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Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

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(Tour code: TCJ19)

Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

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 on board the iconic Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian, two of the world's greatest journeys.

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
    Journey on The Rocky Mountaineer
  • All Transfers Included
    Selected Porterage
  • Regional Departures Available

Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer 2019Tour Details

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Day 1 Toronto
Toronto

Fly to Vancouver

We depart from London Heathrow to Vancouver, arriving mid-afternoon. 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.

Includes:
  • Scheduled flights
Day 2 Vancouver
Vancouver

Exploring 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. Our tour then takes in Granville Island, located in the heart of the city, which boasts a mouth-watering food market. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

Day 3 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 4 The Rocky Mountaineer
The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Today we embark on a daylight journey through 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 Class, 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
The Rocky Mountaineer

The Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

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

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 The Rockies
The Rockies

Jasper National Park

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.

Includes:
  • Day 6 - On-board The Canadian
  • Day 7 - Tour of Jasper National Park & Maligne Lake & Canyon
Days 9-11 Canadian
Canadian

The 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 Toronto
Toronto

Toronto

Our journey on The Canadian ends today as we arrive in Toronto, where we stay for two nights. 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. We enjoy a guided orientation tour of Toronto, visiting many of its captivating highlights. The rest of your day is at leisure. Perhaps take in Chinatown or Kensington Market? This exciting city also houses many wonderful museums and shops - you might wish to explore the excellent Art Gallery of Ontario, with its wonderful collection by Canadian artists.

Days 13-15 Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls and home

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 you are at leisure until the afternoon, when we transfer to the airport for our flights to London, arriving on Day 15.

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 travel arrangements

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • Flights from London Heathrow to Vancouver, and from Toronto to London Heathrow
  • All rail and coach travel throughout

Comfortable accommodation in your destination

  • 10 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights rail travel on the Canadian in curtained berths

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

Enhancing your tour

  • Upgrade to a Sleeper Plus Cabin on The Canadian from £280 per person
  • Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer from £395 per person
  • Upgrade your flights to Premium Economy from £400 per person each way
  • Upgrades to Prestige Class on the Canadian have limited availability. Please call for details.

British Citizens do not require a visa to enter Canada

 

This tour may be suitable for reduced mobility passengers, please call for further information.

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