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Calgary Stampede Thrill Package

4 days Short Tours

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This programme enables you to experience the fever that holds Calgary in its grip during the annual Stampede, known as “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth", the Stampede showcases the best in rodeo with numerous events, exhibits and diverse entertainment. Grab your hat and boots and come on down to join in the fun!


Day 1: Calgary

After arriving independently in Calgary, transfer independently to your hotel for a 3-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure to further explore this world-class city. Spend 3 nights in Calgary at either the Sandman Hotel Calgary City Centre or the Fairmont Palliser.

Days 2–3: During Your Stay

Over the next 2 days, we welcome you to the event most appropriately named “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth”. Included is one afternoon ticket to a rodeo with gate admission, one evening ticket to the Chuckwagon Races and Grandstand show with gate admission, as well as 2 Skyrides over Stampede Park.


On the afternoon of day 2, the best of the best saddle up for a 3-hour ground shaking showcase of world-class rodeo action. There are saddle bronco and bareback riding events followed by the most dangerous event of all - bull riding.

Rangeland Derby

On the evening of day 3, nine heart-stopping chuckwagon races explode in an all-out dash for the finish line. Chuckwagon racing is an amazing contest of nerves and horsepower — a challenge that ignites thousands of fans. 

Grandstand Show

Following the Rangeland Derby is the outdoor stage spectacular. For 2 hours, you will be dazzled by the lavishly produced and choreographed non-stop musical variety grandstand show.

Day 4: End of Package

This is your day of departure. Enjoy a final morning in the Stampede City before transferring independently to the airport. 

Meals: This tour is based on a Room only basis.

*Denotes local charge.

Please note: This is a set tour itinerary, if you have booked any pre/post or optional tour arrangements please refer to your separate vouchers and final documents. Your Calgary Stampede information pack will be waiting for you at your Calgary hotel.

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Prices are described as Guide prices on this website and may be higher or lower due to availability and date of departure.

Prices are for departure dates listed, ex-UK and are per adult based on two adults travelling and sharing a standard room and with return economy flights where stated. Single room and flight prices are available at a supplement.

Please note some tours are subject to minimum numbers, please call our travel experts or visit your local retail store for full details as well as our latest prices.

Tour information

Please click here to download a pdf of the 2019 itinerary and additional tour notes

Visa requirements

Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA)

Visitors travelling to or transiting through Canada by air are now expected to get an electronic travel authorisation (eTA) to enter Canada. If you’re arriving into Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. This costs CA$7 and lasts for 5 years or until your passport expires, whichever is first. If you’re travelling by land or sea, you won’t need an eTA when you enter Canada. However, you must travel with acceptable travel documents and identification, i.e. your passport.

For more information on eTA system, and to apply online, visit the official Canadian government website.