17 days

Best of the Rockies

Best of the Rockies

Banff National Park

Glacier National Park

Mount Rainier National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Vancouver

Jasper National Park

Mount Rainier

Seattle

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  • Spanning two countries, two mountain ranges and the Continental Divide of the Americas, this is the ultimate wilderness experience. If you like the mountains, you will love this 17-day spectacular and comprehensive journey of discovery around the Rocky Mountains that is ideal for the adventure purist. Providing a close-up view of the natural world in the northwest USA and southwest Canada, we immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and discover a world that is as diverse as it is spectacular. Wooded forests, turquoise-blue lakes and river valleys give way to high alpine meadows, glacial lands and snow-capped peaks. Add hot springs, geysers and primeval petrified forests to that mix and it will not be hard to imagine the magic of a rural wonderland that is home to abundant wildlife and offers plenty of opportunities to indulge in a myriad of activities that include hiking, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting and horse riding.

    Why we love it

    • Spanning two countries, two mountain ranges and the Continental Divide of the Americas, this is the ultimate wilderness experience.
    • If you like the mountains, you will love this 17-day spectacular and comprehensive journey of discovery around the Rocky Mountains that is ideal for the adventure purist.
    • Providing a close-up view of the natural world in the northwest USA and southwest Canada, we immerse ourselves in the great outdoors and discover a world that is as diverse as it is spectacular.
    • Wooded forests, turquoise-blue lakes and river valleys give way to high alpine meadows, glacial lands and snow-capped peaks.
    • Enjoy hot springs, geysers and primeval petrified forests, as well as abundant wildlife and a myriad of activities including hiking, mountain biking, swimming, whitewater rafting and horse riding.

    Itinerary

    Day 1-2 - Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park

    • Your tour starts at 7:30am at the gateway hotel in Denver. As this is an early start we recommend booking a night's pre-tour accommodation at this hotel, which can be arranged when you book the tour.
    • After leaving Denver, you'll stop in at Boulder, Colorado before continuing past the Stanley Hotel - the inspiration for Stephen King's novel The Shining - to Rocky Mountain National Park.
    • You have a full day in the National Park to tackle some of the hiking trails.

    Day 3 - Saratoga

    • Head further north to Walden, a town known for its moose watching. Perhaps stop by the River Rock Cafe for a chickenfried steak. Continue to Saratoga, Wyoming, where you can relax in the nearby hot springs or go fishing.

    Day 4 - Sinks Canyon State Park

    • Drive to Sinks Canyon State Park, a geological phenomenon.
    • Take the Falls Trail Hike, a 5km round trip with lovely canyon, river and mountain views.

    Day 5 - Grand Teton National Park - Jackson

    • Travel to Grand Teton National Park.
    • Perhaps take a ferry across Jenny Lake before hiking to Inspiration Point.
    • Continue to Jackson for the night.

    Day 6-7 - Yellowstone National Park

    • Drive to Yellowstone, one of the world's oldest national parks.
    • Discover the Mammoth Hot Springs, Boiling River and Lamar Valley, as well as the park's abundant wildlife.
    • The next day, see Old Faithful Geyser, Yellowstone Canyon and the geothermal hot springs.

    Day 8 - Montana Ranch

    • Head into the northern Rockies in Montana.
    • Stay at an authentic Western ranch tucked away in the mountains.
    • Enjoy a horse ride and some home-cooked food around the campfire.

    Day 9-10 - Glacier National Park

    • You will continue northeast further into Montana and arrive at Glacier National Park - the ‘Crown of the Continent Ecosystem’. This park crosses two mountain ranges and one international border. It is spread over one million acres, contains 130 lakes and is home to abundant wildlife including the world renowned grizzly bear.
    • With surrounding towering glacial peaks, this park is sure to leave most visitors speechless! In your time here you will get to jump on board the free shuttle bus and enjoy the spectacular glacial scenery or partake in some wildlife viewing. Walking opportunities include the trail over Swiftcurrent Pass as well as an amazing hike leading to Iceberg Lake.

    Day 11-12 - Banff National Park

    • From Montana you will cross the border into the province of Alberta, in Canada, and continue to Banff National Park. Located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Banff National Park was established in 1885 and is Canada’s oldest national park. Its mountainous terrain encompasses coniferous forests, alpine meadows, icefields and glaciers.
    • It is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with opportunities for canoeing on Bow River, white water rafting on Kicking Horse River, mountain biking or a ride up the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Another exciting optional activity is to view all this scenic grandeur from a helicopter. Outstanding hikes are available and, with the abundance of wildlife here, there is always the chance of seeing an animal in the wild.
    • There is nothing better after a hard day of fun than a soak in the Sulphur Mountain Hot Springs. Banff’s nightlife offers great live music and a fine selection of restaurants.
    • The following day you take a drive to Lake Louise.

    Day 13-14 - Icefields Parkway - Jasper National Park

    • You'll travel on the Icefields Parkway (Highway 93), a scenic road that cuts through the heart of the Rockies and offers surely one of the world’s most spectacular drives. It links Banff National Park with Jasper National Park.
    • You will have a chance to traverse a portion of the imposing Athabasca Glacier on a guided glacier hike. Peyto Lake's turquoise hues are sure to startle you with their brilliance. You'll end your day by continuing to Jasper National Park and setting up camp for a two-night stay.
    • Spend a free day hiking or mountain biking, or perhaps take a tramway trip up Whistlers Mountain.

    Day 15 - Wells Gray Provincial Park

    • Drive to Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to some of Canada's most impressive waterfalls.
    • Experience a different side of the Canadian wilderness on an overnight canoe trip.

    Day 16 - Whistler

    • Drive to Whistler.
    • Spend time soaking up the mountain vistas, hiking, mountain biking or riding the gondola.

    Day 17 - Whistler - Vancouver

    • After a free day in Whistler, head to Vancouver.
    • On the edge of the Canadian wilderness lies the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. With a metropolitan population of over 2.3 million, this is one of the most attractive cities in the world, surrounded by water on many sides. Native American culture is very much alive here as evident by totem poles in the famous Stanley Park.
    • You will enjoy a short orientation tour of the city that takes you to the thriving Chinatown as well as Stanley Park. Your tour concludes upon arrival at the gateway hotel at approximately 5pm. Optional post-tour accommodation is available at the gateway hotel. Please inquire when booking your tour.
    • If you are planning to fly out of Vancouver tonight, please do not book a flight that departs before 9pm (21:00 hrs). You may wish to extend your tour by adding on post tour accommodation to make your own discoveries and further enjoy the delights of Stanley Park by hiring a bicycle or some roller blades. In the park is also the fascinating Vancouver Aquarium - home to playful sea otters.
    • Other options include strolling around the shops in the popular Gastown area, visiting the excellent Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia and learning more about Native American culture, and sampling the excellent dining options and nightlife that this vibrant city has to offer.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of a professional tour leader.
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Olympic National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument
    • Sightseeing (including entrance fees where relevant): Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Seattle and Vancouver.
    • Visit to hot springs.
    • All meals when camping.
    • Overnight stay at Western Ranch with meals included.
    • Transport in a customised vehicle.
    • Scenic ferry ride.

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Airport transfers
    • Airport departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Insurance
    • Sleeping bag
    • Any optional tours and activities
    • Tips and items of a personal nature
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Trip Code PNPBB
Group size 5 - 13
Start City: Denver
End City: Vancouver, Bristish Columbia, Canada
Style: Small Group

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