Rocky Mountain Splendor – 7 Days / 6 Nights
Rocky Mountain Splendor is the perfect Canadian self drive. The ease of simplicity makes this tour popular! tour is easy to understand why. While many people were concerned that they would be driving in mountainous terrain, we were able to assure them that the roads were wide and straight, easing their way high into the Canadian Rockies. The scenery is spectacular. Your prearranged accommodations are in some of Canada’s most famous hotels. This year, count yourselves among the many travelers who have enjoyed the Canadian Rockies on our Rocky Mountain Splendor self drive program.
Day 1 – Calgary to Banff
Welcome to Calgary. The Budget rental office is right at the airport. Keep your luggage cart and walk over to collect your car. Your destination is either the historic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel or the Rimrock Hotel. The area is rich in the history of the “Springs” and the story of how Banff has developed from a railroad stop, to one of the best known resorts in the world.
Overnight – Banff
Day 2 – Banff at leisure
Be sure to see Bow Falls, the Cave and Basin, Tunnel Mountain and if you wish, take a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. After a day of sightseeing, take a soak in the naturally-heated Upper Hot Springs, or a leisurely cruise on Lake Minnewanka.
Overnight – Banff
Day 3 – Banff to Jasper
En route to Jasper, you travel along the Icefields Parkway, named one of the most scenic highways in North America. The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge has been named one of the ten best resorts in the world. The Sawridge Inn is centrally located in the town of Jasper, close to shops, restaurants and the rail station.
Overnight – Jasper
Day 4 – Jasper at leisure
Spend the entire day to enjoying all that Jasper has to offer! You can take a bike ride, swim, hike, play a round of golf or even go horseback riding. Consider a visit to Mt. Edith Cavell, secluded Maligne Lake or rafting on the Athabasca River.
Overnight – Jasper
Day 5 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Your reluctance to leave Jasper will pass as you travel south through some of the most beautiful vistas found anywhere on the globe. A stop at the awesome Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer ride on this prehistoric river of endless ice is highly recommended. Your hotel tonight is the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise or the Deer Lodge (Heritage King room), rustic by intent.
Overnight – Lake Louise
Day 6 – Lake Louise at leisure
The breathtaking aura of the Rockies is yours to revel in today. The Lake Louise ski area offers rides on their chair lifts that take you to lofty heights for spectacular views. Visit the Valley of the Ten Peaks to view lovely Moraine Lake. Don’t forget to leave time to enjoy the serenity of the turquoise waters of Lake Louise.
Overnight – Lake Louise
Day 7 – Lake Louise/Home
Return the car to the same location at Calgary airport. We hope you enjoyed your trip to Canada and we thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!
- 2 nights – Banff*
- 2 nights – Jasper*
- 2 nights – Lake Louise*
- *See price charts below for hotel options or ask to customize your choices
- Compact car with unlimited kilometers – pick-up/drop-off at Calgary Airport (ask about upgrading to a larger car)
- Alberta Travel Planner
- Hotel, car taxes and GST on applicable items
Dates & Rates – 7 Dates / 6 Nights
- Package is offered daily
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise:
|May 1 – 26, 2018||$2,289|
|May 27 – 29, 2018||$2,599|
|May 30 – June 30, 2018||$2,999|
|July 1 – August 31, 2018||$3,199|
|September 1 – 14, 2018||$2,999|
|September 15 – 29, 2018||$2,699|
|September 30 – October 7, 2018||$1,999|
The Rimrock Resort – Banff, Sawridge Inn – Jasper, Deer Lodge (Heritage King Room) – Lake Louise:
|May 1 – 31, 2018||$1,599|
|June 1 – 13, 2018||$1,699|
|June 14 – 30, 2018||$1,789|
|July 1 – August 31, 2018||$1,899|
|September 1 – 29, 2018||$1,759|
|September 30 – October 18, 2018||$1,599|
Staying at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge and the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise:
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.
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.
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!
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.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your voucher to the bus driver.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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 – 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 $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 dollars per bag.