Highlights of the Rockies

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Best time to go: May to September

8 Nights | from £2,150pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the landmarks and historic sites of Banff, taking the gondola to Sulphur Mountain and experiencing the hot springs
  • Drive along the Icefields Parkway to the spine of the Rockies, amid jagged peaks and multitude of glaciers and lakes
  • Hop aboard the Ice Explorer to visit the Anthabasca Glacier
  • Spend two nights in Jasper, exploring the nearby lakes and mountains and rafting on the Athabasca River
  • Spend some time relaxing by beautiful Lake Louis, the 'jewel of the Rockies

Day 1 UK / Calgary
Welcome to the Stampede City, Calgary. On arrival you will be met by one of our team and driven to Kensington Riverside, where you'll be able to relax and unwind following your flight.
Kensington Riverside | Meals: Room Only

Day 2 Calgary / Banff
Your hire car awaits you –we suggest an early start to appreciate the scenery in the morning light. Drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once there, head to the Moose Hotel situated right in the heart of downtown Banff. In town you'll find lots of excitement –shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. We have included tickets for the Banff Gondola and Upper Hot Springs to save you time in resort.
Moose Hotel | Meals: Room Only

Day 3 Banff
Visit Banff's landmarks and historic places, learning how the 11,000 year old human history of the Bow Valley changed when three railway workers rediscovered the Cave &Basin, now a National Historic Site –enjoy the sights, take photos, and enjoy short walks to viewing points on the many stops of the tour.
Fairmont Banff Springs | Meals: Room Only

Day 4 Banff / Jasper
Take the short drive from Banff to Lake Louise. Take a stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls before continuing to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake. Drive along the Icefields Parkway to the spine of the Canadian Rockies, a never-ending procession of mammoth mountains, jagged peaks, over 100 glaciers and pristine emerald coloured lakes. Along the way glaciers and lakes provide a stunning backdrop, before arriving at the Columbia Icefield to jump on the Ice Explorer to visit the glacier. As you depart, keep your camera close to hand to capture the majesty of the Athabasca Falls prior to your arrival in Jasper at The Fairmont Jasper Park Hotel.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: Room Only

Day 5 Jasper
Explore this charming mountain village close to many terrific scenic highlights, take a tram up Whistlers Mountain, or visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world, for a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting. Stopping at Spirit Island, you'll be able to take your own version of this famously photogenic lake.In the afternoon, a gentle rafting excursion on the Athabasca River will give you a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge | Meals: Room Only

Day 6 Jasper / Lake Louise
Drive back along the scenic Icefields Parkway to the 'jewel of the Rockies', Lake Louise, the most famous glacial lake in the Canadian Rockies, and one of the most beautiful in the Western Hemisphere. The lake, named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, daughter of Queen Victoria, is 1,730 metres above sea level. From here you can hike along the numerous trails or canoe on the lake. Overnight at the Fairmont Chateau.
Fairmont Chateau | Meals: Room Only

Day 7 Lake Louise
Spend the day unwinding and absorbing the beauty of Lake Louise - the most perfect spot for a day of relaxing.
Fairmont Chateau | Meals: Room Only

Day 8 Lake Louise / Calgary
Leaving Lake Louise, you'll drive through the foothills of the Rockies to the city of Calgary. Drop off your hire car and head to the airport for your flight home.

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 9 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,150 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights.

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Canada

Best time to be there

The peak season is from June to September. Humpback and Killer whale viewing is best in June and July.

Fly to

For Western Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Vancouver and Calgary.
For Eastern and Atlantic Canada, British Airways and Air Canada fly to Toronto, St John's and Halifax.

Flying time

For Western Canada, 9-12 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada, 5-7 hours.

Time difference

Western Canada is GMT -8 hours.
For Eastern / Atlantic Canada is GMT -4 hours.

Visas

Visas not required for UK passport holders for travel prior to 1st March 2016. An eVisa will be required thereafter.

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