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Trans-Canadian Grandeur

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Tour Pace: Active
Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park, British Columbia
Tour Style: Luxury
16 Days from $6,750 per person

A luxury blend of transport showcases Canada's idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. From the vibrant city of Vancouver, set out for the majestic Rocky Mountains before boarding 'The Canadian' train for a unique rail journey through the western Prairies and lakes of northern Ontario to cosmopolitan Toronto.


Dine at the highly rated YEW Seafood and Bar in Vancouver. Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre in Whistler and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop to create your own tea concoction. The graceful Emerald Lake Lodge is set on a 13-acre peninsula making the perfect location to enjoy Yoho National Park.

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  1. Welcome to Canada's vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city's premier shopping and entertainment district. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood and Bar.
    hotel:Four Seasons, Vancouver.
  2. Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
    hotel:Grand Pacific, Victoria (2 nights).
  3. Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views which have delighted visitors for over 100 years. Check in with an on-site botanist to find out more about your favourite flora. Back in Victoria, enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
    hotel:Grand Pacific, Victoria.
  4. Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. Upon arrival in Whistler, you visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Four Seasons Resort Whistler.
  5. Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. Your home for the night is at the lakeside Delta Grand Okanagen Resort. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by local wines.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Delta Grand Okanagen Resort, Kelowna.
  6. Journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, your destination is the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s'mores (a traditional campfire treat) by a lakeside bonfire.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Emerald Lake Lodge.
  7. The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet (3,048 metres). Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of the turquoise waters and nearby Tower of Babel. Then drive to Lake Louise and iconic The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
  8. Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies' and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. Take a canoe out on the lake, take a hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse or just relax and take in the beauty of the lake surrounded by dense green forest and crowned by the glistening Victoria Glacier. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you enjoy an orientation tour including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Wearing his iconic red serge uniform, he will fascinate you with personal stories, the rich history, and traditions of the RCPM. For your evening meal, you are offered a selection of restaurants, a culinary journey from all corners of the globe, for your dining pleasure.
    meal(s):FB, DA
    hotel:The Fairmont Banff Springs (2 nights).
  9. Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour of Canada's Rockies.
    hotel:The Fairmont Banff Springs.
  10. Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier and Columbia Icefield, North America's largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Your home for the night is the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in the heart of Jasper National Park – an alpine wonderland of immense forests, bejewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. After a Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fun and interactive talk by a wildlife expert that will transport you back in time through storytelling and costume. Their firsthand experience in Jasper's environment reveal an authentic voice teaching about some of the park's most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou.
    meal(s):FB, CD
    hotel:The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.
  11. This morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon's trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Later this afternoon, bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge and settle into your private compartment with en-suite facilities on-board VIA Rail's The Canadian, one of the world's greatest rail journeys. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and impeccable service on-board the train. See prairies stretching to the horizon and cross forests studded with sparkling lakes. Discover the unique pleasure of rail travel by night as the gentle rocking of the train lulls you to sleep.
    meal(s):L, D, FB
    hotel:VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian' (3 nights).
  12. Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city, located on the shore of Lake Ontario. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your stylish hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant city centre. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary 'hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour.

    Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is scheduled for 9:30. While VIA Rail will do everything to rectify any potential delays, local rail traffic conditions may result in significant service disruptions and delays. Should you arrive too late to enjoy your complimentary ‘hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour, we will replace it with with another ticket valid for Day 16 before your departure time; we therefore recommend you do not book an early flight on Day 16 to avoid any potential disappointment.

    hotel:The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto (2 nights).
  13. In the morning, travel to Niagara Falls and board a cruise to the base of the mighty cascades for close up views of one of the world's great natural wonders. Then visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, a nationally recognised historic site. Before returning to Toronto, experience the region's wine-making culture with a visit to a local winery for a tasting.
    hotel:The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto.
  14. Your contrasts of Canada journey comes to an end today as you are taken to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your onward flight.

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Meal Summary

1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 4 Dinners (D), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD). 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners (D) on-board the VIA Rail's The Canadian train

Included Highlights

Signature Experiences

  • Vancouver: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood and Bar inside the Four Seasons Vancouver.
  • Niagara: Stop at a local winery on the Peninsula.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Whistler: Enjoy the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Center where you will embark on a walking tour followed by a Tea Workshop where you will create your own personal concoction.
  • Jasper National Park: With a wildlife expert, learn about the Rocky Mountains.
  • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.

Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.


Explore the Rockies Tour 20 min

Adult Price: $195.00 | Child Price: $195.00

Blades humming, the helicopter from Rockies Heli Canada rises up from the Kananaskis Base and soars away over the valley, crossing snow-capped mountains, rivers, and lakes. Rising to 9,500 feet, gaze upon all of these breathtaking panoramic views as you glide smoothly by on the Explore the Rockies tour. The tour is long enough to get beyond the face of the Rockies and “behind” the peaks. This exciting option typically will provide the excitement of flying through or over a mountain pass with frequent sightings of Big Horn Sheep and occasionally herds of Elk. Subject to weather permitting.


Grand Rockies Tour 30 mins

Adult Price: $325.00 | Child Price: $325.00

The thrill of flight and the breathtaking scenery of the Canadian Rockies as seen from an eagle's perspective - the Grand Rocky Mountain Tour is Rockie Heli's most popular flight from our RHT-K base, the tour will introduce you to the spectacular scenery of the Spray Lakes Valley, the Iconic Three Sisters Mountains of Canmore as well as stunning Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park. Subject to weather permitting.


Summit Helicopter Tour, 12 mins

Adult Price: $135.00 | Child Price: $135.00

The Summit Tour will provide you with you first glimpse into the spectacular Rocky Mountains.   Flying up to 7,000 ft. (2,300 m) above sea level, this tour will give you a taste of beautiful Kananaskis Country and the glorious peaks of the Rocky Mountains. Subject to weather condition.

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Depart Date Return Date Price Discount Availability Price
2 Jul 17 17 Jul 17 checkmark $7,225pp Call 1-877-622-9109
16 Jul 17 31 Jul 17 checkmark $6,750pp Call 1-877-622-9109
23 Jul 17 7 Aug 17 checkmark $7,295pp Call 1-877-622-9109
6 Aug 17 21 Aug 17 checkmark $7,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109
13 Aug 17 28 Aug 17 checkmark $7,195pp Call 1-877-622-9109
20 Aug 17 4 Sep 17 checkmark $7,295pp Call 1-877-622-9109
27 Aug 17 11 Sep 17 checkmark $7,295pp Call 1-877-622-9109
3 Sep 17 18 Sep 17 checkmark $7,295pp Call 1-877-622-9109
17 Sep 17 2 Oct 17 checkmark $6,925pp Call 1-877-622-9109

Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $1,150.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $161 per person.

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  • We suggest bringing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity.  We recommend $4-5 per person/per day for your driver and $6-7 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 dollars per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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