Calgary Stampede & Ranch Stay
Holiday Ref: 16562
Begin your cowboy adventure in Canada’s ‘Cowtown’, which despite its nickname is quite modern and cosmopolitan. Cross the Peace Bridge to Kensington, one of Calgary’s most walkable neighbourhoods; visit a craft brewery and don’t forget to stop by Calgary Zoo for a visit with the amazing Giant Pandas – the cubs born in Canada, have patriotic names to match. Jia Panpan means ‘Canadian Hope’ and Jia Yueyue means ‘Canadian Joy’. Spend two days in the resort town of Banff, located in the national park. Then continue the cowboy theme with a visit to the Calgary Stampede, the city’s annual event that preserves its western heritage, culture and community spirit. Inspired by everything you experienced? Test out your own cowboy skills with a visit to La Reata Ranch. Take part in typical ranch activities like riding, roping, fishing, hiking and evening campfires. What memories!
Price based on 8th July 2019
Upon arrival into Calgary Airport transfer (included) by Express Coach to your Calgary downtown hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Calgary
Today is the first of your unforgettable Calgary Stampede experience. Enjoy a full day at Stampede Park, taking in either the Afternoon Rodeo event or the Evening Show event. Make sure you take a trip on the Skyride and view Calgary’s skyline from above. Overnight in Calgary.
Start your day with one of the free pancake breakfasts available around the city before you travel back to the Stampede Park for your second day of this amazing experience. If there are any events you did not partake in yesterday, make sure you head straight to them today! We highly recommend sampling the cuisine at the food trucks – there are delicacies here that you will not be able to indulge in elsewhere! Overnight in Calgary.
Today you will transfer by motorcoach (included) to the mountain town of Banff where you will stay for 2 nights. Opt for an early transfer to make the most of your day in this beautiful town. Overnight: Banff
Today you may take a Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain (included) for amazing 360 degree views of six mountain ranges that surround the town, and over the Bow Valley below. Spend the remainder of the day strolling along Banff Avenue with its many shops, coffee houses, restaurants & nightlife. Overnight: Banff
This morning you will depart Banff and head south to Calgary Airport where you will board your flights to Saskatoon and your Ranch adventure. Upon arrival into Saskatoon Airport collect your hire car and make your way to the ranch which is located a good two hours’ drive from the Airport. Overnight: La Reata
La Reata is an authentic working cattle guest ranch nestled in the beautiful Saskatchewan River Valley, along the shores of Lake Diefenbaker. The ranch property includes 9 miles of river frontage. You will experience the cowboy-way of life and a real-life ranching adventure including horseback riding on well trained quarter horses. Experience swimming in Lake Diefenbaker, boating, canoeing, fishing and water-skiing.
Your amazing ranch stay now comes to an end when you head back to Saskatoon Airport where you will return your hire car and board your flight back to the UK