VIA Rail and the Canadian Rockies

Price per person
from £2,375

Price based on
London Heathrow
14th May 2019 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences—this western Canada tour includes all of this and more. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian, a tour highlight that takes you across Canada’s Rocky Mountains and brings you back to the days when the journey was part of the fun. In comfortable cabin accommodations and renovated cars, you’ll witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields as you sit back, relax, and travel from Jasper to Vancouver.

Another tour highlight is the journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and you’ll pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts. Two nights in Jasper National Park give you time to explore, hike, or take an optional narrated cruise on Lake Maligne.

This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll enjoy sailing from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, you’ll visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

For the value-minded traveller looking for stunning scenery, fun adventures, and exciting cities, this western Canada tour is the perfect holiday!

At a glance

  • Calgary Sightseeing
  • Banff National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
  • Lake Louise Visit the lake
  • Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
  • Jasper National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
  • Jasper National Park - Vancouver Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class
  • Vancouver Sightseeing, with time in Stanley Park
  • Victoria Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

Extend your tour and see even more

  • 8 days: Alaska Cruise

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

What's included

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

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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 private home pick-up service.

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

One of the main highlights of the holiday most looking...

15th August 2018
Mrs Anita Kobryn

One of the main highlights of the holiday most looking forward to was the rail journey through the Rockies and this was the reason this particular tour was booked. The COSMOS tour itinerary was originally well planned. However, we were informed beforehand there was a change in the train schedule, but then due to number of delays the train departed at a much later time and changed the schedule of the itinerary so this was extremely disappointing.

Overview

Spectacular scenery, exciting cities, and thrilling experiences—this western Canada tour includes all of this and more. You’ll overnight in Calgary, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll also overnight on Via Rail’s the Canadian, a tour highlight that takes you across Canada’s Rocky Mountains and brings you back to the days when the journey was part of the fun. In comfortable cabin accommodations and renovated cars, you’ll witness snowcapped mountains, ranchlands along the South Thompson River, and fertile fields as you sit back, relax, and travel from Jasper to Vancouver.

Another tour highlight is the journey from Banff National Park to Jasper National Park. You’ll stop at breathtaking Lake Louise, with green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria, and you’ll pass snowcapped mountains, exquisite lakes, and steep gorges on your way to Columbia Icefield. Here, you’ll experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 1,200 feet thick! Before heading to Jasper, you’ll enjoy two nights and free time in Banff National Park, one of Canada’s favourite resorts. Two nights in Jasper National Park give you time to explore, hike, or take an optional narrated cruise on Lake Maligne.

This western Canada tour also includes sightseeing in each city—Calgary, Vancouver, and Victoria. You’ll enjoy sailing from Vancouver to Victoria via the scenic Gulf Islands. In Victoria, you’ll visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

For the value-minded traveller looking for stunning scenery, fun adventures, and exciting cities, this western Canada tour is the perfect holiday!

Total meals included:

  • 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner

UK - Calgary

Day
1

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

Welcome to Calgary! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Calgary - Banff National Park

Day
2

The discovery of oil converted this cattle-ranching town into a thriving, sophisticated city. Sightseeing shows off downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Banff National Park

Day
3

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts—your Tour Director will suggest an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies.

Banff National Park- Lake Louise - Columbia Icefield - Jasper National Park

Day
4

First stop is Lake Louise, whose cold waters reflect the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as the coach scales three mountain passes. Another highlight today is a stop at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet thick. Late this afternoon, join our optional float trip down the historic Athabasca River. In Jasper, an orientation tour showcases the unspoilt beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights is in JASPER NATIONAL PARK.

Jasper National Park

Day
5

Join the optional narrated cruise on Maligne Lake to Spirit Island. On the return journey, you’ll be mesmerized by dramatic Maligne Canyon. With much of the afternoon and evening free, consider hiking or exploring Jasper’s local charm.

Jasper National Park - VIA Rail the Canadian

Day
6

On VIA Rail’s the Canadian, an early evening departure allows you a last chance to explore Jasper before you transfer to the train station for the overnight run west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. Enjoy hot hors d’oeuvres with Bon Voyage service and enjoy regional cuisine for breakfast and lunch in the dining car. Spend time in the Skyline car, with dome seating and a lounge area, or relax in the Park car and meet other travelers. The comfortable cabins come with bed turndown service, in-car shower access, and lots of little extras, such as a personal toiletry kit.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

VIA Rail the Canadian - Vancouver

Day
7

Continue through the ranchlands along the South Thompson River, the fertile fields of the Fraser Valley, and snowcapped Coast Mountains. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer to your hotel where the evening is free for independent activities.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Vancouver - Ferry Crossing - Victoria

Day
8

Morning sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely Stanley Park. Afterward, This morning, sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for its Mediterranean like climate. Afternoon Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous Butchart Gardens, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver

Day
9

Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included.

For guests extending their holiday with an Alaska cruise, after the ferry crossing transfer to your ship.

Home landing in the UK

Day
10

Extend your tour and see even more

To book your holiday with an extension, call 0330 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark your cruise ship for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

Inside Passage Cruising

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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 0588 237 or speak to your travel agent.

Things to note

Special Departure: Calgary Stampede 8 July 2018. Be a part of the Calgary Stampede - a celebration of western values and heritage that boasts the richest outdoor rodeo in the world. Get ready for an outdoor stage show featuring internationally acclaimed artists, and see some of the best professional riders in the world. Your extension includes two extra nights in Calgary and a two day pass to the Calgary Stampede. Please see our website for full details and itinerary

VIA Rail Service:Renovated rail cars; Impeccable service; delicious regional cuisine served in the Dining Car; comfortable berths with bed turn-down service; in-car shower access and personal toiletry kit; towels included ; private bedroom in Sleeper Plus Class;
Skyline Car with dome seating and lounge area; Park Car access

Important: Suitcases that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Vancouver and will not be accessible until Vancouver. Pack an overnight case to weigh no heavier than 25lbs.

Whale Watching: Enjoy a fascinating optional cruise that will be remembered for a lifetime. Whilst watching for whales and marine life in their natural habitat, you are likely to see the orca (killer whale), and perhaps spot porpoises, sea-lions, osprey and eagles

Accommodaton as stated or similar

Hotels

It may occasionally be necessary to use alternative hotels of a similar standard to those shown.

Calgary - Sandman Hotel City Centre

This central Calgary city centre hotel offers an on-site restaurant and lounge. All guestrooms offer free WiFi and a flat-screen TV. The Calgary Tower is only 12 minutes' walk away. The Scotiabank Saddledome and Calgary Stampede are only 9 minutes' drive away. 17th Avenue shopping and entertainment district is just over 0.6 miles from the property.

  • Location

    888 7th Avenue Southwest, T2P 3J3 Calgary, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Fitness centre
    • Wifi available
    • Indoor rooftop
    • Hot tub

Banff - Banff Inn

Relax in this luxury ski village Inn complete with a hot tub, steam room and sauna. Each room has a flat screen tv, and wifi is available throughout the resort.

  • Location

    501 Banff Ave, Banff, AB T1L 1A9, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Restaurant and bar
    • Wifi available
    • Hot tub
    • Steam room
    • Sauna

Jasper - Lobstick Lodge

Located 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 an 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

Vancouver Downtown Holiday Inn

A coffee machine and a desk are featured in all rooms at Holiday Inn Vancouver Downtown & Suites. Ironing facilities are included. A private bathroom offers a hairdryer. The hotel is located just 200 yards from Granville Street entertainment district.

  • Location

    1110 Howe Street, V6Z 1R2 Vancouver, Canada

  • Facilities

    • Indoor swimming pool
    • Fitness centre

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

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