Maupintour brings Christmas cheer to its tours


LAWRENCE, Kan. -- Programs to the Canadian Rockies figure heavily in Maupintour's 1999 line of Canada holiday season vacations -- three out of five, in fact.

The operator, based here, is touring the region using trains, helicopters and motorcoaches, with accommodations in luxurious Canadian Pacific hotels, among other properties.

"They are absolutely breathtaking at Christmas," said Pete Anderson, a 35-year Maupintour veteran who is the operator's product manager for Canada, referring to the resorts' holiday atmosphere.

"Everywhere you go there are gorgeous decorations. You have sleigh rides, caroling, the Christmas parade going on every day at Banff Springs Hotel and Chateau Lake Louise."

Maupintour's seven-day Rocky Mountaineer Christmas package spends two nights at Vancouver's historic Hotel Vancouver before embarking on privately owned Rocky Mountaineer Railtours for a two-day rail journey (with Santa Claus on board) through the Rockies using the line's GoldLeaf dome car service.

The rail portion includes an overnight in Kamloops, British Columbia, and ends in Banff, Alberta, with a one-night stay at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Christmas itself is celebrated at Lake Louise, Alberta, with a two-night stay in a lakeview room at Chateau Lake Louise.

The land-only price of the Rocky Mountaineer Christmas package, which departs Dec. 20, is $1,795 per person, double.

Maupintour's six-day Christmas in the Canadian Rockies tour starts in Calgary, Alberta, and includes one night at Calgary's Palliser hotel (at the end of the trip), two nights at the Banff Springs Hotel and two nights at Chateau Lake Louise, with lakeview accommodations over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Highlights of the Christmas in the Canadian Rockies program include a helicopter flightseeing excursion over Banff National Park, a Christmas Day sleigh ride and festive dinners at each property.

The land-only cost of this tour, which departs Dec. 22, is $1,395 per person, double.

The seven-day Jasper, Banff & Lake Louise Christmas program also offers a rail component, using the government-owned VIA Rail Canadian train for an overnight trip from Vancouver to Jasper, Alberta.

Clients spend the first night at Vancouver's Pan Pacific Hotel. In Jasper, clients stay at the Jasper Park Lodge and go by motorcoach down the scenic Icefield Parkway to Banff for a two-night stay at the Banff Springs Hotel.

Like the other Canadian Rockies winter packages, clients spend Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Chateau Lake Louise and enjoy dinner at the property.

The land-only cost of this tour, which departs Dec. 20, is $1,550 per person, double.

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