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Canada's Rockies - Trafalgar Guided Vacation

 

Overview

Hotel description:

7 days | 6 nights

Venture to the land of the grizzlies and glistening glaciers. Your in-depth exploration of the Rocky Mountains begins in Stampede country, taking you through scenic icefields, breathtaking lake landscapes and alpine villages.

When traveling with Trafalgar, you will receive the perks of Connecting with the Locals, Dive into Culture and Local Specialists:

Connect with the Locals
The Guinn Family are your welcoming hosts on this authentic Canadian ranch experience during which you'll enjoy a wagon tour and traditional ranch-style dinner. (Day 6)

Dive into Culture
Lace up those skates, hit the ice and learn about being a real hockey player. (Day 5)

Local Specialists
Meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie in Banff. (Day 4)

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Banff
  • Scenic Drive along the Icefields Parkway
  • Visit Jasper National Park, ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier, Banff National Park

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
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • 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

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What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flight to Calgary (if flight and tour package option is chosen)
  • 6 nights of accommodation
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure*
  • Transportation by Luxury air-conditioned Coach
  • Porterage (1 piece of luggage per passenger)
  • 10 meals (7 breakfasts and 3 dinners)
  • $50 CAD credit voucher for an Optional Experience as described in the itinerary below (1 voucher per person)
  • English-speaking travel director

Itinerary

 

Day 1        Arrive in Calgary
Tip your Stetson to Canada's 'Cowboy Country', kick-starting your adventure through the inimitable Rockies in Calgary. This evening, gather at your hotel joining your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s): Welcome reception

Day 2        Calgary - Lake Louise - Jasper National Park
Embark on a spiritual encounter with the Canadian Rockies, admiring the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the surrounding summits and Victoria Glacier, before we continue along the Icefields Parkway. Skirt the craggy peaks, waterfalls and luminous glacial lakes keeping an eye out for grizzlies, elk and mountain goats as you make your way through the wilderness to Jasper.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 3        Jasper Sightseeing
Soak up pristine natural surrounds enjoying a morning at leisure. Enjoy dramatic views as you take a guided walk to 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. Take to the aqua waters of Maligne Lake later this afternoon (seasonal), admiring views of its three glaciers and Spirit Island before indulging in a Regional Meal.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Optional Experiences

  • Jasper Float Trip ($73.00): Join the fun and experience an easy rafting / scenic float trip down the Athabasca River, a designated Canadian Heritage River. A National Park licensed guide will provide commentary on the human and natural history of Jasper while navigating you along the same route used by the “fur traders” over 2 centuries ago. Lifejackets and the specially designed, 25 foot (7 meter) long, oar powered rafts; offer a safe and comfortable ride through several small, easy sets of rapids and calm stretches that any first time rafter will enjoy. Don't worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery drifting down a route that was used by fur traders many years ago. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. Tours will operate rain or shine, and a poncho will be provided when required. Approx. duration: 50-90 minutes


Day 4        Jasper - Athabasca Glacier - Banff
We crunch across the glistening icefield of Athabasca Glacier this morning, stepping aboard an Ice Explorer to learn about glaciers and their impact on the environment. Take a sip of ice cold glacier water and admire the surrounding snowcapped panorama before continuing your journey to the alpine village of Banff. Before dinner, you'll enjoy a rare opportunity to meet a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, dressed in the traditional red serge uniform. This Local Specialist will share colourful stories about life in the 'force' and even pose for a photo or two.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner

Day 5        Banff Sightseeing
Learn the art of playing the puck like a pro when you meet a real Canadian hockey player in Canmore. Dive into Culture and embrace Canada's national sport, learning the secrets and superstitions of hockey players as a professional coach walks you through a day in the life of a player. Go inside the players' dressing room and don the full hockey gear. Grab your stick and it's off onto the ice where you're soon find out whether you are a lefty or righty and learn how to score the big goal. A sightseeing excursion around Banff reveals the exquisite natural beauty of the area. Admire the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Optional Experiences

  • Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour 25 mins ($273.00): This journey will only enhance the Three Sisters Peaks Tour by exploring the Goat and Sundance Ranges of the Rocky Mountains. You will see mountain peaks, alpine meadows, waterfalls and untouched glacier lakes. Perhaps even a glimpse of some wildlife. It's an extraordinary adventure not to be missed.
  • Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter  Tour 30 mins ($331.00): You are in for something special as you are transported to Mount Assiniboine - "the Matterhorn" of the Canadian Rockies. Our most popular adventure has all the fantastic scenery of the previous tours plus a fly by over top of the glacier. This photogenic peak rises majestically to 3,611meters (11,870 feet) along the Great Divide. The Gloria and Assiniboine Glaciers will astound you. This is an experience you will never forget! Approx. duration: 30 minutes.
  • Three Sisters Peak Helicopter Tour 12 min ($136.00): The most action packed twelve minutes of your life. Get up close and personal with the world famous Three Sisters Peaks. Reach out and touch them as you whisk by before escaping into the Spray Valley where you will explore the extraordinary hues of the Spray Lakes. Your return flight travels along the Goat Range before following the pristine Bow River back to Canmore.
  • Brewster Banff Gondola ($59.00): 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 fully enclosed 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. Subject to weather conditions. Approx. duration: 2.5 hours.

 
Day 6        Banff
Reconnect with nature, with a free morning to spend as you please. We travel to the Guinn family ranch and Connect with Locals over a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner in pristine surrounds. After dinner, twist, kick and bump your way to country line-dancing success.

Meal(s): Breakfast and dinner, served with wine

Optional Experiences

  • Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake Excursion ($35.00): Explore the jewels of the rockies, and head to Yoho National Park and Moraine Lake in the Valley of Ten Peaks. See Takakkaw Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in British Columbia. Stradle the continental divide at kicking Horse Pass as you head to view the Spiral Tunnels, the famous railway built in the early 1900's. Approx. duration: 4 hours.


Day 7        Banff - Depart Calgary
Descend from high above and bid farewell to the Canadian Rockies. Take your transfer to Calgary International Airport.

Meal(s): Breakfast

 

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply
The hotels listed below are presented as examples for your reference only. Where “or similar” is indicated, guests will stay at a hotel of the same star rating. The hotel accommodations will be communicated to the consumer or travel agent prior to departure.

Twin Room

Solo travellers will share a room with another person from the group. Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip. The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Calgary: Westin Calgary or similar (1 night)
  • Jasper National Park: Chateau Jasper or similar (2 nights)
  • Banff: Banff Park Lodge or similar (3 nights)


Room occupancy: 2 adults travelling together
Single or Triple occupancy option: Travellers who prefer to stay in a single occupancy or a triple occupancy room can call us book: 1 866 529-2079. Subject to availability.

 

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Book by February 28, 2019 and SAVE 5% on your Trafalgar Guided Vacation!
  • Applicable to select 2019 departure dates
  • Applicable coach tours only
  • Prices reflect applicable discount
  • Booking must be paid in full by February 28, 2019

Important notes

2019 Tour Start Dates
May 6, 20, 27
June 3*, 10, 17, 24
July 15, 29
August 5*, 8*, 12*, 15, 19*, 26
September 2*, 5, 9*, 16, 23*, 26*
*Non-definite tour dates

Airport transfers: Airport transfers are not included when a customer is arriving earlier or departing later than the coach tour. Transfers are available for purchase through Air Canada Vacations.

Pre-paid gratuities option: For an additional $108 per person, travelers can pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver. Call us at 1 866 529-2079 to add this option to your reservation.

Optional Experiences: Prices listed in the itinerary are valid as of November 1, 2018 and are subject to change without notice.