2020 Tour Details
Join us for the natural wonders of the Jasper skies on your escorted tour of the Canadian Rockies. Begin your adventure in the forested seaside city of Vancouver for guided sightseeing before traveling through the lush valleys and mountain passes to the historic village of Kamloops. Stroll along the South Thompson River and dine at a local restaurant or brewery in this historic mining, railroad, and cattle town. Continue to Jasper—considered the largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world. Enjoy a special community Moon Viewing, complete with telescopes. Enjoy free time to explore Jasper National Park or the Jasper Wildlife Museum, then attend the Jasper Planetarium & Telescope Experience. Learn about this spectacular Dark Sky Preserve in a dome theater experience, complete with the most powerful telescope in the Rocky Mountains. Venture outside to look for the red, blue, and green flashes of the Northern Lights. Spend a day at Jasper’s Dark Sky Festival to revisit the planetarium or keep your eyes on wildlife sightings around town. Hear a fascinating and inspiring Keynote Presentation by guest speakers steeped in astronomic lore. You’ll travel to the lovely shores of Lake Louise for an overnight stay at the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Take in the crisp mountain air, take a gondola ride up the mountain to spy for bear, or just relax at this world-renowned lakeside resort. You’ll travel to Banff National Park for sightseeing, including Bow Falls. Spend two nights in Banff, with time to explore on your own, shop and dine on Banff Avenue, browse in a museum, ride the gondola for nighttime sky-viewing, or soak in the natural hot springs in this remarkable Rocky Mountain setting.
Destinations & Sightseeing
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing; Moon Viewing;
Jasper Planetarium & Telescope Experience;
Jasper Dark Sky Keynote Presentation
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Free Wi-Fi available in most hotels.
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Meals & Itinerary
Breakfast daily, 3 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Banff
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.
Day 2 VANCOUVER–KAMLOOPS
This morning, tour Vancouver including the waterfront, Chinatown, and Stanley Park with its old-growth evergreen forests and totem poles. Later, travel east through lush valleys and over mountain passes to Kamloops, a historic village with links to mining, railways, and British Columbia’s thriving cattle industry. Tonight, why not visit a local restaurant, brewery, or stroll along the banks of the South Thompson River?
Day 3 KAMLOOPS–JASPER
After breakfast, continue east through the scenic Canadian Rockies to Jasper, recognized as the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the world due to its limited light pollution and expansive wilderness. After a sightseeing tour, enjoy free time to explore the charming mountain village. Tonight, a special community MOON VIEWING opportunity with Parks Canada Interpreters available with an assortment of telescopes set up for everyone’s enjoyment.
Day 4 JASPER
Today is yours to discover all that the JASPER NATIONAL PARK has to offer. During your free time, explore the Jasper Wildlife Museum, join a hike, or sample the local craft beers. Tonight, enjoy the JASPER PLANETARIUM & TELESCOPE EXPERIENCE to hear the story of Jasper’s Dark Sky Preserve via a dome theater experience followed by a tour of the largest and most powerful telescope in the Rockies. Here, learn how the telescope works and see the latest imagery from the night skies above. Later, you may choose to venture out in search of the Northern Lights, dazzling dashes of red, blue, and green streaking across the sky only to melt and regroup before your eyes.
Day 5 JASPER
A day to explore all the wonders of the Dark Sky Festival. You may choose to return to the planetarium for interactive shows, a solar-viewing, or a chance to speak with local experts. Or perhaps a stroll around the village in search of wildlife as they become more active in the cooler October temperatures? Tonight, join your Tour Director for a special KEYNOTE PRESENTATION with notable guest speakers sharing their astronomic experiences.
Day 6 JASPER–LAKE LOUISE
After a morning at leisure, we travel to the beautiful shores of Lake Louise and the majestic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Take in the fresh air and marvel at the incredible mountain scenery. You may choose to walk around the lake, ride the gondola in search of bears, or simply relax at the resort. SPECIAL FEATURE: Your hotel tonight in the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Situated in one of the world’s most breathtaking settings, it evokes a sense of timeless beauty, warmth, intimacy, and Old World charm. The resort affords incredible opportunities for sightseeing, recreation, photography, and dining.
Day 7 LAKE LOUISE–BANFF
This morning is at leisure to relax and recharge or explore the elegant alpine paradise. Watch the sunrise or simply enjoy a cup of coffee while taking in the tranquil scenery. Later, travel to BANFF NATIONAL PARK, where sightseeing includes a visit to Bow Falls. Spend two nights in Banff where your hotel is located within easy walking distance to the heart of downtown.
Day 8 BANFF
Spend a full free day to explore Banff on your own. You may wish to stroll along Banff Avenue visiting shops and galleries. Other options include visiting one of the town’s museums, taking a soak in the natural hot springs, enjoying a massage, or striking up a conversation with a local at one of the town’s coffee shops. Tonight, join your Tour Director for a festive farewell dinner, the perfect ending to your adventure.
Day 9 BANFF–CALGARY
Your tour comes to a close today as you arrive at Calgary International Airport for your flight home. Flights should be scheduled after 2 pm.
With GLOBUS, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of a Tour Director. We’d like you to meet one of our Tour Directors, who average over a decade of experience and are representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.
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“Brad began his career in tourism as part of a very small team of passionate guides onboard the fledgling Rocky Mountaineer. Over the next 15 years, he moved his way up in the company, eventually running the Guest Services Department and helping to shape the train into a world-class experience. Twenty years later, he has owned his own travel agencies, tour companies and also written marketing materials, with a flair for working with tourism based companies. In 2007, he decided to start motorcoach touring, beginning as an international guide in China and Italy before finally deciding to focus on Canada's West Coast and the Rocky Mountains, his own backyard. He has escorted thousands of inspired guests through one of the most beautiful areas of the world.”
No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else,
we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.
When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination,
so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities.
Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value.
Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences.
We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.
The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyGlobus site 90 days prior to the tour start date.
$ ($50 CAD and under)
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$$$ ($101 - $150 CAD)
$$$$ (Over $150)
Banff National Park
Discover unparalleled views of Banff National Park and the Canadian Rockies region by helicopter. There are several options to choose from, but all deliver spectacular opportunities for a once in a lifetime experience in the Rockies.
Price Range: $$$$
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