Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise - 2018

Saturday to Saturday Itinerary: Calgary • Jasper • Emerald Lake • Lake Louise • Banff

  • Heart of the Canadian Rockies: Banff, Jasper & Lake Louise

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Itinerary at a Glance

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DAY 1:

Depart home / Calgary, Alberta

Arrive in Calgary today to begin your tour of Canada’s canyon lands. You’ll be greeted by a Vantage representative, who will assist with the private transfer to your hotel. This afternoon, you’ll explore the Western culture of this unique city on a tour before enjoying a delicious Welcome Dinner at our hotel’s award-winning bistro this evening. 

Included Meals:

Dinner

DAY 2:

Calgary / Jasper

Multigenerational Feature: This morning finds us in Calgary's Olympic Village, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics, where you’ll channel your inner athlete with a choice of village adventures: bobsledding or zip-lining. From here, we head up into the gorgeous Canadian Rockies towards Jasper National Park. As you relax and savor this truly stunning drive through the Icefields Parkway, watch for majestic waterfalls, spectacular rocky peaks, glistening snowfields, and regal wildlife around every turn. Cultural Discovery: We’ll reach our hotel in the heart of Jasper this evening; after settling in, journey back in time with your fellow travelers for a spirited Wild West dinner and show at the hotel. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3:

Jasper

After breakfast, you can experience the stunning Canadian scenery on your choice of morning tours: embark on an exciting whitewater rafting trip along the Athabasca River, or explore the surrounding nature of scenic Maligne Lake, complete with a ride on the Jasper Tramway, the highest and longest aerial tramway in Canada. Active Feature: The afternoon is an open adventure; try your hand at fly-fishing, set off on a nature hike, or simply take time to explore this alpine town.


Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 4:

Jasper / Emerald Lake

Continuing our epic journey today, we’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, the scenic stretch that connects Banff and Jasper national parks. Along the way, soak in views of majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. Unforgettable Moment: Along the way you’ll make a number of stops for sightseeing, including at the picturesque Athabasca Falls, the awe-inspiring Glacier Skywalk, and the Columbia Icefield Centre. Later, you’ll embark on a special snow coach ride specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. This evening, we’ll enter Yoho National Park, where emerald lakes reflect the regal peaks above them and reach our hotel, a delightful lodge perched on the edge of the gorgeous Emerald Lake. With lake-view rooms and a cozy fireplace, you’ll experience this national parks gem in comfort and style. We’ll enjoy dinner in the lodge’s restaurant this evening. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5:

Emerald Lake

Cultural Discovery and Active Feature: Join our naturalist guide for a light hike around Emerald Lake this morning, followed by a visit to the Royal BC Museum in nearby Field Town. Here, we’ll journey back in time to follow the footsteps of dinosaurs and explore the creatures of the Ice Age. Or, for a more active adventure, you can embark on an optional rafting trip on the Kicking Horse River. Later, we’ll return to the hotel for the balance of an afternoon at leisure. Active Feature: Take some time to explore the area’s assortment of recreational and sightseeing opportunities, including fly-fishing, kayaking, and wildlife observing, or simply relax and enjoy the rustic elegance of our hotel.  

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 6:

Emerald Lake / Lake Louise / Banff, Alberta

Today we travel the Continental Divide through the picturesque Kicking Horse Pass towards Banff National Park. We’ll reach Lake Louise, known as the “jewel of the Rockies” for its spectacular sapphire color, in time to enjoy an included lunch at the famously serene Chateau Louise. In the afternoon, we’ll traverse the glistening Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Rockies, before arriving in Banff this evening. Our stylish hotel in this quintessential Alpine-style village will give you majestic views of the surrounding valley, a perfect preview of the natural beauty you'll explore tomorrow. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 7:

Banff

Cultural Connection and Unforgettable Moment: This morning, you’ll enjoy incredible aerial views of Banff as we embark on a gondola ride to the top of Sulpher Mountain for breakfast. On our way back to the hotel, we’ll drive along Tunnel Mountain Drive for unforgettable views of Banff, Cascade Mountain, Mt Rundle and Bow Falls. Active Features: The rest of the day is yours to explore Banff National Park as you please; take an optional helicopter tour over the Rockies, embark on a guided nature walk, seize the opportunity for horseback riding or mountain biking, or rent a canoe or kayak and travel the Bow River. Whatever activity calls to you most, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to delve into the rich natural gems of this magnificent park. Tonight, share your Banff adventure tales with fellow travelers during dinner at a local restaurant. 

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 8:

Banff / Calgary / Return home

After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, you’ll transfer to Calgary for your flight home. Or, board a flight to Vancouver if you’re embarking on the post extension or continuing to the second half of your ultimate Canadian adventure.  

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. That hotel ratings are based on the Hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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