Day 1: Depart Chicago
All Glacier and Canada’s Mountain Majesty tour members will meet the Tour Director in Chicago’s Union Station. Early this afternoon we will board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for the 1620-mile journey across five states to Whitefish, Montana.
Relax in your comfortable reclining coach seat with leg rest. Roomettes or Bedrooms are available at an additional cost.
Go to the glass-walled Sightseer Lounge car for spectacular viewing. All tastefully prepared, full-course dining car meals are included. We’ll arrive in Minneapolis - St. Paul at 10:31 p.m.
Day 2: En Route / East Glacier
During the day we will roll across the remote flatlands of North Dakota and eastern Montana. Sleeping car passengers can enjoy a wine and cheese party in the dining car this afternoon. This evening we’ll arrive in Whitefish, Montana. Our two nights at Glacier National Park will be spent at the Pine Lodge.
Meal(s): B, L & D
Day 3: Glacier National Park
We’ll depart this morning on an all-day tour of one of America’s most beautiful attractions. Our group will travel over the spectacular Going-to-the-Sun Highway, acclaimed as one of the outstanding scenic roadways of the world. The drive affords magnificent views of the mountain scenery. Dense forests, picturesque lakes, brilliant flowers and abundant wildlife enhance the awesome views. We’ll stop for a leisurely “on-your-own” lunch at Lake McDonald Lodge and return to our hostelry in Whitefish by late afternoon.
Day 4: En Route / Banff
We’ll board our motorcoach this morning and begin a full day of stimulating travel northwest to Banff. The scenery will be breathtaking as we cross into British Columbia and begin to encounter the awesome Canadian Rockies.
We’ll stop in Cranbrook, B.C., for an “on-your-own” lunch. We’ll also visit Cranbrook’s interesting Railway Museum and Gallery. You’ll tour the perfectly restored 1929 Trans-Canada Limited.
By late afternoon, we’ll arrive in the beautiful mountain village of Banff. Our lodging for the next two nights will be the attractive, conveniently located Banff Aspen Lodge.
Day 5: Banff
This morning we’ll embark on a Discover Banff Tour. The highlight of the tour will be the gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a spectacular view.
You’re free this afternoon to rest, shop along Banff Avenue or visit the Natural History or Parks Canada Museums.
Day 6: Jasper
Today our travelers will experience the Icefields Parkway, North America’s most scenic highway. We’ll visit the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. A ride out onto the Athabasca Glacier in a specialized Snocoach will be a highlight of the tour. Frequent photo stops will be made.
Another high point will be the visit to Lake Louise and its famous Chateau. The setting is one of the most picturesque in the Rockies. A boxed lunch will be served en route. We will arrive in Jasper by late afternoon. Our lodging for the next two nights will be the conveniently located Whistlers Inn.
Meal(s): CB & L
Day 7: Maligne Lake Cruise
This morning we’ll travel to nearby Maligne Lake and embark on a scenic cruise. This afternoon we’ll board our motorcoach and travel west through the Yellowhead Pass about 50 miles to enjoy more of the spectacular Canadian Rockies scenery. We’ll drive by Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 12,972 feet. We’ll return to Jasper for a second night at the Whistlers Inn.
Day 8: Icefields Parkway / Lethbridge
This is one of the extraordinary tours where you experience North America’s most scenic highway BOTH directions. There will be no major scenic stops on the southbound journey today. Lunch in the Banff area is included.
We'll arrive at the Ramada Inn in Lethbridge at mid evening.
Day 9: En Route
A Continental breakfast this morning is included. We’ll continue a hundred miles south to Shelby, Montana. Late this morning we’ll board Amtrak’s Empire Builder for Chicago. You’ll experience the same kind of accommodations and amenities you experienced on the westbound trip.
Meal(s): CB, L & D
Day 10: En Route / Chicago
The Empire Builder is scheduled to arrive in Chicago’s Union Station by late afternoon.
Meal(s): B & L
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- Glacier National Park
- Canadian Rockies
- Icefields Parkway
- Maligne Lake
- The day-long visit to Montana’s Glacier National Park where you’ll thrill to the magnificent mountain vistas along the famous Going-To-The-Sun Highway.
- Three days in the Canadian Rockies including the Sulphur Mountain Gondola Ride, the Snocoach ride out on the Athabasca Glacier, the Icefields Parkway and the spectacular scenic Maligne Lake Cruise.
- Travel west through the Yellowhead Pass and drive by Mt. Robson, the highest peak in the Rockies.
- Over 3000 miles on the Empire Builder, Amtrak’s premier train, from Chicago to Whitefish, Montana and back from Shelby, Montana to Chicago.
- Round-trip transportation by rail from Chicago.
- Two nights Coach Class with reclining coach seat with leg rest.
- First-class hotel accommodations for seven nights.
- 12 meals.
- Extensive sightseeing including admissions to the Glacier National Park, Sulphur Mountain Gondola, the Glacier Snocoach and Maligne Lake Cruise.
- Baggage handling, taxes & tips.
- Services of a professional America by Rail Tour Director.
$2,495 Per person /double occupancy
Economy Class Tour:
Roomette + $545 p.p./d.o.
Bedroom + $1,395 p.p./d.o.
$3,190 Single Roomette +$1,090
FLY OPTION - Fly to Kalispell, return from Calgary.
Price: $2,145 p.p./d.o.
America by Rail will be happy to arrange your flights. Airfare is not included in the above price.
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