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Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta with Rocky Mountaineer Option, Classic Group

Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta with Rocky Mountaineer Option, Classic Group

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Spectacular Rockies and Glaciers of Alberta with Rocky Mountaineer Option, Classic Group

9 Days Starting in Calgary and ending in Vancouver (BC)

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

Tour operator:

Insight Vacations

Tour code:

AGVLGN19

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

20 - 40

Physical rating:

Medium

Age range:

5-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Luxury

Interests:

History, Wildlife Tours

Activities:

Rail Excursion, Walking

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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. Avoid the crowds as you explore the grand Columbia Icefield on an exclusive before-hours Columbia Icefield Adventure Tour, enjoy an after-hours visit to the Glacier Skywalk, and Discover Jasper National Park and all its beauty. With an overnight stay at Glacier View Lodge, you'll enjoy the Columbia Icefield in the best way possible. Your MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience will take you on a Guided Medicine Walk where you'll take a journey through an Indigenous lens to learn how Indigenous ancestors survived off the land for millennia and about the historical medicines of the Boreal Forest. Glorious views, beautiful scenery, warm hospitality, and outstanding activities ensure a sensational trip to one of the most beautiful corners of the world.

Highlights

  • Banff: Visit the Upper Hot Springs and soak in the outdoor pools with rugged mountain views

  • Banff: Enjoy dinner at the historic and regal Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

  • Lake Louise: Lunch at Louiza Restaurant at Chateau Lake Louise, surrounded by peaks and the Victoria glacier

  • Icefields Parkway: Evening Reception at the Glacier View Lodge with stargazing, drinks, and live entertainment

  • Kananaskis: Celebrate with a flavorful dinner at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge

  • Icefields Parkway: After-hours visit to the Glacier Skywalk and a journey onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer

  • Banff: Join a First Nations Cree Iroquois Local Expert for a walk in the Boreal forest, learning about the land and First Nations culture

  • Moraine Lake: Stop at the vibrant turquoise, glacier-fed lake set in the Valley of the Ten Peaks

Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome To Banff

Location: Calgary, Banff National Park

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Accommodation Name: Fairmont Banff Springs

Meals Included: Dinner with Wine

Your stay at a historic mountain resort in Banff awaits. After your arrival at Calgary Airport, if you have purchased an airport transfer, your driver will transport you to the hotel. 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 National Park, Banff National Park

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Accommodation Name: 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 National Park, Lake Louise, Banff National Park

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs.

Accommodation Name: Fairmont Banff Springs

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch with Wine

The Three Sisters Peak or Mt Assiniboine will impress on this morning’s optional helicopter flights (weather dependent). Make your way to Moraine Lake – the largest glacially fed lake in Canada – for a photo stop before a decadent lunch at Louiza Restaurant at Chateau Lake Louise. Marvel as you're surrounded by soaring peaks and the majesty of the Victoria glacier. Capture a photo or two of the turquoise Lake Louise and rugged backdrop of one of the most famous mountain vistas in the world before returning to Banff and enjoying the rest of your day at leisure. Tonight, opt for a scenic end to your day by taking Banff Gondola ride.

Day 4: Lakes, Mountains And Glaciers

Location: Banff National Park, Icefields Parkway

Accommodation: Glacier View Lodge

Accommodation Name: Glacier View Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

The glaciers, waterfalls and peaks of Yoho Park are revealed on this morning’s visit to Yoho National Park. Your journey includes photo opportunities at Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls before taking the Icefields Parkway, one of the most beautiful drives on the planet. Admire the dramatic scenery of the Rockies with plenty of photo opportunities. A warm welcome greets you at the country’s first and only glacier-view resort over a Champagne reception and nibbles. 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 featuring waterfalls and wildlife. 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.

Day 5: Glacier Adventure Relaxed Start

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

Accommodation: Sawridge Inn Jasper

Accommodation Name: Sawridge Inn Jasper

Meals Included: Breakfast

Before other travelers 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, colorful meadows and majestic mountains.

Day 6: Exploring Jasper Relaxed Start

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

Accommodation: Sawridge Inn Jasper

Accommodation Name: 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. 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

Accommodation Name: Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, Autograph Collection

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

This morning, enjoy 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 travelers for a festive Celebration Dinner and toast to your wonderful trip in the Canadian Rockies.

Day 8: Depart Calgary Or Board The Rocky Mountaineer

Location: Kananaskis, Banff National Park, Kamloops

Accommodation: Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops

Accommodation Name: Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

In the morning you will be transferred to Banff from Kananaskis to board the Rocky Mountaineer. Your journey starts Westward through the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. With more than three decades of fine tuning, Rocky Mountaineer has perfected the art of comfort and service. Whether you choose SilverLeaf Service or GoldLeaf Service, prepare for spectacular views and flavourful food—a celebration for the senses. Aboard Rocky Mountaineer, every element is carefully choreographed to create an effortless, unforgettable experience.  You will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9: Continue Your Rocky Mountaineer Journey

Location: Kamloops, Vancouver, Vancouver

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Kamloops this morning and continue your journey on the Rocky Mountaineer to the coastal city of Vancouver, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. As you travel along you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the British Columbia interior, the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, and forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. On arrival in Vancouver you will bid farewell to this incredible experience and make your way to the airport independently for your flight home, or alternatively choose to extend your stay in this exciting city. The train will arrive Vancouver between 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

What's Included

  • Meals

    Includes 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, and 3 dinners with wine.

  • Accommodations

    Stay at historic and luxury hotels including Fairmont Banff Springs and Glacier View Lodge.

  • Transportation

    Luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).

  • Experiences

    Guided tours with Local Experts, including a First Nations Cree Iroquois walk in the Boreal forest, an after-hours visit to the Glacier Skywalk, and a journey onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer.

  • Additional Services

    Hotel and restaurant tips, all taxes and porterage charges at hotels. Personal radio headsets for guided tours. Enhanced hygiene protocols and physical distancing measures.

  • Scenic Train Journey

    A spectacular journey aboard the Rocky Mountaineer through the Canadian Rockies.

What's Not Included

  • Airfare

    International and domestic airfare to and from the start and end points of the tour are not included.

  • Travel Insurance

    Travel insurance is not included and is recommended for all travelers.

  • Optional Activities

    Costs for optional activities not included in the tour itinerary are not covered.

  • Personal Expenses

    Items of a personal nature, including additional meals, beverages, and souvenirs, are not included.

  • Airport Transfers

    Airport transfers are not included unless specified in the tour itinerary.

  • Visa Fees

    Any applicable visa fees are not included and are the responsibility of the traveler.

Mode of Transport

In the morning you will be transferred to Banff from Kananaskis to board the Rocky Mountaineer. Your journey starts Westward through the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Aboard Rocky Mountaineer, every element is carefully choreographed to create an effortless, unforgettable experience. You will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. The train will arrive Vancouver between 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm.

Accommodation

Your stay at a historic mountain resort in Banff awaits. After your arrival at Calgary Airport, if you have purchased an airport transfer, your driver will transport you to the hotel. Built in the distinctive Canadian Château style, it is one of the earliest examples of the country’s grand railway hotels. A warm welcome greets you at the country’s first and only glacier-view resort over a Champagne reception and nibbles. 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 featuring waterfalls and wildlife. 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.

Check out our Q&As

  • What countries does the tour visit?

    The tour visits Canada.

  • What type of accommodations can be expected?

    Accommodations include historic mountain resorts such as the Fairmont Banff Springs and the Glacier View Lodge.

  • Is there an option to board the Rocky Mountaineer?

    Yes, there is an option to board the Rocky Mountaineer.

  • What is the starting location of the tour?

    The starting location of the tour is Calgary.

  • Are tips included in the tour?

    Yes, hotel and restaurant tips are included in the tour.

  • What are some of the highlights of the tour?

    Some highlights include soaking in Banff's Upper Hot Springs, dining at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, visiting Lake Louise, exploring the Icefields Parkway, and experiencing a Glacier Adventure.

  • What is the ending location of the tour?

    The ending location of the tour is Vancouver (BC).

  • What is the primary tag of the tour?

    The primary tag of the tour is Rail Tours.

  • How many dinners with wine are included?

    The tour includes 3 Dinners with Wine.

  • How many breakfasts are included?

    The tour includes 8 Breakfasts.

  • 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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