Great Canadian Rail Journey

Price per person
from £3,521

Price based on
London Gatwick
12th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Canada

  • Comfortable pace

  • Platinum escorted tours

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 are a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region 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!

At a glance


  • Niagara Falls Get up close to the thundering falls on a sightseeing cruise, and experience it from above on an optional helicopter ride.
  • VIA Rail The Canadian journey Sit back and relax in Art Deco comfort as you travel from Toronto to Jasper, through the breathtaking Canadian Rockies scenery
  • Winnipeg Explore the markets of Forks National Historic Site
  • Jasper National Park Climb Sunwapta Pass for glorious alpine views, ride the Ice Explorer coach across the Columbia Icefield and stop to take in the breathtaking vistas of Lake Louise.
  • Banff National Park Follow your guide for the morning and discover this beautiful conservation area, then perhaps take an optional helicopter ride to see it from the air. 
  • Kelowna Taste the world-renowned wines of Okanagan Lake.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • 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.

Read more about our VIP home pick-up service.

Customer Reviews

An excellent way of getting a taste of Canada with...

9th August 2017
Trusted Customer

An excellent way of getting a taste of Canada with a characteristic train journey across the plains and an informative guide throughout.

Overview

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 are a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region 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!

Total meals included:

  • 13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 5 dinners

UK - Toronto

Day
1

Fly to Toronto where on arrival transfer to your hotel.

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 a sightseeing tour of the downtown area and a free evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Toronto - VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario

Day
3

A day at leisure to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer. This evening, enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER. Later, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on THE CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premiere 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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Ontario

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian – Winnipeg, Manitoba

Day
5

Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may disembark the train, if time allows, to explore this historic city. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

VIA Rail, The Canadian Through Saskatchewan & Alberta – Jasper

Day
6

From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon for a 2-night stay.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper. Excursion to Maligne Lake

Day
7

Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. You may wish to play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. The remainder of the day is at leisure.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Jasper – Columbia Icefield – Lake Lousie – Banff

Day
8

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 savour 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
9

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff – Kelowna

Day
10

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 coach 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
11

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 colourful events.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Victoria

Day
12

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 speciality 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 harbour city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Victoria - Vancouver

Day
13

This morning, take the 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 harbour 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

Vancouver

Day
14

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

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

UK

Day
15

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Things to note

This platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus.

Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, 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.

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