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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

From $6,545 per person


From the dramatic Pacific Ocean setting of Vancouver, to the laid-back city of Toronto, this incredible adventure takes us across Canada by rail, in style and comfort onboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian, two of the world's greatest journeys.

The itinerary for your journey
Tour highlights
Day 1 - Vancouver
Vancouver

Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Blu Horizon Hotel in Vancouver. Vancouver is vibrant and welcoming city, combining 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 railway, leading to a booming population that continues to this day, no doubt aided by its stunning scenery and lively atmosphere. The city lies between the beautiful Pacific Ocean coastline and the majestic Coastal Mountains.

Day 2 - Exploring Vancouver
Vancouver

Our morning sightseeing tour of Vancouver today 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. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

Day 3 - At leisure in Vancouver
View of Vancouver from the Grouse Mountains

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 4 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Rocky Mountaineer

Today we embark on a daylight journey to the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer. This fantastic journey from Vancouver to Kamloops takes in one of the most dramatic stretches of the line. Keep your eyes open for Canadian wildlife as the magnificent train leaves the Pacific Coast and travels along the Thompson and Fraser Canyons. We travel in SilverLeaf Service, marvelling at the passing scenery with breakfast and lunch served at our seats. We overnight at a hotel in Kamloops.

Day 5 - The Rocky Mountaineer to Banff
Rocky Mountaineer

We continue our journey through the Rockies on the Rocky Mountaineer. This magnificent trip to Banff takes in the scenery of the 'First Passage to the West' route, passing over the Continental Divide and through Banff National Park. We arrive in picturesque Banff and transfer to our hotel for two nights.

Day 6 - 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.

Days 7-8 - Through the Rockies to Jasper National Park
The Rockies

We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper 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.

We arrive in Jasper where we spend two nights 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. Day 8 is spent at leisure to further discover the beauty of Jasper.

Days 9-11 - On board the Canadian
Canadian

Today we begin our epic journey on The Canadian, travelling to Toronto. We settle into our berths for our journey through the foothills of the Rockies, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks. If you'd prefer to travel in added comfort and style, we have upgrades available for a reasonable supplement to Sleeper Plus Class cabins. These cabins come highly recommended, and feature private WC facilities and a greater amount of space.

Day 10 is our first full day on The Canadian. We travel through the province of Saskatchewan, crossing the prairies on our way towards Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. Day 11 is spent crossing the Canadian Shield, and enjoying the wonderful facilities of the iconic train.

Day 12 - Arrive in Toronto
Toronto

Our journey on The Canadian ends today as we arrive in Toronto and transfer to our hotel, where we stay for two nights.

Days 13-14 - Niagara Falls and home
Niagara Falls

Our excursion today takes us to incredible Niagara Falls, truly one of the natural wonders of the world. During our time at the falls you can experience the awesome power of crashing waters from the viewing area or at the foot of the thundering falls on board the boat (payable locally).

On Day 14 We enjoy a guided orientation tour of Toronto, visiting many of its captivating highlights. 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. After the guided tour, your tour concludes and you are free to make your way home.

Please note

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

Recommended airports
Airport waiting room

For this tour, we recommend Vancouver International (code YVR) as your arrival airport, which is approximately 8 miles from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is Toronto Airport (code YYZ),which is situated approximately 17 miles from your final hotel.

Departure Dates
1 May 2020From $6,545
15 May 2020From $6,845
5 June 2020From $6,845
4 September 2020From $7,655
18 September 2020From $7,495

All prices are per person and assume full occupancy of the room.
Please always refer to the website for up-to-date prices and availability.

Trains
The Canadian Train
Canadian

The Canadian was the last Trans-Continental train to be built for the famed Canadian Pacific Railway. Consequently, it is a true classic. The original Streamliner coaches, built from stainless steel, have been fully restored to their 1950s splendour, and today The Canadian can be found traversing the rugged landscape between the cities of Vancouver and Toronto. On board The Canadian you will stay in Sleeper Plus Class curtained berths with shared bathroom facilities. 

The Canadian (Journey from West-East)
The Canadian

For those with a real sense of adventure there can be no better way of exploring Canada than from on board the Canadian. Offering the ultimate introduction to this magnificent country, the Canadian travels 2,749 miles (4,424km) between Vancouver and Toronto, crossing some of the most diverse landscapes found in a single country.

The Rocky Mountaineer
Rocky Mountaineer

Operating on four spectacular routes throughout Canada, the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer offers a unique and instantly memorable trip through one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

The Rocky Mountaineer operates in daytime only in order to allow for the best possible views across the vast Canadian landscapes. The scenery from the train is truly a sight to behold, with the dramatic Rocky Mountains lining the backdrops and towering over dense, verdant forests and pristine sapphire lakes. The Canadian Rockies are also home to a myriad of wildlife, including wolves, coyotes, eagles, moose and bear; all of which can often be spotted on the journey. 

Routes

First Passage to the West

From the captivating coastal city of Vancouver with its gleaming skyscrapers and picturesque harbour, embark on an unforgettable journey across the vast Canadian landscapes on board one of the world's most iconic trains. Leaving the Pacific Coast, journey through lush green forests and dramatic valleys to Kamloops, passing the famous 'Hell's Gate' at Fraser Canyon. The next day, continue to Banff, all the while taking in the spectacular views of the legendary Canadian Rockies.

Journey Through the Clouds

From the alpine town of Jasper in the heart of the breathtaking Jasper National Park, travel through the incredible scenery of the Continental Divide to Kamloops, passing Mount Robson - the highest point of the Canadian Rockies, and the cascading Pyramid Falls. The following day, continue along the winding route of the Thomson River as you journey to the spectacular city of Vancouver.

 

SilverLeaf Service

We travel on the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf Service. The single-level dome car boasts over-sized windows which provide magnificent panoramic views. Meals are expertly prepared by award-winning chefs and served at your comfortable seat, with a hot breakfast, and gourmet lunch options with complimentary local wine or beer. Complimentary beverages and a range of snacks are also included through the journey.

GoldLeaf Service Upgrade

For unrivalled views of the Canadian landscape, upgrade to the premium GoldLeaf Service and travel in ultimate style, in a custom-designed bi-level dome car. The GoldLeaf car boasts unparalleled views of the towering Canadian Rockies, as well as spacious, reclining seats. GoldLeaf passengers have access to covered open-air vestibules, perfect for reflection-free photography, as well as the separate GoldLeaf dining room where an impeccable à la carte menu is served. Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and gourmet snacks are available throughout the journey. 

 

Hotels
Caribou Lodge, Banff
Caribou Lodge, Banff

An impressive log-clad hotel situated a short walk from the centre of Banff, the Caribou Lodge is an authentic mountainside experience. From the welcoming fire in its cosy lobby, Caribou Lodge is heated throughout and has excellent hot pool, steam and exercise rooms. The Red Earth Spa includes six areas offering a variety of treatments from hydrotherapy to manicures and pedicures. Casual dining is available at the hotel's Keg Steakhouse and Bar. Rooms have free wireless internet access, and complimentary bus passes are offered for travel around snowy Banff.

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Situated in the very heart of Toronto, the Chelsea Hotel (formerly the Delta Hotel Chelsea) is Canada's largest hotel. It boasts a varied selection of restaurants and bars, as well as a fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Room facilities include air conditioning, television, alarm clock, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.

Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver
Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

Situated on Robson Street, Vancouver's most famous street for shopping, eating and entertainment, the contemporary Blue Horizon Hotel offers spectacular views of the city. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, fitness centre, sauna and lap pool. All rooms have a private balcony, air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safe, telephone, minibar and coffee maker.

What's included

An escorted experience and travel during your tour

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

Delicious meals included

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

Not Included

 

Upgrades

We offer a selection of upgrades and 'add-ons' designed to help you make the most of your holiday - and make it even easier!

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