Solo adventurers looking to take on the Canadian Rockies can embark on an easy-paced, escorted adventure, which puts dramatic natural wonders on full display during winter.
Beginning in Calgary, nicknamed ‘Cowtown’ due to its Western influences, you’ll journey alongside your fellow solo travellers and nature enthusiasts into the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Banff, the unofficial Rockies capital, will serve as your base, with its cosy winter wonderland charm and convenient access to a wish-list of optional outdoor activities.
From traditional sleigh rides across alpine meadows to interacting with wolfdogs at a sanctuary and soaring above the majestic, snow-coated peaks in a helicopter, there’s no shortage of opportunities to customise your itinerary. An included excursion amongst the epic wilderness of Banff National Park and a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain is undoubtedly a highlight, as is a visit to Johnston Canyon, with its striking frozen waterfalls. The five-star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, set on the shores of the enchanting lake, promises the perfect setting for a farewell dinner with new-found friends.
Spend time in Calgary, nicknamed ‘Cowtown’ and serving as a getaway to the Canadian Rockies, taking in its sights
Journey into the rugged, snow-carpeted landscapes of Banff National Park for a five-night stay in beautiful Banff
Enjoy a guided excursion, keeping an eye out for native wildlife while ascending Sulphur Mountain on a gondola for unrivalled views of the Rockies, mountain peaks, glaciers and lakes
Embrace three days to customise your itinerary and take advantage of optional activities like sleigh rides, visits to a wolfdog sanctuary, husky sledding and a helicopter ride
Discover Johnson Canyon, where frozen waterfalls and hanging icicles create a spectacular winter scene, and a hike to Lower Falls promises a picturesque view
Experience an overnight stay at the luxury, five-star Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on the shores of the lake with a memorable farewell dinner
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is 2 hours.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure atwww.canada.ca/eta. The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. Customary gratuity to a coach driver or tour manager is about $5 per person per day; in a taxi or a restaurant leave 12-15 per cent of the bill and, in the bar, leave a dollar or so per drink.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.