TRAVEL THROUGH 5 MOUNTAIN RANGES ON VIA RAIL!
This trip has so much variety. Travel in luxurious comfort on VIA Rail in Silver and Blue Class private bedroom. Let us show you the highlights of the Rockies. Walk on 1,000 feet of ice on a glacier, stand beneath roaring waterfalls, see the Hoodoos, hike up a canyon that has 7 waterfalls and paintpots and take a gondola to the summit of Sulfur Mountain. Then ride the rails from Jasper to Toronto on VIA Rail enjoying the dome cars, Park Car lounge and fabulous meals on board. This is truly a world-class experience.
GREAT TRANS-CANADA FROM VANCOUVER This tour can also start from Toronto!!
Day 1 Check into one of our downtown Vancouver hotels.
Day 2 Our incredible train journey begins! Transfer (included) to Pacific Central Station (near downtown) for our departure. All aboard VIA RAIL, bound for the Rockies with onward service to Eastern Canada. Our first class rail cars are refurbished to the "VIA Rail Transcontinental" 1950's genre in Art Deco. The observation dome offers unequalled views as we roll across 5 mountain ranges and into Alberta. The private bedrooms are comfortable and all meals are included (Checked baggage while on the train, smaller overnight bag is recommended on the train). Be sure to visit the Bullet Lounge in the Park Car for a nightcap.
Day 3 Enjoy a delicious breakfast and relax as we forge across the Rocky Mountains in to the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" Jasper, Alberta. Disembark and you are transferred to your hotel. Keep on the lookout for wild animals often seen in and around the town.
Day 4 Depart Jasper for Banff on our deluxe motor coach along the Icefields Parkway. This is one of the most scenic drives on earth. We'll ride a Sno-Coach (weather permitting) onto the Columbia Icefield's Athabasca Glacier. The Columbia Icefields are 125 square miles in size (massive!), with no fewer than 30 glaciers where 3 river systems flow to three different oceans. The Icefields Parkway delivers us past Bow Lake, Peyto Lake and Mistaya Lake south to Lake Louise, one of the most enchanting spots on earth. We see the reflections of the mountains in her aqua blue waters and we'll find out how rock flour helps the water retain its mesmerizing color. Continue further into Banff National Park to the majestic town of Banff. Overnight at one of our Banff Hotels
Day 5 Tour today includes mountains, lakes and waterfalls. Depart Banff on our motor coach and travel the beautiful Bow Valley Expressway to Johnston Canyon where you are given time for a short nature walk. We continue to beautiful Moraine Lake to see its mystical green waters and then visit Lake Louise. Visitors come from all over the World to stand before the lake. After lunch at Lake Louise (lunch not included in fare), cross the Great Divide and enter Yoho National Park. You’ll visit Yoho’s scenic highlights such as tumbling Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge before returning to your Banff hotel in the late afternoon. What a day!
Day 6 Our half day tour includes a gondola ride up Sulfur Mountain for splendid views of the Banff Springs and the Bow Valley. Overnight at one of our Banff Hotels
Day 7 Board our motor coach for the trip once more along one of the World's great drives and arrive in Jasper in the afternoon. Bring lots of film as the sights are breathtaking. You have time for souvenir shopping and fine dining. Overnight in beautiful alpine Jasper.
Day 8 Board VIA Rail trans-continental mid- afternoon, transfer included. The great peaks of the Rockies give way to foothills and then rolling prairies as we cross the great prairies. Enter the province of Saskatchewan, the breadbasket of Canada.
Day 9 Roll across the prairies, watch the scenery roll by from the panoramic setting of the dome cars, and arrive into Winnipeg. Continue for your second night aboard as you continue into Ontario
Day 10 Our epic journey continues. The bullet car is a great meeting place for conversation and the meals on-board are fabulous. Fall asleep this evening to the gentle rocking of the train. Ride the rails across track laid over the hardest rock on earth as we roll through northern Ontario.
Day 11 Arrive this morning into Toronto, Ontario. Transfer to our hotel (transfer not included).
Day 12 Check out and end of services.
OR we can arrange and additional night hotle and daytrip to Niagara Falls including an exciting "Maid of the Mist" cruise for a close up look at the falls (subject to favorable weather).
We include: Via Rail Trans-Canada train journey including private bedroom (all meals are included aboard the train but not on motor coach tours or in hotels), tourist-class or superior hotels, motor coach tours as per itinerary, transfers as per itinerary. Checked baggage is not available on the train, smaller overnight bag is recommended.
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