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Glacier National Park & Canadian Rockies - 8 Day Tour
While there are many tour programs to the Canadian Rockies, only this tour offers one with a magical and nostalgic beginning, travel aboard a 1940's style private Vista-Dome streamliner train, our own Great Western Limited to stunning Glacier National Park, Montana. Our guests enjoy a manner and style of train travel that has all but vanished with a choice of Pullman sleeping car accommodations, all with private facilities, comfortable beds, fluffy pillows and turn-down service. Onboard, there is an inviting dining & lounge area for relaxing in and meals are freshly prepared onboard by a skilled chef and served on tables graced with fresh roses and white linen. All meals, wines & spirits while aboard are included and there is simply no finer way to travel from Seattle to glorious Glacier National Park.
At Glacier National Park we have included the storied Going-to-the-Sun Highway on the famed red open-air Jammer buses and this is only an entrée to our next visual treat, breathtakingly beautiful and seldom-visited Waterton National Park in Alberta, a charming village many of our guests consider the highlight of their Canadian Rockies holiday. We then travel to Banff, stopping en route at the acclaimed Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a four-night stay in the heart of Banff Township. Few tours offer four nights in Banff and this allows time not only to see the nearby area and we have included visits to lovely Moraine Lake, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park and more, but also large amounts of free time for you to enjoy this remarkable mountain setting at your own pace. All sightseeing in the Canadian Rockies is included. Many meals are also included with such treats as breakfast at Chateau Lake Louise one day and dinner one evening at Le Beaujolais overlooking the Bow River, one of the highest rated restaurants in Canada.
With a stylish and elegant private train, magical Glacier National Park, picturesque Waterton Lake and four indulgent nights in Banff, this leisurely holiday will sell out quickly and prompt reservations are encouraged.
- Private train travel from Seattle to Glacier National Park, Montana aboard the Great Western Limited, a scenic journey over the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad with a daylight passage over the Cascade Mountains along the Skykomish River. All meals, wines & spirits aboard are included.
- Fully hosted from start to finish by professional tour manager who handles all of the details for you.
- Overnight deluxe hotel stay at the finest resort in Northern Montana, Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish with time to enjoy the spa, lake, golf and other amenities of this marvelous resort. Complete sightseeing in Glacier National Park including the legendary Going-to-the-Sun Highway and Lake McDonald cruise.
- Overnight in seldom-visited Waterton Lake, Alberta, with sightseeing tour the following day to Banff, stopping at Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump en route.
- Four nights in Banff in the heart of downtown at the Banff Park Lodge with its oversized rooms and great location and breakfast daily.
- Complete sightseeing while in Banff including the Gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise along with large blocks of free time.
- Transfer to Calgary airport (less than two hours away) on the final day of the tour.
Day 1 - All Aboard!
We board the Great Western Limited in Seattle late this afternoon and are soon running alongside Puget Sound during our welcome reception, a nice beginning to a refined holiday. Later today, we cross the Cascades while enjoying an elegant welcome dinner. Tonight is spent aboard as we roll east over the Burlington Northern Railroad. (R, D)
Day 2 - Overnight Whitefish
The luxurious Grouse Mountain Lodge welcomes us today and an indoor pool, outdoor spas, tennis, a fitness center, golf and fly-fishing are all available. There is a complimentary shuttle to quaint downtown Whitefish and we have intentionally left the day free to you to enjoy the resort and area as you like. (B)
Day 3 - Waterton Lake National Park
A day of spectacular sightseeing in Glacier National Park including the fabled Going-to-the- Sun Highway over the Continental Divide aboard an iconic red open-air Jammer bus, a stunning journey. Later today, we enter Canada and overnight at the historic Prince of Wales Lodge at Waterton Lake*, one of the most photographed sites in North America. (B)
Day 4 - Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump/Banff
We depart Waterton this morning with a stop in fascinating Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, an UNESCO World Heritage Site, while en route to Banff. Later today, we arrive in Banff and begin our three night stay in the heart of Banff village at the Banff Park Lodge. (B, L)
Day 5 - Banff National Park
Today is a full day to enjoy Banff beginning with a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain followed by a visit to the famed Banff Hot Springs. Later tonight, our welcome dinner with the rest of the evening at leisure at the Banff Park Lodge in Banff. (B, D)
Day 6 - Lake Louise Excursion
A day of stunning beauty as we travel to Lake Louise with time to visit fabled Chateau Lake Louise, one of the most photographed lakes in the world. We also visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks and have the afternoon and evening at leisure. A visit to the Cave & Basin museum is highty recommended! (B)
Day 7 - Overnight Banff
A final full day to enjoy Banff and a fine time to visit the nearby Whyte Museum for a view of historic Banff and its beginnings, the superb Banff Center for the Arts or river rafting on the Bow River. Tonight is our Farewell dinner with time for an evening stroll through Cascade Gardens, a delightful farewell to this magical village. (B, D)
Day 8 - Welcome Home!
A morning transfer brings us to Calgary airport by 11:00am where easy connections can be made for all U.S. points.(B)
Other Details: For our friends living in Vancouver or the Portland area. A complimentary same-day connecting train travel to Seattle and the Great Western Limited is included upon request.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Glacier National Park & Canadian Rockies vacation.
Prices are per person in US dollars and do not include Canadian GST taxes of $125 per person USD. All prices are subject to change.
Availability of sleeping car accommodations is limited and we strongly encourage that this be reserved at the time the program is booked since future availability cannot be assured.
Not included in the fares is connecting air or train travel to Seattle and the start of the trip nor home from Calgary after the tour.
*July departure overnights at the Waterton Lakes Lodge.