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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery
  • Stunning Glacier National Park
  • Ride in “Red Jammers” along scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Whitefish Trail hike with lake views
  • Canada’s Banff and Jasper national parks
  • Stunning Lake Louise
  • Ice Explorer vehicle ride and walk on Athabasca Glacier
  • Maligne Canyon and lake cruise
  • Dramatic scenery from Glacier Skywalk
  • Banff Gondola ride to top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Stays at unique mountain lodges within national parks
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart the U.S. for Calgary, Canada We depart the United States today for our flight to Calgary. Upon arrival, we check in to our centrally located hotel then have time to explore this cosmopolitan Canadian city on our own. Tonight we gather for a briefing on the journey ahead followed by dinner at our hotel. D

Day 2: Calgary/Waterton Lakes National Park/Glacier National Park, U.S. We leave Calgary by coach this morning for the scenic drive to Glacier National Park in northern Montana. For lunch we stop at the famed Prince of Wales Hotel along the shores of Upper Waterton Lake, the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies and where the prairie meets the mountains. After time to take in the splendid lake views here, we cross the 49th parallel and enter the United States. We arrive at our lodge late this afternoon and enjoy dinner there together tonight. B,L,D

Day 3: Glacier National Park Today we get our first look at Glacier National Park, a 1,583-square-mile swath of wilderness in Montana’s Rocky Mountains encompassing rugged mountains, thunderous waterfalls, still lakes, and glacial valleys stretching to the Canadian border. We begin with a morning hike along St. Mary Lake, the park’s second largest and the clear divide between the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Movie buffs may recognize the lake from the iconic opening shot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Then we embark on a cruise for panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings. This afternoon is at leisure amidst the majesty of America’s 10th national park before dinner together at our lodge. B,D

Day 4: Glacier National Park/Whitefish We enjoy a travel highlight today as we step back in time and board one of Glacier National Park’s legendary sight-seeing buses: the Red Jammers, in use here since the 1930s. With roll-back canvas convertible tops, these buses take their name from the sound of the early drivers jamming the manual transmission into low gear to negotiate steep roads. Our ride this morning takes us along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road, a winding mountain pass that offers breathtaking views and hair-raising turns. After time for lunch on our own we meet up with our motorcoach and continue south-west across the Continental Divide. After arriving late this afternoon in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, we dine together tonight. B,D

Day 5: Whitefish, MT We head into the forest this morning for a leisurely three-mile hike along the Whitefish Trail, starting at Lion Mountain Trailhead. A network of more than 36 miles of paths through forests, prime wildlife habitats, and pristine lakes, the trail is an outdoor lover’s dream. Our trek ends at a lookout over postcard-worthy Skyles Lake. Then we continue on to the popular ski area of Whitefish Mountain Resort, where we board chairlifts bound for the mountain’s summit. After taking time to enjoy the 360-degree views and crisp summit air, we visit the Summit Nature Center to learn more about the mountain and its local environment. We return to our hotel in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon and evening at leisure. An authentic mountain town, Whitefish boasts an abundance of restaurants and activities. B

Day 6: Whitefish/Lake Louise – Banff National Park Today’s full day of travel presents some of the most striking scenery of our tour. We begin the day passing through forests, by lakes, and across high plains before crossing from the U.S. back into Canada – this time, into British Columbia. After a stop for lunch and a drive along the western edge of the Canadian Rockies, we enter world-famous Banff National Park and ascend to Lake Louise, and our hotel, late this afternoon. Before dinner here, we take an easy hike for our first view of the photogenic lake, originally named Emerald Lake for its brilliant hue. B,L,D

Day 7: Lake Louise/Jasper This morning we visit the viewing area to see the lake in the early morning light. Then we depart via the Columbia Icefields Parkway for the drive to the 125-square-mile Columbia Icefields in Banff National Park, a UNESCO site. Here we bundle up for a tour highlight as we board the Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle for the ride to Athabasca Glacier, the most visited glacier in North America. Equipped to drive right onto the glacier itself, the massive Ice Explorer boasts super-sized tires specially designed for glacier travel. Upon reaching Athabasca, we disembark to explore, take photos, and fill our water bottles with the pure water from the glacier. Then we descend to the base station for lunch before we begin our drive northward again, arriving at our hotel centrally located in the town of Jasper, which is within Jasper National Park (also a UNESCO site). We enjoy dinner together at our hotel. B,L,D

Day 8: Jasper The scenery on display today is nothing short of breathtaking. First we view Maligne Canyon, a geological marvel where the limestone bedrock has been eroded by an underground river to a depth of 160 feet. Only six feet wide at some points, the plunging canyon offers a dramatic (and heady) view from the top. We continue on to cerulean Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here we board our boat for a morning cruise, taking in the sky-scraping mountain peaks, dark green forests, and three glaciers all visible from the lake. We cruise by Spirit Island, a tiny yet acclaimed islet of a few trees which makes for a wonderful – and uniquely Canadian – photo opportunity. Early this afternoon we return to Jasper, where we have the rest of the day at leisure. B

Day 9: Jasper/Banff We return today to the Columbia Icefields Parkway for more scenic views, and a thrilling expedition. This dramatic road parallels the Continental Divide, running down the spine of both Jasper and Banff national parks. Mid-day we enjoy an exhilarating experience as we tiptoe across the Glacier Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway that leads to a transparent-bottomed observation deck suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Here the vast glaciers, snowcapped mountain peaks, and thundering waterfalls seem close enough to touch. We enjoy a picnic lunch amidst this jaw-dropping scenery then continue on to our hotel in lower Banff National Park. B,L,D

Day 10: Banff Our last full day in the Canadian Rockies begins with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, so named for the hot springs on its lower flank. This 8,000-foot peak overlooking the town of Banff affords stunning mountain views in every direction; indeed, we can see six mountain ranges during this excursion. Then we travel Tunnel Mountain Road to visit two more natural wonders: the Hoodoos, a collection of eroded limestone spires strung along a wooded hillside; and Bow Falls, a wide waterfall just outside Banff. The afternoon is free to explore Banff before we celebrate our outdoor adventures with a farewell dinner at our hotel. B,D

Day 11: Banff/Depart for U.S. We transfer this morning to the Calgary airport for our flights home. B

Please note: This trip involves considerable walking on uneven terrain in a natural environment. You should be in good physical condition to enjoy the tour to the fullest. Elevations at hotel locations are not severe, ranging from 3,400 ft. to 5,200 ft. The relatively high altitude reached on two excursions – Columbia Ice-fields (9,800 ft.) and Going-to-the-Sun Road (6,700 ft.) – could pose problems for guests with certain health conditions. You should consult your personal physician if you have concerns.

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities
  • 10 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe, First Class, and unrated hotels
  • 22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners
  • Extensive sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private motorcoach transportation throughout your trip
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local guides, dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Jun 12
Jun 16
Sep 8
Sep 15
Jun 26+Jul 3*+
Jul 10*
Jul 17, 21
Jul 24+
Jul 31*
Aug 4, 7
Aug 14
Aug 21*+
Aug 25
Los Ang, Port (OR),
San Francisco
Atlanta, Balt, Chicago,
Cinc, Cleve, Denver,
Detroit, Houston, Minn,
Philadelphia, Phoenix
Boston, Dallas,
Miami, New York,
Orlando, Tampa,
Wash, DC

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $96, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

Single travelers please add $1,295. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Accommodations: Glacier: *Many Glacier Hotel; Lake Louise: +Lake Louise Inn; Jasper: Sunwapta Falls Rocky Mountain Lodge

A visa is not required for this tour.

    Hyatt Regency Calgary, Calgary / Day 1 / Deluxe 

    Well-located near the heart of downtown Calgary, the Hyatt Regency Calgary offers a restaurant and bar, fitness center, hot tub, steam room, spa, and indoor pool.  Each of the air-conditioned guest rooms offers private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, tea- and coffee-making facilities, Wi-Fi internet access , TV, and phone.

    St. Mary Lodge, St. Mary / Days 2-3 / Not rated 

    Ideally located on the eastern edge of Glacier National Park, the rustic and woods-inspired St. Mary Lodge enjoys dramatic mountain views.  The lodge’s amenities include a restaurant, bar, café, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas), gift shop, and laundry service.  Air-conditioned guest rooms are tastefully furnished and offer private bath with hairdryer, ironing board, TV, and phone.

    The Firebrand Hotel, Whitefish / Days 4-5 / First Class 

    The Firebrand Hotel, situated in the heart of Whitefish, provides an ideal home base for exploring this outdoor lovers’ paradise.  Hotel amenities include a tapas restaurant, bar, café, rooftop patio, fitness center, spa, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone.

    Deer Lodge, Lake Louise / Day 6 / First Class 

    Opened in 1925 mere steps from Lake Louise, Deer Lodge retains much of the original hand-cut log structure and décor.  Amenities of this authentic lodge retreat include a restaurant, bar, lounge, dry wood sauna, rooftop hot tub, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, and telephone.  Note:  Deer Lodge focuses on outdoor pursuits and, as such, does not offer in-room televisions.  In addition, the lodge does not have elevators.

    Whistler's Inn, Jasper / Days 7-8 / Not rated 

    Whistler’s Inn is located in the specialized municipality of Jasper, Alberta – a town that sits in the very center of Canada’s Jasper National Park.  With stunning natural scenery on all sides, Whister’s Inn offers a restaurant and pub, steam room, two rooftop hot tubs, three gift shops, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms feature private bath with hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, TV, and phone.

    Rimrock Resort, Banff / Days 9-10 / Deluxe 

    Seemingly dropped into the middle of the mountains and soaring pines of Banff National Park, Rimrock Resort offers unmatched views of the Canadian Rockies.  The hotel’s amenities include two restaurants, two lounges, a café, fitness center, indoor pool, spa, sauna, laundry service, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hairdryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, TV, and phone.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Alan Armijo

“Alan went above and beyond and was very friendly and fun!”
Mary Clark
Garden City, MO

Mustafa Ozcan

“Mustafa is a delightful individual and a seasoned pro. Handled everything with aplomb. He’s interesting, friendly, has a good sense of humor, and enjoyable to spend time with.”
Steve & Susan Terrio
Olney, MD

Linda Quinn

“Linda was outstanding in every aspect!!!”
Donna Smith
San Jose, CA

Darcie Reynolds

“Darcie was extremely knowledgeable, humorous, responsive, flexible, and patient.”
Ken & Beth Mraz
Fenton, MO

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