Great Canadian Rail Journey 2019 - 13 days from Toronto to Vancouver

Great Canadian Rail Journey 2019

13 days from Toronto to Vancouver

Starting at $4,069


Destinations & Sightseeing
Itinerary and Meals
Accomodations

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This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.

In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.

Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you on this Canada tour. In Victoria, learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Other fun experiences Globus has included a narrated scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to see famous Spirit Island and an amazing dinner with stunning views atop CN Tower in Toronto.

All of this and more await you on this spectacular tour through Canada!


Destination & Sightseeing

TORONTO [LF] dinner at CN Tower, sightseeing
NIAGARA FALLS Sightseeing cruise
TORONTO–JASPER Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® (travel in Sleeper Plus class)
JASPER NATIONAL PARK Cruise Maligne Lake; sightseeing
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
BANFF NATIONAL PARK Sightseeing
VICTORIAOrientation tour; Butchart Gardens; [LF] private presentation by local historian and storyteller
VICTORIA–VANCOUVER Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
VANCOUVER Sightseeing; farewell dinner
Notes:
  • Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.
Transportation:
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

MEALS

Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver

ITINERARY

Day 1 ARRIVE IN TORONTO.
Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure

Day 2 TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS.
Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall [LF] CN TOWER. (B,D) NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted
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Day 3 TORONTO-VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO.
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Toronto and free time to explore downtown. This afternoon, transfer to Union Station for the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental 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.(B,D) NOTE: On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are arranged by day in arm chair style. By night, beds are converted to upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed. NOTE: Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays
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Day 4 VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO–WINNIPEG, MANITOBA.
Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may choose to disembark the train. Reboard the train and continue west into Saskatchewan
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Day 5 VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–THROUGH MANITOBA & SASKATCHEWAN.
Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties
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Day 6 VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN & ALBERTA–JASPER.
Travel from Saskatoon to Jasper as the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. (BR)

Day 7 JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF.
This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK
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Day 8 BANFF.
Today, the morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies
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Day 9 BANFF–KELOWNA.
This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The evening is at leisure
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Day 10 KELOWNA–VICTORIA.
Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private [LF] PRESENTATION with a local storyteller and historian who will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events
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Day 11 VICTORIA.
Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city
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Day 12 VICTORIA–VANCOUVER.
This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner
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Day 13 VANCOUVER.
Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.

Accommodations

TorontoJasperBanffKelownaVictoriaVancouverVancouver
Marriott Toronto Downtown Eaton Centre
Superior First-Class



525 Bay Street Toronto ON Canada

Located in the heart of Toronto, the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel offers a modern style, sophisticated furnishings, and a prime location from which to explore the some of the most popular attractions in downtown.
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