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Trans Canadian Adventure 2014

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Jasper National Park, Alberta, CanadaLake in CanadaVancouver at night in British Columbia, CanadaWhistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, CanadaNiagara Falls in Ontario, CanadaToronto skyline in Ontario, CanadaTravel across Canada onboard The CanadianBreathtaking scenery onboard The Canadian
Jasper National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lake in Canada
Vancouver at night in British Columbia, Canada
Whistler Olympic Park in British Columbia, Canada
Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada
Toronto skyline in Ontario, Canada
Travel across Canada onboard The Canadian
Breathtaking scenery onboard The Canadian
  • Duration: 14 Days
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  • Brochure: America and Canada 2014
  • Style: Discovery
  • Description: Immerse yourself in the grand sights and vibrant culture of Canada as you embark on this tour from Vancouver to Toronto. Explore historic Chinatown in Vancouver, visit the Olympic venue of Whistler, tour through the majestic Rocky Mountains, enjoy sightseeing in urban Toronto and discover one of the world's greatest natural wonders, Niagara Falls, during a cruise to the base of the falls.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Welcome to Vancouver, Canada's third largest city and the jewel of British Columbia! Check into your hotel and spend some time exploring before gathering at 6 p.m. at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Be swept away by sparkling Vancouver with its sweeping views of English Bay. Set out for Stanley Park and its towering totem poles and explore the vibrant neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown with their cobbled streets. Travel by ferry to cross the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island and Victoria, where you'll see the lovely Inner Harbour and the impressive Parliament Buildings. Visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly balanced vintages carefully crafted with grapes farmed over 100 acres and aged in French Oak barrels. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines, followed by a private tour of the winery. This afternoon, tour the exhibits of cyde and free-flight tropical butterflies at the Butterfly Gardens, an indoor world of tropical colour and sights and home to more than 3,000 butterflies.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

    Hotel: Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Start your day with breakfast at the world-famous Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre preserve of gorgeous floral gardens. Learn about the history of the gardens as well as current exhibits featuring flowers in their full summer bloom. Spend some time exploring the gardens on your own, strolling its winding pathways, spotting colourful butterflies and taking in their unique natural beauty. Back in Victoria, enjoy the rest of the day on your own.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 4


    Return to the mainland and board your motorcoach for the scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, which winds between the glittering waters of Howe Sound and the soaring Coastal Mountains. Feel the spray on your face and listen to the thunder of the water at the 1,105 foot (337 metre-high) Shannon Falls near the town of Squamish, once the southern terminal of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. Arrive in Whistler and stretch your legs on a guided walking tour of the village that hosted part of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. This evening, enjoy a Highlight Dinner with your travelling companions.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Highlight Dinner)

    Hotel: Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 5


    Head east as you cross the Coast Mountains and travel along remote Duffy Lake Road through some of the most beautiful scenery in Canada. At historic Hat Creek Ranch, chat with costumed interpreters who introduce you to what life was like in the midst of the great gold rush of the 1860s. Before the gold rush brought prospectors and fortune seekers, the Shuswap people lived in this verdant valley. Visit a local village where you can meet and talk with natives who still live close to the land.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: The Thompson Hotel (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, home to old-growth rainforest and alpine meadows rich with wildflowers. Enter Glacier National Park and climb over stunning Rogers Pass—keep an eye out for native wildlife such as caribou, mountain goats and grizzly bears. After crossing the Columbia River, you're on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Yoho National Park with its towering waterfalls, ice-clad peaks and the Natural Bridge that spans the length of the Kicking Horse River. Surmount the Continental Divide, and enter Banff National Park where you arrive at your quintessential alpine resort.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Banff Park Lodge (F)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. Then board the Banff Gondola for a ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain for a bird's-eye view of six mountain ranges. Spend the rest of the day as you like; explore the shops along Banff Avenue, or join one of the many optional activities, including a scenic helicopter flight over Mount Assiniboine, a river float trip down the Bow River or a fun-filled dinner show this evening.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 8


    Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise where you'll learn about the history and geology of the area on a short interpretive walk. Then, soak in the stunning scenery with its azure glacial waters surrounded by deep green forests and jagged snow-covered mountains. Head north amidst a landscape of towering peaks, thundering waterfalls and ancient glaciers, keeping an eye out for elk, black bear and mountain goat. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield when you board an Ice Explorer on the massive Athabasca Glacier. More action is in store if you'd like to take an optional float trip on the Athabasca River on the way to Jasper National Park. Stay in the heart of the park where you'll learn about the wildlife that call these stunning mountains home at an interactive, after-dinner presentation by a naturalist, your Local Expert, on Jasper wildlife.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Chateau Jasper (SF)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    Enjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Rockies. Learn about the underground river system while strolling along the canyon's trail past beautiful waterfalls and spectacular rock formations. Bid farewell to your Travel Director and enjoy some free time before boarding the Canadian Train for your independent rail journey to Eastern Canada. Relax in your private Sleeper Plus class compartment with en suite facilities, and settle in for one of the world's great train journeys.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 10 to Day 11


    Enjoy your comfortable compartment, delicious meals and gracious service. Unwind with a drink in the welcoming lounge and be sure to spend some time in the open dome car with panoramic views of the passing landscape. As your rail adventure continues, experience all the natural glory of Canada: snow-capped mountains, pristine lakes, expansive prairies stretching to the horizon, sparkling rivers and endless evergreen forests.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner / Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

  • Day 12


    After breakfast, your train arrives in Toronto where you are met, welcomed to the city and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to discover the sights of Toronto aboard a Hop-On, Hop-Off London-style, double-decker sightseeing tour bus.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel (MD)

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 13


    Experience the majesty of one of the world's great natural wonders. Travel through Niagara Peninsula, a lush wine-growing region, before arriving at Niagara Falls. Enjoy a panoramic view of the falls before an exhilarating boat ride to the base of spectacular Horseshoe Falls. You'll have plenty of time for shopping and picture taking before continuing to the historic, picturesque community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Finish your unforgettable Niagara visit with a Local Speciality wine tasting experience at a local winery.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 14


    Your journey comes to an end with a complimentary transfer to Toronto International Airport or extend your stay at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Be My Guest Enjoy a private lunch, tour and tasting at a family-owned winery in Victoria.
  • Local Speciality Indulge in local vintages at a winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • Local Expert Enjoy a wildlife presentation in Jasper.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • VancouverDiscover Chinatown, Gastown, English Bay and Stanley Park.
  • VictoriaSee the city's landmarks; explore Butchart Gardens and Butterfly Gardens.
  • WhistlerJoin a guided walking tour of this 2010 Olympic venue.
  • Cache CreekVisit the historic Hat Creek Ranch and a native village.
  • Banff National ParkExplore this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • BanffTour the township; enjoy a scenic gondola ride.
  • Lake LouiseJoin an interpretive walk along the lake.
  • Icefields ParkwayMotor along this spectacular alpine drive.
  • Columbia IcefieldsRide an Ice Explorer onto the Athabasca Glacier.
  • Jasper National ParkEnjoy an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon; stay in the heart of the park.
  • TorontoEnjoy a Hop-On, Hop-Off Toronto city sightseeing day pass.
  • Niagara FallsCruise to the base of the mighty falls; visit Niagara-on-the-Lake.


  • 13 full breakfasts
  • 3 lunches:
    • Be My Guest lunch with wine in Victoria
    • 2 lunches onboard The Canadian
  • 7 evening meals:
    • Welcome Reception with light appetisers and drinks with your Travel Director in Vancouver
    • 2 three-course dinners
    • 3 three-course dinners onboard The Canadian
    • A Highlight Dinner with wine in Whistler

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your holiday to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo and map.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • Airport transfers are provided on the first and last day of your guided holiday
  • 13 nights First Class accommodation
  • VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian Train (Sleeper Plus class) from Jasper to Toronto
  • On Train: Private compartment with en suite facilities that transforms into a bedroom at night with comfortable upper and lower berths
  • On Train: Delicious meals served in the Dining Car
  • On Train: Full access to the Skyline Car with its glass-dome ceiling, Park Car and lounges
  • On Train: All tips to train personnel included.
  • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay

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