Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies + Vancouver
A classic rail journey across Canada's heartland, with an exploration of the Canadian Rockies and time to visit Vancouver and Victoria.
Discover the pleasures of the hub of Canada's West Coast, one of the most exciting, vibrant cities in North America.
On day 14 remain at your hotel for the next two nights, before transferring to the airport on day 16 for your overnight flight home.
DAY 1: UK - Toronto.
Fly to Toronto where you will transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 2: Toronto - Niagara Falls - Toronto - VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.
Begin the day with a sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls - one of the world's most amazing natural wonders - offering you spectacular views of the waterfalls from scenic points on the rim of the gorge and from the decks of your sightseeing cruise, where you will experience the thundering water up close! Return to Toronto with time for dinner before transferring to Union Station for a late evening departure on the 'Canadian', VIA Rail's premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada's heartland.
DAY 3: VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train.
Watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever changing landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway's breathtaking mainline. Pass sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests while enjoying the many great onboard features at your disposal. Your first class 'Sleeper Plus' rail cars are refurbished Art Deco cars from the 1950's. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views, or relax in one of the comfortable lounges. (B, L, D)
DAY 4: VIA Rail® 'Canadian' train - Winnipeg.
After a brief stop in Winnipeg, re-board the 'Canadian' for a memorable journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan. (B, D)
DAY 5: VIA Rail® - Jasper.
Enjoy an early breakfast as you continue on the 'Canadian' into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive at the beautiful mountain resort of Jasper early in the afternoon. End the day with a short tour to experience its unspoiled beauty, with the rest of the evening free. (B)
DAY 6: Jasper.
Begin the day with an optional excursion to Maligne Lake, and a narrated cruise. On the return journey, stop to view Maligne Canyon. With free time this evening you might take a hike and watch for elk.
DAY 7: Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff.
Today, travel through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield for an exciting snowcoach ride on the 1200-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. Then continue down the Icefield Parkway to the lively mountain resort of Banff for two nights.
DAY 8: Banff.
For a spectacular start to the day, why not take the optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies? In the afternoon join our optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride, and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls. The evening is free.
DAY 9: Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops.
Travel to Lake Louise, its azure blue waters mirroring the surrounding mountains and glaciers, before proceeding over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where Precambrian fossils were discovered, and Glacier National Park, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon arrive at the cattle ranching centre of Kamloops.
DAY 10: Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria.
As you travel through British Columbia's Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous Butchart Gardens. This evening, consider a stroll along the lively Waterfront Promenade.
DAY 11: Victoria.
Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, why not join our optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant?
DAY 12: Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver.
This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its mild, almost Mediterranean climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore and experience British Columbia's premier shopping and entertainment location on Robson Street.
DAY 13: Vancouver.
With a full day at leisure, perhaps join an optional excursion to the world-famous Whistler resort and Shannon Falls or a short trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge - 230 feet above the river.
DAY 14 to 15: Vancouver.
Remain in your hotel and spend time at leisure exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver further.
DAY 16: Vancouver - UK.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.
DAY 17: Home landing in the UK.
Sandman Suites on Davie
This elegant, modern hotel has fantastic city and ocean views, and offers excellent standards of comfort. It is in a great location for exploring Vancouver.
Location: Close to the beach, Sunset Beach Park and the world-famous Stanley Park; within easy reach of the heart of Vancouver's shopping and business district.
Facilities: Outdoor swimming pool (summer only); fitness suite; spa and wellness club; high speed internet access; Moxie's Classic Grill; room service.
Price includes: Room with private facilities; TV; air-conditioning; tea/coffee-maker; hairdryer; iron/ironing board; telephone with voicemail.
Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies + Vancouver 17 days
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Grand Canadian Rail & the Rockies + Vancouver
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- Niagara Falls Maid of the Mist cruise
- VIA Rail® Canadian Train Toronto to Jasper
- Jasper National Park
- Columbia Icefield Snowcoach ride
- Lake Louise
- Banff National Park
- Glacier National Park
- London Gatwick
- London Heathrow
- Wednesdays - 2014
30 Apr 2014 to 01 Oct 2014