I wanted to know how should we spend the 5 nights..?
Day 1: Flight reachs Calagry at 10.30am - take 11.30 am shuttle to Lake Louise - 1 night @ Fairmont.
Date 2: Take 3pm shuttle to Jasper. 2 nights in Jasper.
Day 3: Explore Jasper either on own (but without car) or take day tour.
Day 4: Jasper to Banff via Icefield Parkway. Take Sun Dog tour. 2 nights in Banff.
Day 5: Explore Banff either on own (but without car) or take day tour.
Day 6: Take shuttle back to Calgary. Fly on to Vancouver.
Option 2 - 3 nights Banff & 2 nights Lake Louise:
Day 1: Land at Calgary at 5.50pm, take 6.30pm shuttle to Banff. 3 nights in Banff.
Day 2: Explore Banff either on own (but without car) or take day tour.
Day 3: Do Columbia Icefield via Icefield Parkway day tour returning back to Banff.
Day 4: Take shuttle to Fairmont Lake Louise for 2 nights.
Day 5: Explore & enjoy area on own (walking; no car)
Day 6: Take 2pm shuttle to Calgary for flight to Vancouver.
Which option do you reconmend? Is it really worth the extra travel to Jasper? Especially since not taking Rocky Mountaineer neither VIA rail (both options are too expensive)?
Really confused... Please help!