Trans Canadian Rail Extravaganza
Independent Rail Tour
• Journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
• Stay in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper
• Discover the alpine resort of Whistler and explore this pedestrian-only village
Trans Canadian Rail Extravaganza
Day 1 : Arrive 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. Downtown Toronto offers museums and art galleries galore including The Royal Ontario Museum, one of the top 10 museums in the world, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Canada’s oldest art gallery) and the Ontario Science Centre. Toronto is also home to a great theatre and night scene with many shows that would grace any Broadway or London stage and a selection of evening entertainment venues to suit all tastes. Foodies will be in heaven too; there’s more restaurants and eateries in Toronto than anywhere else in Canada. Whatever your favourite cuisine you are sure to find it here, or maybe you’ll adopt the “when in Rome” attitude and enjoy traditional Canadian or Ontario dishes.
Day 2 : Niagara Falls Day Tour
Today enjoy a breath-taking full-day tour through the Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. 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. The Niagara region is world famous for its wines, so there’s a winery tour and wine tasting included before returning to Toronto.
Day 3 : VIA Rail - Toronto to Jasper
Take time to explore Toronto before checking in at Toronto’s Union Station to board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for your train journey across the prairies to the Canadian Rockies (train departs at 10pm). Travel back in time to the days of classic rail travel. The original stainless steel ‘streamliner’ railcars, made famous by the ‘Canadian’ in the 1950’s, are totally refurbished with air conditioning, a café car, lounge car, and access for all on board to the dome car. Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class: By day, sit back in comfortable armchairs and enjoy the stretch out comfort of your very own accommodation. At night attendants will transform your bedroom into cosy bunks. 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 : Arrive Jasper
This morning awake to arrive in the city of Edmonton. After a brief stop continue on for the final leg of your rail journey to Jasper. This small alpine community located in the majestic Canadian Rockies will be your home for the next two nights. Jasper National Park was established in 1907 and is the largest national park in the Rockies. With over 4,000 acres of alpine forests, white-water rivers, hot springs, soaring mountain peaks and tranquil river valleys there’s little chance you’ll get to see it all!
Day 7 : Jasper & Evening Wildlife Tour
Today is at your leisure to enjoy the spectacular wonders of the alpine town of Jasper. Its rugged backcountry, deep river canyons, stunning mountain ranges and delicate ecosystems make the town a must-visit for any traveller. Escape the urban bustle and make Jasper your home base for exploring Canada’s extraordinary wilderness. This evening experience the wonderland that is Jasper; get up-close with wildlife for some amazing photo opportunities and take in the fabulous scenery. Destinations can include the Maligne Valley and the Pyramid Bench with its beaver ponds.
Day 8 : Jasper - Lake Louise
Travel by coach today via one of the most scenic highways in North America - the Icefield Parkway. Visit the Columbia Icefield, which covers an area of nearly 325 sq kms and reaches a depth of 320 metres. 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. Named after Queen Victoria’s daughter, Lake Louise is symbolic of a quintessentially Canadian mountain scene. Set at the foot of impressive glacier clad peaks it is known world-wide for its ice blue waters and majestic backdrop and is justifiably one of Canada’s most photographed icons.
Day 9 : Lake Louise - 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. The lively streets of downtown are lined with top class restaurants, bars and shops, as well as a vibrant range of art galleries and museums. The locals are warm, open and genuinely connected to the inspiring environment in which they live.
Day 10 : 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; it was intended to be a tourist town from its very inception! The park’s first superintendent, George Stewart, even oriented the town’s first street so that it offered the best possible views of Cascade Mountain, so make the most of the beautiful views!
Day 11 : Rocky Mountaineeer - Banff to Kamloops
Imagine being able to scale the sides of mountains or weave alongside steep canyons - all without having to worry if you brought the right shoes. Look no further than the Rocky Mountaineer, one of the world’s most iconic rail journeys. You’ll travel in SilverLeaf Service for the scenic rail journey of a lifetime. Cross the continental divide as you pass through the spiral tunnels in Yoho National Park, a remarkable engineering achievement. Continue on through the Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park with endless views on snow capped mountains and stunning glaciers. 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. A truly memorable experience.
Day 12 : Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops to Vancouver
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 13 : Vancouver City Tour
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 14 : Vancouver - End of Tour
Your tour ends with the check out from your hotel.