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Calgary Stampede, Canadian Rockies & Glacier

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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
10 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Visit Glacier National Park is best seen from the ground, and one of the most iconic ways
  • Explore Banff National Park
  • Enjoy a tour of Jasper National Park and The Maligne Valley
  • See the Calgary's zoo and science centers are popular stops in the city

Short Description

Beginning in Chicago or Seattle, set off on Amtrak's Empire Builder for a tour that includes Montana's Glacier National Park and some of Canada's most iconic towns, including Banff, Jasper, and Calgary. This unique journey combines natural elements with renowned attractions, which makes for an experience like no other. We begin with a tour through Glacier National Park, then continue to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. We travel to glaciers, through icefields and to look at breathtaking waterfalls before arriving in Calgary, where the famous Calgary Stampede awaits.

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 Only ground transport
Start City Chicago
End City Calgary

Trip Includes

  • Rail travel on Amtrak (1 night on train)
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
  • 11 meals
  • Meals onboard the train included when upgrading to private sleeping accommodations
  • Going-to-the-Sun Road aboard vintage Red Jammer buses
  • Sightseeing in Glacier National Park, Kootenay National Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise and Jasper National Park
  • Columbia Icefields
  • Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour, including Maligne Lake Cruise around Spirit Lake
  • Calgary Stampede admission tickets to the Grandstand Show, Chuckwagon Races and 6 major rodeo events
  • Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
  • Services of a professional tour manager
  • Baggage Handling

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder

Depart Chicago or Seattle aboard the iconic Empire Builder for the overnight journey to Glacier National Park. Overnight train.

Day 2: En Route to Whitefish, MT

Take time to admire the changing scenery from the Lounge Car. Large panoramic windows provide the perfect lookout over the natural undulations in the land. We arrive in Whitefish this evening. Overnight Glacier National Park, MT.

Day 3: Glacier National Park

Meals: Breakfast

Glacier National Park is best seen from the ground, and one of the most iconic ways to enjoy the lush landscape is from vintage Red Jammer buses. With the top back and the windows down, we make our way along the gorgeous Going-to-the-Sun Road. This tour is the best way to learn about the wildlife, geology, and history of the park. Overnight Glacier National Park, MT.

Day 4: Banff National Park

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Early this morning we cross the United States border into Canada and begin our journey to Banff. We travel north through British Columbia towards Radium Hot Springs and into Kootenay National Park. Continue to Banff, where we arrive with plenty of time for independent exploration. Overnight Banff, AB.

Day 5: Banff and Jasper National Parks

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Natural wonders can be found at every turn on today's excursions. We will explore Banff National Park and everything it has to offer. The tour begins at Lake Louise, and after ample time to explore, we continue our journey up the Icefields Parkway. Stunning views await on the afternoon's excursion the Columbia Icefields. The evening is yours to enjoy the town of Jasper. Overnight Jasper, AB.

Day 6: Jasper

Meals: Breakfast

Following breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of Jasper National Park and The Maligne Valley. We will enjoy the area's natural wonders and spectacular scenery. Your evening is at leisure. Overnight Jasper, AB.

Day 7: Calgary

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, we board our motorcoach bound for Calgary. We arrive back in Banff in time for lunch and exploring before continuing to Calgary. Enjoy free time in Calgary this evening. Overnight Calgary, AB.

Day 8: Calgary Stampede

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Today is a free day in Calgary for you to enjoy the city or spend additional time at the Calgary Stampede. Transportation and Calgary Stampede tickets are included. Calgary's zoo and science centers are popular stops in the city, and there are numerous museums, galleries, and shops to explore. Meet back with your fellow travelers tonight for a special dinner in the Clubhouse before the main event, the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show. Overnight Calgary, AB. (B, D)

Day 9: Calgary Stampede

Meals: Breakfast

This morning is yours to enjoy This afternoon; we make our way to the Stampede Grounds for the world-renowned Stampede Rodeo. Take in the sights and sounds of the rodeo, shop at the many vendors, sample the food and do not miss the events. Bareback bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping are all highlighted during the rodeo today. Overnight Calgary, AB.

Day 10: Tour Conclusion

Meals: Breakfast

Your Calgary Stampede adventure comes to a close this morning. Make your way to Calgary's international airport for your return flight home. Your tour manager can assist with transfers to the Calgary International Airport for your flights home.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group

Accomodations

Train and Hotel Accommodations

Hotels include Grouse Mountain Lodge (Whitefish); Mount Royal Hotel or the Lor Moose Hotel (Banff); Sawridge Resort & Spa (Jasper), AB; and Calgary Marriott Downtown Hotel

Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette, and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge. Roomette and bedroom accommodations include all meals aboard the train.

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