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.
DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Canada
Arrive in Calgary, Alberta's major city and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. 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. (B)
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. (B)
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. (B)
Optional: Banff Gondola Ride.
DAY 5, Wednesday - Depart Canada
Your vacation ends today after breakfast. Banff is approximately a two-hour drive from the Calgary International Airport. (B)