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Coast to Coast by Rail - 16 Day Tour
This 16-day train adventure takes you on a 6400 km (4000 miles) journey across the world's second largest country, Canada. Explore the scenery and culture which have made Canada famous. You'll see Vancouver on the Pacific Coast, Halifax on the Atlantic Coast, and many points in between.
- 2 days onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer
- VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto
- VIA Rail from Toronto to Montreal in Business class
- VIA Rail from Montreal to Halifax
- 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 4 dinners
- Hotel accommodations for 11 nights
- Accommodation for 4 nights onboard VIA Rail
- Vancouver Lookout
- Banff Tour, including Banff Gondola
- Yoho Park Tour, Banff to Lake Louise
- Icefields Parkway Tour, including Ice Explorer, Lake Louise to Jasper
- Toronto Hop On/Hop Off city sightseeing tour*
- Niagara Falls Tour
- Guided Sightseeing Tour of Montreal
- Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops and Banff
- National Parks Pass
Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival
Arrive in Vancouver and spend time exploring this scenic city on your own. Overnight Vancouver.
Day 2 - Vancouver to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia's interior. On today's journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser River valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade mountains, to the desert-like environment of the interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell's Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake and into Kamloops. Overnight Kamloops. (B, L)
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today's highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, the Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey ends in the resort town of Banff this evening. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 4 - Banff Sightseeing
Today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff,where highlights include visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is free. Overnight Banff.
Day 5 - Banff to Lake Louise
Today explore the natural wonders of Lake Louise and Yoho National Park. Highlights include a walk along Johnston Canyon, Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint, Emerald Lake and Takakkaw Falls, the second highest waterfall in Canada. Your tour ends in Lake Louise this afternoon, where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure. Overnight Lake Louise.
Day 6 - Lake Louise to Jasper
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch on your own. Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight Jasper.
Day 7 - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 1
This evening, begin your four-day journey aboard VIA Rail's Canadian across the Prairie provinces and northern Ontario. Overnight train. (D)
Day 8 - A Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 2
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - VIA Rail Jasper to Toronto Day 3
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 10 - VIA Rail Toronto Arrival
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this afternoon. After arrival, check into your hotel, freshen up and embark on a Hop On/Hop Off tour to see all of the city's impressive landmarks. Overnight Toronto. (B)
Day 11 - Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise on the Maid of the Mist to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening. Overnight Toronto.
Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when Maid of the Mist is not operating
Day 12 - VIA Rail Toronto to Montreal
Travel by VIA Rail in Business Class from Toronto to Montreal. Overnight Montreal. (L)
Day 13 - Montreal Sightseeing
Enjoy a half-day guided city tour of Montreal today. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore this vibrant city on your own. Overnight Montreal.
Day 14 - VIA Rail Montreal to Halifax
Spend the day sightseeing independently in Montreal before boarding the VIA Rail train to Halifax. Overnight train. (D)
Day 15 - VIA Rail Halifax Arrival
Enjoy the scenic Nova Scotia and New Brunswick landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon. Spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city. Overnight Halifax. (B, L)
Day 16 - Halifax Departure
Your vacation comes to an end upon check-out from your Halifax hotel.
Hotels include Georgian Court, Whistler Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Ptarmigan, Hilton Garden Inn, Holiday Inn Montreal Midtown, and Delta Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in RedLeaf service and includes travel in a standard rail coach beside a large picture window and boxed meal service at your seat.
Hotels include Metropolitan Hotel Vancouver, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Chateau Lake Louise, Rimrock Resort Banff, and Hilton Toronto (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in SilverLeaf service and includes travel in a single-level dome car featuring panoramic views and hot meal service at your seat.
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Royal York. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars. Travel aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is in GoldLeaf service and includes travel in a bi-level dome car featuring panoramic views on the upper level and an elegant private dining room to take breakfast and lunch.
Prices are in USD.
Call 877-929-7245 today to book your Coast to Coast by Rail Trip featuring Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Jasper, VIA Rail, Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver and more.
Meals (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner)
Prices are per person, based on double occupancy and do not include approximately 5% tax. Prices for singles, triples and children are available on request. Please note all accommodation in Kamloops is of moderate standard. Tax on cabin accommodation onboard VIA Rail is not rebatable.
*Toronto Hop On/Hop Off tour is availabe from May 1-October 10, 2013. A Toronto CityPass will be substituted for travel outside of those dates.
3-night minimum stay in Montreal during the Gran Prix (June 6-10, 2013). Ask your rail specialist for details.