DAY 1: ARRIVE CALGARY – BANFF
Welcome to Calgary, Alberta’s cosmopolitan city. Meet your Tour Director and depart for Banff National Park and the charming town of Banff, and check into your hotel a 5-night stay. Nestled in the beautiful Bow Valley, the town of Banff’s main thoroughfare is cut off at one end by a mountainous rock wall and at the other end by a rock garden. Banff is a year round resort town featuring majestic scenery, a lively Main Street of shops and restaurants and an abundance of outdoor activities. Tonight enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your fellow travelers at a local restaurant in Banff.
(D) Overnight: Banff
DAY 2: BANFF – YOHO NATIONAL PARK – CHATEAU LAKE LOUISE
Today’s Canadian Rockies tour features a panorama of snow-capped mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and canyons, and you should also be on the lookout
for moose, deer, big-horn sheep and bear. Visit two of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies: Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. First stop to view spectacular
Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Then journey through Kicking Horse Pass into Yoho National Park to see the Natural Bridge, the Spiral Tunnels
and stunning Emerald Lake, named for its deep green color surrounded by towering peaks. Enjoy a lunch at the magnificent Chateau Lake Louise. Later free time to explore the grounds of the historic Chateau Lake Louise, located within a UNESCO World Heritage site offering spectacular views of Lake Louise and
(B,L) Overnight: Banf
DAY 3: BANFF AREA SIGHTSEEING
Today enjoy a Banff Area Tour featuring the Banff Springs Hotel, Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain and the Hoodoos, also referred to as the “Land of Sleeping Giants”. This afternoon is at leisure to explore the town of Banff on your own, shop or visit the incredible Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. An optional tour will be available this afternoon featuring a Lake Minnewanka Cruise & the Sulphur Mountain Gondola.
(B) Overnight: Banf
DAY 4: ALONG THE ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – COLUMBIA ICEFIELD ICE EXPLORER RIDE
After breakfast, set off along the Icefields Parkway, which winds its way through Alberta’s Banff and Jasper National Parks and offers more than 600 glaciers, six icefields and snowcapped mountains featuring jaw-dropping views of spectacular rocky peaks, waterfalls and snowfields around every turn. First Scale Bow Pass with a stop to see turquoise blue Peyto Lake. Continue along the Icefields Parkway, watch for wildlife including bears, moose, elk,
bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. Next take a memorable ride across the surface of the 1,000 foot-thick 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 tour & adventure. On the way back to Banff we retrace our route along the Icefields Parkway keeping an eye out for more wildlife and an opportunity to appreciate the region’s spectacular scenery from several perspectives. The rest of the evening is at leisure in Banff.
(B) Overnight: Banff
DAY 5: BANFF AS YOU WISH
Today is yours to explore Banff National Park as you please. You may wish to check out the village of Banff with its spectacular scenery and trendy shops and boutiques. There are also many optional activities to choose from in Banff National Park itself. Take a nature walk, go horseback riding, canoeing on the Bow River or play a round of golf at your world-famous Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. An optional tour is available to the cosmopolitan city of Calgary including a Calgary city tour featuring a visit to the Calgary Tower offering a panorama view of the city and Rocky Mountains. See Stampede Park, the Saddle Dome, Canada Olympic Park, one of the main sites of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games. Later visit Heritage Park Historical Village, one of the Calgary’s most visited attractions. This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner at a local restaurant in Banff.
(B,D) Overnight: Banff
DAY 6: BANFF – HOME
Today transfer to Calgary and fly home filled with wonderful memories of your Majestic Canadian Rockies Adventure.