Calgary Stampede, Canadian Rockies & Glacier
All aboard the storied rails of the Empire Builder for a 10-day trip through Glacier National Park, the colorful Canadian Rockies and to the Calgary Stampede.
Book a qualifying USA or Canada rail vacation or rail-cruise package of $1,000 or more per person from the Vacations By Rail 2017 brochure and select one of the following complimentary travel add-ons to include with your package:
- FREE pre- or post-night hotel stay
- FREE coach class connecting rail
We set off on Amtrak's Empire Builder for a tour that includes Montana's Glacier National Park and some of Canada's most iconic towns, including Banff, Jasper, and Calgary. This unique journey combines natural elements with renowned attractions, which makes for an experience like no other. We begin with a tour through Glacier National Park, then continue to Banff National Park and Lake Louise. We travel to glaciers, through icefields and to look at breathtaking waterfalls before arriving in Calgary, where the famous Calgary Stampede awaits.
Highlights and Inclusions
- One night aboard the Empire Builder
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 13 meals included
- Going-to-the-Sun Road on vintage Red Jammer buses
- Sightseeing in Banff National Park, Jasper National Park and Lake Louise
- Columbia Icefields
- Maligne Valley Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour, including Spirit Lake cruise
- Calgary Stampede Tickets to the Grandstand Show, Chuckwagon Races and 6 major rodeo events
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Transportation by deluxe motorcoach
- Baggage Handling
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard the Empire Builder
Meet your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at Chicago's Union Station this morning to board the Empire Builder for our journey west. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - En Route to East Glacier Park
The train continues through Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana this morning, and perhaps the best place to soak up the scenery is from the Lounge Car. Large panoramic windows provide the perfect lookout over the natural undulations in the land. We arrive at East Glacier Park later this evening. Overnight Glacier Park Lodge, MT (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Glacier National Park
Glacier National Park is best seen from the ground, and one of the most iconic ways to enjoy the lush landscape is from vintage Red Jammer buses. With the top back and the windows down, we make our way along the gorgeous Going-to-the-Sun Road. This tour is the best way to learn about the wildlife, geology, and history of the park. Overnight Glacier National Lodge, MT (B)
Day 4 - Banff
Early this morning we cross the United States border into Canada and begin our journey to Banff. We make a stop at the Waterton Heritage Visitor Center, where we learn more about the region's parks and attractions and have an opportunity to explore Waterton. We continue to High River for lunch, then onto Banff. We arrive in Banff with time to explore this quaint town. Overnight Banff, AB (B)
Day 5 - Banff/Jasper National Parks
Natural wonders can be found at every turn on today's excursions. We will explore Banff National Park and everything it has to offer. The tour begins at Lake Louise, and after ample time to explore, we continue our journey up the Icefields Parkway. Stunning views await on the afternoon's excursion the Columbia Icefields. The evening is yours to enjoy the town of Jasper. Overnight Jasper, AB (B, L)
Day 6 - Jasper
Following breakfast, we will enjoy a tour of Jasper National Park and The Maligne Valley. We will enjoy the area's natural wonders and spectacular scenery. Your evening is at leisure. Overnight Jasper, AB (B)
Day 7 - Calgary
After breakfast, we board our motorcoach bound for Calgary. We arrive back in Banff in time for lunch and exploring before continuing to Calgary. Enjoy free time in Calgary this evening. Overnight Calgary, AB (B)
Day 8 - Calgary Stampede
Today is a free day in Calgary for you to enjoy the city or spend additional time at the Calgary Stampede. Transportation and Calgary Stampede tickets are included. Calgary's zoo and science centers are popular stops in the city, and there are numerous museums, galleries and shops to explore. Meet back with your fellow travelers tonight for a special dinner in the Clubhouse before the main event, the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show. Overnight Calgary, AB (B, D)
Day 9 - Calgary Stampede
This morning is yours to enjoy This afternoon; we make our way to the Stampede Grounds for the world-renowned Stampede Rodeo. Take in the sights and sounds of the rodeo, shop at the countless vendors, sample the food and do not miss the events. Bareback bronc riding, bull riding, barrel racing, saddle bronc, steer wrestling and tie-down roping are all highlighted during the rodeo today. Overnight Calgary, AB (B)
Day 10 - Conclusion
Your Calgary Stampede adventure comes to a close this morning. Make your way to Calgary's international airport for your return flight home. Your tour manager can assist with transfers to the Calgary International Airport for your flights home.
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Hotels include Glacier Park Lodge (East Glacier); Delta Banff Royal Canadian (Banff); Sawridge Resort & Spa (Jasper), AB; Delta Calgary Downtown (Calgary)
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.
+Vacations By Rail can supply connecting rail from your closest Amtrak Station.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be similar in quality and amenities.
Dates & Prices
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|8th July 2017||$2,995||Book Now|
|8th July 2017||$3,364||Book Now|
|8th July 2017||$3,664||Book Now|
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Amtrak Coach: Departs 8th July 2017 ($2,995)
Amtrak Roomette: Departs 8th July 2017 ($3,364)
Amtrak Bedroom: Departs 8th July 2017 ($3,664)
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