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Explore the breadth of scenic Canada on an immersive holiday by rail.

17 days From £6,095 per person
This is an independent non-escorted holiday

2022 Tour code: QCC22

About the tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature, the excitement of the city and everything in between as you make your way through the scenic Canadian landscape by rail. From vibrant Vancouver, travel on the famed Rocky Mountaineer, discover the majesty of Banff and Jasper National Parks, and embark upon an unforgettable three-day journey on The Canadian to Toronto.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - London and Vancouver

Fly from London to Vancouver, where you spend the night. You're free to explore the scenic city for the rest of the day. Vancouver blends natural beauty with cosmopolitan charm to splendid effect. The sea-facing metropolis is fringed by snow-covered mountains and green wilderness, and at its heart is both a cultural hotspot and food lover's paradise, with excellent museums, galleries and theatres, as well as restaurants offering cuisine from almost every corner of the globe.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Bidding farewell to coastal Vancouver, join the famed Rocky Mountaineer for a journey to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia, with all meals included while on board. During your journey, watch for dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush fields of the Fraser River valley through forests and winding river canyons surrounded mountain peaks, to the desert-like environment of British Colombia's interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your time onboard concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops, where you spend the night.

Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer to Banff

Your journey continues east through the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Enjoy a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Keep your eyes out for scenic spots including Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the mountain resort town of Banff this evening, where you spend two nights

Day 4 - Banff

Get to know Banff with a sightseeing tour of its best sights. Highlights include visits to scenic Bow Falls, the glacial waters of Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner viewpoint and the Hoodoos - dramatic natural rock formations. You also enjoy admission to the Banff Gondola, which takes you on a stunning journey to the summit of Sulphur Mountain. The rest of your day is free to explore further. Perhaps visit a café in the town itself, or relax at your hotel.

Day 5 - Lake Louise

Today introduces you to the spectacular natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Enjoy a walk along Johnston Canyon, a dramatic canyon carved by thousands of years of erosion, and visit the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint. You also see Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada, and two of Canada's most beautiful lakes - Moraine Lake and Emerald Lake. Your explorations end in Lake Louise in the afternoon, where you check into your hotel for the night before enjoying the rest of the day to explore at your own pace.

Day 6 - Jasper

Discover the scenic sights of Banff National Park and Jasper National Park as you make your way to the town of Jasper, travelling along the Icefields Parkway. See pretty Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and the rushing Athabasca Falls before stopping at the stunning Athabasca Glacier. This mighty glacier is almost four miles long and is the most-visited glacier on the North American continent. An all-terrain Ice Explorer takes you to the middle of the glacier where you learn more about its fascinating geological features. You arrive in Jasper in the late evening, where you stay for the night.

Days 7-9 – The Canadian

In the late morning, you transfer to Jasper's station where you board The Canadian for an unforgettable three-night rail journey. Settle into your comfortable Sleeper Plus cabins for the trip, and enjoy all meals included while on board. Say goodbye to the peaceful mountain town of Jasper as you begin your journey towards Toronto, travelling through the Great Central Plains of Canada and through Winnipeg. Admire the diverse scenery on the way, from the towering Rockies to the scenic lakelands of northern Ontario, and if you're lucky, spot some of the fascinating local wildlife. On-board entertainment on The Canadian is available in the Skyline Car, which contains a library and a lounge where drinks are served. Alternatively, you can relax in the comfortable armchairs of the Bullet Lounge and admire the views that embrace the large wrap-around windows.

Day 10 - Toronto

Your rail adventure comes to an end today as you arrive in Toronto, a multicultural melting pot that boasts a wealth of great museums, art galleries and excellent gastronomical options. This is a truly thriving city with no shortage of incredible things to see and do, and after checking into your hotel for three nights, you enjoy the rest of the day to explore. Admire the striking cityscapes, crowned by the instantly recognisable CN Tower, stroll down vibrant Yonge Street or get a taste of Toronto with a meal at a local restaurant.

Day 11 - Niagara Falls

Visit one of the world's great natural wonders, Niagara Falls. The spot where the Niagara River cascades over a crest and plummets into the waters below, the falls are an iconic sight that amaze and inspire those who see them. See the falls from a unique perspective as you join The Hornblower for a scenic cruise to the base of Horseshow Falls, the most famous of the falls. You return to Toronto early in the evening.

Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when The Hornblower is not operating

Day 12 - Toronto

You have a full day to explore Toronto. Make use of your included Hop-on Hop-off pass and let the knowledgeable guides educate you on the history of Toronto. Featured stops along the way include CN Tower, one of Canada's most recognisable monuments, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, and the city's beautiful harbourfront. There's plenty to choose from should you like to head out for dinner. You'll find a host of great Asian spots in the city's original Chinatown, while Greektown, Little India and Little Italy.

Day 13 – Montréal

Take the VIA Rail Corridor line to Montréal today, where you spend two nights. With its varied history and mixed influences from a number of different countries, Montreal boasts a rich cultural heritage, with a big French influence that's still evident today. With its many interesting museums and beautiful green spaces, and the city remains a favoured tourist spot.

Day 14 - Montréal

You enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Montréal, discovering the charms of this beautiful city. See Old Montreal, an area of immaculately restored buildings and pretty cobbled streets. Brimming with charming cafés and inviting restaurants, it has some of the best examples of 18th century architecture in all of North America. You also see the Notre-Dame Basilica, with its stunning stained-glass windows, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. The rest of the day is free for you to make your own explorations.

Day 15 - Montréal and The Ocean to Halifax

Spend the day sightseeing independently in Montréal. Perhaps visit McCord Museum of Canadian History, a highly enjoyable museum detailing some of Canada's story - from the First Nation People's materials and carvings to photographs from the early 20th century. Later, you join The Ocean for an overnight rail journey that takes you to Halifax, speeding through the landscapes of Atlantic Canada.

Day 16 - Halifax

On board, soak up the scenery of beautiful Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, watching as the dense forests give way to sandy beaches and rugged shorelines. You arrive in Halifax and check into your hotel for the night, enjoying the rest of the day free to explore the small Atlantic coastal city. Founded in 1749, Halifax boasts the title of the first 'British' town in Canada, and is known for its magnificent waterfront, craft beer culture, and thriving arts scene.

Day 17 - Halifax and London

Your holiday comes to an end today as you make your way to the airport for your flight to London Heathrow.

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Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations

Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Post Hotel, Rimrock Resort Banff, Delta Montreal, Hotel Le Germain, and The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.

Deluxe Accommodations

Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Montreal, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York, and Westin Nova Scotian. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.

Prestige Accommodations

Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth and Westin Nova Scotian in upgraded room categories (where available). Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class include; a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Please Note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. Prices for triples and children are available on request.

Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard.

3-night minimum stay in Montreal during the Gran Prix. Ask your rail specialist for details.

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveller are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

This itinerary is also available from Halifax to Vancouver based on your travel preference.

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.

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