Ultimate Rail Extravaganza
INDEPENDENT RAIL TOUR
There is something quite charming about sitting back and watching the world go by and the world can’t get more beautiful than Canada. Combining three world-renowned rail journeys with day tours of the country’s most-loved landmarks and cities, this tour is perfect for those who want to pack as much of Canada as possible into their trip. All aboard for an experience of a lifetime.
• The Ocean from Halifax to Montréal
• The Canadian from Toronto to Jasper
• The Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver
What our clients say:
“We never knew we could see so much of Canada in such a short time. We travelled from coast to coast and covered so much ground at a relaxing pace. Just faultless!”
Ultimate Rail Extravaganza
Day 1 : Halifax
Arrive in Halifax and make your own way to your hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore. Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and the largest city in Canada’s Maritime Province; take a stroll to the waterfront boardwalk, visit the Maritime Museum and learn about the Titanic, browse the many boutiques and a visit isn’t complete without trying fabled donair, the official food of Halifax.
Day 2 : Via Rail
This morning is at leisure before you board VIA Rail’s The Ocean train at 1pm to Montréal. Relax onboard and take in the spectacular views. Overnight on VIA Rail sleeper plus in a private bedroom. By day, sit back in comfortable seating and enjoy the stretch out comfort of your very own accommodation. At night attendants will transform your quarters into a bedroom.
Day 3-4 : Montréal
Arrive in Montréal this morning, the second largest French speaking city in the world. Spend the next two days at leisure sightseeing in Montréal. There are hundreds of places of interest to be discovered in Montréal, including the Notre Dame Basilica located in Old Montréal, the French Quarter, the Olympic Site, McGill University and a panoramic view from an observation point on top of Mont Royal.
Day 5 : Québec City
The only walled city in North America, Québec City is over 400 years old and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Stroll the cobbled streets bursting with fantastic boutiques, unforgettable bistros and historic sites; walk along the promenade outside the Hotel Château Frontenac for amazing views over the mighty St Lawrence River and the old Lower Town. Visit Le Petit Champlain, where local Québécois arts, crafts and produce are sold. Return to Montréal for the evening.
Day 6 : Montréal - Toronto
Say farewell to Montréal this morning and board VIA Rail’s Corridor train to Canada’s largest and most diverse city, Toronto. Cross the Ottawa River and the Rideau Canal before following the shores of Lake Ontario and arrive in Toronto for your 2-night stay. The rest of the day is at leisure. Vibrant, exciting, multi-cultural and full of contrasts; Toronto is a melting pot, exciting and full of fun. With more restaurants and cafés per head than
anywhere else in Canada, an exciting theatre and night scene and superb shopping, there’s plenty to keep you going after you’ve explored the sights, the museums and galleries and taken a ride on the lake and up the CN tower for incredible views.
Day 7 : 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 8 : 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 9 : VIA Rail - Canadian Train
Today is spent crossing the scenic lakelands of Northern Ontario. All meals included.
Day 10 : VIA Rail - Canadian Train
Continue west through the provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada with its golden wheat fields starching as far as the eye can see. All meals included.
Day 11 : 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 12 : 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 13 : 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 14 : 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 15 : Banff
This morning, tour through the town of Banff and its environs. Among the highlights are visits to the Hoodoos, 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 exploring this charming resort.
Day 16 : Rocky Mountaineer
Today you will board the Rocky Mountaineer, for one of the world’s most iconic rail journeys in their SilverLeaf Service. Continue on through the Rogers Pass in Glacier National Park with endless views of snow capped mountains and stunning glaciers. Onboard, you’ll enjoy incredible service from professional and attentive staff and a fabulous freshly cooked meal.
Day 17 : Rocky Mountaineer
Step back onboard the Rocky Mountaineer and follow the Thompson River and pass through Rainbow Canyon; its cliffs are 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 independently to your hotel.
Day 18 : 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 artist’s hotspot of Granville Island, Chinatown and historic Gastown. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 19 : Departure
Your tour ends with the check out from your hotel.