9 Days

Glacier National Park & Banff

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Itinerary

Day 1:  June 15
Arrive in Kalispell, Montana, the gateway to Glacier National Park, and transfer to your nearby hotel.  Overnight and prepare for some of the most beautiful scenery in the world.  There will still be snow on the mountains, however the main highways will be ready for passage and the temperatures will be great for touring. 

Day 2: June 16
Enjoy an included breakfast and be ready with your luggage to board your motorcoach any time after 7:30 AM with departure at 8:00.  We will enter Glacier National Park, which provides unbelievable scenery as we migrate to our overnight destination of St Mary, Montana. Enjoy a classic evening dinner at a nearby Restaurant.  B, D 

Day 3:  June 17
Established in 1910, Glacier National Park is a landscape of mountain ranges carved by prehistoric ice rivers. The park now features alpine meadows, magnificent forests, waterfalls and nearly twenty-five glistening glaciers absorbing the sun’s rays and feeding the 200 sparkling lakes.  Travel this photographer’s paradise from St. Mary’s to Calgary, Canada, where you stay the night.  B, D

Day 4:  June 18
This morning we make a short drive to the beautiful resort town of Banff, with a backdrop of mountains located immediately adjacent to the town, featuring Cascade Mountain at 9836 ft, Mt. Rundle at 9675 ft, and Mt. Norquay at 7001 ft. Banff is a very sought-after town, so you are sure to enjoy your time here meandering Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare offering a mix of boutiques, restaurants, souvenir shops, and château-style hotels. Mid-afternoon we check-in to the beautiful Rimrock Resort Hotel, nestled into the side of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy breathtaking views from this unique property or make the five-minute walk to Banff Upper Hot Springs and the Banff gondola.  With two restaurants, two bars, a coffee shop, a pool, and mountainous views surrounding you, there is something for everyone in this elegant mountain lodge.  B

Day 5:  June 19
Climb aboard an all-wheel-drive Ice Explorer Bus and drive into the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest non-polar ice fields in the world. Here you can step foot on an actual glacier and imagine the history behind these slow-moving frozen rivers of water that originated on the crown of the mountains. We will also stop to view Athabasca Falls.  The Icefields Parkway has been recognized as one of the most scenic drives in the world, so you are sure to enjoy today’s journey! Top it off with a unique perspective, as you walk across the Columbia Icefield Skywalk - the glass-floor observation platform overlooking a 900ft drop. Overnight in Jasper, a quiet town tucked away in the mountains.  B, D

Day 6:  June 20
This morning begins with what has been described as the “Best Boat Cruise in Canada”. Enjoy a panoramic tour across the crystal waters of magical Maligne Lake, fed by glaciers of Jasper National Park. Glide past the jagged mountain peaks as we cruise to Spirit Island, a world-famous destination only accessible by boat. Take-in your last views of this magnificent park, before we make our way to Rocky Mountain House for our overnight stay. B, D

Day 7: June 21
Today will bring a little change of pace to the tour. You will meet the owner of a company that builds oil and gas pipelines. He is a very interesting gentleman who started with one small backhoe and grew into a giant company.  Also you will visit a farming operation and learn a bit about farming in west central Canada. See their crops, learn about their yields, and the overall economy of Canadian farming. Your overnight stay will again be in Rocky Mountain House.  B, L, D

Day 8: June 22
This morning, enjoy breakfast and travel south to Calgary, your final leg of the tour. Upon arrival, you’ll learn about this beautiful city with a guided tour. All the things read or heard about will come to life as you engage yourself with our local guide on this private tour of Calgary. Visit Canada’s Olympic Park, which began construction in 1984 at the Paskapoo ski area in the western suburbs at a cost of $72 million. Once the home to gold medal Olympic winners, it is now used mostly for Canadian ski practice.  Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner and overnight in Calgary.   B, D

Day 9: June 23
This morning after your included breakfast you will catch the hotel shuttle to the airport shuttle, at your convenience, and begin you flight home.  B

What's Included

Included Amenities

All Hotel Accommodations

Meals as Indicated (B, L, D)

Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation

All Admissions to Events Listed

Driver Gratuities

Farm Visit

Rupiper Tour Manager Throughout

 

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