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Trans-Canada Rail Adventure & the Rockies - 2021

Vancouver • Banff • Lake Louise • Jasper • Toronto
  • RIDE THROUGH THE CANADIAN ROCKIES ABOARD THE FAMED ROCKY MOUNTAINEER TRAIN IN THE UTMOST COMFORT
  • EMBARK ON A SNOW COACH RIDE, SPECIFICALLY DESIGNED TO DRIVE OVER THE 900-FOOT-THICK ATHABASCA GLACIER
  • INTERACT WITH A MOUNTIE DURING YOUR VISIT TO THE SCENIC BANFF NATIONAL PARK
  • COME ABOARD VIA CANADA’S TRAIN THE CANADIAN FOR A RAIL ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME
  • 2 NIGHTS AT THE DELUXE RIMROCK RESORT HOTEL IN BANFF
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Discover a breathtaking way to explore the beauty of our neighbor to the north on this trans-Canada rail trip. On Trans-Canada Rail Adventure & the Rockies, experience all the Canadian Rocky Mountains has to offer, including walks across a glacier, touring Banff and Jasper National Parks, and embarking on two magnificent train rides that hark back to the golden age of rail traveling.

First, you'll enjoy a panoramic tour of cosmopolitan Vancouver. From Vancouver, you'll board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf, with the option to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service. Your train is ready to transport you across rolling ranch lands, past snowcapped mountains, and along the shores of mighty rushing rivers and clear blue lakes. You'll travel in daylight, too, so that you don't miss any of the captivating scenery during your Canadian Rockies vacation. After an evening in Kamloops, you'll stop for two nights in the mountain town of Banff, where you'll experience the grandeur of the Canadian Rockies. You'll see glacier-fed Lake Louise, travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, and ride a snow coach atop Athabasca Glacier. Your trans-Canada rail trip then continues aboard VIA Rail Canada’s train The Canadian, advancing across Canada's heartland and concluding with two nights in Toronto. With 8 included features and Cultural Discoveries, plus rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies, this is an experience not to be missed.

Vancouver to Toronto

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Vancouver, British Columbia

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DAY 1:

Welcome to Vancouver, British Columbia

Your explorations of our neighbor to the north begin when you fly to beautiful Vancouver. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Or, depart two days earlier for your Vancouver pre-trip extension.

Today, enjoy time at leisure to explore this lively seaside city on your own. Vancouver offers the best of both worlds — cosmopolitan attractions set against a splendid backdrop of snowy mountain peaks and glittering Pacific inlets. Later, join a Welcome Reception, with dinner on your own.

DAY 2:

Explore the city of Vancouver

Today, discover the many facets of this sparkling city on a panoramic tour. You’ll see Chinatown, one of the largest and most vibrant in North America, as well as Stanley Park, an evergreen oasis of 1,000 acres, and Gastown, a restored 19th-century business district with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Your tour includes a stop at Granville Island and the Granville Island Market, where you'll have time for lunch on your own. Tonight, join your fellow Vantage travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Vancouver panoramic city tour

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 3:

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer through British Columbia

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for one of the world’s great rail journeys! Settle into your seating in the SilverLeaf Service, with reclining dome-level seats & oversized windows, or GoldLeaf Service, which includes full-length glass-domed panoramic windows for better viewing, plus upgraded meals.

Relax in your reclining seat as you take in astonishing views — including the Fraser River Valley, Fraser Canyon, Hell’s Gate, and Thompson River — and listen to expert commentary. You’ll travel during daylight for optimal viewing, then overnight in Kamloops in lodging arranged by Rocky Mountaineer. Please note that hotels will vary based on train category selected.

Included Feature:

  • 2-day train journey on Rocky Mountaineer

Cultural Discovery:

  • Daily commentary and lectures onboard

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 4:

Continue aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, Alberta

Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue past Shuswap Lake and Craigellachie to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent alpine scenery and a wide range of wildlife.

You’ll cross Rogers Pass and ride through three Canadian National Parks — Banff, Yoho, and Glacier. Arriving in Banff, you’ll check in to your 5-star hotel for a two-night stay. Located just out of town near Banff’s famed hot springs, your hotel offers elegant accommodations and amenities — and the most incredible views in the Canadian Rockies!

Included Meals:

Breakfast  & Lunch

DAY 5:

Embrace the beauty of Banff

Set off today to discover Banff National Park and such highlights as natural hot springs and Lake Louise, considered the jewel of the Rockies for its stunning sapphire-colored waters. You'll have the opportunity to meet a Canadian Mountie, then enjoy an included lunch in Banff in the midst of the scenery near Lake Louise. Catch the best views around with a ride on the Banff Gondola, reaching a 360° observation deck overlooking six mountain ranges.

Included Feature:

  • Visit to Lake Louise and ride the Banff Gondola

Cultural Discovery:

  • Meet a Canadian Mountie

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6:

Embark VIA Rail Canada’s train The Canadian through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba

Today you’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, which connects Banff and Jasper National Parks. Along the way, view majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. At the vast, gleaming Columbia Ice Fields, you’ll embark on a snow coach ride, specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. You’ll then continue to Jasper National Park.

Later this afternoon, board The Canadian to begin your three-day rail journey in a Sleeper Touring Class Service, a private sleeper compartment with half bath.

Included Feature:

  • Drive along Icefields Parkway and Snowcoach excursion

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 7:

Travel across Canada on The Canadian

Relax aboard The Canadian and watch the world go by as you traverse the beautiful Canadian countryside. Stops include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and an evening stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During your journey today you'll enjoy interesting lectures about local Canadian history and the destinations you'll visit.

Included Feature:

  • 2-day train journey on The Canadian

Cultural Discovery:

  • Daily lectures onboard

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 8:

Soak in the natural views from The Canadian

Roll across Canada’s heartland, past the wide-open spaces and golden grain fields of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Along the way, you’ll enjoy included meals, expert commentary, and marvelous scenery from the Park Car with its 360° glass dome (accessible only to Sleeper Touring Class Service passengers).

Cultural Discovery:

  • Onboard lectures on "Canadian Railway, Province of Ontario, and City of Toronto"

Included Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 9:

Disembark your train in Toronto, Ontario

After your arrival at the Toronto train station, you’ll explore the city’s delightful ethnic neighborhoods on your panoramic city tour. Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a great multicultural melting pot.

Then, spend the afternoon exploring the city’s many attractions on your own. Perhaps you’ll take a 10-minute ferry to Toronto Islands, or visit the Distillery District, an arts and cultural community filled with wonderfully preserved Victorian buildings.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic city tour of Toronto 

Included Meals:

Breakfast

DAY 10:

Discover more of Toronto on your own

Today is yours at leisure to explore Toronto on your own. This evening, toast your cross-continental journey and new friends at a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Meals:

Breakfast & Dinner

DAY 11:

Say goodbye to Canada

Today you'll be transferred to the airport and fly home from Toronto.

Included Meals:

Breakfast

Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or local representatives at the destination.

Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary.

Note: That hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.

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