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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"

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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.

Highlights

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


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Day 1

Arrive Vancouver

Day 2

Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights)

Day 3

Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 4

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

Day 5

Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 6

Whistler – Sun Peaks

Day 7

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

Day 8

Banff Sightseeing and Free Time

Day 9

Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper

Day 10

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

Day 11 & 12

On Board The Canadian

Day 13

Arrive Toronto (2 Nights)

Day 14

Niagara Peninsula Excursion

Day 15

Depart Toronto

Day 1

Arrive Vancouver Day 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.

Hotel

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Hotel

Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront

Meals

  • Welcome Reception

Day 1

Day 2

Vancouver – Victoria (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Marriott Inner Harbour

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Marriott Inner Harbour

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 2

Day 3

Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Your Choice

Day 3

Day 4

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

Hotel

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 4

Day 5

Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 5

Day 6

Whistler – Sun Peaks Day 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.

Hotel

Sun Peaks Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Hotel

Sun Peaks Grand

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Regional Meal

Day 6

Day 7

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

Hotel

Banff Park Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Banff Park Lodge

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 7

Day 8

Banff Sightseeing and Free Time Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Be My Guest Dining

Day 8

Day 9

Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper Day 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.

Hotel

The Sawridge Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Hotel

The Sawridge Inn

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Farewell Dinner

Day 9

Day 10

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

Hotel

VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Hotel

VIA Rail The Canadian, Sleeper Plus Class

Meals

  • Full Breakfast
  • Dinner

Day 10

Day 11 & 12

On Board The Canadian Day 11 & 12 - 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.

Meals

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

Meals

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

Day 11 & 12

Day 13

Arrive Toronto (2 Nights) Day 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.

Hotel

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Hotel

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 13

Day 14

Niagara Peninsula Excursion Day 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.

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 14

Day 15

Depart Toronto Day 15 - Depart Toronto

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

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Meals

  • Full Breakfast

Day 15

Available Departures

Please see http://www.trafalgar.com:80/uk/tours/contrasts-of-canada for the latest discounts & departure information.

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.

Highlights

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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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.


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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.


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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 12 Reviews

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : We arrived Vancouver in the morning could not get in the hotel till after 3:00 I did not know if I upgraded we may have got in earlier (we were very tired from the flight)From Vancouver to Australia my wife and I were 5 rows apart on the plainProduct : It was good nothing is

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : Well organised , great service , friendly tour director and bus driver ! Offered assistance and made sure everything went smooth.Product : Loved the tour , it was beautiful and comprehensive .

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : I have travelled with Trafalgar Tours a few times and find that their tour guides/director's take pride in bring you the best experience.Product : We saw the best there is to see in the country we wanted to experience.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : It was all that I had expected and more. Our tour director Marlene Kumnick added the spice to make it worth while.Product : For me 3 days on the train was a bit too long, however, having my sleeping coach made it durable. Need more activities.

  • Trip:

    Service:

    Service rating : From the start of the holiday to the finish it was first class,from the hotels to our tour director and our driver.Both Marlene and Bob where full of knowledge and also some really great stories.The hotels where first class as well as the food served.Even though it was a guided

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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.
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