Rocky Mountaineer Rail Experience and the Calgary Stampede

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Rocky Mountaineer Rail Experience and the Calgary Stampede

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Calgary, AB

From your local city, we transfer to Pearson International Airport where you will be met by a Hanover Holidays tour director for our flight to Calgary. Upon arrival a shuttle will take us to our hotel. Tonight, relax and get ready for our full day at the Stampede!

Day 2 Calgary, AB

Today we set out for Stampede Park for a fun filled day at the world-famous Calgary Stampede-the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! Explore all the sights and sounds of the Stampede. Your day pass includes the afternoon Rodeo where the world’s best cowboys and cowgirls face off in a furious display of skill and grit then continues with the Chuckwagon Races followed by the Bell Grandstand Show. (B)

Day 3 Calgary, AB

This morning a local guide will point out the highlights of the city and then we head to the famous Alberta Badlands. You’ll see how dramatically the landscape changes as you descend into the Valley of the Dinosaurs. Near Drumheller, we visit the famous Royal Tyrrell Museum. The first Albertosaurus was discovered by Joseph B. Tyrrell, a young geologist who was searching for coal seams in the Red Deer River valley in 1884. It is now the most common of the large carnivores found in Alberta. (B)

Day 4 Banff, AB

Today we leave Calgary and travel to the town of Banff, nestled in the Heart of the Canadian Rockies. A Gondola ride to the top of Sulpher Mountain offers a spectacular 360-degree panorama of the town of Banff, the Bow River and the majestic Mount Rundle. Enjoy lunch on your own on one of several outdoor terraces and watch for the Big Horn Sheep who call the mountain top their home. Later we enjoy an afternoon cruise on Lake Minnewanka. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore this picture-postcard town. (B)

Day 5 Banff, AB

A relaxing day of sightseeing as we travel to Lake Louise. You will be in awe of the pristine blue waters of Lake Louise cradled in the forefront of the snowcapped Mount Victoria and set in the shadow of the Chateau Lake Louise. Later we visit Moraine Lake, in The Valley of the Ten Peaks. This crystal-clear lake is hemmed in by 10 lofty mountain peaks; the scene from the back of an older $20 bill. We return to Banff where the balance of the day is at your leisure to explore, shop or visit one of the local museums. (B)

Day 6 Rocky Mountaineer / Kamloops, BC

This morning we board the Rocky Mountaineer for an experience of a lifetime! Two full days of all-daylight travel through the Canadian Rockies. Each day, a delicious chilled breakfast and luncheon selection will be served to your seat so you won’t miss one moment of the spectacular scenery. Highlights of today’s journey from Banff to Kamloops include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass and Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. We overnight at a Kamloops hotel. (B,L)

Day 7 Rocky Mountaineer / Vancouver, BC

Our journey continues west towards the coastal city of Vancouver. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Our rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver. We overnight in Vancouver. (B,L)

Day 8 Vancouver, BC

Following breakfast, we have included a city tour to acquaint you with the modern and changing landscape of Vancouver. This afternoon and evening are free to enjoy the city on your own. (B,D)

Day 9 Home

This morning we head to Vancouver International Airport and board our return flight home. (B)