- Explore the city of Calgary
- Discover the mountain town of Banff
- Highlights of Banff sightseeing tour
- Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
- Lake Louise, the jewel of the Rockies
- Travel the iconic Icefields Parkway
- Helicopter ride over the mountains and glaciers
- Jasper National Park
- Maligne Canyon Ice walk
- Explore the city of Edmonton
- Royal Alberta Museum and the Art Gallery of Alberta
- 7 nights of accommodation (3.5-4 star)
- Private group transportation
- Services of a professional driver-guide
- Activities and sightseeing as listed above
- 7 breakfasts and a foodie tour
- National Park Fees
- Gratuities to guides (recommend $5-$7 per person per day)
- Items of a personal nature
- Meals not listed above
- Credit card payment fees, where applicable
- Airfare and travel insurance
Minimum 6 passengers
Minimum 8 passengers
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Welcome to Calgary, the largest city in the western Canadian province of Alberta. While you are here to experience the bucket list adventure experience of travelling through the breath-taking Canadian Rockies, take some time to explore the award-winning architectural masterpiece of Calgary’s Public Library, walk along the scenic Bow Valley River pathways or experience the buzz of downtown Stephen Avenue with its stores and restaurants. Calgary’s dining scene is incredibly diverse and absolutely the best in western Canada. Upon arrival we will transfer to our downtown accommodation.
This morning we drive through the heart of the city and see some of the highlights including the Calgary Tower, the Stampede Park and Princess Park area of the riverfront before we make our way past Olympic Park and then through the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. We will drive through the scenic town of Canmore and then to Banff, at the centre of Canada’s very first National Park. After checking into our hotel, there will be some free time to browse through Banff village centre.Nestled high in the Canadian Rockies, the town of Banff is located within the Banff National Park. Once “Siding 29” on the Canadian Pacific Railway, the town of Banff was intended to be a tourist town from its very inception. The park’s first superintendent, George Stewart, even oriented the town’s first street so that it offered the best possible view of Cascade Mountain. With easy access to pristine wilderness, outdoor adventures, jaw-dropping landscape, and a vibrant history, there are many places to visit in Banff and Lake Louise.
The town of Banff is a spirited place surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground. The town site of Banff covers almost 4 km2 at an elevation of 1,383 m (4,537 ft), making it the highest town in Canada. Banff is flanked on all sides by towering mountains, including Mount Rundle, Sulphur Mountain, Mount Norquay, and Cascade Mountain. You may see a herd of elk wandering down the main street during your early morning walk. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top-class restaurants, bars, and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums.We will explore Banff on a sightseeing tour including a ride on the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for an unparalleled view of the mountains and valley below. Also included is time at Cave & Basin National Historic Site, which tells the story of the hot springs that drew visitors to Banff and led to the creation of the National Park.
This morning we drive along the famous Bow Valley Parkway, where wildlife sightings of caribou, elk, and occasionally, bears, are common so keep your cameras handy. We continue on to our final destination of Lake Louise, a jewel of the Rockies surrounded by glistening glaciers and towering snow-capped mountain peaks. Late in the day, with the glowing sun dropping behind Mount Victoria, you have likely never seen anything so dramatically beautiful.
Overnight: Lake Louise
Travelling through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, we drive along the famous Icefields Parkway which has been voted one of the most spectacular drives in the world. You will see for yourself why this mountain road that boasts a unique landscape rich in history and natural beauty second to none is so famous.A short distance later at The Crossing, one of a few stops along this spectacular highway, we take a short detour to the shores of Abraham Lake to experience the Rockies from a completely different perspective with a thrilling helicopter ride over the Rocky Mountains. Finally, at the end of this exciting day, we see the frozen Athabasca Falls before arriving at the charming town of Jasper, our home for the next two nights.
Originally a tiny railway town, Jasper's small-town charm is very different from the alpine resort style glamour of Banff. Surrounded by towering mountains, crystal clear lakes, and abundant wildlife, Jasper town located within the Jasper National Park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Today we’ll go on one of Jasper’s most popular and impressive winter adventures. Our guide will take us to the bottom of the Maligne Canyon – the deepest accessible canyon in Jasper National Park – where we will explore frozen waterfalls, ice caves, and incredible ice formations. We will learn about Jasper’s Maligne Valley, Karst topography, and the mystery of the “disappearing” Medicine Lake.
After an easy morning in Jasper, we head east through the towns of Hinton and Edson, to Edmonton, Alberta`s capital, and a popular Canadian city to visit. Fall in Edmonton is the time to explore Edmonton’s scenic riverfront pathways, enjoy immersive experiences at the Royal Alberta Museum and the Art Gallery of Alberta. There is much to do in Edmonton. Edmonton’s culinary scene is known across Canada and beyond.
Our epic Rocky Mountain journey comes to a close this morning as we head home with memories of the stunning landscapes that we have passed through and the hospitality of the people who call this home.