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Contrasts of Canada

15 Days 2 Countries 14 Cities

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

"Excellent company to travel with. The attention to detail by the company is fantastic"

Catherine

About this trip

An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian.

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… playing horseshoes with your travel companions and listening to music performed by the Guinn Family, while relaxing beneath the stars after a meal of great BBQ whipped together on the family ranch.


Trip type: Cruise Rail and Combos i

Trip code: DIRV

14 Nights

accommodation

23 Meals
  • 14 full breakfasts.

  • 7 dinners (including Be My Guest).

  • 2 lunches.

On-trip Transport

All transport shown. All transfers shown.

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Your Itinerary

1. Arrive Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver. Check in to your hotel and get settled or head out to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.

Meal(s)
Welcome Reception
Hotel
Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

2. Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island. Visit a family-owned winery for a taste of their delectable wines. Later, arrive at your hotel in quaint Victoria.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Marriott Inner Harbour

3. Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time

Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer any questions you may have before spending some time exploring on your own. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of restaurants for a your choice dining experience.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Your Choice

4. Victoria – Sea-to-Sky Highway – Whistler (2 Nights)

Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge while enjoying sweeping views. Later this afternoon, arrive in Whistler.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

5. Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time

Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort and its significance to the 2010 Winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Your Local Specialist, a First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. The afternoon is at leisure in Whistler.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

6. Whistler – Sun Peaks

Leaving Whistler, head through Cache Creek, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Canada. Continue past historic Kamloops, toward the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. Enjoy an interpretive walk before your Regional Meal dinner where a Local Specialist will join you to give a true insider's perspective on the fur trapping and trading industry of the region.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Regional Meal
Hotel
Sun Peaks Grand

7. Sun Peaks – Rocky Mountain National Park – Banff (2 Nights)

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, enter Glacier National Park, crossing the Columbia River and Yoho National Park. Cross the Continental Divide, enter Banff National Park and arrive at your quintessential mountain resort for a relaxing two night stay. Enjoy drinks and a presentation with a Local Specialist where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Banff Park Lodge

8. Banff Sightseeing and Free Time

Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. The afternoon is free. In the evening, join your travelling companions for a visit to a ranch in the scenic Kananaskis Valley as your hosts greet you for a memorable Be My Guest experience and dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Be My Guest Dining

9. Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper

Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Enjoy a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park. Join a Local Specialist and your newfound friends for a "Farewell to the Rockies" Dinner.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Farewell Dinner
Hotel
The Sawridge Inn

10. Jasper Sightseeing – VIA Rail’s The Canadian (3 Nights)

Enjoy an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Embark on a private, narrated cruise across the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island, before returning to Jasper. Later this afternoon, 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, one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. Get settled in and relax in your Sleeper Plus or Prestige Sleeper Class (optional upgrade) compartment.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Dinner
Hotel
VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

11. On Board The Canadian

Enjoy the full experience of travelling aboard VIA Rail's flagship: delicious meals are prepared fresh by local chefs and served in the elegant, fully renovated dining cars. Enjoy wine tastings and interactive presentations on the history, geography and culture of the regions you travel through. From time-to-time, musicians play on board, providing a soundtrack for the journey. As you travel across the continent, take in the sweeping landscapes from the comfort of your private compartment or from the Bullet Lounge, Mural Lounge or the scenic glass dome Skyline and Park cars, where you can unwind with a coffee or make new friends.

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

13. 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 Toronto's vibrant city. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary "hop-on, hop-off" city sightseeing tour.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 15 to avoid any disappointment.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast
Hotel
Sheraton Centre Toronto

14. 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. Continue along the Niagara Parkway to Niagara Falls with photo opportunities at the famed Floral Clock. 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, soaking up the history and heritage of one of Canada's most famous landmarks. The rest of the day is free.

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

15. Depart Toronto

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

Meal(s)
Full Breakfast

The Trafalgar Difference

  • Be My Guest
    Enjoy a hosted dinner on a family-owned ranch in Kananaskis Valley.

  • Hidden Treasures
    Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.

  • Local Specialists
    For included sightseeing in Whistler, with a First Nations ambassador at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and in Sun Peaks, Banff and Jasper.

Find out what makes Trafalgar different.


What's Included

Sightseeing Highlights

    • City tour of Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler and Banff

    • Scenic drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway

    • Iconic train journey aboard VIA Rail's "The Canadian" train

    • View Lake Louise, Stanley Park, Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks

    • Visit the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks and Niagara Falls


What's Included

Dining

    • 14 full breakfasts.

    • 7 dinners
      (including Be My Guest).

    • 2 lunches.


What's Included

Travel Highlights

    • 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)

    • Round-trip ferry across the Strait of Georgia from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

    • Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trusted

    • Hand-picked Insider Experiences

    • Optional Experiences and free time

    • 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


Why Trafalgar?

The Trafalgar Experience

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Enjoy

Enjoy the wonder of travel, crisscrossing the globe through the seasons. On effortless adventures in breathtaking new horizons, forge lifelong friendships and memories. Our lovingly crafted itineraries are a fascinating mosaic of cultures, flavours, festivals and local stories. We’re with you all the way, guiding you and ensuring you experience the real thing: the sheer love of travel, entirely hassle-free.


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Love... Travel

"Is simply the best way to position what our guests love to experience and what we love to deliver" - Gavin Tollman CEO


Meet

Meet warm-hearted locals and like-minded travellers. Along your journey of discovery, stop to share stories and flavours with local farmers, chefs and winemakers. Pause to admire the handicrafts and rich traditions of amazing artisans. Explore the essence of Europe through captivating accounts shared by expert historians and savvy local guides.


Taste

Travelling with your tastebuds, treating them to new flavours, spices and textures along the way. From the very first breakfast to the last nightcap, travelling through Europe indulges your palate, with every meal an opportunity to discover regional fare. Savour each new flavour, try the local tipple and take home fresh culinary inspiration. Let us share our love for food and hospitality with you.


Unwind

Once you've packed your suitcase, we take care of the rest, removing all your concerns so that you can be secure in the knowledge that an award-winning global company with an impeccable reputation has taken care of every little detail. We arrange everything you'll need along your journey - meals, accommodation and travel logistics, because we are with you all the way. Travel the world with peace of mind, knowing you’re in the hands of Trafalgar.


Guest Reviews and Ratings

  • Guest Service Rating from 7 Reviews

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    Very well organised and guided tour

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    Service rating : The service was excellent. Nancy did a good job in handing out information for the next day's times, etc. which could easily be accessed once at arriving at hotel. Some people found it hard to take a photo from mobile phone, so she had hard copies available. All very

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : The first section of the trip - Vancouver to Jasper - was excellent and our tour guide, Nancy Wanstall, was fantastic. However, our arrival at Toronto was messy. There was a problem with the luggage carousel, which was certainly not the fault of the tour director, but we were

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    Service rating : All very goodProduct : Great train trip, with amazing food and wonderful service.

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    Service rating : We especially enjoyed the your choice dining and the Trafalgar treats.Product : This was an awesome way to end our trip.

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    • Why not extend your holiday in Eastern Canada? This program can be combined on select dates with our popular "Best of Eastern Canada" trip for a complete journey including the popular sights of Ottawa, Quebec City and Montreal.
    • Guaranteed Room Share is not available on this trip.
    • VIA Rail Prestige Class Upgrade: Enjoy a larger window, turndown service, stocked mini-bar, private bathroom and shower for your VIA Rail trip. No triples available.
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  • Twin-share option not available for trips to South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Alaska, Hawaii 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 travelling as part of a family group. 

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