Make your way across Canada on this 13-day east-to-west excursion, which begins in Niagara Falls and continues through Toronto, Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise before arriving in Vancouver.
Embark on a 13-day escorted rail vacation through Canada. The tour begins with an overnight in Niagara Falls before moving north to the cosmopolitan city of Toronto. Take time to discover all of the hidden treasures of Toronto before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian bound for Jasper.
We spend three nights aboard the train en route to Jasper National Park. After an overnight, we take the legendary Icefield Parkway to Banff. Spend the next few days discovering this amazing resort town, including a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to Yoho National Park and time in stunning Lake Louise.
From Banff, the Canadian continues its westerly journey to historic Vancouver, the final stop on our exciting panoramic tour of Canada.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Rail transportation aboard VIA Rail's Canadian (overnight train for four nights)
- Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
- 23 meals
- Sightseeing as indicated in itinerary
- Services of a professional tour manager
Scenic highlights of your trip include:
- Niagara Falls
- Canadian Rockies
- Columbia Icefields
- Sulphur Mountain
- Banff Hot Springs
- Yoho National Park
- Moraine Lake
- Lake Louise
Day 1 - Niagara Falls
Arrive in Niagara Falls and check into your hotel, which offers beautiful views of the Falls. Overnight Niagara Falls.
Day 2 - Toronto
Today travel the short distance north to Toronto, stopping in historic Niagara on the Lake en route. Arrive in Toronto this afternoon and check into your hotel with the remainder of the day free to explore this cosmopolitan city. This evening's welcome dinner is at the acclaimed Canyon Creek Grill, a favorite haunt of the great and near-great in Toronto. Overnight Toronto. (D)
Day 3 - VIA Rail's Canadian
The day is yours to enjoy Toronto at your leisure. This evening we transfer to the train station and board VIA Rail's legendary Canadian. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for the journey west. This train is a perfect 1950's time capsule with the famed Vista-dome cars, an old-fashioned dining car and first-rate meals and service. Join your fellow travelers tonight for cocktails in the swank "Bullet Lounge" located at the end of the train. Overnight train. (B, D)
Day 4 - VIA Rail West to Jasper
All day is spent crossing the Canadian Prairies aboard VIA Rail's Canadian. Enjoy the scenery from the train's observation lounge as you get acquainted with your fellow travelers. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Aboard the Canadian
Another day on the train en route to Jasper as the Canadian speeds across the great prairielands over the Canadian National Railway. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Jasper National Park
After lunch, the Canadian begins its ascent of the eastern slope of the Rockies--a sight that is not to be missed. This afternoon the train arrives in Jasper. Transfer to your hotel located in the heart of this magical mountain hamlet. The remainder of the day is yours to relax in this glorious setting. Overnight Jasper. (B, L)
Day 7 - Jasper / Banff
A stunning day of sightseeing awaits you as you travel to Banff via the famed Columbia Icefield Parkway. Enjoy a ride on the Glacier itself on the Ice Explorer before arriving in the resort town of Banff later today. Overnight Banff. (B)
Day 8 - Banff National Park
Today brings a full day to enjoy Banff beginning with a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain followed by a visit to the Banff Hot Springs, a natural attraction that has made this village famous. Later tonight, enjoy a special dinner at Le Beaujolais. Overnight Banff. (B, D)
Day 9 - Explore Banff
Another magical day awaits you in Banff as you embark on a sightseeing tour to Yoho National Park. Highlights of your day include Bridal Veil Falls, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise. The remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore Banff on your own. Overnight Banff. (B, L)
Day 10 - Banff at Leisure
Your final day in Banff is at your leisure. Sleep in and enjoy Banff at your own pace. Overnight Banff. (B)
Day 11 - Depart for Vancouver
Depart for Jasper this morning, enjoying a special sightseeing tour north over the Icefields Parkway stopping at Peyto Lake and Sunwapta Falls en route. Enjoy a special lunch before boarding VIA Rail's Canadian for the westbound journey to Vancouver. This portion of your train trip will feature spectacular views of the Rockies. Drinks in the classic observation lounge are a highlight tonight followed by dinner in the dining car. Overnight train. (B, L, D)
Day 12 - Vancouver
The Canadian arrives in Vancouver after breakfast. Embark on a brief sightseeing tour of Canada's third largest city. The balance of the day is at your leisure. You may wish to visit Robson Street with its many shops, galleries and boutiques and famous Stanley Park with its commanding views. Or, you may wish to take a scenic day trip by ferry to Victoria. Tonight is a special farewell dinner. Overnight Vancouver. (B, D)
Day 13 - Vancouver
Your journey across Canada comes to a close after breakfast. (B)
Rail Your Way
Add more flexibility to your rail vacation by choosing when and where to begin and end your vacation. Whether you want to go east to west, west to east, north to south, south to north, start at the beginning, travel the reverse itinerary or begin in the middle, Rail Your Way allows you to tailor make your rail vacation so you can have the experience you want.
Look for the Rail Your Way icon to identify those vacations that offer customized rail connections or joining points. Ask your rail specialist how you can have Rail Your Way!
Add a Cruise
Many of our rail vacations begin and end in popular port cities. Spice up your vacation by adding an ocean or river cruise aboard your preferred cruise line to your itinerary and experience the best of both worlds. Popular cruises include Alaska’s Inside Passage, the Panama Canal, New England and Eastern Canada, and historic river towns along the Mississippi River.
Look for the Add a Cruise icon to identify those vacations that offer pre- or post-cruises. Ask your rail specialist how you can Add a Cruise!
Train and Hotel Accommodations
Double Berth Accommodations
Hotels include the Sheraton on the Falls, Westin Harbour Castle, Amethyst Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in upper and lower berths. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Double Bedroom Accommodations
Hotels include the Sheraton on the Falls, Westin Harbour Castle, Amethyst Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin with upper and lower berths and a private enclosed bathroom with toilet and wash basin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotels include the Sheraton on the Falls, Westin Harbour Castle, Amethyst Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in private cabin featuring two double bedrooms, two picture windows, and two separate bathrooms with wash basin and toilets. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotels include the Marriott, Westin Harbour Castle, Amethyst Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in two individual single room cabins offering individual lower beds and individual wash basin and toilet in each room. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotels include the Marriott, Westin Harbour Castle, Amethyst Lodge, and Hyatt Regency Hotel (or similar). VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin for a single traveler featuring one lower berth with wash basin and toilet. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounges and observation cars.
Hotel accommodations are based on availability; substitutes will be of similar quality and amenities.
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