Event description

Join Our State as we savor the pristine forests, alpine meadows, and rugged mountains on our exploration of the Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park.

August 25-31, 2021

Package Includes:

  • • Round-trip airfare — Raleigh/Durham International Airport or Charlotte Douglas International Airport
  • • Six nights hotel accommodations
  • • Six breakfasts and three dinners
  • • All sightseeing and admissions as listed
  • • Deluxe motor coach transportation
  • • Professional tour guide and driver
  • Our State host
  • • Baggage handling and hotel transfers

Itinerary Highlights:

  • • Waterton Lakes National Park
  • • Glacier National Park
  • • 1930s Red Jammer touring cars • Going-to-the-Sun Highway
  • • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • • Tour and gondola ride in Banff
  • • Kootney National Park
  • • Icefields Parkway • Lake Louise and Victoria Glacier
  • • Peyto Lake
  • • Moraine Lake and Valley of the Ten Peaks
  • • Athabasca Glacier Ice Explorer
  • • Three nights in Banff

 

Itinerary:

DAY 1: ARRIVE CALGARY

Arrive in Calgary, meet your tour director and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers. (D) Overnight: Calgary

DAY 2: BUFFALO JUMP — GLACIER NATIONAL PARK

Travel south and visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump. This interpretive center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and bears witness to a custom practiced by native people of the North American plains for nearly 6000 years. Later, enter Waterton Lakes National Park and see the historic and spectacularly-situated Prince of Wales Hotel. Travel across the border into Montana and Glacier National Park. The isolated location of the park leads to fewer visitors during the summer season, making it a haven for some of the world’s endangered species such as the gray wolf and grizzly bear. Stay in the park and enjoy dinner in the evening. (B,D) Overnight: Glacier National Park

DAY 3: GLACIER NATIONAL PARK — KALISPELL/WHITEFISH

This morning, our destination is the heart of Glacier National Park, the Crown of the Continent. The excitement begins as you board a 1930s Red Jammer touring car for a ride over the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, acclaimed as one of the most beautiful roadways in the world. The 52-mile journey crosses the Continental Divide through Logan Pass at an elevation of 6,680 feet and includes the Weeping Wall and Birdwoman Falls, along with many spectacular mountain vistas. We’ll stop at Lake McDonald for lunch, which you will have on your own. Continue onto the Kalispell/Whitefish area of Montana for an overnight stay. (B) Overnight: Kalispell/Whitefish Area

DAY 4: KOOTENAY NATIONAL PARK — BANFF

Head north through British Columbia along the western slope of the Canadian Rockies, into the heart of Canada’s great timberlands and Kootenay National Park. See the bright red walls of Sinclair Canyon and travel through Radium Hot Springs. Arrive in Banff for a three-night stay in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Banff is a resort town in the province of Alberta, located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and shops. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. (B,D) Overnight: Banff

DAY 5: BANFF — ICEFIELDS PARKWAY — BANFF

This morning, travel north along much of the Icefields Parkway, which is situated between Lake Louise and Jasper, and is considered one of the most scenic highways in the world. See a panorama of snowcapped mountain peaks, hanging glaciers, waterfalls, canyons, and often wildlife such as moose, big-horn sheep, and bear. Scale Bow Pass with a stop to see turquoise blue Peyto Lake. Then ride in the specially-designed Ice Explorer on the 1000 foot-thick Athabasca Glacier, part of the Columbia Icefield. The experience features a guided tour of the glacier and engaging commentary about glaciers, the local ecosystem, and environmental changes. Return to Banff for an evening on your own in the lively yet quaint downtown area on Banff Ave. (B) Overnight: Banff

DAY 6: LAKE LOUISE & BANFF TOUR — BANFF GONDOLA

Today, see two of the crown jewels of the Canadian Rockies: Moraine Lake & Lake Louise. First stop is to view spectacular Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Next stop is at the Chateau Lake Louise to explore and capture spectacular views and photos of Lake Louise & Victoria Glacier. Later, enjoy a Banff Area Tour including Mt. Rundle, Bow Falls, Tunnel Mountain, and the Hoodoos. Cap off another scenery filled day with a ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain via the Banff Gondola. From the summit, see six stunning mountain ranges and the sweeping Bow Valley before you; the views are nothing short of breathtaking. In the evening, enjoy a memorable farewell dinner in the Banff area at a local restaurant with your fellow travelers. (B,D) Overnight: Banff

DAY 7: BANFF — CALGARY — FLIGHT HOME

Transfer to Calgary and fly home filled with wonderful memories of the Canadian Rockies & Glacier National Park. (B)

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For reservations and more information:
Premier World Discovery
Melissa Grant
877-953-8687 x 238 (Pacific Standard Time)
mgrant@premierworlddiscovery.com

Regular Rate: $3,675 pp based on double occupancy
Booking Discount: $3,475 pp based on double occupancy
Single supplement: $1,075

Please ask about the “No Risk Deposit” plan.

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What to expect on an Our State trip:  Traveling with a group of Our State readers is an enriching, enjoyable, and safe way to experience new cultures, people, and places. In addition to the informative narration from the tour director and local guides, an Our State host will be available to assist in making your trip successful. We usually fly to our destination, then travel by a comfortable motor coach with anywhere from 35 to 50 people who appreciate learning about new regions. Your entire trip will be guided, planned, and arranged for your upmost enjoyment. Many activities are things you can only do because you are traveling with Our State. You can also choose not to attend an activity if you prefer something different. Please let your tour director know if you are not coming on a scheduled day. Many meals are included. Where you have meals on your own, suggestions will be provided. Most of the motor coaches have restrooms but every effort will be made to make regular rest stops. One of the best parts of traveling with Our State is that you will meet new people, many of whom you will already have much in common with since most travelers read the magazine. Many guests often develop friendships that go on long after the tour is finished. Our State trips are generally filled with dynamic and friendly people. Physical requirements: Our tours are physically active but not meant to be strenuous. Please be aware you will be on your feet, walking and standing for much of the day, indoors and outdoors, in all weather conditions and terrains. There will also be extended time on the motor coach when we travel from place to place. If there are any mobility issues you will need to have an able-bodied traveling companion to accompany and assist you. We regret that we’re unable to provide individual assistance to guests with walking difficulties or other personal needs. The responsibility of the Trip Director who accompanies your trip is to ensure that the larger group enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing individual assistance to any one guest. Guests requiring such individualized assistance must be accompanied by an able-bodied companion who can provide it. If you have additional questions, please call Our State 's Travel Director Amy Wood Pasquini at 336-286-0600, or email apasquini@ourstate.com.