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Canada Coast to Coast

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Good itinerary - went to right places and enough time in each. All hotels very good.
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(Tour code: CCG19)

Enjoy the best of Canada by rail

Discover the best of Canada on this truly epic journey from Vancouver to Halifax. Travelling on iconic trains across the entire continent of North America, the view outside your window changes every day, from the towering Rockies to the central plains, the great lakes and finally the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia.

Highlights
  • Vancouver and Butchart Gardens
  • The Canadian rail journey
  • The Rockies
  • Jasper National Park
  • Toronto and Niagara Falls
  • The Corridor rail journey and The Ocean rail journey
  • Quebec
  • Nova Scotia & Halifax
  • Lunenburg
What’s Included
  • Standard Class Rail
    3 Nights on The Canadian
    1 Night on The Ocean Sleeper
  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation
    5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage

Canada Coast to Coast 2019Tour Details

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Days 1-2 Vancouver
Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver

We depart from London Heathrow for Vancouver, where we transfer to the welcoming Blue Horizon Hotel, ideally located on Robson Street, where we spend the next two nights. The city of Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live in the world, thanks to its fantastic atmosphere and incredible setting between the breathtaking Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.

On Day 2 we take a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. We visit the old Gastown quarter - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and home to the famous Gastown Steam Clock. We experience the scents and sights of Chinatown, then drive to leafy Stanley Park, where Vancouver's world famous totem poles are situated. We finish at Granville Island, which boasts an amazing, mouth watering food market and many craft studios.

Day 3 Butchart Gardens
Butchart Gardens

Vancouver Island and The Butchart Gardens

We pay a visit to the marvellous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island today. An explosion of colourful flowers and manicured hedgerows, these extensive gardens were designed by horticulture expert Jennie Butchart in the early twentieth century. Later we enjoy free time in Victoria itself.

Day 4 Kelowna
Kelowna

To Hope and Kelowna

Today we depart on the first leg of our trans-Canadian adventure, travelling by coach to Okanagan Valley in Canada's wine region. Traveling in the daylight affords a perfect opportunity to take in Canada's spectacular landscapes, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the incredible wildlife that calls this part of the world home. We pause en-route in picturesque Hope, where you have time for lunch, before we continue toward Kelowna, a city surrounded by resplendent orchards, pine forests and mountain peaks, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. Our route takes us across the magnificent Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass that stands at 4,081 feet above sea level, before we continue to a local winery. After indulging in a tasting of locally produced wines, we transfer to our hotel in Kelowna, where we overnight.

Days 5-6 The Rockies
The Rockies

To Jasper

After breakfast this morning we journey north to the picturesque town of Clearwater, where we enjoy lunch. Our journey continues this afternoon as we enter Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and soaring snow-capped peaks pass by our window as we journey towards the town of Jasper, where we stay for two nights.

On Day 6 you have a morning at leisure, giving you a chance to explore this charming town. This afternoon, we enjoy a scenic excursion around Jasper National Park, discovering the beautiful Maligne Canyon, a 164 foot deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls and rock formations. We also see the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region.

Please note: For Departures CCG1902, CCG1904 & CCG1905 we stay in Banff instead of Jasper, and visit Lake Louise and the famous Icefields Parkway.

Days 7-9 Jasper National Park
Jasper National Park

Across the plains

This morning we begin our unforgettable journey on The Canadian, bound for Toronto. We settle into our berths as we begin our spectacular journey through the mountains. 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.

We travel along the Athabasca River Valley to reach Saskatoon on Day 8, and continue to Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train travels overnight to the Canadian Shield and we spend Day 9 on board, admiring the landscape whilst keeping an eye out for moose and other wildlife.

Day 10 Toronto
Toronto

Toronto

After lunch we arrive in the enthralling city of Toronto, which sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario and is overlooked by the giant CN Tower. Leaving The Canadian, we embark upon a guided tour of the city highlights, including the CN Tower, before we check in to our hotel for the next two nights.

Day 11 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Today our excursion takes us by coach to the truly incredible Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. You have some free time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters from the viewing area, or to enjoy a ride on board the ship here (payable locally) for a cruise to the foot of the thundering Falls followed by a buffet lunch overlook the tumultuous waters. We continue to Niagara-on- the-Lake, a delightful town, where we have free time to explore. We return to Toronto this evening.

Day 12 Quebec
Quebec

To Québec

Departing on The Corridor service mid-morning, we arrive in Montreal late afternoon. We then change trains for the journey to Québec, where we spend the next two nights at the beautiful and historic Manoir Victoria, located in the heart of this French-speaking city.

Please note: For Departure CCG1903 we stay at Delta Hotels by Marriott Québec in Québec.

Day 13 Quebec Parliament Building
Quebec Parliament Building

Québec

Our day begins with a guided tour of Québec, including the Citadel and the 'Plains of Abraham', the site of the battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War. This afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Québec has a wealth of historic and cultural sites you may wish to visit including the Basilica- Cathedral of Notre Dame, or rue Saint- Jean, Saint-Louis and Saint-Paul, all lined with restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. This evening we board The Ocean for the overnight journey to Nova Scotia. We travel comfortably in Sleeper Plus Class.

Days 14-15 The Ocean
The Ocean

The Ocean to Nova Scotia

During the night, The Ocean travels along the St Lawrence River to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax, the provincial capital. Here we stay for two nights at the ideally located Westin Nova Scotian.

On Day 15 we explore the province's maritime treasures on a sightseeing tour. Peggy's Cove is a charming, working fishing village with a famous and distinctive lighthouse. Picturesque Lunenburg was founded in 1753, and its quaint waterfront and colourful wooden buildings have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status.

Days 16-17 Halifax
Halifax

Halifax and homeward

You have free time today to explore the city of Halifax, including its most famous feature, the star-shaped fortress of the Citadel. Alternatively, visit the Titanic Cemetery, where many who perished in the 1912 disaster are buried. Pier 21, Canada's equivalent to New York's Ellis Island, is also an excellent option. We later transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London, landing on Day 17.

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

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

What’s included

 

An escorted experience with all your travel arrangements taken care of

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Vancouver and Halifax to London
  • Rail and coach travel as described

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 11 nights' hotel accommodation including 3 nights at the 3-Star Blue Horizon in Vancouver, 1 night at the 3-Star Best Western Wine Country Hotel in Kelowna, 2 nights at the 3-Star Marmot Lodge in Jasper, 2 nights at the 4-Star Chelsea Hotel in Toronto, 1 night at the 4-Star Hotel Manoir Victoria in Québec and 2 nights at the 3-Star Cambridge Suites in Halifax
  • 3 nights rail travel on the Canadian in curtained berths
  • 1 night on The Ocean's Sleeper Plus Class service in two-berth cabins

Delicious meals included

  • 14 meals, including 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners

 

 

Exciting excursions and free time to explore

  • Guided tour of Vancouver
  • Guided tour of Toronto
  • Visit to Butchart Gardens and free time in Victoria
  • Guided tour of Québec
  • Excursion to Niagara Falls
  • Excursion to Maligne Lake & Canyon
  • Guided excursion along the Nova Scotian coast

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Sleeper Plus cabin on The Canadian from £295 per person
  • Upgrade your Vancouver flight to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way
  • Upgrades to Prestige Class on The Canadian have limited availability - please call for details
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