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The Majestic Canadian Rockies * July 6 - 21, 2014
Star featuring GLACIER NATIONAL PARK Star
Offered By: Gad-About Tours
Come along with Gad-About and see some of the most beautiful seceneray in North America!

Operates: No scheduled departures
Tour Length: 16 Days. 15 Nights
Departs From: Akron, OH * Canton, OH * Alliance, OH * Salem, OH * Columbiana, OH


Price:
Single Room - $5,838.00
Double Room - $4,388.00
Triple Room - $3,938.00
Quad Room - $3,678.00

Tour Description:

Come along with us on our  great Canadian Rockies adventure and see some of the most beautiful scenery in North America!  We feature a full day of touring in Glacier national Park with dinner in Glacier Lodge, the natural beauty of Banff and Jasper national Parks and the fun of the Columiba Icefield Snow Coaches.  Enjoy breath-taking rivers, Peyto Lake, lake Moraine and Lake Louise.  Drive along Icefield Parkway.  Take a Gondola Ride to the top of Sulful Mountain.  Explore Banff, a beautiful touwn at the mountain base.  Enjoy the Sunday Bruch at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.  See scenery extraordinaire on "Going to the Sun Road".  Visit the Little Big Horn, see the Medora Musical and have fun at Tommy Gun's Garage in Chicago - so much is packed into this itinerary.  So read on - and then start packing!  This is truly a "Trip of a Lifetime", and top-notch all the way! 

 
Package Includes:
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Travel in Our Own Wide-Body Coach
  • All First-Rate Lodging
  • Eighteen Meals:
    • 13 Breakfasts
    •   3 Lunches
    •   6 Dinners
  • All of the Activities and Touring Listed Below
  • Some of the Most Spectacular Scenery in the World
  • Unquestionably, a "Trip of a Lifetime"!
Tour Itinerary:

Days One-Four - Travel Time

❖ Our first days of travel allow us time to get-acquainted with our Gad-About Tour Team and new travel friends.  Your first overnight will be outside of Chicago.  Continuing west, our second stop is the St. Cloud, Minnesota area.  Then it's on to Minot, North Dakota north of Bismarck and near the Canadian border. Have plenty of film in your camera!!  You will experience some of the most spectacular mountains scenery in the world, including glaciers, ice fields, snow-covered peaks, crystal clear lakes and raging rivers.  This area is the world's last wilderness refuge and renowned for it's breath-taking beauty.  We arrive in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
Meals: 3 Breakfasts & 1 Dinner


Day Five - Calgary

❖ Today is our day in Calgary, which is on the banks of the Bow River.  Calgary is a fascinating "cowboy" town.  We will enjoy a lovely lunch atop the famous Calgary Tower, with a free evening following to explore the city any way you wish.  Our hotel for tonight is in the midst of it all! Bring your boots & hats if ya' got 'em!!
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch


Day Six - Jasper

❖ Today we head into the heart of the Rockies via the Icefields Parkway for our "Athabasca Glacier Adventure".  Ride the Ice Explorer right out onto the largest ice mass south of Alaska - WOW!  It is almost 3.75 miles long, and the most visited glacier in North America.  We'll also visit the new Glacier Skywalk for breath-taking views.  Our destination is the resort town of Jasper, nestled in the Athabasca River Valley, and a UNESO World Heritage Site.  Breath-taking Sunwapta and Athabasca Falls are nature's true masterpieces of scenic sculpting, and will afforded us some outstanding picture stops along the way to Jasper.  Our overnight is at Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge with dinner included - great!
Meals:  Breakfast, Dinner
 

Day Seven - Banff

❖ We journey south today to one of the most picturesque cities in all of North America, Banff.  You will recognize it from many magazines covers!   If you can take your eyes away from the mountains, you are likely to see elk, bear, wolf and eagle along the way today.  We have a free evening back in town to get better acquainted with the trails, museums and shopping opportunities that abound here.  The beauty and quaintness of Banff alone would make this trip worthwhile!
Meal: Breakfast


Day Eight - Moraine Lake and Lake Louise

❖ The scenery you see today graces the walls of homes, cathedrals, museums and mansions around the world.  We will visit Moraine Lake and the "Valley of the Ten Peaks".  Also Lake Louise and the magnificent mountains that surround it.  Brunch will be a real treat as we dine at the Fairmount Chateau Lake Louise with its magical view all around.  This afternoon we search for animals on the bow Valley Parkway and Jackson Canyon before returning to Banff where a special gondola Ride awaits to take u up Sulphur Mountain for a panoramic view of the Bow Valley and Banff itself - WOW!  The evening is free for you to enjoy your gorgeous surroundings.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day Nine, Ten and Eleven - Glacier National Park

❖ Keeping the Rockies in sight, we head to Montana and Glacier National Park, known as "The Most Beautiful Park in the United States".  Our next three nights will be right outside the Park in Kalispell, with dinner one evening at the gigantic Glacier Park Lodge, built in 1910 with 500-year-old timbers-wait till you see the lobby!  A Special Highlight will  be our tour across the famous "Going to the Sun Road" on refurbished 1920's "jammers" with a National Park Service guide - impossible to describe.  We'll also get to take the beautiful "Cedar Walk" with its ancient giant trees an famous Avalance Gorge.  Then relax on a scenic cruise on McDonald Lake with breath-taking view of Glacier national park - enjoy the majesty surrounding the lake tht drew early explores to this tranquil area - then have lunch at massive, historic Lake Lodge!  Thoughout these days, there will be many opportunities for outstanding picture-taking!!  What an awesome day!
Meals:  3 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners


Day Twelve- Billings Montana

❖  Today we must bid good-bye to these glacier-studded mountain peaks, but the fun's far from over.  Our travels will take us south through more wonderful scenery to our overnight in Billings, Montana in the Yellowstone Valley. 
Meal: Breakfast


Day Thirteen - Little Big Horn and Medora

❖ .  We'll spend some time at the Little Big Horn National Park and Custer's Last Stand.  Next we're on to Medora, North Dakota, one of this state's top destinations, for dinner at the "Pitchfork Fondue" (fun-fun!!) and an evening at the rousing "Medora Musical", which pays tribute to Theodore Roosevelt.  Our folks love this! The Badlands Hotel is our home for tonight with spectacular views all around.
Meal: Breakfast, Dinner 


Day Fourteen - Minneapolis, St. Paul

❖ A day of travel will take us to the Minneapolis, St. Paul area for overnight.  Our hotel is a short walk across a foot bridge to the famous Mall of America!


Day Fifteen - Chicago

❖ Our journey continues to the state of Illinois with an overnight in Chicago.  This evening, for the grand finale, we will include a fantastic dinner show called "Tommy Gun's Garage" which has received rave reviews from all around.  "Do ya' know da password??" 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner


Day Sixteen - Travel Back Home

❖ A travel day on home, and we enjoy the time to visit with all our many new-found travel friends!  What an outstanding opportunity to experience all the beauty and grandeur that is waiting for you! 


You will never forget "THE MAJESTIC CANADIAN ROCKIES"!   Don't Settle For a Lesser-Quality Trip...Our Canadian Rockies trip Is Excellent All The Way Through!!

*Please Note:  While all activities will be included, some may actually take place on a different day if weather or other circumstances dictate a revised order of itinerary.

Important Notes:
  • IDENTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A passport  or passport card are required to take this tour.  Call the office and we will cheerfully mail you an easy application with instructions or see the following link on line to get one:  www.travel.state.gov/passport

  • There are no refunds for improper identification.

  • A $250 deposit is due with your reservation, and balance is due 60 days before departure, at which time it becomes non-refundable.  We offer comprehensive travel insurance, if you are interested.
This is a Gold Card Program Tour, which can earn you $100 in Free Travel.

Departure Details:

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Terms and Conditions:

PAYMENT:
For overnight tours, the deposit is based on the cost of the tour as follows:
  • Overnight Tours Under $150 > $25 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $150-$800 > $75 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours $801-$1,500 > $100 Deposit
  • Overnight Tours over $1,501 > $250 Deposit
The balance of an overnight tour is due 30 days prior to departure (unless otherwise notified). A confirmation will be sent to you after we receive your deposit. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover if you are making your reservation by phone, or you can send a check to our office (please call first to check availability). If you are booking online, payment must be made in full.

REFUNDS:
Up to 30 days prior to departure date, a full refund will be made. *Air and cruise tours, and some longer tours, may be different—be sure to ask for details when making your reservation. Tours including tickets also generally have earlier non-refundable dates. There are no refunds for cancellations made within 30 days prior to your departure date. However, we will do our best to recover as much as we can, but cannot guarantee anything. There will be no refund, for any reason, for a “no-show” on the day of the tour. A “Refund Protection Plan” is available at our office at a minimal cost. This insures you a full refund in case of a death or illness in the immediate family up to 24 hours before the tour departs. (It does require a doctor’s written note or copy of death notice.) On longer tours, we have a special insurance plan available if you are interested, and it will be sent to you with your confirmation. We encourage you to take advantage of these protection plans. The Refund Protection Plan does not apply to Day Trips, nor are there any refunds for Day Trips, with a few exceptions.

CANCELED TOURS:
Gad-About Tours Inc. reserves the right to cancel any tour that has not reached a minimum number of reservations. We reserve the right to change tour prices and itinerary. Tours are prepared up to a year in advance and may be impacted by circumstances that arise which are beyond our control. We reserve the right to cancel or refuse service to anyone, in our sole discretion. We always avoid changes and cancellations if at all possible, as we realize the inconvenience to you, our valued customer.

TRANSPORTATION:
All of our tours are by late-model, deluxe wide-body motorcoach. They are equipped with air-conditioning, reclining seats, public address system, VCR, and emergency restrooms. Our intent is for all overnight tours to be professionally escorted for your convenience. Upon occasion, in order to avoid canceling a trip with a low passenger count, our driver may serve both positions of driver and escort, and all are professionally trained to do so. Also, on air trips with low passenger counts, we may not be able to provide an escort from our company. However, we will provide airport transportation*, plus a guide from our connecting company will meet you upon arrival at your destination and be with you throughout the entire tour. (*If only a few are going on a given air tour, we will pay your airport parking fee in lieu of using the coach.)

LODGING:
Your lodging is included on all overnight tours. All hotels are AAA rated. We never use second-rate hotels, restaurants, or activities on any tour, to the best of our ability to make that determination. Payment of telephone calls, room service, and other incidentals at places of lodging are the responsibility of the customer.

LUGGAGE:
One suitcase per person is included in the price of your tour. You are also permitted a carry-on, which is your responsibility. Additional luggage may be transported at the cost of $5.00 per bag, per day. It is wise to travel light. Luggage tags are provided and required for hotel identification, and are sent with the final letter with the phone numbers of your hotels.

TAXES AND GRATUITIES:
All taxes and gratuities for included meals and activities are included, unless otherwise mentioned by the Escort. Driver and Escort gratuities are not included in the price of the tour, and are optional. However, the suggested gratuity as posted by the American Bus Assoc. for a job well done is $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the tour escort, and $2.00-$2.50 per person/per day for the driver. We request that you express this on an individual basis, and let the quality of service received be your guide.

SEATING:
On all overnight tours, we use a daily seat rotation. The first day of a trip, we allow you to choose your seat when you get on, and rotate from there. We feel this is fair to all involved. If the coach is not full, a less formal rotation may be used at escort’s discretion.

SMOKING:
We make regular stops for restrooms and for the convenience of smokers; however, we have a NO SMOKING policy aboard all coaches. This policy also applies to e-cigarettes.

RESPONSIBILITY:
Gad-About Tours, Inc. is bonded, insured, and registered with the ICC, number MC 198451. We act only as agents and are not responsible to any person for any loss of time or money due to a change or delay beyond our control. Nor are we responsible for non-performance by those we have contracted with. Any claims against Gad-About Tours Inc. must be made, in writing, within 30 days of the trip.