Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta - Small Group

Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta - Small Group

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Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta - Small Group

8 Days Starting and ending in Calgary

Visiting: Calgary, Banff, Banff National Park of Canada, Lake Louise, Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park Of Canada, Kananaskis

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

SAGVLN19

Physical rating:

Dynamic

Trip Styles:

Small Group

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$4760
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NB: Prices correct on 19-May-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Take a spectacular guided tour to the Rocky Mountains and witness Alberta’s breath-taking wilderness. Discover the natural wonders of Banff National Park, the grand Columbia Icefield as well as the Jasper National Park. Glorious views, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality, and outstanding activities ensure a sensational trip to one of the most beautiful corners of the world.

Highlights

  • 3 Dinner with Wine (DW)

  • 7 Breakfast (B)

  • Banff: Learn about the history of Fairmont Banff Springs, highlights and stories that took place around and at the hotel.

  • 1 Lunch with Wine (LW)

  • Banff: One of Banff's greatest traditions is visiting the Upper Hot Springs. Admire the rugged mountains as you soak in the outdoor pools.

  • : From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.

  • : Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.

  • : We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.

  • : Our highly-skilled Travel Director will ensure your journey is seamless, serving as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.

  • : Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

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Day 1: Welcome To Banff

Location: Calgary, Banff

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

After your arrival at Calgary Airport, your stay at a historic mountain resort in Banff awaits. Built in the distinctive Canadian Château style, it is one of the earliest examples of the country’s grand railway hotels. Tonight, join your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

Day 2: Exploring Banff

Location: Banff, Banff National Park of Canada, Banff

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Connect with nature as you join a memorable MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience with a First Nations Cree Iroquois Local Expert. Discover First Nations culture, such as how plants and animals like bears hold great significance. This authentic dive into the First Nations Cree community is not only enlightening but also helps assure the sustainability of the community and culture. You'll embark on a guided walk in the Boreal Forest and learn the Indigenous world of plant medicines as well as the historical and modern-day uses of plants and listen to fascinating stories about the First Nations. This afternoon, choose to relax and unwind in Banff Hot Springs. Or, learn about the history of the Fairmont Banff Springs from knowledgeable ambassadors. Hear stories of events that took place around and at this hotel and receive a self-guided map of highlight locations for you to discover.

Day 3: A Trip To Lake Louise Relaxed Start

Location: Banff, Lake Louise, Banff

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

Travel to Lake Louise and take in the turquoise lakes and rugged backdrop of one of the most famous mountain vistas in the world. Indulge in a delicious lunch at Chateau Lake Louise, a national treasure and historical landmark, before returning to Banff and enjoying the rest of your day at leisure.

Day 4: Lakes, Mountains And Glaciers Relaxed Start

Location: Banff, Icefields Parkway

Accommodation: Glacier View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Start your day with a visit to the glacier-fed Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Take a moment to absorb the view of the stunning turquoise lake hidden among steep mountains, waterfalls, and rock piles. Your journey continues through the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives on the planet. Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rockies with plenty of photo opportunities. Later, a warm welcome greets you at the country’s first and only glacier-view resort. Before dinner, take advantage of the long daylight hours and set out for an after-hours visit to the Columbia Icefield Skywalk, a glass-floored walkway above the Sunwapta Valley. After your Skywalk visit, indulge in a delicious, Canadian inspired, locally sourced dinner, sip cocktails and marvel at the spectacular glacier views that wrap the restaurant. Once night falls, step out on your hotels viewing deck and take the opportunity to view the night sky, relax with a drink at the library, or hang out inside the Moraine Lounge with games and live entertainment.

Day 5: Glacier Adventure Relaxed Start

Location: Icefields Parkway, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper National Park of Canada

Accommodation: Sawridge Inn Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast

Before other travellers arrive, venture onto the Athabasca Glacier in a massive Ice Explorer for your special, before-hours visit. Join your Local Expert and walk on the frozen flow of ice. Discover the beauty and immensity of the glacier as you learn about the history and geology of the region. Continue along the magnificent Icefields Parkway and arrive at Jasper National Park with its soothing mineral hot springs, colourful meadows and majestic mountains.

Day 6: Exploring Jasper Relaxed Start

Location: Jasper National Park of Canada, Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park Of Canada

Accommodation: Sawridge Inn Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning or join the fun and experience an optional 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. Don’t worry the guides do all the rowing; you sit back and enjoy while exploring all the spectacular scenery. There is always a chance of seeing various wildlife including elk, deer, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, ospreys, mountain sheep and bears. For a more heart-pumping morning, join an optional Class II rapids trip. Join your Travel Director on an informative walk on the Maligne Canyon, the deepest gorge in Jasper National Park. As you tour across the crystal waters of magical Maligne Lake, fed by the glaciers of Jasper National Park and glide past the jagged mountain peaks you'll discover why it's been declared the "Best Boat Cruise in Canada.”

Day 7: Relaxing In Kananaskis Relaxed Start

Location: Jasper National Park of Canada, Kananaskis

Accommodation: Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Enjoy a relaxed start this morning followed by a scenic drive down to Kananaskis, often kept as a secret mountain sanctuary for locals, away from the masses that visit neighboring Banff National Park. Enjoy the afternoon to yourself to discover the local trails surrounding your upscale hotel nestled in the wilderness, or head to the Nordic Spa located steps away from the lodge.Tonight, come together with your fellow travellers for a festive Celebration Dinner and toast to your wonderful trip in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 8: Farewell Canada

Location: Kananaskis, Calgary

Meals Included: Breakfast

After breakfast, you are transferred to Calgary Airport where your journey comes to an end. Arrival time at airport is approximately 12:00.

Check out our Q&As

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    We regret that no refunds can be made for absences from a tour, including experiences such as missed meals or sightseeing.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1978.

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Insight Vacations is a founding member of the TreadRight Foundation, a joint initiative created by the brands within The Travel Corporation (TTC) almost 15 years ago to ensure our impact through tourism is positive. Our ethos to #MakeTravelMatter guides our decision-making at every level of our business.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    You have two options as a solo traveller. Either choose to be matched with a same sex partner for a room share - at no extra cost. Or choose a room of your own with a reduced or even free private room upgrade on select tours.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

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