Embrace the spirit of the Wild West with a visit to the greatest outdoor rodeo on earth
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- Experience the thrills and spills of the Calgary Stampede
- See the best of the action with included grandstand seats and tickets to the chuck wagon racing
- Take it all in from above with a Skyride over Stampede Park
- Head west into the Rockies for a stay in Canmore
- Take in the landscapes on optional hikes and gondola rides
- 2 Nights Canmore
- 3 Nights Calgary
Activity adventure | History & culture | July holidays | Spa
For a few thrilling days every July the worlds finest cowboys, cowgirl and bull riders descend on the Canadian city of Calgary which in turns showcases the best in western hospitality. Feast your eyes on saddle bronc and bull riding, barrel racing and chuck wagon racing. Don your cowboy boots and saddle up for Stampede breakfasts, square dancing, extravagant parades and magnificent firework displays. This tailor-made fly-drive begins with a drive west to Canmore in Canadian Rockies for rambling hikes and optional gondola rides before returning to Calgary for two days at the Calgary Stampede including reserved seating for one evening at the chuck wagon racing and grandstand show, reserved seating for an afternoon of rodeo, a skyride over Stampede Park and three nights accommodation.
Day by day itinerary
With included airport lounge access, you'll begin your trip in relaxed style before your daytime flight to Calgary. Then, on arrival, you'll collect your hire car for a two-hour scenic drive to Canmore. As you head west, the landscape changes from vast plains to forested foothills, eventually bringing you between the snow-dusted peaks and plunging valleys of the Rocky Mountains. It's all the backdrop for two days of independent exploration, taking in everything from optional gondola rides and hot-spring soaks to mountain hikes and lakeside strolls. In the evenings you'll return to your rustic lodge accommodation where rooms feature wood-burning fires and, in many cases, patios or balconies with views out to the national-park surrounds.
Stay: The Malcolm, Canmore (Superior)
Return across the plains to Calgary, drop off your hire car and check in for a three-night stay at the Fairmont Palliser. Then, don a stetson and embrace your inner cowboy with a visit to the greatest outdoor rodeo on earth. Watch the drama unfold as saddle bronc and bull riding, barrel racing and chuck wagon dashes introduce you to Calgary’s uniquely brash Wild West heritage. And, between races and rodeos, you’ll saddle up for a host of exciting events that include everything from Stampede breakfasts and square dancing to colourful parades, live music performances and spectacular firework displays. We’ve even included a Skyride over Stampede Park to see the festivities unfold from above.
Stay: The Fairmont Palliser, Calgary (Superior)
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Spend a final day in the city, taking time to explore Calgary's highlights beyond Stampede Park. This is a city with a burgeoning reputation for culture and the arts, with a wide array of galleries and museums showcasing everything from natural history to contemporary photography. Calgary's culinary scene, too, is garnering international acclaim with creative chefs and restauranteurs launching exciting new eateries and giving a new lease of life to long-established favourites. There's also the chance to pick up some last-minute souvenirs from the city's markets and malls, or, take it all in from above with a trip to the top of the Calgary Tower. Your overnight flight home arrives on day seven.
Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.
7-day tailor-made self-drive from £685 pp
Includes 3 nights accommodation at Fairmont Palliser, 2 days admission to Stampede Park, reserved seating for one evening at the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand Show, reserved seating for one afternoon at the Rodeo, event programme & Skyride over the Stampede Park.
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