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National Parks: Canadian Rockies, Glacier & Yellowstone

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Uncover the beauty and variety of North America’s national parks.

Take in the highlights of some of North America’s most alluring national parks on this immersive, multi-country journey. Discover breathtaking wildlife and geographic diversity as you make your way from the Canadian Rockies to the Grand Tetons. Scenic drives, jewel-colored lakes, geothermal marvels, snowy summits—this tour’s extraordinary landscapes and natural wonders are sure to leave you in awe.

Your tour package includes
  • 10 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 10 breakfasts
  • 5 dinners with beer or wine
  • 6 guided sightseeing tours
  • Expert Tour Director & local guides
Included highlights
  • Calgary Tower
  • Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Glacier National Park
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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Dinner

Welcome to Canada! Arrive at your hotel in Calgary and settle in before getting to know your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff, Alberta3 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Head out on a sightseeing coach tour of Calgary, a lively city that served as the site of the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.

• Enjoy panoramic city views from the observation deck at the top of Calgary Tower

• Drive by City Hall, Canada Olympic Park, and the winding Bow River

• Make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted

Later, drive into the mountains to get to know Banff’s dramatic landscapes. Sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 3: Sightseeing tour of Lake Louise
Included meal: Breakfast

Journey into Banff National Park to Lake Louise, a mirror-like glacial lake known as Canada’s “diamond in the wilderness.”

• Discover a landscape rich in wildlife and history• Stroll along the glittering shores of Lake Louise and take in staggering vistas of the towering Victoria Glacier

• Visit the grand Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, an iconic hotel located on the lake’s eastern shore

Later this afternoon, explore on your own or add an excursion.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 4: Free day in Banff
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in Banff to explore at your leisure or add an excursion.

Icefields Parkway & Glacier Experience
Excursion (additional cost)
Glacier County, Montana1 night
Day 5: Glacier County via Waterton Lakes National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Transfer into the United States to Montana today. Before crossing the border, stop to admire some of Alberta’s scenic gems.

• Drive south to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, a UNESCO-listed site that serves as a telling remnant from the time of the First Nations people

• Continue on to Waterton Lakes National Park, a picturesque area dotted with rugged mountains and dense wilderness

• Enjoy afternoon tea at the charming Prince of Wales Hotel, which is perched on a bluff and flanked by a curtain of mountains

Missoula, Montana1 night
Day 6: Missoula via Glacier National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Hop in a Red Jammer car and make your way along the Going-to-the-Sun Road, a national landmark considered to be one of the world’s most scenic drives. (Please note: Activities in Glacier National Park may vary depending on the season and weather conditions.)

• Marvel at cedar forests, rocky cliffs, and glacial lakes as you wind your way through Glacier National Park, which makes up a portion of the UNESCO-listed International Peace Park

• Appreciate the wilderness of the park and take in the sight of melting glaciers that experts estimate will be gone within the coming decades

Then, take in views of the changing landscape as you continue on to Missoula for dinner.

(Please note: Early June and September departures may overnight in Kalispell instead of Missoula.)

Yellowstone Region, Montana2 nights
Day 7: Yellowstone Region via Smokejumper Visitor Center
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Learn about the area's culture as you make your way to the Yellowstone region today.

• Stop at the Smokejumper Visitor Center, the largest smokejumper base in the U.S.

• Join a smokejumper for a tour of the headquarters to see the equipment used to fight fires

Continue on to the Yellowstone region and sit down for an included dinner this evening.

Day 8: Sightseeing tour of Yellowstone National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Drive into Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, designated the world’s first national park in 1872, to discover its unique landscape and vast array of animal life with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Make a photo stop at the Fountain Paint Pot, a colorful, geothermal mudpot located in the Lower Geyser Basin

• Stroll along the boardwalks around Old Faithful, a famous, frequently erupting cone-type geyser that reaches between 100 and 200 feet high

• Head to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which was created by the erosive forces of water thousands of years ago

• Stop at the canyon’s Upper and Lower Falls for sweeping perspectives of the area at Inspiration Point and Artist Point

• Drive further north to spend free time at the ethereal, terraced Mammoth Hot Springs before making your way back to West Yellowstone

Jackson, Wyoming2 nights
Day 9: Jackson via Grand Teton National Park
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a scenic drive to Jackson, one of the West’s premier arts communities. Stop along the way for photo ops in Grand Teton National Park, an area that has a human history dating back over 10,000 years.

• Explore the Grand Tetons, the youngest mountain range in the Rockies

• Try to spot elk, coyotes, black bears, wolves, bison and the elusive mountain lion

Upon arrival in Jackson, take a free afternoon to explore on your own.

Day 10: Free day in Jackson
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Spend a free day in Jackson or add an excursion.

Then, celebrate your trip with your group at a farewell dinner this evening.

Snake River Float
Excursion (additional cost)
Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & prices
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18 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
May 28–Jun 7, 2020
$4,379CAD
Jun 11–Jun 21, 2020
$4,929CAD
Jun 25–Jul 5, 2020
$4,929CAD
Jul 9–Jul 19, 2020
$4,929CAD
Jul 23–Aug 2, 2020
$4,929CAD
Aug 6–Aug 16, 2020
$4,929CAD
Aug 20–Aug 30, 2020
$4,829CAD
Sep 3–Sep 13, 2020
$4,829CAD
Sep 17–Sep 27, 2020
$4,829CAD
May 27–Jun 6, 2021
$4,379CAD
Jun 10–Jun 20, 2021
$4,929CAD
Jun 24–Jul 4, 2021
$4,929CAD
Jul 8–Jul 18, 2021
$4,929CAD
Jul 22–Aug 1, 2021
$4,929CAD
Aug 5–Aug 15, 2021
$4,929CAD
Aug 19–Aug 29, 2021
$4,829CAD
Sep 2–Sep 12, 2021
$4,829CAD
Sep 16–Sep 26, 2021
$4,829CAD
Reviews
4.6 average
Our reviews are authentic and unedited.
by 9th time traveler 

A welcome and departure planned dinner is okay but would prefer to chose decide when, where and what I eat the rest of the time. My excellent rating would only be the glacier walk, high tea at Prince of Wales hotel. Fair rating for planned meals. Good for everything else.

Great Adventure: I’d Like to Go Again!
by 5th time traveler 

This amazing trip was filled with breathtaking beauty! As if a tour of historical Fort Calgary, then on to beautiful Lake Louise, to the gondola rides up and down Sulphur Mountain in Banff, and the Icefields walk on Columbia Glacier weren’t enough, our adventure was just beginning. I wasn’t sure if...

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Great tour
by 6th time traveler 

Beautiful tour through the Canadian, Montana and Wyoming Rockies. Our tour director Dave was fabulous, knowledgeable and entertaining and really added to the whole experience. We covered a lot of territory and I thought the itinerary did a very good job of breaking up the drives with interesting "ex...

by 2nd time traveler 

The tour was amazing. Our tour guide Dave went above and beyond to make the trip interesting and enjoyable. He was so knowledgeable and has a great personality for the job.

Great adventure
by 2nd time traveler 

This trip was amazing!! the itinerary was awesome! The rooms were great and so was the food! Our tour guide was very nice and so was the bus driver! Every detail was taken care of, we did not even have to move our luggage, yep that was taken care of also! The people on this trip were very nice and ...

Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.

Hotels

We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.

Elk Country Inn

This western hotel is located in the Historic neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness room, a free ski shuttle, and a picnic area. Nearby, you’ll find Gr...

Holiday Inn Missoula

This contemporary hotel is located downtown. Guests enjoy a fitness center, indoor pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Rocky Mountain Elk Fo...

Glacier Peaks Hotel

This lodge-style hotel is located in East Glacier Park Village. Guests enjoy a golf course, an espresso bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you'll find Glaci...

Irwin's Mountain Inn

An absolutely charming Banff hotel, The Irwin's Mountain Inn is an ideal choice for accommodation in the Canadian Rockies. A family owned and operated...

International Hotel Calgary

This sleek hotel is located downtown. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and spa. Nearby, you’ll find Prince’s Island Park, Bow River, and shopping ...

Holiday Inn West Yellowstone

This lodge-style hotel is located near the entrance to Yellowstone National Park. Guests enjoy a fitness center, pool, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll ...

Flights

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Local weather
Banff, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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Jackson, United States
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • U.S. and Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within their home country.
  • Canadian citizens entering the U.S. and U.S. citizens entering Canada need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each destination country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 1 hour daily across moderately uneven terrain, including paved roads and ice, with some steep inclines. Some activities will take place at high altitudes.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own baggage at times.
  • Go Ahead Tours and the Tour Director who accompanies your group are unable to provide special, individual mobility assistance to travelers on tour. The responsibility of the Tour Director is to ensure the group as a whole enjoys a relaxing and informative journey, and he or she cannot be relied upon to provide ongoing, individualized assistance to any one traveler.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in Calgary, Alberta and depart from Jackson, Wyoming. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
Baggage allowance
  • Please note that our travelers are limited to one checked bag and one carry-on bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • Contact your airline(s) for baggage size and weight restrictions for your flights, which may include on-tour flights in addition to your round-trip flights to and from tour. Please note that your included on-tour flights may have more restrictive baggage limits.
  • Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage or exceed baggage size and weight restrictions. Be advised that you are responsible for any baggage fees incurred on all flights.
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a light jacket or rainwear.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to this region.
  • Be sure to check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and personal travel requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • Please be aware that you will be traveling to altitudes as high as 6,000 feet above sea level. These high altitudes can sometimes cause breathing difficulties for travelers who have heart problems or respiratory ailments. If you suffer from any of these conditions, please speak to your doctor regarding any potential health risks.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to My Account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
Cuisine
  • Canadian cuisine closely resembles British cuisine, with elements that will be very familiar to Americans as well. While in Canada, you may want to try local favorites like butter tarts, poutine, and anything with maple syrup.
  • The western region of the United States is known for barbecue, especially in the plains and mountain states of Wyoming and Colorado where the cowboy tradition lives on. Try a bison burger or a steak for a true local dining experience.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • All of North America operates on 110-120 volts and uses Type A or B plugs with two flat pins or two flat pins and one round pin, respectively.
  • The majority of the hotels on this tour will have air conditioning.
  • Some of the hotels on this tour will provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances, but these amenities cannot be guaranteed for hotels in more remote locations.
Connectivity
  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
Time zones
  • Alberta, Montana, and Wyoming are on Mountain Time (MT), which is two hours behind Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 10am on tour.
Currency
  • The Canadian dollar and the U.S. dollar are the currencies you will be using on this tour.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans so that they won’t confuse your purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • Many banks and businesses now primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
Tipping
  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $7USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on your tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for optional excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased in advance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.