Great Canadian Rail Journey - Toronto to Vancouver

Price per person
from £4,506

Price based on
London Heathrow
30th Jul 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 14 days

  • Canada

  • Comfortable pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

Explore the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies in first-class, 1950s Art Deco comfort on board the VIA Rail 'The Canadian. After two days soaking up the unspoilt forest mountains and sparkling lakes, enjoying world-class cuisine and attentive service, disembark to get closer to the sights of beautiful Jasper and Banff, and thriving Vancouver.

At a glance


  • Niagara Falls Get up close to the thundering falls on a sightseeing cruise, and experience it from above on an optional helicopter ride.
  • VIA Rail The Canadian journey Sit back and relax in Art Deco comfort as you travel from Toronto to Jasper, through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies scenery
  • Winnipeg Explore the markets of Forks National Historic Site
  • Jasper National Park Climb Sunwapta Pass for glorious alpine views, ride the Ice Explorer coach across the Columbia Icefield and stop to take in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Louise.
  • Banff National Park Follow your guide for the morning and discover this beautiful conservation area, then perhaps take an optional helicopter ride to see it from the air. 
  • Kelowna Taste the world-renowned wines of Okanagan Lake.

What's included

  • VIP 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.

VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP 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.

Overview

Explore the spectacular scenery of the Canadian Rockies in first-class, 1950s Art Deco comfort on board the VIA Rail 'The Canadian. After two days soaking up the unspoilt forest mountains and sparkling lakes, enjoying world-class cuisine and attentive service, disembark to get closer to the sights of beautiful Jasper and Banff, and thriving Vancouver.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 6 dinners

UK - Toronto

Day
1

Fly to Toronto where on arrival transfer to your hotel.

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Toronto - Niagara Falls - VIA Rail, The Canadian

Day
2

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815ft-tall CN Tower before transferring to the train station for your departure on The Canadian later this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VIA Rail The Canadian - Ontario

Day
3

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Via Rail,The Canadian - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Day
4

Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city, including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Via Rail - The Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta - Jasper

Day
5

From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Lunch

Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake

Day
6

Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. You may wish to play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated cruise to Spirit Island. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff

Day
7

This morning, travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway to the 1,200-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling Ice Explorer ride. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into Banff National Park.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Banff

Day
8

This morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River, Bow Falls, and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff - British Columbia Wine Country

Day
9

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy wine tasting. The evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

British Columbia Wine Country - Victoria

Day
10

Catch a BC ferry to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous Butchart gardens. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private presentation about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colourful events.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria

Day
11

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbour city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
12

This morning, take the ferry and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbour and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Vancouver - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends after breakfast today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Home landing in the UK

Day
14

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the VIA train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Hotels

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

Toronto - Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel

Situated near famous attractions in the downtown area. The hotel offers stylish and feature-rich rooms and thoughtfully designed hallways and corridors. You don't ven have to leave your rooms for a good service as this hotel offers Room Service for you to enjoy.

  • Location

    525 Bay St, Toronto, ON M5G 2L2, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Jasper - Chateau Jasper

Located in the depths of a ski resort provides extensive views of the surrounding mountains. Each room has a flat screen TV and air conditioning as well as free toiletries for all guests. There is also a luxurious hot tub and swimming pool onsite for use to relax and enjoy the surrounding views.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • WiFi available
    • Room service available
    • Hot tub
    • Fitness Centre

Banff Park Lodge

Surrounded by the beautiful views of the national park is the Banff Park Lodge; from the moment you arrive at the Banff Park Lodge, you will be amazed by the variety of modern amenities and services available for your convenience. With a state-of-the-art fitness centre, steam rooms and a number of specialty boutiques located on-site, your stay is sure to be relaxing.

  • Location

    222 Lynx St, Banff, AB T1L 1K5, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor Pool
    • Fitness Centre

Kelowna - Delta Grand Okanagan

This luxury hotel has alot to offer including a casino and spa complete with a wide variety of treatments. Enjoy relaxing in your room along with your 27" cable tv and air conditioned rooms.

  • Location

    1310 Water St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 9P3, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Room service available
    • Indoor and outdoor pool
    • Spa with sauna and hot tub

Victoria - Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Welcoming and cosy rooms offer Free Wifi meaning that you can stay connected with family and friends at home. You can relax in our comfortable beds while enjoying the falt screen TV or listening to your music on your Ipod Dock.

  • Location

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free Wifi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Spa

Vancouver - Metropolitan Hotel

Modern and posh rooms include Italian decor. This hotel also offers balconies that look similar to the ones you will find in Florence Italy. This Italian themed hotel offers Ipod docks so that you can listen to your music anywhere you go.

  • Location

    645 Howe St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2Y9, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa

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