Calgary Stampede and the Heart of the Canadian Rockies

Overview

Calgary Stampede and the Heart of the Canadian Rockies

The Calgary Stampede is on many people's bucket list and this is your chance to join in the Wild West excitement of this world renowned rodeo. In the evening, watch the heart-stopping chuck wagon races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring non-stop entertainment by internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders perform a world-class rodeo display.

Follow this with a tour of the Canadian Rockies visiting Banff and Jasper National Parks to experience sights such as Lake Louise and the Colombia Icefield. Your tour concludes with stays in Victoria and Vancouver.

To book or for any further details please contact Mandy directly in our Abergavenny shop on 01873 566004 or contact your local shop. Early booking is essential for this tour as the Stampede tickets always sell out.

What's Included:

  • Fully escorted
  • VIP home pick up
  • Return flights
  • 12 nights in hotels and 1 in flight
  • Ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island
  • Private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring

Full Itinerary

Day 1: UK - Calgary

Home pick up to airport. Fly to Calgary where you will transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Calgary Stampede Grounds

Welcome to Calgary and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” Dressed in your best Cowboy fashion from belt buckles, boots to chaps, explore the Calgary Stampede grounds at your leisure with your included admission. Step through the gates of Stampede Park into a world of wonder, fun, and “Wild West” excitement. Walk back in time through an authentic Indian Village or stroll the streets of a recreated frontier town. Enjoy a wide variety of exciting talent at the many entertainment stages, and then maybe head into the dazzling array of international exhibits and displays of Western art. This evening, watch the heart-stopping Chuckwagon Races in an all-out dash for the finish line, an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower. You’ll be out of your seats cheering on your favourite driver during each heat. Afterward, get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring hundreds of singers, dancers, and musicians in a lavishly produced and choreographed musical variety spectacular.

Day 3: Calgary Stampede Grounds & Rodeo

Fuel up for the day’s activities by visiting Fluor Rope Square at Olympic Plaza for a pancake breakfast. Return to the Stampede grounds this morning to see anything you missed yesterday, and cheer on your favourite rodeo contenders. If you haven’t already, get suited with a cowboy hat, threads, and boots at one of the many stalls before heading to the Grandstand for the Calgary Stampede Rodeao this afternoon. See the best of the best as they saddle up for world-class rodeo action. Top professionals take on the West’s wildest horses. You’ll also enjoy rodeo’s most famed event—bull riding! You will be in awe of the talent as you sit on the edge of your seat. Make the most of your time here and discover Canada’s country core. With square dancing, mock gun fights, country bands, bars, restaurants and livestock, there is loads to see.

Day 4: Calgary - Banff National Park

The discovery of oil converted this ranching town into a sophisticated city. It is also home to the world-famous Calgary Stampede. Tour many of the city’s attractions, including Canada Olympic Park, and the Saddledome. Motor west through the foothills and into Banff National Park, gateway to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery.

Day 5: Banff National Park

Banff is one of Canada’s favourite year-round resorts, with summer activities such as hiking, boating, and fishing. With a free day, your tour director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Day 6: Banff National Park - Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper

Enjoy a day of scenic grandeur. First stop is Lake Louise, whose turquoise waters create a natural mirror that reflects the surroundings. Up next: a stop at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet thick. Then, journey north into Jasper National Park, where precipitous gorges, snowcapped summits, and lakes of exquisite blues and greens come into view as the coach scales two mountain passes. Later, your tour director suggests an optional float trip down the Athabasca River. Enjoy an orientation tour of Jasper town site upon arrival.

Day 7: Jasper National Park

Today, join our optional excursion to Maligne Lake and Spirit Island, where you embark on a narrated cruise of the lake. The balance of the day is free to enjoy everything Jasper has to offer—from guided hikes and quaint shops to meandering wildlife.

Day 8: Jasper - Mount Robson - Kamloops

Depart Jasper and follow the Fraser River to the base of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies. The Yellowhead Highway continues south along the mighty Thompson River, with spectacular views of the Monashee Mountains. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9: Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

As you travel through British Columbia’s Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

Day 10: Victoria

Today is free to explore on your own. Your tour director will have ideas for enjoying this most British of Canadian cities.

Day 11: Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

Day 12: Vancouver - UK

Depart for the UK.

Day 13: Home landing in the UK

Home landing in the UK with transport back to your home.

Hand Picked By

Mandy Phillips

Having been in the industry for nearly 30 years, there has always been one thing on my bucket list: to attend the Calgary Stampede. As with all Cosmos tours, it starts with a VIP home pick-up.

Mandy Phillips

Additional Information

  • Date: 9th July 2019
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Departure Airport: London Heathrow
  • Guide Price: Please call for latest price
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