Wed, Jan 24: Fly to Calgary, Alberta, Canada and transfer to Banff by motorcoach. Check into the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel located in the heart of Banff National Park. This world famous hotel stands as a landmark in a picturesque alpine setting and is Canada's "Castle in the Rockies." The charming town of Banff with its local galleries and museums, upscale shopping and restaurants is just a short stroll away. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Thu, Jan 25: A half-day tour this morning includes many local delights including Bow Falls, the Hoodoo Lookout, Lake Minnewanka and Surprise Corner. Visit the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, where the development of Canadas national parks is celebrated in interactive displays and exhibits. See the naturally occurring, warm mineral springs inside the cave and the emerald colored basin. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to discover more of Banff on your own. Perhaps you will choose to take a historic tour of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or visit the Banff Upper Hot Springs to relax against a backdrop of spectacular scenery while enjoying the soothing natural hot springs that made Banff famous. (Meals: Breakfast)
Fri, Jan 26: Today you transfer to another renowned property, the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for a two night stay. Originally built as a base for outdoor enthusiasts and alpinists over 100 years ago, the iconic hotel proudly stands at one end of the glistening lake with the Victoria Glacier reflecting off the other. Along the way you will see some of the most famous features in the Canadian Rockies. Travel across the Great Divide and into Yoho National Park to marvel at Emerald Lake. Continue on to the Lake Louise Gondola and ascend to an awe-inspiring viewpoint. At the Interpretive Centre discover what makes life in Banff National Park uniquely spectacular. Enjoy a buffet lunch before arriving at Lake Louise, often known as the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies." You wont want to miss the Ice Magic Festival where you can marvel at the finished ice masterpieces, ice skate on Lake Louise, see ice caving demonstrations and enjoy additional festival activities around the hotel. (B,L)
Sat, Jan 27: Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride along the lakeside trail beneath Victoria Glacier, absorbing the beauty of the sparkling snow and blue sky. Admire the views of the Ice Falls at the end of the lake and of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in the distance. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy the many amenities of the hotel from snowshoeing and ice skating to snowmobiling and dog sledding (fees may apply). (B)
Sun, Jan 28: Transfer to Calgary and fly home. (B)
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel.
Styled after a Scottish baronial castle with stunning vistas, few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of Fairmont Banff Springs. Its unique blend of opulence and seclusion has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century. Highlights: superbly appointed guest rooms in-room coffee/tea maker complimentary WIFI seven restaurants two bar/lounges fitness center indoor saltwater pool outdoor pool (open year round) spa bowling alley town shuttle specialty shops.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Highlights: elegant and polished guest rooms in-room coffee/tea maker complimentary WIFI five restaurants/ bars deli fitness center indoor pool spa winter adventure programs including snowshoeing, cross country skiing, Icefalls walk, ice skating, dog sledding snowmobling (fees apply) town shuttle specialty shops.