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Heart of the Canadian Rockies with Calgary Stampede (8550)

12 days from Calgary to Vancouver

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Welcome to Calgary! It’s no wonder the Calgary Stampede is “the greatest outdoor show on Earth.” This celebration of the Old West brings to life the days of cowboys, Indians, broncobusters, and frontier life with entertainment and exhibits, great food, world-famous Chuckwagon horse races, and the Calgary Stampede Rodeo. Continue your adventure through the western Canada’s stunning scenery, rugged mountains, breathtaking glaciers, mighty rivers, and gorgeous national parks. Your value-minded Canadian vacation takes you to Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Kamloops, Victoria, and Vancouver. Enjoy two nights in Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park and gateway to the Canadian Rockies. You’ll have time to take an optional excursion and explore the alpine meadows, glaciers, lakes, hot springs, and quaint shops on your own. You’ll also enjoy two nights in Jasper National Park, the largest national park in Canada. You can hike, explore the shops, and take an optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island. Between Banff and Jasper, you’ll enjoy a highlight of this Canadian Rockies tour—a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle, on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. Your journey between the two national parks also includes a stop in Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surrounding mountains and pristine wilderness. Embark on ferry crossings between Vancouver and Victoria to visit the world-famous, gorgeous Butchart Gardens. For the value-minded traveler, the stunning scenery, adventure, and natural wonders of this affordable vacation in Canada with the historic wild west of Calgary is the trip of a lifetime!

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 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

CALGARY
Sightseeing; Daily passes to the Stampede Grounds, Rodeo admission, Chuckwagon Races, Grandstand Show.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park

LAKE LOUISE
Visit the lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director.

Scenic Highlights:

Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Mount Robson, Fraser River, Thompson River with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains, British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range, Strait of Georgia, and the Gulf Islands.

Notes:

Gratuities for Tour Director and driver are available for pre-purchase.

Applicable Canadian GST/HST is included in price.

Transportation:

Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

3 breakfasts

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

CALGARY Welcome to Calgary, home of the Calgary Stampede! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2

CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the Calgary Stampede grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time and experience the traditions and culture of Canadian First Nations at Elbow River Camp or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping Chuckwagon Races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favorite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor STAGE SHOW featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.

Day 3

CALGARY STAMPEDE GROUNDS AND RODEO Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favorite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede Rodeo this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.

Day 4

CALGARY–BANFF NATIONAL PARK The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. Sightseeing highlights downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Motor west through the foothills and into Banff National Park, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

Day 5

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Banff is one of Canada’s favorite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 6

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–LAKE LOUISE–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–JASPER NATIONAL PARK Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next: a stop at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Then, journey north into Jasper National Park, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the motorcoach scales three mountain passes. Later, your Tour Director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper townsite upon arrival.

Day 7

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Day 8

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–MOUNT ROBSON–KAMLOOPS Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9

KAMLOOPS–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forest. Board your ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

Day 10

VICTORIA Today is free to explore on your own. You may choose to join an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip cruising the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands, looking for whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles. Your Tour Director will have ideas for enjoying this most British of Canadian cities.

Day 11

VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

Day 12

VANCOUVER Your vacation ends this morning. You can extend your vacation with extra nights and explore Vancouver further.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

ELAINE WRIGHT

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"During my years as a tour director I have guided tours in the Western United States, the Maritime provinces, Eastern and Western Canada and Alaska. I enjoy all of the areas I have worked in but Western Canada has a special place in my heart as this has always been my home. I would love to show you the spectacular beauty of Canada and tell you stories about the interesting people who have lived here in the past as well as today. I invite you to come and experience Canada with me."

Tour Director -  ELAINE WRIGHT

TAREK SABET

Escorting tours for more than 20 years

"I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and have been leading tours in Canada since 1999. I speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and French. My passion for my work is fueled by the opportunity to meet amazing people , my fellow travelers! In my free time, I enjoy stamp collecting, chess, reading, opera, classical music, and teaching at a private college in Vancouver in the winter."

Tour Director -  TAREK SABET

 Accommodation

CALGARY

SANDMAN SIGNATURE CALGARY DOWNTOWN HOTEL

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior Tourist-Class
  Free Wifi

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

RUNDLESTONE LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate First-Class
  Free Wifi

JASPER NATIONAL PARK

LOBSTICK LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

KAMLOOPS

THE THOMPSON HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

VICTORIA

ROYAL SCOT HOTEL & SUITES

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

VANCOUVER

SUTTON PLACE HOTEL VANCOUVER

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

Contact your Travel Consultant for more information.
Price Ranges

$ ($50 USD and under)
$$ ($51 - $100 USD)
$$$ ($101 - $150 USD)
$$$$ (Over $150)



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