(Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper)
Experience Vancouver with your private guide before you embark on a luxury train which crosses Canada from West to East. Relax and enjoy the immaculate scenery as you traverse the width of Canada by rail. Travel coast-to-coast from Vancouver on the Pacific Ocean to Nova Scotia on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, delighting your senses as you pass majestic mountains and glacier-fed lakes, to resort towns and modern megacities. Stop overnight in Kamloops, Banff, Jasper, Lake Louise, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax, giving you an impressive contrast of all that Canada has to offer. From cultural centers to natural bliss, this combination journey on the Rocky Mountaineer and VIA Rail will enchant, one kilometer at a time.
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Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with professional driver.
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.
Discover the highlights of Vancouver, a city of mountains, seascapes, forests and unique architecture, including the soaring cedars of Stanley Park, exotic Chinatown and historic Gastown. You can choose to start your tour in Stanley Park, which covers 1,000 acres, of which 800 acres are forested. Stop at the totem pole collection before you continue past Brockton Point Lighthouse to Prospect Place for a glimpse of the North Shore Mountains, West Vancouver and the Lion’s Gate Bridge. Meandering through the park toward English Bay, you will travel though downtown Vancouver to historic Gastown, the city’s oldest neighbourhood. On your way out of the downtown area, you will pass through the second largest Chinatown in North America. With your private driver and professional tour guide, you can customize your tour to your interests. Take your time and see the sights that interest you, and find some hidden gems!
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.
Overnight in comfortable accommodations in Kamloops. Exact hotel will be advised prior to embarking the train.
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.
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.
Today you will enjoy a sightseeing tour of Banff. Among the highlights are visits to Bow Falls, the Banff Gondola (admission included), Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos.
Continue on to Kananaskis for the highlight of today’s adventure, a 12-minute Summit Helicopter Tour over the remarkable landscape of the Rockies. Return transfer back to town.
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
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 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.
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.
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on VIA Rail.
Be at the center of the action at the Hilton Toronto (4*) hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Close to Toronto Union station, and only 40 minutes from Pearson International (YYZ) Airport, this Toronto hotel is connected to the Toronto PATH system, making getting around easy. The 17 miles of connecting tunnel not only ensures easy access around the city – whatever the Canadian winter brings – but, with over 1,200 outlets, it is also the world’s largest underground shopping space. Spacious guest rooms at the Hilton Toronto hotel have oversized desks for working comfort, WiFi, and spectacular city views to enjoy over a drink – the CN Tower is visible from many rooms.
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 the remainder of your day is at leisure.
Delta Centre-Ville (3.5*) is located in the heart of this magnificent city, where Old Montreal and new Montreal blend seamlessly. The hotel is adjacent to the shops, boutiques and galleries of Old Montréal. It is right where you always want to be, near major attractions, festivals and Montreal’s vibrant nightlife. Modern and well-appointed guest rooms and suites will provide the perfect comfort for your stay in vibrant 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.
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.
Enjoy the scenic New Brunswick and Nova Scotia landscapes before arriving in Halifax this afternoon.
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.
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. Return to hotel.
Meet your driver for a private airport transfer with vehicle and driver.
Two taxes, the federal goods and services tax (GST) and the Québec sales tax (QST), are added to the selling price of most goods and services. Several tourist regions charge a specific tax on accommodations. The amount is $2 or $3 a night or 3% of the price of the room per night, before the GST and QST are added.
You must leave a tip on service provided in restaurants and bars and by taxi drivers and hairdressers. The amount, which is not included in the bill, generally represents 10% to 15% of the total bill (before taxes). Here in Québec, for a restaurant bill, we usually add the amounts of the two taxes (GST and QST) together, the sum of which equals approximately 13%. Tipping bellhops or porters is at your discretion (generally, $1 per bag carried).
Most of Québec’s cities enjoy a humid continental climate, with four very distinct seasons and significant differences in temperature marking each one. Summer is hot, while winter sees a considerable amount of snow fall. In fact, Québecers owe their legendary joie de vivre to these climatic variations!
Québec’s Great North is characterized by arctic and subarctic climates. The ancestral land of the Cree and the Inuit is known for its lengthy winters and brief summers.
Visitors holding a driver’s licence from their country of origin can drive on Québec’s roads for a maximum period of six months. This means you don’t have to obtain an international driving permit, although if your papers are in a language other than French or English, it is highly recommended that you do so.
By law, all vehicle occupants must wear a seat belt.
Consuming alcohol or having alcoholic beverages present in a moving vehicle is strictly prohibited under Québec’s Highway Safety Code. Furthermore, a person suspected of driving under the influence will have to submit to a breathalyzer test. If the test reveals a concentration of alcohol in that person’s blood of 80 or more milligrams per 100 millilitres of blood, his or her driver’s permit will be immediately revoked for a 30-day period.
Although the minimum age for driving a car is 16, some car rental companies require that the driver be at least 25, while others charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 21.
The electric current is 110 volts/60 cycles, as it is throughout North America. Because the outlets cannot accommodate European plugs, you’d best bring or buy an adaptor.
Banking & Currency:
The legal tender is the Canadian dollar, which is divided into 100 cents. Bank notes are available in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 dollars, and coins in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 25 cents and 1 and 2 dollars.
The leading credit cards are accepted everywhere, namely Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Traveler’s cheques are generally accepted in large hotels, some restaurants and major stores. Otherwise, they must be cashed at an exchange office or bank.
There are numerous exchange offices in Québec’s main cities. Airports also offer exchange services. Some businesses accept American money, but they offer a less competitive rate than the exchange offices.
Banking institutions are generally open from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. You can withdraw cash from most automatic teller machines (linked to the Cirrus, PLUS System or Interac networks) any time, seven days a week.
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