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Alberta

The peaks and falls of the mountains, to the wildflower carpeted meadows and the rushing valley waters, Alberta is Canada’s Rocky Mountain playground, representing everything that is beautiful and pure about the outdoor wilderness.

Undoubtedly renowned for the awe inspiring Rockies which form the backbone to this incredible province and the spectacular breathtaking beauty of its Rocky Mountain parks; Banff, Jasper, Kananaskis and Waterton. The gateway to a myriad of outdoor pleasures at every time of year, the snow dusted Rockies offer hiking, skiing, heli-biking, fishing, horse riding, climbing and rafting adventures to name but a few of its popular pursuits.

Beyond the glimmering lakes and towering mountain peaks are a host of other treasures. Alberta boasts five World Heritage Sites, Dinasaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, Waterton/Glacier National Parks, Banff/Jasper National Parks and Wood Buffalo National Park.

A vacation to Alberta has it all. Take an expedition along Icefields Parkway and come face to face with dramatic mountain vistas and towering walls of ice, head north along the Northern Lights trail to Fort McMurray to view the extraordinary spectacle of dancing lights or visit Heritage Park Historical Village to experience life in Alberta in a bygone era. Try travelling in the tracks of the Dinosaurs and join a dig in Drumheller or why not unravel thousands of years of Aboriginal culture at Glenbow or Royal Alberta Museums.

Alberta’s two largest cities, Calgary and Edmonton, offer unique experiences which rival any of Canada’s other cosmopolitan cities. Both add a sprinkle of cafés and restaurants to great shopping, a selection of cultural sites and museums and great sporting venues to create city destinations which complement the province’s natural beauty. Edmonton is home to one of North America’s largest shopping malls, West Edmonton Mall spans 48 blocks and boasts over 800 shops. Perhaps the highlight of Calgary’s calendar is the 10 day Calgary Stampede. A spectacle not to be missed, this is the largest outdoor rodeo in the world where professional cowboys compete in a spectacle of rodeo events including bull riding, chuckwagon racing and square dancing.

Enjoy a scenic rail journey aboard VIA Rail or Rocky Mountaineer and experience the fabulous sights and landscapes of Alberta!

Average Max/Min temperatures °c
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Calgary -3/-15 -2/-14 3/-9 11/-3 17/3 20/7 25/10 24/8 18/4 12/-1 3/-8 -2/-13
Banff -6/-16 -2/-14 3/-10 10/-4 15/1 18/4 23/6 22/5 16/5 10/-2 1/-8 -4/-13
Flight duration from the UK: Calgary 9 hours
Alberta time zone: GMT minus(-)7 hours

Heartland Explorer


17 DAYS/16 NIGHTS

Begins and ends in Calgary.

DEPARTURES

May, June, July, August and September

YOUR FLY DRIVE INCLUDES:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Intermediate 4 door car hire, including insurance and satellite navigation
• Accommodation as stated

DAY 1 ARRIVE CALGARY

Depart the UK on your scheduled flight to Calgary. Upon arrival, collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel.
Hotel: Hotel Le Germain Calgary

DAY 2 CALGARY

Today is free for you to explore the vibrant, cowboy city of Calgary. Enjoy the mixture of historic and modern attractions with visits to Olympic Park, home to the 1988 Winter Olympic Games and Heritage Park Historical Village.
Hotel: Hotel Le Germain Calgary

DAYS 3 & 4 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Driving distance: 225Mi/362Km
Heading south today, you cover the rolling ranch lands of southern Alberta, rich with wildlife such as deer, coyotes and eagles. En route, we suggest you take the opportunity en route to visit Waterton Lakes Provincial Park, home to bears, bison, mountain goats and much more. Then it's over the Canadian border into the US state of Montana, home to the beautiful Glacier National Park, offering a wide array of outdoor recreational options.
Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge

DAY 5 MEDICINE HAT

Driving distance: 224Mi/361Km
Another scenic drive takes you towards the Alberta Saskatchewan border and the welcoming town of Medicine Hat. Don’t miss a visit to Saamis Archaelogical Site to see the world's tallest tepee, standing a mammoth 22 storeys high!
Hotel: Medicine Hat Lodge

DAYS 6 & 7 REGINA


Driving distance: 291Mi/468Km
Although today is one of the longest drives, there are plenty of optional stops along the way to keep you entertained. Shortly before arrival in Regina we suggest a stop at Moose Jaw. Regina, Saskatchewan's capital city, is a multicultural destination and home to the training academy for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Wascana Park and Waskana Lake in the heart of downtown offer recreational water activities.
Hotel: Delta Regina Hotel  

DAYS 8 & 9 SASKATOON


Driving distance:162Mi/260Km
Deep into the prairie land for which Saskatchewan is renowned, you journey north towards the province's largest city. Visit the Western Development Museum with its full scale replication of the town’s Main Street in 1910, or perhaps take a scenic cruise along South Saskatchewan River. 
Hotel: Delta Bessborough

DAY 10 DRUMHELLER

Driving distance: 295Mi/475Km
Leaving Saskatchewan behind, today you travel west and return to the province of Alberta. Here you step back in time to a prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the badlands of Alberta. Drumheller is a fascinating place to visit whether you’re young or old. Spend time following the 50km Dinosaur Trail, visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Archaeology or explore the extensive dinosaur fossil digs in this area.
Hotel: Canalta Jurassic Inn

DAYS 11 & 12 EDMONTON


Driving distance: 172Mi/277Km
The provincial capital of Alberta, Edmonton has many attractions to keep you busy during your two night stay. It’s also a great opportunity to do some souvenir shopping as Edmonton is home to the world’s largest shopping centre, West Edmonton Mall. The many tourist attractions, vibrant culture and extensive dining options make this a great city.
Hotel: The Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

DAYS 13 & 14 JASPER

Driving distance: 225Mi/362Km
Journey into some of the most stunning scenery imaginable as today takes you into the glorious Rocky Mountains! Outside the charming mountain village of Jasper are many terrific scenic highlights. Take a tram up Whistler Mountain or visit Maligne Lake, which is one of the most photographed lakes in the world.
Hotel: Sawridge Inn 

DAYS 15 & 16 BANFF

Driving distance: 177Mi/285Km
Today’s journey takes you along a never-ending procession of mountains, glistening lakes and jagged peaks. A visit to Columbia Icefield for an adventure out to Athabasca Glacier is a must. Take the Banff Gondola to experience panoramic views of the Bow Valley, then back in town enjoy the great alpine village atmosphere. No visit to the Rockies would be complete without a visit to Lake Louise.
Hotel: Delta Banff, Royal Canadian Lodge

DAY 17 JOURNEY HOME

This morning take the short ride back to Calgary, return your rental car to the depot and check-in for your flight back to the UK.

PRICES

From £2620 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request. 

Due to the nature of the locations featured, some hotels are tourist class only.

Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park


10 Days/9 Nights

Begins and ends in Calgary.

Departures

June, July, August and September

Your Tauck Itinerary includes:

• Round trip scheduled flights
• Accommodation for 9 nights as specified
• 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 9 dinners
• Air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
• Services of a Tauck Tour Director

DAY 1 ARRIVE CALGARY

Depart the UK on your chosen scheduled flight to Calgary. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel, The Fairmont Palliser located in the heart of Calgary; the gateway to the magnificent Rockies. This evening, meet your Tauck Tour Director and travelling companions for a Wild West themed welcome reception and dinner.
Hotel: The Fairmont Palliser
Dinner included

DAY 2 GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Visit two national parks on the border of Canada and the USA, Waterton Lakes National Park and Glacier National Park with 50 glaciers, 200 lakes and 1,000 miles of streams. Although rustic, your accommodation for the next two nights are considered to be the best in the parks.
Hotel: Many Glacier Hotel
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 3 'GOING-TO-THE-SUN' ROAD

After a morning cruise on the alpine lakes, drive the narrow, curving and spectacular 'Going-to-the-Sun' road. Cross the Continental Divide and enjoy majestic peaks, graceful valleys, blue glaciers and alpine wildflowers.
Hotel: Lake McDonald Lodge
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 4 KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK

Head into the heart of western Canada’s great timberlands, continuing into lovely Kootenay National Park through Sinclair Canyon and Radium Hot Springs. Arrive at Lake Louise, where Victoria Glacier glistens in the waters of the lake. Your hotel, located directly on the lake, offers a picture-postcard setting from which to enjoy the scenery.
Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 5 MORAINE LAKE & LAKE LOUISE

After a guided trip to Moraine Lake, which is one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada, it's back to your hotel for an afternoon at leisure. Choose to relax in the hotel or hike, kayak or canoe on Lake Louise.
Hotel: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 6 ICEFIELDS PARKWAY & JASPER NATIONAL PARK 

Breathtaking Icefields Parkway reveals spectacular scenes of peaks, canyons, waterfalls and glaciers, plus moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and bear. Resplendent Jasper Park is your home for the next two nights.
Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 7 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Enjoy a full day of leisure in the stunning mountain setting of Jasper. There’s hiking, riding, golfing, white water rafting or simply lounging at the lakefront lodge. Share your stories with your new found friends tonight at dinner.
Hotel: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 8 COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS

Discover the incredible Columbia Icefields en route to Banff. Take a ride in a special glacier vehicle on the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. This ice mass spawns a host of rivers that flow into the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans.
Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included

DAY 9 BANFF NATIONAL PARKS

You have the entire day free to enjoy Banff National Park, including the many shops and museums. Nearby activities include canoeing, riding, hiking and golfing, so to be adventurous and head outdoors!
Hotel: The Fairmont Banff Springs
Breakfast and dinner included

DAY 10 JOURNEY HOME

After breakfast your journey takes you from Banff to Calgary, where your tour ends at Calgary Airport in time for your return flight to the UK.
Breakfast included

Prices

From £3750 per person based on twin occupancy of Standard rooms in low season. Other prices available on request.

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