Calgary Stampede & the Rockies
Experience the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth on this 9-day tour to the Calgary Stampede, celebrating its 103rd anniversary in 2015. Highlights of your tour include 3-day admission to the Calgary Stampede and visits to Banff, the Columbia Icefields, and Lake Louise.
Experience the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth on this 9-day tour to the Calgary Stampede, celebrating its 103rd anniversary in 2015. Highlights of your visit to this must-attend annual event include the GMC Rangeland Derby and Grandstand shows, the Western Oasis, Indian Village, and the Bell Midway Circus among hundreds of other events and activities. While the Calgary Stampede is the cornerstone of this tour, you'll also enjoy visits to some of the most acclaimed towns and attractions within the Canadian Rockies including Banff National Park, a drive along the famous Icefields Parkway with a visit to the Columbia Icefields, and lovely Lake Louise.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Round-trip transportation by rail departing from and returning to Chicago.
- Reclining coach seat with leg rest on Amtrak for two nights.
- First-class hotel accommodations for six nights.
- 13 meals.
- Extensive sightseeing including admissions to Calgary Stampede, Sulphur Mountain Gondola and the Glacier Snocoach.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.
Day 1- Depart Chicago
Calgary Stampede and Canadian Rockies tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago's Union Station. Early this afternoon we will board Amtrak's Empire Builder for the 1475-mile journey across five states to Shelby, Montana. Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost. All dining car meals are included beginning with dinner in the diner tonight.
After settling in you may want to go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for spectacular viewing. (D)
Day 2- Lethbridge
During the day we will roll across the remote flatlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana. Late this afternoon we'll arrive in Shelby, Montana. A boxed dinner will be provided on the train prior to our arrival. The deluxe motorcoach that will transport us throughout the Canadian Rockies will be waiting for us. Our first night in Western Canada will be spent at the Ramada Lethbridge Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 3- Banff
After a Continental breakfast (included), we will board our motorcoach and head northwest for Banff. The Canadian Rockies will soon begin to dominate the horizon. Upon arrival in Banff early this afternoon, we will embark on a Discover Banff tour. The highlight of the tour will be the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a spectacular view. Our home for the next two nights will be the attractive Banff Aspen Lodge. Numerous dinner options are nearby. (CB)
Day 4- Columbia Icefield
Today our travelers will experience the Icefields Parkway, North America's most scenic highway. We'll visit the Columbia Icefield. A ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specialized Snocoach will be a highlight of the tour.
Frequent photo stops will be made. Another high point will be the visit to Lake Louise and its famous Chateau. The setting is one of the most picturesque in the Rockies. A box lunch will be served en route. We will return to our Banff hotel for the night. (CB, L)
Day 5- Calgary Stampede
A Continental breakfast is included in the hotel this morning. You're free this morning to relax, shop, or continue to explore all that Banff has to offer. At 1:00 p.m. we'll continue on to Calgary and the magnificent Calgary Stampede. Our arrival into Calgary is scheduled for mid-afternoon. Our hotel for the next two nights is the Ramada Hotel Downtown Calgary. You'll have time to freshen up and enjoy dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. This evening we're off to the GMC Rangeland Derby and Transalta Grandstand show. The derby is the world's premier chuckwagon racing event; 36 drivers, 288 horses and their teams of outriders vie for over a million dollars in prize money. This is the Stampede's most renowned event. You will see the Grandstand show plus there will be fireworks and performing black stallions. (CB)
You're free to spend the entire day enjoying all that this major world event has to offer. Discover displays, attractions, and events: The Art and Lifestyle Showcase, non-stop entertainment on the Window of the West Stage, creative arts and crafts, and so much more. Don't miss the Co-Op Kitchen Theater. Some of the world's top entertainers will perform.
Day 7- En Route
The morning is yours to continue the explorations you began yesterday. This afternoon we'll conclude our Stampede visit experiencing the thrill of one of the world's all-time greatest rodeos. Six major events - Bareback, Bull Riding, Barrel Racing, Saddle Bronc, Steer Wrestling, and Tie-Down Roping are the backbone of the Stampede Rodeo. We'll continue to Lethbridge where we'll spend the night at the Ramada Lethbridge Hotel.
Day 8- The Empire Builder
This morning we'll continue south to Shelby, Montana, where we'll board the Empire Builder for Chicago. We will have a boxed breakfast en route. Relax in your reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes and Bedrooms are available for an additional cost. Once you're settled in, you'll want to head for the Sightseer Lounge car. The rest of the day we'll cross the remote flatlands of eastern Montana and western North Dakota. (CB, L & D)
Day 9- En Route to Chicago
Breakfast and lunch on the train are included. We pass through Minneapolis - St. Paul this morning and then head south along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago's Union Station mid afternoon. Many of our tour members will conclude their fabulous America by Rail vacation by transferring to other Amtrak trains bound for home cities. Others may spend the night in Chicago and fly home tomorrow. (B & L)
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Hampton Inn & Suites (Lethbridge) and Banff International Hotel.
Amtrak accommodations are available in Coach class, Roomette and Bedroom. Coach accommodations include a reclining seat with leg rest. Roomette accommodations include a private cabin that features two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, which converts to an upper and lower berth at night. Bedroom accommodations feature a sofa and chair by day and upper and lower berth by night. Bedroom accommodations also include a sink and self-enclosed toilet and shower. All train accommodations include all meals aboard the train and access to the Sightseer Lounge car.
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Dates & Prices
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|5th July 2015||$3,890||Book Now|
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Amtrak Coach: Departs 5th July 2015 ($2,595)
Amtrak Roomette: Departs 5th July 2015 ($3,190)
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 5th July 2015 ($3,890)
A valid passport is required for this vacation.
Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak station.