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Best of the Canadian Rockies 2020

8 days with Tauck   Rating: Deluxe

Itinerary
Click for Dates and Prices Day 1 Head out to Kananaskis country
Tour begins: 2:00 PM, Calgary International Airport. For guests who are spending the previous night in Calgary, an airport transfer from Calgary International Airport to The Westin Calgary is included; pick-up time today will be 1:00 PM at The Westin Calgary. Your trip begins with a journey from Calgary that takes you across the last few miles of Canadian prairie to Kananaskis country, the foothills of Canada's Rocky Mountains. Join us tonight for a Wild West-themed welcome reception and dinner with music at Boundary Ranch. (D)

Day 2 Flightseeing, Yoho, and on to Lake Louise
Weather permitting, start the day with a morning helicopter excursion that showcases the stunning Three Sisters Peaks. Then head high up into the Canadian Rockies and cross the Continental Divide through Kicking Horse Pass on a day of Alberta travel on which you'll see some of the most beautiful lakes in North America, including Lake Louise, where you'll have lunch. Later, enter Yoho National Park, where Emerald Lake sparkles with the surrounding peaks reflected in the green waters; see the Spiral Tunnels, a century-old engineering feat created for the Canadian Pacific Railway, and Natural Bridge, a rock formation over the Kicking Horse River. Arrive at your historic château-style resort hotel on the edge of Lake Louise overlooking Victoria Glacier in Banff National Park, where you'll enjoy lake-view accommodations during your two-night stay; have dinner at the hotel tonight. (B, L, D)

Day 3 A Moraine Lake excursion & resort leisure
Come along with our naturalist guide today for an excursion (weather permitting) to lovely Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada, located in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This glacially fed lake reflects the awe-inspiring beauty that prompted explorer Walter Wilcox, who named it Moraine Lake after the moraine, or rock pile, deposited by the Wenkchemna Glacier, to write “no scene had ever given me an equal impression of inspiring solitude and rugged grandeur,” adding that his time spent contemplating the view was the happiest half-hour of his life. In the event of adverse weather conditions, join Tauck's naturalist guide for a tour of Lake Louise. Return to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to spend the rest of the day as you wish. (B, D)

Day 4 Along the Icefields Parkway
After breakfast, set off along the Icefields Parkway, which winds its way through Alberta's Banff and Jasper National Parks, past more than 600 glaciers, six icefields and a cornucopia of mountains features jaw-dropping views of spectacular rocky peaks, waterfalls and snowfields around every turn. Enjoy a  barbecue lunch, and watch for bears, moose, elk, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats – especially in the spring and fall – en route to your lodge in the heart of Jasper National Park. During your two-night stay, you'll have an opportunity to attend a presentation by a Parks Canada official to hear the history, legends and folklore that are the very essence of Canada's magnificent national parks. (B, L, D)

Day 5 Explore Jasper National Park your way
Continue your Alberta vacation with a day spent exploring magnificent Jasper National Park with your choice of an included "Jasper Your Way" discovery tour. You may choose from among an Athabasca River whitewater rafting adventure led by Rocky Mountain River Guides; a "Wildlife Discovery Tour," joining a wildlife interpreter to search for bear, elk and more; or a trip on the Jasper Tramway through alpine tundra, leading to the interesting alpine town of Jasper. Or you may want to engage in some of the optional activities at your lodge (available at an additional cost) including horseback riding, biking, tennis, golf, fishing or boating. A park official shares insights on aboriginal culture during a presentation late this afternoon. (B, D)

Day 6 Climb Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer
Retracing your route along the Icefields Parkway back to Banff National Park today, you'll appreciate the region's spectacular scenery from several perspectives. Take a memorable ride across the surface of Athabasca Glacier on an Ice Explorer, a specially designed glacial vehicle, for a close look at the glacier's geological features – another highlight of your Alberta vacation adventure.  Arrive in Banff National Park, the first national park in Canada; your grand hotel, one of the Rockies' finest resorts, was built more than a century ago to resemble a Scottish baronial castle. (B, L, D)

Day 7 The incredible bounty of Banff as you please
Today is yours to explore Banff National Park and environs as you please. You may wish to check out the village of Banff, which, with its spectacular scenery and trendy shops and boutiques, has grown over the decades to rival the chic alpine villages of the American Rockies. There are also many optional activities to choose from (available at an additional cost) in Banff National Park itself. You can ride the Banff gondola, take a guided nature walk, go horseback riding, mountain biking, or canoeing on the Bow River. Play a round of golf at your world-famous resort, or perhaps book an alpine aromatherapy massage at the Willow Stream Spa, ranked among the top spas in Canada. The week comes to a conclusion tonight at a special farewell reception at The Banff Centre, a world-renowned cultural center where creativity in the performing arts is fostered and new works are created. Your evening includes a special musical performance and dinner overlooking the gorgeous Bow Valley, where the views are a feast for the heart and a great finale to your Alberta vacation. (B, D)

Day 8 Journey Home
Tour ends: 10:00 AM, Calgary International Airport. Travel back to Calgary, approximately 80 miles. Guests spending additional nights in Calgary will be transferred to The Westin Calgary upon arrival; a transfer from The Westin Calgary to Calgary International Airport is included. Please arrange flights from Calgary to your final destination for after 12:00 noon. Allow a minimum of three hours for check-in. (B)
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All This Included
Wonders in the wilderness... Jeweled lakes. Frosted peaks. Emerald forests. Glacial ice. Wilderness castles. Baronial resorts. Add superlatives like spectacular, awesome, fantastic, majestic and incomparable and you’ll get a sense of the epic sights that await you in the Canadian Rockies.
 
Explore some of the most beautiful alpine sights in North America... flightseeing by helicopter over the Three Sisters Peaks... climb up the surface of a glacier on an Ice Explorer... learn park history, legends and folklore at a presentation by a Parks Canada official... keep an eye out for elk, bighorn sheep, moose and grizzlies... discover the Icefields Parkway... discover Jasper National Park, "your way," with a choice of wilderness adventures... attend an educational wine tasting... learn about aboriginal cultural at a national parks presentation... and stay in some of the Canadian Rockies' finest resorts – Fairmont Banff Springs and Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, and Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise where your room overlooks the sparkling blue-green lake.
  • Lake-view guest rooms at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, during your two-night stay
  • "Jasper Your Way,” offering a choice of included guided adventures in Jasper National Park
  • A helicopter flightseeing adventure over the Three Sisters Peaks in the Canadian wilderness
  • A guided naturalist hike at glacially fed Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks
  • A ride aboard the Ice Explorer atop prehistoric Athabasca Glacier along Icefields Parkway
  • Airport transfers upon arrival and departure as detailed
  • 17 meals; service charges, gratuities to local guides, admission fees, taxes and porterage
Accommodations
Kananaskis: Crosswaters Resort
Lake Louise: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Jasper National Park: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Banff: Fairmont Banff Springs
Notes
  • Tour has optional activites which may incur additional costs.
  • May 29, June 5 & 19, July 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, August 7, 14, 21 & 28 and September 4, 11 & 25, 2020 are small group departures, averaging 24 Tauck guests.
  • For activities marked with an asterisk (*) in day-by-day descriptions, participation is at your own risk and a signed liability waiver will be required.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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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.