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Wonders of the Canadian Rockies

10 Day Canadian Rockies Tour to Banff & Jasper

10 Days
1 Country

Canada

9 Cities

Calgary, Banff National Park of Canada, Canmore, Icefields Parkway, Jasper, Jasper National Park of Canada, Sun Peaks, Victoria, Vancouver

1 Meal

1 Iconic Breakfast

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 48-52
Tour brand Costsaver

Costsaver

Costsaver trips are great if you are looking for a budget friendly, semi-independent vacation that is designed with just the basics in mind. Unlike classic tours, Costsaver includes just the essentials including 3-star accommodation (not always centrally located, but close to public transportation for easy access to the center of town), airconditioned motorcoach transportation, an expert Travel Director and Driver. With a basic orientation included in major cities, enjoy the freedom and flexibility to explore the destination at your own pace, or tailor your days on trip with Choice Optional Experiences unique to each itinerary and arranged by your Travel Director. 

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‘Awe inspiring’, ‘picturesque’, ‘mind blowing’ - all of these words describe the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, and yet none of them do this phenomenal region justice. A range of Optional Experiences from food tours, guided hikes and white water rafting to a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Optional Experience Plant Medicine Walk in the Banff boreal forest with a First Nations Local Specialist. The rugged, snowcapped peaks and shining, glacier fed emerald green lakes are in a league all of their own, all of which you’ll see on this 10-day nature extravaganza.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Calgary

Trendy restaurants, a lively nightlife scene and all the honky tonk fun you could ever want, fun loving Calgary is ready for you! After settling into your hotel, meet up with your Travel Director, then head out to discover the city for yourself. Need a good coffee to wake yourself up after a long flight? Then the neighborhoods of Inglewood and Kensington should be high on your agenda on your Canadian Rocky Mountains value tour. 

Peace Bridge in Calgary, Canada
Accommodation Ramada Plaza Calgary Downtown

Day 2

Calgary - Banff National Park - Canmore

Fuel up with an Iconic Breakfast in Heritage Park Historical Village that includes before-hours entry to Gasoline Alley Museum, the world's largest public collection of antique vehicles and oil- and gas-related artifacts. You’ll even have a private guide for an overview of the museum’s vintage treasures and time for a look on your own. Then hit the road bound for Lake Louise watching the craggy, snow-capped peaks of the Rockies come into view.  

Canoes on Moraine Lake in Banff, Canada
Accommodation Canmore Inn and Suites
Included Meals Iconic Breakfast
Essentials Bear in Banff National Park, Canada
Banff National Park

Banff is famed for its world class UNESCO Heritage Site and National Park of Canada, with glassy emerald green lakes and dramatic vistas, a taste o...

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Day 3

Canmore - Banff National Park - Canmore

Rise and shine! Start the day with a selection of tempting helicopter flights (weather dependent). In Banff, take a sightseeing tour along Tunnel Mountain Drive ticking off Cascade Mountain, Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls and the surreal hoodoos. Spend the rest of the day your way with a range of Choice Experiences to tempt. Choose Golf with a view at Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course or join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience Plant Medicine Walk with a First Nations Local Specialist. Or, in Canmore, get up on four wheels with an e-bike food tour. Tonight, you can opt to end the evening with a Gondola ride and dinner with a view.

Bear Cub in Lake Louise, Canada
Accommodation Canmore Inn and Suites
Optional Experiences Enjoy a gondola ride and dinner with a view in Banff, Canada
Banff Gondola and unique dining experience

Itching for an incredible bird’s-eye view? Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for vistas of six mountain ranges at 360 degrees. Your adventure beg...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Meet Cree guide and talk at hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCE - Plant Medicine Walk in Banff Boreal Forest with a First Nations Local Specialist

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the Mahikan Trails experience, a Guided Medicine Walk exploring the world of plant medicine through an Ind...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Experience Canmore E bike food tour in Alberta, Canada
Canmore E-Bike Food Tour

Get ready for a two-wheel food adventure! Hop on an e-bike and cycle with your friendly tour guides to various local food destinations eating mouth...

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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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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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Day 4

Canmore – Icefields Parkway – Jasper

The Rockies, ancient glaciers, mountain lakes and sweeping valleys… it could only be the iconic Icefields Parkway. Make your way up to the Columbia Icefield for a ride on the giant Ice Explorer across the Athabasca Glacier before trekking across the ice for your first sip of fresh glacial water. Visit Athabasca Falls and continue to Jasper, the perfect spot to get back to nature. Tonight, you could choose to see the "From Jasper With Love” energetic, live theater performance.  

People on the Glacier Walk in Athabasca Glacier, Canada
Accommodation Lobstick Lodge, Jasper
Essentials Athabasca Falls in Jasper, Canada
Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls may not be the tallest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies but it is one of the most powerful, due to the sheer volume of water flowi...

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Optional Experiences From Jasper with Love theatre show, Jasper, Canada
From Jasper with Love!

Get ready to fall in love with Jasper. In this energetic, one-hour live theater show, your hosts will show off the best this little mountain town h...

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Day 5

Jasper National Park Free Time

As the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies, explore exactly as you like with Choice Experiences. Spot wildlife as you float down the Athabasca River. Have your heart set on beautiful Maligne Lake? A boat cruise around the largest glacially fed lake in the Canadian Rockies could be perfect for you. If you’re looking to get active, choose to see the park on a guided nature hike. Food-lovers can join a Jasper Food Tour or three-course dinner followed by a twilight wildlife tour & interpretive “Horns and Antlers” talk at Becker's Chalets not offered to the general public. There’s so much to choose on this action-packed day of your Canadian Rocky Mountains value tour!  

Lake and Mountain in Jasper, Canada
Accommodation Lobstick Lodge, Jasper
Optional Experiences Experience the majestic scenery of Jasper National Park on this guided hike, Canada
Ultimate Jasper Guided Hike

From snow-capped peaks to alpine meadows, Jasper National Park is an endless playground. Take a guided nature hike past hills, peaks, forests, mead...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take in the beauty of Maligne Lake as you cruise to Spirit Island, Canada
Maligne Lake Cruise

Vibrant blue water surrounded by towering peaks; this can only be Maligne Lake. Tucked in a ring of mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glaciall...

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Optional Experiences Sample delicious dishes on this Jasper food tour, Canada
Jasper Food Tour

Hello, food fanatics. You’re in for a treat with the Jasper Downtown Foodie Tour. A Jasper local takes you on a guided walk that feels like droppin...

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Optional Experiences

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

What to expect on the Athabasca River? A fun rafting trip and the chance to see elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep ...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Enjoy a delicious 3-course meal on the Athabasca Dinner and Discovery Tour, Canada
Athbasca Dinner & Discovery Tour

Foodies and wildlife fans, get ready for the best of both worlds! Feast on a three-course dinner at Beckers Chalet, set along the Athabasca River f...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences See Jasper National Park on two wheels on a guided e-bike food tour in Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper E-Bike Food Tour

Hey food fanatics, you’re in for a treat with this guided food tour on two wheels. Tick off Jasper’s top sights including Maligne Canyon, rivers, b...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle hour-long ride with Jasper Motorcycle Tours, Jasper, Alberta, USA
Jasper Harley Tour - Double

Feel the thrill of riding a legendary Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle with Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Your exciting open-air adventure in the Grea...

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Optional Experiences Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle hour-long ride with Jasper Motorcycle Tours, Jasper, Alberta, USA
Jasper Harley Tour - Single

Feel the thrill of riding a legendary Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle with Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Your exciting open-air adventure in the Grea...

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Day 6

Jasper – Sun Peaks

Ahh, Jasper. Your time here isn’t over yet! Your journey through the park takes you past towering pines, surging rivers, waterfalls and alpine meadows. The crowning glory will no doubt be your first glimpse of Mount Robson, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most prominent mountain in the North American Rockies and the highest point in the Canadian range. Next up: Sun Peaks. 

Wildflowers in Mount Robson, Canada
Accommodation Sun Peaks Lodge

Day 7

Sun Peaks – Victoria

Whether you are a history buff or an Anglophile, you’ll love exploring Victoria on your Canadian Rocky Mountains value tour. Your journey begins with a ferry to Vancouver Island before making the short drive into Victoria. No doubt struck by the English influence of the city, tick off the sights on an orientation tour along the waterfront district and into downtown. Pass the grand Parliament Buildings, Government Street and through Beacon Hill Park. Keen to explore even further? Victoria has more cycle routes than any other Canadian city, so the best way to get around is undoubtedly on two wheels. 

British Columbia Parliament Buildings in Victoria, Canada
Accommodation The Vic, Ascend Hotel Collection

Day 8

Victoria Free Time

The blooms and blossoms of world-famous Butchart Gardens is a gardener’s paradise. Stroll through this 55-acre showcase of gardens to see why it has been named a national historic site of Canada. The rest of the day is yours to explore Victoria your way. Take in the Olympic Mountains, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, James and Sydney Islands and the Saanich Peninsula on the Victoria Panorama seaplane tour. Or, wildlife fans will want to join a Victoria Whale Watching cruise keeping an eye out for the “locals.”

Butchart Gardens in Victoria, Canada
Accommodation The Vic, Ascend Hotel Collection
Optional Experiences Enjoy a Whale Watching Excursion in Victoria, Canada
Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Ahh, the beautiful waters off of Victoria. This three-hour whale-watching cruise takes you through the home of abundant marine wildlife. Spring and...

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Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences Take a scenic flight over Victoria and enjoy views of the Olympic Mountains and Butchart Gardens, Canada
Victoria Classic Panorama

This 20-minute flight seaplane flight finds you soaring alongside Victoria’s twisting coastline, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the majestic Olympi...

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Optional Experiences

Day 9

Victoria – Vancouver

Framed by thrilling vistas on all sides, Vancouver is known as a nature haven and adventure hub. It’s the type of place where residents (and visitors) can ski in the morning and then go for a swim in the ocean in the afternoon. Arriving by ferry, kick off your stay with a tour of historic Gastown, vibrant Chinatown and the green jewel in the city's crown, Stanley Park. 

Totem Poles in Vancouver, Canada
Accommodation Accent Inns Vancouver Airport
Optional Experiences Tasting and farewell dinner, Vancouver, Canada
Farewell Dinner

Before bidding farewell to your newfound friends, enjoy one final meal at Moxie's, an establishment known for their handcrafted dishes and signature cocktails.

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Day 10

Depart Vancouver

No doubt leaving with happy memories of warm Canadian hospitality and glorious glacier fed lakes, your trip will come to an end today. Depart at leisure today and bid a fond Canadian Farewell.

Aquatic Centre Ferry Dock in Vancouver, Canada

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Essentials
Banff National Park

Banff is famed for its world class UNESCO Heritage Site and National Park of Canada, with glassy emerald green lakes and dramatic vistas, a taste o...

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Athabasca Falls

Athabasca Falls may not be the tallest waterfall in the Canadian Rockies but it is one of the most powerful, due to the sheer volume of water flowi...

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About this trip

An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
Many meals included
Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences
Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries
City orientation tours
Extensive variety of Choice Experiences
On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilized.

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
Banff Gondola and unique dining experience

Itching for an incredible bird’s-eye view? Soar to the top of Sulphur Mountain for vistas of six mountain ranges at 360 degrees. Your adventure beg...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® EXPERIENCE - Plant Medicine Walk in Banff Boreal Forest with a First Nations Local Specialist

Don’t miss your chance to participate in the Mahikan Trails experience, a Guided Medicine Walk exploring the world of plant medicine through an Ind...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Canmore E-Bike Food Tour

Get ready for a two-wheel food adventure! Hop on an e-bike and cycle with your friendly tour guides to various local food destinations eating mouth...

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
From Jasper with Love!

Get ready to fall in love with Jasper. In this energetic, one-hour live theater show, your hosts will show off the best this little mountain town h...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Ultimate Jasper Guided Hike

From snow-capped peaks to alpine meadows, Jasper National Park is an endless playground. Take a guided nature hike past hills, peaks, forests, mead...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Maligne Lake Cruise

Vibrant blue water surrounded by towering peaks; this can only be Maligne Lake. Tucked in a ring of mountains, Maligne Lake is the largest glaciall...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jasper Food Tour

Hello, food fanatics. You’re in for a treat with the Jasper Downtown Foodie Tour. A Jasper local takes you on a guided walk that feels like droppin...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jasper Float Trip

What to expect on the Athabasca River? A fun rafting trip and the chance to see elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Athbasca Dinner & Discovery Tour

Foodies and wildlife fans, get ready for the best of both worlds! Feast on a three-course dinner at Beckers Chalet, set along the Athabasca River f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jasper E-Bike Food Tour

Hey food fanatics, you’re in for a treat with this guided food tour on two wheels. Tick off Jasper’s top sights including Maligne Canyon, rivers, b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jasper Harley Tour - Double

Feel the thrill of riding a legendary Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle with Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Your exciting open-air adventure in the Grea...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Jasper Harley Tour - Single

Feel the thrill of riding a legendary Harley Davidson sidecar motorcycle with Jasper Motorcycle Tours. Your exciting open-air adventure in the Grea...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Victoria Whale Watching Excursion

Ahh, the beautiful waters off of Victoria. This three-hour whale-watching cruise takes you through the home of abundant marine wildlife. Spring and...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Victoria Classic Panorama

This 20-minute flight seaplane flight finds you soaring alongside Victoria’s twisting coastline, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the majestic Olympi...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Farewell Dinner

Before bidding farewell to your newfound friends, enjoy one final meal at Moxie's, an establishment known for their handcrafted dishes and signature cocktails.

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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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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Independent Reviews
Dana Marie Ochsner
Review date: Friday, September 23, 2022
Service
Booking ok. The Tour was not supported well during a major forest fire that closed down the destination which lead to a low class motel for a night!
Response from Grand European Travel:
Our ground team was monitoring the situation with the fires at all times and they would never put any guests in harms way. The contracted hotels were not available due to the fire and the group did have to be moved to a lesser property for safety reasons. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Vacation
Bad support from the corporate tour group! Directed to go to hotel where area was under forest fires! Town closed down!
Myrna Westgate
Review date: Monday, August 22, 2022
Service
The accommodations were a average, not as conveniently located as could have been.the tour director had lots of info but lots of repetition.His manner was rather off hand at times, 2 Asian ladies came on board without masks and he was aggressive in demanding if they were part of the tour. I became I’ll on a 90 degree day in Banf I had food poisoning symptoms. When I came to the bus he said to walk to the hotel. O offer of taxi or ride. I know he did not want me on the bus. It took 45 minutes to reach the hotel, a friend accompanied me When the bus returned he did not even check on my well being or arrival. Never again GET
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are truly sorry to hear about your experience and will be passing along your comments to the Tour Operator and Travel Director for immediate review. This is certainly not the type of experience that we want anyone to go through and we appreciate you bringing it to our attention.
Thursday, August 25, 2022
Vacation
See previous. The Rockies were excellent the rest barely average.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, June 30, 2022
Service
Minimal contact with”travel specialist” Did not volunteer and info or details. Did respond if I contacted and asked a question. Was not really helpful
Vacation
Area was beautiful. Driver was safe,very professional. Courteous and friendly. Tour director/guide was exceptional. Native of the area so able able to provide a lot of interesting info. Very patient,professional,and helpful
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Service
Very Helpful, always makes you happy, lots of good information, fun to be with. excellent driver,
Vacation
i would do this tip agaim n with Richard Driving and Virginia the host
Donald Dean
Review date: Sunday, September 9, 2018
Service
Ease of booking. Frequent updates via email.
Vacation
Good tour, but at times felt a little rushed.
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