Day 1 - Arrive Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Arrive in Calgary, where you are met and transferred to your
hotel. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a cocktail
reception and welcome dinner.
Day 2 - Lake Louise
Drive through the Bow Valley to Johnston Canyon, with
its sheer walls, waterfalls, tunnels and pools. Stroll the
interpretive walkway before heading to glacially fed Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, where you experience an
A&K-exclusive, hands-on lesson in wildlife and landscape
photography from a professional. Try your new skills on one
of the most beautiful lakes in the Canadian Rockies. Finish
the day at your historic resort set on Lake Louise.
Day 3 - Lake Louise
Travel through serene Yoho National Park, pausing to
explore Takakkaw Falls, before proceeding to Emerald Lake,
vibrantly colored by glacial sediment. Meet with your expert
guide, who reveals the geological and natural forces behind
this scenic lake, and describes the breathtaking natural
surroundings and habits of the endangered grizzly bear.
After lunch, weather permitting, view the Spiral Tunnel and
Kicking Horse Natural Bridge.
Day 4 - Jasper
Travel to the scenic Icefields Parkway for a full day of
adventure. Set along the backbone of the Canadian Rockies
and named after the area's sprawling ice fields, the parkway
represents one of the world's great drives. See Crowfoot
Glacier and the glacier-fed Peyto Lake. Stop at the massive
Athabasca Glacier (7,000 feet) for an exciting ride across
its surface on a specially designed vehicle. You also visit
Sunwapta Falls, enjoying a barbecue lunch in a stunning,
remote setting, before continuing to Jasper National Park.
Day 5 - Jasper
Cruise along the mile-high Maligne Lake to the famous
Spirit Island, a tiny islet surrounded by the towering snow-capped
Rockies. You may opt to join your fellow guests for a
guided hike through the Maligne Canyon, with its impressive
200-foot-tall limestone walls.
Day 6 - Banff
Today, stop for photos of Athabasca Falls and Mount
Kerkeslin as you return along the Icefields Parkway to Banff
National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site established
in 1885 as Canada's first national park. Arrive at your
extraordinary hotel, which is styled after a Scottish Baronial castle and known as the "Castle in the Rockies."
Day 7 - Banff
Bordered on all sides by wilderness, Banff is a national park
resort community surrounded by spectacular nature, home
to roaming deer, elk and other wildlife. Begin with a relaxing
and memorable float trip down the majestic Bow River. This
evening, gather with fellow guests to attend a farewell
Day 8 - Depart Banff
This morning, drive to Calgary International Airport, where
your journey ends.