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Secrets of the Rockies and Glacier National Park

Operated by: Trafalgar

10 Days from $3,398 per person
MAY - OCT 2021
Trail and lake in Glacier National Park, Canada

Countries Visited

Canada, United States ...more Canada, United States

Locations Visited

Calgary, Waterton Park, Fort Macleod, Revelstoke, West Glacier, Columbia Falls, Banff, Radium Hot Springs, Lake Louise, Jasper (AB), Kananaskis, Canmore ...more Calgary, Waterton Park, Fort Macleod, Revelstoke, West Glacier, Columbia Falls, Banff, Radium Hot Springs, Lake Louise, Jasper (AB), Kananaskis, Canmore
  1. Day 1 Arrive Calgary

    Don your Stetson and buckle up those cowboy boots. You've arrived in Stampede country. Get settled into the ways of the Wild West before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers for a Welcome Reception.

    meals Welcome Reception
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn
  2. Day 2 Calgary – Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump – Waterton Lakes National Park

    This morning, travel to the UNESCO-listed Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump, where a Local Specialist explains how buffalo were driven off a cliff by buffalo runners centuries ago. Travel on to meet the majestic Rockies at the tranquil Waterton Lakes National Park. Beneath ice-capped peaks, indulge in a memorable dinner.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Waterton Lakes Lodge
  3. Day 3 Waterton Lakes National Park – Glacier National Park

    The Big Skies of Montana beckon this morning as you cross the international border and travel along the shore of Lower St. Mary Lake and enter Glacier National Park, touted as the Crown of the Continent. Then, continue along St. Mary Lake in a restored 1930s vintage touring red "jammer". You will head up into the cirques of the St. Mary Valley along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and stop at the Continental Divide continuing over Logan Pass. Traverse one of the few remaining rainforests in Montana as you drive alongside the glacially carved valley. Finally, you will arrive at the Lake McDonald Lodge, situated on the shore of Lake McDonald.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel Lake McDonald Lodge
  4. Day 4 Glacier National Park – Banff (2 Nights)

    Today, you will exit Glacier National Park through West Glacier and head north, back into Canada. Tavel along the Windermere-Banff Highway, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Then, enter Kootenay National Park and drive through Sinclair Canyon. Make the climb up to Vermilion Pass at the Continental Divide, reaching an elevation of 1,680 m (5,510 ft) and enter Alberta and Banff National Park. Descending into the Bow River Valley, you will arrive in Banff where you check in at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs, the 'Castle in the Rockies'.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Fairmont Banff Springs
  5. Day 5 Banff Sightseeing

    After a free morning, spend the afternoon exploring the rugged beauty of Banff, from its postcard viewpoint of Surprise Corner to Bow Falls.

    meals Breakfast, Regional Meal
  6. Day 6 Banff – Lake Louise

    An early rise today as we head for Moraine Lake. Take a walk on the Lakeshore Trail, or the Rockpile Trail for the best views of the Canadian Rockies with stunning Moraine Lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This afternoon we arrive at Lake Louise where your have 'Your Choice' of activities: a stroll into the picture perfect image of Lake Louise, keeping an eye out for rock climbers, ground squirrels, marmots or even a mountain goat. Or perhaps the picture-perfect setting of Lake Louise will awaken the artist within you as you try your hand at plein air painting.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Lake Louise Inn
  7. Day 7 Lake Louise – Athabasca Glacier – Jasper (2 Nights)

    Blaze a trail through the heart of the Canadian Rockies-a journey through stunning wilderness, passing sparkling mountain lakes, tumbling glaciers and sweeping valleys en route to the Athabasca Glacier. Board a specially designed Ice Explorer, crunching over the white wonderland of the glacier's surface. Later, head to your home in the heart of Jasper National Park.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Chateau Jasper
  8. Day 8 Jasper Sightseeing

    Embark on a leisurely walk admiring the sheer limestone cliffs of Maligne Canyon and learning about the underground river system that flows out to Medicine Lake. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, we will indulge in delicious regional lunch with wine at the Lake Maligne Chalet with views of the lake, followed by a cruise of Maligne Lake to Spirit Island (seasonal).

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
  9. Day 9 Jasper – Icefields Parkway – Kananaskis

    Journey through the national parks of Jasper and Banff to arrive in the small resort town of Kananaskis. Enjoy a short walk around the village rim trail, followed by a dinner hosted by a backcountry guide that will share wild stories about life in the Rockies. Enjoy a short walk around the village rim trail, followed by a dinner hosted by a backcountry guide that will share wild stories about life in the Rockies.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Crosswaters Resort
  10. Day 10 Kananaskis – Depart Calgary

    A transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Hilton Garden Inn for guests extending their stay.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Calgary
Secrets of the Rockies and Glacier National Park
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 9 breakfasts
  • 6 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CRUISE upon Maligne Lake
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Icefields Parkway, Red Jammers excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Banff-Windermere Highway, Sinclair Canyon
  • VISIT Waterton Lakes, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Athabasca Glacier
  • CONNECT WITH LOCALS Learn about the family's passion for cattle ranching and how they use traditional and sustainable ranching methods that are in harmony with the environment and how they take great pride in the health and well-being of their cattle and horses, to whom they provide attentive care and gentle handling. This approach is not only more wholesome and satisfying to the family, but it also satisfies their environmentally- and locality- conscious customers, who place value on knowing where their food comes from. (Day 9)
  • LOCAL SPECIALIST Learn about buffalo hunting. (Day 2)
  • STAYS WITH STORIES Stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, located in the heart of Banff National Park. (Day 4)

Dates & Prices

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Optional Add-Ons

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.

Banff

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)

This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed. Approx. duration: 20-25 minutes
Adult Price: $289

Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)

The most action-packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world-famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore. Approx. duration 12 minutes
Adult Price: $210

Brewster Banff Gondola

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 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. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours
Adult Price: $70

Jasper

Jasper Float Trip

Join the fun and experience a 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 fur traders over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 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. 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. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes
Adult Price: $86

Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)

You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly-by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 11,870 feet along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes
Adult Price: $347

Reviews
Service
Vacation
Independent Reviews
Donald Blubaugh
Saturday, September 1, 2018
Service
GET staff was most helpful explaining details of this excursion
Vacation
Scenery was magnificant, travel guard was outstanding, but several accomodations were at best average to poor
Lynette Webber
Monday, July 16, 2018
Service
Our tour guide and driver were fabulous; very knowledgeable, friendly, and fun to be around. The itinerary was great, and our guide and driver added several other little side trips that were wonderful. We had great seats for the Calgary Stampede too.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear you had such a nice time in Canada and that you enjoyed the Stampede! Thanks for sharing your experience with us. Happy travels.
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Vacation
Scenery was wonderful, and all but one hotel was very nice and pleasant. Deer Lodge was not a great experience, but it was close to Lake Louise. Our meals were great and the optional helicopter ride was a real treat. Great seats at the Stampede too.
Deborah Talbot
Saturday, July 1, 2017
Service
The tour was overall spectacular from start to finish. It was so well orchestrated with places visited, the lodging and everything was timed so well, avoiding crowds!The tour director and coach driver were the best!
Vacation
Saw so many beautiful places without feeling rushed.
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