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Trans Canada By Rail Featuring VIA Rail's Prestige Class

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9 days From $7,420 per person
4.8 stars(8 reviews)

Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian vacation.

Travel on your own following a well-planned itinerary

2024 Tour code: TC-TCPE-24

About the tour

Experience a contemporary take on old-school luxury travel. On this transcontinental rail trip from hip, outdoorsy Vancouver to cosmopolitan Toronto, you'll enjoy the elegance and comfort of VIA Rail's new Prestige Class. From the sleek leather sofa in your roomy cabin, you can put your feet up and take in the beautiful views of the Canadian wilderness. VIA Rail's Prestige Class provides personalized concierge service, all-inclusive bar service, and priority dining reservations. Every detail of this grand class of service is designed to make your Trans-Canadian journey unforgettable.

This itinerary is also available from Toronto to Vancouver based on your travel preference.


What’s included


Day 1 - Arrive Vancouver

Your flight arrives in Vancouver today. As Canada's third largest city, this destination is steeped in arts, culture and fantastic amenities at every turn. Transfer to your hotel independently, and once you have checked in, you will have the rest of the day to enjoy the salty air and the magnificent sights. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing

Spend the day exploring this coastal city with a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour - the perfect way to see Vancouver's most beloved attractions. You will enjoy looks at landmarks, such as Stanley Park and Granville Island; see attractions, including the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach and the Robson Street Shopping District; and get a deeper understanding of the region's vast culture as you travel along the cobbled streets of Gastown. As you make your way through the city, check out the abundance of eateries and cafes to get a taste of true Vancouver. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 3 - Vancouver/VIA Rail Vancouver to Toronto

This morning, revisit favorite sites throughout Vancouver or take a walk along one of the many trails throughout the city. Later, transfer on your own to Vancouver's train station, board VIA Rail's Canadian and settle into your onboard accommodations. Being a Prestige Class traveler, you can enjoy the passing vistas from your extra-large picture window or from any of the lounges on the train. Your personal concierge is there to ensure your comfort on this eastbound journey. Overnight train.

  • Dinner
Day 4 - En Route to Toronto

Today you will awake in the rugged scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary, so be on the lookout for one of the many species of mammals that live within the park and often wander within view of the tracks. Head to the Dining Car for a hot breakfast before exploring the amenities aboard the train. First-class passengers have access to all of the lounges on the train, as well as to the Skyline Car - your exclusive entertainment center with an observation dome offering 360-degree views - and the Park Car, with three different salons and an upper observation deck. Overnight train. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - En Route to Toronto

Take in the beautiful, changing scenery as the train approaches Saskatchewan, signaling the mid-point of your rail journey. Quaint mountain towns combine with rural scenery to make for relaxing vistas. Spend the day chatting with travelers aboard the train and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - En Route to Toronto

Look around - you are in the Canadian Shield. This part of Ontario features gentle scenery - low hills and plateaus intersected by small lakes and streams. The Canadian will make its way into Ontario today, traveling through lowlands, cities and the countryside as you continue to ride across Canada. Overnight train. 

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7- Arrive Toronto

Leave the wide-open spaces of rural Canada behind as the train makes its way toward Toronto. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your centrally located hotel. Spend the afternoon getting acquainted with this cosmopolitan town located on beautiful Lake Ontario. Toronto is well-known for its colorful nightlife scene, so enjoy dinner, drinks, and then stay out for live music, shows, seasonal sporting events and plenty of places to spend your time once the sun goes down. Overnight Toronto.

  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 8 - Toronto Sightseeing

Enjoy a look at Toronto from a local's perspective with a Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing tour of the city today. Aboard a double-decker bus, you will travel along a 12-mile loop through the center of the city. Along the way, sites such as Eaton Center, Casa Loma, the Bata Shoe Museum, Chinatown, the Hockey Hall of Fame and the famed Distillery District. You may "hop" on and off the bus at your leisure to get a better look at these incredible sites. Following the tour, you may spend your last evening in Toronto however you see fit. Overnight Toronto.

Day 9 - Tour Conclusion

Your Trans Canada rail tour comes to a close this morning as you check out of your hotel. Upon checkout, a shuttle will take you to Toronto's airport where you will either return home or set out on your next great adventure.

Additional information

Rail Accommodations

VIA Rail's Prestige Class includes:

  • Spacious cabin including:
  • 50% more room than the Sleeper Plus Cabin for 2
  • Flat-screen television with video selection and fully stocked minibar
  • Large, comfortable leather couch and a fold-down double bed
  • Private washroom with shower
  • Large picture windows (60% larger than in Sleeper Plus cabins)
  • Electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature
  • Access to the Prestige Park Car, which offers spectacular views
  • Complimentary bar service
  • Various activities, such as wine tasting and interactive talks on local history, culture, and geography
  • Personalized service by the Prestige Concierge
  • Priority access to dining car reservations
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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3 stars

Submitted 06 Sep 2023

Although the meals were superb, we felt the train was way too noisy and we should have been supplied with a map of our route with commentary on what we were passing on a daily basis. The crew for the first 3 days were delightful.

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5 stars

Submitted 15 Jul 2023

From the concierge service taking our bags at the train station, to the extraordinary food and service in the dining car, to the perfect attention by staff throughout our journey, this was a spectacular trip. And did I mention that the scenery was continuously breathtaking?

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5 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2022

All of the transfers arranged by Vacations by Rail worked flawlessly. No stress there. The train trip itself was as promised, beautiful views out our picture window, very good food and very pleasant and accommodating staff, with one exception. The dining car manager, who had originally agreed that we could have a table for two, when we arrived for the first lunch seating said she couldn't accommodate us - she was too full. Since all of the literature about Prestige Class says you are entitled to room service dining, and since COVID is definitely not over and the usual seating in the dining room is four to a table we had no intention of sitting across the table from two strangers. We had, however, agreed to try the dining room as long as we had our own table. The dining room manager told Sunny, our cabin attendant, that she could accommodate us, so we told Sunny we would try it out. Unpleasant experience when we arrived for lunch, so we left and had room service for the rest of the trip.

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5 stars

Submitted 19 Sep 2022

Excellent way to travel by train. Porters, stewards and servers were professional, knowledgeable and super friendly. Only hiccup was our arrival in assistance with luggage or navigating the maze of the train station.

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William W, Dadeville, AL

5 stars

Submitted 27 Oct 2018

Both the trip and the staff throughout were great!

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Ralph H, Atlantic Beach, NC

5 stars

Submitted 18 Oct 2018

Every detail of the arrangements made by VBR were flawless - accurate, first-class, enjoyable, and trouble-free. VBR staff provided excellent service throughout the entire process, and made my individual adjustments to the standard itinerary easily and efficiently.

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