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Secrets of the Rockies Glacier Park

Duration 11 days

Destinations visited :
  • Canada
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Your effortlessly delivered journey traverses undulating, unforgiving fields of ice, crosses the Continental Divide in vintage style and follows in the footsteps of brave buffalo runners centuries ago. Relax onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies.

Take a look at your day-by-day itinerary or contact us on 0207 620 8952 to find out more.

DAY 1

Arrive Calgary
Don your Stetson and buckle up those cowboy boots. You’ve arrived in Stampede country. Get settled into the ways of the Wild West before meeting your Travel Director and fellow explorers for a Welcome Reception.
Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn
Meal: Welcome Reception

DAY 2

Calgary – Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo-Jump – Waterton Lakes National Park
This morning, travel to the UNESCO-listed Head-Smashed-In-Buffalo Jump, where a Local Specialist explains how buffalo were driven off a cliff by buffalo runners centuries ago. Travel on to meet the majestic Rockies at the tranquil Waterton Lakes National Park. Beneath ice-capped peaks, indulge in a memorable dinner.
Hotel: Waterton Lakes Lodge
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 3

Waterton Lakes National Park – Glacier National Park
The Big Skies of Montana beckon this morning as you cross the international border and travel along the shore of Lower St. Mary Lake and enter Glacier National Park, touted as the Crown of the Continent. Then, continue along St. Mary Lake in a restored 1930s vintage touring red “jammer”. You will head up into the cirques of the St. Mary Valley along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, and stop at the Continental Divide continuing over Logan Pass. Traverse one of the few remaining rainforests in Montana as you drive alongside the glacially carved valley. Finally, you will arrive at the Lake McDonald Lodge, situated on the shore of Lake McDonald.
Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge
Meal: Breakfast,Dinner

DAY 4

Glacier National Park – Banff (2 Nights)
Today, you will exit Glacier National Park through West Glacier and head north, back into Canada. Tavel along the Windermere-Banff Highway, one of the most scenic drives in British Columbia. Then, enter Kootenay National Park and drive through Sinclair Canyon. Make the climb up to Vermilion Pass at the Continental Divide, reaching an elevation of 1,680 m (5,510 ft) and enter Alberta and Banff National Park. Descending into the Bow River Valley, you will arrive in Banff where you check in at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs, the ‘Castle in the Rockies’.
Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 5

Banff Sightseeing
After a free morning, spend the afternoon exploring the rugged beauty of Banff, from its postcard viewpoint of Surprise Corner to Bow Falls.
Meal: Breakfast,Regional Meal

DAY 6

Banff – Lake Louise
An early rise today as we head for Moraine Lake. Take a walk on the Lakeshore Trail, or the Rockpile Trail for the best views of the Canadian Rockies with stunning Moraine Lake nestled in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. This afternoon we arrive at Lake Louise where your have ‘Your Choice’ of activities: a stroll into the picture perfect image of Lake Louise, keeping an eye out for rock climbers, ground squirrels, marmots or even a mountain goat. Or perhaps the picture-perfect setting of Lake Louise will awaken the artist within you as you try your hand at plein air painting.
Hotel: Lake Louise Inn
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 7

Lake Louise – Athabasca Glacier – Jasper (2 Nights)
Blaze a trail through the heart of the Canadian Rockies-a journey through stunning wilderness, passing sparkling mountain lakes, tumbling glaciers and sweeping valleys en route to the Athabasca Glacier. Board a specially designed Ice Explorer, crunching over the white wonderland of the glacier’s surface. Later, head to your home in the heart of Jasper National Park.
Hotel: Chateau Jasper
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 8

Jasper Sightseeing
Embark on a leisurely walk admiring the sheer limestone cliffs of Maligne Canyon and learning about the underground river system that flows out to Medicine Lake. Surrounded by a ring of mountains, we will indulge in delicious regional lunch with wine at the Lake Maligne Chalet with views of the lake, followed by a cruise of Maligne Lake to Spirit Island (seasonal).
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 9

Jasper – Icefields Parkway – Kananaskis
Journey south through the national parks of Jasper and Banff to arrive in the small resort town of Kananaskis. We travel to a family-owned and operated cattle ranch situated in the beautiful foothills of the Rockies. Here, you will ‘Connect with Locals’ over an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ Farewell Dinner while learning about operating a cattle ranch. Sadly, it is time to bid farewell to your hosts as you make your way back to the hotel.
Hotel: Crosswaters Resort
Meal: Breakfast,Be My Guest

DAY 10

Kananskis – Banff – Kamloops
Your are transferred back to Banff, where your train journey starts as you travel through the Rockies on your way to Vancouver, stopping overnight in Kamloops.
Hotel: Assigned by Rocky Mountaineer
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

DAY 11

Depart Vancouver
Continue your journey by rail through British Colombia to Vancouver. Upon arrival into Vancouver, your included transfer will take you to the Vancouver Airport or your post night hotel. Airport arrival will be between 6:30 p. m. and 8:30 p. m. , depending on rail traffic, please be aware when booking your flights.
Meal: Breakfast,Lunch

Sightseeing Highlights

  • CRUISE upon Maligne Lake
  • SCENIC DRIVE along the Icefields Parkway, Red Jammers excursion along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, Banff-Windermere Highway, Sinclair Canyon
  • VISIT Waterton Lakes, Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Athabasca Glacier

Dining Highlights

  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 5 dinners

First class travel Highlights

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
  • Handcrafted Highlights
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • VIP entry to many sights
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Secrets of the Rockies Glacier Park

Your effortlessly delivered journey traverses undulating, unforgiving fields of ice, crosses the Continental Divide in vintage style and follows in the footsteps of brave buffalo runners centuries ago. Relax onboard the Rocky Mountaineer for two days of all-daylight rail travel through Canada’s West and the Canadian Rockies.

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