Yellowstone & Glacier National Parks & Canadian Rockies

August 31, 2020 thru September 9, 2020

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Get out your passport and your camera – we are headed to the magnificent Canadian Rockies! But first we visit two spectacular American National Parks in the region aptly known as “Big Sky Country”. We take in Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, and Jasper National Parks via scenic bus tours, a panoramic gondola ride, and a boat tour, with plenty of interesting cultural stops along the way. The towering Rockies, magnificent glaciers and cool green forests will be a wonderful way to end your summer.


Transportation

Air

Roundtrip air included*

Transportation

Motorcoach

Cruise

Lake Minnewanka Cruise included

Duration

10 days, 9 nights

Activity Level 3

Moderate

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

Meals

18 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) included

Availability

Available

Pickup/Dropoff

Roundtrip livery service included


Tour Highlights

  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Glacier National Park, with Red Bus Open topped tour
  • Lake Minnewanka cruise
  • Banff National Park
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Athabasca Glacier Snowcoach Adventure
  • Panoramic Dinner at Lake Louise
  • Jasper National Park
  • Tuccwiowhum Heritage Village

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip air transportation – to Salt Lake City/Seattle
  • All transfers and motorcoach transportation
  • Pick-up/livery service
  • 9 nights lodging
  • 18 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)
  • Admissions as described
  • Tours and local guides as described
  • Lake cruise and tram ride
  • Baggage handling
  • Bus refreshments
  • Services of a tour director
  • Local guide tips
  • Driver tips


Day 1 - Home to Salt Lake City to Idaho Falls

This morning we depart southern Arizona and fly to Salt Lake City where our motorcoach will meet us to take us to Idaho Falls, Idaho for our welcome dinner and an overnight at the Hilton Garden Inn. Idaho Falls is known for its extensive River Walk that stretches several miles along the Snake River, which flows through the center of the city. Meal – Dinner

Day 2 – Idaho Falls to Yellowstone

This morning we visit Upper & Lower Mesa Falls via the Grand Targhee Forest Scenic Byway, with stopping points to view the 114-foot and 200-foot waterfalls. We then arrive at the world’s first National Park, Yellowstone, established in 1872. We enter the park on the Western end and explore Mammoth Hot Springs, which looks like a cave turned inside out due to its limestone formations; Gibbons Falls, discovered in 1872; and Norris Geyser Basin, the hottest, oldest and most dynamic of Yellowstone’s thermal areas where you’ll have a sensory experience in sound, color and smell in the barren Porcelain Basin. We’ll stay the next two nights in nearby Gardiner, Montana at the northern entrance to the park. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 – Yellowstone National Park

Today we start by exploring Yellowstone’s Visitor Center where you can see, hear, and learn how the Yellowstone volcano, its geysers and hot springs and geologic history shape the distribution and abundance of all life found in the park. At the Canyon of the Yellowstone River we can see the colors of the canyon that resulted from hydrothermal alterations to the iron compounds in the rock. Of course no visit would be complete without seeing Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful. The billows of steam that rise from boiling pools and the spouting geysers are truly fascinating. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 – Yellowstone to Kalispell

This morning we depart Yellowstone, working our way through Montana’s “Big Sky Country.” We’ll travel through the copper mining town of Butte and verdant mountains and forests, including viewing Flathead Lake, which is the largest fresh water lake in the United States that is west of the Missouri River, on our way to the peaks, alpine trails and wildlife of Kalispell, a Salish word meaning “flat land above the lake.” This is the gateway to Glacier National Park and where we stay overnight. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 – Kalispell to Glacier National Park

Today we enter Glacier National Park and explore the Apgar Visitor Center and classic Swiss-chalet styled Lake McDonald Lodge, where we lunch before boarding the Red Buses in Glacier National Park and enjoying a tour along the “Going to the Sun Road.” As much of the park’s scenery is vertically oriented, the roll back tops are perfect for providing views of the area’s signature Big Sky. Keep an eye peeled for mountain goats and grizzly bears! Then we cross the Canadian border into Alberta for an overnight stay at The Bay Shore Inn in Waterton – the gateway to the Canadian Rockies. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6 – Glacier to Banff

We travel to Banff National Park, Canada’s oldest national park, and take a cruise on the peaceful blue waters of Lake Minnewanka. Don’t forget your camera because the lake and surrounding mountains are stunning. To cap off our scenic day, we enjoy a gondola ride and panoramic dinner at the top of Sulpher Mountain! The next two nights we’ll lodge at the Holiday Inn Canmore conveniently located near Banff. Meals – Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Banff & Jasper National Parks

This morning we travel Northwest along the magnificent Columbia Icefield Parkway into Canada’s largest National Park, Jasper. We then venture to Athabasca Glacier for a thrilling Snowcoach ride. Don’t forget your cameras, and jackets! Afterwards we return to Banff to enjoy free time exploring the charming town located within Banff National Park. The peaks of Mt. Rundle and Mt. Cascade, part of the Rocky Mountains, dominate its skyline. On Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare, boutiques and restaurants mix with château-style hotels and souvenir shops. The surrounding 6,500 square kilometres of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears. Meals – Breakfast

Day 8 – Canmore to Revelstoke

Today we travel northwest through the towering peaks and lush valleys of western Alberta to the famous turquoise colored Lake Louise, with Victoria Glacier spilling into a bay. We dine at the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for lunch. After we continue our breathtaking journey thru Kicking Horse Pass and take the Trans-Canada Highway into British Columbia and Yoho National Park and over Roger’s Pass. We’ll see the Spiral Tunnels overlook and travel through Canada’s Glacier National Park and the Giant Cedars Boardwalk along the way. Tonight, we lodge at the Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke, a mountain resort town. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 – Kamloops & Harrison Hot Springs

Today we travel southwest through Kamloops, where the North and South Thompson rivers meet, and Cache Creek in British Columbia’s Gold Country, visiting both a Farmers Market and the Tuckkwiowhum Heritage Village, where we see what it was like 200 years ago when the area was active in fur trade. We arrive late afternoon for our stay at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort, which is located along the shores of Harrison Lake located in the southern Coast Mountains. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 - Seattle, Home

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll cross back into the United States and head to SeaTac airport where we catch a flight home with vivid memories of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, geysers and more! Meal – Breakfast


Package Pricing

$4,590 per person

Double occupancy

Deposit: $200

$4,950 per person

Single occupancy

Deposit: $200

Price Includes

Roundtrip air transportation - to Salt Lake City/Seattle
All transfers and motorcoach transportation
Pick-up/livery service
9 nights lodging
18 meals (9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners)
Admissions as described
Tours and local guides as described
Lake cruise and tram ride
Baggage handling
Bus refreshments
Services of a tour director
Local guide tips 
Driver tips


Booking Policy

We pride ourselves on great service and an enjoyable experience for all and will go over our booking policies after you make your request for booking. If you’d like to learn more about our booking policies before your trip, give us a call at (520) 325-8839, or visit our Booking Policies page. Click here for more information on our booking policies.

Travel Insurance

We recommend that all travelers purchase a travel protection plan to help protect themselves and their trip investment. Travel protection plans can provide coverage for trip cancellation, trip interruption, emergency medical expenses and emergency evacuation/repatriation, trip delay, baggage delay, and more. For your convenience, we offer the following plan for this tour:

ADULT GROUP CHOICE

360° Adult Group Choice Flyer– Provides an overview of benefits and coverage limits

360° Adult Group Choice Policy – Provides the full coverage term details, including exclusions and limitations

$313 covers trip costs $4,001 to $5,000. Cost may be more or less depending on your total trip cost. If you do not wish to purchase now, the plan can be purchased any time prior to final payment.

Contact us to purchase. If you have questions about coverage, please review the policy or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 888.574.7026 or email 360group@travelexinsurance.com. Travelex Insurance Services, Inc. CA Agency License #0D10209. Travel Insurance is underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company; NAIC #22276. RWF


ITINERARY

For your reference, we send to you a detailed itinerary approximately 3-4 weeks prior to the scheduled tour departure. This has day-by-day times and events, hotel information where you can be reached in case of an emergency, and airline information.

The times listed on the itinerary are all approximate. We cannot be held responsible for schedule changes due to unforeseen circumstances with the weather, transportation agents, highway conditions, hotels or contracting agents.

ACTIVITY LEVEL

The Activity Level for this tour is Moderate.

Expectations: Expect a moderate amount of walking. There will be time to rest on the coach and between attractions. To enjoy this tour, you should be prepared to walk slightly longer distances, climb stairs and tolerate periods of standing, for example on city walks, sightseeing stops or ship excursions. The daily pace and timing can fluctuate significantly between longer and shorter travel days, with additional activities possibly occurring in the early morning or evening. There may be some changes in altitude or temperatures.

Appropriate for: Most travelers beginning with those who are moderately fit, lead semi-active lives, are comfortable participating in long days of activities and expect some physical exertion.

AIRLINE TICKETS

You will be issued your boarding pass the morning of our departure, after your arrival at the Tucson International Airport. If you have an American Airlines frequent flyer number, or a TSA number, please call our office at least 3 days prior to the tour to ensure we can note these in your reservation.

If you are joining the tour from locations other than Tucson, we make other arrangements for you to join the tour. Please call our office for more details.

AIRPORT SECURITY

Do not forget to bring your government issued picture ID to show at the airport. A Driver’s License or Passport is preferred. If you do not have the proper ID, the airline will turn you away.

BAGGAGE

We have arranged for handling for one piece of luggage per person regarding the skycaps (where available) and hotels. If you check through luggage note that the maximum weight for the checked piece of luggage is 50 pounds and maximum size is 62 inches (length + width + height). If your bag weighs over 50 pounds the airlines will levy an extra fee that you will be responsible to pay. If you feel the need to lock your checked through luggage and your bag is searched, your lock could be damaged in the process. You can purchase a TSA (Transportation Security Administration) accepted and recognized lock at any luggage store. Make sure you ask for a TSA approved lock. These locks are the kind that TSA screeners can open by using a special tool without breaking. Passengers can carry-on 1 bag (dimensions are limited to 10x16x24 inches), plus a personal type bag, like a purse. We advise that you pack your carry-on lightly. There are restrictions regarding your carryon baggage and contents due to enhanced security
measures. Attached find a list regarding commonly asked about items as well as an update. If you have further concerns, please visit the TSA's Web-site at www.tsa.gov. There is room inside the motorcoach for your hand carried bag.

CHECKED BAGGAGE FEES

On American Airlines our airline for this tour, passengers are assessed a $30 fee per checked in bag, by the Airlines, upon checking in for the flight.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

It is always a good idea to carry on your person a list of medications that you are taking and an emergency contact phone number while you are traveling. And we suggest making a copy of the itinerary and provide it to a friend or family member.

GRATUITIES/ITEMS INCLUDED IN PRICE

The traditional end-of-tour gratuity to your tour director is not included. If you feel your Tour Director helped you enjoy your tour, we suggest you enclose a gratuity in an envelope and present it individually at the end of the tour. Simply as a guideline, one may consider a per person, per day gratuity of $8.00 per tour guide as an average to be modified by one’s own personal experience. All hotel porterage and airport skycap (when available) fees are included. We also include the gratuities for the coach/livery drivers. Maid tips are not included.

LIVERY

For your convenience, we have a (round-tour) door-to-door pickup service with each multi-day tour. (This service is not available to all clients depending on your location.) Approximately 2 to 3 days prior to the departure date you will receive a call from our office and we will tell you your assigned pickup time. (These times can vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic.)

LODGING REQUESTS

If you would like to request special accommodations at the hotel(s) where we are lodging, please call us as soon as possible and we will forward these requests for you. The phone numbers of the hotel(s) where we are staying are listed on the itinerary.

Many hotels around the country have instituted a "reconditioning fee" of $300 or more that is levied upon a guest that smokes in a non-smoking room. If this occurs during our tour you will be responsible for paying this fee to the hotel prior to check-out.

TRAVEL REQUESTS

We pay close attention to your requests but please realize that these are merely requests and cannot be guaranteed.

RESPONSIBILITY

Pleasurebent Tours acts solely as an agent in arranging hotels, transportation, sightseeing, baggage-handling, and other services and does not assume any liability for injury, damage, loss or delay due to any act or default of any company or person. We, along with our subcontractors, reserve the right to make changes to an itinerary if it is necessary for the proper handling of a tour.

WEATHER AND CLOTHING/MISC. SUGGESTIONS

The weather can vary greatly on this tour, ranging from cold and blustery in the mountains to rainy and damp in in the valleys, but oftentimes the weather can be 80 degrees and sunny. Please be sure to bring a sweater and/or rain jacket, along with good walking shoes and a hat and gloves. There are no dress codes for the areas we take you on this tour.

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