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Alberta Dinosaurs, Lakes & Glaciers - Self Drive

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Country
Canada
Travel Departs
Calgary
Travel Ends
Calgary
Travel Periods
30 Apr 22 - 14 Oct 22
Experience
Self-Drive
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Discover the fascinating landscapes and cities of Alberta in this 10 day self-drive experience. Discover a world of fossils, cowboy culture and Western Canada treasures. In just ten days, this itinerary takes passengers through Calgary, Banff National Park, the Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, Edmonton, through the Canola fields down to Drumheller and into the unique Canadian Badlands.

Highlights

Escape the ordinary and venture into the rugged Canadian Badlands

Freedom of Choice days in both Banff and Jasper

Travel through the Canadian Rockies along the scenic Icefields Parkway

Experience wildlife watching at Elk Island National Park

Commencing in Calgary, your self-drive adventure starts with a short drive to the stunning mountain resort town of Banff. Admire views of the Canadian Rockies either from the top of Sulphur Mountain or by boat on Lake Minnewanka. Enjoy the serenity of being surrounded by majestic lakes and awe inspiring mountains.

Your journey then continues on to Lake Louise, including a memorable stay at the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Be sure to stop at Johnston Canyon to view the magnificent waterfalls. From Lake Louise, you head north to Jasper National Park. Discover Canada's most scenic mountain roadway, the Icefield's Parkway, featuring over one hundred visible glaciers, turquoise lakes and rushing waterfalls. Venture onto the surface of the Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a spectacular Ice Age adventure.

Jasper National Park features a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes. From Jasper you head east to Edmonton to experience West Edmonton Mall and take in some wildlife spotting at Elk Island National Park.

Depart Edmonton and head south towards the badlands of Alberta and the city of Drumheller. Escape the ordinary and venture into the rugged Canadian Badlands before concluding your memorable holiday in Calgary.

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Included

2 nights in Banff at the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
1 night in Lake Louise at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
2 nights in Jasper at the Sawridge Inn
2 nights in Edmonton at the Fantasyland Hotel
2 nights in Drumheller at the Canalta Jurassic Hotel
10 days full-size car rental including GPS
Ice Explorer ride onto Athabasca Glacier + Glacier Skywalk
Admission to Royal Tyrrell Museum
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2
  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 5

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1
Calgary → Banff

Leave the Stampede City of Calgary for the short drive to Banff, a resort town renowned for its scenic natural beauty and stunning wildlife.

Overnight in Banff at the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa.

Calgary → Banff
Calgary | Credit: Travel Alberta
Day 2
Banff

Today you can personalize your day in Banff by choosing one of four Freedom of Choice excursions below.

Overnight in Banff at the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa.


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Banff Gondola:

    Maximize your views of Banff National Park with minimal exertion on a round-trip gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain.

OR

  • Bow River Horseback Adventure:

    Saddle up for a journey through the celebrated landscape of Banff National Park on this guided horseback riding adventure.

OR

  • Lake Minnewanka Cruise:

    Admire views of the Canadian Rockies by boat as you cruise across the turquoise-hued Lake Minnewanka and over to Devil’s Gap.

OR

  • River Explorer Canoe Tour:

    Enjoy the serenity of the Bow River and marvel at the surroundings. A fun & interactive way with your guide to explore the waterways of Banff National Park. Perfect for families. No paddling experience necessary.

Banff
Banff | Credit: Travel Alberta Paul Zizka
Day 3
Banff → Lake Louise

Today we suggest taking the scenic Bow Valley Parkway route which runs parallel to the Trans-Canada highway. Be sure to stop at Johnston Canyon and walk along the paved footpath to either the lower or upper waterfalls.

Overnight in Lake Louise at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise in a Fairmont room.

Banff → Lake Louise
Lake Louise | Credit: Finn Beales
Day 4
Lake Louise → Jasper

Today, travel through the spine of the Canadian Rockies along the amazing Icefields Parkway and encompass the ultimate glacier exploration. From walking on ancient ice with the Ice Explorer ride, to standing on a glass platform almost one thousand feet in the air at the Glacier Skywalk (included), today’s experiences will leave you with a special appreciation for this treasured region of the Rockies.

Overnight in Jasper at the Sawridge Inn Jasper.

Lake Louise → Jasper
Icefields Parkway | Credit: Roman Koenigshofer
Day 5
Jasper

Time to explore all that Jasper has to offer! Today you can personalise your day by pre-selecting one of three Freedom of Choice excursions below.

Overnight stay in Jasper at the Sawridge Inn.


Freedom of Choice Options

  • Jasper Nature Walk:

    A guided nature walk featuring a spectacular array of rolling hills, jagged peaks, forests, meadows, marshes, streams, and stunning glacial lakes.

OR

  • Jasper River Float:

    Enjoy a gentle rafting tour on the Athabasca River for a unique perspective of Jasper National Park.

OR

  • Maligne Lake Cruise:

    Cruise Maligne Lake, where you can marvel at the magnificent shoreline and Spirit Island.

Jasper
Jasper National Park | Credit: Tourism Jasper
Day 6
Jasper → Edmonton

Journey through the beautiful landscapes of Jasper National Park, and into the golden prairies of Alberta. Arrive in the city of Edmonton, and spend the remainder of your day exploring. Don’t miss the walking trails and parks of the downtown River Valley, and the eclectic shops and cafes of Whyte Avenue.

Overnight in Edmonton at the Fantasyland Hotel.

Jasper → Edmonton
Edmonton | Credit: Travel Alberta
Day 7
Edmonton

Spend a day exploring West Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping centre in North America. Complete with an expansive water park, amusement park, indoor skating rink, and mini golf park, and over 800 stores. For those looking to get outside, Elk Island National Park islessthan an hour’s drive from the city, and offers great wildlife watching and hiking trails.

Overnight in Edmonton at the Fantasyland Hotel.

Edmonton
West Edmonton Mall
Day 9
Edmonton → Drumheller

Depart Edmonton and head south towards the badlands of Alberta and the city of Drumheller. This fascinating destination is home to a unique landscape shaped by sandstone pillar hoodoos. Many dinosaur fossils have been excavated from this area, drawing palaeontologists from around the world. Visit the Royal Tyrrell Museum (included) and walk amongst the impressive array of dinosaur fossils.

Overnight in Drumheller at the Canalta Jurassic Hotel.

Edmonton → Drumheller
Badlands near Drumheller | Credit: Travel Alberta Todd Nix
Day 10
Dinosaur Provincial Park Exploring

From Drumheller, travel two hours to Dinosaur Provincial Park, where you will have a chance escape the ordinary and venture into the rugged Canadian Badlands. Two interpretive displays allow you to see what a dig site really looks like. Check out the bones of a “duck-billed” dinosaur still partially encased in the sediment that buried them. Or, a full body (articulated skeleton) of a Corythosaurus, the “helmet headed lizard”. Continue to Cypress Hills Provincial Park – the hidden gem of Southern Alberta.

Overnight in Drumheller at the Canalta Jurassic Hotel.

 Dinosaur Provincial Park Exploring
Dinosaur Provincial Park | Credit: Andy Best
Day 10
Drumheller → Calgary

Conclude this memorable holiday with a quick drive from Drumheller to Calgary.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars

Hotel options

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa
Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff
Located in Banff National Park, the Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa offers a mountain lodge hotel, a great steakhouse restaurant and a full service spa, all in one outstanding location. This ideal vacation spot is located on Banff Avenue, the main street in the town of Banff. Surrounded by mountains, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy.

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise
Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park. Discover endless outdoor recreational activities including hiking, canoeing, horseback riding, fishing, mountain biking and river rafting.

Sawridge Inn
Sawridge Inn

Jasper
Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park. Beautiful guest rooms, on-site spa, decadent dining and heated pool with jacuzzi and steam room add to the luxury you want in your mountain getaway. 
 

Fantasyland Hotel
Fantasyland Hotel

Edmonton
The Fantasyland Hotel is part of the West Edmonton Mall, which is North America's largest shopping and entertainment complex. The hotel is great for any adventure seeker, as the hotel's creatively themed theme rooms will allow you to live out your dreams. Feel like an astronaut in the space room, live like a Caesar in one of the Roman rooms, relax on an island in one of the modern Polynesian rooms, and visit a variety of other timeless, exotic destinations in one of the many other theme rooms available.

Canalta Jurassic Hotel
Canalta Jurassic Hotel

Drumheller
The Jurassic Inn is located at the heart of the magnificent Drumheller Badlands. Famous for its dinosaur and fossil specimens, Drumheller offers spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities include the Royal Tyrell Museum and Dinosaur Trail Golf and Country Club.

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10 days
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Canada
Calgary
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Self-Drive
Independent Holiday Packages
30 Apr 22 - 14 Oct 22

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
  • Road tolls, one-way car rental fees (if applicable) and extra car rental insurances payable locally


FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

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Well, put simply - we’re famous for building things. We offer an exclusive range of pre-designed, purpose-built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences. The packages are delivered by our global network of handpicked suppliers, who also provide on ground travel support to our clients.

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

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Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was awarded “Best Specialty Wholesaler” at the 2019 National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA), which are held annually by the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA).

The awards recognise quality and excellence in the Australian travel industry. We were extremely honoured to receive this recognition and we will continue to deliver the best service and value to our customers.

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In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?
  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.
What is an independent holiday package?

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of all the attributes Entire Travel Group offer - we have settled on “Experience” as the one quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. That’s how our tagline “When Experience Matters” came to life and encapsulates our business in three words, as experience does matter!

We have been operating for many years and have the experience to determine what sightseeing, duration and accommodation style makes a great itinerary. Our technology is continually enhanced, giving our team the ability to provide a great customer service experience. Our relationship with our operators is extremely strong, which ensures we are confident of the travel experience and on ground support for our clients.

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How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

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Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

Do Freedom of Choice options cost extra?

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.
What is the Safe Travels program?

This specially designed program allows travellers to recognise governments and companies around the world who have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols, so consumers can experience “Safe Travels”.

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What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

What happens after Book Now?
  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.
What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?
  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
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Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Why do some packages not offer the ability to Book Now on the website?

If a package on our website does not include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan, it will not be available to Book Now.

Due to the boutique nature and limited capacity of some travel experiences offered, they have strict payment and cancellation policies. (e.g., a remote bear lodge in Canada with only a few cabins).

Although technically possible, we have decided that it is impractical for us to try and sell these type of travel services on-line. We believe it is important that such product is discussed, so that we can ensure these strict payment and cancellation policies are understood before we proceed with a booking.

For such product we may act as an agent only for the principal suppliers. Where we act as agent, your contract for the delivery of travel arrangements will be with the principal supplier and will be subject to their Booking Conditions.

We will advise you prior to confirming your booking if we are acting as agent and we will confirm the details of the principal supplier. Our responsibility to you where we sell travel arrangements as agent for the supplier is specified in the ‘Responsibility’ section of our Booking Conditions.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

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