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
Meet your group and Tour Manager at the Blu Horizon Hotel in
Vancouver. 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 railroad, 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.
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 colorful totem poles. This afternoon,
you are free to discover this diverse city at your own pace.
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.
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.
Day 5 - 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.
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 colors, 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 - Through the Rockies to 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 Center at the foot of the
vast Columbia Icefields. Here we stop to marvel at the breathtaking
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.
Day 6 - On-board The Canadian
Day 7 - Tour of Jasper National Park & Maligne Lake & Canyon
Days 9-11 - On board the Canadian
Today we begin our epic journey on The Canadian, traveling 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
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 - 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.
Days 13-14 - 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. After the guided tour, your
tour concludes and you are free to make your way home.
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature
the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown
For this tour, we recommend Vancouver International (code
YVR) as your arrival airport, which is approximately 8 miles
from your first hotel. Our recommended departure airport is
Toronto Airport (code YYZ),which is situated approximately 17 miles
from your final hotel.
You may check in at the first hotel on your itinerary anytime
after 14:00; this is where you will meet your Tour
Brilliant vacation - 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 Oct 20, 2019
Very well organised and a generally wonderful experience
Mr S Hills
Submitted Oct 13, 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 Oct 11, 2018
A great vacation in every way. Wonderful scenery, good food, Friendly party, good Hotels, and a good tour manager in Charles White.
Mr B Smith
Submitted Oct 10, 2018
The vacation 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 Oct 03, 2018
Enjoyable vacation, tour manager was fantastic. Would have like more breakfasts & dinners included in the price. Like more warning that half our vacation money would go on top.