Accompanied by two Orbridge Expedition Leaders, find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway. Ride on top of the largest expanse of glaciers in the Rockies in a private Ice Explorer, cruise to world-famous Spirit Island, and get a bird’s eye view of six mountain ranges on a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain.
Arrive in Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Overnight: The Westin Calgary (R)
Calgary / Lake Louise
This morning, your guide will show you the highlights of Calgary on a tour of “The Stampede City,” before the group makes a special foray to the glacially-fed Moraine Lake. Next, drive to the village of Lake Louise where you’ll have numerous options for lunch on your own. Reconvene with the group to enjoy a locally guided tour where you’ll learn the history of this chateau-style resort located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afterward, check in to your hotel room and relax in the ambiance of the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, or perhaps take a stroll along the lake before dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise (B,D)
Lake Louise / Icefields Parkway / Jasper National Park
Journey north on the Icefields Parkway and admire spectacular vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and glacier masses. Learn how glaciers are formed, and understand the geological features as you take a memorable ride over the Columbia Icefield in the safety and comfort of an Ice Explorer. Step out onto ice that has been forming from snow falling as long as 200 years ago and feeds into The Continental Divide and out to three separate oceans. Continue on to Jasper National Park, the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B,D)
Find adventure in the vast lands and magnificent ranges of Banff, Yoho, and Jasper National Parks, the crystal waters of Lake Louise and Maligne Lake, and amidst the glacial masses of Icefields Parkway.
Jasper National Park / Maligne Lake
After breakfast, enjoy a fully-narrated cruise on Maligne Lake. At world-famous Spirit Island, photograph surrounding ridges against the lake’s glacier-fed blue waters. Afterward, return to Jasper to explore the town, perhaps shop at some of its specialty stores, and enjoy lunch on your own. The rest of the afternoon is at your leisure. You can choose to join an optional guided raft trip on the Athabasca River; or take a nature walk to Mount Edith Cavell to see glacier formations, icebergs, and waterfalls; or simply take the time to enjoy the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, offering a scenic golf course where Hollywood greats like Marilyn Monroe, Robert Mitchum, and Bing Crosby are known to have played.
Overnight: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge (B)
Jasper / Yoho / Banff National Parks
This morning, stop at thundering Athabasca Falls before continuing your sightseeing with visits to Banff and Yoho National Park. See the towering rockwalls and powerful waterfalls—the inspiration for Yoho’s name: a Cree word meaning awe and wonder. The Natural Bridge spanning Kicking Horse River—sculpted by the erosive rushing water—is an impressive demonstration of natural forces. Arrive in Banff and enjoy the evening at your leisure.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B)
Banff National Park
Marvel at the six mountain ranges you can see as you ride up Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola. Keep your camera close at hand for a scenic drive around Tunnel Mountain, and watch for elk, deer, and the unique landscape features of the Hoodoos and Bow River. With the afternoon at leisure, you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional helicopter flightseeing trip to see even more dramatic aerial views of the Rocky Mountains, or stroll the colorful streets of Banff. This evening, share photos and stories with your travel companions at a special farewell dinner.
Overnight: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel (B,D)
Banff National Park / Depart Calgary
After breakfast, take your complimentary transfer to Calgary International Airport for your flight home, or to the train station if you are continuing on the Vancouver extension. (B)
R = Reception, B = Breakfast Included, L = Lunch Included, D = Dinner Included
*Itinerary subject to change