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National Parks: Canadian Rockies, Glacier & Yellowstone

11 days Multi-country
Take in the highlights of some of North America’s most alluring national parks on this immersive, multi-country journey. Discover breathtaking wildlife and geographic diversity as you make your way from the Canadian Rockies to the Grand Tetons. Scenic drives, jewel-colored lakes, geothermal marvels, snowy summits—this tour’s extraordinary landscapes and natural wonders are sure to leave you in awe.

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      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Tour group size: 18 - 35 travelers

Tour pace: This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 5 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Map of tour of the United States

Calgary, Alberta 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Calgary

  Included meals: Dinner

Welcome to Canada! Arrive at your hotel in Calgary and settle in before getting to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff, Alberta 3 nights Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a sightseeing coach tour of Calgary, a lively city that served as the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

• Enjoy panoramic city views from the observation deck at the top of Calgary Tower

• Drive by City Hall, Canada Olympic Park and the winding Bow River

• Make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted

Later, drive into the mountains to get to know Banff’s dramatic landscapes as you explore on your own.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lake Louise

  Included meals: Breakfast

Journey into Banff National Park to Lake Louise, a mirror-like glacial lake known as Canada’s “diamond in the wilderness.”

• Discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history

• Stroll along the glittering shores of Lake Louise and take in staggering vistas of the towering Victoria Glacier

• Visit the grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, an iconic hotel located on the lake’s eastern shore

Later this afternoon, explore on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Banff Photography Tour $75pp* Details

Snap photos of stunning landscapes and local life as you follow photography experts on a walking tour through the town of Banff at sunset. All levels are welcome, as everyone from beginners to advanced photographers can benefit from the expert guidance offered on this excursion. Bring any camera you have, including your cell phone, and pick up pro photo tips from your instructors as you capture sunset views, mountain peaks and maybe even some wildlife. Best of all, you have the rest of the tour to practice your new photography skills! Please note: This is an outdoor excursion, so please be sure to bring an extra layer in the event of cool weather. The paved path you will traverse is relatively flat but will have varying inclines, so comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Please be sure to carry your camera charger.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 4: Free day in Banff

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a full free day in Banff to explore on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Icefields Parkway & Glacier Experience $69pp* Details

Soak in the beauty of one of the most scenic drives in North America as you journey along the Icefields Parkway. Keep your eyes open for a variety of wildlife such as bears, elk and moose as you drive along this highway, which stretches for almost 150 miles past stunning lakes, soaring mountains and picturesque valleys. Stop at Lake Louise Village before arriving at the Columbia Icefield Centre, where you’ll learn more about Jasper National Park. Then, board a snow coach and travel up to the Athabasca Glacier for a short walk on the ice. Enjoy free time for lunch before driving back down the Icefields Parkway. Please note: Mountain weather changes fast. Wear extra layers and walking shoes or sneakers, as walking may involve steep inclines. This excursion is seasonal and runs mid-June through mid-September only.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Glacier County, Montana 1 night

Day 5: Glacier County via Waterton Lakes National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer into the United States to Montana today. Before crossing the border, stop to admire some of Alberta’s scenic gems.

• Drive south to the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO-listed site that serves as a telling remnant from the time of the First Nations people

• Continue on to Waterton Lakes National Park, a picturesque area dotted with rugged mountains and dense wilderness 

• Enjoy afternoon tea at the charming Prince of Wales Hotel, which is perched on a bluff and flanked by a curtain of mountains

Missoula, Montana 1 night Hotel info

Day 6: Missoula via Glacier National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Hop in a Red Jammer car and make your way along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a national landmark considered to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. (Please note: Activities in Glacier National Park may vary depending on the season and weather conditions.) • Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs and glacial lakes as you wind your way through Glacier National Park, which makes up a portion of the UNESCO-listed International Peace Park

• Appreciate the wilderness of the park and take in the sight of melting glaciers that experts estimate will be gone within the coming decades 

Then, take in views of the changing landscape as you continue on to Missoula. (Please note: Early June and September departures may overnight in Kalispell instead of Missoula.)

Yellowstone Region, Montana 2 nights Hotel info

Day 7: Transfer to the Yellowstone Region

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Transfer through Montana to the town of West Yellowstone today. Enjoy a free afternoon to explore on your own or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Dude Ranch: Cowboy Culture of the West $99pp* Details

Experience true cowboy culture on horseback as you ride along the winding paths of West Yellowstone country. Learn the ropes from cowboys and cowgirls who live in the countryside, and soak in the beauty of mountains and wildlife as you go. Please note: This excursion is seasonal and runs May through September only. It is essential to wear comfortable, closed-toe shoes while on the horse. Bring a hat or bandana to protect your neck in the sun.

Must be booked 20 days before departure

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Drive into Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, to discover its unique landscape and vast array of animal life.

• Make a photo stop at the Fountain Paint Pot, a colorful, geothermal mudpot located in the Lower Geyser Basin 

• Stroll along the boardwalks around Old Faithful, a famous, frequently erupting cone-type geyser that reaches between 100 and 200 feet high

• Head to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which was created by the erosive forces of water thousands of years ago

• Stop at the canyon’s Upper and Lower Falls for sweeping perspectives of the area at Inspiration Point and Artist Point

• Drive further north to spend free time at the ethereal, terraced Mammoth Hot Springs before making your way back to West Yellowstone

Jackson, Wyoming 2 nights Hotel info

Day 9: Jackson via Grand Teton National Park

  Included meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive to Jackson, one of the West’s premier arts communities. Stop along the way for photo ops in Grand Teton National Park, an area that has a human history dating back over 10,000 years.

• Explore the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies

• Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves, bison and the elusive mountain lion

Upon arrival in Jackson, take a free afternoon to relax or explore on your own.

Day 10: Free day in Jackson

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a full free day in Jackson or add an excursion.

Then, say goodbye to your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Optional Excursion - Snake River Float $79pp* Details

One of the best ways to see the Grand Tetons—the glorious peaks that surround Jackson—is from the Snake River. On a raft ride, you’ll have a great chance of glimpsing some of Wyoming’s wildlife, including soaring eagles and graceful mountain lions. You’ll also get a firsthand view of the site of Ansel Adams’ famous photo. Please note: This excursion is weather-dependent and runs seasonally from mid-May through mid-September. Layered clothing and waterproof shoes are recommended.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $89)

Day 11: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
  • Missoula, Montana, United States
  • Jackson, Wyoming, United States
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Passport & visa requirements

• In order to enter the countries on this tour, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid, government-issued passport with an expiration date that extends at least six months beyond the date of return. 

• If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements. Please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.

• No visa is required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.

Tour pace

• This tour involves a moderate level of walking, sometimes on uneven terrain or uphill.

• If you have any mobility and/or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Relations Team at 800.597.0350 so that we can review all necessary information with you.

Transportation & arrival information

• Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in Calgary, Canada and depart from Jackson, Wyoming.

• When you first arrive, a Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and will escort you via private motor coach to your hotel.

• Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.

• If you did not book your flights through Go Ahead, airport transfers are available upon request and at an additional cost. Please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350 for additional information.

• All included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.

Baggage allowance

• Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage size and weight restrictions for your flight. 

• Go Ahead travelers are allowed only one checked bag per person. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). 

• Please note there may be times when you will have to handle your own bags, and you’ll find that lightweight luggage provides a distinct advantage. 

• Please label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on luggage. 

Clothing & packing tips

• We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered. 

• For sightseeing and exploring, we suggest bringing a sunhat, sunglasses, sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers, as well as a lightweight jacket or rainwear.

• Hiking boots might come in handy if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. 

• Restaurants are typically informal in these regions of Canada and the United States, so very dressy, formal attire is not necessary.

Health

• Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes as high as almost 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health issues with travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.

• Even healthy travelers may sometimes experience altitude sickness, a temporary condition featuring symptoms of headache, fatigue, nausea and light-headedness. Until your body acclimates to the higher altitudes, we suggest that you drink plenty of fluids and limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.

• Otherwise, there are no major health risks when traveling to this region. During the summer months, take care for sun exposure and heat.

• Travelers should be in reasonable health to take our included walks, and we will make every effort to accommodate those who choose to stay behind.

• Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov.

• Bring a small first aid kit, including antacids, motion sickness medication, anti-diarrhea medication and any prescription medications.

• If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.

• If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to goaheadtours.com and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Relations Team at 1.800.597.0350.

Cuisine

• One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling abroad. The cuisine in both the United States and Canada varies widely. Most of the food on this tour is well-known to Americans and Canadians. 

• While on tour, you may want to try local delicacies with French and indigenous influences. Be sure to taste some of Canada’s world-famous Maple syrup, Alberta’s high-quality beef, farm-fresh produce in Montana and “cowboy cuisine,” including bison, in Wyoming. 

Electricity & air conditioning

• All regions visited in Canada operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.

• All regions visited in the United States operate on the U.S. standard 110 volts.

• The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.

• Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.

Connectivity

• Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.

• There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches 

• Please contact your cell phone provider for information on roaming charges. 

Time zones

• Alberta, Montana and Wyoming operate on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). 

• When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

• Canadian dollars will be the currency on the first portion of your tour. You can find kiosks at the airport with good exchange rates, but the best way to change your money from USD to CAD is by using an ATM.

• U.S. dollars will be the currency during the last portion of your tour.

Tipping

• At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in your tour country’s currency.

• We recommend tipping between $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. 

• We recommend tipping $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

• If applicable, we also recommend tipping $2USD/ CAD per local guide. 

• Tips can only be paid in cash. Please keep current local currency exchange rates in mind when tipping.

Purchasing excursions on tour

• If you have not yet purchased your optional excursions, you may be able to do so while on your tour. Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD & CAD only), Visa or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.

• Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged. 

• Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See the “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 4

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great value

The itinerary was wonderful with great scenery including plenty of wild life. The tour director and driver were both excellent. Thanks to them the trip was both fun and educational. We have always felt GoHead tours were a great value. This trip was no different.

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Hi Robert! We’re very pleased that you feel our tours are a great value. Thank you for your wonderful feedback, and we hope to welcome you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 27, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 8/25/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: OR

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great experience.

Wonderful way to see beautiful national parks and cover a lot of territory. Dave was a very informative and entertaining guide. Bus was comfortable. Personally, I like to get more exercise, maybe longer walks at special sites, although some people are less mobile. It would have been nice to stay 2 days in Glacier for more exploring. Maybe deleting Jackson. Nice group of people. I would recommend this trip!

 

Hi Kathy! We're thrilled that you would recommend this tour. We appreciate your feedback on the activity level, as well as your itinerary suggestions. We will be sure to communicate this feedback to the relevant departments. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/23/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: FL

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

LOVED OUR NATL PARKS TOUR

WE CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT OUR CANADA/US NATL PARKS TOUR. THIS WAS OUR FIRST GO-AHEAD TRIP AND WE WILL DEFINITELY TAKE ANOTHER ONE THIS SUMMER. THE HOTELS WERE ALWAYS LOCATED RIGHT IN TOWN SO AFTER A DAY OF TOURING WE WERE ABLE TO WALK AROUND AND GET A MORE PERSONAL FEEL OF THE AREA. WE ALWAYS FELT THAT WE WERE GETTING MORE THAN EXPECTED INSTEAD OF THE OTHER WAY AROUND. OUR TOUR GUIDE, DAVID WAS THE ABSOLUTE BEST ALWAYS GOING WAY BEYOND OUR EXPECTATIONS. THE TOURING WAS PERFECTLY PLANNED AND ALWAYS HAD ENOUGH TIME FOR EVERYTHING. CAN'T SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THE ENTIRE EXPERIENCE. MY ONLY COMMENT IS THAT WE ARE FOODIES AND TO NO FAULT OF GO-AHEAD, THE MEALS WERE LESS THAN AVERAGE.

 

Hi Dale! It’s great to learn that, after taking this tour, you would definitely travel with us again. We’re also pleased that you feel your Tour Director went above and beyond your expectations. We appreciate your feedback on the meals, and we will be sure to share this with our Operations team for further evaluation. Thank you for your wonderful review, Dale, and we look forward to seeing you on tour again soon!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/22/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: TX

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

National Parks

It was a great tour and the guide was very knowledgeable about the parks. He did a great job communicating and keeping us informed. Some of the restaurants were good and some were not so good. the accommodations were adequate.

 

Hi Rick! We’re delighted to learn that you had a great time on tour. We appreciate your feedback regarding your Tour Director, accommodations, and meals, and we will be sure to share it with the relevant departments internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 28, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Experience of a lifetime!

We loved the trip and can't think of how it could be improved. The weather was perfect. The scenery totally awesome. Our guide was fun, energetic, totally organized, well prepared and knowledgeable. We had time to take trails, take photos, relax and enjoy the surroundings and visit the most amazing places in Canada, Montana and Wyoming. The mountains and glaciers are unbelievable. This is a must do trip for everyone.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: VA

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Wow!

This tour was exceptional. Our Tour guide was bright, full of energy and information. He helped the tour be a truly wonderful experience. We loved every day from the glaciers, to the Rockies, to the Going to the Sun Road, The Grand Tetons, the wildlife and Snake river float it was all five stars.

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 8/11/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IN

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Great Trip!

From the time we stepped off the plane to the end of the adventure, Our Tour Guide Dave and Bus Driver Scott were right there with us all the way. I have been on a couple other escorted tours in the past and I must say these two gentlemen went above and beyond to make sure everyone was accommodated at all times. Dave was a true professional, and if any problems occurred he was Johnny-on-the-spot and took care of them in a professional and courteous manner. Scott our driver again was also a true professional, and we loved his stories and humor as well as his knowledge along the way. You have two gems in these two and we thank them for everything they did for us during our wonderful trip.

 

Hi Phyllis! We’re so glad that the teamwork of your Tour Director and bus driver made a wonderful impact on your overall experience. We thank you for sharing your thoughts about the wonderful job they did, and we will be sure to share this internally. Thank you for your review, and we hope to welcome you on another Go Ahead adventure!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | August 31, 2016

5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 7/21/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: GA

Tour Director: 4 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Perfect Tour for Nature Lovers

The wonders of nature fascinate me. The more I learn, the more I realize how complex our environment is. This trip provided an outstanding opportunity to see four similar but diverse National Parks, each with it's own special features. I was thrilled by the rugged mountains and icefields of Banff, the Red Car Tour of Glacier, the thermal features of Glacier and especially Yellowstone, and the majesty of the Tetons as we floated down the Snake River. And the wildflowers--glorious everywhere. Highly recommend for anyone who hasn't been to the Canadian, Montana, and Wyoming Rockies.

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Hi Karen! We’re also fascinated by the wonders of nature! It’s great to hear that this tour provided you with a unique opportunity to appreciate the national parks. Thank you for your recommendation, and we hope to welcome you on tour again!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 02, 2016

4 / 5

4 / 5

Tour Date: 6/30/2016

Number of Past Tours: 1

From: IL

Tour Director: 3 / 5

Tour Value: 4 / 5

A Scenic Getaway

It was a great tour overall. The sights were beautiful. There were minor kinks in the itinerary to be worked out such as a few longer than comfortable days/drives. Matt was an exceptional driver. He could have easily made an outstanding tour guide in addition to his skilled driving, and contributed much to the success of this tour.