Tue, July 18: Fly to Calgary, Alberta, Canada and transfer to Banff by motorcoach. Check into the Banff Park Lodge, ideally situated within the park near restaurants and shopping. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Wed, July 19: A half-day tour this morning includes Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout, Lake Minnewanka and Surprise Corner. The highlight of the day is sure to be a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of Bow Valley and the six surrounding mountain ranges. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to discover more of Banff on your own. (Meals: Breakfast)
Thu, July 20: A full-day tour takes you to see some of the most famous features in the Canadian Rockies. Stop at a photographer's dream, Moraine Lake, located in the dramatic Valley of the Ten Peaks. Continue to Lake Louise, often known as the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies," where the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise proudly stands at one end and the Victoria Glacier reflects off the other. Enjoy a boxed lunch while at Lake Louise before heading across the Great Divide with a stop at the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, where three lines of railway are laid at different elevations to cross the Kicking Horse River on four bridges. Marvel at Emerald Lake and Takkakaw Falls before heading back to Banff. (B,L)
Fri, July 21: Day at leisure. An optional full-day tour is offered to the Athabasca Glacier, the most-visited glacier in North America and one of the six principle “toes” of the Columbia Icefield. Even the journey to the glacier on the Icefields Parkway is memorable as it passes through a vast wilderness of magnificent peaks, ancient glaciers and pristine mountain lakes. Board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour onto the surface of the glacier. Visit the Glacier Skywalk, a glass platform that provides an awe-inspiring experience and features the only unobstructed, completely accessible glacier view in the world! (B)
Sat, July 22: Transfer to Calgary for your flight home. (B)
Banff Park Lodge
Comfortable, convenient and relaxing, Banff Park Lodge is a full-service resort hotel ideally situated within the park near restaurants and shopping. Highlights: comfortably casual guestrooms with private balconies or walk-out patios • in-room coffee maker and mini-fridge • complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access • two restaurants • fireside lounge/bar • room service • fitness center • heated indoor pool • steam room and whirlpool • on-site shops.