I'm interested in doing the (very popular) combination of the Rocky Mountaineer trip & Alaska cruise. However, it seems that a lot of the tours I see only include a brief visit to Lake Louise as part of a coach excursion or similar. To begin with, I'm trying to avoid any trip where we're herded about like cattle and have to pay extra for helicopter trips, city tours and so on - I'd rather we just got taken somewhere and were left to our own devices to explore. The other thing (and the focus of my question if I ever stop digressing) is that Lake Louise seems to be so jaw-droppingly spectacular that I'd like to spend a night or two there. Can anyone advise on the best way to do this, ie do the two-day Rocky Mountaineer trip but make a detour to Lake Louise for a day or two. I'm not sure if it's best to seek out a tailor-made tour company that could put this itinerary together for me or just try to go it alone somehow. Any thoughts?