Below are Tour Operators we currently partner with and a link to their Alberta programming.
Abercrombie & Kent
Founded in 1962, Abercrombie & Kent (A&K) is one of the leading luxury tour operators in the United States. Today, A&K runs 50 full-time offices worldwide. Its reputation allows A&K travellers private, sometimes exclusive access to museums, archaeological sites and cultural attractions around the world.
A&K launched the Connections Brand in 2013 which offers small group journeys at an unbeatable value. The group size for Connections is 24 passengers. The Canadian Rockies remains the only tour offered in North America.
Anderson Vacations is an Alberta based tour operator. Anderson Vacations has a long history as an Alberta based tour operator and markets to the regional market, domestic long haul as well as the US. Anderson features a wide variety of Alberta itineraries including fully escorted coach tours, customized independent travel packages, rail vacations, self-drive holidays, guaranteed tour departures, corporate programs and charter services
Austin Adventures, formerly Austin-Lehman Adventures, is a tour company specializing in luxury adventure vacation packages. The operator has been selling Alberta for over twenty years and currently offers four different adventure tours into the Canadian Rockies. Austin Adventures offers the best guest to guide ration in the business (6:1), allowing them to cater to their client’s needs. The company has a strong reputation in the travel industry having won several awards over the years, including National Geographic’s Trip of a Lifetime, Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Tour Operator and World’s Best Family Tour Operator, and Outside Magazine’s Hall of Fame Travel award.
Backroads’ tag line is “The world’s #1 Active Travel company". They have been in business for 35 years operating hiking, biking, and multi-sport programs. This operators has a long history in Alberta with their Canadian Rockies programs heading into the 34th year of operation. Backroads offers unforgettable experiences and encourages their clients to activate the way they travel. The operator is committed to quality trips and trip designers thoughtfully create tours for a variety of travel styles.
Classic Escapes is a family owned boutique travel company specializing in nature and cultural journeys around the world. With a team representing decades of travel industry experience, and itineraries which are designed based on first-hand knowledge of our destinations. Classic Escapes specializes in the Alumni Travel Market with many American universities. The operator is an active member of the Educational Travel Community.
Classic Vacations is a luxury tour operator that has been operating for 30 years. They hold strong relationships with key consortia and travel agencies throughout the United States, with established partnerships with Virtuoso, American Express Travel, Ensemble Travel, Vacations.com and Signature Travel Network.
Classic Vacations returned to the Canada market for 2012 and launched their new Canada product line in March/April 2012 with product in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Currently their programs to Alberta showcase Fairmont properties; although they are looking to expand their hotel partnerships.
Collette has been sharing their love of travel since 1918 and is one of the oldest tour operators in the US. Collette and has been bringing visitors to Alberta for a number of years. They offer a host of escorted Canadian Rockies tours as well as a tour to include partial journey with Via Rail.
Collette's tour directors play an essential role in delivering top-notch vacations. Rather than using seasonal or freelance guides, Collette employs 100+ tour directors who share a vested interest in sustaining the reputation of the Collette travel experience.
A Canadian specialist tour operator providing unparalleled
excellence in service and product for FIT and custom group travel. The
Canada by Design brand is powered by Discover Holidays and supported
by a strong team of destination and product experts focused on delivering an
exceptional customer experience. Their portfolio
offers a diverse range of travel product and experiences
for both winter and summer seasons and from moderate categories to luxury and
private travel services.
Discover Holidays is a preferred partner within
the established agent consortia’s Virtuoso and the Signature Travel
Network. Industry partnerships are with the best hotels, boutiques,
wilderness lodges, resorts, authentic ranches, adventure providers and ski
resorts. Tailor-made itineraries can also be created for self-drive tours, rail
journeys, city stays, soft adventure packages and land packages to accompany
pre and post cruise vacations. A quality customer experience is at their
core and they share a philosophy of delivering a uniquely Canadian experience
imbedded with character, satisfaction and memories that last a lifetime.
Entrée Canada is a Vancouver-based receptive tour operator focused on the luxury travel market. They are a leading Canadian tour operator for global industry leaders such as American Express Platinum & Centurion, Virtuoso, Signature Travel Network and Ensemble Travel. Entrée Canada focuses solely on providing their guests with luxury and experiential travels across Canada; partnering with the country’s top hotels, resorts and lodges, as well as providers of transportation, guide and activity services.
Flight Centre has 45 reservations centers in the USA and employs 1800 staff across the country. Flight Centre is a global company based in Australia and purchased GOGO Vacations about three years ago to give them the wholesale brand GOGO Worldwide Vacations supplying packages, accommodation, tours, cruises, rail travel and car rental to the company's shop network and is its largest global supplier of land product. GOGO Worldwide Vacations is a full service wholesaler, world-renowned for efficiently and cost-effectively providing services dedicated solely to the leisure travel market. They offer Alberta product to both the US Market as well as globally.
G Adventures is an adventure travel pioneer offering the widest selection of affordable small group tours, safaris and expeditions to more than 100 countries on all continents. It was the first adventure travel company to offer 100% guaranteed departures in 2013. Powered by an international team of passionate travellers, the award-winning trips embrace authentic accommodation, exotic cuisine and local transport to put travellers on a first-name basis with the planet’s people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife.
G-Adventures has a variety of Alberta itineraries out of Calgary which travel through the Canadian Rockies. Several are combined with British Columbia offering a unique opportunity to explore many parts of Western Canada.
Founded in 1981 and headquartered in Fort Washington, PA (Suburban Philadelphia) Gate 1 has 30+ years of providing travel services to clients an offers escorted tours, independent vacations and customized international vacation packages for less. The discount travel packages and tour packages to destinations worldwide provide exceptional value, saving customers time and money. The brand prides itself on customer service, value for money and knowledgeable tour escorts.
They offer two programs to Alberta a 10 day and a 9 Day escorted Canadian Rockies tours.
Founded in 1928 in Switzerland, the Globus family of brands now has offices worldwide including the US headquarters in Colorado. Under their family of brands they offer fully escorted tours, independent vacation package, and river cruise vacations.
The Globus brand is their fully escorted touring brand for the mature traveler. The other brands include Cosmos, their value-oriented brand combining touring and independent explorations; Monograms, their independent vacations brand and Avalon, their river cruise division. Globus has been actively selling Alberta for decades.
For over 35 years Insight Vacations has been designing the world's finest escorted touring itineraries. The operator focuses on creating luxury and premium escorted journeys, designed with immense care and unwavering commitment to exceed customer's expectations. Tours are based on smaller group sizes and offer exceptional value, as all of featured experiences are included in the final cost breakdown. Insight Vacations is one of the Travel Corporation brands.
Orbridge is a US-based tour operator that specializes in the luxury-focused Alumni Travel Market; with such clientele as the Harvard Alumni Association, Boston University and Stanford alumni groups. Orbridge travel is focused on four key elements:
The operator is group travel experts;
They are destination specialists, not generalists;
Each tour has a strong educational component;
Operates with an outstanding team of like-minded, caring individuals.
Road Scholar offers educational and experiential programs worldwide. The company is based in Boston, MA and service clients throughout the United States. The company has been actively selling Alberta for many years through the parent organization, Elderhostel. Travel Alberta worked with Road Scholar (RS) in 2011 and prior to that in 2008 with their Canadian affiliate, Routes to Learning.
Founded in 1925 by Arthur Tauck, Sr. and has been owned and managed by the Tauck family ever since. Tauck is one of the first companies to offer escorted motor coach tours to Alberta. The majority of the programs have been based in the Rockies in Banff and Jasper National Parks with some stops in Calgary.
New for 2014 is their Walking with Dinosaurs program to take place in July 2014. The program will base from Calgary and do trips to Dinosaur Provincial Park, Royal Tyrrell, with evening events at the Telus Spark, Calgary Zoo, Heritage Park. More info
Founded in 1947, Trafalgar is most known for its tours to Europe; however, they do offer a range of programs to Western Canada and a seven day Alberta-only tour. Trafalgar primarily focuses on the mature traveler but also have a family series of programs, including a “Rockies Thrills & Glacier Chills” tour which include Alberta.
Trafalgar remains a family-owned company and the Tollman family continue to play an integral role in shaping the future of Trafalgar. Trafalgar is part of the Travel Corporation family of brands.
Trip Central operates as an Online Tour Operator as well as selling directly to consumers, through both through fully staff Travel Agent storefronts, with 19 locations in Ontario, as well as online and through a central reservations call center. Trip Central has recently launched its own "Tripcentral Canada" product which is an expanded selection of Canadian product and associated marketing programs, backed by JonView.
Vacations by Rail is a tour operator based in Chicago and specializes in train travel and rail vacations. They work with both VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer as well as hotels and attractions in Alberta. They operate FIT and fully escorted programs to Alberta.
In 2013, they because a preferred supplier of AARP and now market actively to this large database of 50+ age US consumers.
Wells Gray Tours, a tour company based in British Columbia, is known as a leader in providing high quality packaged travel tours to the affluent senior citizen community. The operator is in their 44th year of operation, servicing an extremely loyal clientele based; an estimated 80% of their business is based on return clients. The tour operators clientele loyalty is due to the operator's expertise in providing enriching travel experiences which match their clientele's travel style and expectations.
YMT Vacations is a Los Angeles based tour operator with sales offices also in Detroit and Cincinnati. The company was established in 1967 and sell group escorted tours direct to the consumer. YMT’s guests are mature, value minded travelers. YMT sells nationally across the US through a variety of direct channels with the majority of sales leads generated from media promotions, newspaper and magazine advertising targeting AARP members. YMT operates exclusive tours where individuals buy into group departures. The pride themselves on providing an exceptional value to travelers. As a result few meals are included and many attractions and activities are sold as options.
They offer 2 tours to Alberta, an Alaska Rockies tour and a Western Canada tour. More info