VIA Rail and the Canadian Rockies


  • 10 days

  • Western Canada

  • Steady pace

Tour : 8935

Up to 10% off on 2020

Single Share available

From

£1,845 pp

Tour only

Based on 17th May 2020

From

£2,549 pp

Tour with flights & transfers

Based on London Heathrow

Overview

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Join us for an extraordinary and affordable escorted vacation through the Canadian Rockies to explore by road, rail, and water. Join your Tour Director for sightseeing in Calgary, Alberta—home of Fort Calgary, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Depart Calgary for Banff National Park for a full day at leisure to explore the magnificent park and its wildlife. You’ll venture on to exquisite Lake Louise, reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Cross over three mountain passes amid snowcapped peaks and alpine lakes before reaching Columbia Icefield. Board the Columbia Ice Explorer to traverse the 750-foot thick ice. Arrive in Jasper for two nights in stunning Jasper National Park for an orientation of Canada’s largest national park. Enjoy free time to explore the park with an eye out for bear, moose, caribou, and wolves!

Board your train to embark over the Canadian Rockies to Vancouver, British Columbia, on VIA Rail’s Canadian®. Take in the stunning scenery with train travel reminiscent of a bygone era. Relax in comfort in Sleeper Plus class vintage rail cars with domed observation cars for spectacular views of the Canadian wilderness and ranchlands from Jasper National Park to Vancouver. In Vancouver, enjoy sightseeing with your Tour Director in Chinatown, Gastown, and Stanley Park. Next, board the ferry across the spectacular Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island for sightseeing in Victoria, including the fabulous Butchart Gardens and totem poles of Thunderbird Park. Also enjoy a free day with optional activities, including a whale watching cruise.

This value vacation in Canada is an explorer’s dream—from the Rocky Mountains to the Pacific Northwest.

Highlights

CALGARY Sightseeing

BANFF NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park

LAKE LOUISE Visit the lake

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

JASPER NATIONAL PARK Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park

VIA RAIL Journey aboard VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

VANCOUVER Sightseeing; Stanley Park

VICTORIA Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

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Single Share available

Opt to share a twin room with a fellow traveller, and if there's no one to share with you'll get a room to yourself at no added cost!

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.

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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:

  • 1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner

CALGARY

Day
1

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 highlights downtown, Fort Calgary, Stampede Park, the Saddledome, and Canada Olympic Park. Next, drive west through the foothills of the Rockies into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. On arrival, enjoy an orientation tour.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Day
3

Full day at leisure. Banff is one of Canada’s favorite resorts, and the national park is home to 53 species of mammals. The most commonly seen are deer and big horn sheep. If the timing is right, you may spot black bears, grizzlies, or wolves. 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, with its cold waters reflecting the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Precipitous gorges, snowcapped mountain ranges, and exquisite lakes come into view as your motorcoach 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 area’s unspoiled beauty. Accommodation for the next two nights are 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. While exploring the largest national park in the Canadian Rockies keep an eye out for native wildlife, which includes grizzly bears, moose, caribou, and wolves.

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

Day
6

Board a morning departure on VIA Rail’s the Canadian for the journey west across Canada’s Rocky Mountains to Vancouver. The Canadian features renovated cars, comfortable cabin accommodations in Sleeper Plus class, and delicious meals. 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.
NOTE:
Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Meals included:

  • Lunch
  • 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, city sightseeing focuses on Vancouver’s Chinatown, Gastown, and lovely STANLEY PARK.

Meals included:

  • Continental Breakfast

VANCOUVER–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

Day
8

Today, set sail across the Strait of Georgia through the spectacular Gulf Islands, known for their Mediterranean-like climate. Sightseeing in Victoria includes world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park with its collection of totem poles.

VICTORIA

Day
9

A day at leisure gives you the chance to discover this splendid city, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, shopping on Government Street, or a leisurely stroll around the harbor. Perhaps join the optional wildlife and whale-watching cruise on the beautiful waters of the San Juan and Gulf Islands for possible sightings of whales, porpoises, seals, and eagles.

VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER

Day
10

Morning departure for Vancouver. The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers to Vancouver International Airport are included. Please schedule flights after 1:30 pm.

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 0588 237 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

Transfer to Canada Place to board Holland America’s MS Koningsdam or MS Volendam for an unforgettable Inside Passage cruise.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
2

Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

JUNEAU.

Day
3

Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There’s no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SKAGWAY.

Day
4

In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through enroute to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch and Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY.

Day
5

Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

KETCHIKAN.

Day
6

Built over the water and up weathered stairways, Ketchikan clings to the shores of Tongass Narrows and drapes the mountains with a hospitable air.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE.

Day
7

Cruise through the awe-inspiring Inside Passage, keeping watch 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

Your vacation ends this morning. Please schedule homebound flights after Noon.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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

What's included

Tour only

From

£1,845 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
  • Porterage

Tour with flights

From

£2,549 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
  • Porterage

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