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Trans Canada By Rail Holiday

This rail journey invites you to travel in luxury from Toronto’s urban excitement, through a spellbinding diversity of landscapes to Vancouver, a metropolitan gem on the Pacific coast. Explore cosmopolitan Toronto before boarding VIA Rail’s famous "Canadian" travelling west through the lake regions of Manitoba and the grain fields of Saskatchewan. Once in Alberta, you will embark on a tour of the Canadian Rockies, culminating in a visit to the Columbia Icefield. Your journey continues as you board the Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy daylight train travel through some of the most spectacular areas in Western Canada.

What's included

• International flights with Air Transat departing from London Gatwick in economy class
• Includes seat selection
• 14 nights standard accommodation (Including Via Rail)
• 2 hour sightseeing tour of Toronto
• Full-day trip to Niagara Falls including lunch and a Hornblower Niagara Cruise
• Via Rail Toronto to Jasper (Section accommodation)
• Transfer from train station to Jasper hotel (Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge only)
• Full-day sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise
• Ice Explorer Ride
• Scheduled transfer from Lake Louise to Banff
• 3 hour sightseeing tour of Banff
• 2 day Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service
• Transfers to and from Kamloops train station
• Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
• Full-day excursion to Victoria including a visit to Butchart Gardens
• 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners on board VIA Rail
• Breakfast and lunch on board the Rocky Mountaineer each day

Upgrades
Celebrating anything?
Why not upgrade your flights to Club Class
Treat yourself and upgrade your hotel to a deluxe accommodation
Fancy more comfort upgrade to a cabin on the Via Rail Train
Top of this trip with an upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer Train

Itinerary

Day 1 Fly from London to Toronto

Arrive at Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural centre. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 2 Toronto

Discover the many identities of this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour of Toronto. Highlights include the provincial Parliament Buildings, City Hall, the financial district, Chinatown, residential areas, the waterfront and the CN Tower. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, shopping or simple relaxation. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 3 Toronto / Niagara Falls Excursion / VIA Rail ‘The Canadian’

Enjoy a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls. The route travels through the lush fruit-growing district of the Niagara Peninsula to the spectacle of Niagara Falls. Board the Hornblower Niagara Cruises Voyage To The Falls boat tour for a spectacular boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Ample time will be spent at the falls to give you every opportunity to take pictures and admire the thundering waters. Highlights include a lunch and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto. Transfer independently to Union station to board VIA Rail's The Canadian en route to western Canada. Overnight on board VIA Rail’s The Canadian. Lunch included.

Day 4/5 VIA Rail ‘The Canadian’

Travelling north of the Great Lakes, view the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, some of North America’s oldest rock formations. Rich in minerals and forests, the region is dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes. By early evening, the train crosses the border into the province of Manitoba and stops briefly in its capital, Winnipeg. Overnights on board VIA Rail’s The Canadian. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 6 VIA Rail – ‘The Canadian’ to Jasper

By early morning, you will have crossed the vast expanses of prairie flatland in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and will be approaching the imposing silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the spectacle of nature as the train enters Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7 Jasper

You have a full day to relax and tour Jasper and the surrounding area. Why not enjoy a ride on the Jasper Tramway or visit Miette Hot Springs. Take in the breath-taking panorama of Jasper National Park’s serene lakes and gentle meadows standing in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 8 Jasper to Lake Louise

Today will be an unforgettable journey as you depart Jasper on your transfer along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in all of Canada. Every turn unveils spectacular vistas of magnificent peaks, outstretched valleys, cascading waterfalls and mountain meadows alive with colour. At the Columbia Icefield, ride in an Ice Explorer to explore the Athabasca Glacier (ride included). Continuing just beyond the edge of the glacial shelf, you arrive at Lake Louise – a verdant shimmering lake reflecting the majesty of the Victoria Glacier. Overnight in Lake Louise.

Day 9 Lake Louise to Banff

Take some time in the morning to explore the village of Lake Louise - a picturesque gateway to the mountain areas of Banff National Park, its small train station made famous in the film Dr. Zhivago. Today you will be transferred through the winding roads of Banff National Park to arrive at the Banff town site. Wildlife meander through the green spaces creating truly unique photo opportunities. Boutiques, confectioners and eateries line the quaint boulevards, adding to the charm of this picturesque alpine town. Overnight in Banff.

Day 10 Banff

This morning, discover the town of Banff and its natural surroundings on a comprehensive sightseeing tour. The tour will show you some of Banff National Park’s many highlights, including the Hoodoos, curiously shaped by centuries of erosion, Surprise Corner and Tunnel Mountain Drive, overlooking the beautiful scenery of the Bow River Valley. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banff.

Day 11 Rocky Mountaineer Banff to Kamloops

Today you board the Rocky Mountaineer heading west to the Pacific Coast. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in western Canada. The route departs the Rockies through Kicking Horse Pass, then climbs into the Selkirk Mountains following Rogers Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranchland of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 12 Rocky Mountaineer Kamloops to Vancouver

Today your spectacular daylight rail excursion to Vancouver continues. The journey leads through the "cowboy country" ranchland of the British Columbia interior and along the mighty Thompson and Fraser rivers. Rugged mountain peaks and rolling, wind-swept hills will define the horizon as you traverse the interior and approach the Coastal Mountains surrounding Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer independently to your hotel. Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 13 Vancouver

Discover Vancouver on a hop-on hop-off tour, taking in the sights of historic Gastown, English Bay, Granville Island, the colourful totem poles of scenic Stanley Park and much more. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 14 Victoria Day Excursion

This full-day trip to Victoria begins with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and includes a visit to the acclaimed Butchart Gardens. Afterwards continue to Victoria for a city sightseeing tour that encompasses Victoria’s stately homes and gardens as well as historic landmarks. You will see the University of Victoria and Beacon Hill Park and pass the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park, the Parliament Buildings and the exclusive homes of the Uplands and Oak Bay. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 15 Fly from Vancouver to London

Your tour ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel. Spend some time buying those last minute souvenirs before independently transferring to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates

Selected departure dates between May and Oct 2017

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Please note prices and availability are subject to change

Services

Rocky Mountaineer Service Levels

 

GoldLeaf Service

SilverLeaf Service

Coach Style

Bi-level dome

Single-level dome

Window Style

Fully domed windows with panoramic views upstairs, private dining room on the lower level with large picture windows

Oversized domed windows

Included meals served onboard

Gourmet à la carte

Hot or cold breakfast options, Delicious hot entree lunch options

Gourmet Snacks 

Included

Included

Meal service style

Served in the dining room

Individual service at your seat

Number of Rocky Mountaineer Hosts

Three to Four, plus full culinary team

Three

Alcoholic beverages

Complimentary throughout journey

Complimentary throughout journey

Non-alcoholic beverages

Included

Included

Outdoor viewing area

Large open-air vestibule

Outdoor viewing between coaches

Luggage in Kamloops/ Quesnel

Delivered to your hotel

Delivered to your hotel

Full storytelling

Included

Included

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At a glance


14 nights, 15 days

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • International Flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • VIA Rail Train 'The Canadian' from Toronto to Jasper
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train journey
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Ice Explorer Ride
  • 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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from only £3,902 per person

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At a glance


14 nights, 15 days

  • 14 nights accommodation
  • International Flights with Air Transat
  • Seat selection included
  • VIA Rail Train 'The Canadian' from Toronto to Jasper
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer train journey
  • 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 2 dinners
  • Ice Explorer Ride
  • 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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