Faculty

William I. Hitchcock, William W. Corcoran Professor of History

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Pricing

$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,695 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Seattle, plus $96 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$6,595 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $96 airline taxes and fees

Other Gateway Cities Are Available.

A limited number of single rooms will be available for a supplement of $1,695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

Overview

One of North America’s great unspoiled wildernesses, the Canadian Rockies offer bountiful rewards for outdoor-loving travelers. While staying in unique mountain lodges, we ride in Glacier National Park’s famed Red Jammers, visit cerulean Lake Louise, and set foot on Athabasca Glacier. Amid stunning alpine scenery, it’s a feast for the eyes – and the spirit.

Program Highlights

  • Relish breathtaking Rocky Mountain scenery
  • Visit stunning Glacier National Park
  • Ride in “Red Jammers” along scenic Going-to-the-Sun Road
  • Hike on Whitefish Trail and see lake views
  • Tour Canada’s spectacular Banff and Jasper national parks
  • Experience stunning Lake Louise
  • Walk and ride in an Ice Explorer vehicle on Athabasca Glacier
  • Explore Maligne Canyon and cruise on Maligne Lake
  • Take in dramatic scenery from Glacier Skywalk
  • Take a Banff Gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain
  • Enjoy stays at unique mountain lodges within national parks

Faculty

William I. Hitchcock, William W. Corcoran Professor of History

Will Hitchcock teaches in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. He studies the great conflicts and struggles of the twentieth century, including World War I, the crises of the interwar years, the catastrophe of World War II, and the Cold War. An expert on French and British politics, he most recently ventured into U.S. presidential history with his book The Age of Eisenhower: America and the World in the 1950s, which was a New York Times bestseller. Previously, he wrote The Bitter Road to Freedom, which explored the experiences of European civilians and American soldiers during the liberation of Europe in 1945. It was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Will has lived in and traveled across much of Europe and the Mediterranean. His two children are both UVA students, and he is married to the Civil War historian Elizabeth R. Varon.

Itinerary

DAY 1 - July 19, 2021

Depart U.S. for Calgary, Canada

We depart the United States today for our flight to Calgary. Upon arrival, we check in to our centrally located hotel then have time to explore this cosmopolitan Canadian city on our own. Tonight we gather for a briefing on the journey ahead followed by dinner at our hotel.
Hyatt Regency Calgary
Dinner (D)

DAY 2 - July 20, 2021

Calgary/Waterton Lakes National Park/Glacier National Park, U.S.

We leave Calgary by coach this morning for the scenic drive to Glacier National Park in northern Montana. For lunch we stop at the famed Prince of Wales Hotel along the shores of Upper Waterton Lake, the deepest lake in the Canadian Rockies and where the prairie meets the mountains. After time to take in the splendid lake views here, we cross the 49th parallel and enter the United States. We arrive at our lodge late this afternoon and enjoy dinner there together tonight.
St. Mary Village,
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (B,L,D)

Day 3 - July 21, 2021

Glacier National Park

Today we get our first look at Glacier National Park, a 1,583-square-mile swath of wilderness in Montana’s Rocky Mountains encompassing rugged mountains, thunderous waterfalls, still lakes, and glacial valleys stretching to the Canadian border. We begin with a morning hike along St. Mary Lake, the park’s second largest and the clear divide between the Great Plains to the east and the Rocky Mountains to the west. Movie buffs may recognize the lake from the iconic opening shot of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Then we embark on a cruise for panoramic views of the lake and its surroundings. This afternoon is at leisure amidst the majesty of America’s 10th national park before dinner together at our lodge.
St. Mary Village
(B,D)

DAY 4 - July 22, 2021

Glacier National Park/Whitefish

We enjoy a travel highlight today as we step back in time and board one of Glacier National Park’s legendary sightseeing buses: the Red Jammers, in use here since the 1930s. With roll-back canvas convertible tops, these buses take their name from the sound of the early drivers jamming the manual transmission into low gear to negotiate steep roads. Our ride this morning takes us along the fabled Going-to-the-Sun Road, a winding mountain pass that offers breathtaking views and hair-raising turns. After time for lunch on our own we meet up with our motorcoach and continue southwest across the Continental Divide. After arriving late this afternoon in the resort town of Whitefish, Montana, we dine together tonight.
Grouse Mountain Lodge
(B,D)

DAY 5 - July 23, 2021

Whitefish

We head into the forest this morning for a leisurely hike along the Whitefish Trail, starting at Swift Creek Trailhead. The mile-and-a-half loop trail offers opportunities for wildlife viewing. Our trek includes a lookout over postcard-worthy Whitefish Lake. Then we continue on to the popular ski area of Whitefish Mountain Resort, where we board chairlifts bound for the mountain’s summit. After taking time to enjoy the 360-degree views and crisp summit air, we visit the Summit Nature Center to learn more about the mountain and its local environment. We return to our hotel in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon and evening at leisure. An authentic mountain town, Whitefish boasts an abundance of restaurants and activities.
Grouse Mountain Lodge
(B)

DAY 6 - July 24, 2021

Whitefish/Lake Louise – Banff National Park

Today’s full day of travel presents some of the most striking scenery of our tour. We begin the day passing through forests, by lakes, and across high plains before crossing from the U.S. back into Canada – this time, into British Columbia. After a stop for lunch and a drive along the western edge of the Canadian Rockies, we enter world-famous Banff National Park and ascend to Lake Louise, and our hotel, late this afternoon. Before dinner here, we take an easy hike for our first view of the photogenic lake, originally named Emerald Lake for its brilliant hue.
Lake Louise Inn
(B,L,D)

DAY 7 - July 25, 2021

Lake Louise/Jasper

This morning we visit the viewing area to see the lake in the early morning light. Then we depart via the Columbia Icefields Parkway for the drive to the 125-square-mile Columbia Icefields in Banff National Park, a UNESCO site. Here we bundle up for a tour highlight as we board the Ice Explorer all-terrain vehicle for the ride to Athabasca Glacier, the most visited glacier in North America. Equipped to drive right onto the glacier itself, the massive Ice Explorer boasts super-sized tires specially designed for glacier travel. Upon reaching Athabasca, we disembark to explore, take photos, and fill our water bottles with the pure water from the glacier. Then we descend to the base station for lunch before we begin our drive northward again, arriving at our hotel centrally located in the town of Jasper, which is within Jasper National Park (also a UNESCO site). We enjoy dinner together at our hotel.
Whistler’s Inn
(B,L,D)

DAY 8 - July 26, 2021

Jasper

The scenery on display today is nothing short of breathtaking. First we view Maligne Canyon, a geological marvel where the limestone bed-rock has been eroded by an underground river to a depth of 160 feet. Only six feet wide at some points, the plunging canyon offers a dramatic (and heady) view from the top. We continue on to cerulean Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies. Here we board our boat for a morning cruise, taking in the sky-scraping mountain peaks, dark green forests, and three glaciers all visible from the lake. We cruise by Spirit Island, a tiny yet acclaimed islet of a few trees which makes for a wonderful – and uniquely Canadian – photo opportunity. Early this afternoon we return to Jasper, where we have the rest of the day at leisure.
Whistler’s Inn
(B)

DAY 9 - July 27, 2021

Jasper/Banff

We return today to the Columbia Icefields Parkway for more scenic views, and a thrilling expedition. This dramatic road parallels the Continental Divide, running down the spine of both Jasper and Banff national parks. Mid-day we enjoy an exhilarating experience as we tiptoe across the Glacier Skywalk, a cliff-edge walkway that leads to a transparent-bottomed observation deck suspended nearly 1,000 feet above the valley floor. Here the vast glaciers, snowcapped mountain peaks, and thundering waterfalls seem close enough to touch. We enjoy a picnic lunch amidst this jaw-dropping scenery then continue on to our hotel in lower Banff National Park.
Rimrock Resort
(B,L,D)

DAY 10 - July 28, 2021

Banff

Our last full day in the Canadian Rockies begins with a ride aboard the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, so named for the hot springs on its lower flank. This 8,000-foot peak overlooking the town of Banff affords stunning mountain views in every direction; indeed, we can see six mountain ranges during this excursion. Then we travel Tunnel Mountain Road to visit two more natural wonders: the Hoodoos, a collection of eroded limestone spires strung along a wooded hillside; and Bow Falls, a wide waterfall just outside Banff. The afternoon is free to explore Banff before we celebrate our outdoor adventures with a farewell dinner at our hotel.
Rimrock Resort
(B,D)

DAY 11 - July 29, 2021

Banff/Depart for U.S

We transfer this morning to the Calgary airport for our flights home.
(B)

Accommodations

  • Calgary – Hyatt Regency Calgary
  • St. Mary – St. Mary Village
  • Grouse Mountain Lodge – Whitefish
  • Lake Louise – Lake Louise Inn
  • Jasper – Whistler’s Inn
  • Banff – Rimrock Resort

Meals

22 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 8 dinners

Program Fees

$5,495 per person, double occupancy, land only

$5,695 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Seattle, plus $96 airline taxes and fees, which are subject to change until final payment is made.

$6,595 per person, double occupancy, with economy class round-trip airfare from Charlottesville, VA, plus $96 airline taxes and fees

Other Gateway Cities Are Available.

A limited number of single rooms will be available for a supplement of $1,695 to the per person, double occupancy rates.

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