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Bugaboos Adventure

7 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Welcome to Calgary
Tour departs: 2:30 PM, Calgary International Airport. For guests spending the previous night in Calgary, an airport transfer from Calgary International Airport to The Fairmont Palliser is included; pick-up time today is 1:00 PM at The Fairmont Palliser. Travel to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise; originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, this iconic hotel is the picture-perfect host for your extraordinary adventure in the breathtaking alpine wilderness. Join us for a welcome reception and dinner at the hotel where your lake-view room welcomes in one of the most beautiful scenic settings in the world. (D)

Day 2 Experience the natural wonders of Lake Louise
Wake up to glistening lakeside views inside Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site globally recognized for its environmental stewardship of scenery unrivaled anywhere else. Look around and see postcard-perfect sights that include soaring mountain peaks snow frosted and majestic Victoria Glacier, whose melting glacial ice feeds into - and tints - the emerald green waters of Lake Louise. Begin your day with a walk along the lake with our naturalist guide and learn more about the geologic and environmental influences at play here. The remainder of the day is free to spend as you wish; the hotel offers myriad activities like canoeing, horseback riding, river rafting, guided hiking, and more, along with a full service health club and spa (additional costs may apply). You'll come away from your day with a new perspective of a place that prompted Tom Wilson, one of the most respected guides in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, to declare in 1882, "I never, in all my explorations, saw such a matchless scene." Dine tonight at your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3 Travel by helicopter to the Bugaboo Lodge
A morning helicopter ride takes you up into the enchanting high country of the Purcell Mountains for a three-night stay in the heart of the Canadian playground where the concept of heli-exploring was born. Both above and below are awe-inspiring natural treasures and outdoor pleasures. The landscapes you will explore - forested ridges, snow fields, alpine valleys and wildflower meadows ­- are yours alone. Experience it up close on the first of your guided mountain walks. Dinner tonight introduces you to the warm camaraderie and home-cooked fare that's inherent in remote lodges like this; join us for a special presentation on mountain climbing. Afterward, you may want to head up to the hot tub under a shimmering canopy of summer stars. (B, L, D)

Day 4 See majestic mountain landscapes as the mighty eagle does
Join us for a morning stretch before breakfast and a day of exhilarating alpine wonders. Arthur Tauck Jr., whose love for heli-skiing and the Canadian Rockies led to the birth and rebirth of this incredible adventure, recalls that one of his greatest pleasures as a travel professional was "seeing and hearing the emotions expressed by guests of all ages who have been heli-exploring with us in these magnificent mountains as they witnessed the power of nature in an airborne odyssey that shows you the mountains as the mighty eagle sees them." Make today one of personal discovery as you take off by helicopter in small groups according to ability and interest for a mountain ridge or flower-filled meadow; every time the helicopter lands you step out into a new and exciting experience. After dinner back at the lodge, join us for a guided walk through the history of heli adventures, summer and winter, viewing memorabilia that chronicles the amazing expeditions that have taken place here. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Heli-explore to hidden corners of the Purcell Mountains
Your morning stretch readies you for another day out in alpine Canada, where your helicopter and expert guide will take you to remote landscapes and areas of indescribable beauty that you could never get to on your own. Picture yourself viewing spires of chiseled granite spires towering up 9,800+ feet, snow-capped peaks and mesmerizing ice fields as you explore rocky escarpments and lush meadows blanketed with cotton grass, bluebells, Indian paintbrush and mountain alder. Pass by waterfalls cascading freely down cliff worn trails; view amazing glacial scenery in high country terrain; and pause as the views at the top of the world pose just for you. At the end of the day, return to the lodge to reflect on the discoveries that moved you most, sharing your personal perspectives with your fellow mountaineers at dinner, during a friendly game of cards, checkers or chess or relaxing in front of a crackling fire. (B, L, D)

Day 6 On to Banff National Park
Spend your last morning in the Bugaboos with a morning stretch before returning by helicopter to the helipad where your mountain high began. The spectacular parade of scenic superlatives continues as you drive into Banff for an overnight stay at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, reminiscent of a 19th-century Scottish baronial castle. World renowned for its luxurious ambiance, service and surreal park setting for 125 years, the landmark hotel opened its doors to railroad guests only in 1888. Tauck guests have been welcomed here since 1964, when Arthur Tauck Jr, determined to introduce travelers to the wilderness delights on offer to a VIP guest list, was granted exclusive permission as one of the first travel companies to stay at the hotel. Then as now it remains a cherished highlight of Tauck's Canadian wilderness experience. Join us as we raise a toast tonight to your history-making heli-exploring trip at our farewell reception and dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

Day 7 Return home with secrets of the mountains
Tour ends: Calgary Airport. Depart the hotel after breakfast as we drive through the Canadian Rockies to Calgary Airport this morning (approximately 80 miles) for your journey home. Fly home anytime after 12:00 noon. Tauck can arrange additional nights at The Fairmont Palliser for guests wishing to extend their stay in Calgary; an airport transfer is included for these bookings. Allow a minimum of two hours for flight check in. (B)
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All This Included
Join us for one of our guests' favorite alpine adventures in the Canadian Rocky Mountains! Spend two nights at one of Canada's finest mountain resorts, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, then embark on an adventure in Western Canada's high country. Travel by helicopter to a remote wilderness lodge for a three-night stay at the Bugaboo Lodge in the Purcell Mountains where you'll explore an alpine wonderland. Helicopters provide the transportation - they give wing to travelers who once only imagined the extraordinary sights in the majestic mountains. Whether you choose an easy guided walk each day or a more strenuous activity, you'll revel in the summertime alpine sights - and experience what it literally is like to be "at the top of the world." Your Rocky Mountain experience includes two nights at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and a final night at the baronial Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel - and exploring the best of Banff National Park. Dates are limited - we advising booking early.
  • Two nights in lake-view rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with a naturalist guide hike along Lake Louise
  • Three nights at the Bugaboo Lodge, featuring exceptional comfort, food and service high up in the alpine wilderness
  • Exploration by helicopter on guided mountain hikes in the Purcell Mountains
  • Use of gear, including appropriate footwear, parkas and rain pants, along with personalized climbing instruction and guidance
  • Overnight stay at Banff Springs Lodge in mountain-view rooms
  • Guided sightseeing in Banff National Park
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as noted
  • 15 meals (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners), helicopter flights, service charges, gratuities to mountain guides, taxes and porterage
Highlights
  • Two nights in lake-view rooms at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise with a naturalist guide hike along Lake Louise
  • Three nights at the Bugaboo Lodge
  • Exploration (for many different abilities) by helicopter on guided mountain hikes in the Purcell Mountains
  • Use of gear including appropriate footwear, parkas and rain pants
  • Overnight stay at Banff Springs Lodge
  • Guided sightseeing in Banff National Park
Accommodations
Lake Louise: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Purcell Mountains: Bugaboo Lodge
Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs
Notes
  • Helicopter flights and gratuities to the mountain guides are included. A signed liability waiver will be required prior to travel.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.