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    Sulphur Mountain gondola, Banff Alberta

Alberta Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls – 8 Days / 7 Nights

 

Explore the Canadian Rockies from Calgary to Edmonton. Many people love to visit Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper every year. Our tour that takes you from Calgary, through the Rockies, ending in Edmonton is the perfect trip to see the Rockies along with sightseeing tours along the way that make this tour a “MUST”!

 

Day 1 – Arrive Calgary to Banff
Welcome to Alberta and the Canadian Rockies! Your tour begins with a transfer from Calgary to the rich in history town of Banff. Known for its Hot Springs, Banff has developed from a railroad stop to one of the best known resorts in the world!
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 2 – Banff
Bring your camera, as your “Explore Banff” tour takes you along Tunnel Mountain Drive for a great view of Banff. Other highlights of this tour include: Cave and Basin National Historic Site, the “Hoodoo’s”, and a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for spectacular 360* views of the Bow Valley.
Overnight –Fairmont Banff Springs

Day 3 – Banff to Lake Louise
Your morning is at leisure to explore Banff on your own until a mid afternoon transfer to Lake Louise. With long summer days you will have time to enjoy the beauty of Lake Louise and the Victoria Glacier.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 4 – Lake Louise
The Mountains Lakes and Waterfalls tour is offered from June 13 – Sep 30. You will visit the natural attractions of Yoho National Park, cross the Great Divide to the Spiral Railway Tunnels and view the highest waterfall in Canada. If you are traveling outside these dates a full Canadian breakfast buffet at the Chateau will be substituted for the tour.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Day 5 – Lake Louise to Jasper
It’s time to depart Lake Louise and travel on the Icefields Parkway to Jasper with a stop at the Columbia Icefields and a ride on the Ice Explorer. Emerald lakes, towering waterfalls, and mountain peaks make this a day you will not forget. Your full day sightseeing tour will bring you into Jasper early this evening.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 6 – Jasper
Jasper is not as well known as Banff or Lake Louise, but people who have been there always wish they stayed longer. Your “Explore Jasper” tour will take you to Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake. This excursion offers the opportunity to see wildlife in their natural environment. From Jun 1–Sep 30 the Maligne Lake cruise is included with a cruise to Spirit Island.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 7 – Jasper to Edmonton
Today you leave the Rockies and travel to Edmonton. Your destination is the West Edmonton Mall and the Fantasyland Hotel. This is the largest indoor mall in Canada, with shops and entertainment for everyone’s taste.
Overnight – Fantasyland Hotel Edmonton

Day 8 – Edmonton/Home
A transfer from the hotel to the Edmonton Airport has been arranged. We hope you have enjoyed your visit to this lovely country!

Tour Highlights – 8 Days & 7 Nights

  • Daily departures
  • Calgary airport to Banff transfer
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • 2 nights – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • 1 night – Fantasyland Hotel – Edmonton
  • Explore Banff Tour
  • A ride on the Sulphur Mt. Gondola
  • Transfer from Banff to Lake Louise
  • Mountain, Lakes & Waterfalls tour
  • Transfer from Lake Louise to Jasper including a stop at the Columbia Icefields and ride on the Ice Explorer
  • Explore Jasper tour & Maligne Lake cruise
  • Transfer from Jasper to Edmonton
  • Hotel to airport transfer in Edmonton
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel taxes, GST as applicable

Dates & Rates – 8 days & 7 Nights

  • Package is offered daily
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Season Land Only
June 12 – 27, 2014 $2,799
June 28 – 30, 2014 $2,899
July 1 – August 31, 2014 $2,999
September 1 – 25, 2014 $2,899

 

The Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is an iconic beauty amidst snow-capped peaks, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness. Styled after a Scottish castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, legendary hospitality and unsurpassed service for guests. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.

Fairmont Banff Springs

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Stunning scenery, majestic surroundings, breath-taking views, total bliss…..all these describe this wonderful resort located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise treats you to old world elegance with up to date style.  Lake Louise, known as the “crown jewel”, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. Unmatched scenery and service is what you’ll find here!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION - PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Toronto and Vancouver have excellent airport transfer service. If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver to receive your transfer.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING SUGGESTIONS…
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 to 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest one dollar per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1to $2.00 dollars per bag.

A NOTE ABOUT MILEAGE PROGRAMS
If you are a United Frequent Flyer, you can earn miles when flying on both United and Air Canada. To ensure that you receive credit, please present your “Mileage Plus” card when you check in for your flight.

A NOTE ABOUT YOUR AIR TICKETS
If Cartan has made your air arrangements, in your travel documents you will find a green itinerary card attached to the passenger copy of your airline ticket. Unless otherwise noted, you are on an electronic ticket. While you do not have actual flight coupons, you must present the passenger copy of your ticket when you check in with Air Canada or United. So, be sure that you have this available each time you check in for a flight. These air tickets are based on special airfares and are subject to charges if you change or cancel your flights. Once tickets are issued, they are valid only for the flights and dates shown.

Please note that each airline has different policies regarding their checked and carry-on baggage allowances. We suggest you check with the airline you are flying ahead of time for the most up to date policy.

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