Discover the untamed beauty of the Canadian Rockies on a Banff walking tour, featuring towering mountain peaks and lush valleys. Ascend mountaintops by gondola and chairlift for breathtaking views, and slow down to appreciate the sounds and smells of the evergreen forest as you stroll near peaceful alpine lakes. In Banff, you’ll learn about the history and indomitable pioneering spirit of this charming mountain town. Magnificent scenery accompanies every hike, along with exciting wildlife sightings. Enjoy hearty boxed lunches on the trail, andat the end of the day a sumptuous dinner of local fare awaits back at your tranquil mountain lodge. A true immersion in stunning wilderness, your time in the Canadian Rockies is an adventure you won’t soon forget.
The Hotel Arts exudes an original and contemporary atmosphere in the heart of Calgary. This fine hotel is located in the up-and-coming Victoria Park neighborhood, home to a wave of exciting new developments, including a mile-long stretch of restaurants and bars. Four blocks north, explore the historic Stephen Avenue, lined with chic bistros, cocktail bars and the citys most fashionable boutiques and shopping. During your stay, sample the hotels raw bar or enjoy dinner on the outdoor poolside patio. If youd like to explore the city by bicycle, the property offers complimentary use of Brooklyn Cruiser bikes.
Mount Engadine Lodge
An intimate backcountry mountain lodge set in a beautiful alpine meadow at 6,200 feet in the heart of Kananaskis Country, complete with sauna and wrap-around deck overlooking the stunning Moose Meadow. Range of lodging options include lodge rooms, cabins, and glamping tents with full ensuite bathrooms, gas fireplace, and private deck. The Mount Engadine Lodge is the proud recipient of the coveted ALTO award through Travel Alberta for the category of Sustainable Tourism.
Moose Hotel & Suites
Located just a minute’s walk from downtown Banff, the new Moose Hotel & Suites is a four-star boutique hotel. The property’s rich, natural materials combine to create warm mountain elegance. During your stay, you may wish to partake of the onsite Meadow Spa & Pools, featuring treatment rooms, an indoor swimming pool, and two spectacular rooftop hot tubs with splendid mountain views. Modern amenities include in-room WiFi and air conditioning.
2020 Post-Tour Extension - Calgary
1 Night From $198
per person, double occupancy
Enjoy an early breakfast at Mount Engadine Lodge and bid farewell to your hosts. Then at 7:30 a.m. shuttle to your downtown Calgary hotel, with a drop-off at the Calgary International Airport (two hour, 10 minutes’ travel time); you’ll arrive at your Calgary city hotel at by 11:00 a.m.
After settling in, you can explore this sophisticated city with ease, walking to many of its landmarks and attractions from your hotel. Browse the art collections at the Glenbow Museum. Ascend the Calgary Tower for splendid city views. Wander among the shops on Stephen Avenue, lined with historic buildings. Or explore Prince’s Island Park, a peaceful urban green space in the Bow River. Local favorites include Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, then a short stroll away stop in at Sidewalk Citizen Bakery and continue on the urban pathways along the Bow River to Fort Calgary (a five kilometer walk). This evening, you will have many options for dinner on your own.
Accommodation: Hotel Arts
After breakfast, transfer to the Calgary International Airport for your flight home.
A complimentary small-group transfer is provided to Calgary’s International Airport based upon your departure time. (Transfer time to be communicated by your guides on tour.)
Flight + Tour Combo
|Exceptional mountain accommodations|
|All on-tour meals except 2 lunches and 1 dinner|
|Local guides with you throughout tour (two guides for groups of 8 or more)|
|Local wine and/or beer with dinner|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|One extra night in Calgary|
|Airport car service for arrival and by your guides at departure|
|Business-class upgrades available|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Despite being a true French Canadian, David Bazin’s accent might surprise you with it’s Australian twang with a bit of British and even some French! One might say that he is well traveled, but, as he likes to say : “as long as we understand each other”! The mountains are David’s first love, although his passion for wildlife is a close second. His dedication to and knowledge about the environment are true assets as he takes you to some of the most spectacular places in Canada.
Simon Fortier is always in pursuit of the next adventure and his desire to discover Canada’s natural wonders has taken him all over the country. Particularly memorable are the times he’s guided wildlife observation and multi-sport expeditions across the Canadian arctic, where he has sometimes spent more than 30 consecutive days out on the land! He has trekked, skied, rafted, kayaked, and canoed through some of the most beautiful areas his native Canada has to offer. Simon is known for having kept his childish heart with his endless energy and curiosity and it’s his desire to live great experiences that makes every trip with Simon inspiring and so much fun.
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