Trip Type : Group Tour
Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park tour

Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park

Caravan Tours
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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: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
9 days
From: $ 1,695 $ 188 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park, a natural habitat for the white face Monkey
  • Experience hike through the rainforest and along the spectacular beach coves
  • Opportunity to cruise on the Tarcoles River, adjacent to the Carara Biological Reserve
  • Enjoy a scenic drive around Lake Arenal
  • Discover Costa Rica

Short Description

Welcome to a great Canadian Rockies vacation at an affordable price. Your Canadian Rockies tour features complete sightseeing, professional Tour Directors and great itineraries, operated by one of the country’s oldest and most respected guided tour companies. Discover for yourself why smart shoppers and experienced travelers have chosen their travel packages from Caravan Tours since 1952.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport NA
Start City Calgary
End City Calgary

Trip Includes

  • Hotels
  • All meals
  • All of the activities described in the itinerary pages
  • Airport transfers in select cities
  • Gratuities to hotel porters
  • Restaurant staff and local guides.
  • Caravan’s professional Tour Directors and local guides will be with you every step of the way, ensuring a worry free vacation.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Your vacation begins in Calgary, where the foothills of the Rocky Mountains meet the Great Plains. Calgary is the closest international gateway to both the Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park. Transfer from the Calgary Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle to your hotel. Rooms are available for check in after 3:00 p.m. Join Caravan for a 7:00 p.m. welcome briefing.

Day 2: Waterton Park, Lake Cruise

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Journey south through Alberta cowboy country to Waterton Lakes National Park, where the Rockies rise dramatically out of the rolling prairies. You are now in the world’s first International Peace Park, formed in 1932 by combining Waterton Lakes Park in Canada with Glacier Park in Montana. Together, these parks form Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park, a celebration of the friendship between Canada and the United States. This afternoon you'll enjoy mountain scenery and great photo opportunities on your cruise of Waterton Lake. Then to your lakeshore hotel for a relaxing two night stay. Your hotel is centrally located in Waterton, the undiscovered jewel of Canada. Cafes, bars, shopping, wildlife viewing and nature walks are outside your door. Enjoy dinner.

Day 3: Glacier National Park, Montana

Meals: Breakfast

Cross the border into Montana, USA. Today explore the wonders of Glacier National Park. Board the stylish “Red Jammers,” restored vintage touring coaches from the 1930’s. Journey on the spectacular “Going-to-the-Sun” Road into the heart of Glacier National Park (weather and road conditions permitting). See St. Mary’s Lake and the majestic Garden Wall, the cliff that makes up the central Continental Divide. Look for mountain goats and bighorn sheep at Logan Pass. Enjoy free time at Many Glacier, along the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake. Cross the Canadian border and return to Waterton.

Day 4: Banff, Gondola Ride

Meals: Breakfast

Drive north through the beautiful Kananaskis Valley (road opens June 16th). Arrive in Banff, a vibrant mountain town. Ride the Banff Gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of six mountain ranges. Continue to your hotel in downtown Banff. Enjoy a two night stay surrounded by the wild beauty of 2,500 square mile Banff Park.

Day 5: Banff, Bow River Float

Meals: Breakfast

On your morning wildlife excursion, drive along the shores of Lake Minnewanka and Two Jack Lake. Stop at Bow River Falls. Weather and river conditions permitting, enjoy a float trip on the scenic Bow River. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound. Return to Banff. Afternoon is at leisure in Banff. Your ideally located Banff hotel is within easy walking distance to restaurants, taverns, shops and galleries.

Day 6: Lake Louise, Jasper Park

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning, visit two beautiful Canadian lakes. First, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Then, enjoy a leisurely visit at Lake Louise, filled with turquoise colored water from Victoria Glacier. This afternoon, drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway to Jasper. Waterfalls, glacier lakes and snow-capped mountains line your drive. The Parkway is home to to elk, moose, bears, goats, sheep and caribou. Enter the vast, unspoiled grandeur of 4,200 square mile Jasper Park, Canada’s largest national park. Enjoy a relaxing two night stay. Dinner is at your lodge on the banks of the Athabasca River.

Day 7: Maligne Lake, Jasper Park

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic morning drive to glacier-fed Maligne Lake, 14 miles long and ringed by dramatic snow-capped peaks. The road to Maligne Lake has some of the best wildlife viewing in the Canadian Rockies. Look for mountain goat, moose, elk, bear, bighorn sheep, caribou and bald eagles. Next, visit Maligne Canyon. Then, free time to explore Jasper, a charming small town with many shops. Afternoon at leisure to enjoy the natural beauty of Jasper Park.

Day 8: Icefields Parkway, Ice Explorer

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Another glorious day on the Icefields Parkway, this time travelling south. Each direction offers unique views. Ride across the surface of Columbia Icefield’s Athabasca Glacier on an all-terrain Ice Explorer (weather permitting). The meltwater from the Columbia Icefield feeds streams that flow into three oceans: the Arctic, the Atlantic, and the Pacific. Walk on the Athabasca Glacier. Next, a photo stop at turquoise-colored Peyto Lake. Then, descend to the Great Plains of Canada. Return to Calgary. Farewell dinner.

Day 9: Calgary

Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Calgary Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan.

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Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park

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Beyond happy that I picked Caravan!

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We just returned from our tour of the Canadian Rockies (6/17 to 6/25/16). Andrew the tour director and Dave the driver were great. I worried a lot, this being my first such 'tour' experience and I was very pleasantly surprised. The value we received for the tour could not be bought at double the cost if we did it ourselves, and not having to drive was a real blessing. Plenty of bathroom stops and photo stops to keep us all interested. Wow, what an experience. We will definitely be doing another Caravan tour in the next year or so. We saw a few other tour buses on our route, like Tauck. We checked their prices and they were more than double Caravan's (for more meals and an extra day). Andy was very accommodating to the retirees on the tour. Plus, we saw a lot of wild animals and Dave always was willing to stop the bus for pictures. Thanks Caravan for a great experience!
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Go on this trip, you won't be dissapointed!

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It was a terrific experience. I would do it again in a heart beat. Our tour guide, Rolando Meneses, was the best. We couldn't have asked for a better tour guide. I went with my wife, her brother and my mother-in-law. Ages, 60 to 85. We had no problem getting around. Our ages and various problems like arthritis were not a problem. Every place we stayed was very good. Some were exceptionally good.

All meals and tips were paid for by the tour company. Breakfast, lunch and dinner. All included. I've been on other tours with a different company but Caravan was definitely better in every way.

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Wonderful tour to Costa Rica

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I wanted to give some feedback on our Caravan tour to Costa Rica. We went this route for the following reasons:

1. Price – most other companies quoted a much higher price for a similar itinerary and accommodations. Caravan was priced extremely reasonably.

2. Ease – no worries about how to get from A to B. I wouldn’t want to drive on some of those mountain roads and I felt safer in a larger vehicle. Bus was secure so we could bring whatever we needed for the day and just take with us what was necessary for each outing and leave everything else safely on the bus. Check-in, baggage, and entrance fees – everything was taken care of for us. We didn’t have to think twice about what we were eating or drinking – important when traveling with kids! The itinerary included rest stops at least every two hours so we knew would have food or a bathroom before it became an emergency.

3. Tour guides – our Caravan tour director was a nature specialist (which was especially wonderful) and we had excellent local guides in each location.

4. Company – I really enjoyed traveling with a group of people all of whom loved to travel. Hubby and I don’t see eye to eye on how to vacation so this took a lot of the stress away. My mother and brother also joined us so this way I didn’t have to worry that each person in our party wanted to do something else – it was already planned for us!

Drawbacks:

1. Loss of flexibility – can’t stop anywhere for a picture or can’t linger – always on a schedule.

2. Up early every morning to cover the distances and beat the crowds (though the latter was a plus in my book)

3. Exposed to a lesser variety of local food though Caravan doesn’t do a bad job on the whole.
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Fun trip with Caravan Tours!

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This tour was a 10-day trip covering San Jose to Tortuguero to Arenal to Manuel Antonio and many places in between (It has been a while since I was on the tour, so the exact route may have changed by now). Although the bus fits 44 people we had just 34 due to last minute cancellations (another plus is an inexpensive trip insurance of $100 which allows you to cancel with almost no penalty). Age ranged from 6 (my younger son) to a very fit 88-year-old woman. Most people were over 50 and well traveled. This made for a very laid-back group with an open mind. Food was great for lunches when were served ‘tipico’ Costa Rican food and just okay for dinners when it was mostly Americanized food. Fruit was always available – just wish we had mangoes and papaya more often. Desserts are not a fine culinary skill here but that was okay with me. Lots of variety for vegetarians, mostly chicken and fish served (almost always a choice in meats) and beef was rarely served. Loved the variety and freshness of all the fruit juices served at meals – mango, soursop, tamarind, strawberry, blackberry, guava, fruit punch. My family and I really enjoyed this trip with Caravan Tours, and we would definitely look at taking another trip with them in the future.
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I first did a bit of research on Costa Rica before looking at any tour companies and made a list of the places I really wanted to visit. Initially, I was looking at smaller tour companies that would have more of a personalized tour for our family but the prices were quite high. I came across the Caravan tour package and it included the places on my list and it was at a very good price. I must also add here that our family is not highly adventurous in the sense that we were not looking for activities like zip-lines, rafting or off the beaten path wilderness experiences. You really make the most of your time on an organized tour but you do lose a bit in terms in getting closer in with the local culture. We like to travel a lot so in the end the deciding factor was price and the fact that I had not found any negative reviews for this company.
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Caravan gets my stamp of approval!

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The Caravan team was super organized in planning my trip- a 10 day tour of Costa Rica. I traveled during the month December and had a most memorable time in this natural paradise. They were a pleasure to plan with and were A-mazing from start to finish. They offer a variety of all inclusive tours in natural paradises throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and more. Prices are affordable and you can opt to price your trip according to the "Value" dates price table and occupancy rate. Fantastic accommodations, dining, and service. Great for friends, families, coworkers, and colleagues. If you're single and want to travel, you'll enjoy the privacy and alone time you crave while getting a healthy dose of interaction... you'll be in good company on this trip. Caravan gets my stamp of approval- highly recommended.
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Flights & Transport

NA

Group Size:

Standard Group

Maximum Number of People in Group: 44

Maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.

Accomodations

Accommodations in the hotels and lodges are rooms with two beds and private bath or shower. A limited number of single rooms are available. Triple rooms are usually two beds, sometimes with a cot or rollaway.

Days 1, 8 – Calgary

Hilton Garden Inn
Calgary is the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. The Hilton Garden Inn is a five floor
mid-rise hotel located in northeast Calgary near the airport. Each of the rooms has all
the modern amenities – high speed internet, two phone lines, television, iron & ironing
board and hairdryer. The Hilton Garden Inn has room service, a fitness center, a self-
service laundry, a restaurant and the Pavilion Lounge.

Days 2, 3 – Waterton Park, Canada

Bayshore Inn
Waterton is a unique Alpine village nestled inside the Canadian Rockies’ Waterton
National Park. The Bayshore Inn, beautifully situated on the edge of Waterton Lake, is
centrally located in Waterton. The Inn faces Main Street with numerous cafes and bars,
and is just steps away from shopping. All of the 70 rooms have a private balcony,
coffeemaker and satellite TV. The atmosphere at the Inn is cozy and intimate. The guest
rooms and dining facilities offer the latest in luxury and comfort.

Days 4, 5 – Banff

Banff Park Lodge
Banff is surrounded by the spectacular grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. The Banff Park
Lodge is a full service hotel ideally located in the heart of Banff. You are one block
from the Bow River and just two blocks from Banff Avenue shopping, dining and museums.
The hotel has two restaurants, a bar, indoor swimming pool, hot plunge pool and
eucalyptus steam room. All guest rooms have balconies or patios. Internet access is
available for a fee.

Days 6, 7 – Jasper

Jasper House
Jasper House is located in the heart of beautiful Jasper National Park, in a secluded
and peaceful setting along the banks of the Athabasca River. It is sheltered by
Whistlers Mountain, home of the Jasper Tramway. Jasper House is the ideal setting in
which to enjoy the true Canadian Rockies experience with walking trails leaving from
your front door and hiking trails nearby.

Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation Fees

If you do not purchase Caravan’s Travel Protection Plan at time of deposit, cancellations will be charged the per person fees listed below. In fairness to others and because of expenses incurred, we cannot make exceptions:

61 or more days prior to start of tour: Fee is $300

60-8 days prior to start of tour: Fee is 50% of tour price.

7 days or less prior to start of tour or during tour: Fee is 100% of tour price.

Time of cancellation will be when notice is received in Caravan’s office. Cancellation fees apply even if a person transfers to another tour or start date

Age Notes

Usually, you find a mix of different age adult travellers on a Caravan Tour. Most tours will be joined by adults of all ages. Children age five (5) and over are welcome, and children usually join tours offered during Christmas holidays, summer vacation and spring break vacation.

Min. Age: 5

Trip ID#:

CanRocCar

Trip Excludes

  • Air travel
  • Country entry or departure fees
  • Airport porter fees
  • Visas, phones, valet, all items of a personal nature
  • Food and beverages not on the regular menu and tips to the Caravan Tour Director and Driver.
  • General fees and taxes are additional and listed separately beneath each tour’s price.

Meals Included:

8 Breakfasts and 3 Dinners

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