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Begins and Ends: Calgary
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
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. BD
Day 3 – Glacier National Park, Montana
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. B
Day 4 – Banff, Gondola Ride
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. B
Day 5 – Banff, Bow River Float
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. B
Day 6 – Lake Louise, Jasper Park
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 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. BD
Day 7 – Maligne Lake, Jasper Park
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. B
Day 8 – Icefields Parkway, Ice Explorer
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. BD
Day 9 – Calgary
The tour ends after breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the Calgary Airport by hotel courtesy shuttle. Thanks for vacationing with Caravan. B
Glacier Park and Going-To-The-Sun-Highway
During your visit to Glacier National Park, board a world famous “Red Jammer,” the historical red buses that have been a fixture in that park since 1936 (weather and road conditions permitting). Originally built and designed specifically for sightseeing in the National Park System of the United States of America, these 25-foot-long vintage touring coaches were fully restored in 2000 by the Ford Motor Company and are the only remaining buses of their kind in operation today. With a unique canvas roll back top and individual doors for each row, these charming open-air buses are ideal for absorbing the startling beauty of the high mountain peaks, glaciers, waterfalls, and cedar forests that surround the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun-Highway. Keep a lookout for wildlife roaming the mountainsides, including Rocky Mountain Goats. Please be advised that weather can change at any moment, so be prepared with sunscreen, a tie down or secure hat, a jacket if the weather is cooler, and plenty of film or memory for the camera. When the weather gets cooler, warm wool blankets are provided for your laps, but coats and scarves are advisable.
Your stay in Banff includes a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Your four passenger gondola cabin will transport you to the summit at an elevation of 7,486 feet (2,281m) above sea level. The total ride takes just 8 minutes each way. At the summit, you will enjoy 360 degree views of six mountain ranges comprising the heart of the Canadian Rockies from the roof top observation area and view decks. These are some of the most spectacular mountain views in the world and are why the area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can also explore the Summit Ridge interpretive boardwalk, a 1km long elevated board-walk that leads you along Sulphur Mountain’s summit ridge to the Cosmic Ray Station National Historic Site of Canada, and the historic Sanson’s Meteorological Station.
Bow River Float
During your stay in Banff, you will enjoy a gentle float trip on Canada’s “Jewel of The Rockies", the scenic Bow River. Located just below the Banff townsite, this glacier fed stretch of river winds though forested islands and Rocky cliffs of incredible beauty inside Banff National Park. The Park is home to over 53 species of mammals, such as beaver, elk, coyote, black bear, bighorn sheep, and more, including 260 species birds. Floating along the Bow River is a perfect way to intimately encounter this natural mountain beauty. Each raft seats approximately 15 passengers and has an experienced guide. Life jackets are required.
Glacier, Waterton, and Banff National Parks –
Towns of Banff and Jasper plus Icelands Parkway –
Walking on Columbia Icefield –
|Jun||1**, 3**, 5**, 7**, 9*, 11*, 13*, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29|
|Jul||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31|
|Aug||2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26, 28, 30|
|Sep||1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27*, 29*|
**indicates Super Value date
*indicates Great Value date
|Room Type||Super Value||Great Value||Special Value|
|Double||$ 1,495||$ 1,595||$ 1,695|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $289; Triple $279; Single $309
Call 1-800-Caravan. You can reserve space free for up to 3 days, then a $300 deposit per person is due. Full payment due 60 days prior to departure.
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan. Here is a list of some of the airlines that service this tour.
Meals included are shown by:
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Hilton Garden Inn
Waterton Park, Canada
Banff Park Lodge
Hilton Garden Inn
Master Card, Visa, or check.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Caravan’s hotel in Calgary, Canada, the Hilton Garden Inn, provides arrival transfers from the Calgary Airport (YYC). Upon exiting outside the baggage claim area proceed to the pillar marked with a yellow #17. Look for the Hilton Garden Inn’s nearby courtesy phone or call the hotel directly: 1-403-717-1999. Please allow up to 20 minutes for the drive. Taxis cost approximately $30 (Canadian Dollars).
U.S. citizens traveling between the United States and Canada must carry a passport, valid for at least six months past your entry date into Canada. Non U.S. citizens, please check your passport and visa requirements. Beginning in 2016, Canada requires non US citizens and Visa exempt foreign visitors to obtain an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) prior to travel to Canada. This requirement also applies to Permanent Residents of the US (Green Card holders). More information can be found at: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/eta.asp As part of the reservation process, Caravan will collect passport information to facilitate speedier border crossings between Canada and the US on your Glacier Park excursion.
Children under 18 years old, traveling internationally without both parents or legal guardians, should carry a notarized letter of authorization signed by the missing parent(s) or guardian(s). A notarized birth certificate showing only one parent, a parent’s death certificate, or a court order of child custody may also be permissible. Failure to have proper documentation could result in denial of boarding by the airline, due to international child protection laws.
Caravan's hotel in Calgary, Canada, the Hilton Garden Inn, provides departure transfers to the Calgary Airport (YYC) every 45 minutes. Please allow up to 20 minutes for the drive. Taxis cost approximately $30 (Canadian Dollars).
Airfare is not included or sold by Caravan Tours. Here are lists of airlines that service this tour:
|Air Canada, Air North, Airtransat, Alaska Airlines, America West, American Airlines, American Transair, Canadian North, Central Mountain Air, Continental, Delta, Horizon Air, Jetsgo, Lufthansa, Martinair, Monarch Airlines, Peace Air, Quikair, SAS, SkyExpress Airlines, United Airlines, Westjet|
This is a predominantly casual tour. Casual wear is suggested for sightseeing and daytime travelling. Dress code for most evenings is smart casual.
Virtually everything! Hotels, most 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.
Prices do not include 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.
From the dramatic coastlines of Nova Scotia to the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica, Caravan has a tour for every one. Passengers requiring special assistance must be accompanied by an able companion.
A well paced and unhurried itinerary is our goal, after all, you are on vacation! Touring days begin and end at reasonable hours and include frequent stops. While the occasional early morning departure is necessary, we do our best to ensure a leisurely vacation.
Group sizes will vary depending on the reserved rooms at the hotels and lodges and the capacity of the ships, trains, and motorcoaches used. Usually, the maximum size will range from 36 to 44 passengers.
Included meals for each tour are listed at the end of each day. Meals are shown by B (breakfast), L (lunch) and D (dinner). All meals in Latin America are included. Most meals are included in the USA and Canada. Full, buffet, or deluxe continental breakfasts are included everywhere. Coffee and tea are provided at all meals. In Latin America, bottled water is provided free on the motorcoach and purified water is provided at the meals. Alcoholic beverages are not included unless specified.
As of November 2010, the Canadian Dollar is worth $0.98 U.S. Dollars.
“This is my second tour with Caravan Tours and the second was just as good as the first. There was not as much red in Canada as there was on the Grand Canyon tour, but then again the height and beauty of the Canadian Rockies is a whole different world. It was hard to compare the two. Both had their own beauty. ”Mr. & Mrs. G.H., Portsmouth, Rhode Island
“I didn’t think I would ever take a bus tour. However, I am so glad that I did. This was a great trip. I would travel with Caravan again.”MS. S.C., San Bruno, California
“The sightseeing and activities were better than we even thought! I still can’t believe we did so much in such a short time, but we did not feel stressed. It was great! Thank you all at Caravan, because you put so much thought into what would make this a great tour. We really loved it and would do it all over again in a minute! Well, maybe next year! Thanks.”Mr. & Mrs. H.C., Port St. Lucie, Florida
“It’s my fifth trip with Caravan and I’m looking forward to more trips.”Mr. O.S., San Antonio, Texas
“The guide in Glacier National Park was excellent, very knowledgeable and entertaining!”Ms. J.B., Montgomery, Texas
“We truly enjoy traveling with Caravan. We hope to take the Costa Rica, Nova Scotia and Yellowstone tours!”Mr. & Mrs. J.P., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“We are thrilled that we chose to travel with Caravan. It is certainly the best value trip that we’ve ever taken. ”Mr. & Mrs. R.L., Saco, Maine
“My favorite hotel was in Banff. I liked being in the middle of town. My husband and I had a great vacation. We have been on several bus tours, but this was the best yet. We hope to go with Caravan again, maybe to Nova Scotia or Costa Rica.”Mr. & Mrs. M.D., Acworth, Georgia
“I’m glad I can’t suggest anything to make this trip better. I had a great trip and looking forward to my next one with you. Thanks.”Mr. & Mrs. J.T., Lawrenceville, New Jersey
“The tour was a good value for the money. We went with our children ages sixteen to twenty two.”Mr. & Mrs. P.P., Miramar, Florida
“I never knew the Rockies were so beautiful. I really enjoyed the trip. People on the tour were a nice mixture.”Ms. B.G., Nokomis, Florida
“I appreciated the small day by day itinerary you had in the travel packet. It helped me to keep record of my pictures, places and all information needed. Thanks a lot, it was a wonderful trip and you are doing a good job.”Ms. D.K., Checotah, Oklahoma
“The hotel accommodations were great. It’s good to know that Caravan can provide such a great trip at a lower price than others. We hope to travel with Caravan again.”Mr. & Mrs. E.C., Saltillo, Pennsylvania
“The Bayshore Inn hotel was a favorite because of its waterfront location and in-town location with nature all around.”Mr. & Mrs. R.M., Bowie, Maryland
“The sightseeing and activities were fantastic. The scenery was awesome. We covered a lot in an eight-day vacation. The Going-to-the-Sun Road highway is unbelievable.”Mr. & Mrs. B.S., Los Altos, California
“Our tour director was fantastic. He was the ultimate professional and showed he truly cares about the clients. His knowledge is amazing and he mixes this with humility as well. He is truly a great representative of Caravan. I would love to take another Caravan tour if they are all like this. I will recommend it to all of my friends!”Mr. & Mrs. H.D., Holland, Michigan
“Hold on to your good people!”Mr. D.S., Miramar, Florida
“Coming from a two week band camp, I was rather skeptical when leaving for Canada, but I was in for a big surprise. I had a great time with the family and enjoying the cool Canadian Rockies. By the way, I’m only fifteen years old.”Mr. A.S., Miramar, Florida
“Friends of mine took this tour last summer with Caravan and recommended it to me. I’m so glad they did. I had a wonderful time and will recommend it to my friends. I’m sure I’ll be back with Caravan for a future trip. Thanks for the memories!”Ms. A.J. Bronx, New York
“Great tour. Great company. Great tour director. Great bus driver. We had a great group. Everyone socialized and got along well with each other.”Mr. L.W., Long Beach, California
“My wife and I have taken tours with other tour companies and these are the best hotels we have ever experienced on a tour. Don’t see how you do it for the price. This was our first tour with Caravan, but it will not be our last. As seasoned travelers, we found top value for our dollar with Caravan Tours.”Mr. & Mrs.B.P., Seneca, South Carolina
“This is our second Caravan tour. We are amazed how close you get to people you have never met before and how well you get along with them. Meeting new people is a BIG PART of the positive tour experience with Caravan.”Mr. & Mrs. J.B., Sun City Center, Florida
“Of all the places I went, I liked Waterton the most. It was a very nice quaint town.”Mr. R.V., Marietta, Georgia
“Well done, fun-filled active tour.”Mr. J.K., Baltimore, Maryland
“It is very apparent that Caravan took the time to select some of the better hotels for customers to stay for the duration of the tour. Based on a fixed budget and negotiated prices, I believe Caravan did a stellar job in selecting the venues. As this was the primary intent of the tour, the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National far exceeded my expectations as far as their grandeur and beauty. Again, I believe Caravan made a significant effort in selecting those locations and activities with care to make the sightseeing of this part of North America amazing. As this was our first guided tour, we have no way of comparison, but Caravan has left a great impression on both my wife and me. Caravan exceeded my expectations throughout this great trip.”Mr. & Mrs. J.K., Lewisville, Texas These are only the first 25 reviews of this tour... Read all 154 Reviews »
Caravan Tours began selling fully escorted tours in 1952. We have been under the same management and ownership ever since. In 1965, Roger Mudd hosted a two hour CBS TV special on Caravan Tours. This TV production took about one month to make and was so successful it inspired the 1968 romantic comedy movie “If it’s Tuesday this must be Belgium.” In the early 50’s the Mayor of Dublin presented Caravan with the Key to Dublin for bringing the first American tour to the city after WWII. Since then Caravan has been recognized as a pioneer in travel.
Caravan’s strong buying power gives you great vacations at prices much lower than you can find anywhere. Last year many of our tours sold out quickly. Book early for the date you prefer and the best air fare.
Caravan Tours is a member of ASTA (American Society of Travel Agents), NTA (National Tour Association), CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), and an allied member of ACTA (Alliance of Canadian Travel Agencies).
Caravan delivers volume to our suppliers, who in turn reward us with their very best prices, we in turn pass these savings on to you, and you reward us by buying our tours. As volume continues to rise, we then receive even better prices from our suppliers, and we pass even greater savings on to you. This year our tours are better than ever.
The short answer is “very.” Our surveys are uniformly very positive. However we continually strive to improve our tours, (they are often updated several times in the course of one year), we study all client surveys and suggestions for improvement very carefully.
Caravan includes all activities listed in the tour itinerary page. Caravan does not sell any optional activities which can add hundreds of dollars to your tour price. Your free time is scheduled in great settings where there is no need to buy additional expensive activities.