Rocky Mountain Escape Calgary to Kalispell

From USD $3,999.00
  • Duration: 7 Days (approx.)
  • Location: Banff, AB
  • Product code: ROCKYC2K

Day 1: Cave and Basin National Historic Area, Welcome Dinner on Sulphur Mountain

Preferred Lodging: Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB

The Adventure Coach will pick you up from Calgary International Airport at 10am and we will depart at 10:30. We’ll spend the morning on a scenic drive along the Canadian Rockies, viewing lush mountainous landscapes. When we arrive in Banff, take time to explore the shopping districts, pubs, wineries and galleries before we embark on a guided tour of the Cave and Basin National Historic Site. Known as the birthplace of all national parks across Canada, we’ll explore the cave and view the beautiful underground hot springs that make this region so unique. Later, we’ll ascend in a modern, fully enclosed four-passenger gondola cabin to the top of Sulphur Mountain to experience a stunning bird’s-eye view of six incredible mountain ranges. Glide up over the treetops to the crest of a steep-sided Rocky Mountain peak and observe jaw- dropping mountaintop views at 7,468 feet. Continue to marvel at the view through the glass walls of Sky Bistro, where we’ll enjoy a distinctly Canadian menu featuring a handpicked selection of local meats, produce and ingredients. Our night will conclude at Rimrock Resort and Spa, nestled in the heart of Banff National Park

Day 2: Columbia Icefield, Waterfalls, Glaciers and Alpine Lakes of Banff National Park

Preferred Lodging: Rimrock Resort and Spa: Banff, AB

Today we’ll travel along one of the world’s most spectacular routes to the Columbia Icefield. Once at the glacier, we’ll board a massive Ice Explorer for an adventure atop this ancient ice block. Learning about the area’s unique ecosystem and its formation, we’ll make our way through Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield. The views of sprawling rocky mountain vistas and local wildlife unfold along the way with photo stops at Athabasca Falls and Stutfield Glacier. We’ll breathe in the fresh mountain air at several scenic viewpoints at Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Crowfoot Glacier, and Peyto Lake before returning to our accommodations at Rimrock Resort and Spa.

Day 3: Vermillion Lakes, McDonald Falls and Lake McDonald

Preferred Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

The morning is yours to enjoy the shopping district and local culture of Banff or explore the surrounding hiking trails to the Vermillion Lakes. After lunch we will make our way towards West Glacier. Due to the narrow roads and rock overhangs, vehicle regulations prohibit the Adventure Coach from entering major areas of the park. Luckily there are several shuttle options, including guided bus tours, hiking shuttles, and the free Glacier’s Going-To-The-Sun-Road Shuttle System with 8 stops on the west side of the park. All that to say, your time in Glacier will be primarily self-guided. However, on this day, we will head towards McDonald Falls aboard a hiking shuttle. Here, you may hike the 0.7 miles to the cascading falls or embark on a longer route to a surrounding lake. Either way, you’ll have ample options to stretch out your legs before we go to Lake McDonald Lodge. We’ll eat dinner at Russell’s Fireside Dining Room before boarding a guided evening boat tour on Lake McDonald. For those who will be staying the lodge, the evening is yours to enjoy. For those who will be glamping with Under Canvas, the Adventure Coach will escort you to your accommodations.

Day 4: West Side Scenic Red Bus Tour

Preferred Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

For our first day in Glacier, we’ll rise early to begin our exploration of the west side of the park on a scenic Red Bus Tour. There are a variety of routes to choose from ranging 3 to 8 hours in duration. Depending on your preference and how you wish to explore Glacier National Park, you may spend the entire day aboard the Red Bus, or choose a shorter tour in order to use the extra time to explore the park independently. The choice is yours! Your Experience Park Tours guide will provide trail maps and an overview of the west side of the park to help you navigate regions such as Lake McDonald, Logan Pass, and North Fork – all of which boast breathtaking views of the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5pm to check in to our accommodations, either at Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glamping.

Day 5: East Side Scenic Red Bus Tour 

Preferred Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

Today we’ll head into the park to explore the east side of Glacier. Whether that’s aboard a Red Bus, or independently through the free shuttle system with 9 eastbound stops, the day is yours to experience Glacier at your own pace. Maps and overviews of the east side will be provided to help you navigate regions such as Two Medicine, Many Glacier, Goat Haunt and St Mary. The park also provides guided boat tours on Lake McDonald that can be scheduled for any day that we are in the park. We will meet at the west entrance around 5pm to head back to our accommodations.

Day 6: Glacier National Park – Explore West or East Side

Preferred Lodging: Lake McDonald Lodge or Under Canvas Glacier Glamping

Today is a day to explore areas of Glacier that you may not yet had a chance to visit. With so much to see in the park, this third in the park day is sure to be filled with majestic landscapes and gorgeous views at every corner. For those who will be Glamping, the Adventure Coach will be available to shuttle you into the park later in the morning if you wish to sleep in. Take this time to soak in every bit of Glacier as our time in the park comes to a close. We will meet at the Visitor Center at 6pm and make our way back to our accommodations.

Day 7: Morning in Glacier National Park, Journey Home

Spend the morning exploring the surrounding hiking trails, or simply take in the alpine beauty of Glacier from the lakeside. We will board the Adventure Coach at 12pm to make our way to Columbia Falls, just outside the west entrance of the park. We’ll stop for a farewell lunch before continuing to Glacier International Airport. If you have scheduled post-trip accommodations in the surrounding area, the Adventure Coach is available to escort you there. We hope you enjoy traveling with us. Thank you for choosing Experience Park Tours.