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Enjoy spectacular rail journeys in the Rockies

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15 daysFrom £4,425 per person

2020 Tour code: TCJ20

About the tour

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.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - 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.

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  • Scheduled flights
Toronto
Day 2 - 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. This afternoon, you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.

Vancouver
Day 3 - 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.

View of Vancouver from the Grouse Mountains
Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

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.

The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 5 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

We continue our journey through the Canadian Rockies onboard 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.

The Rocky Mountaineer
Day 6 - 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.

Banff National Park
Days 7-8 - 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.

The Rockies
Days 9-11 - 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.

Canadian
Day 12 - Arrive in Toronto

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

Toronto
Days 13-15 - 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 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. We then transfer to the airport for our flights to London, arriving on Day 15.

Niagara Falls

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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Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver

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Trains

The Canadian Train
The Rocky Mountaineer

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Upgrades

Upgrade to Prestige Class on the Canadian train
Upgrade to GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer train
Upgrade to a Sleeper Plus on The Canadian train
Upgrade your flight to Premium Economy
London Hotels
UK rail connections

Extend your holiday

Grizzly Bear Adventure
Vancouver

Reviews

88% of travellers would recommend this tour

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Janet

Submitted 03/11/2019

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.

Mr A Brown

Submitted 20/10/2019

Very well organised and a generally wonderful experience

Mr S Hills

Submitted 13/10/2019

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

Mr C Shead

Submitted 11/10/2018

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

Mr B Smith

Submitted 10/10/2018

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.

Mrs K Smith

Submitted 03/10/2018

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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