Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies

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Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies

A classic rail journey across Canada's heartland, with an exploration of the Canadian Rockies and time to visit Vancouver and Victoria.

16 days from

£2,558

per person, for 2 people

Based on departing 09/05/2017 from London Heathrow Airport

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  • VIA Rail® 'Canadian in the Rockies VIA Rail® 'Canadian in the Rockies
  • Toronto and the CN Tower Toronto and the CN Tower
  • Niagara Falls Niagara Falls
  • VIA Rail® 'Canadian in the Rockies VIA Rail® 'Canadian in the Rockies
  • VIA Rail® 'Canadian' Observation Dome VIA Rail® 'Canadian' Observation Dome
  • Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park Icefields Parkway, Jasper National Park
  • Mount Robson, Jasper Mount Robson, Jasper
  • Lake Louise, Banff National Park Lake Louise, Banff National Park
  • Banff National Park Banff National Park
  • Victoria Victoria
  • Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butchart Gardens, Victoria
  • Stanley Park totem poles, Vancouver Stanley Park totem poles, Vancouver
  • Vancouver Vancouver
  • Columbia Icefield Columbia Icefield

Itinerary Map

DAY 1 : UK - Toronto.

Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.

DAY 2 : Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto.

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing in Niagara Falls includes a sightseeing cruise past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights independently, including Harbour front, Ontario Place and Chinatown.NOTE: The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

DAY 3 : Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.

On today's sightseeing see Toronto City Hall, the downtown banking district, Roger's Centre and the stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. This evening why not join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto's lights from the CN Tower? Afterwards, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on THE CANADIAN, VIA Rail's premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada's heartland. Accommodation is in first-class rail cars that are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950's. Domed observation cars, let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. All meals are included, and you won't want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.

DAY 4 : VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.

Watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever changing landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway's breathtaking mainline. Pass sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests while enjoying the many great onboard features at your disposal. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5 : VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg.

After a brief stop in Winnipeg, re-board the 'Canadian' for a memorable journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : VIA Rail® - Jasper.

Enjoy an early breakfast as you continue on the 'Canadian' into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive at the beautiful mountain resort of Jasper early in the afternoon. End the day with a short tour to experience its unspoiled beauty, with the rest of the evening free. Includes Breakfast

DAY 7 : Jasper.

Begin the day with an optional excursion to Maligne Lake, and a narrated cruise. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. With free time this evening you might take a hike and watch for elk.

DAY 8 : Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff.

Today, travel through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride on the 1200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. Then continue down the Icefield Parkway to the lively mountain resort of Banff for two nights.

DAY 9 : Banff.

For a spectacular start to the day, why not take the optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies? In the afternoon join our optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride, and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls. The evening is free.

DAY 10 : Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops.

Travel to Lake Louise, its azure blue waters mirroring the surrounding mountains and glaciers, before proceeding over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where Precambrian fossils were discovered, and Glacier National Park, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon arrive at the cattle ranching centre of Kamloops.

DAY 11 : Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria.

Travel through British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board the afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park and world famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.

DAY 12 : Victoria.

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, why not join an optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant?

DAY 13 : Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver.

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its mild, almost Mediterranean climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore and experience British Columbia's premier shopping and entertainment location on Robson Street.

DAY 14 : Vancouver.

With a full day at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the world famous Whistler resort and Shannon Falls or a short trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge - 230 feet above the river.

DAY 15 : Vancouver - UK.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver, Hawaii or on an Alaska cruise.

DAY 16 : Home landing in the UK.

Maximum elevation on this tour is 9,900 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Kamloops:Ramada Inn Kamloops
  • Victoria:Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver:Sandman Suites on Davie
  • NOTE:Accommodation as stated or similar
  • Toronto:Chelsea Hotel
  • VIA RAIL:Sleeper Plus Class
  • Jasper:Lobstick Lodge
  • Banff:Mount Royal Hotel

On Board The 'Canadian'

Travel in style aboard the 'Canadian' in 'Sleeper Plus' class service. Overnight accommodation is in a private cabin (includes toilet facilities) which converts from seating to upper and lower berths. Showers are available at the end of each carriage. All meals are included. An overnight bag will be required as luggage will be unavailable for the rail journey.

NOTE: See page 84 for Service Levels.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Accommodation on board the VIA Rail 'Canadian' train
  • Meals on board the VIA Rail Canadian - 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Services of a Tour Director
  • Porterage (for one suitcase per person)
  • Transfers between the overseas airports, train and hotels
  • All local and airport taxes/service charges

Holiday Highlights

  • Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise
  • VIA Rail® Canadian Train Toronto to Jasper
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride
  • Lake Louise
  • Yoho National Park
  • Glacier National Park

Why Book With Archers Holidays?

  • We've been part of the same family-owned company for 85 years
  • Great value holidays with no hidden costs
  • We have more touring holidays in North America and Europe than any other operator
  • Our expert Tour Directors have a 96% customer satisfaction score
  • Your holiday is fully protected through ABTA and ATOL
  • Private airport transfer included in your holiday
  • Great for single travellers
  • Save £50pp on your second holiday

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15-Oct-2016

Pity about customer service as holiday brilliant. Arrangements all went as planned. So much to see, just seemed as each day was even better than the previous day, brilliant. Just (again) a pity that experience was spoiled, almost ruined, by the sh...

25-Sep-2016

The holiday was a good mix of scenery and cities. <br/>The tour guide - Scott McEown, was excellent. He made a good holiday into a great holiday.

21-Sep-2016

Enjoyed every minute of the holiday but feel that the holiday should be extended by at least 1 or 2 days.

19-Jun-2016

Enjoyable

14-Jun-2016

Excellent trip with lots to see and do

27-May-2016

Great value experiential holiday which gives the ultimate taster of what Canada has to offer. From City to Coastline, Rockies to Railway it is a brilliant holiday.

27-May-2016

Well organised and smoothly run. I was very impressed. made my dream holiday a dream indeed!

27-May-2016

The holiday was very well organised, lots to do and see, and a well informed Tour Director, thanks

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