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(Tour code: TCJ18)

Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

From the laid-back city of Toronto to the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver and the natural beauty of Vancouver Island, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, lifting us high into the mighty Rockies in style and comfort on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world's greatest trains

Highlights
  • Toronto
  • Niagara Falls & The Canadian
  • Jasper
  • The Columbian Icefield
  • Banff
  • Lake Louise
  • Emerald Lake
  • The Rocky Mountaineer rail journey
  • Vancouver
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    3 Nights on The Canadian
    2 Days on Rocky Mountaineer
  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation
  • Selected Departures Guaranteed

Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer 2018Tour Details

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Day 1 Toronto
Toronto

Toronto

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Chelsea Hotel, located in the heart of Toronto's downtown, close to many of the city's main attractions. Toronto is a multicultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. The city looks out across mesmerising Lake Ontario from its position on the northern shore, and is overlooked by the CN Tower, one of the world's tallest structures.

Day 2 Toronto
Toronto

Exploring Toronto

We enjoy a guided tour of Toronto, visiting many of its captivating highlights. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps take in Chinatown of Kensington Market? This multicultural melting pot has many museums and shops also - you might wish to explore the excellent Art Gallery of Ontario, with its wonderful collection by Canadian Artists.

Day 3 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls and The Canadian

Our excursion today takes us to the incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the Falls you have time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters, either from the viewing area or at the foot of the thundering Falls on board the boat here (payable locally). We continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where we have free time to explore.

Tonight we board The Canadian in Toronto as we begin our journey across the vast expanse of the prairie grasslands towards the Rockies.

Includes:
  • Guided tour of Niagara
Days 4-5 Canadian
Canadian

On board the Canadian

Our first full day on board is spent crossing the Canadian Shield.

On Day 5 we arrive in Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train stops in Winnipeg for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore. We continue crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan in the late evening.

Days 6-7 The Rockies
The Rockies

Through the Rockies to Jasper National Park

After passing Edmonton, we begin the climb into the foothills of the Rockies passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks. We arrive in Jasper in the early afternoon and spend the night surrounded by majestic mountain scenery. The town of Jasper - and later the park - was named after Jasper Hawes, who used the area as a trading post in the late 19th century. The beautiful enclosure first became a park in 1907, and was granted National Park status in 1930. In 1984, it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, and now attracts almost two million visitors every year, and with scenery like this, it isn't hard to see why.

On Day 7 We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144 mile road that links Jasper with Banff and takes us through some of the world's most spectacular mountain scenery. We travel along a lake-lined valley past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies to the Icefields Centre at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields.

Here we stop to marvel at the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier, and you have the option to enjoy an exciting ride over the icefield by giant Snocoach (payable locally). We continue to Banff for a two-night stay at the Banff Caribou Lodge.

Includes:
  • Day 6 - On-board The Canadian
  • Day 7 - Tour of Jasper National Park
Day 8 Banff National Park
Banff National Park

Banff National Park

Today we experience the spectacular natural beauty of Banff National Park, visiting the Spiral Tunnels, as well as the majestic Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours, and the idyllic waters of Lake Louise. The views at Lake Louise are nothing short of majestic. Here, we absorb the beauty of the vibrant yet calm waters of the lake, surrounded on all sides by soaring peaks, and covered, at the base of them, by verdant pine forests that slope away from the shore. The lake itself is indeed a calming oasis amidst the drama of its backdrop.

Day 9 The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

We embark on a daylight journey through the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer.

This 309 mile trip to Kamloops takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West' route, passing through Banff National Park and across the Continental Divide. We travel in SilverLeaf* Class, marvelling at the passing scenery with breakfast and lunch served at our seats. We overnight at a hotel in Kamloops.

Includes:
  • The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 10 The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer to Vancouver

Our Rocky Mountaineer experience continues on one of the most dramatic stretches of the line, travelling along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. As you keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife, the line descends towards the Pacific Coast, arriving in Vancouver where we stay for 2 nights.

Please Note: For departures TCJ1803, TCJ1805 and TCJ1806  you will stay at the Metroplitan Vancouver hotel in Vancouver.

Includes:
  • The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 11 Vancouver
Vancouver

Discovering Vancouver

Vancouver, widely regarded as one of the most desirable places in the world to live, combines its breathtaking setting with beautiful architecture and a perfectly-pitched way of life. It is among Canada's largest cities, and its port is the largest on North America's west coast. The first European settlers came here in 1858, as a result of a local gold rush, and in 1884 the city became the terminus for the transcontinental Canadian railroad, leading to a booming population that continues to this day, no doubt aided by its stunning scenery and vibrant atmosphere.

The city lies between the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the majestic Coastal Mountains. Our morning sightseeing tour visits historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores. We also experience the exciting scents and sights of Chinatown, and leafy Stanley Park, with its colourful totem poles. Our tour then takes in Granville Island, located in the heart of the city, which boasts an amazing, mouth-watering food market. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

Includes:
  • Guided city tour of Vancouver
Day 12 View of Vancouver from the Grouse Mountains
View of Vancouver from the Grouse Mountains

At leisure in Vancouver

Today, you are free to experience Vancouver at leisure. Why not take the bus to Grouse Mountain, and take the Skyride cable car (payable locally) for fantastic views over the city? Known as the 'Peak of Vancouver', the mountain is open year-round, and the Skyride offers an incredible panorama over the city, the Pacific Ocean beyond, and closer, the glittering tops of the Douglas firs that dot the mountainside.

Day 13 The journey home
The journey home

The journey home

Your tour concludes today, and you are free to make your way home.

Includes:
  • Free Day
Please note

Please note

Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

Departure Times

You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour Manager.

What’s included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 9 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights' Sleeper Touring Class rail travel on the Canadian from Toronto to Jasper in two-berth cabins

Delicious meals included

  • 11 meals including 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Excursion to Niagara Falls
  • 2 days' daylight travel in SilverLeaf Class on the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
  • Guided tours of Toronto and Vancouver
  • Visit to the Icefields Parkway
  • Excursion to Lake Louise & Emerald Lake

Not Included

  • Flights and Airport transfers
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