Canadian Rockies & the Calgary Stampede
Board the Empire Builder in Chicago. You will travel to Canada to experience the Calgary Stampede and the Canadian Rockies.
Experience the Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth on this 9-day tour to the Calgary Stampede, celebrating its 104th anniversary in 2016. 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.
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Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip transportation by Amtrak (2 nights on train)
- Hotel accommodations for six nights
- 15 meals
- Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump
- Banff Touring & Lake Louise
- Columbia Icefields and Glacier Ice Explorer
- Sulphur Mountain Gondola
- Calgary Stampede Tickets to the Grandstand Show, Rangeland Derby and 6 major events
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Transportation by Deluxe Motorcoach
- Baggage handling
Day 1- Depart Chicago
Calgary Stampede and the 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 onboard accommodations, visit the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge for spectacular views of the passing scenery, or enjoy a hot meal in the Dining Car. Overnight Train (D)
Day 2- Canadian Border Crossing
During the day, the Empire Builder rolls across the remote flatlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana. Late this afternoon the train pulls into Shelby, Montana. The deluxe motorcoach that will transport you across the Canadian border and into the Canadian Rockies will be waiting for us. Overnight Lethbridge. (B, L)
Day 3- Banff
After breakfast we board our motorcoach and travel northwest to Banff. The awesome Canadian Rockies will soon dominate the horizon. We will visit Head-Smashed-In Buffalo jump. Upon arrival early this afternoon, embark on a sightseeing tour of this breathtaking resort town. A highlight of your sightseeing excursion will be the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views of the surrounding area. Overnight Banff. (B)
Day 4- Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise
Today embark on an excursion along the Icefields Parkway, North America's most scenic highway, for a visit to the Columbia Icefield. A ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specialized Snowcoach will be a true highlight of the tour. Another high point will be a visit to beautiful Lake Louise and its famous Chateau. The setting is one of the most picturesque in the Rockies. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 5- Calgary Stampede
The morning is free to relax or continue to explore all that Banff has to offer. This afternoon, transfer by motorcoach to Calgary for the annual Calgary Stampede. We will check into our hotel before heading to the GMC Rangeland Derby and Transalta Grandstand Show. The Derby is the world's premier chuckwagon racing event complete with 36 drivers, 288 horses and their teams of outriders vying for the over one million dollars in prize money. This is the Stampede's most renowned event! The Grandstand show features the Volte. This stunning program includes a rock opera musical score and gravity defying sights as well as fireworks and performing black stallions. Overnight Calgary (B)
Day 6 - The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth
The entire day is at your leisure to enjoy all that this major world event has to offer. Discover displays, attractions and events including the Art and Lifestyle Showcase, nonstop entertainment on the Windor of the West Stage, creative arts and crafts and more! Don't miss the Co-Op Kitchen Theater. Some of the world's top entertainers will perform. Overnight Calgary. (B)
Day 7- Stampede Rodeo
This 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. This evening we'll make the journey back to Lethridge by motorcoach. Overnight Lethbridge (B)
Day 8 - US Border Crossing
After breakfast this morning, we'll drive by motorcoach across the border to Shelby, Montana to board Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder for the rail trip east to Chicago. Once your train journey is underway, you will want to visit the Sightseer Lounge for expansive views of the passing scenery. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - En Route to Chicago
When you awake this morning the Empire Builder will be departing Minneapolis, continuing its journey south along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The train is scheduled to arrive in Chicago late this afternoon, where your Calgary Stampede and Canadian Rockies adventure comes to an end. (B, L)
Rail Your Way
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Extend Your Vacation
Extend your rail vacation with new city packages in Chicago, Toronto, and Vancouver. Optional pre- or post-night packages include hotel accommodations for two nights and popular local sightseeing, and may be added to the beginning or end of qualifying rail vacations.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include the Hampton Inn & Suites, Lethbridge, AB; 2 Nights Mount Royal Hotel, Banff, AB; 2 Nights International Hotel Calgary, Calgary, AB; and Hampton Inn & Suites, Lethbridge, AB
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 featuring two comfortable seats beside a picture window during the day, converting 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 travelers have access to the Sightseer Lounge.
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Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|6th July 2016||$2,595||Book Now|
|8th July 2016||$2,595||Book Now|
|6th July 2016||$3,190||Book Now|
|8th July 2016||$3,190||Book Now|
|6th July 2016||$3,890||Book Now|
|8th July 2016||$3,890||Book Now|
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Amtrak Coach: Departs 6th July 2016 ($2,595), 8th July 2016 ($2,595)
Amtrak Roomette: Departs 6th July 2016 ($3,190), 8th July 2016 ($3,190)
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 6th July 2016 ($3,890), 8th July 2016 ($3,890)
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A valid passport is required for this vacation.
Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak station.