Canada's Rockies - 2015

5 out of 5 stars

7 days

from US$1853 pp

Trip available from May 2015 to Sep 2015.
"This is the best tour I've ever taken"
Dolores , Jul 2014

Grizzly bears, spectacular rock formations, thunderous waterfalls and the tranquil emerald waters of glacial lakes - take in the best of the Rocky Mountains in this in-depth exploration.

It’s Insider moments like… finding out what to do if you come face-to-face with a bear in the Rockies – our wildlife expert also tells you about some of the 52 other types of mammal that roam Jasper National Park. It’s strolling around Lake Louise, hearing how the water gets its emerald sparkle and about the area’s geology and history. And it’s driving beneath snow-capped peaks, before venturing onto Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer. You could even experience the thrill of the world’s largest rodeo with our Calgary Stampede option.

Trip type:
Regional Explorer
Trip code:
DCRA

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE CALGARY

    Welcome to beautiful Canada! Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. Visit the arts district or make use of easy access to public transportation to see all that Calgary has to offer. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s)

    Welcome Reception

    Hotel

    Delta Bow Valley

  • 2.

    CALGARY – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD – JASPER (2 NIGHTS)

    Head north along the stunning Icefields Parkway driving alongside snow-capped peaks, thundering waterfalls and glistening glaciers. Keep an eye out for wildlife including grizzly and black bears, moose, elk and mountain goats. Upon arrival at the Columbia Icefield, board an Ice Explorer for a unique journey onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. Stay tonight in the heart of Jasper National Park.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Sawridge Inn Jasper

  • 3.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIME & SIGHTSEEING

    Start the day with a morning at leisure, enjoying the superb vistas, strolling Jasper's quaint streets, or, if you like, take an optional float trip down the Athabasca River before an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while following the canyon's trail past waterfalls and jagged rock formations. Later this afternoon, cruise Maligne Lake, followed by a rustic dinner along the lake. Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a Local Expert.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

  • 4.

    JASPER – YOHO – EMERALD LAKE – BANFF (3 NIGHTS)

    Head south and cross the Continental Divide as you set out for Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, spectacular scenery and natural bridge that spans the Kicking Horse River. See Emerald Lake, sparkling with the blue-green hue of a precious jewel. Ice-blue glaciers, pounding waterfalls and surging rivers abound on the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Banff National Park. Your day ends with a Highlight Dinner in the quintessential alpine village of Banff.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 5.

    LAKE LOUISE – MORAINE LAKE – BANFF FREE TIME

    Visit postcard-perfect Lake Louise and take a narrated stroll along the lakeshore to learn about the geology and history of the area. Continue on to stunning Moraine Lake, nestled in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Spend the rest of the day as you like—perhaps ride on the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a bird’s-eye view of six mountain ranges or a river float trip down the Bow River. The evening is yours to enjoy.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 6.

    BANFF FREE TIME

    Today is yours to explore as you please. Browse the shops along Banff Avenue, take a hike and enjoy your spectacular setting or be wowed by aerial views of the Rockies with an optional scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Your Travel Director will be happy to assist you in planning your day. This evening, join your newfound friends at a festive Farewell Dinner and learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a "Meet a Mountie" Local Expert presentation.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 7.

    BANFF – DEPART CALGARY

    This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies. Upon arrival in Calgary, a complimentary transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary for guests extending their stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 2 p.m.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Hidden Treasure

    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Local Expert

    Learn about Rocky Mountain wildlife at a fun, interactive presentation in Jasper.
    "Meet a Mountie" and learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Banff

    Spend a relaxing three nights in this famed alpine resort town.
  • Banff National Park

    Explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Columbia Icefield

    Ride an Ice Explorer on Athabasca Glacier.
  • Icefields Parkway

    Motor along this stunning highway.
  • Jasper National Park

    Join a narrated walk along Maligne Canyon; spend two nights inside the National Park.
  • Lake Louise

    Enjoy a guided walk along the lake.
  • Maligne Lake Cruise

    See the place famed for the colour of its water, the surrounding peaks and the nearby glacier view.
  • Moraine Lake

    View this stunning lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks.
  • Yoho National Park

    View the Natural Bridge, Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake.

Dining

  • 4 evening meals

    Farewell Dinner
    Three course dinner
    Regional Meal
    Welcome Reception with light appetisers
  • 6 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 6 nights First Class accommodation
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided trip

Airport Transfers

Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page

Optional Experiences

Notes

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.

Jasper

  • Jasper Rafting

    Adult Price: $72.00 Enjoy a unique perspective of Jasper National Park as you raft down the Athabasca River. This safe, comfortable ride along 10 miles (16 kilometers) of river passes through small sets of rapids and calm stretches for a ride that any first-time rafter will enjoy. Your journey will be narrated by a licensed National Park guide who will point out the natural and human history of Jasper National Park and the famous route that was used by fur traders many years ago.Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 6 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Float Trip

    Adult Price: $58.00 Grab your camera and join us for a marvelously scenic float trip down Banff’s Bow River. Friendly, experienced oarsmen will guide you gently downstream along the scenic curves and beneath the majestic Rockies. Don’t worry, you won’t get wet! Look out for spotted elk, deer and even an occasional bear along the banks. The tranquility of the river makes this one of the best opportunities for an intimate experience with nature at her most magnificent. Operates seasonally. Tour length: 50-90 minutes depending on water levels. (Minimum: 10 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Mt. Assiniboine

    Adult Price: $300.00 This sensational flight will transport you to Mt. Assiniboine, “The Matterhorn” of the Canadian Rockies rising majestically to 11,870 feet (3,611 meters) along the Great Divide. The surrounding glaciers and icefalls will astound you and capture your imagination. This is a photographer’s dream come true. Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 30 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).
  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Royal Canadian Tour

    Adult Price: $260.00 Your 25 minute journey will take you to new heights through the Goat Range Pass and along the Sundance Range of Banff National Park where you will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows and pristine lakes.  An extraordinary adventure not to be missed! Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 25 minutes. Tour length: 2 hours. (Minimum: 2 guests).
  • Banff Scenic Helicopter Flight - Three Sisters

    Adult Price: $135.00 This will be the most action packed 12 minutes of your life.  Your adventure will take you past the Three Sisters Peaks as you spectacularly escape to the Spray Valley.  You will see the magnificent Goat Range where you will observe the radiant aqua blue/green colors of the Spray Lakes.  Your return flight will provide views of the Bow River as it meanders back towards the Town of Canmore. Please note that this flight may be unavailable due to weather conditions; however, an alternative helicopter flight excursion may be offered. Please check with your Travel Director for more details. Flight duration: 12 minutes.(Minimum: 2 guests).

Banff

  • Banff Gondola

    Adult Price: $45.00 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 fullyenclosed four-passenger gondola cabin. The views become increasingly spectacular as you climb to an elevation of 7,486 feet ( 2,281 meters) 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. Tour length: 2.5 hours.
  • Evening Steak Fry and Wagon Ride

    Adult Price: $101.85 An evening ride along the base of Sulphur Mountain to a delicious BBQ. Relax at 3 Mile Cabin by the Sundance Canyon Trail. While the guides cook your meal, try your hand at calf roping or a game of horseshoes. The return ride will take you along the banks of the Bow River. Duration: 3 hours
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