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Embark on a cross-country Canadian excursion from Vancouver to Montreal with a scenic journey through the country's interior.

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10 days From $3,192 per person
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2021 Tour code: TC-VMTE-21

About the tour

Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across the country to create one fantastic vacation. Enjoy all the pleasures of train travel as the Canadian takes you from Vancouver through an ever-changing landscape east to Montreal. You'll have amazing views of vast prairies, calm lakes, and snow-capped mountains.

Kick off your adventure with two nights in Vancouver; you'll have time to explore the city and visit FlyOver Canada. Vancouver offers a variety of parks, museums, and amazing dining. Next, travel by train to Toronto aboard VIA Rail's Canadian. You'll pass through Jasper National Park, full of beautiful wilderness and wildlife; the majestic Canadian Rockies; Edmonton; Saskatoon; and Winnipeg.

Next, you'll arrive in Toronto, which has an eclectic mix of city skyscrapers and relaxing green spaces. Experience the beauty of Niagara Falls on a full-day sightseeing trip. Then board VIA Rail and begin your journey east through Quebec.

Once you arrive in Montreal, take a guided tour of this bustling city. You also have free time to explore the city's art scene, wander the cobbled streets, or indulge in French cuisine to top off this ten-day adventure.

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

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What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this scenic city on your own. Included is admission to FlyOver Canada, a thrilling multisensory journey across Canada aboard the latest in flight ride technology. Discover the country's most famous sights without leaving your seat. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city's attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Vancouver.

*Vancouver Trolley Attraction Tour will not be available on December 25.

Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing / VIA Rail to Toronto

Spend the morning taking in all Vancouver has to offer. Visit Granville Island, historic Gastown, or take a hike through Stanley Park. This afternoon, transfer by taxi (included) from your hotel to the train station, settle into your Sleeper Plus accommodations on VIA Rail's Canadian and prepare for your trip to the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Your first-class accommodations convert from a sitting room by day to comfortable upper and lower berths by night. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 3 - En Route to Toronto

Awake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies as the train heads towards Jasper. Upon arrival, disembark the train to stretch your legs in this wildlife sanctuary. Jasper is said to be one of the most photographed locations in the world. As the Canadian continues eastward, enjoy dinner in the Dining Car, visit with your fellow passengers and settle in for the evening as your train brings you closer to Toronto. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4 - East to Toronto

Today's travels take you through Saskatoon, Canada's leader in the high technology and mining industries, and Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travelers, enjoying the sweeping views from the sightseeing lounges, or relaxing in your comfortable accommodations. Overnight train.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5 - VIA Rail to Toronto

A highlight of today's scenic trip includes Longlac, which, located at the northern tip of Long Lake, played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. Overnight train. 

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 - Arrival in Toronto

Your train is scheduled to arrive in Toronto this afternoon. On your last day on the  Canadian, spend time in the Park Car enjoying its three salons and observation deck as well as the Skyline Car with an observation dome offering 360-degree views of the ever-changing landscape. Overnight Toronto.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch
Day 7 - Visiting 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. (L)

*Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls will not be available December 25, 26 and January 1.

Includes
  • Lunch
Day 8 - Toronto to Montreal

Spend the morning at your leisure, enjoying Toronto as you like it. Depart on a mid-day train to Montreal on VIA Rail's Corridor Service. Get acquainted with the city on your own this evening. Overnight Montreal.

Day 9 - Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour

Enjoy a tour of Montreal as your guide introduces you to the highlights of this diverse city that's full of history. Your motorcoach will stop at selected sites where you can grab pictures and explore further. Discover Old Montreal, the Olympic Stadium, Mount Royal Park Lookout and Saint Joseph's Oratory. Overnight Montreal.

*Select Thursday Departures in December, as well as Mondays January - March will not include the Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour

Day 10 - End of Tour

Your Canada rail vacation comes to an end this morning. You may want to extend your stay in Montreal to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights. Or, head to the airport on your own with memories to last a lifetime.

Additional information

Pricing Plans

Moderate Accommodations
Hotels include the Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown, Chelsea Hotel, and Delta Montreal. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Economy Class and include a seat with picture window. Light meals, snacks, and beverages are available for purchase.

Superior Accommodations
Hotels include the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, the Hotel Le Germain Toronto, and Marriott Chateau Champlain. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine. 

Deluxe Accommodations
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Royal York, and The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth. VIA Rail accommodations on the Canadian are in Sleeper Plus Class in a private cabin. Meals are included onboard the train along with access to lounges. VIA Rail accommodations on the Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine. 

Prestige Class
Hotels include The Fairmont Waterfront, The Fairmont Royal York, and Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth with accommodations in upgraded rooms. Onboard VIA Rail's Canadian, each Prestige 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 Prestige Class include personalized dedicated service by a Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows, and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; complimentary minibar stocked with a selection of beverages; exclusive access to the Park Car (select hours) with its lounges and 360-degree panoramic views and more.
Accommodations on VIA Rail's Corridor Service are in Business Class and include a seat with picture window, access to the in-station Panorama Lounge, priority boarding, and a delicious meal including wine. 

Please note

Additional departure dates available, please speak with a rail specialist for details.

Taxes are not included on rail portions and are subject to change. Vancouver Trolley Attraction Tour & Lookout Tower will not be available December 25. Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls will not be available December 25, 26 and January 1. *Select Thursday Departures in December, as well as Mondays January - March will not include the Heart of Montreal Motorcoach Tour. Cabins purchased on VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabins for 1. For upgrade options, ask your rail specialist for details. Additional departure dates available, please speak with a 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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LINDA

5 stars

Submitted 21 Nov 2019

What a relaxing way to travel! Good food, good service and comfy beds! Will definitely travel this way again!

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Eric Graves

5 stars

Submitted 17 Jun 2019

VBR met all of our expectations! The staff in the dining room and prestige class were all excellent!

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Deborah Issa

3 stars

Submitted 13 Nov 2018

All experiences on the VIA rail lines were very good. The frequent waiting for cargo trains to pass was annoying. Accommodations in the Roomette class were comfortable. The food was very good. Amtrak was disappointing. Sleeping on the top bunk was terrible. There wasn’t enough room to sit up and the mattress was paper thin and extremely uncomfortable. Food was not good in general. No variety in the menus, most dishes were tasteless. The boxed food was worse than the prepared meals, most of it inedible.

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Brian

5 stars

Submitted 12 Nov 2018

VIA rail is favored by us over USA rail systems. Staff was friendly and the cabin was comfortable. We have previous experience with VIA going back 40 years and take it all in stride--the schedule delays and the ride and the beds--all part of the experience. The other passengers were nice and met many at meals. And the food onboard--OMG--it was exceptional. Staying at Fairmonts was grand and the tours and taxi vouchers all worked without problems. It. All met or exceeded our expectations.

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Stephen F, Reno, NV

5 stars

Submitted 12 Aug 2018

Everything was perfect. Hotels right there at train station. Everyone was just so welcoming. Food on the train was amazing, better than cruise ships by far.

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Vincent T, Hammond, IN

5 stars

Submitted 08 Aug 2018

The scenery lived up to expectations. The management of the trip was good

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