Great Canadian Rail Journey


  • 13 days

  • Canada

  • Comfortable pace

Tour : CZ

Save up to 10% on 2020 departures

From

£3,191 pp

Tour only

Based on 20th Sep 2019

From

£3,583 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Gatwick

Overview

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This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.

In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvellous train journey.

Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you on this Canada tour. In Victoria, learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Other fun experiences Globus has included a narrated scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to see the famous Spirit Island and an amazing dinner with stunning views atop CN Tower in Toronto.

All of this and more await you on this spectacular tour through Canada!

Highlights

Toronto Sightseeing; dinner at CN Tower

Niagara Falls Sightseeing cruise

Toronto-Jasper Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® (travel in Sleeper Plus class)

Jasper National Park Cruise Maligne Lake; sightseeing

Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

Banff National Park Sightseeing

Victoria Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; private presentation by local historian and storyteller

Victoria–Vancouver Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

Vancouver Sightseeing; farewell dinner

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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:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Toronto

Day
1

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls

Day
2

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional sightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for dinner atop the 1,815 foot tall CN TOWER.

NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Toronto - VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario

Day
3

This morning, transfer to Union Station for 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.

NOTE: On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are arranged by day in armchair style. By night, beds are converted to an upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed.

NOTE: Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario- Winnipeg, Manitoba

Day
4

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may choose to disembark the train. Reboard the train and continue west into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Through Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Day
5

Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian Through Saskatchewan & Alberta – Jasper

Day
6

Travel from Saskatoon to Jasper as the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Jasper- Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise- Banff

Day
7

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Banff

Day
8

Today, the morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff- Kelowna

Day
9

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kelowna- Victoria

Day
10

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private PRESENTATION with a local storyteller and historian who will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria

Day
11

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria- Vancouver

Day
12

This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Vancouver

Day
13

Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the VIA train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.

Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 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 8088 353 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

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

Day
2

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Day
3

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
4

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Day
5

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
6

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready 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

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 8088 353 or speak to your travel agent.

Total meals included:

  • 11 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 7 dinners

Toronto

Day
1

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your travelling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls

Day
2

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional sightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for dinner atop the 1,815 foot tall CN TOWER.

NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Toronto - VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario

Day
3

This morning, transfer to Union Station for 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.

NOTE: On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are arranged by day in armchair style. By night, beds are converted to an upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed.

NOTE: Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario- Winnipeg, Manitoba

Day
4

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may choose to disembark the train. Reboard the train and continue west into Saskatchewan.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Through Manitoba & Saskatchewan

Day
5

Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian Through Saskatchewan & Alberta – Jasper

Day
6

Travel from Saskatoon to Jasper as the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

Jasper- Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise- Banff

Day
7

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Banff

Day
8

Today, the morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff- Kelowna

Day
9

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The evening is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Kelowna- Victoria

Day
10

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private PRESENTATION with a local storyteller and historian who will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria

Day
11

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria- Vancouver

Day
12

This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Vancouver

Day
13

Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. Favourable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavourable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the VIA train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.

Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 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 8088 353 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

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

Day
2

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Juneau

Day
3

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Skagway

Day
4

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass and Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay

Day
5

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ketchikan

Day
6

Hugging the shores of the Tongass Narrows, this self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready 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

Disembark this morning and transfer to Vancouver International Airport for your return flight home.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 8088 353 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

Tour only

From

£3,191 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

From

£3,583 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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