Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure Rocky Mountain, Canada

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure

Rocky Mountain, Canada

Snowshoeing
Ice skating
Hiking
Dog sledding
Fat biking
Biking
10 days
Medium
Transfer, Meals, Accomodation
Family-friendly, For groups, Individuals, Couple
2020

Fri, Mar 13

Sun, Mar 22

€2,344

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Overview

  • This action-packed itinerary is stuffed with incredible winter activities that will get your heart pumping: snowshoe, cross-country ski, skate in the great outdoors and try your hand at fat biking (bikes tailor-made for winter conditions, complete with hand warmers!).
  • Winter in the Canadian Rockies will fulfil all your snow-covered fantasies.
  • Go on snowshoe hikes through ancient spruce forests and rugged mountains.

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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (9 nights)
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Group Leader
Included Activities
  • Fortress Mountain - Guided snowshoe hike
  • Canmore - Grotto Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Canmore - Learn to Be a Canadian Hockey Player
  • Canmore - Introduction to Curling
  • Columbia Valley - Guided snowshoe hike at Continental Divide
  • Columbia Valley - Ice skating on Windermere Lake
  • Columbia Valley - Radium Hot Springs
  • Panorama Resort - Guided snowshoeing
  • Banff - All Canadian Lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge
  • Banff National Park - Johnston Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Itinerary

Day 1Canmore
Make your own way to Canmore, a charming mountain nestled in the Canadian Rockies. There are no airports here, so we suggest flying to Calgary as a number of companies offer frequent shuttles between the two cities (departing from either the international airport or major hotels in the downtown area). Your winter adventure officially begins at in Canmore with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Following the meeting, there’s an optional group dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll have to chance to get to know your fellow travellers. Otherwise, the evening is yours to enjoy as you please.
Day 2Canmore
Tick the first item off your winter bucket list today as you head to Kananaskis Country for a day of snowshoeing. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive to Fortress Mountain, the filming site of several Hollywood blockbusters (such as The Revenant and The Bourne Legacy), and the location of your private guided tour. The hike is in an abandoned and closed ski area not open to the public, so take your time spend up to 5 hours looking around as you trek through untouched trails. Remember to dress accordingly and wear warm (preferably waterproof) boots, a proper winter jacket, hat and gloves. Return to Canmore in the afternoon for a free evening. A warming cup of hot chocolate from one of the many cafes is a great way to start.
Day 3Canmore
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different kind of winter landscape as you embark on an ice walk through Grotto Canyon. See daredevil ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls, and icy rock formations as you explore the creek bed floor with a local guide. Return to Canmore and grab some lunch before trading in your ice cleats for ice skates with a lesson at the Canmore Hockey Club. The time has come to let out your inner sporting superstar as local hockey players will show you the ropes and explain what you need to know to be a pro. You’ll have the chance don proper hockey gear and practice your new skills on the ice. The battle lines have been drawn, so it’s time to compete against your travel buddies!
Day 4Canmore
In the morning, head to the Canmore Curling Club for an introduction to another Canadian sport. Curling is so much more than brushing the ice, so be ready to learn a thing or two about the rocks and sweeping techniques – it’s harder than it looks! The afternoon is free to explore more of Canmore, and there are plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied. Today is one of two opportunities you'll have on this trip to go dog sledding, cutting through the snow like a Canadian explorer. Otherwise, those who like to cycle might want to hire a fat bike – a specialised winter bike outfitted with extra-wide snow traction, hand warmers and modified frames, perfect for winter conditions. There are plenty of scenic trails to explore of varying difficulty, like the Bow River Loop or Horseshoe Loop. Alternatively, Canmore’s snow-covered trees, mountains and animal tracks provide the perfect backdrop for cross-country skiing.
Day 5Banff / Invermere
After breakfast, take a short 30-minute drive to Banff, where there will be free time to stroll the main avenue and its shops, boutiques and art galleries. Though Banff’s main drag is touristy, the unfamiliar sight of snow-capped mountains framing the city is well worth it. After lunch, continue west to Canada’s main continental divide (a natural boundary of elevated terrain that separates the drainage basins of the country). This geological feature also happens to separate two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay). Explore the wilderness of this area on a guided 2.5-hour snowshoe hike through forests and secluded lakes. While out in this winter wonderland your leader will demonstrate how to make traditional maple taffy in the snow – a sugar candy made by boiling maple sap to a certain temperature. Afterwards, continue on to Invermere: a lakeside town in the beautiful Columbia Valley.
Day 6Invermere
Today is a leisurely day in the Columbia Valley. Start the day skating in the great outdoors along frozen Lake Windermere. Measuring nearly 30 kilometres (18 miles) long, Lake Windermere is famous for being the world’s long’s ice-skating trail. Later on, warm up at the mineral-rich waters of Radium Hot Springs, located in the Kootenay National Park. Spend some time relaxing in the steaming pools, which are all surrounded by snow-covered pines.
Day 7Invermere
Head to Panorama Resort in the Selkirk Mountains for another active day. Take a guided snowshoe hike at the with your group leader, and afterwards, perhaps hire a fat bike and explore the resort at your own pace, or strap on some skis for some cross-country action. There is no shortage of ways to get active and explore this park. Out of the cold, you must try the Canadian food specialty of poutine – hot potato chips covered in cheese curds and doused in gravy. After your day on the mountain, head back to Invermere and find a warm pub for the night.
Day 8Banff National Park / Lake Louise
Journey back to Banff National Park (approximately 2 hours), arriving just in time for a hearty all-Canadian lunch at the Storm Mountain Lodge. Dine on meats from Alberta, cheese from Quebec and fish from BC in a rustic log cabin while a Canadian playlist croons in the background. After lunch, visit Johnston Canyon for an afternoon guided ice walk. A network of steel catwalks is built into the canyon wall, allowing you to walk right along this cathedral of ice. You’ll see staggering pillars of blue ice and frozen waterfalls towering 30 metres (98 feet) above your head. The magnitude, both above and below you, is a sight to behold.
Day 9Lake Louise
Today, join your tour leader on a drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, seeing for yourself why this stretch of road connecting Lake Louise to Jasper is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. After travelling past snow-capped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and valleys filled with pine and larch, you’ll stop for what is bound to be a trip highlight – a hike to Athabasca Glacier, one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield. Alternatively, you can choose to have a free day in Lake Louise for one last fix of winter activities. Ask your tour leader about where you can go for some dog sledding, skating, cross-country skiing or a sleigh ride. In the evening, perhaps gather as a group and head to the Station Restaurant: a heritage railway station serving Canadian food.
Day 10Calgary
Journey back to Calgary in a private vehicle. While there are no activities planned for the day, you can be transported to Calgary Airport or downtown depending on your plans.

Route

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure Rocky Mountain, Canada #mapImageWidget

Canmore

Banff

+3 more

Calgary

About The Tour

  • Go on two unforgettable ice walks at Grotto and Johnston Canyon, past towering frozen waterfalls, staggering icy rock formations and possibly a few daredevil ice climbers.
  • Learn a thing or two about two proudly Canadian winter sports – hockey and curling. The pros will show you the ropes, then you’ll get the chance to test out your new skills in Canmore.
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to be ferried over the snow by a pack of gorgeous husky dogs with optional dog sledding in Canmore and Lake Louise, using companies vetted for their humane and ethical treatment of working dogs.
  • Invermere on the Lake is picture-perfect any time of the year, but it’s particularly magical in the winter, when its dusted with snow and its lake (Lake Windermere) freezes over and becomes the world’s longest ice skating trail. Spend time skating in the great outdoors while soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.
  • See for yourself why the world-famous Icefields Parkway – a stretch of road that winds through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys – is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Hike the frosty Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, for a surreal experience that will stay with you long after you’ve gone.
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Adventure-heavy Tour

  • Try your hand at cross-country skiing, skate on a frozen lake in Invermere and go on unforgettable ice walks past towering frozen waterfalls (and possibly a few daredevil ice-climbers) at Grotto and Johnston Canyon.
  • This trip takes you to must-see attractions, as well as off the beaten path in the Rockies.
  • You’ll have the chance to travel the world-famous Icefields Parkway and hike the Athabasca Glacier, and also soak in a natural hot spring amongst stunning winter scenery in the Columbia Valley.
  • Learn a thing or two about curling and hockey – two proudly Canadian sports – from the pros in Canmore, and dine on hearty Canadian favourites in a cosy log cabin in Lake Louise.
  • This action-packed trip is winter in the Rockies at its best, packed with Canadiana.

Physical Preparation

  • We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise.
  • Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

Meeting & Finish Point

  • Grande Rockies
  • Calgary

Group Leader

  • Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense.
  • They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour.
  • Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.
  • They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country.
  • The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads.

Weather

  • It might be stating the obvious, but winter in the Rockies is cold!
  • You will need good gear, including boots, snow pants and a jacket.
  • This cannot be hired so you'll need to buy or borrow it before leaving home.
  • It can be expensive so it is best to shop around and see where you can find the best price.
  • Winter weather can be unreliable.
  • Roads in these areas are well-maintained and regularly ploughed, but in the event of unusually heavy snowfall there may still be delays and closures.
  • The weather may also mean that some events are cancelled or scheduled activities become unsafe.
  • We will attempt to rearrange the itinerary or schedule replacement activities if this is the case.

What to Take

  • All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person.
  • Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one.
  • A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.
  • This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.

Responsible Travel

  • We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism.
  • Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Map

Transport Notes

  • Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip.
  • Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio/tape or CD players.
  • Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously checked and serviced by a well established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent.
  • However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.


DRIVING TIMES



  • All driving times mentioned in our itinerary are intended as a guide only and represent an estimated driving time - not including lunch stops, fuel stops, photo stops, traffic congestion, adverse weather conditions or any last minute alterations to the itinerary for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please note that there are some long driving days on this tour - we'll have some starts as early as 7am and late arrivals at our final destination, sometimes after dark).
  • As always, your group leader will make stops for viewpoints, short walks and lunch/rest breaks to help break up the journey.
  • We recommend you are fully prepared for these long travel days by reviewing our notes and indicated drive times.
  • Some travellers prefer to bring pillows on board for added comfort, others prefer reading material or games and puzzles.
  • The reality is that to get from one fabulous location to another, the distances are great and we like to think at least some of the adventure is in the journey - not just the destination.
  • You'll be on board with up to 12 other passengers plus your group leader so patience and cooperation goes a long way in making this journey a comfortable one.


SEAT BELT POLICY



  • Safety is our priority and therefore our travellers are asked to sign a document on Day 1 of the itinerary indicating your understanding of our seat belt policy.

Accommodation Notes

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time.
  • However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels.
  • Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller.
  • Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.
  • Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

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Price Includes

Accommodation
  • Hotel (9 nights)
Meals
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Transport
  • Private vehicle
Group Leader
Included Activities
  • Fortress Mountain - Guided snowshoe hike
  • Canmore - Grotto Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Canmore - Learn to Be a Canadian Hockey Player
  • Canmore - Introduction to Curling
  • Columbia Valley - Guided snowshoe hike at Continental Divide
  • Columbia Valley - Ice skating on Windermere Lake
  • Columbia Valley - Radium Hot Springs
  • Panorama Resort - Guided snowshoeing
  • Banff - All Canadian Lunch at Storm Mountain Lodge
  • Banff National Park - Johnston Canyon Guided Icewalk
  • Icefields Parkway - Hike to toe of Athabasca Glacier
Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips.
  • We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation.
  • When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.

Itinerary

Day 1Canmore
Make your own way to Canmore, a charming mountain nestled in the Canadian Rockies. There are no airports here, so we suggest flying to Calgary as a number of companies offer frequent shuttles between the two cities (departing from either the international airport or major hotels in the downtown area). Your winter adventure officially begins at in Canmore with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. Following the meeting, there’s an optional group dinner at a local restaurant where you’ll have to chance to get to know your fellow travellers. Otherwise, the evening is yours to enjoy as you please.
Day 2Canmore
Tick the first item off your winter bucket list today as you head to Kananaskis Country for a day of snowshoeing. It’s about a 1.5-hour drive to Fortress Mountain, the filming site of several Hollywood blockbusters (such as The Revenant and The Bourne Legacy), and the location of your private guided tour. The hike is in an abandoned and closed ski area not open to the public, so take your time spend up to 5 hours looking around as you trek through untouched trails. Remember to dress accordingly and wear warm (preferably waterproof) boots, a proper winter jacket, hat and gloves. Return to Canmore in the afternoon for a free evening. A warming cup of hot chocolate from one of the many cafes is a great way to start.
Day 3Canmore
Today, you’ll have the opportunity to experience a different kind of winter landscape as you embark on an ice walk through Grotto Canyon. See daredevil ice climbers scaling frozen waterfalls, and icy rock formations as you explore the creek bed floor with a local guide. Return to Canmore and grab some lunch before trading in your ice cleats for ice skates with a lesson at the Canmore Hockey Club. The time has come to let out your inner sporting superstar as local hockey players will show you the ropes and explain what you need to know to be a pro. You’ll have the chance don proper hockey gear and practice your new skills on the ice. The battle lines have been drawn, so it’s time to compete against your travel buddies!
Day 4Canmore
In the morning, head to the Canmore Curling Club for an introduction to another Canadian sport. Curling is so much more than brushing the ice, so be ready to learn a thing or two about the rocks and sweeping techniques – it’s harder than it looks! The afternoon is free to explore more of Canmore, and there are plenty of winter activities to keep you occupied. Today is one of two opportunities you'll have on this trip to go dog sledding, cutting through the snow like a Canadian explorer. Otherwise, those who like to cycle might want to hire a fat bike – a specialised winter bike outfitted with extra-wide snow traction, hand warmers and modified frames, perfect for winter conditions. There are plenty of scenic trails to explore of varying difficulty, like the Bow River Loop or Horseshoe Loop. Alternatively, Canmore’s snow-covered trees, mountains and animal tracks provide the perfect backdrop for cross-country skiing.
Day 5Banff / Invermere
After breakfast, take a short 30-minute drive to Banff, where there will be free time to stroll the main avenue and its shops, boutiques and art galleries. Though Banff’s main drag is touristy, the unfamiliar sight of snow-capped mountains framing the city is well worth it. After lunch, continue west to Canada’s main continental divide (a natural boundary of elevated terrain that separates the drainage basins of the country). This geological feature also happens to separate two provinces (Alberta and British Columbia) and two national parks (Banff and Kootenay). Explore the wilderness of this area on a guided 2.5-hour snowshoe hike through forests and secluded lakes. While out in this winter wonderland your leader will demonstrate how to make traditional maple taffy in the snow – a sugar candy made by boiling maple sap to a certain temperature. Afterwards, continue on to Invermere: a lakeside town in the beautiful Columbia Valley.
Day 6Invermere
Today is a leisurely day in the Columbia Valley. Start the day skating in the great outdoors along frozen Lake Windermere. Measuring nearly 30 kilometres (18 miles) long, Lake Windermere is famous for being the world’s long’s ice-skating trail. Later on, warm up at the mineral-rich waters of Radium Hot Springs, located in the Kootenay National Park. Spend some time relaxing in the steaming pools, which are all surrounded by snow-covered pines.
Day 7Invermere
Head to Panorama Resort in the Selkirk Mountains for another active day. Take a guided snowshoe hike at the with your group leader, and afterwards, perhaps hire a fat bike and explore the resort at your own pace, or strap on some skis for some cross-country action. There is no shortage of ways to get active and explore this park. Out of the cold, you must try the Canadian food specialty of poutine – hot potato chips covered in cheese curds and doused in gravy. After your day on the mountain, head back to Invermere and find a warm pub for the night.
Day 8Banff National Park / Lake Louise
Journey back to Banff National Park (approximately 2 hours), arriving just in time for a hearty all-Canadian lunch at the Storm Mountain Lodge. Dine on meats from Alberta, cheese from Quebec and fish from BC in a rustic log cabin while a Canadian playlist croons in the background. After lunch, visit Johnston Canyon for an afternoon guided ice walk. A network of steel catwalks is built into the canyon wall, allowing you to walk right along this cathedral of ice. You’ll see staggering pillars of blue ice and frozen waterfalls towering 30 metres (98 feet) above your head. The magnitude, both above and below you, is a sight to behold.
Day 9Lake Louise
Today, join your tour leader on a drive along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, seeing for yourself why this stretch of road connecting Lake Louise to Jasper is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world. After travelling past snow-capped mountains, glaciers, waterfalls and valleys filled with pine and larch, you’ll stop for what is bound to be a trip highlight – a hike to Athabasca Glacier, one of the six principal ‘toes’ of the Columbia Icefield. Alternatively, you can choose to have a free day in Lake Louise for one last fix of winter activities. Ask your tour leader about where you can go for some dog sledding, skating, cross-country skiing or a sleigh ride. In the evening, perhaps gather as a group and head to the Station Restaurant: a heritage railway station serving Canadian food.
Day 10Calgary
Journey back to Calgary in a private vehicle. While there are no activities planned for the day, you can be transported to Calgary Airport or downtown depending on your plans.

Route

Canadian Rockies Winter Adventure Rocky Mountain, Canada #mapImageWidget

Canmore

Banff

+3 more

Calgary

About The Tour

  • Go on two unforgettable ice walks at Grotto and Johnston Canyon, past towering frozen waterfalls, staggering icy rock formations and possibly a few daredevil ice climbers.
  • Learn a thing or two about two proudly Canadian winter sports – hockey and curling. The pros will show you the ropes, then you’ll get the chance to test out your new skills in Canmore.
  • Enjoy a rare opportunity to be ferried over the snow by a pack of gorgeous husky dogs with optional dog sledding in Canmore and Lake Louise, using companies vetted for their humane and ethical treatment of working dogs.
  • Invermere on the Lake is picture-perfect any time of the year, but it’s particularly magical in the winter, when its dusted with snow and its lake (Lake Windermere) freezes over and becomes the world’s longest ice skating trail. Spend time skating in the great outdoors while soaking in the stunning mountain scenery.
  • See for yourself why the world-famous Icefields Parkway – a stretch of road that winds through soaring mountain peaks, ancient glaciers, pristine lakes, cascading waterfalls and sweeping valleys – is considered one of the most beautiful drives in the world.
  • Hike the frosty Athabasca Glacier, one of the most accessible glaciers in the world, for a surreal experience that will stay with you long after you’ve gone.

Adventure-heavy Tour

  • Try your hand at cross-country skiing, skate on a frozen lake in Invermere and go on unforgettable ice walks past towering frozen waterfalls (and possibly a few daredevil ice-climbers) at Grotto and Johnston Canyon.
  • This trip takes you to must-see attractions, as well as off the beaten path in the Rockies.
  • You’ll have the chance to travel the world-famous Icefields Parkway and hike the Athabasca Glacier, and also soak in a natural hot spring amongst stunning winter scenery in the Columbia Valley.
  • Learn a thing or two about curling and hockey – two proudly Canadian sports – from the pros in Canmore, and dine on hearty Canadian favourites in a cosy log cabin in Lake Louise.
  • This action-packed trip is winter in the Rockies at its best, packed with Canadiana.

Physical Preparation

  • We recommend that you undertake regular aerobic exercise in the weeks before you travel, particularly if you are not in the habit of regular exercise.
  • Walking, jogging, swimming or riding a bike are all good ways to increase your aerobic fitness, which will allow you to enjoy the trip to its fullest.

Meeting & Finish Point

  • Grande Rockies
  • Calgary

Group Leader

  • Your leader will provide basic information about the sights and cities you'll be visiting but please note that our leaders are not 'tour guides' in the traditional sense.
  • They are adventure travel specialists and are there to organise your trip, arrange activities and help with questions or problems you may have while on your tour.
  • Your leader will provide you with all the important information you need to embark on your own explorations.
  • They are also responsible for driving the van and navigating across the country.
  • The allowable driving times for drivers is strictly controlled in North America. This ensures our drivers are well rested and are not over-tired from too many hours on the roads.

Weather

  • It might be stating the obvious, but winter in the Rockies is cold!
  • You will need good gear, including boots, snow pants and a jacket.
  • This cannot be hired so you'll need to buy or borrow it before leaving home.
  • It can be expensive so it is best to shop around and see where you can find the best price.
  • Winter weather can be unreliable.
  • Roads in these areas are well-maintained and regularly ploughed, but in the event of unusually heavy snowfall there may still be delays and closures.
  • The weather may also mean that some events are cancelled or scheduled activities become unsafe.
  • We will attempt to rearrange the itinerary or schedule replacement activities if this is the case.

What to Take

  • All luggage is carried in trailers or inside the vehicle so please don't bring more than one medium sized bag, backpack or suitcase (20kg maximum) per person.
  • Your suitcase/rucksack may get some rough handling, so make sure it's a tough one.
  • A small daypack and camera may also be carried inside the vehicle.

Food

  • While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world.
  • Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip.
  • To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price.
  • This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.

Responsible Travel

  • We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism.
  • Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects.

Map

Transport Notes

  • Our large fleet of vans are fully equipped with dual air-conditioning system, V8 engines and any camping or cooking equipment needed for your trip.
  • Most have cloth-upholstered seats and carpeted interior with radio/tape or CD players.
  • Your baggage is transported in a trailer which is towed behind the van.
  • The vans are regularly serviced in our own maintenance facility and continuously checked and serviced by a well established network of maintenance and service facilities throughout the continent.
  • However, unforeseen maintenance problems can still occur while on the road and we appreciate the patience of our travellers as we make necessary repairs as quickly as possible.


DRIVING TIMES



  • All driving times mentioned in our itinerary are intended as a guide only and represent an estimated driving time - not including lunch stops, fuel stops, photo stops, traffic congestion, adverse weather conditions or any last minute alterations to the itinerary for any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please note that there are some long driving days on this tour - we'll have some starts as early as 7am and late arrivals at our final destination, sometimes after dark).
  • As always, your group leader will make stops for viewpoints, short walks and lunch/rest breaks to help break up the journey.
  • We recommend you are fully prepared for these long travel days by reviewing our notes and indicated drive times.
  • Some travellers prefer to bring pillows on board for added comfort, others prefer reading material or games and puzzles.
  • The reality is that to get from one fabulous location to another, the distances are great and we like to think at least some of the adventure is in the journey - not just the destination.
  • You'll be on board with up to 12 other passengers plus your group leader so patience and cooperation goes a long way in making this journey a comfortable one.


SEAT BELT POLICY



  • Safety is our priority and therefore our travellers are asked to sign a document on Day 1 of the itinerary indicating your understanding of our seat belt policy.

Accommodation Notes

  • The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline.
  • On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation.
  • A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
  • Throughout the trip we request that our lodgings prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time.
  • However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels.
  • Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

Visas

  • Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller.
  • Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information.
  • Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality.
  • Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas.
  • Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

All prices are indicative only and subject to availability and changes without obligation.

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10 days
2020

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