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Best of the Canadian Rockies 2020

Best of the Canadian Rockies 2020

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Itinerary

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Tour Itinerary

Wonders in the wilderness... Jeweled lakes. Frosted peaks. Emerald forests. Glacial ice. Wilderness castles. Baronial resorts. Add superlatives like spectacular, awesome, fantastic, majestic and incomparable and you’ll get a sense of the epic sights that await you in the Canadian Rockies. Explore some of the most beautiful alpine sights in North America... flightseeing by helicopter over the Three Sisters Peaks... climb up the surface of a glacier on an Ice Explorer ... learn park history, legends and folklore at a presentation by a Parks Canada official... keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, moose and grizzlies... discover the Icefields Parkway... discover Jasper National Park, "your way," with a choice of wilderness adventures... attend an educational wine tasting... learn about aboriginal culture at a national parks presentation... and stay in some of the Canadian Rockies' finest resorts – Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where your room overlooks the sparkling blue-green lake.

Day 1: Arrive Calgary

Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Calgary International Airport. For guests who are spending the previous night in Calgary, an airport transfer from Calgary International Airport to Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire is included; pick-up time today will be 1:00 PM at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire. Your trip begins with a journey from Calgary that takes you across the last few miles of Canadian prairie to Kananaskis country, the foothills of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Join us tonight for a Wild West-themed welcome reception and dinner with music at Boundary Ranch.


Meals: D

Day 2: Flying High Among Rock Mountains

Weather permitting, start the day with a morning helicopter excursion* that showcases the stunning Three Sisters Peaks or Mt. Baldy, called Enemy Warrior Lookout by the Stoney Nakoda people. Then head high up into the Canadian Rockies and cross the Continental Divide through Kicking Horse Pass on a day of Alberta travel on which you'll see some of the most beautiful lakes in North America, including Lake Louise, where you'll have lunch. Later, enter Yoho National Park, where Emerald Lake sparkles with the surrounding peaks reflected in the green waters; see the Spiral Tunnels, a century-old engineering feat created for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Natural Bridge, a rock formation over the Kicking Horse River. Arrive at your historic château-style resort hotel on the edge of Lake Louise overlooking Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park, where you'll enjoy lake-view accommodations during your two-night stay; have dinner at the hotel tonight.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 3: Lakes Where the Blues are Happy

Come along with our naturalist guide today for an excursion (weather permitting) to lovely Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This glacially-fed lake reflects the awe-inspiring beauty that prompted explorer Walter Wilcox, who named it Moraine Lake after the moraine, or rock pile, deposited by the Wenkchemna Glacier, to write “no scene had ever given me an equal impression of inspiring solitude and rugged grandeur,” adding that his time spent contemplating the view was the happiest half-hour of his life. In the event of adverse weather conditions, join Tauck's naturalist guide for a tour of Lake Louise. Return to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to spend the rest of the day as you wish.


Meals: B, D

Day 4: The Icefields Parkway into the Wild

After breakfast, set off along the Icefields Parkway, which winds its way through Alberta's Banff and Jasper National Parks, past more than 600 glaciers, six icefields and a cornucopia of mountains featuring jaw-dropping views of spectacular rocky peaks, waterfalls and snowfields around every turn. Enjoy a barbecue lunch, and watch for bears, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats – especially in the spring and fall – en route to your lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park. During your two-night stay, you'll have an opportunity to attend a presentation by a Parks Canada official to hear the history, legends and folklore that are the very essence of Canada's magnificent national parks.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 5: A Day Your Way in the Park

Continue your Alberta vacation with a day spent exploring magnificent Jasper National Park with your choice of an included "Jasper Your Way" discovery tour. You may choose from among an Athabasca River whitewater rafting adventure* led by Rocky Mountain River Guides; a "Wildlife Discovery Tour," joining a wildlife interpreter to search for bear, elk and more; or a trip on the Jasper Tramway through alpine tundra, leading to the interesting alpine town of Jasper. Or you may want to engage in some of the optional activities at your lodge (available at an additional cost) including horseback riding, biking, tennis, golf, fishing or boating. A park official shares insights on aboriginal culture during a presentation late this afternoon.


Meals: B, D

Day 6: A Glacier on the Columbia Icefield

Retracing your route along the Icefields Parkway back to Banff National Park today, you'll appreciate the region's spectacular scenery from several perspectives. Take a memorable ride across the surface of Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer, a specially designed glacial vehicle, for a close look at the glacier's geological features – another highlight of your Alberta vacation adventure. Arrive in Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada; your grand hotel, one of the Rockies' finest resorts, was built more than a century ago to resemble a Scottish baronial castle.


Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Banff National Park as You Like It

Today is yours to explore Banff National Park and environs as you please. You may wish to check out the village of Banff, which, with its spectacular scenery and trendy shops and boutiques, has grown over the decades to rival the chic alpine villages of the American Rockies. There are also many optional activities to choose from (available at an additional cost) in Banff National Park itself. You can ride the Banff gondola, take a guided nature walk, go horseback riding, mountain biking, or canoeing on the Bow River. Play a round of golf at your world-famous resort, or perhaps book an alpine aromatherapy massage at the Willow Stream Spa, ranked among the top spas in Canada. The week comes to a conclusion tonight at a special farewell reception at The Banff Centre, a world-renowned cultural center where creativity in the performing arts is fostered and new works are created. Your evening includes a special musical performance and dinner overlooking the gorgeous Bow Valley, where the views are a feast for the heart and a great finale to your Alberta vacation.


Meals: B, D

Day 8: Journey Home

Tour ends: 10:00 AM, Calgary International Airport. Travel back to Calgary, approximately 80 miles. Guests spending additional nights in Calgary will be transferred to Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire upon arrival; a transfer from Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire to Calgary International Airport is included. Please arrange flights from Calgary to your final destination for after 12:00 noon. Allow a minimum of three hours for check-in.


Meals: B

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Inclusions

Wonders in the wilderness... Jeweled lakes. Frosted peaks. Emerald forests. Glacial ice. Wilderness castles. Baronial resorts. Add superlatives like spectacular, awesome, fantastic, majestic and incomparable and you’ll get a sense of the epic sights that await you in the Canadian Rockies.Explore some of the most beautiful alpine sights in North America... flightseeing by helicopter over the Three Sisters Peaks... climb up the surface of a glacier on an Ice Explorer... learn park history, legends and folklore at a presentation by a Parks Canada official... keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, moose and grizzlies... discover the Icefields Parkway... discover Jasper National Park, "your way," with a choice of wilderness adventures... attend an educational wine tasting... learn about aboriginal culture at a national parks presentation... and stay in some of the Canadian Rockies' finest resorts – Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where your room overlooks the sparkling blue-green lake.

  • Lake-view guest rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, during your two-night stay
  • "Jasper Your Way," offering a choice of included guided adventures in Jasper National Park
  • A helicopter flightseeing adventure over the Three Sisters Peaks in the Canadian wilderness
  • A guided naturalist hike at glacially-fed Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks
  • A ride aboard the Ice Explorer atop prehistoric Athabasca Glacier along Icefields Parkway
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed

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Accommodations

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Fairmont Banff Springs
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Delta Lodge at Kananaskis

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Questions & Answers

Question: Does this tour include meals?

It includes most of your meals. It included breakfast every day (except the first day when you arrive after 2pm), 3 of your lunches and 7 of your dinners.

Question: Does a US citizen need a passport for this trip?

If you have a valid US Passport, you do not need a Visa to visit Canada.

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.6
Accommodations
4.5
Itinerary
4.7
Professional Staff
4.7
Repeat with Operator
4.5
Value for Money
4.5

Ratings based off 13 reviews - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This tour exceeded our expectations in terms of scenery, accommodations, quality of food, tour director and overall itinerary. The most noteworthy plus for this tour was that we stayed in the national park at the most prestigious hotels the area offers. This allowed us to be at the most scenic destinations on the tour without having to be bussed in to them as has been done by other tour companies. The attention to detail by the tour director, coupled with his knowledge of the area, made this tour one of the best we've taken to date. On the other hand, if one does not prioritize meals and overall quantity of food on their tour, this Tauck experience is not recommended. They feed you often and with quantity/quality of food that far exceeds our normal diet. Knowing this ahead of time and buying in on it (you pay for meals being included at the best restaurants) is recommended.

Tauck is always a class act.!


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