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Secrets of the Rockies and Glacier National Park

Operated by: Trafalgar

12 Days from $4,635 per person
Rodeo cowboy on bucking horse during Calgary Stampede, 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 south through the national parks of Jasper and Banff to arrive in the small resort town of Kananaskis. We travel to a family-owned and operated cattle ranch situated in the beautiful foothills of the Rockies. Here, you will 'Connect with Locals' over an exclusive 'Be My Guest' Farewell Dinner while learning about operating a cattle ranch. Sadly, it is time to bid farewell to your hosts as you make your way back to the hotel.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Crosswaters Resort
  10. Day 10 Kananaskis – Calgary (2 Nights)

    Descend from the Canadian Rockies to the festive pavilions and parades of the 'Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth'. Check into your downtown hotel the night before your first taste of the Stampede. Make sure you get plenty of rest as a full day of fun and all things western awaits tomorrow!

    meals Breakfast
    hotel Hilton Garden Inn Calgary
  11. Day 11 Calgary Stampede

    Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Stampede - your all-inclusive pass is the gateway to a day of effortless fun and excitement. Don your Stetson, put on your best boots, and summon your inner cowboy, getting into the spirit of the West. Make your way around Stampede Park, tapping along to the lively tunes of the Stampede Showband. End the day with a bang at the Grandstand Show, an all-singing, all-dancing musical extravaganza, which culminates in a spectacular fireworks display.

    meals Breakfast
  12. Day 12 Depart Calgary

    This morning, a transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or you may choose to extend your stay at the Hilton Garden Inn Calgary.

    meals Breakfast
Secrets of the Rockies and Glacier National Park with Calgary Stampede
Price Includes

Dining Highlights

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 5 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

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Independent Reviews
Donald Blubaugh
Saturday, September 1, 2018
GET staff was most helpful explaining details of this excursion
Scenery was magnificant, travel guard was outstanding, but several accomodations were at best average to poor
Lynette Webber
Monday, July 16, 2018
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
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
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!
Saw so many beautiful places without feeling rushed.
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