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National Parks: Canadian Rockies, Glacier & Yellowstone

11 days
11 days
Group size1535 travelers

4.6 star rating

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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
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 tasting
  • 6 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Banff National Park
  • Cave and Basin National Historic Site
  • Lake Louise
  • Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
  • Glacier National Park
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Calgary, Alberta1 night
Day 1: Arrival in Calgary
Included meal: Welcome dinner

Welcome to Canada! Settle in to your hotel. Then, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at tonight’s welcome dinner.

Banff Region3 nights
Day 2: Sightseeing tour of Calgary & Banff National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

With your Tour Director leading the way, head out on a guided sightseeing tour of Calgary, site of the 1988 Winter Olympics.

  • Drive by City Hall, Canada Olympic Park, and the winding Bow River
  • Pass by Fort Calgary and make a photo stop at the vast Calgary Stampede grounds, where an annual festival and tournament-style rodeo are hosted

Make your way to Banff, a glamorous resort town known for its mix of outdoor activities, art galleries, and vibrant culture. Join your Tour Director to explore the natural wonders in Banff National Park, Canada’s first national park, this afternoon.

  • Pass by Bow Falls, the Banff Springs Hotel, and Lake Minnewanka
  • Admire Banff’s beautiful landscapes, which are rich in history and home to a wide variety of wildlife
  • Enter the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the birthplace of Canada’s first national park

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

Spend a free afternoon in Banff or add an excursion.

Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride

From $119 per person

Day 4: Free day in the Banff Region
Included meal: Breakfast

Enjoy a free day in the Banff region or add an excursion.

Icefields Parkway & Glacier Experience

From $145 per person

Glacier County, Montana1 night
Day 5: Glacier County via Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump & Waterton Lakes National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Light lunch

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 either afternoon tea at the Prince Wales Hotel, or a lakeside lunch flanked by a curtain of mountains

Please note: Afternoon tea or lakeside lunch is dependent on departure.

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

Travel along 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

Continue in to Kalispell to enjoy free time for lunch. Then, take in views of the changing landscape as you continue on to Missoula.

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

Yellowstone Region, Montana2 nights
Day 7: Yellowstone Region via Butte & Virginia City
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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

  • Stop in Butte, which got its start as a gold and silver mining camp in the 1800s
  • Learn why the city was once referred to as “The Richest Hill on Earth” before enjoying free time to explore
  • Step back in time to the beautifully preserved Old West in Virginia City
  • Stroll the boardwalks, view antique automobiles, play the penny arcade games, and view the two-story outhouse

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

Then, continue on to Jackson.

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

From $175 per person

Flight Home
Day 11: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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4.6 star rating

Overall rating 4.6 out of 5

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    5.0 star rating

    Tour Director Andreanne is the Best!
    8/10/23 by 2nd-time traveler Keitha

    Have been on several tours and learned that the tour director has a huge impact on the satisfaction level. And our tour director, Andreanne, was fantastic! If you are lucky enough to have her as your guide, you will learn so much about each stop and you will see additional, beautiful sights that ar...

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    4.0 star rating

    Beautiful scenery but wish we had more free time
    9/7/23 by 5th-time traveler Anonymous

    Lovely scenery in each of the parks! Patrick was a very knowledgeable and fun tour director, and Jackie was an excellent driver. Good inclusion of native peoples' history in all of the areas. Smashed Head Buffalo Jump was a highlight. Wish we had at least 2 hours free time in all of the parks to...

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    5.0 star rating

    Best Go Ahead tour yet!
    9/14/23 by 3rd-time traveler Lesley

    This was a marvelous tour, thanks to the efforts and thoughtfulness of our tour leader, Andreanne. In addition to carrying out her usual tasks flawlessly, she was always coming up with little ways to make our experience the best possible. Our driver, Ed, was also excellent and even cleaned all of th...

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    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.


    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.
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown
    Fairfield Inn & Suites Calgary Downtown

    This comfortable hotel is located near the Victoria Park neighborhood. Guests enjoy a fitness center and on-site restaurants. Nearby you’ll find shops...

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    Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa
    Banff Caribou Lodge and Spa

    This mountain lodge is located in the heart of Banff. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, the Red Earth Spa, and free passes for local transit. Nearby you'l...

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    Glacier Peaks Hotel
    Glacier Peaks Hotel

    This lodge-style hotel is located in East Glacier Park Village on the Blackfeet Reservation. Guests enjoy a casino, an espresso bar, and indoor pool. ...

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    Courtyard by Marriott Missoula
    Courtyard by Marriott Missoula

    This relaxing hotel is located in Missoula. Guests enjoy the indoor pool, fitness center, and bistro. Nearby you'll find Glacier National Park, the Ae...

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    Kelly Inn West Yellowstone
    Kelly Inn West Yellowstone

    This rustic hotel is located a 3-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park’s west entrance. Guests enjoy the sauna, indoor pool and lodge style déco...

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    Elk Country Inn
    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...

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    Passport, visa & entry requirements
    • U.S. citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within the United States. If you plan to use a state-issued ID or driver's license on or after May 7, 2025, it will need to meet Real ID requirements. Real ID compliant versions of these IDs will have either a yellow or black star, white star inside a yellow or black circle, or a white star inside a bear in the top righthand corner. Please visit for more information.
    • Canadian citizens need valid government-issued identification for air travel within Canada.
    • 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.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code CGY.
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    Tour pacing & mobility
    • You will walk for at least 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.
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    Transportation & arrival information
    • 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.
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    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.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code CGY.
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    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.
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    • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at
    • 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.
    • During the summer months, take proper care with sun exposure and heat.
    • 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.
    • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
    • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code CGY.
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    • 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.
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    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.
    • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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    • 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.
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    Time zones
    • All destinations visited on this tour 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.
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    • You will use the Canadian dollar and U.S. dollar 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.
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    • 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 $8USD 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.
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    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.
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