Rockies Thrills and Glacier Chills - 2015

8 days

from US$2450 pp

Trip available from Jul 2015 to Sep 2015.
"You made my dream come true"
Michelle , Jul 2014

This is an exhilarating family experience – glacier rides, white water rafting, hiking and biking are joined by visits to a Native American Village, an 1860s roadhouse, hoodoos and beautiful Lake Louise.

It’s Insider moments like… seeing the smiles etched across your family’s faces after splashing down the mighty Athabasca River. It’s meeting a ‘Mountie’ who’ll tell you how the lawless frontier was tamed, and getting to know an athlete at Calgary’s Winter Olympic Park. And it’s finding out how the great elk, moose and bear all thrive together in the Rockies from our specialist, as she shares her fun insights into the wildlife that roams Jasper National Park.

Trip type:
Family Experiences
Trip code:
DRMF

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Trip Itinerary

  • 1.

    ARRIVE VANCOUVER

    Get ready for a thrilling adventure with your family and friends in the eye-popping Coast Mountains and Canadian Rockies, combining spectacular natural wonders with river rafting, canoeing, hiking and more. Check into your hotel and get settled. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow adventurers for a festive Kick-off Party.

    Meal(s)

    Kick-Off Party

    Hotel

    Pinnacle Hotel Vancouver Harbour front

  • 2.

    VANCOUVER – SEA-TO-SKY HIGHWAY ‒ WHISTLER

    Start your morning with a brief city tour of vibrant Vancouver including Gastown, Chinatown and Stanley Park. Then, travel the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Upon arrival, enjoy some free time before choosing from two options this afternoon: head out on a guided two-hour bike tour through this popular summer outdoor mecca, or visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre to learn about two distinctly different First Nations of British Columbia. Then, hold your breath when you look more than 1,300 feet (395 metres) straight down from the world's highest and longest gondola ride, the Peak 2 Peak Alpine Experience between Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. This evening, stroll around Whistler Village and enjoy a Regional Meal at a local restaurant.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Regional Meal

    Hotel

    Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa

  • 3.

    WHISTLER ‒ KAMLOOPS

    Leave Whistler and the Coast Mountains and continue on to Kamloops and check into your hotel.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Double Tree by Hilton

  • 4.

    KAMPLOOPS ‒ JASPER NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Travel into the majestic Rocky Mountains, via the scenic Yellowhead Highway. Stop for a knock-out view of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. Upon arriving in Jasper, you and your family will face two thrilling choices—either get splashed on a rip-roaring white water rafting adventure on the mighty Athabasca River or take a gentle float trip on calmer waters. Whichever you choose, you'll marvel at the magnificent landscapes of Jasper National Park.Tonight, enjoy a fun presentation on the park's wildlife with a Local Expert

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Dinner

    Hotel

    Chateau Jasper

  • 5.

    JASPER NATIONAL PARK FREE TIME

    Spend today rockin' the Rockies as you like, or choose from optional outdoor activities. Your family members may take a scenic cruise on the pristine Maligne Lake or if they want to don their hiking boots for a guided alpine walk for "oohing and aahing" beneath the splendour of Mount Edith Cavell. There's plenty of time for both!.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

  • 6.

    JASPER ‒ ICEFIELDS PARKWAY ‒ LAKE LOUISE ‒ BANFF NATIONAL PARK (2 NIGHTS)

    Now that you've done some thrillin', time to start the chillin' as you travel along the stunning Icefields Parkway and the amazing Columbia Icefield, the largest reservoir of ice and snow in the Rocky Mountains. Ride out on the massive Athabasca Glacier ice sheet aboard a specially designed Ice Explorer and learn amazing facts about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Travel on to Banff National Park for another peak experience. As you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Travel on to the ultimate postcard-setting, Lake Louise, where you can do some chillin' on your own—maybe paddle your own canoe across the emerald clear waters or take a leisurely hike along the shore. Tonight, settle into the welcoming mountain community of Banff.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast

    Hotel

    Banff Park Lodge

  • 7.

    BANFF SIGHTSEEING & FREE TIME

    Set out on your own this morning with an optional helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine. Then, get going with one Rocky Mountain high after another. View beautiful Bow Falls, majestic Tunnel Mountain Drive, Surprise Corner and Sulphur Mountain. Play a game of “What creature do you see?” as you spot the whimsical hoodoos overlooking Bow Valley. Afterward, learn about the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police during a “Meet a Mountie” A Local Expert presentation. Tonight, join the gang at a Farewell Dinner pizza night with a rousing game of bowling celebrating this high-scoring family experience.

    Meal(s)

    Full Breakfast,Farewell Dinner

  • 8.

    BANFF ‒ DEPART CALGARY

    Descend from the glorious Canadian Rockies and stop at Calgary's Canada Olympic Park, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics. Enjoy a discussion with a Local Expert, one of the young athletes in training, and browse the Olympic Hall of Fame and Museum. Take a complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Delta Bow Valley hotel in Calgary if you are extending your stay. Please do not schedule any flights before 3 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 moose, bear and beavers at a wildlife presentation in Jasper.
    "Meet a Mountie" and learn about the Canadian Mounted Police in Banff.
    Enjoy a discussion with one of the athletes in training at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.

What's Always Included

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Athabasca Glacier

    Journey over the glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer.
  • Athabasca River

    Have a ball on a white-water rafting excursion or gentle float trip.
  • Banff

    Explore the scenic surroundings of this quaint alpine town.
  • Banff National Park

    Sightsee inside Canada's oldest National Park.
  • Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains

    Ride a gondola between the peaks of North America's largest ski area.
  • Icefields Parkway

    Be astounded by the icefields, glaciers and emerald lakes along this spectacular highway.
  • Jasper National Park

    Spend two nights inside this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Lake Louise

    Stroll around, photograph or simply enjoy this emerald lake.
  • Peyto Lake

    Gaze in awe at this incredible turquoise jewel of the Rockies.
  • Sea-To-Sky Highway

    Travel this scenic highway from the coast to Whistler.
  • Vancouver

    Tour this vibrant waterfront city including Stanley Park.
  • Whistler

    Visit the BC Aboriginal Culture Centre or take a guided bike ride.

Dining

  • 4 evening meals:

    Three Course Dinner
    Farewell Dinner
    Regional Meal
    Welcome Reception with light appetisers
  • 7 full breakfasts

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • 7 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

  • Maligne Lake Boat Cruise

    Adult Price: $67.00 Maligne Lake is Jasper’s oldest attraction and one of the most photographed lakes in the world. It is the largest lake in the Canadian Rockies and was known to the Stoney Indians as “Chaba Imne” or Great Beaver Lake. This 90-minute boat cruise will take you past glacier studded mountain peaks to world famous Spirit Island. Unsurpassed for the scenery it affords, this cruise is also known for its insightful interpretation of the area. Bring your cameras and binoculars – this cruise is a true photographer’s delight! Operates Jun – Sep, subject to weather conditions. Tour length: 3 hours. (Minimum: 20 guests).
  • Mount Edith Cavell Guided Walk

    Adult Price: $72.00 Join your guide on the “Path of the Glaciers” with Mount Edith Cavell's snow-capped peak towering a mile overhead. See the emerald green of the “Lake of Forgiveness” and look out for incredible glacial formations, including icebergs and ice avalanches. Be sure to wear your good walking shoes for this 90-minute moderate walk. You'll have plenty of stops for picture taking, enjoying the scenery and learning about the local history and geography. You may also spot wildlife during the 40-minute drive to and from this area. Operates seasonally. Tour length: 3 hours.

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.
  • Holiday on Horseback

    Adult Price: $88.00 Departing from Warner Stables, our cowboys will lead you along the Bow River through the Cave & Basin area - the site of the original hot springs. Fantastic scenery surrounds you as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint. The ride loops around the marsh, following the Bow River, and bringing you back to Warner Stables.
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