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 - 2016 itinerary.

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- Free extensions are available on selected dates - hurry, these are subject to availability. Please call our expert Travel Specialists to book.

Included Start in Style on 2016 holidays

- Included private home pick-up when you book your 2016 North America or Worldwide holidays by 18 Dec 2015. Free within a 50 mile radius. Conditions apply.

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15 days from


per person, for 2 people

Departure Details

Departing on 11/05/2016 from London Heathrow Apt

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

Begin the day with a sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls - one of the world's most amazing natural wonders - offering spectacular views of the waterfalls from scenic points on the rim of the gorge and from the decks of a 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. NOTE: The operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Usually favourable conditions exist from May to the end of October. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered.

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. Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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. Includes Breakfast, Dinner

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. Includes Breakfast

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 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 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.

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 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 an 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 9,900 ft.

Hotels on Tour

  • Victoria:Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver:Sandman Suites on Davie. <note>
  • NOTE:Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.</note>
  • Toronto:Chelsea Hotel
  • Jasper:Lobstick Lodge
  • Banff:Mount Royal Hotel
  • Kamloops:Ramada Kamloops

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.

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Days 1-12: As main tour. Day 13: Vancouver (embarkation.) Day 14: Cruising Inside Passage. Day 15: Juneau Day 16: Skagway. Day 17: Glacier Bay. Day 18: Ketchikan. Day 19: Cruising Inside Passage. Day 20: Vancouver - UK. Day 21: Home landing in the UK.

Extend your stay FREE

2 extra nights in Vancouver FREE (when flying Air Transat only) on the following departures: 11 May, 15 June, 7 September and 28 September. Subject to availability.

Travel Insurance for just £9

Book by 18 December 2015 and receive our recommended Travel Insurance with Rock Insurance for just £9 per person. This offer is open to all ages although some customers with pre-existing medical conditions may need to pay an extra fee. Please call us for full details or see our FAQ's pages.

What's Included

  • Flights
  • Accommodation on tour
  • Accommodation on board the 'Canadian' train
  • Meals on tour - 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 2 dinners
  • Services of a tour director
  • Porterage
  • Start in Style included door-to-door home pick up, book by 18th December 2015. Free within a 50 mile radius. Conditions apply.
  • Transfers
  • 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

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Our Customers Rate this holiday 100% (3 reviews)

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Enjoyed holiday, well organised but the hotel in Kamloops was not so good and the hotel in Vancouver was very poor, didn't feel safe in that location although the restaurant was very good. Royal Scot Hotel in Victoria was excellent.


Very good


A very good trip, lots to do and see.

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