elizabeth Stutz
Review date: Saturday, July 28, 2018
Service
The sites visited were beautiful. It was great to be able to get a good parking spot an not have to wait in the line of individual cars. I was disappointed in the Holiday Inn stay in Canmore. We were scheduled to stay in Banff which would have been a much better arrangement and allow more time to explore Banff.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry about that last minute Hotel change which was out of our control. We do hope that overall you had a pleasant trip.
Monday, July 30, 2018
Vacation
I have not traveled with your group in the past.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, July 16, 2018
Service
Nice and informed guide. Excellent bus driver. Enough time at each destination town to enjoy it. Would have liked more options for extra excursions that were more interactive (canoe/kayaking, horseback riding and such). Liked the hotels within walking distance to town as you could do more on your own and not have to go as a group. One hotel change in Jasper had us too far out of town to walk. Our tour guide and our bus driver did an exceptional job shuttling us around to meet all of our needs but it was still having to follow a set schedule (the rain and cold did not help). That hotel also had the most difficulty keeping up with breakfast ( had to wait on food, bacon not cooked well enough). That was the only blip in an otherwise wonderful Canadian experience. Highlights for me- walking on the Columbia glacier and putting on full hockey gear and getting out on the ice in Canmore. For my husband- a kayak trip he found for us, Boundary Line Ranch and the Calgary Stampede. Something for everybody!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear you had such a wonderful time in Canada! Thank you for sharing your photos and travel experience with us.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Vacation
Good experience for the money
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