Trans Canadian Rail Extravaganza
Independent Rail Tour
cosmopolitan Toronto, a city with countless charms, to Niagara Falls, one of the world’s most beautiful natural attractions. You’ll travel in style as you traverse this vast and varied land; the VIA rail ‘Canadian’ train and Rocky Mountaineer respectively are two of the most iconic rail journeys in the world. As you sit back and relax, you’ll see the stunning scenery of the Rockies and rushing river valleys from the comfort of your seat. Lake Louise is sure to be a highlight of your trip; the beauty of the sparkling waters of this turquoise lake is, quite simply, hard to put into words. Be sure to take your camera and snap pictures of places people only dream of visiting.
• Journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
• Stay in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper
Trans Canadian Rail Extravaganza
Day 1 : Toronto
Arrive in Toronto and make your own way to your downtown hotel. The rest of the day is free to enjoy Toronto. Toronto’s waterfront – one of North America’s largest recreational waterfronts, is a scenic backdrop for many popular and entertaining attractions including Ontario Place, SkyDome, the CN Tower, and the Toronto Islands.
Day 2 : Niagara Falls
Today enjoy a breath-taking full-day tour through the Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls. You’ll get up close to the thundering cascade of water as it drops over the edge on your included Hornblower Cruise (or Journey Behind the Falls if weather conditions prevent the boat sailing – normally before mid-May). Enjoy an included lunch overlooking Niagara Falls before free time in picture post card Niagara-on-the-Lake, runner up in the prettiest town in the world competition.
Day 3 : VIA Rail - Canadian Train
Make you way to Toronto’s Union Station to board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for your train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies (train departs at 09.45) Onboard the Canadian. Train for 3 nights: Sleeper Plus Class - Private Bedroom
Day 4 : VIA Rail - Canadian Train
Today is spent crossing the scenic lakelands of Northern Ontario. All meals included.
Day 5 : VIA Rail - Canadian Train
Day 6 : Jasper
This morning awake to arrive in Jasper, a small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest national park in the Rockies.
Day 7 : Lake Louise
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Time allows for an included Ice Explorer ride on the Athabasca Glacier. Along the way stops will be made at Bow & Peyto Lakes, the Crowfoot Glacier and Athabasca Falls.
Day 8 : Banff
Depart Lake Louise mid-morning for a short drive via the scenic Bow Valley to Banff, arriving midday. The town of Banff is a spirited place, alive with adventure and wonder. In all directions you’re surrounded by strikingly beautiful and rugged mountains that seem to burst straight out of the ground.
Day 9 : Banff
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. This stunning alpine resort town is filled with boutique shops and restaurants and surrounded by stunning mountain scenery. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos (shaped by centuries of wind), Surprise Corner, Sulphur Mountain (gondola ride included), and Tunnel Mountain Drive - which overlooks the splendour of Bow Valley and the Cave and Basin where Banff ‘s history began. Enjoy the afternoon on your own to explore this charming resort.
Day 10 : Kamloops
You’ll travel in SilverLeaf Service aboard Rocky Mountaineer for the scenic rail journey of a lifetime. On your journey, you’ll enjoy incredible service from professional and attentive staff, a fabulous meal cooked fresh with locally sourced ingredients and, of course, be surrounded by world-class views.
Day 11 : Vancouver
Re-join Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Thompson River and pass through Rainbow Canyon with its cliffs striped with pinks, greens and greys creating a stunning affect. The last leg of the journey takes you through the lush farming region of the Fraser Valley to arrive in the pacific port of Vancouver late afternoon. On arrival transfer to your hotel (not included).
Day 12 : Vancouver
This morning see the sights of Vancouver on an included city tour. You’ll see the chic shopping boulevard of Robson Street, visit 1,000 Acre Stanley Park, famous for its Totem Poles, see Prospect Point and English Bay Beaches, the funky artists hotspot of Granville Island, Chinatown and historic Gastown. The rest of the day is at leisure shopping.
Day 13-14 : Depart Vancouver - Arrive UK
Make your way to the airport for your return flight to the UK.