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Ultimate Canada Coast to Coast by Rail

Reference WW38150
14 nights from
£2699 pp
Overview

Ref: 16042

This popular itinerary will give you the opportunity to visit several iconic Canadian destinations as you sit back and relax on your rail journey across the country.

As well as exploring the pacific coastal city of Vancouver and cosmopolitan Toronto, you will also be exposed to some of the most stunning scenery in the world as you visit Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper. Have your camera ready to capture beautiful glacier fed lakes, wildlife and autumn foliage. Then, leave the Rockies behind and travel from Jasper to Toronto on VIA Rail Canadian. 

What's Included

Return flights from the UK
3-nights Hotel stay in Vancouver
2-day Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey travelling in SilverLeaf Service, from Vancouver to Banff, including 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches & overnight hotel
2-nights Hotel stay in Banff
Icefield Parkway Discovery Tour from Banff to Jasper, including Ice Explorer ride
2-nights Hotel stay in Jasper
Rail Journey to Toronto on board Via Rails 'Canadian' in Sleeper Class - Upper Berth for 3 nights including 3 breakfasts, 5 lunches & 3 dinners
3-nights Hotel stay in Toronto
Vancouver City & Lookout Tour & 2 day hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour in Toronto

Got your own ideas for your holiday? Get in touch and one of our Canada Specialists will be delighted to help you tailor-make your unique trip.

Itinerary

Upon your arrival, please make your own way to downtown Vancouver and check in to your hotel, where you will spend 3 nights. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at your own pace. Overnight in Vancouver

You have a full day free to explore this vibrant city. Why not take the time and check out Grouse Mountain, or do something different and visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge and take in the new breathtaking Capilano Cliffwalk? We can arrange this for you (prices available on request). Overnight in Vancouver.

You are free today to explore the city at leisure. No trip to Vancouver would be complete without a visit to Stanley Park. Situated between English Bay and Burrard Inlet, the peninsula at the north-western edge of down-town Vancouver, Stanley Park covers 1,000 acres. Its seawall, beaches, walking trails, totem poles, aquarium, miniature railway and more attract 8 million visitors each year. Why not take a leisurely tour around the park on one of the available horse-drawn carriages ? Overnight in Vancouver.

Today, embark on your 2-day Rocky Mountaineer Rail Journey from Vancouver to Banff in SilverLeaf Service. You will see a variety of stunning scenery on your way, from the lush and fertile lands of British Columbia to the Fraser Valley, where you are left to marvel at the spectacular peaks that make up the Coast Mountains before entering the Fraser Canyon, part of the Fraser Fault. You’ll see the thundering waters of Hell’s Gate, with towering 1000-foot rock walls. With stunning vistas of the Thompson River you will continue on towards the historic city of Kamloops and deeper into Thompson Country, gateway to the Interior of British Columbia. The train stops in Kamloops in the evening, so you won’t miss any scenery whilst sleeping! Overnight in Kamloops.

The Rocky Mountaineer continues east, providing wondrous views of the South Thompson River and pass Craigellachie. Rising up to 1300m at Rogers Pass in the Selkirk Mountains, you will be amazed; with seemingly endless tunnels and unbelievable views of the Glaciers nearby, it's one of the highlights of the tour. You can choose to end your journey in Banff National Park and take in some of the exquisite wildlife parks, reserves and sample the area. A transfer has been arranged to take you to your hotel. Overnight in Banff.

Today is at leisure for you to explore the mountain hamlet of Banff. Outside of town, the dramatic Canadian scenery awaits you. Why not check out the Cave and Basin National Historic Site, or unwind in the famous therapeutic spring waters of the Upper Hot Springs? Overnight in Banff.

Journey from Vermilion Lakes on a luxury coach to the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies": Lake Louise. Here you will see the famous Victoria Glacier where the rock flour turns the lake emerald green. Then shadow the Great Divide exploring the natural viewpoints of Crowfoot Glacier and Peyto Lake. Continue alongside the Mistaya River to the Big Hill and the Columbia Icefield. At the Columbia Icefield ride on an all-terrain Ice Explorer and sip on the fresh waters of a glacier. Continue on through the Sunwapta Valley and take a stroll at Athabasca Falls before a late afternoon arrival at Jasper. Overnight in Jasper.

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Jasper. With fascinating beauty and history, Jasper is set amid some of the most rugged peaks of the Rockies. Why not take a tram ride up Whistler's Mountain or soak in the pools at Miette Hot Springs - among the Rockies' warmest natural hot springs? Visit Maligne Lake, one of the most photographed lakes in the world and enjoy a 90-minute cruise heading toward the south end of this postcard setting (suggested activities are not included). Overnight in Jasper

Spend the day relaxing in the mountain town of Jasper. This evening board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for the famous train journey across the prairies to Toronto. Exclusive to Sleeper Touring Class in an Upper Berth. Visit the Dome Car where you will experience the true essence of travelling by train as a panoramic scene sweeps by - dinner included.

Watch the scenery change as you leave the mountains to enter the prairies and great plains of Canada. Overnight onboard the train. - breakfast, lunch & dinner is included.

Today will be spent crossing the scenic lake lands of Northern Ontario. Overnight onboard the train, with breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

The train will arrive into Toronto at 9.30am this morning. Please make your own way to your downtown Toronto hotel for your 3-night stay. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore at leisure. Overnight in Toronto.

Today is free to explore the streets of this dynamic city. Discover the delights of Toronto’s colourful neighbourhoods, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower, experience the lively theater district and indulge in one of the numerous world-class restaurants. Overnight in Toronto.

Today why not take a day trip to Niagara Falls? Experience spectacular views of the waterfalls from scenic points along the edge of the gorge. Take in the view from the decks of the Hornblower (formerly known as Maid of the Mist), where you will experience the thundering columns of water up close! Overnight in Toronto.

Today you will make your own way to Toronto Pearson International Airport, for your overnight flight back to the UK.

Local Information

Language

English is the official language of Canada and is spoken throughout the country.

Local Time

The United Kingdom is 8 hours ahead of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Currency

The local official currency is the Canadian Dollar. All major credit cards are widely accepted.

Where to Fly From

The flight time between London and Vancouver is approximately 10 hours. Departures can be arranged from all regional UK airports.