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Canadian Rockies & Calgary Stampede Search Tour Calendar
Featuring Calgary Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper & Yoho National Parks, Snow Coach

Tour Dates: July 12 - 19, 2018

8 Day Package
12 Meals Included

Price:
$2899 Per Person / Double Occupancy
$3999 Per Person / Single Occupancy


Majestic and sublime, the Canadian Rockies is a region of scenic wonders. Towering mountain peaks, tranquil lakes, cascading waterfalls, spectacular scenic routes...and to top it off, this comprehensive itinerary includes the Calgary Stampede –“The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”!


Tour Highlights:

  • Reserved seating at the Calgary Stampede for both the afternoon rodeo and evening show
     
  • Traverse the Continental Divide, traveling the Icefields Parkway to see Bow, Peyto & Emerald Lakes, Crowfoot Glacier, and Yoho National Park, and the opportunity to board a snowcoach for a ride on Athabasca Glacier
     
  • Stay two nights in Banff National Park with an included dinner at the iconic Banff Springs Hotel, and sightseeing to include Bow Falls, Hoodoo Lookout, Surprise Corner and a ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola
     
  • Sightseeing in Jasper National Park to include Pyramid and Patricia Lakes, Athabasca Falls, Maligne Canyon, a cruise on Maligne Lake to visit Spirit Island and an optional rafting float trip on the Athabasca River
     
  • Stay overnight with an included dinner at the world-renowned Chateau Lake Louise
     

Fine Hotels / Great Locations:

  • Nights 1-2: International Hotel - Calgary, AB
  • Nights 3-4: Banff Caribou Lodge - Banff, AB
  • Nights 5-6: Crimson Jasper - Jasper, AB
  • Night 7: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise - Lake Louise, AB 
Day By Day Itinerary:
Day 1
Thursday, 7/12/2018 - Arrive Calgary
Our journey begins with optional transfers from home or our departure points this morning to LAX for a scheduled non-stop flight to Calgary, Canada nestled in the rolling foothills of the Canadian Rockies. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air should arrive at at Calgary International Airport no later than 2:30 p.m. This former fur trading post burst onto the world scene with the 1988 Winter Olympics and is now a bustling metropolis. “Our neighbor to the north” welcomes you this afternoon with their great hospitality and beautiful sights. Upon our arrival, a deluxe motorcoach will be waiting to transport us to our deluxe hotel in downtown Calgary for a two-night stay. Enjoy an included Welcome Dinner this evening.

Dinner
Day 2
Friday, 7/13/2018 - Calgary Stampede
Following an included breakfast at the hotel, we’ll head to the Calgary Stampede, known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. As you step through the gates of Stampede Park, you are entering a whole world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Enjoy ample time to explore the authentic Indian Village, or stroll the streets of a  recreated frontier town. A wide variety of talent performs on many stages. Visit a dazzling array of international exhibits, competitions and livestock shows. We have reserved grandstand seats for the afternoon rodeo featuring bull riding, barrel racing and more in the world’s most competitive tournament-style rodeo. We return this evening with reserved seating for the chuckwagon races and the Grandstand Show featuring a musical spectacular and a fireworks finale. 
Breakfast
Day 3
Saturday, 7/14/2018 - Banff
Following an included breakfast we’ll leave the city behind and travel through the prairies and into the Rockies as we follow the Trans-Canada Highway past the Three Sisters, Fairholme and Rundle Ranges. Welcome to Banff where we’ll begin a two-night stay at a hotel within walking distance of Banff’s charming downtown district. This evening we’ll enjoy an included dinner at the Fairmont Banff Springs, a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 4
Sunday, 7/15/2018 - Banff
Following an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, we’ll join a local guide for a sightseeing tour of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights include Bow Falls, Hoodoo Lookout, Surprise Corner and a trip up Sulphur Mountain aboard the Banff Gondola. Gain a whole new perspective of Banff and the six mountain ranges that surround it with a panoramic 360 degree view. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure to explore the charming village of Banff featuring a cosmopolitan collection of galleries and boutiques.
Breakfast
Day 5
Monday, 7/16/2018 - Icefields Parkway and Jaspter
Following an included breakfast we’ll begin our drive on one of the world’s most spectacular mountain highways – the Icefields Parkway.  Often described as “the most spectacular stretch of highway” in all of North America, this roadway parallels the Continental Divide as it traverses an unspoiled wilderness of more than 100 glaciers, pristine lakes, rushing streams, tumbling waterfalls, and some of the highest peaks in the Rockies. Stay alert for possible sightings of mountain goats, bighorn sheep, moose, marmots, elk and even a bear. We’ll make several stops to take in the views of the soft baby blue waters of Peyto Lake, Bow Lake and Crowfoot Glacier. Not to be missed is the experience of a lifetime – a ride on the Ice Explorer at the Columbia Icefield (weather permitting), one of the largest bodies of ice south of the Arctic.  Aboard a specially-designed glacier vehicle we’ll take a ride on the Athabasca Glacier, a 1,000-foot thick glacier surface where you will see crevasses and seracs and learn that glaciers are moving rivers of ice, thousands of years old.  You can then step out onto the ice formed from snow falling over the last 400 years. The meltwater from the Columbia Icefield feeds streams that flow into three oceans: the Arctic, the Atlantic and the Pacific. Following an included boxed lunch we continue north to Jasper National Park. Here we begin a two night stay at a deluxe hotel within the National Park and within walking distance of the charming townsite. 
Breakfast
Lunch
Day 6
Tuesday, 7/17/2018 - Jasper
Following an included breakfast, we’ll join a local guide for a panoramic tour of Jasper National Park which looks much like it did when David Thompson, Canada’s great fur-trade-era explorer first discovered it. Highlights include Pyramid Lake, Patricia Lake, Athabasca Falls and the beautiful Maligne Canyon. We continue through the Maligne Valley past the incredible disappearing Medicine Lake and arrive at Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rocky Mountains – and perhaps the prettiest. The lake is 14 miles long, ringed by dramatic snow-capped peaks, and features picturesque Spirit Island. Be on the lookout for wildlife on a guided boat cruise. This afternoon wander amongst the many shops in downtown Jasper, or for an additional charge enjoy an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. This leisurely experience offers a unique perspective of Jasper National Park and passes through many small sets of rapid and calm stretches. 
Breakfast
Day 7
Wednesday, 7/18/2018 - Jasper to Lake Louise
Following an included breakfast we return south on the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, known as the “Diamond in the Wilderness.” It is here that the majestic mountains soaring skyward are reflected in the vibrant blue of the glacier-fed, Lake Louise. Here we’ll check-in to the spectacular Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for an overnight stay. This elegant hotel is one of the world’s most-often photographed hotels and one of Canada’s most renowned resorts. Built in 1890, this five-star hotel is set in the midst of extraordinary Banff National Park. Enjoy time to stroll the grounds and view Victoria Glacier and the emerald waters of Lake Louise out the hotel’s backdoor. This evening, a memorable included dinner in the hotel’s dining room. 
Breakfast
Dinner
Day 8
Thursday, 7/19/2018 - Yoho National Park
Following an included breakfast we’ll join a local guide for a panoramic tour of Yoho National Park, home to some of the most sublime scenery in all of North America. See Emerald Lake which is filled with glacial run-off water that makes it glisten with the blue-green hue of an emerald.  Following an included boxed lunch, we continue south across the Continental Divide – where the waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean divide. We’ll continue through the Great Plains of Canada and return to the Calgary Airport. A late afternoon flight returns us to Los Angeles with spectacular photos and memories of the incomparable Canadian Rockies. Those passengers not taking advantage of the optional group air should depart the Calgary International Airport no earlier than 7 p.m. Those with pre-arranged transfers will be returned to their respective destinations.
Breakfast
Lunch
Tour Inclusions:
  • 7 Nights deluxe hotel accommodations
  • 12 Meals: 3 dinners, 2 lunch, 7 breakfasts
  • Services of a professional Good Times Travel Travel tour director
  • Comprehensive sightseeing with a driver-guide
  • Admissions per itinerary
  • Transportation aboard a deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers (with purchase of group air)
  • Luggage handling throughout the tour


Additional Information:  

  • A passport is required for this tour
  • Join this tour from home or one of the following departure points: CON, FV, LHS, SBL, or meet the group at LAX or in Calgary
  • A deposit of $300 p.p.+ airfare (if purchasing the group packaged air) is required to reserve space
  • Balance payment due 60-90 days prior to departure
  • Roundtrip group airfare available from $595 p.p.
  • Optional LAX transfers available from $69 roundtrip (home pickup available call for a quote)
  • Travel protection/cancellation insurance is available and highly recommended
  • Tour Pace: On-the-Go (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
  • Activity Level: High (visit our common questions page for details on activity levels)
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