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Saturday, May 18
The adventure begins in Canada’s spectacular city of Calgary. You arrive at the airport and are met by limousine for your trip to The Fairmont Palliser, a historic landmark hotel set in the heart of the city. Relax from your journey in your beautifully decorated and elegantly appointed room or explore the town. Take a stroll along riverside pathways or visit one of the many area attractions to experience the small-town warmth coupled with a vibrant urban ambience that makes Calgary a metropolis of wonderful contrasts. At the end of your first day in Canada, you join your fellow travelers for a welcome reception and gourmet dinner at the hotel.
Sunday, May 19
Following a relaxing breakfast at the hotel, we leave Calgary and travel the scenic route to Banff in our deluxe motor coach. At our next stop, the exciting town of Banff, we will visit some of the most breathtaking spots in the area and then take the gondola up Sulphur Mountain for lunch and an optional walk along the ridge of the mountain. In mid afternoon, we check in on the Gold Floor of the opulent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. That evening, we get together for a specially prepared dinner at The Fairmont Banff Springs. As an additional treat, we will offer a behind-the-scenes tour and find out what makes the hotel so unique.
Monday, May 20
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we embark on a tour that will be a feast for the eyes and spirit. We will travel the Bow Valley Parkway, stop at Natural Bridge, Johnston Canyon, Yoho National Park, and Emerald Lake—all places that will dazzle you with their beauty. After lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge—a gem hidden in a pristine wilderness—we make our way back to Banff. On your second night in Banff, relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner on your own. Dine at one of the hotel’s many restaurants or at one of the town’s famous eateries. Whatever you decide, we’ll make sure your evening is everything you want It to be.
Tuesday, May 21
A full-day of touring lies ahead on the fourth day of our trip. We leave The Fairmont Banff Springs in the morning to begin the trip to Jasper—a breathtaking drive in our own comfortable motor coach. We stop at the spectacular Columbia Icefields and take a ride in a special glacier ice explorer. Snacks and lunch are served as we make our way to the rustic and beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge in Alberta’s Jasper National Park. Unwind at the end of the day, and enjoy a relaxing dinner on your own—we’ll make sure you find the restaurant that appeals to you most. But you may just decide to spend the evening right at the hotel and dine at one of its many fine restaurants, including The Edith Cavell, The Moose’s Nook Northern Grill, and The Emerald Lounge and Outdoor Patio.
Wednesday, May 22
Rise to a hearty mountain breakfast at the lodge before departing on the Jasper sightseeing tour. We will drive to Maligne Lake and take the easy walk through Maligne Canyon before traveling on to Pyramid Lake, where we have the opportunity for a short walk on a peninsula on the lake—great for elk spotting and enjoying beautiful scenery. Lunch will be in Jasper, and then you can return to the hotel—or stay in town! There will be shuttles to and from town available throughout the afternoon. You can enjoy dinner in town or at the resort. Allow us to build an itinerary that will complement and satisfy your mood for the afternoon and appetite for the evening.
Thursday, May 23
There’s a lot to do at the resort or in the nearby town of Jasper, with a variety of recreational activities and places to shop. We’ll take a break from organized touring so you can spend an unstructured day on your own, whether it’s playing a round of golf, climbing a mountain, visiting the town, relaxing in the recently expanded and renovated spa, or taking a hike. Or just read a book and take a nap—it’s up to you! We will help make your day special in any way we can. After enjoying your free time, you join your fellow travelers for a reception and dinner to celebrate our last night in Jasper.
Friday, May 24
It’s farewell to Jasper as we embark on the next leg of our journey. We travel to Lake Louise where we explore the area. You will be stunned by the surroundings—and we will stop at Athabasca Falls, Peyto Lake, and Moraine Lake. Lunch awaits you at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, where you marvel at the vista of Lake Louise with its stark backdrop of Victoria Glacier. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the grounds, then gather for a delightful culinary experience—dinner at the Chateau. Your elegant Gold floor room beckons you to a restful night’s sleep.
Saturday, May 25
Arise and partake of a delicious breakfast and revel in the spectacular scenery Lake Louise offers as we embark on the return trip to Calgary. You’ll spend the last night of our Great Canadian Rockies Tour at The Fairmont Palliser. We gather at the hotel for our farewell reception and dinner that evening. While enjoying some of the exquisite Canadian-style dishes for which the hotel is known, we will share memories of our tour of the Canadian Rockies.
Sunday, May 26
All good things must end, and so it is with UNC-TV’s Great Canadian Rockies Tour. Still, as you depart from Calgary for the return flight home, you’ll leave enriched by the experience, refreshed from what you’ve seen and done, and filled with memories that are yours to enjoy forever.