Grand Canadian Rail and the Rockies

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Price per person
from £3,259

Price based on
London Heathrow
28th Aug 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Eastern Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Journey deep into Canada’s spiritual heart on a classic rail trip through the epic wilderness of its national parks, mountain resorts and dramatic natural spectacles.

At a glance


  • Niagara Falls Experience nature’s raw power on a sightseeing cruise.
  • VIA Rail® 'Canadian Train' Experience the breadth of Canada's natural beauty on this classic rail journey from Toronto to Jasper.
  • Columbia Icefield Ride the exciting Ice Explorer across the 1200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier.
  • Lake Louise Marvel at the mirror-like reflections of this serene turquoise lake.
  • Yoho National Park Named after the Cree expression for awe and wonder.
  • Glacier National Park A rugged and beautiful slice of virgin Canadian wilderness.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • 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.

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

With the exception of the train journey ( too delayed...

21st October 2017
Mr Rodolphe Bouchard

With the exception of the train journey ( too delayed ) everything was wonderful, well organised and managed by Mel the tour director, with a very enjoyable and versatile group making the holiday memorable.

VIA The Canadian train, our accommodation on the train was...

11th September 2017
Mrs Susan Parker

VIA The Canadian train, our accommodation on the train was wonderful we were lucky enough to book Prestigue Class, we had personal service, the food was exceptional. We were surprised and delighted by the content of the holiday, the tours the hotels, we stayed in six hotels and the VIA train All the hotels were in good central locations. Our tour guid was so professional efficient unfflaperble her knowledge and detailed information throughout the tour delivered with humour outstanding.

Unfortunately Via Rail was delayed so we didn't board...

9th September 2017
Trusted Customer

Unfortunately Via Rail was delayed so we didn't board train till day after due to delays

Amazing time and a good holiday...

4th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Amazing time and a good holiday

Tour was good and guide (Anette Conrad) was excellent throughout....

19th June 2017
Mr Michael Arthur Tabor

Tour was good and guide (Anette Conrad) was excellent throughout. Very organised and knowledgeable. Train ride was very good, but, somewhat disappointed with standard of some of hotels used. Chelsea Hotel in Toronto was ok. Lobstick Lodge in Jasper seemed ok but discovered after we moved on from there that some of fellow travellers had discovered mice in 2 of the rooms. Ramada Inn in Canmore was shabby and our room wasn't cleaned, beds not made and new towels not supplied. Informed front desk who didn't seem overly concerned. Ramada Inn in Kamloops was ok, but, on morning of departure, toilet blocked and ballcock broke at same time resulting in waste flooding back into bathroom and onto carpet in bedroom. Royal Scot in Victoria was best of hotels we stayed at. Clean and spacious room. Lastly, Sandman Suites on Davie in Vancouver was poorest of all. Room wasn't ready when we arrived in the afternoon and after waiting a short time we were allocated another room. This alternative appeared not to have been refurbished (maybe this was why it was instantly available as an alternative). Decorations were very shabby. Kitchen unit broken at base. Bathroom door damaged at bottom. Shower curtain didn't contain flow of water from shower resulting in flooding of floor every time it was used. Our tour rep asked front desk if we could be moved after first night but was told nothing else available and to ask again day after. By that time we only had 2 more nights to stay so we left it. Poor hotel with poor service.

Brilliant trip, highly recommended. Great itinerary and good value...

5th June 2017
Trusted Customer

Brilliant trip, highly recommended. Great itinerary and good value

The holiday was great at the start but was spoiled...

28th May 2017
Mr Alan White

The holiday was great at the start but was spoiled by the train journey late in starting and delayed all the way never getting to our destination on time when we picked up the coach the holiday was back to great again James showed us and recommended all the best places to go

Great choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices....

26th May 2017
Mr David Davies

Great choice of optional excursions at reasonable prices.

Overview

Journey deep into Canada’s spiritual heart on a classic rail trip through the epic wilderness of its national parks, mountain resorts and dramatic natural spectacles.

Total meals included:

  • 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

UK - Toronto

Day
1

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

Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto

Day
2

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes a boat cruise past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street. 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® 'Canadian' train

Day
3

On today's sightseeing see Toronto City Hall, the downtown banking district, Roger's Centre and the stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. This evening why not join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto's lights from the CN Tower? Afterwards, 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. Accommodation is in first-class rail cars that are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950's. 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® 'Canadian' train

Day
4

Watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever changing landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway's breathtaking mainline. Pass sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests while enjoying the many great onboard features at your disposal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg

Day
5

After a brief stop in Winnipeg, re-board the 'Canadian' for a memorable journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® - Jasper

Day
6

Enjoy an early breakfast as you continue on the 'Canadian' into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive at the beautiful mountain resort of Jasper early in the afternoon. End the day with a short tour to experience its unspoiled beauty, with the rest of the evening free.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper

Day
7

Begin the day with an optional excursion to Maligne Lake, and a narrated cruise. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. With free time this evening you might take a hike and watch for elk.

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff

Day
8

Today, travel through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting Ice Explorer ride on the 1200-feet thick Athabasca Glacier. Then continue down the Icefield Parkway to the lively mountain resort of Banff for two nights.

Banff

Day
9

For a spectacular start to the day, why not take the optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies? In the afternoon join our optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride, and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls. The evening is free.

Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops

Day
10

Travel to Lake Louise, its azure blue waters mirroring the surrounding mountains and glaciers, before proceeding over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where Precambrian 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

Travel through British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board the afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park and world famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively 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. This evening, why not join an optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant?

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 mild, almost Mediterranean climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore and experience British Columbia's premier shopping and entertainment location on Robson Street.

Vancouver

Day
14

With a full day at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the world famous Whistler resort and Shannon Falls or a short trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge - 230 feet above the river.

Vancouver - UK.

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver, Hawaii or on an Alaska cruise.

Home landing in the UK.

Day
16

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 on board 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

All rooms at the Chelsea Hotel Toronto provide free WiFi and an LCD TV with cable channels. Some open out on to a balcony. Within 350 yards of College Subway Station, this hotel features on-site dining, a fitness centre and 2 indoor pools. The Toronto Eaton Centre is 650 yards away.

  • Location

    33 Gerrard Street West, M5G 1Z4 Toronto, Canada

     

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Sauna
    • Fitness centre

Jasper - Lobstick Lodge

Loacted in the town of Jasper, this hotel has an indoor pool as well as a number of jacuzzis to maximise relaxation. Each room has its own cable tv as well as ensuite bathroom with toiletries available.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Indoor pool
    • Jacuzzi
    • Fitness Centre

Banff - Mount Royal Hotel

Mount Royal Hotel is situated in the mountains and provides an amazing view across the mountains. They provide a very modern experience with their hotel that’s design and decor reflects their heritage.

  • Location

    138 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A7, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Wifi available

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Royal Scot Hotel & Suites features spacious rooms, studios and suites with pillow-top mattresses and in-room coffee facilities. This property is 12 minutes’ walk from the beach. Just 5 minutes’ walk from Victoria ferry terminal, this hotel features an indoor pool and a hot tub. Free WIFI is provided.

  • Location

    425 Quebec Street, V8V 1W7 Victoria, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Free WiFi
    • Room Service
    • Indoor Swimming Pool
    • Hot Tub

Vancouver - Sandman Hotel Vancouver Downtown City Centre

Located centrally in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre is walking distance to Robson Street shopping and a wide variety of restaurants and bars. The Queen Elizabeth Theatre is only a couple of minutes' walk from the Sandman Hotel.

  • Location

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

  • Facilities

    • WiFi available
    • Restaurant
    • Fitness Centre
    • Swimming Pool
    • Bar/Lounge

Honolulu - Sheraton Princess Kailani

Balconies looking over a breath-taking view of the ocean or of mountain views. This hotel offers you to relax when you are on holiday. This hotel has Free Wi-Fi that all of their guests can receive.

  • Location

    120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and Bar
    • Room Service
    • Hot Tub
    • Spa
    • Beach Access

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