Trip Type : Small Group Tour
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North America: Canadian Rockies

Abercrombie & Kent Premier
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays. Luxury - 5 star
8 days
From: $ 4,995 $ 624 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Enjoy a warm Canadian welcome with a special ceremony
  • Wake up to magnificent lakeside views at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Receive a lesson in nature and landscape photography from a professional photographer at scenic Moraine Lake, one of the most picturesque in the Canadian Rockies
  • Hike Emerald Lake with one of the country's best naturalist guides.
  • Savor a barbecue picnic lunch and enjoy a lecture by an expert park naturalist with Sunwapta Falls in the background

Short Description

Hike Emerald Lake with a naturalist guide, enjoy a lesson in nature photography, ride across the Athabasca glacier, enjoy a barbecue lunch near Sunwapta Falls and float down the Bow River in Banff.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.
Lodging Level Luxury - 5 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Calgary
End City Banff

Trip Includes

  • All accommodations
  • Meals and fully guided sightseeing (including park and entrance fees) as noted in the itinerary
  • Airport transfers to/from hotel/ship in the first/last published city regardless of day of arrival and departure (on Expedition Cruises, transfers may be included on start and end dates only)
  • Services of A&K Tour Director or appropriate Guide on extensions
  • Local bottled water during sightseeing
  • Porterage of two (2) pieces of baggage
  • Complimentary Internet access (where available on land; excluded on all cruises and Connections River Cruise Journeys; service levels are not guaranteed)
  • Hotel taxes and gratuities throughout, except to the Tour Director

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive In Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Palliser  

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.

Day 2: Lake Louise / Pristine Waters

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise  

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, get a hands-on lesson in the art of wildlife and landscape photography from a professional photographer. Try your skills on one of the most picturesque lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish your day at your luxury hotel on Lake Louise (5,700 feet).

Day 3: Lake Louise / Flora and Fauna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise  

Travel through serene Yoho National Park to Emerald Lake, which owes its vibrant color to the glacial sediment in its waters. 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 local grizzly bear. After lunch, weather permitting, pause at Takakkaw Falls, Spiral Tunnel and Kicking Horse Natural Bridge. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Lake Louise at your own pace.

Day 4: Jasper / Through the Icefields

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge  

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 a thrilling ride across its surface on a specially designed vehicle. You also visit lovely Sunwapta Falls, enjoying a barbecue lunch and lecture by a local park naturalist in this beautiful, remote setting. After lunch, continue to magnificent Jasper National Park, via Crowfoot Glacier.

Day 5: Jasper / Canyon Skyscrapers

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge  

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.

Day 6: Banff / Canada’s Stunning First National Park

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs  

This morning, visit glacier-fed Peyto Lake and Mount Rundle view point before you 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 Scottish Baronial castles and is often called the “Castle in the Rockies.”

Day 7: Banff / Nestled in Nature

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Accommodation: Fairmont Banff Springs  

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.

Day 8: Depart / Banff

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Depart for the airport and your return flight home.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 24

Limited to 24 guests.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Charges

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of receipt, fax or email. Cancellations received by A&K are subject to the following:

Cancellation Fees Per Person

Luxury Small Group Journeys, Marco Polo Journeys, Connections Land Journeys, and related Group Pre/Post Tour Extensions

91 days prior to departure or more: $500

90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

30 days prior to departure or less: 100% of program price

Age Notes

Min. Age: 10

Additional Information:

Guaranteed Departures

All group journeys excluding Connections European River Cruise, Expedition Cruise, Private Jet, Wings Over the World and Inspiring Expeditions by Geoffrey Kent are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of two (2) persons. Guaranteed departures will operate except only in cases of force majeure, which could include any major world event adversely affecting international travel patterns or other circumstances beyond A&K's control.

A&K Price Assurance

The A&K Price Assurance applies to all group journeys available through A&K excluding Expedition Cruises, Private Jet, international and internal air and extra services. The A&K Price Assurance applies only to 2016 advertised rates on abercrombiekent.com for the same program, travel date and accommodation classification. A&K reserves the right to modify or cancel the A&K Price Assurance for future bookings without prior notice.

Passports & Visas

It is the guest's sole responsibility to obtain and have available when necessary the appropriate valid travel documents. All guests are advised to check with the appropriate government authority to determine the necessary documents. A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens travelling to all international destinations. Passports must be valid for six (6) months after the return of your journey and should also have sufficient blank pages for visas and immigration stamps. Many destinations also require a visa for U.S. citizens; this will be indicated in your Pre-Travel Documentation. Non-U.S. citizens should contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements pertaining to their journey. You may be refused boarding or disembarked from a vessel without liability for refund, payment, compensation, or credit of any kind if you do not have proper documentation, and you will be subject to any fine or other costs incurred by A&K which result from improper documentation or noncompliance with applicable regulations.

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Trip Excludes

  • International and internal airfares
  • Costs associated with obtaining passports or entry visas
  • Reciprocity and other border fees
  • Airport departure taxe
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Gratuities to the A&K Tour Director
  • Meals other than those specified in the itinerary
  • Sightseeing not included in the published itinerary
  • Personal expenses such as laundry

Meals Included:

7 Breakfast, 4 Lunch, 6Dinner

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