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Discover the romance of two rail journeys plus the tales of experienced driver-guides in a luxury motorcoach.

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Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2022 Tour code: TC-CRAE-22

About the tour

Discover the romance of two rail journeys plus the tales of experienced driver-guides in a luxury motorcoach. Meander through the Canadian Rockies aboard the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train. Spend a few days exploring Banff and Jasper National Parks, then board VIA Rail's Canadian for a rail adventure across Canada.

Itinerary is also available from Toronto to Vancouver based on your travel preference

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Upon arrival at the Vancouver International Airport, transfer on your own to your centrally-located hotel. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops

Your day begins with  an early morning transfer to board the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train. Travel through the Coast Mountains and Hell's Gate en route to Kamloops. Delight in commentary from your onboard attendants and enjoy delicious meals as you're awed by the beauty of British Columbia. Overnight Kamloops. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 3 - Kamloops to Banff onboard Rocky Mountaineer

Transfer back to the Kamloops train station early this morning, where you re-board Rocky Mountaineer for the continued journey through the Canadian Rockies and another day of impeccable onboard service. Scenic highlights include the South Thompson River area, Kicking Horse Pass and the Spiral Tunnels before arriving into Banff. Overnight Banff. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 4 - Discovering Banff

Discover Banff on a guided excursion this morning. Highlights include Banff townsite, Surprise Corner and the Tunnel Mountain. Your final stop will be at the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure to browse through Banff's diverse shops and galleries, discover further with an optional tour, or hike one of the local trails. Overnight Banff.

Day 5 - Visiting Lake Louise and the Yoho Valley

Today's sightseeing excursion takes you past the Vermilion Lakes and on to Lake Louise. Highlights along the scenic Bow Valley Parkway include Johnston Canyon, with time to walk to the lower falls, and views of Castle Mountain. You will cross the Continental Divide and enter Yoho National Park with a visit to Emerald Lake. Overnight Lake Louise.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 6 - Lake Louise to Jasper Sightseeing

Your full-day excursion takes you along one of the most spectacular highways of the world - the Icefields Parkway. With cascading waterfalls, broad-reaching valleys, tranquil mountain lakes, glaciers and snow-capped peaks, amazing vistas unfold with every glance. Stopping at the Columbia Icefield, take time to experience an Ice Explorer ride on to the surface of the Athabasca Glacier. From the Icefield, continue touring on to Jasper. Overnight Jasper. 

Includes
  • Lunch
Days 7-9 - VIA Rail Canadian from Jasper to Toronto

Late this morning, transfer to the Jasper train station to board VIA Rail's Canadian. Say goodbye to the peaceful mountain town of Jasper as you depart for Toronto, the economic center of Canada. Continue traveling across the Great Central Plains of Canada, through Winnipeg to rugged Ontario. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Day 7 - Dinner
  • Day 8 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day 9 - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 10 - Arrive in Toronto

Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this afternoon, and check into your centrally located hotel. Spend the remainder of your day exploring the great restaurants, museums, and shopping this great city has to offer. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 11 - Niagara Falls

This morning, depart on a full day sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel through the orchard-laden Niagara Peninsula to Niagara Falls, one of the great wonders of the world. Highlights of today's excursion include a lunch buffet while overlooking the waterfall, plus a trip of the world-famous The Hornblower, which travels to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. Also included is a trip along the beautiful River Road, which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Stops are made at the Floral Clock and at the historical community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 12 - Toronto

Transfer from your hotel to Pearson International Airport for your homeward or onward flight by scheduled airporter service.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Hotel Jasper, Post Hotel, Rimrock Resort Banff, and Hotel Le Germain Toronto. 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.

Deluxe Accommodations
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.

Prestige Class
Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Banff Springs, Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, and Fairmont Royal York in upgraded room categories (where available).

The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting level of comfort and service for travelers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class include: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Please note

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. 

Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details.

Departure times

Departure times vary based on selected rail vacation. This information will be provided in your final documents. For more information please speak with your rail specialist.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular vacation with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

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4.7 stars4.7 / 5 · 33 reviews

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CATHLEEN ARMSTRONG

5 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

It was a wonderful trip, beautiful scenery and gorgeous hotels. Service and food on the trains was spectacular. All the tour guides knew the areas well and were very friendly and informative. I highly recommend Rocky Mountaineer and Vacations by Rail.

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Jane

5 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

This itinerary was packed with beautiful scenery, local places of interest and interesting food. The tour manager and bus driver were outstanding. The Ocean train was very tiny. Adding a dome car would be most helpful. It was only for one night, but large and very tall people beware tof close quarters.

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Tricia

3 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

The Canadian Rail adventure is very nice and I recommend it. Vacations by Rail is another matter. They insisted that we be picked up for the various tours included at the local Fairmont Hotel which was often pretty far from where we were actually staying. When I talked to the tour providers they were happy to pick us up at our hotel. To me, this is just laziness on the part of Vacations by Rail. On our last day in Toronto (9/22) transfer to the airport was included in the trip. We wanted to spend some time exploring Toronto and I booked a flight back to Vancouver for 9:15 am on September 23. We wanted to spend the night of the 22nd close to the airport since we had and early flight. I booked an airport hotel and asked for transport to the airport at 4:30, planning to spend the day in Toronto. Vacations by Rail seemed totally unable to deal with this slight variation in their usual plan. I explained to our agent what we wanted to do. When we got our final papers our transport was scheduled for 12:30. I called and explained what we wanted and was told that it wouldn't work because we had a 4:00 pm flight. WHAT!! We never had a 4:00pm flight and I have no idea where they got that from. Finally after explaining the whole thing four different times by email and on the phone I received an updated transfer voucher for 4:30 on the 22nd. When we got to Toronto I decided to check in with the transport company. They said we have you scheduled for 12:30 because you have a 4:00 pm flight. Unfortunately we don't have space available at 4:30. This is a very long winded way of saying that if want to take this trip either book it yourself or book thru a different agency. Vacations by Rail is close to useless.

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DEBORAH BRAUNEIS

5 stars

Submitted 26/Sep

A trip to be remembered forever.

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MARY KATHLEEN NEWTON

5 stars

Submitted 12/Sep

Fabulous trip on the Rocky Mountaineer. I thought the train would be the best part of the trip but I thought the 3 days touring with Brewster from Banff to Jasper were fabulous. Such beautiful sights, drivers were fabulous, and the pace was just right for traveling seniors. Thank you!

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FRANCIS GARD

5 stars

Submitted 5/Sep

Great hotels. Very organized activities. Loved the tours.

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