Enjoy a Christmas in the snowy Rockies
Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous holiday on this famous cross-continental train. We spend three unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls, and stay two nights in cosmopolitan Vancouver. Here we enjoy a wonderfully festive sleigh ride on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.
We depart from London Heathrow for Toronto, arriving late afternoon.
Our morning guided sightseeing tour is the ideal introduction to this friendly, multicultural city. Your afternoon is free to discover Toronto at your leisure. Perhaps take in Chinatown or Kensington Market, browse the hundreds of shops in the grand covered malls or visit the excellent Art Gallery of Ontario, with its wonderful collection by Canadian artists.
Today you are free to spend the day at leisure, which gives you time to explore more highlights of Toronto, including Little India, Little Italy and Greektown. You could take a ride up the world famous CN tower, which has the world's highest public observation deck at 1,465 feet, as well as a revolving restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to take a helicopter tour of the city or take some time to unwind at the hotel.
A visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls is one of the highlights of any holiday to Canada. We enjoy lunch in the Falls View Restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel whilst admiring the views over the Falls. Niagara Falls are all the more dramatic in winter, when thick snow covers the ground and the water freezes into giant icicles. We then return to Toronto to board The Canadian and begin our unforgettable journey in Sleeper Plus Class through the majestic Rockies to Vancouver.
Today it is Christmas Eve, and we spend it on board the Canadian, watching the stunning panorama of the Canadian Shield pass effortlessly by our window. This wild land, full of frozen lakes, it breathtaking to behold.
We arrive in Winnipeg on Christmas Day, where the train stops for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore this railway city and there is time for a festive stroll, known as the 'Gateway to the West'. Union Station was built in 1911 by the same architects as the famous Grand Central Station. The walls are faced with local limestone and studded with prehistoric fossils from the ancient seabeds that once covered the prairies. We continue westwards from Winnipeg where Christmas Dinner is served onboard the train, crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan this evening.
Relax and enjoy the journey today, as we pass glaciers, lakes, plunging canyons, frozen waterfalls and soaring snow-covered peaks. The Rockies are not just a line of mountains, but the edge of the Western Cordillera, a complex array of plateaus and folded rock layers that stretch to the Pacific Coast. We make a short stop in Jasper, a quaint mountain town at the edge of the wilderness in the heart of the Rockies. The town is surrounded by tree covered mountains, blanketed in snow to create a fabulous setting. As you wander through the streets, past pretty houses and shops, it wouldn't be unusual to see a family of elk crossing the road.
The Canadian arrives into Vancouver this morning. We leave the train after breakfast and transfer across the city by coach for a journey up Grouse Mountain by aerial tramway.
Vancouver enjoys a fabulous natural setting, with beautiful snow-covered mountains and deep fjords providing a dramatic backdrop to the urban landscape of modern skyscrapers. Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the city before a farewell dinner together at the 'Top of Vancouver', a revolving restaurant in a fabulous rooftop location with superb views of the city.
You are free until the early evening to enjoy this fabulous city. We transfer to Vancouver airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving early in the morning of Day 11.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.
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Delicious meals included
Exciting excursions and free time to explore
Enjoy a Christmas in the snowy Rockies