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The Independent Canadian Rail Tour

Toronto * Niagara Falls * VIA Rail’s The Canadian * Jasper * Icefields Parkway * Banff * Rocky Mountaineer train * Vancouver * Victoria

This rail journey invites you to travel in luxury from Toronto, through a diversity of landscapes to Vancouver, a metropolitan gem o­n the Pacific coast. Board VIA Rail’s famous "Canadian" travelling in cabin accommodation west through the lake regions of Manitoba and the grain fields of Saskatchewan. Once in Alberta, embark o­n a tour of the Canadian Rockies, culminating in a visit to the Columbia Icefield. Your journey continues as you board the Rocky Mountaineer to witness some of the most spectacular areas in Western Canada en route to Vancouver. Sightseeing tours in Toronto, Jasper, Banff, Vancouver and Victoria, as well as a day trip Niagara Falls are sure to enhance your experience.

2018 - 18 days from £4,545 per person twin share + flights

Itinerary

Day 1 - UK - Toronto
Your Canada holiday starts with a departure from London Heathrow o­n Air Canada flight to Toronto. O­n arrival you will transfer by airporter coach to your downtown hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural centre.
Overnights(3): Novotel Toronto Centre - Toronto

Day 2 - Toronto
Discover the many identities of this cosmopolitan city o­n a sightseeing tour of Toronto. Build your own Toronto experience with the freedom of our Hop-On-Hop-Off City Tour aboard a London-Style Double Decker Bus or Trolley. Let the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as they take you through the city with stops at / near all major hotels in the downtown area. The ticket also includes a free boat tour (available seasonally) of the Toronto Harbour and Islands. Let the tour company with over 100 years of experience introduce you the history and excitement that is Toronto!

Day 3 - Niagara Falls
Enjoy a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls. The Niagara Falls full day tour will bring you to one of Canada’s most spectacular sights. You will make your way to Niagara through the towns of Hamilton, "the steel capital of Canada", St. Catharines "the fruit basket of Ontario", and the wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. An ample amount of time will be spent at the falls to give you every opportunity to take pictures and admire the thundering waters. Included is a thrilling boat ride on the Hornblower cruise* for a unique view of the spectacular Horseshoe Falls. Other highlights include a panoramic lunch at Sheraton on the Falls and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge passing through the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted “Canada’s Prettiest Town”. Lunch Included *Prior to May 15 and after Oct 15, Hornblower cruise will be substituted with The Journey Behind the Falls.

Day 4 - Onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian
Full day in Toronto before an independent transfer  to Union Station to board VIA Rail’s The Canadian evening departure en route to western Canada. The railway travels north from Toronto through the picturesque Muskoka resort region and past Sudbury, the nickel capital of the world.
Overnights(3): Onboard The Canadian

Days 5-6 - Onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian
Travelling north of the Great Lakes, view the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, some of North America’s oldest rock formations. Rich in minerals and forests, the region is dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes. By early evening, the train crosses the border into the province of Manitoba and stops briefly in the capital, Winnipeg. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included.

Day 7 - Onboard VIA Rail’s The Canadian
By early morning, you will have crossed the vast expanses of prairie flatland in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and will be approaching the imposing silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy nature’s grandeur as the train enters Jasper National Park. Breakfast & Lunch Included.
Overnights(2): Whistler's Inn - Jasper

Day 8 - Jasper
Today enjoy an included excursion where you will experience Jasper National Park by travelling the trails of the early explorers and view the park’s unspoiled grandeur. You will begin along the mighty Athabasca Canadian Heritage River learning about David Thompson and the valley ecosystem. Hike above Maligne Canyon, with its narrow gorge and limestone walls created by 10,000 years of water erosion and visit a place of mystery and Indian legend at Medicine Lake. You are sure to see a variety of mountain wildlife.

Day 9 - Jasper - Banff
Today will be an unforgettable journey as you travel the Icefields Parkway. Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, Emerald Lakes, pristine rivers and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opens up to afford a spectacular view of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Other brief sightseeing stops include an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise. Ice Explorer ride, Glacier Adventure and lunch are Included. Visitors will take a shuttle from the Columbia Icefield Discovery Centre 6.5km to the new Glacier SkyWalk. The glass-floored platform extends 30m out over the Sunwapta Canyon. Visitors can also enjoy the interpretive stations along the 500m long Discovery Trail that leads to and from the viewpoint. Experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils and more on an existing cliff-edge walkway that  leads to a platform where glass is all that separates visitors from a 277m drop.Upon arrival in Banff in the afternoon, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Overnights(3): Brewster's Mountain Lodge - Banff

Days 10-11 - Banff National Park - Evening Wildlife Safari
Situated o­n the doorstep of spectacular scenery, Banff nestles amidst the glory of the Canadian Rockies. With a wealth of attractions, ranging from the Hot Springs to the gondola ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, Banff boasts an attractive main street with numerous cafes and craft shops. Renowned for its winter activities. Enjoy an included evening wildlife safari tour. Join this tour through Banff National Park in search of some of its most visible wildlife, with animal sightings on over 95 percent of departures. A knowledgeable guide will provide commentary on the threats to wildlife today and explain how the National Park environment helps protect animals and their natural habitat. Frequent sightings include bull elk, bighorn sheep and osprey. Your tour will be spent sightseeing and looking for wildlife and includes a scenic interpretive stop where you will have a photo opportunity. You will have binoculars on tour to use.

Day 12 - Banff – Kamloops, o­nboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Today you board the Rocky Mountaineer heading west to the Pacific Coast. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rockies through Kicking Horse Pass, and then climbs into the Selkirk Mountains following Rogers Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranchland of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Breakfast and Lunch Included.
Overnight(1): Kamloops

Day 13 - Kamloops – Vancouver, o­nboard the Rocky Mountaineer
Today your spectacular daylight rail excursion to Vancouver continues. The journey leads through the "cowboy country" ranchland of the British Columbia interior and along the mighty Thompson and Fraser rivers. Rugged mountain peaks and rolling, wind-swept hills will define the horizon as you traverse the interior and approach the Coastal Mountains surrounding Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer independently to your hotel. Breakfast & Lunch Included.
Overnights(2): Sandman Suites on Davie - Vancouver

Day 14  - Vancouver
On a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour familiarise yourself with Vancouver's many attractions that have contributed to this oceanside city’s international reputation. The tour highlights include historic Gastown, nearby Chinatown, Stanley Park, English Bay and more. After the tour, the remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this fascinating city.

Days 15-16 - Victoria
Take a ferry-cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands to the capital of British Columbia, stately Victoria. During your stay there will be plenty of time to explore. Enjoy an included whale-watching cruise. This coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. You will ride aboard a 14-metre ocean cruiser or a custom-built Zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whalewatching experience. Comments by a certified Marine biologist and naturalist are provided.
Overnights(2): Inn at Laurel Point - Victoria

Day 17 - Victoria-Vancouver - UK
Time for some final sightseeing or souvenir hunting before your included airporter coach transfer to Victoria Airport in time to catch your overnight flight back home.

Day 18 - Arrive UK
 

PLEASE NOTE that an additional DEPOSIT OF £220 per person is required to confirm a reservation. 

 

BRITISH AIRWAYS ECONOMY CLASS DOMESTIC ADD-ONS
Available in conjunction with your trans-atlantic Air Canada flights between London and to/from Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle. Details on request.

Air Canada Upgrade to Executive First
Designed to provide you with your own personal space that's ideal for a good night's sleep, each Executive First Suite* reclines into a fully flat bed at the touch of a button. Armed with a comfy pillow and duvet and fully equipped with all the latest in-flight amenities, you'll arrive at your destination completely refreshed and ready to start your day.

Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service o­n the Rocky Mountaineer
Our custom-designed, bi-level, glass-domed GoldLeaf coach puts you right in the middle of the awe-inspiring scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Take in the dazzling vistas upstairs, and enjoy delicious meals downstairs. From the attentive service provided by your Rocky Mountaineer Hosts, to the gourmet meals prepared from regional cuisine by our award-winning chefs. GoldLeaf Service is quite simply, as good as it gets.

 

Departure Dates

2018

 Twin Share 

Standard

April 26, 29 £4,545
May 03, 06, 10, 13, 17 £4,569
May 20 £4,615
May 24, 27, 31 £5,030
June 03, 07, 10, 14 £5,030
June 17, 21 £5,112
June 24 £5,479
June 28 £5,487
July 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29 £5,487
August 02, 05, 09, 12, 16 £5,487
August 19, 23, 26, 30 £5,138
September 01, 05, 08, 12, 15, 19, 22  £5,237
September 27, 30 £4,801
October 04 £4,801
 
Rocky Mountaineer GoldLeaf Supplement £352
 
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TorontoNovotel Toronto Centre
JasperWhistlers Inn
BanffBrewsters Mountain Lodge
KamloopsProvided by Rocky Mountaineer
VancouverSandman Suites on Davie Vancouver
VictoriaInn at Laurel Point

Tour Price Includes:

  • Scheduled Air Canada flights from London Heathrow to Toronto with return from Victoria
  • Airport taxes, security charges and Air Passenger Duty
  • Scheduled Airporter Transfer from Toronto Airport to your hotel
  • Hotel accommodation for 13 nights with private facilities
  • Sightseeing tour of Toronto
  • Full-day trip to Niagara Falls
  • The Canadian Train from Toronto to Jasper in a Bedroom with Toilet for 3 nights
  • Sightseeing Tour of Jasper
  • Sightseeing Transfer from Jasper along the Icefields Parkway to Banff
  • Evening Widlife Safari in Banff
  • Banff to Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf service
  • Transfers to and from Kamloops Train Station
  • Sightseeing Tour of Vancouver
  • Scheduled Coach and Ferry Transfer from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Whalewatching Excursion in Victoria
  • Scheduled Airporter Coach Transfer to Victoria Airport
  • Two Breakfasts and two Lunches on board the Rocky Mountaineer
  • Three Breakfasts, three Lunches and two Dinners on board The Canadian
  • 24-hour Customer Service support within Canada

Not Included:

  • Transfers from Jasper and Vancouver train stations and to Toronto and Banff train stations
  • National park entrance fees
  • Meals unless stated
  • Weekend Flight Supplement (Fri-Sun) £30 each way per person


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Novotel Toronto Centre


Location: Modern downtown hotel close to many attractions such as the Air Canada Centre, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the St. Lawrence Market.

Number of Rooms: 262

Accommodation: Air conditioning, TV, in-room movies (charge), telephone, WIFI internet access (free), cable internet access (free), clock radio, coffee maker, mini bar, iron with board, hair dryer, rollaway bed not available. 9 floors with elevator, Restaurant, bar, indoor pool, fitness centre, sauna, hot tub, parking $23. Wheelchair accessible room(s).

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Whistlers Inn


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Brewsters Mountain Lodge


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Provided by Rocky Mountaineer


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Sandman Suites on Davie Vancouver


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Inn at Laurel Point


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