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Trans-Canadian Grandeur Holiday

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A luxury blend of transport showcases Canada's idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. From the vibrant city of Vancouver, set out for the majestic Rocky Mountains before boarding 'The Canadian' train for a unique rail journey through the western Prairies and lakes of northern Ontario to cosmopolitan Toronto. Dine at the highly rated YEW Seafood and Bar in Vancouver. Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop to create your own tea concoction. The graceful Emerald Lake Lodge is set on a 13-acre peninsula making the perfect location to enjoy Yoho National Park. This is a well-balanced tour combining coach, ferry and rail. Spend two nights unwinding in Victoria and Banff, with a further relaxing journey aboard VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian train. Two nights in cosmopolitan Toronto cap off a fantastic trip.

What's included

• International flights with Air Transat in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 15 nights’ luxury accommodation
• 15 breakfasts and 4 dinners
• Full Board on VIA Rail
• Cabin for 1 or 2 on Via Rail
• Transportation by deluxe coach with extended legroom and Wi-Fi
• Baggage handling at all hotels
• Travelling concierge
• City tour of Vancouver
• Private breakfast at Butchart Gardens and tour with floral expert
• A liqueur and toasting s’mores around a bonfire in Yoho National Park
• Interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise
• Private meet and greet with a Mountie
• Tour along the Icefields Parkway including a trip on to the Glacier
• Maligne Lake Cruise
• Hop-on hop-off tour around Toronto
• Niagara Falls day trip including boat cruise into the Falls and wine tasting

Upgrades
Celebrating anything?
Why not upgrade your flights to Club Class
Upgrade your Via Rail train to the Prestige Class
Add on an Alaskan Cruise at the start of your tour

Itinerary

Day 1 - Fly from London to Vancouver

On arrival at Vancouver International Airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city's premier shopping and entertainment district. In the evening join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood and Bar. Welcome reception and dinner included. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver to Victoria

Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later board the ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way across the Strait of Georgia. On arrival into Victoria, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 3 - Victoria

Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views which have delighted visitors for over 100 years. Check in with an on-site botanist to find out more about your favourite flora. Back in Victoria, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Victoria.

Day 4 – Victoria to Whistler

Journey back across the Strait of Georgia by ferry to the mainland, before taking the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. Upon arrival in Whistler, you visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction. Full breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Whistler.

Day 5 – Whistler to Okanagan Valley Region

Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by wonderful local wines. Full breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Kelowna.

Day 6 – Okanagan valley Region to Three Exquisite National Parks

Journey through three of Canada's most breath-taking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, your destination is the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s'mores (a traditional campfire treat) by a lakeside bonfire. Full breakfast and dinner included. Overnight at Emerald lake.

Day 7 – Yoho National Park to Lake Louise and Moraine Lake

The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet (3,048 metres). Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of the turquoise waters and nearby Tower of Babel. Then drive to Lake Louise and iconic The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. Full breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 8 – Lake Louise to Banff

Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies' and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. Take a canoe out on the lake, take a hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse or just relax and take in the beauty of the lake surrounded by dense green forest and crowned by the glistening Victoria Glacier. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you enjoy an orientation tour including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Wearing his iconic red serge uniform, he will fascinate you with personal stories, the rich history, and traditions of the RCPM. For your evening meal, you are offered a selection of restaurants, a culinary journey from all corners of the globe, for your dining pleasure. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Banff.

Day 9 – Banff

Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour of Canada's Rockies. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10 – Banff to Jasper National Park

Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier and Columbia Icefield, North America's largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Your home for the night is the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in the heart of Jasper National Park – an alpine wonderland of immense forests, bejewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. After a Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fun and interactive talk by a wildlife expert that will transport you back in time through storytelling and costume. Their first-hand experience in Jasper's environment reveal an authentic voice teaching about some of the park's most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou. Full breakfast and celebration dinner included. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 11 – Jasper/onboard VIA Rail

This morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon's trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Later this afternoon, bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge and settle into your private compartment with en-suite facilities on-board VIA Rail's The Canadian, one of the world's greatest rail journeys. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and impeccable service on-board the train. See prairies stretching to the horizon and cross forests studded with sparkling lakes. Discover the unique pleasure of rail travel by night as the gentle rocking of the train lulls you to sleep. Full breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight on VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian'.

Day 12 - 13 – VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’

Two full days onboard The Canadian as you make your way east to Toronto. Spend time relaxing in your cabin, meeting with other travellers in the Skyline car or enjoying the views in the observation car. Full Breakfast, lunch, dinner. Overnight on board VIA Rail

Day 14 - Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city, located on the shore of Lake Ontario. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your stylish hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant city centre. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary 'hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Toronto. Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is scheduled for 9:30am. While VIA Rail will do everything to rectify any potential delays, local rail traffic conditions may result in significant service disruptions and delays. Should you arrive too late to enjoy your complimentary ‘hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour, we will replace it with another ticket valid for Day 16 before your departure time; we therefore recommend you do not book an early flight on Day 16 to avoid any potential disappointment.

Day 15 – Toronto/Niagara Falls

In the morning, travel to Niagara Falls and board a cruise to the base of the mighty cascades for close up views of one of the world's great natural wonders. Then visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, a nationally recognised historic site. Before returning to Toronto, experience the region's wine-making culture with a visit to a local winery for a tasting. Full breakfast included. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 16 – Fly from Toronto to London

Your contrasts of Canada journey comes to an end today as you are taken to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your homeward flight. Full breakfast included.

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Dates

2017


May           7, 14, 21, 28

Jun            11, 18, 25

Jul             2, 23

Aug            6, 20, 27

Sep            3, 17 

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At a glance


15 nights, 16 days

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Luxury accommodation with baggage handling
  • 15 breakfasts and 4 dinners included
  • Authentic experiences throughout
  • Deluxe touring coach with extended legroom and WiFi
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • 2018 early booking offers!

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Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


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At a glance


15 nights, 16 days

  • 15 nights accommodation
  • International flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • Luxury accommodation with baggage handling
  • 15 breakfasts and 4 dinners included
  • Authentic experiences throughout
  • Deluxe touring coach with extended legroom and WiFi
  • Also available from Manchester & Glasgow, prices & durations may vary
  • 2018 early booking offers!

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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