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We had a wonderful day, the driver/guide was very professional, friendly and welcoming. The whole day was a wonderful experience and we would recommend this tour to anyone spending a few days in Calgary. We thought we had seen it all having spent two days on the Goldleaf service on the Rocky Mountaineer but this coach tour just put the icing on the cake! Thank you to all involved
This tour was the only reason we stopped at Calgary and it did not disappoint. The Rockies were superb and we got a fantastic view from the Gondola ride. It was also good to be able to wander around the town of Bamff. The only minor negative was the confusion over the return bus trip (i.e. we went on a different bus) but the original driver did everything he could to line it up and make it work. A fantastic day and very worthwhile.
We enjoyed the day trip very much. The Brewster bus was comfortable and punctual. We would like to stay at the Banff Spring Hotel if we go again.
Unfortunately we had bad weather. Therefore it would have been much nicer to have more time in Banff (not only one hour for lunch and shopping). Also the stop at the helicopter station in the middle of nowhere (but with a casino) for 25 min(!) did not make sense. At the end of the tour the bus left us at the central bus station of Banff, where we had to change the bus back to Calgary. It would have been nicer to stay in one bus the whole tour. But in general the trip was very nice and I would recommend this trip to other persons, especially for people who do not have much time but would like to have an impression of the beautiful Rockies. (Tip: do not book the gondola in advance, because of the unknown weather conditions. You can buy a ticket at the gondola station or drink there coffee)
The weather was lousy, which is not the tour company's fault and the guide did his best. However, I don't think it was worth 155. We only stopped in Banff for an hour - which was supposed to give us time for lunch and shopping. What woman can do lunch and shopping in just 60 minutes? Then, at the end of the day, the bus driver/guide dumped me at the bus station, which was not discussed at the beginning of the trip, so he could go on and take people to other resorts and I could catch another bus back to Calgary. Strange. Very strange. And since I was alone, it was even stranger.
The tour wasn't really a whole day tour of Banff, everything was really time contrained to the point that you are only given minutes to explore places, it was simply because all those people with different tour packages are asked to stay in one bus to explore banff just for hours in the morning. The tour operator was in a hurry just because other people on the bus had to go to other places as well in the afternoon. It's just like you paid for nothing coz you dont have enough nor ample time to explore and enjoy what you see, everything was just a snap. Then, we left Banff at 3.30 in the afternoon and we arrived in Calgary at 8.oo pm just because there were too many stopovers of the bus. In short the tour wasnt a tour it was simply a road trip. More time spent on the travel and not on the tour.