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Best of the Rockies

17 days
from
£2,949
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Culture
Suitable for:
Age 16+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
PBB
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Culture
Group size:
1–13
Min age:
16

Cross international borders and Continental Divides as you explore one of the world's most famous mountain ranges.

The Best of the Rockies provides a close 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 geological formations at Sinks Canyon State Park. Bubbling geysers, hiking trails and wildlife await your arrival at Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Glacier National Parks, 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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • Endless wildlife viewing opportunities
  • National, state and provincial parks: Rocky Mountain, Sinks Canyon, Grand Teton, Yellowstone, Glacier, Banff and Jasper
  • Wine and cheese ‘Sundowner’ in an area of natural beauty

Key information

  • Services of a professional tour leader
  • All transportation by private vehicle
  • Free Wi-Fi in your vehicle (Maximum 5 users at one time)
  • 11 breakfasts, 12 lunches and 11 dinners included
  • Countries visited: United States, Canada

What's included

  • All accommodation
  • Transportation including 1 float trip and 1 cruise
  • We can include flights from the UK.  Please contact us for a quote.

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities (paid locally)
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Responsible Travel

At Exodus we believe in the power of Responsible Travel.

Every time we travel, we are part of a global movement that creates jobs, builds more sustainable societies, encourages cultural understanding and safeguards common natural and cultural heritage. To learn more about what Responsible Travel means to Exodus click here… 

Itinerary

Denver
to
Edmonton
  • Day 1

    Denver.

    Welcome to 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 and lively 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.

  • Days 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Walden - 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 and onto Sinks Canyon. This rugged canyon sits at the base of the southern Wind River Mountains in Wyoming. It's named for its unique geological formations, 'The Sinks', where the Popo Agie River disappears underground near the mouth of the canyon, truly a sight to behold.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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?

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Days 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Days 12-13

    Banff National Park.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • 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! It almost doesn't look real, but believe us when we say it most certainly is! 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Days 15-16

    Jasper National Park.

    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.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 17

    Edmonton.

    Today you head back to Edmonton where the trip ends.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

United States

British, New Zealand, Swiss and most EU passport holders do not need a visa (and enter the country under the Visa Waiver Program), provided they are in possession of an onward air ticket when entering the USA. Visas for the USA are required by some nationalities and it is always best to check with the relevant embassies. All passengers travelling to and from the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are required to hold a machine-readable passport (MRP). A MRP has the holder's personal details, e.g. name, date of birth, nationality and their passport number contained in two lines of text at the base of the photo page. This text may be read by machine. The US now charges $14 for the visa waiver program and must be paid by credit card. The US authorities have introduced a mandatory requirement for all passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme to register for an Electronic Travel Authority. As of 21 January 2016, any person who has travelled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Syria, Libya, Somalia, or Yemen since March 2011, or have dual nationalities of these countries, may no longer qualify for the VWP. For additional specifics about the VWP please consult the VWP information on the U.S. Embassy London website. More information and all necessary Internet links can be found at www.exodus.co.uk/Usvisa

Canada

The Government of Canada has an entry requirement, known as an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), for some international travellers flying into Canada. Citizens from countries other than the US who do not require a visa to enter Canada are required to obtain an eTA before entering the country. Eligible travellers will need to go online to apply for their eTA.

To apply for your eTA you will need your passport, credit or debit card and an email address. At the time of publication there was a CAD$7 fee to process your eTA. Your eTA will be valid for a period of five years, or until your passport expires. We recommend you carry a print out of your eTA approval when you travel. Please visit www.canada.ca/eTA to apply.

If you have not applied for and received authorisation via an eTA prior to travel you may be denied boarding, experience a delayed processing or be denied admission at the Canadian point of entry. However, neither possession of a visa nor meeting the basic requirements for travelling visafree on the eTA, guarantees admission to Canada. As with most countries, the final determination of admissibility is made by immigration officials at the point of entry.

Vaccinations

United States

There are no mandatory vaccinations required for this trip.

Canada

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

11 breakfasts, 12 lunch and 11 dinners included. Your tour leader will coordinate local shopping and assist the group in preparing healthy, hearty breakfasts, picnic lunches and delicious dinners. Occasionally, you will eat out in local restaurants. To help you budget for these meals on average hotel breakfasts cost from US$6-$12, lunches from US$8-$15 and dinners from US$13-$30; this does not include alcoholic beverages. Wine costs approximately US$5 per glass and beer US$4 per bottle. Please be aware that a tip of approximately 17%-20% is added to group meals in North American restaurants. Applicable taxes will also be added to all listed menu prices. Please make sure we are aware of any special meal requirements before travelling. We will do all we can to accommodate for various dietary requirements but in certain parts of Alaska, specific food types can be limited.

Is this trip for you?

This tour is operated in partnership with our sister company Grand American Adventures. As such the departures are not exclusive to Exodus and groups may be a mixture of Exodus, Grand American Adventures, and other clients. This trip is booked through Exodus and you will receive the same award winning customer service that you are used to. Grand American Adventures operate with the same core principles used by Exodus and champion the benefits of small group travel.

This is an active and varied trip, suitable for people of all levels of experience and fitness. You will be able to choose from a whole range of optional activities. Walks, hikes and activities cater to everyone from beginner to expert, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous.

Your tour leader will organise the optional activities on your behalf and you will pay locally in cash. You’ll find the main optional activities listed under each itinerary day description, along with guideline prices which although correct at the time of publication, can fluctuate throughout the season. It may not be possible to do all optional activities listed on each tour.

Although each tour follows an itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility and from time to time your tour leader may suggest changes. This may be due to road conditions, weather or a visit to a special attraction or event that happens to be in progress. Flexibility is key and often a side diversion will be a highlight of the tour. Hikes and optional activities cannot be guaranteed and may vary depending on ability, group interest, local weather conditions and time of year.

All travellers over the age of 70 will be requested to complete a self-declaration of fitness form prior to travel. Our tours are a unique holiday experience and much of your enjoyment will come from the team spirit of your group and the fun you’ll have together, as well as from the local setting. We cannot stress strongly enough the importance of bringing a positive attitude with you on tour; a sure guarantee to enjoying each and every moment, even in the adversity of the odd rainstorm!

Following a review of all our trips we have categorised this trip as generally not suitable for persons of reduced mobility. However if you are a regular traveller on such trips, please contact customer services to discuss the trip and your personal condition.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

Camping

We use national and state park campsites and also a wide assortment of private campgrounds. Most will have flush toilets and hot showers but keep in mind, the areas that you are travelling through are more remote and your campsites will reflect this. You will sleep in high quality, heavy duty tents which single travellers share with one other passenger of the same sex. Our camping equipment also includes field kitchens, inflatable sleeping matt, food storage and camp lanterns. Please respect your fellow campers who are there to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of camping.

CAMP DUTIES

An essential part of a camping tour is helping out with the day to day camp duties and everyone will assist with the setting up and packing up of the campsite. Your tour guides will provide guidance on what to do, and typically it will only take 15 minutes to set up or break down the tents and camp kitchen. Before you know it you’ll be enjoying ‘home sweet home’ in the great outdoors.

Your tour guides will also co-ordinate and assist the group with food shopping, preparing meals and cleaning up. Sharing the camp duties is a great way to bond with your fellow travellers and the group camaraderie is all part of the experience.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Dates & Prices

An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros  Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros  Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros  Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

For anyone leaving from the UK we would be pleased to book your flight in conjunction with your tour. Please contact us for competitive prices on flights departing from most UK airports.

If you are booking your own flights, you are free to arrive at any time on day one but it is advisable that you arrive in plenty of time to reach your joining hotel and attend your welcome meeting. We also suggest that you book your return flight the day after your tour finishes. If you do have to return home on the day your tour finishes, please make sure that your flight does not depart before 21:00 hrs.

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any delays, cancellations, changes to your flights, or any missed flights. We are unable to delay a tour, or finish a tour early due to your flight times.

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