(Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper)
The gentle click-clack of the iconic Rocky Mountaineer is a calming undertone to the spectacular symphony of dramatic wilderness panoramas and pristine alpine vistas that dance before your eyes on Canada’s greatest train journey.
Soak in the coastal beauty and local character of Vancouver’s many highlights on a private tour of the city, as the luxurious Rocky Mountaineer awaits to escort you through lush green fields, winding river canyons and along the shores of Kamloops Lake and on towards the mighty Rocky Mountains in Alberta. Here, the train will gently ascend the mountain’s highest peaks and reveal jaw-dropping views of the surrounding wilderness and glide into the charming alpine village of Banff, the majestic surrounds of Lake Louise, and into the heart of stirring Jasper National Park. An overnight trip aboard the Canadian VIA Rail will whisk you across the prairie provinces to northern Ontario and onto the big-city sights of Toronto, Montreal and Halifax.
Experience all the old-world romance of train travel on this epic journey that combines the cosmopolitan delights of Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal with the charming alpine villages of the Rocky Mountains and the vast wilderness areas in between. You’ll stay at a collection of premium accommodation that spans luxurious city hotels, sophisticated lakeside chateaus and charming mountain inns, while your experienced team of local guides and private drivers look after all the details.
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Meet your driver for a private airport transfer.
This city tour is a great way to see Vancouver’s most popular sights. You will be swept away on 3 hour journey including the glorious Stanley Park, historic Lions Gate Bridge, Old Gastown, the picturesque Cyprus Mountain view point capturing the full beauty of Vancouver, the Olympic torches, Robson Street, English Bay, Granville Island and much more. Guests may wish to personalize their tours with specific highlights of their own. Tours may be modified to accommodate requested and photo opportunities.
Join your shared transfer from your hotel to the train station.
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the coastal city of Vancouver to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. On today’s journey you will see dramatic changes in scenery, from the lush green fields of the Fraser Valley, through forests and winding river canyons surrounded by the peaks of the Coast and Cascade Mountains, to the desert-like environment of the BC Interior. Highlights include the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon and the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River. Your day concludes as the Rocky Mountaineer travels along the shores of Kamloops Lake into Kamloops.
Join your shared transfer from the train station to your hotel.
The remainder of your day is spent at leisure.
Your journey continues eastwards to the mighty Canadian Rockies and the province of Alberta. Once again you will see a spectacular array of scenery as you travel across ranchlands, along rocky lakeshores, over high mountain passes and through the remarkable tunnels that form part of the rich rail history of the Canadian Rockies. Today’s highlights include Craigellachie, where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, the climb over Rogers Pass, Kicking Horse Canyon, the Spiral Tunnels and, of course, the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Your rail journey on the Rocky Mountaineer ends this evening in the resort town of Banff.
This morning you are free to explore scenic Banff on your own.
After lunch, enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour of Banff and Banff National Park. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Overnight in Banff.
A half-day tour takes you into Yoho National Park to view some of its natural wonders. Among the attractions are the Spiral Tunnels, Emerald Lake and a natural rock bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River. The tour ends in Lake Louise where the remainder of the afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy this magnificent location. Overnight in Lake Louise.
Please note: While arrival at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise will be approximately 1:00 p.m., scheduled check-in time is not until 4:00 p.m. In the event that your room is not ready, your luggage will be stored and you are free to enjoy the amenities of the hotel.
Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff and Jasper national parks via the Icefields Parkway. Among the highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield and Athabasca Falls. The Columbia Icefield is one of the largest accumulations of ice south of the Arctic Circle and one of the most accessible icefields in North America. Here you will ride on an Ice Explorer to the middle of the Athabasca Glacier to learn more about its geological features. Time will be available for lunch (not included). Arrive in Jasper late this afternoon. Overnight in Jasper.
The first half of your day today is spent at leisure.
This evening, begin your four-day VIA Rail journey across the Prairie provinces and northern Ontario. Overnight on VIA Rail.
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on VIA Rail.
The cross-Canada rail journey is one of the most scenic ways to view the vast natures-capes of this expansive country. Enjoy the views as you spend the day riding en route to Toronto.
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this morning.
Transfer using a local taxi. Please note that this is not included in trip price and is payable locally.
Take a walk through Toronto's Civic Buildings with a renowned local historian and make your way from the City's Old to its New. Old City Hall stands as one of the finest examples of municipal architecture in North America. With its clock tower rising 300 feet above Queen Street it makes for a striking vista holding its own amongst the glass and steel skyscrapers that line the financial core. If Old City Hall the symbol of 19th century Toronto then New City Hall Viljo Revell’s tour de force of modernism is defiantly the symbol of Toronto in the 20th. This undeniable unique structure with its curved twin towers surrounding a flying saucer shaped council chamber stands in front a plaza named for Toronto’s mayor Nathan Philips opened in 1964. Osgoode Hall is a stunning architectural hybrid that has been altered, added on to and seems to be in a constant state of renovation and restoration ever since it was first built in 1829. The centre block is Palladian and with its roof top urns giving the impression of Versailles. When it was first constructed Osgoode Hall (the seat of Law Society of Upper Canada and the Supreme Court of Ontario) sat at the top of York Street then the western boundary of the town but today it sits in the middle of an ever expanding city almost completely hidden from view by old growth trees and a unique iron fence.
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls, one of the great natural wonders of the world. Included is a cruise on the Maid of the Mist to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early in the evening.
Note: IMAX Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when Maid of the Mist is not operating.
Travel on VIA Rail in Business class from Toronto to Montreal.
Upon arrival, enjoy the remainder of your day to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel. Overnight in Montreal.
Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure, and after checking out from your hotel, join a half-day guided sightseeing tour of Montreal today departing at 1:00pm. Scheduled stops include Old Montreal, Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Park, Mount Royal and McGill University.
After your sightseeing tour, pick up your luggage from your hotel and board the VIA Rail train to Halifax in the early evening. Dinner is served onboard. Overnight on VIA Rail.
Enjoy the scenic New Brunswick and Nova Scotia landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon.
Upon arrival, spend the rest of the day exploring this small Atlantic coastal city, and celebrate the successful completion of your transcontinental rail journey! Overnight in Halifax.
2012 is the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Departing from your hotel, today's private tour with driver and guide encompasses all aspects of Halifax's connection to the sinking of the Titanic, including the historic pier from which cable ships were dispatched to pick up victims, the churches, temporary morgue sites, and Fairview Cemetery, where rows of gravestones mark the final resting place of 121 victims. Immerse yourself in history at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, which houses an excellent permanent exhibit on the disaster, including photographs, wooden artifacts and the only intact Titanic deck chair in the world. Compare the details of this devastating event to the Halifax Explosion which occurred just five years later. The result of a collision between the Imo and the Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, the explosion leveled the north end of Halifax, and killed or injured thousands. But most importantly, learn of the compassionate relief effort displayed by the world to help this city and its inhabitants overcome their instant and tragic loss, and rebuild their lives. Your tour concludes with a transfer back to your hotel.
The Georgian court Hotel is amongst the very best downtown Vancouver accommodations. This boutique hotel has been recently renovated and offers 180 spacious guest rooms and executive suites. A hotel where the extras aren’t extra, all guest rooms include complimentary high speed Internet access, daily bottled water, and Aveda bath products.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Kamloops. Exact hotel will be advised prior to embarking the train.
The Banff Ptarmigan Inn is centrally located in Banff National Park only steps away from the downtown area. This mountain hotel is a great escape to the Canadian Rockies. On your vacation you can enjoy our mountain views, and numerous outdoor activities from hiking trails, canoe rides, and biking in the summer, skiing, skating, and snowshoeing in the winter. Your comfort is of top importantance, so relax in the Mountain Luxury beds, and have a soak in the hot tubs, steam room, and sauna. Welcome to Banff.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is the only property located right on the lake itself in the heart of Banff National Park. It is one of Canada's most recognized hotels that have all the lodging and amenities to fulfill your every desire. Satisfy your culinary cravings with their exquisite selection of dining rooms. Pamper both body and soul with a facial, massage, manicure or pedicure in their newly renovated spa. Keep in shape on their trails and ski slopes or in their fully equipped Health Club. Take advantage of all that this treasured Alberta destination has to offer.
The Whistler's Inn is centrally located in the heart of Jasper National Park town site, within walking distance of all shops, services and outdoor mountain activities. The Inn boasts a cozy Canadian Rockies alpine atmosphere and features 63 spacious guest rooms for accommodation, many with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges.
The Canadian VIA Rail cars now benefit from an all-new design. Carpets, colours, materials: it’s all been brought together to update the historic cachet of these magnificent cars. An elegant ambience and cosy cabins make travelling on board the Canadian more than ever a one-of-a-kind experience.
The Sheraton Centre is located in the financial and entertainment districts. The CAA/AAA Four Diamond hotel is connected to PATH, a 16-mile underground network of shops and services. Meet in style Experience utmost comfort and style in an urban setting. The 2.5-acre waterfall garden complements our new lobby, Arrival Court and Traders. The addition of a new ballroom and exhibit hall offers more than 100,000 sq ft. of Toronto meeting space with high-speed Internet access.
Located in the heart of downtown Montreal in the vibrant entertainment district known as Le Quartier des Spectacles, and just steps away from McGill University, the Delta Montréal is where you want to be when visiting Montreal! Just one street north of the hotel, Sherbrooke street awaits you with its chic and trendy high- end retailers and its numerous museums. Or, take a walk to Mont Royal and explore nature at its best. Two blocks south takes you to Ste-Catherine street where you can shop till you drop or tease your senses with flavours to tantalize all taste buds. Just a little bit further and you`ll find yourself passing the Convention Center, on your way to Old Montreal with its unique cobblestone roads, its quaint shops and the Harbour. All that Montreal has to offer is at your doorstep!
The VIA Rail Ocean train covers hundreds of kilometres while you slumber, so that upon waking, your eyes alight upon Chaleur Bay in all its misty, early-morning glory.
Located in the heart of downtown on the Link walkway system, the Delta Halifax offers comfortable accommodation by the waterfront. Rooms have either city or harbour views and the ‘Sanctuary’ beds ensures a good night's sleep. Relax in the health club which includes an indoor pool, saunas, whirlpool and climate control exercise room. Theonsite Crown Bistrot offers interesting culinary dishes and if you feel like wandering outside of the hotel for a bite to eat, there are plenty of great options. With easy access to Casino Nova Scotia and the World Trade and Convention Centre. Good times await you at the surrounding historic pubs filled with loud east coast music and fun-loving maritime atmosphere.
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