Grand Canadian Rail and the Rockies

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Price per person
from £2,911

Price based on
London Heathrow
8th May 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Eastern Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tour

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.
Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies

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.

Your tour starts today.

No meals included

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.

No meals included

Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train

Day
3

Setting Toronto’s exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. See all this and more on your city sightseeing tour. This evening, join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, 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. 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. 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.

No meals included

VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train

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 breath-taking mainline. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg

Day
5

An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, a city rich in history and culture. In the early afternoon, we continue our journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail® - Jasper

Day
6

Wake early and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. An orientation tour includes Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day? The evening is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Jasper

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.

No meals included

Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff

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 that is 1,200 feet (365 metres) 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. 

No meals included

Banff

Day
9

This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Later, join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a gondola ride with panoramic views of the stunning scenery and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls.

No meals included

Banff - Lake Louise - 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 centre of Kamloops, a Shuswap Indian word for “meeting of the waters.”

No meals included

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 forests. Board your 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 strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.

No meals included

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.

No meals included

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 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.

No meals included

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, revisit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

No meals included

Vancouver - UK

Day
15

Your tour ends today.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

No meals included

Home landing in the UK.

Day
16

No meals included

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.

Accommodation as stated or similar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Toronto: Chelsea Hotel
  • VIA RAIL: Sleeper Plus Class
  • Jasper: Lobstick Lodge
  • Banff: Mount Royal Hotel (2017) / Mount Royal Hotel or Rundlestone Lodge (2018)
  • Kamloops: Ramada Inn Kamloops (2017) / Comfort Inn & Suites (2018)
  • Victoria: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites
  • Vancouver: Sandman Suites on Davie

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