Day 1 UK - Calgary
Today you'll depart on your scheduled flight to Calgary and on arrival we'll transfer you to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at leisure.
Day 2 Banff
This morning, we'll drive through the spectacular snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains to Banff. When we arrive, we'll head straight out to Banff National Park , which is an incredible wilderness nestled in the heart of the Rockies. Our tour will take in the Hoodoos of Bow Valley, imposing spires of rock carved by wind and water, and Surprise Corner, so named because as we drive out of Banff, the view suddenly opens into a fantastic mountain vista, featuring the famous Banff Springs Hotel. Later, we'll take the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain for sensational views. Get to know your travelling companions over drinks and an included dinner this evening.Meals included: B,D
Day 3 Banff
We'll enjoy a truly magical experience today as we set off on an included horse-drawn sleigh ride through Banff's scenic winter wonderland. Later, spend free time exploring at your own pace, or maybe you'll choose to warm up during our included visit to Banff's natural hot springs. They're located in an historic spa and bathhouse but with lovely modern amenities. As you relax in the soothing hot waters, you can take in views of snow-covered peaks in every direction.Meals included: B
Day 4 Banff - Jasper
We travel to the former railroad town of Jasper and its breathtakingly beautiful national park. Spend the evening enjoying your hotel's facilities or perhaps head into Jasper with your travelling companions.
In 2011, Jasper was designated a dark-sky preserve, an area where almost no artificial light is visible at night, so if there's no cloud, enjoy gazing at starry skies.
Day 5 JasperToday we venture into Jasper National Park for sightseeing in an area of pristine wilderness. It is home to abundant wildlife, shimmering glaciers, crystal-clear lakes, thundering waterfalls and
evergreen forests. And all this is surrounded by rugged snow-capped mountain peaks. Later we offer a thrilling optional adventure – a Maligne Canyon icewalk. In the company of a guide
we’ll head to the bottom of this deep gorge, where we’ll see frozen waterfalls, ice caves and incredible ice formations. You’ll also learn about the spectacular landscape of the Maligne Valley and hear tales about the mysterious ‘disappearing’ Medicine Lake. This evening, we’ll gather by a camp fire and enjoy the tradition of making s’mores. This classic North American sweet treat consists of marshmallow and chocolate sandwiched between two cookies.
Meals included: B
Day 6 Jasper - Lake Louise
Lake Louise is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful places in Canada, and we head here today. The glacial jade-green lake is situated high in the mountains surrounded by towering peaks on all sides. Our hotel is the stunning Fairmont Chateau, situated right next to its shores.Meals included: B
Day 7 Lake Louise - at leisure
Today we have free time to enjoy the excellent facilities at the chateau and its glorious surroundings. Alternatively, why not join our amazing optional excursion – snowshoeing on Lake Louise. This evening we'll gather as a group and head outside, where a blazing firepit will keep us warm as we enjoy a drink together.
Day 8 Lake Louise - Calgary
We'll travel back to Calgary this morning, making a stop at the Canada Olympic Park, where the bobsleigh and ski-jump events of the 1988 Winter Olympics were held.
Famous for its annual Stampede, Calgary is a cosmopolitan city with some lovely parks, cafés and restaurants. We'll take in its highlights on a sightseeing tour before checking into our hotel.
The rest of the day is then yours to do as you please. You could head to the city's iconic landmark, the Calgary Tower, for breathtaking views, or immerse yourself in history at Heritage Park Historical Village.
Day 9 Calgary - UK
After a morning at leisure, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight back to the UK.
Days 10 - 9 UK
You'll arrive back in the UK today.