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North America: Canadian Rockies (2017)
Limited to 24 guests
Days: 8 | From: $4,995
Day 1: ARRIVE CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA
Arrive in Calgary, where you are met and transferred to your hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a cocktail reception and welcome dinner.
Fairmont Palliser Hotel | Meals: D
Day 2: LAKE LOUISE / Pristine Waters
Drive through the Bow Valley to Johnston Canyon, with its sheer walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. Stroll the interpretive walkway before heading to glacially fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park. Later, experience a Boutique Connection with a hands-on lesson in wildlife and landscape photography from a professional. Try your skills on one of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish the day at your historic resort set on Lake Louise (5,700 feet).
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B L D
Day 3: LAKE LOUISE / Flora and Fauna
Travel through serene Yoho National Park, pausing to explore Takakkaw Falls, before proceeding to Emerald Lake, vibrantly colored by glacial sediment. Meet with your expert guide, who reveals the geological and natural forces behind this scenic lake, and describes the breathtaking natural surroundings and habits of the endangered grizzly bear. After lunch, weather permitting, view the Spiral Tunnel and Kicking Horse Natural Bridge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lake Louise at your own pace.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise | Meals: B L
Day 4: JASPER / Through the Ice Fields
After a visit to Crowfoot Glacier and the glacier-fed Peyto Lake, travel the scenic Icefields Parkway, along the backbone of the Canadian Rockies. Named after the sprawling ice fields in the area, this is one of the world’s great drives, with roadside wildlife a common sight and vistas of verdant forests and soaring peaks all around. Stop at the massive Athabasca Glacier (7,200 feet) for an exciting ride across its surface on a specially designed vehicle. You also visit Sunwapta Falls, enjoying a barbecue lunch in a stunning, remote setting, before continuing to Jasper National Park and your iconic mountain lodge.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B L D
Day 5: JASPER / Canyon Skyscrapers
Cruise along the mile-high Maligne Lake to the famous Spirit Island, a tiny islet surrounded by the towering snow-capped Rockies. You may opt to join your fellow guests for a guided hike through the Maligne Canyon, with its impressive 200-foot-tall limestone walls. Later, return to your lodge, where the remainder of the day is at your leisure to enjoy its natural surroundings and amenities.
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: B D
Day 6: BANFF / Canada’s Stunning First National Park
Today, stop for photos at Athabasca Falls and Mount Rundle. Take a thrilling walk across the new Glacier Skywalk, with a breathtaking view of Sunwapta Valley from a glass-floored platform. Continue to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site established in 1885 as Canada’s first national park. Arrive at your extraordinary hotel, which is styled after a Scottish Baronial castle and known as the “Castle in the Rockies.”
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Meals: B L
Day 7: BANFF / Nestled in Nature
Bordered on all sides by wilderness, Banff is a national park resort community surrounded by spectacular nature, home to roaming deer, elk and other wildlife. Begin with a relaxing and memorable float trip down the majestic Bow River. The rest of your day is at leisure to enjoy Banff at your own pace, perhaps exploring the community’s restaurants, galleries and unique shops. This evening, gather with fellow guests to attend a special farewell dinner.
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel | Meals: B D
Day 8: DEPART BANFF
This morning, drive to Calgary International Airport where your tour ends.
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