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Calgary is Canada’s best in a stetson. It’s a can-do city overloaded with generosity, dern-good cookin’, a fresh forward-thinking culture, and that out-west cowboy vibe. Calgary ticks off every checkbox on a traveller’s list, including playing host to Canada’s biggest party, the Calgary Stampede! The Calgary Tower is a great place to start with panoramic views of the city and the Rocky Mountains. Staying in downtown Calgary, you are within walking distance to the Stampede excitement!
Let’s head out for a bit! The Badlands bury prehistoric bones under 8000 hectares of fossil-rich prairie and Lake Louise has that jaw-dropping view that keeps the postcard industry profitable. Nature went overboard here: an incredible turquoise lake at the foot of hulking mountains divided by the Victoria Glacier and fringed with evergreens. We’ll take a gondola up Sulphur Mountain for lunch and float the Bow Valley River before dinner in Banff. There’s a lot to do in one week, so put on your cowboy boots, breathe in that Alberta-raised beef BBQ smell, and give us your best “Yeehaw, Honey!” We’re in for seven spectacular days, crowned by Canada’s favourite summer rodeo – with seats so close you’ll feel like you’re in the saddle!
The Sizzlin’ Calgary Stampede Package
The best cowboys and cowgirls compete at one of the world’s most famous rodeos – the Calgary Stampede. Canada puts on one humdinger of a show and you’ll see it all from your reserved seats at the rodeo and parade. Of all the parades in the world, only the Rose Bowl is bigger! Your full-day admission to the rodeo opens the barn door to more fine horses, bulls, steers, and clowns than one ring can hold. And there’s more plaid in the Grandstand than a honkytonk can handle!
Enjoy event tickets to Stampede Park pairing skill with grit. The barrel racing, bareback riding, tie-down roping, steer wrestling, and saddle bronc will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Klaxon blasts when it gets dark and the GMC Rangeland Derby heats up the Grandstand Arena. For nine heats, 36 chuckwagon drivers and 216 horses vie for over $1 million in prize money. And the ground thunders!
Capping off a thrilling night is the Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show with acrobatic dance, music performances, and fireworks. For 50 years, the Grandstand Show has performed for over 5 million people, earning it the title of “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” So get gussied up, get out, and giddyup!
• Reserved Rodeo Seats (main level)
• Evening Show Seats (balcony level)
• Calgary Stampede cowboy hat
• Calgary Stampede tote bag
• WestJet Skyride tickets across Stampede Park
• Event tickets to Stampede Park
• 20% discount voucher at Calgary Stampede Store
• 20% discount voucher at all
• Lammie’s (western apparel) locations in Alberta
Return airfare from Toronto, deluxe motorcoach transportation to Banff and Lake Louise, 6 nights accommodation, 6 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, all highlights listed, 2-day Calgary Stampede Package, Tour Director, Connections Program and all taxes.
Prices are in Canadian dollars, are per person and include HST. If booking your own airfare reduce price by $400.
• Calgary, AB: Delta Hotels Calgary Downtown (6 nights)
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- Sunscreen is an essential product to have, regardless of the climate. Since UV exposure is unavoidable, a hat and sunglasses are also suggested for your protection, even in the winter.
- Mosquito repellent can prove useful in wooded areas or in the evenings in some regions.
- Comfort is important when on vacation. Bring comfortable walking shoes. And loose, casual clothing is suggested to keep you cozy.
- Pack extra batteries and memory cards for your camera.
- Always pack an extra jacket or sweater in case of inclement weather or cooler evenings. DeNureTours recommends you dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers if the temperature rises or drops.
- Use every corner, nook and cranny of your suitcase when packing. Rolled sweaters and bulky clothing occupy less space, but clothing that wrinkles easily should be laid flat. Roll socks or underclothing and pack them into shoes, and slip smaller items into side pockets.
- Use sample-sized toiletry items and always transport containers of creams and liquids in a sealed plastic bag.
- Keep an extra set of keys for your luggage.
- Always prepare for the possibility of rain. An umbrella, or rain jacket will easily fit in your luggage, and could prove to be the most useful article you pack. When travelling as a couple, bring two so neither person gets half wet.
- Pack your bathing suit.
- Pack a good book, or a deck of cards to keep you busy during free time.
- Leave items of monetary or sentimental value at home. Costume and faux jewelry always travels well.
- If you require corrective lenses, pack an extra pair of glasses or contacts.
- If you wear dentures, and have a second set, pack them just in case. You’d be surprised how often these important items end up where they shouldn’t.
- Not all hotel rooms are equipped with alarm clocks. While most hotels offer wake-up calls, a small travel alarm clock might prove useful.
- Couples travelling together may find it wise to split their belongings between two suitcases. If one suitcase should go missing, neither person is left without a change of clothes.
- Remember to pack any medications or prescriptions in your carry-on and not in your suitcase in case of emergency or luggage misplacement. Medications should be packed in their original containers for security reasons.
- Keep a listing of your recent medical history with you, including medications you currently take, prescription or otherwise, as well as allergies you suffer from, and any medical conditions you have. Carry the listing in your wallet, and leave a copy with your emergency contact person at home.
- Identify your luggage with an identification tag as well as your DeNureTours luggage tags.
- If you carry travellers’ cheques, record the numbers of the cheques and keep this list in a separate location. When travelling as a couple, put some cheques in your partner’s name so you both have access to funds.
- Always carry your travel insurance policy with you, and read it carefully before you leave.
- Always carry your passport, or other important identification on your person. Make a photocopy to keep in your suitcase.
- Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months after your return date. This is a requirement for entering certain countries.
- Always check the spelling of your name on all documentation you receive. Often, your travel documents must match your passport or birth certificate. It is imperative that your legal name be listed correctly on your documents. Failure to comply may result in your being denied entry to a country, or boarding on an airplane or cruise ship. Name changes on documents may be subject to a change fee.
- Use extra copies of your travel itinerary and hotel listing to distribute to friends or relatives, so you can be reached in case of emergency.
- Keep a log of your purchases, including what you paid in foreign currency and the equivalent in Canadian dollars. This will assist you in filling out customs forms. Keep all receipts.
- Secure your home before you leave. Arrange for a friend or neighbour to pick up mail and check in periodically. Have someone cut your lawn (or shovel your driveway) and care for your property. Set automatic timers on the lights and television. Empty the refrigerator of perishables. Lower your thermostat to save on energy.
- When flying, drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and limit your intake of caffeine and alcoholic beverages.
- To avoid circulatory problems on a plane or coach, walk up the aisle every hour or so. Periodically, stretch your legs, arms, shoulders and neck.
- Arrive early for flights. DeNureTours recommends to check-in 90 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights, or 2-3 hours prior for international flights.
- An inflatable travel pillow can make you more comfortable on long coach rides or flights. The U-shaped pillow keeps your head from rolling during travel, reducing the risk of neck pain.
- Avoid the use of perfume or scented sprays on the coach or an airplane. These are confined spaces, so be courteous to your fellow travellers who may be allergic or sensitive to scents.
- Get as much rest as possible before you leave.
- Try your best to be flexible. Unexpected things can happen. Your holiday will be more enjoyable if you are open-minded.
Tips to waiters, taxi drivers, step-on guides, tour directors and drivers are a tangible way for you to express your appreciation for jobs well done. This practice, though customary, is voluntary and is not included in tour prices. As a guide to the amounts to tip, the following amounts are suggested:
- Taxi Drivers – Drivers should be tipped 10% of the taxi fare.
- Waiters – For meals that are not included in the tour price, tip waiters between 15% and 20% of your bill, but never less than $1.
- Tour Directors and Drivers – A gratuity of $4 per person per day is suggested.
The pace of a tour varies by itinerary, as each destination, its sightseeing and the activities are unique. Pacing is often subject to personal interpretation, but our trip pace indicator on each tour page may assist you in determining if a tour is suitable for you.
Day-by-day itinerary descriptions can be found on our website or requested from our office. Generally, the more activities included, distance travelled in a day, or number of hotel changes, will increase the pace of a tour.
Some of the most unique sightseeing is found in locations that can be a challenge for motorcoaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend packing walking shoes so you fully enjoy every aspect of your holiday.
Tours with the highest “On-the-go” ratings require a level of activity that is not suitable for those who use either walkers or wheelchairs. If a trip pace is not ideally suited for you, our reservations team will be happy to help you find your perfect vacation.