Glacier and Canada’s Mountain Majesty
Embark on a dual-country train vacation as you discover the natural beauty of Glacier National Park, combined with the wonder of the Canadian Rockies.
Embark on a dual-country train vacation as you discover the natural beauty of Glacier National Park, combined with the wonder of the Canadian Rockies. Begin your trip in Chicago as you board the legendary Empire Builder for the 1,620 mile overnight journey to Glacier National Park. One of the United State's most famed National Parks, Glacier is home to dazzling mountain scenery, sparkling lakes and eclectic wildlife. You can discover all the beauty of the park by traveling along the renowned Going-to-the-Sun-Road.
After your time at Glacier National Park, head north as you make your way into Canada on your way to Banff. Explore this breathtaking alpine town as you embark on a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, for truly awe-inspiring views. From Banff you will travel along the famous Icefields Parkway to visit the Columbia Icefields and Lake Louise on your way to your next destination, Jasper. Spend the day at leisure discovering this gorgeous city.
While in Jasper, take a day excursion to Maligne Lake for a scenic cruise, followed by a motorcoach tour of Yellowhead Pass to for amazing scenic views of the Canadian Rockies. Afterwards, begin your journey back to the States as you board the Empire Builder in Shelby, Montana to Chicago.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Roundtrip coach class transportation aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder (Roomette and Bedroom sleeping accommodations upgrades available for an additional charge)
- Transportation aboard a deluxe motorcoach
- Hotel accommodations for 7 nights
- Sightseeing and scenic excursions per itinerary (admission to all attractions included in tour price)
- Services of a professional tour manager
- Baggage handling
- Taxes and service charges
- Glacier National Park
- Going-to-the-Sun Highway
- Canadian Rockies
- Sulphur Mountain
- Icefields Parkway
- Athabasca Glacier
- Maligne Lake
Day 1 - Depart Chicago aboard Amtrak's Empire Builder
Arrive in Chicago and meet your tour manager at Chicago's Union Station. Early this afternoon, board Amtrak's iconic Empire Builder for the 1,620-mile journey across five states to Whitefish, Montana. Relax in your onboard accommodations or visit the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge for expansive views of the passing scenery. Overnight train. (D)
Day 2 - En Route to East Glacier
The train rolls through the flatlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana today. Sleeping Car passengers will enjoy a wine and cheese reception in the dining car this afternoon. We'll arrive in Whitefish this evening. Overnight Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell. (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Glacier National Park
This morning we'll embark on a full-day tour of one of America's most beautiful attractions. Travel along the Going-to-the-Sun Highway, acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world. Enjoy spectacular mountain scenery, dense forests, picturesque lakes, brilliant flowers and abundant wildlife. There will be a stop for a leisurely lunch on your own at Lake McDonald Lodge. Return to your hotel late this afternoon with the evening at your leisure. Overnight Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell.
Day 4 - En Route to Banff
Board the motorcoach this morning for a full day of scenic travel as we drive northwest into British Columbia en route to Banff. There will be a stop in Cranbrook for lunch on your own and a visit to the Railway Museum and Gallery where we'll tour the perfectly-restored 1929 Trans-Canada Limited. By late afternoon we'll arrive in the beautiful mountain village of Banff. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. Overnight Banff Aspen Lodge. (CB)
Day 5 - Banff
This morning embark on a Discover Banff Tour, a highlight of which is the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular views. This afternoon is at your leisure. You may wish to shop along Banff Avenue or visit the Natural History or Parks Canada Museums. Overnight Banff Aspen Lodge. (CB)
Day 6 - Jasper
Today we travel along North America's most scenic highway, the Icefields Parkway, for a visit to the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. A highlight of the day is a ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specialized Ice Explorer. Another high point will be a visit to Lake Louise and its famous Chateau. The setting is one of the most picturesque and tranquil in the Canadian Rockies. A boxed lunch will be served en route. We'll arrive in Jasper late this afternoon with the remainder of the day at your leisure. Overnight Whistlers Inn. (CB, L)
Day 7 - Maligne Lake Cruise
This morning we travel to nearby Maligne Lake for a scenic cruise. This afternoon, board your motorcoach for the trip west through Yellowhead Pass for more spectacular views of the Canadian Rockies' scenery including stunning Mt. Robson, the highest peak of the Canadian Rockies at 12,972 feet. We'll return to Jasper tonight, where the evening is at your leisure. Overnight Whistlers Inn.
Day 8 - Icefields Parkway / Lethbridge
Today we experience North America's most scenic highway in the opposite direction as we travel along the Icefields Parkway toward Calgary. There will be a stop for lunch in the Banff area before we continue the journey to Lethbridge for an evening arrival. Overnight Ramada Lethbridge Hotel. (L)
Day 9 - En Route
This morning we travel 100 miles south to cross the border into Shelby, Montana, where we will board the Empire Builder late this morning for our journey to Chicago. Relax onboard the train and enjoy the passing scenery as you travel through the Northern Prairies. Overnight train. (CB, L, D)
Day 10 - Arrival in Chicago
The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago's Union Station late this afternoon where your Glacier National Park and Canadian Rockies adventure comes to a close. (B, L)
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