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Meals included: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
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.
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Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing in Niagara Falls includes a sightseeing 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 independently, including Harbour front, Ontario Place and Chinatown.
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.
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.
After a brief stop in Winnipeg, re-board the 'Canadian' for a memorable journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or extend your stay in Vancouver, Hawaii or on an Alaska cruise.
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
Accommodation as stated or similar
Amazing time and a good holiday
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
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.
Our tour director Sharon Sawatzky and driver John were superb. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. We were not impressed with the Sandman Suites on Davie or the area in Vancouver. Also the buffet at the Ramada in Kamloops was awful although the staff were excellent.
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