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Freedom in the Rockies

6 Days / 5 Nights
Calgary to Calgary
From USD$807 per person
Freedom in the Rockies Lake Louise
Freedom in the Rockies Maligne Lake Freedom in the Rockies Ice Explorer Ride Freedom in the Rockies Glacier Skywalk Freedom in the Rockies Moraine Lake Freedom in the Rockies Banff Gondola Freedom in the Rockies Banff Upper Hot Springs Freedom in the Rockies Peyto Lake Freedom in the Rockies Emerald Lake
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Depart from Calgary (Tour Code: SD168) Daily

Pricing

All pricing is in United States of America USD$

TWIN SINGLE TRIPLE CHILD
Moderate Grade

01 May - 17 May, 2020 18 May - 27 May, 2020 28 May - 30 Sep, 2020 01 Oct - 08 Oct, 2020 09 Oct - 11 Oct, 2020 12 Oct - 13 Oct, 2020

$846
$956
$1,183
$985
$856
$807

$1,323
$1,542
$1,995
$1,600
$1,340
$1,245

$723
$796
$948
$816
$729
$697

$215
$215
$215
$215
$215
$215

Superior Grade

01 May - 17 May, 2020 18 May - 27 May, 2020 28 May - 30 Sep, 2020 01 Oct - 08 Oct, 2020 09 Oct - 11 Oct, 2020 12 Oct - 13 Oct, 2020

$920
$1,148
$1,348
$1,177
$919
$871

$1,469
$1,926
$2,326
$1,984
$1,468
$1,372

$785
$938
$1,071
$957
$785
$753

$215
$215
$215
$215
$215
$215

Deluxe Grade

01 May - 12 May, 2020 13 May - 27 May, 2020 28 May - 08 Oct, 2020 09 Oct - 11 Oct, 2020 12 Oct - 13 Oct, 2020

$1,777
$2,271
$2,500
$2,271
$1,777

$3,089
$4,078
$4,535
$4,078
$3,089

$215
$215
$215
$215
$215

Deluxe Plus Grade

01 May - 12 May, 2020 13 May - 27 May, 2020 28 May - 08 Oct, 2020 09 Oct - 11 Oct, 2020 12 Oct - 13 Oct, 2020

$2,211
$2,672
$2,901
$2,672
$2,211

$3,958
$4,880
$5,337
$4,880
$3,958

$1,696
$2,004
$2,156
$2,004
$1,696

$215
$215
$215
$215
$215

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Experience ultimate freedom in the Canadian Rocky Mountains on this 6-day circle self drive from Calgary.

 

Passing through towering mountains you'll encounter glistening glaciers, jewel-toned lakes, rushing waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.

 In Jasper and Banff, take your choice of tours to personalize the adventure.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1
Calgary to Lake Louise
Day 2
Lake Louise to Jasper
Day 3
Jasper | Freedom of Choice – 1 of 5 Excursions
 
1. Maligne Lake Cruise
 
2. Lunch Peak Nic
 
3. Maligne Valley & Guided Walk
 
4. Athabasca Falls Rafting Trip
 
5. Evening Canoe Adventure on Pyramid Lake
Day 4
Jasper to Banff
Day 5
Banff | Freedom of Choice – 1 of 4 Excursions
 
1. Discover Banff & Its Wildlife + Banff Gondola
 
2. Signature Hike
 
3. Sundance Loop Ride - Horseback Adventure
 
4. Explorer Tour - Canmore Caves
Day 6
Banff to Calgary
 

Day 1 Calgary to Lake Louise (177 km/110 mi)
Upon arrival in Calgary, pick up your rental car and begin your Rockies adventure. Travel from Calgary to Lake Louise on either the Trans-Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway, then check-in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2 Lake Louise to Jasper
Continuing your drive to Jasper today, travel along the iconic Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), one of the most spectacular highways in North America. Following the spine of the Canadian Rockies, you'll pass beneath jagged snow and ice-capped peaks and enjoy sights like sparkling lakes and a hundred glaciers. Along the way, see such sights as the Columbia Icefield and take an Ice Explorer ride out onto the glacier (included). Stop at the award-winning Glacier Skywalk (included) to experience a glass-floored observation platform 280 m over spectacular glacier formed valleys and rushing waterfalls. You'll arrive to Jasper in the early evening.

Please note: Mountain lakes in this region will be frozen through to mid-June.

Day 3 Jasper | Freedom of Choice – 1 of 5 Excursions
Today you can choose one of five memorable adventures to highlight your time in Jasper. We included a choice of:

a. Maligne Lake Cruise
This 90-minute interpretive cruise travels 14 km down the lake through Sampson Narrows and onto Spirit Island. Learn of the local history, geology, wildlife and glaciology of Maligne Lake and of Jasper National Park as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Rockies drift past your window. At Spirit Island the boat stops to allow a short walk to the viewpoint overlooking the mountain-ringed southern shores of Maligne Lake.

b. Lunch Peak Nic
Cooking in the outdoors is an art. It takes planning, organization, good gear and light-weight ingredients. Peak Nic is a 3.8 KM intermediate hike up a stunning peak followed by a hands-on back-country cooking lesson, where you will learn to prepare your own gourmet meal in the outdoors using efficient and environmentally friendly outdoors cooking methods. The best part? You get to eat an amazing meal while enjoying panoramic views!

c. Maligne Valley & Guided Walk
The Maligne Valley “Wonders of Jasper” is an amazing interpretive drive up the Maligne Valley. This trip will include a stop at Maligne Canyon for a gentle guided walk to the first two bridges above the gorge, a short stop at the “disappearing” Medicine Lake, and finally Maligne Lake. At this picturesque gem of the Canadian Rockies you will enjoy a guided hike along the Mary Schaffer Loop (3.2km / 2mile – weather and trail conditions permitting).

d. Athabasca Falls Rafting Trip
This run (approximately 12km) contains numerous Class 2 white water rapids. Beginning at the base of the Athabasca Falls, the paddler is challenged by rapids and enchanted by magnificent scenery in a canyon setting. This trip will take approximately 3 hours (1.5 hour river time). Rain or Shine this trip is fun for ages 6 and up.

e. Evening Canoe Adventure on Pyramid Lake
The Pyramid Lake ‘Evening’ Canoe Adventure provides and incredible evening experience in a pristine Rocky Mountain environment. Fish breaking the surface of the still water, the call of a loon, the sighting of beaver, or perhaps a moose grazing in the water, as you paddle a canoe with your guide on a lake, create memories not soon forgotten.

Day 4 Jasper to Banff (289 km/180 mi)
Departing Jasper, a recommended stop is at Athabasca Falls, where the boiling waters of the Athabasca River plunge into a chasm gouged out of the valley floor. Continuing south from the Icefield watch for the Sarbach Glacier which hangs from the cliff face of Mt. Sarbach, then on past Waterfowl Lake to Peyto Lake, a definite photo stop! The stunning turquoise color of this lake is at first unbelievable, the result of the glacial till or "rock flour" suspended in its waters and reflected back by the sun.

Day 5 Banff | Freedom of Choice – 1 of 4 Excursions
Today you can personalize your Banff experience by choosing one of four adventure tours, all sure to leave you with lifelong memories:

a. Discover Banff & Its Wildlife + Banff Gondola
This morning tour the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind) & Bow Valley Viewpoint, Surprise Corner, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and Bankhead: an abandoned mining town and the relic of Banff’s industrial past. At the end of the tour you will be taken to the Banff Gondola for a breathtaking ascent to the pinnacle of Sulphur Mountain for an awe-inspiring 360-degree panorama of sheer mountain majesty. Return to downtown Banff at your leisure.

b. Signature Hike
This option is a full-day tour that includes 3-5 hours of hiking time. Share the passion for the mountains with local guides on the classic hikes of the Banff and Lake Louise area. Hikes include Stanley Glacier, Larch Valley, Kootenay National Park Trails and Plain of 6 Glaciers.

c. Sundance Loop Ride – Horseback Adventure
Departing from Warner Stables, let cowboys lead you through Cave & Basin - the original hot springs - along the Bow River. Fantastic scenery surrounds as you climb up Sulphur Mountain around the Windy Knoll viewpoint. The ride loops around the marsh, following the Bow River and bringing you back to Warner Stables.

d. Explorer Tour - Canmore Caves
Get introduced to the amazing world of caves! On the Explorer Tour you will spend approximately 2 hours underground crawling past prehistoric bones, investigating ancient cave formations and even squeezing into places like the warm-up and challenge. This is a great option for families with younger members!

Day 6 Banff to Calgary (115 km/72 mi)
Depart the Rocky Mountains at your own leisure to the Great Central Plains that roll to the east for 2000 kilometers and extend as far south as Mexico. This is ‘cattle ranching country’ and the breadbasket of Canada. Your tour concludes with the return of your rental vehicle back in Calgary.

Package Includes:

  • 5 nights hotel accommodation
  • Ice Explorer ride onto the Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Admission to either Banff Upper Hot Springs or Miette Hot Springs Jasper
  • Freedom of Choice in Jasper*:
    • Maligne Lake Cruise
    • Lunch Peak Nic - minimum age 12 years
    • Maligne Valley & Guided Walk
    • Athabasca Falls Rafting Trip - minimum age 6 years
    • Evening Canoe Adventure on Pyramid Lake
  • Freedom of Choice in Banff*:
    • Discover Banff & Its Wildlife + Banff Gondola
    • Signature Hike - minimum age 13 years
    • Sundance Loop Ride - Horseback Adventure - minimum age 8 years
    • Explorer Tour - Canmore Caves - minimum age 10 years (2 people minimum to operate the tour)
  • PDF Travel Documentation (Emailed)
  • Canadian taxes
  • Please note: Activity options are subject to availability at time of booking

Not included:

  • Rental Car
  • Road Tolls
  • Activities & meals, other than specified

Hotel Information (Moderate Grade)

  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Queen Room)
  • Jasper – Moderate Hotel (Standard Room)
  • Banff - Elk+Avenue Hotel (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Superior Grade)

  • Lake Louise - Lake Louise Inn (Deluxe Queen Room)
  • Jasper - Sawridge Inn (Outside Room with Balcony)
  • Banff - Banff Caribou Lodge (Standard Room)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Grade)

  • Lake Louise - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Fairmont Lakeview Room)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Fairmont Room)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Fairmont Room)

Hotel Information (Deluxe Plus Grade)

  • Lake Louise - Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (Deluxe Lakeview Room)
  • Jasper - Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (Premier Deluxe Room)
  • Banff - Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (Deluxe Mountain View Room)

Moderate Grade

Lake Louise Inn

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Lake Louise

Lobstick Lodge

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Jasper

Elk Avenue Hotel

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Banff

Superior Grade

Lake Louise Inn

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Lake Louise

Sawridge Inn

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Jasper

Banff Caribou Lodge

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Banff

Deluxe Grade

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Lake Louise

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Jasper

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Banff

Deluxe Plus Grade

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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Lake Louise

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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Jasper

Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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Banff