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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.

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

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Canada. If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, please be sure to have your required identification with you as well.

Baggage allowance

Airlines have varying weight restrictions on luggage. Be advised that most domestic airlines impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage, and that you are responsible for any such costs. Contact your airline for detailed information regarding luggage 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 internal transfers, which may include train connections or flights. One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height). Make sure you label your baggage and carry valuables, medication and documents in your carry-on bag.

Clothing & packing tips

We recommend packing light, loose-fitting clothing that provides comfort when exploring the sights. A sun hat, sunglasses and a sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers are also recommended. Hiking boots might come in handy, if you plan to do any extensive walking or hiking. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any event—a lightweight jacket and emergency rainwear are advised. Restaurants are typically informal in this region of Canada. 

Health

Please be aware that you will be traveling at altitudes between 7,000 and 9,000 feet above sea level on this tour. These high altitudes can sometimes cause difficulty breathing and other health problems 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 lightheadedness. 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. It is always advisable to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements.

Cuisine

One of the most enjoyable aspects of traveling is the delightful variety of local cuisine—even if you’re not traveling far. Most of the cuisine on this tour is well-known, but look out for especially delicious French, Acadian and indigenous influences.

Transportation

Flights arrive in and depart from Calgary. After you land in Calgary, a Go Ahead representative will escort you to your hotel for check-in. All other included transportation on tour is by private motor coach.

Electricity

All regions operate on the Canadian standard 110 volts.

Time zones

Most of your tour will fall on Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is two hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). Vancouver is on Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is three hours behind EST. For most of your tour, when it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.

Currency

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

Tipping

At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity. We recommend tipping in your tour country’s currency, the equivalency of $3USD/CAD per person per day for your driver and $6USD/CAD to $9USD/CAD per person per day for your Tour Director. If applicable, we also recommend the equivalency of $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 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 separate “Optional Excursions” sheet for more information.

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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