ALCD: 12 Day Alberta Landscape and Cultural Discovery

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Day 1: Calgary – Banff, AB

This morning we depart Calgary and travel through the foothills before entering the great Canadian Rockies and arrive in Banff National Park, the first National Park in Canada and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Overnight: Banff
Hotel: Banff Inn
Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Lake Louise Day Trip

Explore one of the world’s greatest mountain highways while we travel the stunning Icefield Parkway to the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre. From the discovery centre we will board the Ice Explorer, a specially designed vehicle that will take us right on to the Athabasca Glacier. Travelling back along the Parkway we arrive in Lake Louise, considered the ‘Jewell of the Rockies’. There you will have some free time to take a canoe ride across the lake, a short hike or leisurely walk and explore the famed Chateau Lake Louise.

Overnight: Banff
Hotel: Banff Inn
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 3: Banff, AB

Start the morning with a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain on the Banff Gondola and enjoy a panoramic view of the valley below. Continue on a tour of Banff including Surprise Corner, Bow Falls and the mysterious hoodoos, ending with a interpretive cruise on Lake Minnewanka. Later this afternoon, a guided horseback trail ride will surely be a highlight of the day.

Overnight: Banff
Hotel: Banff Inn
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4: Banff – Waterton, AB

Bid farewell to Banff and the Rocky Mountains as we travel to Waterton, along the historic Cowboy Trail. On the way we will visit the Chinook Honey Company, one of the best honey producers in Canada and Eau Claire Distillery, Alberta’s first independent craft distillery. Later discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump with a guided tour. We will arrive in beautiful Waterton early this evening.

Overnight: Waterton
Hotel: Waterton Lakes Lodge
Meals: Breakfast

Day 5: Waterton, AB

Waterton Lakes National Park has an incredible mountainous landscape. A tour of the park will conclude with a leisurely boat cruise on Waterton Lake. This afternoon enjoy some time at leisure. There’s something for everyone at Waterton Lakes: great hikes, horseback-riding, canoeing, Red Rock Canyon, and even scooter rentals.

Overnight: Waterton
Hotel: Waterton Lakes Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6: Waterton – Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, AB

Today we travel to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, through the rolling hills and grasslands of southern Alberta. At Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park where histories, stories and dreams become one, we embark on a guided interpretive tour of this amazing site. Set in the prairie grasslands of southern Alberta, Writing-on-Stone is a sacred landscape; the spectacular Milk River Valley contains the largest concentration of First Nations petroglyphs (rock carvings) and pictographs (rock paintings) in the great plains of North America. Later this afternoon we will continue our journey to Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, a truly hidden gem of the prairies!

Overnight: Elkwater
Hotel: Elkwater Lake Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, AB

Discover a recreational haven for lovers of mountain biking, hiking, equestrian activities, water sports, bird watching and beaches. The landscape and elevation create unique habitats for wildlife, flora and fauna.

Overnight: Elkwater
Hotel: Elkwater Lake Lodge
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 8: Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park – Medicine Hat, AB

Explore the outstanding landscapes, prairies and sights of south eastern Alberta during your trip from Cypress Hills to Medicine Hat. Visit the Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. A marvel of contemporary Canadian architecture on traditional Blackfoot territory, just steps from the South Saskatchewan River, the Esplanade occupies an eminent position on downtown’s elegant First Street South. From its rooftop terrace, you can see Saamis, the shoreline escarpment which is the setting for the story of how Medicine Hat got its name.

Overnight: Medicine Hat
Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 9: Medicine Hat, AB

Often described as an oasis in the midst of the prairies, the historic city of Medicine Hat has a vibrant art and cultural scene and a down-home atmosphere. Tour the Historic Clay District – the Medalta pottery made here was shipped around the world and partake in a Progressive Cafe tour, highlighting places favoured by the locals.

Overnight: Medicine Hat
Hotel: Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 10: Medicine Hat – Drumheller, AB

Explore the world's richest deposits of dinosaur bones! Visiting Dinosaur Provincial Park is like stepping into another world. There's a chance for a new discovery around every corner! Explore badlands, camp under the stars or participate in an authentic dinosaur dig. Be amazed by the abundant fossils, unusual wildlife and stunning landscapes of this UNESCO World Heritage Site near Brooks, Alberta. This evening we arrive in Drumheller, the heart of Dinosaur Valley.

Overnight: Drumheller
Hotel: Canalta Jurassic Hotel
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 11: Drumheller – Calgary, AB

No visit to Drumheller would be complete without a visit to the Royal Tyrrell Museum, a world renowned paleontological museum with a collection of more than 130,000 fossils. Departing Drumheller we will stop at the unexpectedly beautiful Horseshoe Canyon viewpoint. This afternoon we arrive back in the bustling city of Calgary, and have plenty of time to explore the fascinating Historical Village of Heritage Park.

Overnight: Calgary
Hotel: International Hotel Calgary
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Day 12: Depart Calgary, AB

After breakfast, say farewell to your fellow travellers and depart Calgary with fond memories from a fantastic cultural journey.

Meals: Breakfast

Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before any applicable taxes. The pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person costs without airfare to/from the tour; however, we can book flights from your home airport for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


 

Start Date
End Date
Price
Single Supplement
Sat 14 Sep 2019
Wed 25 Sep 2019
$4,555 USD
$1,380 USD
Mon 7 Sep 2020
Fri 18 Sep 2020
$4,835 USD
$1,445 USD

 

 


 

CAD (does not include 5% tax).

Tour departs from International Hotel Calgary at 10:00am on first day. Please do not book flights departing Calgary before 2:00pm on last day. A mandatory single surcharge may apply to this tour if you have selected our TwinShare Program and we are unable to match you with another TwinShare passenger

Highlights



  • Heritage Park Historical Village
  • Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology
  • Esplanade Arts and Heritage Centre
  • Progressive Caf
  • Archaeological Preserve Tour at Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park
  • Hiking and stargazing at Cypress Hills Provincial Park
  • Dinner at Camp Cookhouse
  • Chinook Honey Company
  • UNESCO World Heritage Site Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Waterton Lake Boat Cruise
  • Guided Horseback Trail Ride
  • Eau Claire Distillery Tour and Tasting
  • Ice Explorer Ride on Athabasca Glacier
  • Lake Minnewanka Boat Cruise
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
  • Guided Hike at Dinosaur Provincial Park
  • Medalta Potteries in Medicine Hat

 

 

Inclusions



  • Professional Tour Leader
  • Transportation on deluxe motorcoach
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners
  • 11 nights of accommodation (3.5–4 star)
  • 21 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 dinners.

 

 

Hotel List



Banff Inn

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

A 10-minute walk from downtown restaurants and shops, this laid-back hotel is 5.3 km from Banff Upper Hot Springs. ... A 10-minute walk from downtown restaurants and shops, this laid-back hotel is 5.3 km from Banff Upper Hot Springs.

The unassuming rooms feature free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, minifridges and coffeemakers. Some suites add sleeping lofts, while others offer whirlpool tubs and fireplaces.

There's also a relaxed pizzeria. Other amenities include a whirlpool, a sauna and a steam room.

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Waterton Lakes Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

In a remote town within Waterton Lakes National Park, this lodge-style resort is a 5-minute walk from an Upper Waterton...
... In a remote town within Waterton Lakes National Park, this lodge-style resort is a 5-minute walk from an Upper Waterton Lake beach and 4.8 km from Waterton Lakes Golf Course.

Cozy rooms and suites feature local artwork and mountain or valley views. Upgraded rooms offer gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs, or kitchenettes and sitting areas, some with TVs. The 2- and 3-bedroom suites add full kitchens with dining areas. Some have vaulted ceilings and/or private balconies.

Amenities include an indoor pool, a whirlpool, a fitness centre and a games room. A casual bar/grill with 2 patios serves regional Canadian specialties.

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Elkwater Lake Lodge

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

Set within Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, this laid-back lodge hotel is a 5-minute walk from Elkwater Lake and a 2.7-km...
... Set within Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, this laid-back lodge hotel is a 5-minute walk from Elkwater Lake and a 2.7-km drive from Hidden Valley Ski Resort.

All of the simple lodge suites have satellite TV, coffeemakers and kitchenettes. Some have decks and full kitchens, while others include fireplaces and Jacuzzis or soaking tubs. Rustic summer cabins have full kitchens, shared outdoor picnic areas and satellite TV, while year-round cabins add heated floors.

Amenities include a traditional restaurant, an indoor saltwater pool with a hot tub, and an on-site spa. There are also shared sitting rooms and a deck.

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Comfort Inn & Suites Medicine Hat

Rating: 2 Star Accommodation2 Star Accommodation

Off the Trans Canada Highway and adjacent to Medicine Hat Mall.

Traditional rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi and...
... Off the Trans Canada Highway and adjacent to Medicine Hat Mall.

Traditional rooms and suites include free Wi-Fi and have flat-screen TVs, microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Some include desks with ergonomic chairs and/or pull-out sofas. Suites add separate living areas. Upgraded suites also feature whirlpool tubs, fireplaces and/or balconies. A few have heart-shaped tubs.

Continental breakfast is complimentary. There’s also an indoor pool, a hot tub and an exercise room, plus a coin-operated laundry.

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Canalta Jurassic Hotel

Rating: 2 Star Accommodation2 Star Accommodation

This low-rise roadside hotel in the Drumheller Badlands (natural area) is 14.3 km from Midland Provincial Park and 15.7 km...
... This low-rise roadside hotel in the Drumheller Badlands (natural area) is 14.3 km from Midland Provincial Park and 15.7 km from the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

Straightforward rooms feature free WiFi and desks, plus microwaves, minifridges and coffeemakers. Upgrades add whirlpool tubs and fireplaces, while suites add separate sitting areas.

Freshly baked cookies and popcorn are available upon arrival. There's also a steam room.

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International Hotel Calgary

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation

A 10-minute walk from the Glenbow Museum, this upscale, modern all-suite hotel is 11 minutes from the EPCOR Centre for...
... A 10-minute walk from the Glenbow Museum, this upscale, modern all-suite hotel is 11 minutes from the EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts.

The relaxed suites feature wet bars with minifridges, plus luxe bedding and flat-screen TVs. Wi-Fi is free. Some suites add separate living or dining areas, balconies or multiple bedrooms.

There's a complimentary breakfast buffet, served in the on-site restaurant. Other amenities include a fitness centre, an indoor pool, a sauna and a hot tub. Indoor parking is available at weekends.

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