5 Day Canadian Rockies Express (Saturday Departure)
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DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Canada
Arrive in Calgary, Alberta's major city and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Transfer independently to your hotel in this rising city that grew out of the Canadian West. Tonight, meet your Tour Manager, who will introduce you to the exciting journey through Canada that awaits you. Your tour will begin with an orientation meeting with your Tour Manager at approximately 7 pm on the day of arrival. We recommend that you select flights which arrive in your destination no later than 5 pm on Day 1 of the itinerary or earlier, if possible.
DAY 2, Sunday - Calgary City Tour, Travel to Banff
This morning, take a city tour of Calgary. Set dramatically between prairies and peaks, Calgary is a chic metropolis, buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western heritage. Drive past the major sites to see a combination of historical, architectural and vintage landmarks of this diverse city. After lunch at leisure, continue to Banff. Enjoy the unparalleled mountain scenery as you approach wondrous Banff National Park, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then spend the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Float Tour on the Bow River. The gentle raft float offers great views of a variety of wildlife and a chance to learn more about the area's natural history from expert guides. (Breakfast)
Optional: Float Tour on Bow River (PM)
DAY 3, Monday - Johnston Canyon & Lake Louise
Begin the day in the scenic Johnston Canyon. Spend some time at leisure to walk and explore the falls. Continue to the crystal clear Moraine Lake with its indigo blue waters, surrounded by the Valley of the Ten Peaks beneath the third highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, known to rival Lake Louise with its scenic grandeur. This glacier fed lake reflects the remarkable beauty of one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada. Lunch is on your own before continuing your day to extraordinary Lake Louise, symbolic of the quintessentially Canadian mountain scene. Known for its sparkling blue waters, and at the base of impressive glacier-clad peaks, this area is one of the most astonishingly picturesque areas of Banff National Park. Tonight, perhaps explore the dining scene in Banff with a wide choice of western saloons, English pubs and international restaurants. (Breakfast)
DAY 4, Tuesday - Banff National Park
Enjoy the wondrous Banff National Park. Nestled in the heart of the magnificent Canadian Rockies, the snow-capped vistas, crystal glaciers and sweeping panoramas are just one part of the astonishing allure of Banff. Follow the Tunnel Mountain drive for spectacular scenery and continue along the shores of Two Jack Lake and Lake Minnewanka, "Water of the Spirits", a gorgeous glacial lake in the eastern area of Banff where First Nations people inhabited the area around 10,000 years ago. This afternoon, perhaps join the optional Banff Gondola Ride and admire spectacular bird’s-eye views of six mountain ranges. (Breakfast)
Optional: Banff Gondola Ride
DAY 5, Wednesday - Depart Canada
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. Passengers returning to Calgary from Banff on Day 5 should select flights that depart no earlier than 2:00 pm. Banff is approximately a two-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. (Breakfast)
All This Included
4 nights accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Services of English-speaking local guides
Entrance fees per itinerary
Comfortable wireless earphones for enhanced touring
Calgary, set between prairies and peaks, a city that grew out of the Canadian West
Views of glistening Lake Louise, located in the heart of grand and historic Banff National Park
Wander the picturesque trails of Johnston Canyon
Explore wondrous Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
†Arrival transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates. Departure transfer is only available on package departure date
Calgary: Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
Banff: Banff Park Lodge
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers, nor are the transfers included if flight schedule does not meet the schedule below: Arrival Airport transfer shuttle runs between 8:00 am and 11:59 pm . Passengers arriving outside of these times will be required to make alternate arrangements on their own. Passengers departing Banff to Calgary International Airport on Day 5 should select flights that depart no earlier than 2:00 pm. One group transfer will depart at approximately 8:00 am. Banff is approximately a two-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. It is recommended that passengers select flights that arrive in Calgary no later than 5 pm on Day 1. All sightseeing and itinerary inclusions are subject to favorable weather conditions and seasonality. In those instances, and until the roads are available for travel, often unpredictable until the last moment, roads, routes and sites will be amended.
Triple rooms consist of two double/queen beds for three persons; where available, a fee may be charged by the hotel for the addition of a cot/rollaway.
This active program covers a fair amount of ground each day. Expect from two to three hours walking on some touring days. The pace is fast, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, steps and slopes. The altitude in the National Parks varies and may be a consideration for those who have heart conditions or are otherwise affected by height. Hotels in National Parks provide limited amenities. Some hotels in Banff are built in the traditional local style and have no air-conditioning. During heat waves, these hotels can become uncomfortable, even at higher elevations. This is an Express program.
Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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