Secrets of Rockies & Glacier National Park
Discover the wild beauty of Mother Nature at her finest on this journey around Canada's most stunning glaciers and national parks.
Breath-taking scenery and awe-inspiring wildlife lie at the heart of this extraordinary ten-day tour. The adventure begins in Calgary, before heading south to Waterton Lakes National Park, where you'll enjoy spectacular mountain vistas on a delightful lake cruise (and don't forget to keep an eye out for bears, moose, deer and mountain goats too!). Next, it's a private tour around Montana's Glacier National Park – known as the "Switzerland of North America" – before heading to Lake Louise, the jewel of the Canadian Rockies. Take in jaw-dropping views of the surrounding mountains and waterfalls on the drive to Athabasca Glacier, where you can enjoy a thrilling bird's eye view over the cliffs on the glass-bottomed Glacier Skywalk.
It's then onto Jasper National Park to walk the beautiful gorges of Maligne Canyon and a brief stop at the thundering Athabasca Falls at Icefields Parkway, before you reach your final destination of Banff. There, you'll soak up yet more amazing panoramas at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, plus take advantage of an optional helicopter ride over the majestic Rockies too. Hop on a horse-drawn hayride through the alpine meadows before your farewell dinner at a family ranch ends this truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Duration: 10 days
Destination: United States & Canada
Tour Highlights: Calgary, Waterton, Glacier National Park in Montana, Lake Louise, Rocky Mountains, Athabasca Glacier, Jasper, Columbia Icefield, Banff National Park
- City tour in Calgary
- Visit Waterton Lakes, Lake Louise and Moraine Lake excursion and Glacier Skywalk over the Sunwapta Valley
- Cruise upon Waterton and Maligne Lake.
- Scenic drive along the Icefields Parkway and Red Jammers excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway
- 9 nights accommodation
- Hand-picked insider experiences
- Dining highlights
- First class travel highlights
- VIP entry to many sights
- Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
- Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
- Expert Travel Director and separate driver
- Luxury air-conditioned coach with wifi in most countries
- Return airport transfers
- Optional experiences and free time
- All porterage and restaurant gratuities
Welcome to Calgary. Get settled in at your hotel, located in the heart of downtown Calgary, and spend the afternoon relaxing or exploring. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception. (Welcome Reception)
Calgary - Fort MacLeod - Waterton Lakes National Park
Start your Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park journey with a brief city tour of Calgary, then head south towards Canada's Waterton Lakes National Park.
En route, stop at Fort MacLeod for a visit to the Fort Museum, where you'll get a chance to meet a Local Specialist and learn about the history of the North West Mounted Police. Next, visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, one of the world's oldest, largest, and best preserved buffalo jumps and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The aboriginal peoples of the plains have used this site continuously for nearly 6,000 years. Join a Native Local Specialist who will describe the way of life at the very place where hunters drove buffalo over the cliff. Continue to Waterton Lakes National Park, where you enjoy some of the most spectacular mountain scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer aboard a delightful lake cruise. View majestic towering cliffs, unique geological formations, beautiful waterfalls, snow clad mountain peaks and keep an eye out for bald eagle, bear, moose, deer, mountain sheep and mountain goats. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)
Waterton - Glacier National Park
This morning, cross the International Border and into Montana's Glacier National Park, which was joined in 1932 with Waterton Lakes to form the Waterton Glacier International Peace Park, the first of its kind.
It is both a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve. As you enter Glacier National Park and the stunning Going-to-the-Sun Road, step aboard your private restored 1930s-vintage red touring "jammer" and set out for the ride of your life along this 50-mile long engineering marvel, skirting the shores of St. Mary's Lake, crossing the Continental Divide over Logan Pass and onto Lake McDonald. Keep your eyes out for the wide range of wildlife that lives inside the park, especially the snow-white mountain goats that thrive on the steepest of slopes along the Continental Divide. You'll understand why this area is called the "Switzerland of North America" as you travel past the park's mountains and glaciers on your way to Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park and your overnight accommodation, superbly located right inside the National Park, along the lakeshore. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)
Glacier National Park - Lake Louise (2 nights)
Continue your journey through Glacier National Park before heading north back into Canada and the forested area of the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies.
Pass through Fairmont and Radium Hot Springs and travel through the sheer red walls of Sinclair Canyon and through scenic Kootenay National Park. Re-cross the Continental Divide, enter Banff National Park and arrive at your home for the next two nights, Lake Louise, the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies". (Full Breakfast, Dinner)
Lake Louise Sightseeing and Free Time
Start the morning with a talk with your Travel Director along Lakeshore Trail, taking in the magnificent scenery of snow-covered peaks, including Mount Victoria at the end of the Lake.
Then head out to Moraine Lake, part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks, this is one of the most photographed sites in all of Canada; discover why as you are taken on a guided stroll along the shoreline and enjoy the best views from Rock Pile. Back at Lake Louise, the afternoon is yours to spend on your own; rent a canoe, hike to Lake Agnes Tea House or simply spend time relaxing along the shoreline soaking up more of the beauty of the area. (Full Breakfast)
Lake Louise – Athabasca Glacier – Jasper (2 nights)
Set out from Lake Louise for a drive along the spectacular Icefields Parkway and be ready for jaw-dropping views of jagged mountains, thundering waterfalls, glaciers, and snowfields around every turn.
Keep an eye out for wildlife including bears, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Stop at Athabasca Glacier on the Columbia Icefield and take a memorable ride across the glacier's surface on a specially designed Ice Explorer. Next, step on Glacier Skywalk, the newest attraction in the Rockies, a thrilling glass-floored walkway, a full 920 feet (280 metres) above the Sunwapta Valley, offering a bird's eye view of glaciers, mountain crags and wildlife along the cliffs below. Continue heading north and arrive at your home for the nest two nights, in the heart of Jasper National Park. (Full Breakfast)
Jasper Sightseeing and Free Time
The morning is yours to spend as you like: relish the superb vistas, stroll the quaint streets of Jasper or join a fun and entertaining rafting optional on the Athabasca River.
Early this afternoon, take part in an interpretive walk at 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. Then head to Maligne Lake for a private interpretive lake cruise to Spirit Island, the heart and soul of Jasper National Park. Back ashore, enjoy a rustic dinner along the lakeshore and learn all about Rocky Mountain wildlife during an interactive after-dinner presentation by a Local Specialist. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)
Jasper – Icefields Parkway – Banff (2 nights)
Wind your way down the Icefields Parkway and stop at the thundering Athabasca Falls, some of the most powerful and breathtaking falls in the Rocky Mountains.
Continuing on towards Banff, enjoy another peak experience as you step out at Bow Summit, the highest point on the Columbia Icefield, and marvel at the turquoise colour of glacier-fed Peyto Lake below. Arrive in the welcoming community of Banff, your base for the next two nights. (Full Breakfast, Dinner)
Banff Sightseeing and Free Time
This morning you have the opportunity to enjoy an optional helicopter flight over the majestic Rockies.
Later this morning, immerse yourself in the glories of Banff, including the viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the wind-shaped rock formations known as the hoodoos. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue or enjoy the facilities at the hotel. Later, you'll be greeted by your hosts for the evening, the Guinn family, who welcomes you to their ranch for a special Be My Guest Farewell Dinner. Hop-on a horse drawn hayride and set out on one of the scenic trails surrounding the ranch. Enjoy pristine views, flowered alpine meadows and abundant wildlife. Back at the ranch, the aroma of a sizzling barbeque will whet your appetite as a delicious meal of Alberta Beef with all the trimmings is being prepared. After dinner, enjoy a private lesson in the traditional country western style of line-dancing. (Full Breakfast, Be My Guest Dining)
Banff – Depart Calgary
This morning, descend from the Canadian Rockies and arrive in Calgary. A transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Westin Calgary hotel in Calgary for guests extending their stay. (Full Breakfast)