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Begins and Ends: Calgary
Discover Alberta Canada on our Caravan Canadian Rockies Tour and your all inclusive vacation will include a guided tour of the Columbia Icefields Parkway. As part of our Caravan Icefields Parkway tour (and weather permitting), you will also enjoy an all-terrain Ice Explorer ride across the easily accessible Athabasca Glacier, North America’s most visited Glacier!
The only highway link between Jasper and Lake Louise in Alberta is the Columbia Icefields Parkway. This 144-mile (232-km) stretch of Canadian highway runs along the Continental Divide past glacial ice fields, high mountain peaks, and the evergreen vastness of the Rock Mountains. Amazingly, run off from the Columbia Icefields feeds into three separate oceans, the North Atlantic, the Pacific, and the Artic Ocean!
Straddling the Continental Divide, the Columbia Icefield dates back nearly quarter million years. Part of it makes up Banff National Park and rest is in Jasper National Park. Located in the Canadian Rockies between Alberta and British Columbia, the Athabasca Glacier is just one of Columbia Icefield’s six Glacier extensions.
Unfortunately, the Athabasca Glacier has been receding rapidly (nearly 1 mile) since the turn of the 20th century, which makes this a photo opportunity you definitely do not want to miss. Be sure to charge up your batteries and pack up your lenses for a once in a lifetime opportunity to stand on top of this amazing Canadian glacier.
This all-wheel drive, tri-axle ice vehicle transports you safely up to Athabasca Glacier where you’ll step out onto glacial ice that could be as old as 200,000 years or more. Your guide will explain in detail how the 6-mile long Athabasca Glacier was formed and the devastating impact that global warming has had on this magnificent Canadian Glacier.
A stroll on the Glacier Skywalk caps your trip, at a point where only glass separates you from the 918-foot drop to the Sunwapta Valley below. The wildlife, glacial streams, waterfalls, and the magnificent mountain scenery will invigorate your senses on this Canadian journey of discovery.
In the Canadian Rockies you will find numerous pristine high altitude lakes that are fed by the clear, cold, crystal waters of the Canada’s glaciers. One of these high-altitude, glacier-fed, emerald green lakes is Peyto Lake (pronounced pee-toh). At a half a mile wide and nearly 2-miles long, picturesque Peyto Lake is over 6100 feet above sea level.
On this trip, Caravan stops for a photo opportunity at Alberta’s Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, which is best viewed from Bow Summit. The emerald colour of Peyto Lake is due to suspended particles of glacial “rock flour” that pours into the lake during summer. The splendid turquoise color is a stunning contrast to evergreen forests that surrounds this frigid mountainous reservoir.
Peyto Lake often graces the cover of illustrated books and is a highly sought-after destination for outdoor enthusiasts and photographers with a passion for the beauty of the Canadian Rockies.
Still family run and operated (since 1952), Caravan Tours is a second generation all inclusive tour company. We offer fully guided tours throughout the United States, Central America, and Canada! Our goal has always been to be North America’s premier tour company for affordable all inclusive tours.
On this Canadian Rockies tour, Caravan also takes our tour guests to visit Glacier National Park in Montana and Waterton Lakes Park in Southern Alberta, both of which formed a union in 1932 to create the world’s first International Peace Park.
For more information about our Canadian Rockies and Glacier Park tour that also includes a guided tour of Athabasca Glacier along the Columbia Icefields Parkway, please call Caravan Toll Free at 1-800-Caravan (227-2826) or:
|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||$ 1695||$ 1795||$ 1895|
Plus Taxes and Fees:
Double $357; Triple $347; Single $377
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.
$99 Travel Protection Plan
Caravan’s $99 travel protection plan offers peace of mind if you cancel for any reason whatsoever prior to the departure of the tour. The travel protection plan also includes air, baggage, evacuation and medical coverage.
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.