Embark on an epic encounter with the spectacularly scenic western wilderness of Canada and the U.S., where you'll meet the smokejumpers who risk their lives to protect remote forests.
SCENIC DRIVE along the Going-the-Sun Road, South Road, Bow Valley Parkway, Banff Windermere Highway, Sinclair Canyon, Icefields Parkway
VIEW the epic mountains of Grand Teton National Park
VISIT National Museum of Wildlife Art, Mormon Row Historic District, Yellowstone National Park, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Valley of the Ten Peaks
DIVE INTO CULTURE Dive into local culture as we visit Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site celebrating Montana's legendary heritage into cowboys and cattlemen.
Local Specialist Learn how the expert-trained smokejumpers parachute into national forests to help fight the spread of wildfires. (Day 5)
First Class Travel Highlights:
Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted
Optional Experiences and free time
All porterage and local charges included
Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday
VIP entry to many sights
Arrive Jackson (2 Nights)
The Old West gateway to Yellowstone and the Tetons launches our epic journey through towering mountain ranges and inspiring landscapes. Check in to your Jackson hotel and enjoy an afternoon at leisure before meeting your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Welcome Reception this evening.
Admire the dazzling natural wonders of Grand Teton National Park by raft as you float down the Snake River, keeping a keen eye out for moose and grizzly bears. You'll visit the National Museum of Wildlife Art, featuring pieces that date back as far as 2500 b.c. Then, walk through the town's signature elk-antler arches in Town Square as you enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. This evening, indulge in a true taste of cowboy life, joining your companions for a Regional Dinner at a local camp, paired with stories and music.
Jackson – Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks – West Yellowstone (2 Nights)
Learn about the Mormon settlers who battled the harsh conditions of Jackson Hole to sustain their community in Mormon Row, an Historic District we'll have an opportunity to visit as we chart our course through Grand Teton National Park. Travel along the scenic Teton Park Road and stop at the Colter Bay Visitor's Center to view a collection of American Indian artefacts. Arriving in Yellowstone National Park, you'll pay a visit to Old Faithful, watching as its waters arc high into the air as it has done approximately every 90 minutes since the Washburn Expedition discovered it. Encounter first-hand Yellowstone's spouting geysers, bubbling mudpots and turquoise hot springs and learn about this geothermal wonderland.
Yellowstone National Park Sightseeing
Our day begins the expansive landscapes of Hayden Valley, home to herds of bison, scattered elk and the occasional grizzly bear. Explore the rusting walls of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, then continue on the upper loop to Dunraven Pass and the Lamar Valley, the most ruggedly beautiful regions of the park. At Mammoth Springs, admire the gentle cascade of water running down the multi-coloured mineral terraces, resembling frozen waterfalls cascading down into the valley.
West Yellowstone – Missoula
Big Sky Country beckons next as we travel through Montana and stop at the Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site. Gain insights into the heritage of cowboys and cattlemen at this working ranch which celebrates the Western cattle industry. Our final stop in Glacier Country today is the Western Montana township of Missoula where we'll visit the Smokejumper Visitor Center and training base. Join a Local Specialist who will reveal how the highly trained smokejumpers parachute into remote areas of national forests to help fight the spread of wildfires.
Missoula – Whitefish (2 Nights)
Enter UNESCO-listed Glacier National Park and journey along its scenic Southern Road with a stop at stop at Lake McDonald Lodge, a National Historic Landmark built in 1913.
Glacier National Park Sightseeing
Journey deep into the Rockies this morning, weaving through spectacular glacial landscapes and mountain scenery on board the park's original renovated red "jammers" (buses). Cross the Continental Divide in vintage style, winding along the Going-to-the-Sun Road past such iconic sites as Rising Sun and Logan Pass.
Whitefish – Banff (2 Nights)
Today we traverse the border and leave the USA for Canada, continuing north to another UNESCO-listed site, Banff National Park, where tonight we'll stay. Our hotel is located in the heart of downtown and easy walk to many shops and restaurants.
Banff National Park Sightseeing
Embark on a spiritual encounter with the iconic and unexpected highlights of Banff National Park. Admire the ethereal beauty of Lake Louise, the "Jewel of the Rockies", as you gaze into its vivid reflection of Victoria Glacier should you choose to take a Lakeshore Trail walk. Connect with the natural beauty of Moraine Lake, one of the most photographed spots in all of Canada. Then, visit Banff where you'll have some free time to explore its art galleries and cafés before joining your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Banff – Depart Calgary
After breakfast, bid farewell to your newfound friends and transfer to Calgary International Airport or to the Westin Calgary for guests extending their stay.