Canadian Train Odyssey


  • 15 days

  • Canada

  • Steady pace

Tour : 8960

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£2,494 pp

Tour only

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£2,933 pp

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Based on London Gatwick

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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 travel through 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. 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 vacation!

Highlights

NIAGARA FALLS Sightseeing cruise

TORONTO Sightseeing

VIA RAIL Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park

VICTORIA Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

VANCOUVER Sightseeing; Stanley Park

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Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

TORONTO

Day
1

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 the NIAGARA FALLS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE past the world famous falls. Return to Toronto and enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes City Hall, the downtown banking district, Rogers Centre, and stunning CN Tower—more than a third of a mile high. Spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, or join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s skyline from the CN Tower.
NOTE:Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

TORONTO–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

Day
3

This morning, transfer to Union Station for a 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. Chef prepared meals offer a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

Day
5

The Canadian glides through Winnipeg, before continuing the journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Day
6

Arrive in Jasper this morning and enjoy an orientation tour of the townsite. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Day
7

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. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. 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 motorcoach 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 measuring 750 feet (250 meters) 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. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

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 bear. 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 center 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 forest. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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 Mediterranean-like 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 vacation ends this morning.

Please Note: If you are extending your tour with an Alaska cruise, you will embark your cruise on Day 13. Your 2-night stay in Vancouver will begin after the cruise.

Things to note

Maximum elevation on tour: 9,900 ft.

Extend your tour and see even more

On selected tours you can extend your time at the beginning or end of your holiday. To book your holiday with an extension, call us on 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Post tour

+8 days Alaska Cruise

Total meals included:

  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 7 dinners

VANCOUVER (EMBARKATION).

Day
1

Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America’s MS Koningsdam or MS Volendam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
2

Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

JUNEAU.

Day
3

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SKAGWAY.

Day
4

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through enroute to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch and Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.

Day
5

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN.

Day
6

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION).

Day
8

Your vacation ends this morning. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

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£2,494 pp

Prefer to book your own flights and transfers? You have the freedom to do that with our Tour Only holiday option.

  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

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£2,933 pp

Let us take care of everything. Our package option includes return flights from your chosen airport, plus overseas transfers to your hotel.

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes

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