BEST OF THE ROCKIES
20 days departing DENVER from
Destination: USA / Canada
Tour Code: PBB
The Best of the Rockies provides a close up encounter with two of North America's most prominent mountain ranges, crossing both an international border and the Continental Divide. Begin your journey with `one of the best drives in the world', taking you into the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park, followed by the unique geologic formations at Sinks Canyon State Park. Bubbling geysers, hiking trails and wildlife await your arrival at Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Park, before crossing into Canada for a true wilderness experience. This tour is guaranteed to give you a hefty dose of Canada's most stunning national parks, plenty of wildlife sightings and stunning walking trails, before finishing in the vibrant city of Vancouver.
- 'One of the Best Drives in the World' through the Rockies
- Relax in Miette Hot Springs
- Explore the stunning Rocky Mountains National Park
- Hike to Inspiration Point in Grand Teton National Park and overnight in the cowboy town of Jackson
- Three nights at Yellowstone and the chance to see 'Old Faithful' erupt
- Free time hiking in Glacier National Park
- Two nights at Banff National Park and the adventure capital of Whistler
- Picture postcard views at Lake Louise
- Drive the famous Icefields Parkway
- Two nights at Jasper National Park
- Spectacular scenery and great photo opportunities
- Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
- City tour of Vancouver
- National, state and provincial parks: Rocky Mountain, Sinks Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff, Jasper and Wells Gray
- Four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the Parks of the Canadian Rocky Mountains
All departures of this tour are guaranteed, so once you've booked you can be sure you're going! This guarantee gives you the confidence to book all of your travel arrangements and simply look forward to your holiday.
|Accommodation:||13 camping nights, 3 hotel nights and 3 lodge nights. For your own tent and room request our optional Solo Sleeper (see 'Dates and Prices' tab).|
|Transport:||All transportation by private vehicle|
|Meals:||13 breakfasts, 14 lunches & 12 dinners|
|Guided:||Services of a professional tour leader|
|Group size:||Maximum 13|
|Wi-Fi:||Free Wi-Fi available in your vehicle (USA only, restrictions apply)|
You'll travel in air-conditioned private vehicles, which offer great flexibility and guarantee to get you further off the beaten path. For our upgraded fleet of vehicles in the USA ensure an enjoyable travelling experience and are fully equipped with:
Extra-large windows for better viewing
Wider seats with additional leg room
6'3'' interior height for added comfort
Full-height electric bi-fold entry door for easy entry / exit
Overhead luggage racks, reading lamps and a TV screen
Wi-Fi in the USA (excluding Alaska)
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Our routes have been carefully chosen to include the best night stops and highlights. However, as local and operational conditions may vary and unforeseen circumstances can arise, the following itinerary should be used as a guideline.
Download the Best of the Rockies trip dossier for tour-specific details including full itinerary, pre-departure information, packing tips and more about our style of travel.
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Our optional activities offer the flexibility to do the things you want to and leave out the things you don't. Below are the main optional activities for this trip which can be arranged once you are on tour via your tour leader and paid for locally. Please note that not all optional activities may available on every tour and prices are subject to change.
- Western saloons - Jackson US$varies
- Mountain biking - Jasper CAD$8-$75
- Aerial gondola/tramway - Banff CAD$40
- Chuck wagon dinner - Jackson US$25-$35
- Extreme zip line course - Whistler CAD$119-$199
- Ferry across Jenny Lake - Grand Teton US$15
- Scenic glacier flight - Banff CAD$195 or $325
- Sulphur Mountain hot springs - Banff CAD$8
- Guided glacier walk - Icefields Parkway CAD$80
- SkyTram cable car - Jasper CAD$40
- Horseback riding - Montana US$50
- Gondola ride - Whistler CAD$57
- Horseback riding - Banff CAD$65
Day 1: Denver
Welcome to Denver, Colorado and the start of your Rockies adventure. Urban sophistication meets outdoor adventure in this city surrounded by greenery. It's time to get acquainted with 'The Mile High City', so strap on your walking shoes and get a feel for the city's history, transportation and neighbourhoods. If you book pre tour accommodation there's plenty to keep you entertained before you join the rest of your tour group for a welcome meeting at 18:00 hrs in your hotel on the evening of day one.
Accommodation: Hotel included | Meals: Paid locally
Day 2-3: Boulder - Rocky Mountain National Park
As you leave Denver, you head out into the beautiful wilderness of the Rockies! The next three days of your tour will take you along what has been named 'one of the best drives in the world' and as you cruise through spectacular and dramatic scenery, you'll no doubt agree. Stop at the city of Boulder with its artisan feel and laid-back vibe, before arriving at the incredible Rocky Mountain National Park. This amazing national park contains miles and miles of incredible trails, 150 lakes and a wide variety of wildlife, so a free day of hiking here is the perfect start to your trip.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x1), lunch (x2) and dinner (x2) included
Day 4: Walden - Saratoga - Sinks Canyon State Park
Ancient trees, sagebrush and vast ranches provide picture-perfect scenery all the way to Walden, the self-proclaimed moose viewing capital of Colorado. Enjoy a brief stop in the small town of Saratoga before continuing on and spending the night in Sinks Canyon. This rugged canyon sits at the base of the southern Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. It's named for its unique geologic formations, 'The Sinks', where the Popo Agie River disappears underground near the mouth of the canyon, truly a sight to behold.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner included
Day 5: Grand Teton National Park - Jackson
Famed for its iconic soaring peaks, the 64 km Grand Teton Range explodes out of the ground with its jagged fang-like mountains. Rocky spires, lakes and forests fill the park, with more than 10 pinnacles reaching over 12,000 ft. There are many self-guided hikes to choose from today, walking amidst dramatic scenery and appreciating the geology and nature of the area. Perhaps choose a hike to Inspiration Point with views of Jenny Lake (ferry not included). Why not whet your whistle at the world-famous Million Dollar Cowboy Saloon tonight?
Accommodation: Lodge included | Meals: Breakfast included
Day 6-8: Yellowstone National Park
It's a beautiful drive today to the very first and most revered national park in America, Yellowstone National Park. Entering Yellowstone, the scenery starts to change from striking jagged peaks to colourful open meadows and rolling terrain. With the world's largest collection of geysers, this designated UNESCO World Heritage Site is a photographer's dream and perfect for nature and wildlife lovers. Famous for its geothermal activity, this protected land has become North America's most prolific wildlife sanctuary. The park offers an extreme variety of scenery including petrified forests, lush valleys, canyons, waterfalls and bubbling geysers, with steam rising from deep within the earth's crust.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included
Day 9-11: Glacier National Park
Situated on the border of America and Canada, the drive up to this stunning national park is simply breathtaking and you'll soon be dying to get out and stretch those legs. One of the largest national parks in North America, Glacier is home to around 26 glaciers and around one million acres of turquoise alpine lakes; nature really does impress in Glacier. Travel the Going-to-the-Sun Road (seasonal) for unsurpassed views or hike the 'crown jewel' of trails to Iceberg Lake and keep a look out for wildlife including Mountain Goats and Grizzly Bear that all live in the shadows of the magnificent craggy peaks.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x3), lunch (x3) and dinner (x3) included
Vast unspoilt wilderness and mountain lakes await you in the stunning mountain town of Banff. The oldest national park in Canada and situated in the very heart of the Canadian Rockies, this place will truly take your breath away. Home to an array of spectacular wildlife, around 1,600 km of walking trails and some of the most beautiful alpine lakes you'll have ever laid eyes on. Visit the famous Banff Springs Hotel, go horseback riding or take the steep hike up to Sulphur Mountain followed by a gondola ride down.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast (x2), lunch (x1) and dinner (x2) included
Day 14: Lake Louise
With its snow-capped peaks, ancient pine forests and aquamarine waters, Lake Louise is `the gem of the Canadian Rockies'. Lake Louise has always been a popular tourist destination, so it's no surprise that it's one of the most photographed destinations in the region! The vibrant glacial hue of Lake Louise will take your breath away. It almost doesn't look real, but believe us when we say it most certainly is!
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Breakfast & lunch included
If you want adventure, discovery and relaxation in equal measure, then you're in the right place. With over 1,000 km of exciting hiking trails and backcountry walking, taking you through more of Canada's spectacular wilderness, it won't just be the towering peaks that impress, but the astonishing amount of wildlife you see roaming freely around the park. Jasper National Park is also home to the world-famous Columbia Icefield, one of the only icefields accessible by road and the largest in the Canadian Rockies. At the end of all that adventure, it's time for a bit of relaxation, with an included visit to the Miette Hot Springs.
Accommodation: Lodge included | Meals: Breakfast (x1) included
Don't let the fact that Wells Gray is not a `national' park fool you, this place is stunning! The stillness, silence and isolation go up another notch, as you drive through the secluded park and experience remarkable scenes of high mountains, deep canyons, volcanic cones, brooding old-growth forests and raging white water waterfalls. The most revered waterfall has to be the famous Helmcken Falls, Canada's fourth highest waterfall. It was this very waterfall that provided Wells Gray with its provincial park status! The many smaller waterfalls around the park are equally as beautiful and we have every confidence that Wells Gray will be a highlight of your trip.
Accommodation: Camping included | Meals: Lunch and dinner included
Day 18-19: Whistler
Travel the old Gold Rush Trail though Cache Creek and on to the adventure capital of Western Canada. Perhaps better known as a winter resort, Whistler has plenty of activities and walking trails as well as being an area of impressive beauty all year round. Whistler Village with its alpine village charm and all the amenities of an urban centre is a great place to enjoy a vibrant nightlife and some delicious restaurants.
Accommodation: Hotel included (triple share suite with one twin room and one single room - both with private bathrooms and communal lounge area) | Meals: Breakfast (x1) and lunch (x1) included
With most of the day free to spend as you wish, why not explore more thrilling trails and soak up the last of the Canadian air before heading back to Vancouver? Visit Stanley Park, a 4,000-hectare green wonderland to see the authentic totem poles erected in the 1920s, before it's time to say goodbye.
Meals: Lunch included
- A 10% deposit per person is required to confirm your booking.
- Full payment is due 8 weeks before the tour departure
- We charge no credit card fees or hidden surcharges
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- Prices are land only. Call 0333 999 7965 for a flight inclusive quote (UK)
There are no forced supplements for single travellers. Accommodation is based on twin-share, so if you're travelling on your own, you'll share with a fellow passenger of the same sex. However, if you would prefer your own space our Solo Sleeper Option can be requested from per person (2017). This will guarantee you your own tent & room for every night of the tour. The number of single tents we can offer is limited, so it's best to book early. Simply select the "Solo Sleepers" check box on the booking form or request over the phone.
We highly recommend you book this trip at least 30 days prior to departure. Reservations received within 30 days will be on request basis.
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Tours begin and end at our designated hotels listed below in the departure and arrival cities. You can book additional hotel nights online or contact our sales team.
VANCOUVER - HAMPTON INN
This hotel is located in the tourist and commercial area of Richmond, close to the airport and 10 to 15 minutes from downtown Vancouver.
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DENVER - QUALITY INN & SUITES INT'L AIRPORT
Enjoy free wi-fi, complimentary breakfast, an indoor heated pool and free airport transfer to this conveniently located hotel.
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