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Enjoy a spectacular rail journey through the Rockies, spending two days on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer.

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20212022
15 days From £4,495 per person

2022 Tour code: TCJ22

About the tour

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

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Itinerary

Day 1 – London and Vancouver

After our flight from London Heathrow, we land in Vancouver for two nights, checking into our hotel on arrival.

Day 2 - Vancouver

We join a morning sightseeing tour this morning of one of the country's largest and most cosmopolitan cities. We visit historic Gastown, an area of coffee shops, galleries and native art stores that make up one of Vancouver's best-loved neighbourhoods. We also experience Stanley Park, larger than New York's Central Park and famous for its large collection of colourful totem poles, before uncovering the enticing scents and sights of Chinatown.

Day 3 - The Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

We embark on a daylight journey to the Rockies on the world-renowned Rocky Mountaineer, starting our journey in Vancouver and travelling to Kamloops along one of the most dramatic stretches of the line. Leaving the Pacific Coast, we pass through lush green forests and dramatic valleys, home to an abundance of Canadian wildlife, and make our way along the dramatic Thompson and Fraser Canyons before entering the desert-like environment of Canada's interior. Keep your eyes peeled for the Rainbow Canyon here, which gets its name from the huge number of colours that can be seen reflected in the rocks. You'll also want to watch for 'hoodoos' - tall skinny spires of rock that protrude from the dry arid surroundings of the Thompson Plateau. Local mythology describes these as giants that were turned to stone by the Great Spirit. The train arrives in Kamloops and we disembark for an overnight stay at a local hotel.

Day 4 - The Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

Re-boarding the Rocky Mountaineer, we enter the towering landscapes of the Rocky Mountains, following the 'First Passage to the West' route and crossing Stoney Creek Bridge. We experience the legendary spiral tunnels, allowing trains to easily overcome the steep gradients of the Rockies, and traverse the Continental Divide, the highest section of the line, before arriving in the town of Banff, our base for two nights.

Day 5 - Banff National Park

Immersing ourselves in the natural beauty of Banff National Park with our local guide, we visit the Spiral Tunnels, seeing them from a different vantage point, as well as Emerald Lake, renowned for its vivid colours. We continue to the idyllic waters of Lake Louise, admiring the views of soaring peaks covered in verdant pine forests that slope away from the shore. Afterwards, we meet a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mount-ed Police, known locally as a 'Mountie', who gives a talk and answers our questions.

Day 6 - Jasper National Park

We depart by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Banff with Jasper. Travelling along a lake-lined valley, past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies, we stop at the Icefields Centre, set at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Here we stop to marvel at the breathtaking Athabasca Glacier. Arriving in Jasper for two nights, we admire the majestic mountain scenery that helped make this area a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

Day 7 - Jasper National Park

Today is free. You could head into Jasper National Park to see Maligne Canyon, a 164-feet deep gorge of sheer limestone walls with a number of interesting rock formations, and Maligne Lake - the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region. There's plenty of wildlife to watch out for too, such grey wolves, hoary marmot, caribou and moose.

Day 8 - The Canadian

We begin our epic journey aboard The Canadian, travelling to Toronto over the next two days and nights. We settle into our berths for the journey through the foothills of the Rockies, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks.

Day 9 - The Canadian

We continue our epic journey aboard The Canadian.

Day 10 - Toronto

Today is our first full day on board, and we travel through the province of Saskatchewan, crossing the prairie lands on our way towards Winnipeg, a fascinating city home to over 50 different ethnic communities. Day 11 is spent crossing the Canadian Shield from the comfort of the glass-roofed panoramic observation car. Sit back and watch the world go by as we skirt the scenic lake-lands of northern Ontario ahead of our arrival in Toronto.

Day 11 – Toronto

Stepping off the train, we make our way to our hotel for two nights. The rest of your day is free to start exploring Toronto, a multi-cultural melting-pot with an inviting, laid-back atmosphere. For something a bit different, why not try a Caesar Cocktail, Canada's national cocktail. A trendy take on a Bloody Mary, the celery is often replaced with a piece of crispy, Canadian bacon.

Day 12 - Niagara Falls

Today we visit the incredible Niagara Falls, which straddles the US-Canadian border. Split into three separate sections, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls and the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, dating back about 12,000 years, when melting glaciers allowed a passage of water from Lake Erie to Lake Ontario. The Horseshoe Falls are the second largest falls in the world, after the Victoria Falls in southern Africa, and are also the easiest to access and view. We explore the falls on a guided tour.

Day 13 - Toronto, Niagara Falls and London

Enjoy a free morning to do some last-minute sightseeing before we transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow.

Day 14 - London

We arrive back in London today.

Additional information

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.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Caribou Lodge, Banff

Caribou Lodge, Banff

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Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

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Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel, Vancouver

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Trains

The Canadian Train
The Rocky Mountaineer

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Upgrade to Prestige Class on the Canadian train
Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train
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London Hotels
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Upgrade to a Sleeper Plus on The Canadian train

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Vancouver

Reviews

4.2 stars4.2 / 5 · 13 reviews

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Janet

4 stars

Submitted Nov 03 2019

Brilliant holiday - just maybe amend the Toronto itinerary - we felt rushed through the falls then given more time than necessary at Niagara on the Lake village. We found the Toronto tour guide not in tune to our needs, quite brusque and not very informative, encouraging us to visit many shops! Other than that - a perfectly organised and enjoyable trip.

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Mr A Brown

5 stars

Submitted Oct 20 2019

Very well organised and a generally wonderful experience

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Mr S Hills

5 stars

Submitted Oct 13 2019

Well organised and everything was as expected. With half the group being American made for interesting conversations especially about cricket!

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Mr C Shead

5 stars

Submitted Oct 11 2018

A great holiday in every way. Wonderful scenery, good food, Friendly party, good Hotels, and a good tour manager in Charles White.

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Mr B Smith

4 stars

Submitted Oct 10 2018

The holiday was well organised and lived up to my expectations. The hotels were all central and had decent sized rooms. The excursions were as stated and very informative.

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Mrs K Smith

4 stars

Submitted Oct 03 2018

Enjoyable holiday, tour manager was fantastic. Would have like more breakfasts & dinners included in the price. Like more warning that half our holiday money would go on top.

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