Canadian Rockies: Lake Louise, Jasper & Banff

7 days Nature & Wildlife
Explore Canada’s Rocky Mountains as you take in the jewel-colored lakes and snowy summits of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Along the way, you’ll marvel at the beauty of Lake Louise, journey through the Valley of the Ten Peaks and stand atop glaciers. With endless dazzling landscapes, this tour will open your eyes to western Canada’s gems.

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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: You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and ice, with some steep inclines and high altitudes.

Let us handle the details

Expert Tour Director

      Local       cuisine

Handpicked hotels

Sightseeing with local guides

Private transportation

Personalized flight options

Your tour includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 three-course dinners with beer or wine

  • Expert Tour Director

  • Private deluxe motor coach

  • Guided sightseeing and select entrance fees

Calgary, Alberta 1 night Hotel info

Day 1: Arrival in Calgary

  Included meals: Dinner

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

Lake Louise 1 night Hotel info

Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary

  Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

• Pass by the Olympic Park and enjoy sweeping views of the city from atop the Calgary Tower

• See the Calgary Stampede Grounds and City Hall

Later this afternoon, transfer to Lake Louise for a half-day excursion.

• Step aboard the Lake Louise Gondola to take in breathtaking views of the surrounding scenery and enjoy lunch mid-mountain 

• Stroll along the glittering shores of Lake Louise

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

Jasper 2 nights Hotel info

Day 3: Jasper via Moraine Lake

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive along the UNESCO-recognized Icefields Parkway, viewing Bow Lake and the region’s countless glaciers en route to Jasper, a picturesque town nestled in the middle of Jasper National Park. As you go, pass through the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park to stop at Moraine Lake and take in its beautiful turquoise waters (seasonal, June-September).

Day 4: Medicine Lake & Maligne Lake

  Included meals: Breakfast

Set out into Jasper National Park to explore the secluded Maligne Lake, famed for its azure hue. 

• View the steep limestone walls of Maligne Canyon on the way to Medicine Lake

• Board a Maligne Lake cruise and travel through Samson Narrows to Spirit Island (seasonal, June-September) Please note: When Maligne Lake cruise is not available, it will be replaced with entrance to the Jasper SkyTram.

• Disembark for a short walk to the Spirit Island viewpoint, where you’ll be treated to fantastic views of the surrounding mountains

Enjoy a free afternoon in Jasper or add an excursion.

Optional Excursion - Athabasca River Raft Tour $65pp* Details

Fall in love with the Canadian wilderness on a leisurely journey down the Athabasca River, tracing the same route that early fur traders once followed. Along the way, your river guide will teach you the river’s natural and human history. Your tour passes through a calm stretch of the river, but some splashing is to be expected and waterproof ponchos are recommended. Please note: This optional excursion is seasonal and runs from mid-May through September only.

Save $10 when you book this excursion up to 3 days before your tour departs. (On-tour price: $75)

Banff, Alberta 2 nights Hotel info

Day 5: Banff via Athabasca Glacier & Peyto Lake

  Included meals: Breakfast

Travel to the awe-inspiring Banff National Park, one of the natural wonders of the world and the birthplace of Canada’s national park system.

• Visit the world-famous Columbia Icefield, one of the world’s most spectacular mountain glaciers

• Take a guided drive across Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer and step out onto the ice to take in the scenic surroundings (seasonal, mid-May through September) 

• Make stops at the sparkling Peyto Lake (weather permitting) and Crowfoot Glacier for photo opportunities

Day 6: Sightseeing tour of Banff

  Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

With your Tour Director as your guide, set out into Banff National Park. Discover its beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife as you pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel and Lake Minnewanka.

Day 7: Departure

  Included meals: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer back to the Calgary airport for your flight home.

How's the weather?

  • Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • Lake Louise, Canada
  • Jasper, Canada
  • Banff, Alberta, Canada
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Passport & visa requirements

  • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.

  • In order to enter Canada, U.S. citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.

  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have any additional required identification with you as well.          

Tour pace

  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and ice, with some steep inclines. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.

  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.

  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.

  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.


  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead arrive in and depart from Calgary. A Go Ahead representative will meet you at the airport and take you 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.

  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead for an additional cost.

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

Baggage allowance

  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Most domestic airlines impose charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.

  • Contact your airline for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that Go Ahead travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.

  • One carry-on bag of 45 total inches (length + width + height) is also permitted.

  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.          

Clothing & packing tips

  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.

  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.

  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.          


  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.

  • 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

  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for 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.

  • 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.

  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.

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


  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine and anything with maple syrup.

Electricity & air conditioning

  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.

  • 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.    


  • 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 mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.  

Time Zones

  • Alberta is on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). British Columbia is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST.

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


  • The Canadian dollar is the currency you will be using on this tour. 

  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed. 

  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees. 

  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.

  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.                   


  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.

  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD/CAD to $10USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver.

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

  • Tips can only be paid in cash.


Purchasing excursions on tour

  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.

  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD 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 page four of your tour itinerary for more information.

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5 / 5

5 / 5

Tour Date: 6/9/2016

Number of Past Tours: 3

From: TX

Tour Director: 5 / 5

Tour Value: 5 / 5

Loved it!

We did this tour and loved seeing all the sights and sounds that the beautiful Canadian Rockies and other Canadian National Parks had to offer.


Hi Shelby! We're so pleased that you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for your feedback!

Posted by Daniela, Director of Quality Control | September 19, 2016