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The Canadian Badlands & Southern Alberta with Calgary Stampede

Holiday Reference: 16173

Price based on 7th July 2017 departure.  Other similar itineraries are available May – September 2017, call for prices.

Take a step back in time. Head-Smashed-In Historic Site and Museum commemorates the oldest buffalo jump on the Canadian prairie.  In contrast you will also visit Drumheller and see the Badlands where dinosaurs used to roam! Before all of this adventure you are invited to attend the largest outdoor rodeo on the world. The Calgary Stampede!

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Day 1 - UK to Calgary

Upon arrival into Calgary transfer my scheduled coach to your overnight hotel.  Overnight: Calgary

Day 2 - Calgary

Day Today is day 1 of your Calgary Stampede experience. Enjoy a full day at Stampede Park taking in either the Afternoon Rodeo event or the Evening Show event. Take a ride on the Skyride and view Calgary from a birds eye view. Overnight in Calgary.

Day 3 - Calgary

Travel back to Stampede Park for your second intake of this amazing experience. Whichever event you did not take part in yesterday enjoy today. Time at Stampede Park at leisure. Overnight Calgary

Day 4 - Calgary to Banff

This morning check out of your Calgary hotel and collect your car hire.

Take the short (2-hour) drive from Calgary to Banff on either the Trans- Canada Highway or the more scenic 1A Highway. Once in Banff proceed to your selected hotel to check in and the rest of the day is yours to explore at your own leisure. Overnight: Banff

Day 5 - Banff Exploring ( Banff Gondola)

A full day to explore Banff and the surrounding area. In town you’ll find lots of excitement including shopping, cafés, nightlife and museums. Check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site (not included), Banff Gondola (included) where you will see a panoramic view of the Bow Valley, and then take a dip in the restorative hot mineral pools at the Upper Hot Springs (included). Overnight: Banff

Day 6 - Banff to Calgary

Drive to Calgary today, along the 1A Highway. Along the way, you may wish to stop at the Stoney Nakoda Resort to enjoy one of the exhilarating helicopter tours offering a bird’s eye view of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious Rocky Mountains (not inclu ed). Arrive in Calgary, a place buzzing with innovative energy while embracing its rich western

heritage. Enjoy a visit to the iconic Calgary Tower (admission included). Another highlight worth visiting is the Heritage Park Historical Village (admission not included) on the city’s south side, a “living museum” representing turn off the-century Calgary with costumed interpreters, a steam train and scale-model sternwheeler, an old-fashioned candy store

and much more. In the evening, embrace Calgary’s vibrant entertainment and culinary scene. Overnight: Calgary

Day 7 - Calgary to Drumeller

Depart Calgary, heading east toward Drumheller. There is nowhere quite like the Drumheller Valley; Dinosaur Capital of Canada! Being here will take you into another world - the world of startling contrasts between g fields suddenly give way to steep, dry coulees ridged with the strata of hundreds of years of erosion by time, wind and water. Don’t miss the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology (included) - Canada’s largest dinosaur museum where you can journey through time and come face-to-face with incredible creatures

that lived millions of years ago. Overnight: Dumheller

Day 8 - Drumheller to Dinosaur Provincial Park to Cypress Hills Provincial Park

From Drumheller, travel two hours to Dinosaur Provincial Park, whereyou will have a chance escape the ordinary and venture into the ruggedCanadian Badlands. The Explorer’s Bus Tour (included) provides theopportunity to experience the stunning views of the park’s Natural

Preserve from the comfort and safety of the tour bus. You will be gettingoff the bus at various stops to see the badlands and fossils up closeand personal. One stop includes a full body (articulated skeleton) of aCorythosaurus, the “helmet headed lizard”. Continue to Cypress HillsProvincial Park – the hidden gem of Southern Alberta (about 2 hours and

40 minutes), you’ll overnight in Elkwater. Overnight: Elkwater

Day 9 - Cypress Hills Provincial Park Exploring

At Cypress Hills Provincial Park, you can visit the Interpretive Program Schedule to book an interpretive hike or Dark Sky Planetarium experience to learn how to navigate the bright stars and constellations. Enjoy an array of outdoor adventures for any activity level; head over to the Interpretive Centre in Elkwater, where you can rent a bike, canoe, paddleboard, kayak, pedal boat, and GPS system for geo-caching scavenger hunts. Try dinner at the Camp Cookhouse for a rustic gourmet experience with dishes prepared by one of Canada’s Top Chef’s and made with local ingredients (activities and admissions not included). Overnight: Elkwater

Day 10 - Cypress Hills Provincial Park to Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to Lethbridge

Travel west on the Red Coat Trail toward Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park to experience the largest concentration of rock art on the plains. Explore this National Historic Site with an interpreter, lounge by the bubbling Milk River and hike the hoodoo trails. Visit the Interpretive Centre for a behind the scenes guided experience with a local aboriginal guide to explore the Archaeological Preserve. Drive approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from Writing-On-Stone to Lethbridge where you’ll spend the night. Overnight: Lethbridge

Day 11 -Lethbridge to Waterton Lakes National Park

On your way out of Lethbridge, you may wish to stop in at Fort Whoop- Up, an old fort and outlaw trading post, allowing visitors to step into life at a frontier outpost on the Great Plains, to discover exhibits about Canada’s first Mounties, whiskey and firearms traders and Blackfoot history and culture (not included). In Waterton, stroll through the town to shop, dine at the restaurants, visit the beach or hike the trails that start from the town site. You may wish to visit the Prince of Wales Hotel – a National Historic Site – for afternoon tea and lots of opportunities to take amazing photographs. Overnight: Waterton Lakes

Day 12 - Waterton Lakes National Park Exploring

The day is yours to discover the wonders of this beautiful region. You may wish to travel to Montana’s Glacier National Park (the U.S. half of this International Peace Park) via the famous Going to the Sun Road, an astonishing feat of engineering and spectacular scenery as well. A popular activity is the 16-km drive from the Waterton town site to Red Rock

Canyon - a colourful canyon of red, green and white banded rock cliffs, green alpine forests and bubbling white waterfalls. Overnight: Waterton Lakes

Day 13 - Waterton Lakes National Park to Calgary

Travel north for 1 hour and 10 minutes to experience Head-Smashed‐In Buffalo Jump (included), a UNESCO World Heritage Site that tells the story of the hunting practice of the native people of the North American plains for the past 6000 years. A native guide leads you through the exhibit and out to the cliff jump, sharing the history and lifestyle of the first people. There may even be drumming in the plaza. Continue north for 2 hours to Calgary Airport where your tour ends.  Return your hire car before boarding your flight back to the UK

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13 Nights from £2,199 pp
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Whats Included
  • Return flights from the UK
  • 3 Nights hotel stay in Calgary
  • 2 day Calgary Stampede Ticket
  • 10 Day Car Hire, including 1 additional drive and all insurance
  • 9 night Self Drive, highlights include : Banff (2), Calgary (1), Drumheller (1), Elkwater Lake (2), Lethbridge (1), Waterton Lake (2).
  • Admission to head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump Interpretive centre
  • Admission to Calgary Tower
  • Sulphur Mountain Gondola
  • Dinosaur Provincial Park, 2 hour bus tour
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