directions_busTours in Banff, Calgary, Jasper, Kananaskis & Lake Louise

Explore Canada's national parks by coach, cruise, ice explorer and 1930s "Red Jammer"

2022 and 2023 departures available

On this Canadian Rockies tour you'll crunch across the surface of the Athabasca Glacier, cross the Continental Divide in vintage style, and discover local tales of brave buffalo runners centuries ago. Learn from experts about bears, glaciers, local cultures and tradition, and more in ten varied and inspiring days.

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12 nights
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About this holiday

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Your tour at a glance

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Cruise on Maligne Lake
  • Scenic Drive along the Icefields Parkway, Red Jammers excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Banff-Windermere Highway, Sinclair Canyon
  • Visit Waterton Lakes, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Athabasca Glacier

Insider Experiences

  • Connect with Locals - Take a walk around the village rim trail while learning about some local history. The walk ends at the dinner location at the Crosswaters Resort, where the group will toast to the last night of their Canadian vacation.
  • Stays with Stories - Stay at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, located in the heart of Banff National Park. Modelled after a Scottish baronial castle, it is known as the 'Castle in the Rockies'

Inclusions

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    Your holiday includes:

      • An expert Travel Director and Professional Driver
      • 15 Meals - 9 Breakfasts, 1 Be My Guest, 1 Lunch, 1 Regional Dinner, 1 Welcome Reception & 2 Dinners
      • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
      • All Porterage and restaurant gratuities
      • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
      • Hand picked hotels, all tried and trusted
      • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
      • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
      • Optional Experiences with free time

Accommodation

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Your holiday includes 9 nights accommodation

  • Hilton Garden Inn
  • Waterton Lakes Lodge (2 nights)
  • Fairmont Banff Springs (2 nights)
  • Lake Louise Inn
  • Chateau Jasper (2 nights)
  • Crosswaters Resort

Properties used in the tour are subject to change without notice.

Travel dates

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Travel 30 September 2022 or 29 September 2023

  • From $5,795 per person twin share

For prices on alternative departures in 2022 and 2023 ask our friendly travel team today on 1300 414 198

Itinerary

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Day 1 Hello Calgary

Don your Stetson and buckle up those cowboy boots. You've arrived in Stampede country. Get settled into the ways of the Wild West before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers for a Welcome Reception.

Hotel - Hilton Garden Inn

Included Meals - Welcome Reception

Day 2 Unmask The Legacy Of Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump

This morning, travel to the UNESCO-listed Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump, where a Local Specialist explains how buffalo were driven off a cliff by buffalo runners centuries ago. Travel on to meet the majestic Rockies at the tranquil Waterton Lakes National Park. Beneath ice-capped peaks, indulge in a memorable dinner.

Hotel - Waterton Lakes Lodge

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 Take a Vintage Voyage Along St. Mary Lake

The Big Skies of Montana beckon this morning as you cross the international border and travel along the shore of Lower St. Mary Lake and enter Glacier National Park, touted as the Crown of the Continent. Then, continue in a restored 1930s vintage touring red “jammer”. You will head up into the cirques of the St. Mary Valley along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and stop at the Continental Divide continuing over Logan Pass. Traverse one of the few remaining rainforests in Montana as you drive alongside the glacially carved valley. Finally, you will arrive at the Lake McDonald Lodge, situated on the shore of Lake McDonald.

Hotel - Waterton Lakes Lodge

Included Meals - Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4 Travel Through Kootenay National Park

Today, you will exit Glacier National Park through West Glacier and head north, back into Canada. Travel along the Banff-Windermere Highway, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Then, enter Kootenay National Park and drive through Sinclair Canyon. Make the climb up to Vermilion Pass at the Continental Divide, reaching an elevation of 1,680 m (5,510 ft) and enter Alberta and Banff National Park. Descending into the Bow River Valley, you will arrive in Banff where you check in at your Stays With Stories, the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs, the 'Castle in the Rockies'.

Hotel - Fairmont Banff Springs

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 5 Explore Picturesque Banff

Our day begins with a morning at leisure, choose to take this time to relax or join one of our optional experiences. Choose to view the alpine forest from above during an optional helicopter ride or explore from the ground with a guided hike. Later, spend the afternoon exploring the rugged beauty of Banff, from its postcard viewpoint of Surprise Corner to Bow Falls, with an optional gondola ride.

Included Meals - Breakfast, Regional Dinner

Optional Experience

  • Hike to Consolation Lakes
  • Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)
  • Three Sisters Peaks Helicopter Tour (weather dependent)
  • Brewster Banff Gondola

Day 6 Take In The Tranquility Of Lake Louise

An early rise today as we head for Moraine Lake. Take a walk on the Lakeshore Trail, or the Rockpile Trail for the best views of the Canadian Rockies with stunning Moraine Lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This afternoon we arrive at Lake Louise where your have Your Choice of activities: a stroll into the picture perfect image of Lake Louise, keeping an eye out for rock climbers, ground squirrels, marmots or even a mountain goat. Or perhaps the picture-perfect setting of Lake Louise will awaken the artist within you as you try your hand at plein air painting.

Hotel - Lake Louise Inn

Included Meals - Breakfast

Day 7 Traverse Across Athabasca Glacier

Blaze a trail through the heart of the Canadian Rockies—a journey through stunning wilderness, passing sparkling mountain lakes, tumbling glaciers and sweeping valleys en route to the Athabasca Glacier. Board a specially designed Ice Explorer, crunching over the white wonderland of the glacier's surface. Later, head to your home in the heart of Jasper National Park.

Hotel - Chateau Jasper

Included Meals - Breakfast

Optional Experiences

  • Jasper Float Trip

Day 8 The Joys Of Jasper

Embark on a leisurely walk admiring the sheer limestone cliffs of Maligne Canyon and learning about the underground river system that flows out to Medicine Lake. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, we will indulge in a delicious regional lunch with wine at the Lake Maligne Chalet with views of the lake, followed by a cruise of Maligne Lake to Spirit Island (seasonal).

Included Meals - Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Explore Kananaskis

Journey through the national parks of Jasper and Banff to arrive in the small resort town of Kananaskis. Connect With Locals and enjoy a Be My Guest experience with a short walk around the village rim trail, followed by a Farewell Dinner hosted by a backcountry guide that will share wild stories about life in the Rockies.

Hotel - Crosswaters Resort

Included Meals - Breakfast, Be My Guest

Optional Experiences

  • Mt. Assiniboine Helicopter Tour

Day 10 Farewell

A transfer is provided to Calgary International Airport or the Hilton Garden Inn for guests extending their stay.

Included Meals - Breakfast

All Optional experiences for this trip are bookable with the Travel Director when you travel.

Please note the following itinerary is subject to change without notice.

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Fine print

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Travel at 60 & supplier booking conditions apply.

Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s)) with final or booster dose given at least 15 days before departing is required for this trip.