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.
DAY 1: UK - Toronto.
Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 2: Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.
Begin the day with a sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls - one of the world's most amazing natural wonders - offering you spectacular views of the waterfalls from scenic points on the rim of the gorge and from the decks of your sightseeing cruise, where you will experience the thundering water up close! Return to Toronto with time for dinner before transferring 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.
DAY 3: 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. Your first class 'Sleeper Plus' rail cars are refurbished Art Deco cars from the 1950's. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views, or relax in one of the comfortable lounges. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: 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. (B, D)
DAY 5: 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. (B)
DAY 6: 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 7: Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff.
Today, travel through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting snowcoach ride on the 1200-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. Then continue down the Icefield Parkway to the lively mountain resort of Banff for two nights.
DAY 8: 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 9: 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 10: Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria.
As you travel through British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your 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 11: 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 our optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant?
DAY 12: 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 13: 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 14: 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 15: Home landing in the UK.
Maximum elevation on this tour is 7,500 ft.
Accommodation on Tour
Toronto: Best Western Primrose; Jasper: Lobstick Lodge; Banff: Mount Royal Hotel; Kamloops: Hotel Five540Forty;Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites; Vancouver: Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown.
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Enjoyed every part of it.
Very good food which was exceptional as were the staff,found the bunk beds a experience !! The diningroom was beautifull also liked the dome ...
A most enjoyable trip with wonderful scenery (in my opinion beat New Zealand!)
The Canadian is a great way to get into the Rockies from the East, and a relaxing experience. The scenery in the Rockies is magnificent, and the trip on to the Columbia Icefield was awe-inspiring. We also enjoyed thoroughly exploring Vancouver and ...
An interesting experience demanding a certain resilience
On Board The 'Canadian'
Travel in style aboard the 'Canadian' in their 'Sleeper Touring' first class service. On board are the Bullet Lounge, domed observation car, the cosy Mural Lounge and a dining car. Your overnight accommodation is a private cabin (includes toilet facilities) which converts from seating during the day to upper and lower berths. Showers are only available at the end of each carriage. All your meals are included. Please pack an overnight bag as the remainder of your luggage is packed away for the duration of the rail journey.
Note: Please note that Via Rail operates a no smoking policy.
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Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies
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- Start in Style door-to-door local pick up Flights UK - Toronto; Vancouver - UK
- Accommodation on tour in a twin room with private facilities
- Accommodation on board the 'Canadian' train in private cabins (upper and lower berths) with toilet facilities (shower room separate)
- Meals on tour 3 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 2 dinners (D)
- Services of a tour director on tour and local representative at other times
- Porterage at hotels during tour (for one suitcase per person)
- Transfers between overseas airports and hotels
- All local and airport taxes/service charges
- Single share option not available
- Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
- VIA Rail® Canadian Train Toronto to Jasper
- Jasper National Park
- Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride
- Lake Louise
- Banff National Park
- Glacier National Park
- London Heathrow
- Wednesdays - 2014
30 Apr 2014 to 01 Oct 2014