Waterton Lakes National Park
Waterton Lakes National Park
Bow River (left), and gondola rides up Sulphur Mountain (right)
Bow River (left), and gondola rides up Sulphur Mountain (right)
Clockwise from top left: Calgary, driving through Banff National Park, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan River Cruise
Clockwise from top left: Calgary, driving through Banff National Park, Edmonton, and Saskatchewan River Cruise
Views of Calgary (left) and Lake Louise (right)
Views of Calgary (left) and Lake Louise (right)
Heritage Park (left), and Sports Hall of Fame (right)
Heritage Park (left), and Sports Hall of Fame (right)
Two Jack Lake in Banff (left), and Maligne Canyon in Jasper (right)
Two Jack Lake in Banff (left), and Maligne Canyon in Jasper (right)

Explore Alberta - Peaks, Prairies and Dinosaurs

10 nights from £1,599 per person Including Flights

Overview

A self-drive itinerary full of contrasts, from fun cities to spectacular national parks, and from expansive prairies to majestic peaks. You’ll take a leisurely lake cruise through the serene Waterton Lakes National Park and pause by Lake Louise for a photo opp. You’ll discover the most amazing collection of dinosaur skeletons at Drumheller and you’ll explore Banff National Park alive with wildlife. Experience "Cowtown" Calgary and the most northerly city in North America – Edmonton. Tailormade

Highlights

  • Explore the national parks of Banff and Jasper in the heart of the Rockies
  • Discover the hidden gem of Waterton Lakes – where the peaks meet the prairies
  • Enjoy time in the cities of Edmonton and Calgary
  • Drive the spectacular Icefields Parkway

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Calgary stay 2 nights – Banff 2 nights – Jasper 2 nights – Edmonton 1 night – Drumheller 1 night – Waterton Lakes 2 nights - Return flight from Calgary
 

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Day 1

Fly to Calgary

Fly into Calgary and transfer independently to your hotel for a two night stay. We’ve suggested some hotels in this itinerary, but we can change them for any available alternatives.

Overnight: Classic Hotel - Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Calgary; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Palliser

Day 2

Calgary

A full day to explore the friendly city of Calgary, located on the banks of the Bow River. A great place to start is the Calgary Tower for a birds eye view of the city, prairies and distant Rockies. You could also take a walking tour of the city (we can book this for you) or simply enjoy strolling the pedestrianised centre to browse the shops.  This evening relax in one of the many restaurants and bars on Stephen Avenue.

Overnight: Classic Hotel - Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Calgary; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Palliser

Day 3

Calgary – Banff (79 miles)

Pick up your hire car and for the hills. Banff is just a short drive away, so you’ll have plenty of time this afternoon to explore this charming mountain town. Perhaps take a walk to Bow Falls – a really pretty spot just a twenty minute stroll from the town centre along well marked trails. Highly recommended is a trip up the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, and we can book you tickets for this. At the summit you will find a brilliant visitor centre and superb panoramic views of several mountain ranges.

Overnight: Classic Hotel - Banff Ptarmigan Inn; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 4

Banff

There are some great tours of the Banff National Park that we can book for you, with entertaining guides who will tell you all about the wildlife, geology and history of this beautiful place. Or if you’d rather do your own thing, there are some lovely hiking trails to follow and gorgeous lakes to drive to such as Lake Minnewanka. In the evening there are many restaurants, cafés and bars for you to choose from all along Banff Avenue and the streets leading from here.

Overnight: Classic Hotel - Banff Ptarmigan Inn; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 5

Banff – Jasper (145 miles)

Today you will have a beautiful drive north to Jasper, and whilst this is only around 3 hours direct drive, we suggest you take all day over it, as there are so many great stops en route. It will be worth getting up early so that you can reach Lake Louise before the crowds, and have some breathing space to get that perfect photograph. After Lake Louise you’ll follow the Icefields Parkway – one of the worlds most scenic drives. There are well signposted viewpoints, so just keep stopping as many times as your schedule allows, and keep your eyes open for wildlife. We highly recommend stopping at the Athabasca Glacier, and we can book you tickets which include a ride on the Ice Explorer onto the glacier itself, entry to the visitor centre and to the amazing Glacier Skywalk.

Arrive in Jasper and perhaps this evening you’d like to visit the Planetarium where you can enjoy a virtual exploration of the Jasper Dark Sky Preserve, located at the entrance to the Fairmont Jasper Lodge.

Overnight: Classic Hotel – Chateau Jasper; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Jasper Lodge

Day 6

Jasper

A full day to enjoy the beauty of Jasper National Park. How about booking a tour riding pillion or side-car on a Harley Davidson? One, two and three hour tours are available (click on the "Optional Excursions" tab for details) You could also choose to take a wildlife tour late afternoon, or perhaps a foodie tour - there are some great restaurants in this charming town! There is also the Jasper Skytram up Whistlers Mountain to see six mountain ranges and the town of Jasper below, and you could perhaps have lunch at the Summit Restaurant.

Overnight: Classic Hotel – Chateau Jasper; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Jasper Lodge

Day 7

Jasper – Edmonton (227 miles)

Today head out of Jasper and onto the city of Edmonton - the most northerly city in North America and the provincial capital of Alberta. Here you will find the largest mall in North America, so why not indulge in some shopping. The Ice District is another nice place to explore, with a range of restaurants and shops, including the official "Oilers" merchandise store for those ice hockey fans.

Overnight: Classic Hotel – Delta Edmonton Center; Deluxe Hotel – Fairmont Hotel MacDonald

Day 8

Edmonton – Drumheller (174 miles)

You’re going to drive due south for around three hours into the Drumheller Badlands, a unique landscape of gulleys and canyons eroded from multi-colored layers of sandstone and shale dating back 70 million years. Over the years the natural erosion of these layers have unearthed myriad fossils and dinosaur bones, turning Drumheller into the Dinosaur Capital of the World. A visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum is a must, housing the largest displays of dinosaurs and bringing prehistoric past to life. This really is a unique and special part of Canada.

Overnight: Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Drumheller

Day 9

Drumheller – Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump - Waterton Lakes (231 miles)

Continue your road trip south, stopping off at the Head-Smashed-in-Buffalo-Jump World Heritage Site. This is a fascinating archaeological site and you will learn the intriguing story of the First Nations way of life over the centuries. Then continue into the Waterton Lakes National Park to the township of Waterton for the final stay of your holiday for two night. Arguably saving the best 'til last - This is where the peaks meet the prairies, with the Rockies tailing into rolling grasslands, interspersed with sparkling lakes.

Overnight: Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa

Day 10

Waterton Lakes National Park

Today we suggest you take a cruise on the Waterton Lakes, which will take you into Glacier Park Montana USA, where you’ll see towering cliffs, beautiful waterfalls and myriad wildlife. Take a pic nic and follow a hiking trail to admire the rare wildflowers and rugged natural beauty. This is the only national park which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, International Peace Park and Biosphere Reserve!

Overnight: Bayshore Inn Resort & Spa

Day 11

Waterton Lakes National Park – Calgary (169 miles)

Time to drive back to Calgary airport, drop off your hire car and fly home
 

  • International flights to Calgary
  • Fully comprehensive car hire
  • Electronic roadbook
  • 10 nights accommodation as detailed on a room only basis (or similar)

What's not included:

  • Meals
  • Entrance to National Parks
  • Activities and excursions – we can book these for you - check the Optional Excursions tab for more detail

Approximate from prices per person:

  • Calgary Tower - £20
  • Calgary Downtown Walking Tour (2 hours) - £20
  • Banff Gondola Ride - £45
  • Banff Lake Minnewanka Cruise (1 hour) - £50
  • Banff area various helicopter excursions from £190
  • Banff horseback riding from 1 to 3 hours from £120
  • Glacier Adventure including Ice Explorer & Glacier Skywalk - £70
  • Jasper Wildlife Discovery Tour - £50
  • Jasper Planetarium - £30
  • Sidecar Motorcycle Tours of Jasper from £100
  • Admission to the Jasper SkyTram - £40

Speak to our sales specialist on pre-booking these excursions for you

Alan  Facer
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