CANADIAN TRAIN ODYSSEY - 2017
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This 15-day, cross-country adventure by train begins in Toronto and ends in Vancouver. Being the largest city in Canada, Toronto hosts world-class shopping and many spectacular sights. Take a Maid of the Mist cruise and enjoy up-close views of Niagara Falls. Board VIA Rail's Canadian premier continental train and head west. The next three days and nights are spent in first-class rail cars observing unparalleled views of Canada's countryside. Stops throughout Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta include Sioux Lookout, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. After passing through the majestic Canadian Rockies to Jasper, the rail portion of this journey ends. Board an air-conditioned motorcoach to Banff and visit the Columbia Icefield. Travel through Yoho and Glacier National Parks before arriving at the cattle-ranching centre of Kamloops. Follow the Fraser River to your final destination, Vancouver, where city sightseeing such as Stanley Park, Gastown and Chinatown is abundant.
NOTE: Guaranteed share option is not available on this tour
In Toronto, Niagara Falls, Victoria, and Vancouver; Butchart Gardens, Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise, orientation tour in Jasper, Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride), and Stanley Park.
- SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS
Niagara Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park, Fraser River, Strait of Georgia, and Gulf Islands.
Services of a professional Tour Director.
Private bedroom on VIA Rail's the Canadian train from Toronto to Jasper in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach while touring.
Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling.
- INSIDE VISITS as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions.
2 breakfasts (B), 1 brunch (BR), 2 lunches (L), 2 dinners (D).
Day by Day
Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.
TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS.
Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes a SIGHTSEEING BOAT CRUISE past the world-famous falls. Later, visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, where there is time to browse the shops of Main Street. Return to Toronto and spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, including Harbour Front, Ontario Place, and Chinatown.
NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
TORONTO-VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN.
Setting Toronto's exciting architectural pace are City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger's Centre; and stunning CN Tower, more than 536 metres (a third of a mile) high. See all this and more on your city sightseeing tour. This evening, join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto's lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail's premier trans-continental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada's heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario's landscapes. All meals are included, and you won't want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.
VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN.
Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway's breathtaking mainline. (B,L,D)
VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN-WINNIPEG.
An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba's capital, a city rich in history and culture. In the early afternoon we continue our journey through Manitoba's prairies and into Saskatchewan. (B,L,D)
VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN-JASPER.
Wake early and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. An orientation tour includes Jasper's unspoiled beauty. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day? The evening is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting. (BR)
Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper.
JASPER-COLUMBIA ICEFIELD-LAKE LOUISE-BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet (365 metres) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely two night stay.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. Later, join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a gondola ride with panoramic views of the stunning scenery and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls.
BANFF NATIONAL PARK-YOHO NATIONAL PARK-GLACIER NATIONAL PARK-KAMLOOPS.
This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching centre of Kamloops, a Shuswap Indian word for "meeting of the waters."
As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, Thunderbird Park, and world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.
Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. This evening, join our optional excursion in Chinatown, complete with colourful lanterns and dinner at an authentic restaurant.
This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia's premier shopping and entertainment location.
Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafes. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Transfers are provided to Vancouver International Airport.
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