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Canadian Train Odyssey

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Price per person
from £2,942

Price based on
London Gatwick
17th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 16 days

  • Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Cosmos escorted tours

This cross-country adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. A highlight of this Canada train tour is the 3-day, 3-night journey on VIA Rail®’s the Canadian—a premier continental train—from Toronto to Jasper. In refurbished art deco rail cars and domed observation cars, enjoy views of the ever-changing landscapes as you leisurely travel through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The spectacular landscapes on your train trip are not the only stunning scenery you’ll witness on this Canada rail tour. Marvel at hypnotic Niagara Falls on your boat cruise past the falls. In the Canadian Rockies, ride the Ice Explorer—an all-terrain vehicle—on Columbia Icefield, an expanse of ice that is 1,200-feet thick. Stop in breathtaking Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Spend time in stunning Jasper National Park—with its rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, and abundant wildlife—and Banff National Park, home to majestic mountains and picture-perfect scenery. Also stop in Yoho National Park, with its famous fossils, and Glacier National Park, with its abundant wildlife. From the Pacific Coast, sail to Victoria through the scenic Gulf Islands, a diverse archipelago. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

Throughout this Canada train tour, enjoy sightseeing in the cities and time to explore on your own. You may want to dine at the top of Toronto’s CN Tower, take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River in Jasper, hike in Banff, enjoy Afternoon Tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel, or shop Vancouver’s Robson Street.

See Canada’s spectacular mountain scenery, stunning lakes, picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and exciting cities on this Canadian rail tour—what a fantastic holiday!

At a glance

Niagara Falls Sightseeing cruise

Toronto Sightseeing

Toronto-Jasper National Park Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

Jasper National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

Banff National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park

Victoria Sightseeing; Visit Butchart Gardens

Vancouver Sightseeing; Stanley Park

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 8 days: Alaska Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
Price match guarantee

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Single Share available

Our single share option will match you with a fellow solo traveller of the same gender in a twin room, so you don't have to pay a single supplement. If there's no one available to share with, you don't pay any additional single supplement. Please call us to book a single-share holiday.

Customer Reviews

The whole package was well put together and gave me...

6th September 2018
Trusted Customer

The whole package was well put together and gave me the opportunity to see both city and rural Canada. The train trip was amazing!

Excursions could have been included in original price so you...

25th August 2018
Trusted Customer

Excursions could have been included in original price so you would have a better idea of your holiday budget

GREAT . THOURGHLY ENJIOYED EVERY MINUTE...

4th August 2018
Mr MARTIN O'SULLIVAN

GREAT . THOURGHLY ENJIOYED EVERY MINUTE

It was supposed to be The Grand Canadian Rail and...

13th June 2018
Mr Stephen Roach

It was supposed to be The Grand Canadian Rail and Rockies. Only for the rail part to be cancelled while we were in Canada. Still no apology or explanation. (Disgusting)

The rail trip did not run. It was cancelled...

10th June 2018
Mrs Sue Wylie

The rail trip did not run. It was cancelled 3 days into our holiday which marred the rest of the trip for us.

Most of the tour was brilliant, but on the Grand...

17th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Most of the tour was brilliant, but on the Grand Canadian our Observation Dome and social area was out of use because the air conditioning was not working. Our "entertainment co-ordinator" made herself scarce and made no alternative arrangements. This meant that an opportunity for the group to "gel" early in the trip was missed, and rather isolated the single travellers.

The excursions were excellent. The tour guide did an...

5th July 2017
Trusted Customer

The excursions were excellent. The tour guide did an excellent job explaining the history and geography of the area.

Didn't like having to find a phone to ring a...

1st July 2017
Mr Peter Biggs

Didn't like having to find a phone to ring a cab in a strange country then trying to find the pick up point. Thought that the rep should have been more involved with us on the train, he said he had to do his paperwork for three days. He told us that we couldn't leave bags on the seats to reserve them, but when a lady from another cosmos tour did this, one of our group objected and john stood behind and didn't say a word. On the last day the coaches air con broke, and john c Kept us on the coach because some of the rooms were not ready.

Overview

This cross-country adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. A highlight of this Canada train tour is the 3-day, 3-night journey on VIA Rail®’s the Canadian—a premier continental train—from Toronto to Jasper. In refurbished art deco rail cars and domed observation cars, enjoy views of the ever-changing landscapes as you leisurely travel through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The spectacular landscapes on your train trip are not the only stunning scenery you’ll witness on this Canada rail tour. Marvel at hypnotic Niagara Falls on your boat cruise past the falls. In the Canadian Rockies, ride the Ice Explorer—an all-terrain vehicle—on Columbia Icefield, an expanse of ice that is 1,200-feet thick. Stop in breathtaking Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Spend time in stunning Jasper National Park—with its rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, and abundant wildlife—and Banff National Park, home to majestic mountains and picture-perfect scenery. Also stop in Yoho National Park, with its famous fossils, and Glacier National Park, with its abundant wildlife. From the Pacific Coast, sail to Victoria through the scenic Gulf Islands, a diverse archipelago. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

Throughout this Canada train tour, enjoy sightseeing in the cities and time to explore on your own. You may want to dine at the top of Toronto’s CN Tower, take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River in Jasper, hike in Banff, enjoy Afternoon Tea at Victoria’s Empress Hotel, or shop Vancouver’s Robson Street.

See Canada’s spectacular mountain scenery, stunning lakes, picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and exciting cities on this Canadian rail tour—what a fantastic holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

UK - Toronto

Day
1

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

Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Toronto - Excursion to Niagara Falls

Day
2

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes a SIGHTSEEING BOAT CRUISE past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbour Front Centre, Ontario Place, and Chinatown.

NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Toronto - VIA Rail The Canadian

Day
3

Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your city sightseeing tour. This evening, join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, 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. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. 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.

VIA Rail The Canadian

Day
4

Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail The Canadian - Winnipeg

Day
5

An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, a city rich in history and culture. Mid-morning, we continue our journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail The Canadian - Jasper National Park

Day
6

This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this evening. An orientation tour includes Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. The evening is free to enjoy the ambience of this delightful mountain setting.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Jasper National Park

Day
7

With free time this morning, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. This afternoon consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day?

Jasper National Park - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff National Park

Day
8

Board your coach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 750 feet (250 metres) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely 2-night stay.

Banff National Park

Day
9

This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. The day is free to independently explore this resort town located within Banff National Park. Stroll Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare of boutiques and souvenir shops. The surrounding 2,564 square miles of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears. This evening your Tour Director will suggest an optional horse-drawn wagon ride along scenic trails followed by a BBQ steak dinner.

Banff National Park - Yoho National Park - Glacier National Park - Kamloops

Day
10

This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian 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.

Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Day
11

As you travel through the 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 worldfamous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.

Victoria

Day
12

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.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

Day
13

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

Vancouver

Day
14

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Vancouver

Day
15

Your holiday ends this morning.

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to the UK.

For guests extending their holiday with an Alaska cruise, continue your stay in Vancouver and transfer to your ship the following day.

Home landing in the UK

Day
16

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Vancouver (Disembarkation)

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 058 8241 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Niagara Falls: Operation of the sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather/river conditions. A walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be offered as a replacement.

 

The Canadian is VIA Rail's flagship train, which retraces the historic western transcontinental route, as the enchanting lakes and forests of Ontario give way to the prairies of big-sky country through to the majestic Rockies. The train is scheduled to ensure daylight viewing of the Rockies. 

Sleeper Plus Class: All our customers travel in Sleeper Plus class award-winning first class cabins.

Dining: Whether for breakfast, lunch or for the evening sittings, an enticing menu is freshly prepared by the onboard chef, featuring soups and salads, hot entrées and desserts. In the Mural Lounge the bar serves a wide selection of drinks.

Accommodation: By day a private cabin for two, with armchairs, a large picture window, small closet, hand basin and separate toilet. At night the cabin converts to upper and lower beds. A separate shower room is located at the end of each carriage. Shower kit (including towels) is provided. VIA Rail's: single rooms are more compact than the standard twin. Please check the VIA Rail website for further details.

General: VIA Rail® operate a no smoking policy.

Luggage on the train: In preparation for the VIA Rail train segment, you will need a small "overnight bag" that can be packed with a minimum of necessary clothes and items required during rail travel. Remember to pack medications, glasses and any other important items. Also include a sweater or something warm, as it is sometimes cool on the train. Large luggage will be checked through to the completion of the rail journey, meaning there is no access to your luggage whilst on the train. Carry-on baggage for your overnight on the train should not exceed 21.5 x 15.5 x 9 in. and its weight should not exceed 25lbs (11.33kg).

Baggage that is not required during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey.

Upgrade to Prestige Class on VIA Rail 'The Canadian' is available strictly on a request basis. Please call for upgrade prices.

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Toronto - Chelsea Hotel

Centrally located within walking distance to the city's subway as well as the thriving business and shopping districts, Chelsea Hotel, Toronto offers travellers efficient and comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city. Chelsea Hotel offers guests a broad choice of dining venues, from all-day dining at Market Garden and fresh local dishes at Bb 33 Bistro and Brasserie to coffee or cocktails at the T|Bar Lounge or Monarchs Pub.

  • Location

    33 Gerrard Street West, M5G 1Z4 Toronto, Canada

     

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool

Jasper - Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge is located in a secluded mountain setting near the east end of town, 5 blocks from CNR station. Enjoy large open rooms with spectacular mountain views right outside your window.

  • Location

    94 Geikie St, Jasper, AB T0E 1E0, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Pool

Banff National Park - Irwin’s Mountain Inn

Conveniently located right on Banff Avenue close to the heart of downtown Banff, we are proud to offer our guests recreation and relaxation opportunities. The El Toro Restaurant serving Breakfast and Dinner, 8 Person Hot Tub, Fitness Centre, Close to Local Transportation, Complimentary guest computer kiosk, available 24 hours, Complimentary Wireless Internet, Coin Laundry, Safety Deposit Boxes available at the front desk, individual Air Conditioning units.

  • Location

    429 Banff Avenue, T1L 1B2 Banff, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Wifi
    • Restaurant on site
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer

  • Location

    1860 Rogers Place, V1S 1T7 Kamloops, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Sun terrace Swimming pool Fitness Sun loungers Pool/beach towels Hot tub/jacuzzi Fitness centre

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Located in the centre of downtown, the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites is just a short walk to Victoria's famous Inner Harbour as well as shopping, dining, entertainment, and attractions. The hotel features an indoor and outdoor pool, hot tub, fitness centre, game room, concierge service, guest laundry, gift shop, business centre, Internet access, restaurant, and lounge.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant on site
    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Pool

Vancouver - Sandman Hotel Downtown Vancouver City Center

Located in the heart of the theatre district in downtown Vancouver, the hotel features 302 comfortable guestrooms, an indoor pool, and three restaurants.

  • Location

    180 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6B 4P4, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Bar/lounge
    • Lifts
    • Coffee maker in-room
    • Hairdryer
    • Iron/ironing board
    • Pool