Secrets of the Rockies & Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park
10 Days from $3,263 per person

From Glacier National Park to Lake Louise and legendary Banff—this in-depth trip reveals the natural beauty, secluded places and secret stories of the Canadian Rockies.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… dining on local Alberta beef with all the trimmings in a cozy, country setting, deep in the hills of Banff. Listening to stories of the family's heritage in the Banff ranch home, where they have lived for 70 years.

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  1. Welcome to Calgary. Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.
    hotel:Delta Calgary Downtown
  2. Start the morning with a tour of Calgary then head toward Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park. En route, stop at Fort MacLeod for a visit to the Fort Museum where you'll meet a Local Specialist and learn about the history of the North West Mounted Police. Next, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. where you'll meet a native Local Specialist who describes the way of life at the very place where hunters drove buffalo over the cliff. Continue on to Waterton Lakes National Park, where you enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer aboard a delightful lake cruise.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Waterton Lakes Lodge
  3. This morning, cross the International Border into Montana's Glacier National Park, both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. As you enter Glacier National Park and the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, step aboard your private restored 1930s-vintage red touring "jammer" and set out along this 50-mile long engineering marvel, skirting the shores of St. Mary's Lake, crossing the Continental Divide and onto Lake McDonald to your overnight accommodations, superbly located right inside the park, along the lakeshore.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Lake McDonald Lodge
  4. Continue your journey through Glacier National Park before heading north back into Canada and the forested area of the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies. Pass through Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs, through the sheer red walls of Sinclair Canyon and scenic Kootenay National Park. Enter Banff National Park and arrive at your home for the next two nights, Lake Louise, the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies".
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Deer Lake Lodge Authentic Accommodations
  5. Start the morning with a talk by your Travel Director along Lakeshore Trail, taking in the magnificent scenery of snow-covered peaks, including Mount Victoria at the end of the Lake. Then head out to Moraine Lake, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the most photographed sites in all of Canada; discover why as you are taken on a guided stroll along the shoreline and enjoy the best views from Rock Pile. Back at Lake Louise, the afternoon is free.
  6. Set out for a drive along the Icefields Parkway with jaw-dropping views. Stop at Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia Icefield and take a memorable ride across the glacier's surface on a specially designed Ice Explorer. Next, step on to Glacier Skywalk, the newest attraction in the Rockies, a thrilling glass-floored walkway, a full 920 feet (280 meters) above the Sunwapta Valley. Continue to your home for the next two nights, in the heart of Jasper National Park.
  7. The morning is yours to spend as you like. This afternoon, take part in an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system. Then head to Maligne Lake for an interpretive lake cruise to Spirit Island, the heart and soul of Jasper National Park. Back ashore, enjoy a rustic dinner along the lakeshore and learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife during an interactive after-dinner presentation by a Local Specialist.
    meal(s):FB, RM
  8. Wind your way down the Icefields Parkway and stop at the thundering Athabasca Falls. Continuing on toward Banff, enjoy another peak experience as you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the turquoise hue of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Arrive in the welcoming community of Banff.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Fairmont Banff Springs, Stanley Thompson Wing Authentic Accommodations
  9. This morning, perhaps enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the majestic Rockies. Later, immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including the viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as the hoodoos. After some free time, you'll be greeted by your hosts for the evening, the Guinn family, who welcome you to their ranch for a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Hop-on a horse drawn hayride and set out on a scenic trail surrounding the ranch. Afterward, the aroma of a sizzling barbecue will whet your appetite as a delicious meal of Alberta beef is being prepared. After dinner, enjoy a private lesson in the traditional country western style of line-dancing.
    meal(s):FB, BG
  10. This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies and arrive in Calgary. A transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Delta Calgary Downtown for guests extending their stay.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Most Meals Most Meals

Meal Summary

9 full breakfasts, 6 dinners.

Included Highlights

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

Be My Guest

  • Enjoy a Farewell Dinner barbecue with line dancing on a Banff Ranch.

Authentic Accommodations

  • Stay at Deer Lake Lodge and The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.

Local Specialist

  • hearing about the North West Mounted Police, learning about buffalo hunting and at a wildlife interactive presentation in Jasper.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Calgary
  • Visit Waterton Lakes, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake and the Glacier Skywalk over the Sunwapta Valley
  • Cruise upon Waterton and Maligne Lake
  • Scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway and Red Jammers excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
18 May 17 27 May 17 $3,625$3,263pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,625 $3,263 pp
15 Jun 17 24 Jun 17 checkmark $3,695$3,326pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,695 $3,326 pp
10 Aug 17 19 Aug 17 checkmark $3,725$3,353pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,725 $3,353 pp
7 Sep 17 16 Sep 17 checkmark $3,675$3,308pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,675 $3,308 pp
21 Sep 17 30 Sep 17 checkmark $3,625$3,263pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$3,625 $3,263 pp

Secrets of the Rockies and Glacier National Park with Calgary Stampede Option: This departure features two nights in Calgary at the Delta Calgary Downtown with entry to the Calgary Stampede.

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 $1,275.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $107 per person.

Hidden Journey: itineraries have a maximum of 26 guests.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • 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.


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