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Contrasts of Canada - With Prestige Via Rail

16 Days 2 Countries 14 Cities

An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand Cruise Rail and Combos trip across Canada.

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    • Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is 9:30 a.m., but local rail traffic conditions may result in 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 before your departure time. We therefore recommend a later flight on Day 16 to avoid any disappointment.
    • Enjoy a larger window, turndown service, stocked mini-bar, private bathroom and shower for your VIA Rail trip.XXXXXX per person twin share and XXXXXX single cabin supplement No triples available.TripCode: DIRP
    • "Hop aboard one of Victoria's Inner Harbour water taxis for a scenic ride to Fisherman's Wharf. There, savour some delicious West Coast fish and chips at an open-air seaside table, and then indulge in a tasty treat from Jackson's Ice Cream. Dining al fresco in Victoria-unforgettable!"Robina Parkinson, Travel Director
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    • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
    • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
    • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

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      • Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is 9:30 a.m., but local rail traffic conditions may result in 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 before your departure time. We therefore recommend a later flight on Day 16 to avoid any disappointment.
      • Enjoy a larger window, turndown service, stocked mini-bar, private bathroom and shower for your VIA Rail trip.XXXXXX per person twin share and XXXXXX single cabin supplement No triples available.TripCode: DIRP
      • "Hop aboard one of Victoria's Inner Harbour water taxis for a scenic ride to Fisherman's Wharf. There, savour some delicious West Coast fish and chips at an open-air seaside table, and then indulge in a tasty treat from Jackson's Ice Cream. Dining al fresco in Victoria-unforgettable!"Robina Parkinson, Travel Director
      • Trip prices are per person, land only, based on double occupancy and reflect applicable discount. Discounts are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
      • Trip prices are correct at the time of the products going live, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking. All trip information is correct at time of trips going live, however are subject to change - please confirm all details at time of booking.
      • For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Website Terms of Use page.
      • Double-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii, South Africa, Kenya & Tanzania, Botswana, Zambia or for any holiday & cruise combination, or in Asia and Eastern Mediterranean except Highlights of Turkey (without cruise) & Best of Turkey. It's also not available on Small Group trips.  Guided Vacations included in this restriction are Newfoundland and Labrador (DNLA) as well as Panama, the Canal & Beyond (LPAN).  
      • For trips that are part of our Guaranteed Room Share, please note that there is a no smoking policy in all shared rooms. Solo travel is not accepted on guided Family Experiences holidays unless traveling as part of a family group. 
      • Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange your flights to arrive on or before day 1.

      About this trip

      Your exploration of Canada's interior will take you through Vancouver's Gastown streets, the Olympic slopes of Whistler and icy Athabasca Glacier before boarding 'The Canadian' on an iconic transcontinental rail journey.


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      Trip code: DIRP

      15 Nights

      accommodation

      25 Meals
      • 15 full breakfasts

      • 2 lunches

      • 8 dinners

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      What's Included

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        • CITY TOUR in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff

        • CRUISE across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway

        • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian train

        • VIEW Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens

        • VISIT Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Niagara Falls


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 15 full breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 8 dinners


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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


       

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      Arrive Vancouver (2 Nights)

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      Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

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      Victoria Sightseeing

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      Victoria – Chemainus – Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights)

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      Whistler Sightseeing

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      Whistler – Kamloops

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      Kamloops – Rocky Mountain National Parks – Banff (2 Nights)

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      Banff Sightseeing

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      Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper

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      VIA Rail’s The Canadian (3 Nights)

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      On Board The Canadian

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      Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

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      Niagara Peninsula Excursion

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      Depart Toronto

      Day 1

      Arrive Vancouver (2 Nights) Day 1 - Arrive Vancouver (2 Nights)

      Blaze a trail through the heart of Canada, beginning your untamed adventure in the West Coast wonderland of Vancouver. Spend the day discovering the city's scenic surrounds, then join your Travel Director and fellow travel companions for a Welcome Reception this evening.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Hotel

      Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

      Meals

      • Welcome Reception

      Day 1

      Day 2

      Vancouver Sightseeing Day 2 - Vancouver Sightseeing

      Visit Capilano Suspension Bridge Park before delving into the historic neighbourhoods of Chinatown and Gastown, whose Victorian heritage stems from a single tavern founded by 'Gassy Jack'. We explore the city's leafy peninsula on a visit to Stanley Park.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 3

      Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights) Day 3 - Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

      Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island to savour the crisp, sweet flavours of craft cider during a visit to one of the island's most renowned cider houses. Continue to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia.

      Hotel

      Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 4

      Victoria Sightseeing Day 4 - Victoria Sightseeing

      Enjoy breakfast at Butchart Gardens and learn how the spectacular floral display was once a giant disused quarry. Spend some time strolling through the garden. Enjoy a your choice dining experience tonight.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Your Choice Dining

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      Day 5

      Victoria – Chemainus – Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights) Day 5 - Victoria – Chemainus – Squamish – Whistler (2 Nights)

      Admire the outdoor gallery displayed in Chemainus, then return to the mainland by ferry. We embark on a scenic road-trip, winding along the Sea-to-Sky to the ski resort sensation of Whistler where our Stay with a Story is the alpine village's landmark ski-in ski-out hotel.

      Hotel

      Fairmont Chateau Whistler

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Hotel

      Fairmont Chateau Whistler

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Regional Meal

      Day 5

      Day 6

      Whistler Sightseeing Day 6 - Whistler Sightseeing

      Visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and listen to a traditional welcome song from your Local Specialist First Nations ambassador. Spend the rest of your day at leisure.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 6

      Day 7

      Whistler – Kamloops Day 7 - Whistler – Kamloops

      We wind our way from Whistler to Kamloops. The evening is yours to enjoy on your terms.

      Hotel

      Kamloops DoubleTree

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Kamloops DoubleTree

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 8

      Kamloops – Rocky Mountain National Parks – Banff (2 Nights) Day 8 - Kamloops – Rocky Mountain National Parks – Banff (2 Nights)

      Explore the UNESCO-listed national parks that protect this striking mountain landscape - Mount Revelstoke National Park, Yoho National Park and Banff National Park, where we'll meet a retired "Mountie" Local Specialist. 

      Hotel

      Banff Park Lodge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Banff Park Lodge

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 9

      Banff Sightseeing Day 9 - Banff Sightseeing

      Immerse yourself in Banff's soul-stirring natural surrounds. We venture into the Kananaskis Valley to Connect with Locals at a traditional Rocky Mountain Be My Guest dinner.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner with wine

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      Day 10

      Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper Day 10 - Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper

      The clear waters of Lake Louise provide a mesmerising backdrop for our short lakeside talk this morning. We board an Ice Explorer for our exploration of the Athabasca Glacier. Arriving at our hotel in Jasper National Park, we enjoy a "Farewell to the Rockies" dinner with our newfound friends. 

      Hotel

      The Sawridge Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

      Hotel

      The Sawridge Inn

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Farewell Dinner

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      Day 11

      VIA Rail’s The Canadian (3 Nights) Day 11 - VIA Rail’s The Canadian (3 Nights)

      Bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you board VIA Rail's The Canadian for your independent transcontinental journey across Canada, from Jasper to Toronto. Take in the legendary scenery, get settled in and relax in your Sleeper Plus or Prestige Sleeper Class (optional upgrade) compartment.

      Hotel

      VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

      Hotel

      VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast
      • Dinner

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      Day 12 & 13

      On Board The Canadian Day 12 & 13 - On Board The Canadian

      Enjoy the full experience of travelling aboard VIA Rail's flagship with delicious meals prepared fresh by local chefs. Enjoy wine tastings, interactive presentations and sometimes even musicians. As you travel across the continent, take in the sweeping landscapes from the comfort of your private compartment or from the scenic Skyline and Park glass dome cars. Enjoy a larger, turndown service, stocked mini-bar, private bathroom and shower with your Prestige Class upgrade.

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      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
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      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner
      • Full Breakfast
      • Lunch
      • Dinner

      Day 12 & 13

      Day 14

      Arrive Toronto (2 Nights) Day 14 - Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

      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 hotel in the heart of vibrant city. Time permitting, start exploring with your complimentary "hop-on, hop-off" city sightseeing tour.

      Hotel

      Sheraton Centre Toronto

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Hotel

      Sheraton Centre Toronto

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 14

      Day 15

      Niagara Peninsula Excursion Day 15 - Niagara Peninsula Excursion

      Today, venture to the Niagara Peninsula for a full day sightseeing tour. Take in the picturesque countryside of the Niagara Peninsula and stop at one of the local wineries where you can sample selections of some of Ontario's finest wines. Board the Hornblower for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. Enjoy some free time around the falls before heading back toward Niagara-on-the-Lake, stopping along the way for photo opportunities at the observation deck. Once in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will have time to stroll through the charming streets of one of Canada's most famous landmarks.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

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      Day 16

      Depart Toronto Day 16 - Depart Toronto

      Your journey comes to an end with a transfer to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Meals

      • Full Breakfast

      Day 16

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      The Trafalgar Difference

      • STAYS WITH STORIES
        Stay at an alpine retreat at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. (Day 5)

      • CONNECT WITH LOCALS
        Enjoy a hosted dinner on a family-owned ranch in Kananaskis Valley at the foothills of the Canadian Rockies. (Day 9)

      • LOCAL SPECIALIST
        For included sightseeing in Whistler, with a First Nations ambassador at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and meet a retired Mountie in Banff. (Days 6, 8)

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      Highlights

      What's Included

      Sightseeing Highlights

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        • CITY TOUR in Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff

        • CRUISE across Maligne Lake to iconic Spirit Island

        • SCENIC DRIVE along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, Icefields Parkway

        • ICONIC TRAIN journey aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian train

        • VIEW Lake Louise, Athabasca Glacier, Rogers Pass, Athabasca Falls, Sea-to-Sky Gondola, Butchart Gardens

        • VISIT Chase, Banff National Park, Jasper National Park, Niagara Falls


      What's Included

      Dining

        • 15 full breakfasts

        • 2 lunches

        • 8 dinners


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      Travel Highlights

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        • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing

        • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals

        • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)

        • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

        • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

        • Optional Experiences and free time

        • All porterage and local charges included

        • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

        • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver

        • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

        • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holiday

        • VIP entry to many sights


        Airport Transfers

      • Specific transfer information can be found on the airport transfers page


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