10-day/9-night Jonview Independent rail tour Toronto to Victoria
This rail journey invites you to travel in luxury from Toronto’s urban excitement, through a spellbinding diversity of landscapes to Vancouver, a metropolitan gem on the Pacific coast. Explore cosmopolitan Toronto before boarding VIA Rail’s famous “Canadian” travelling west through the lake regions of Manitoba and the grain fields of Saskatchewan. Once in Alberta, you will embark on a tour of the Canadian Rockies, culminating in a visit to the Columbia Icefield. Your journey continues as you board the Rocky Mountaineer and enjoy daylight train travel through some of the most spectacular areas in Western Canada en route to Vancouver. Sightseeing tours of Toronto and Vancouver, as well as day trips to Niagara Falls and Victoria are sure to enhance your experience.
Day 1. Arrive Toronto Day 2. Toronto Day 3. Niagara Falls excursion, Toronto Days 4 & 5. Toronto, VIA Rail ‘The Canadian“ Day 6. VIA Rail “The Canadian”, Jasper Day 7. Jasper Day 8. Jasper, Icefields Parkway, Lake Louise Day 9. Lake Louise, Banff Day 10. Banff National Park Day 11. Rocky Mountaineer, Kamloops Day 12. Rocky Mountaineer, Vancouver Day 13. Vancouver Day 14. Victoria excursion Day 15. Depart Vancouver
YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE INCLUDES:
√ 14 nights accommodation (including 3 nights on board The Canadian).
√ 2-hour sightseeing tour of Toronto.
√ Full day excursion to Niagara Falls including lunch and Hornblower Niagara Cruise ‘Voyage to the Falls’ boat tour (substituted by ‘Journey Behind the Falls‘ in the off season.
√ Toronto to Jasper rail passage on VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian‘ (section accommodation)
√ Transfer from train station to Jasper hotel (For Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge only).
√ Full day sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise (Ice Explorer ride included).
√ Scheduled transfer from Lake Louise to Banff.
√ 3-hour sightseeing tour of Banff.
√ Banff, Kamloops, Vancouver rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (SilverLeaf Service).
√ Transfers to/from Kamloops station.
√ Hop-on/Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver.
√ Full day excursion to Victoria including Butchart Gardens visit.
√ Three breakfasts, three lunches and two dinners aboard VIA Rail.
√ Two breakfasts and two lunches aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.
√ Provincial Taxes and Federal HST, less tour package rebate.
NOT INCLUDED: Flights, airport taxes, transfers (unless specified), Airport Improvement Fee, National Park entrance fees, meals and attractions unless specified.
DAY 1 ARRIVAL IN TORONTO. Arrive at Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon check-in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore Canada’s commercial and cultural centre. Overnight in Toronto.
DAY 2 TORONTO. Discover the many identities of this cosmopolitan city on a sightseeing tour of Toronto . Highlights include the provincial Parliament Buildings, City Hall, the financial district, Chinatown, residential areas, the waterfront and the CN Tower. The remainder of the day is free for independent exploration, shopping or simple relaxation. Overnight in Toronto.
DAY 3 NIAGARA FALLS EXCURSION/VIA RAIL/THE CANADIAN. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls . The route travels through the lush fruit-growing district of the Niagara Peninsula to the spectacle of Niagara Falls. Board the Hornblower Niagara Cruises Voyage To The Falls boat tour for a spectacular boat trip to the foot of the Horseshoe Falls. Ample time will be spent at the falls to give you every opportunity to take pictures and admire the thundering waters . Highlights include a lunch and a trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge. Pass through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake before returning to Toronto. Transfer independently to Union station to board VIA Rail’s The Canadian en route to western Canada . Overnight on board VIA Rail’s The Canadian. Lunch included.
DAYS 4-5 VIA RAIL / THE CANADIAN. Travelling north of the Great Lakes, view the rugged terrain of the Canadian Shield, some of North America’s oldest rock formations. Rich in minerals and forests, the region is dotted with thousands of freshwater lakes . By early evening, the train crosses the border into the province of Manitoba and stops briefly in its capital, Winnipeg . Overnights on board VIA Rail’s The Canadian. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.
DAY 6 VIA RAIL / THE CANADIAN / JASPER. By early morning, you will have crossed the vast expanses of prairie flatland in Saskatchewan and Alberta, and will be approaching the imposing silhouette of the Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the spectacle of nature as the train enters Jasper National Park. Overnight in Jasper. Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 7 JASPER. You have a full day to relax and tour Jasper and the surrounding area. Enjoy a ride on the Jasper Tramway or visit Miette Hot Springs . Take in the breathtaking panorama of Jasper National Park’s serene lakes and gentle meadows standing in stark contrast to its jagged peaks and spectacular glaciers . Overnight in Jasper.
DAY 8 JASPER TO LAKE LOUISE. Today will be an unforgettable journey as you depart Jasper on your transfer along the Icefields Parkway, one of the most scenic roads in all of Canada. Every turn unveils spectacular vistas of magnificent peaks, outstretched valleys, cascading waterfalls and mountain meadows alive with colour. At the Columbia Icefield, ride in an Ice Explorer to explore the Athabasca Glacier (ride included) . Continuing just beyond the edge of the glacial shelf, you arrive at Lake Louise – a verdant shimmering lake reflecting the majesty of the Victoria Glacier. Overnight in Lake Louise.
DAY 9 LAKE LOUISE TO BANFF. Take some time in the morning to explore the village of Lake Louise – a picturesque gateway to the mountain areas of Banff National Park, its small train station made famous in the film Dr . Zhivago. Today you will be transferred through the winding roads of Banff National Park to arrive at the Banff town site. Wildlife meander through the green spaces creating truly unique photo opportunities . Boutiques, confectioners and eateries line the quaint boulevards, adding to the charm of this picturesque alpine town. Overnight in Banff.
DAY 10 BANFF NATIONAL PARK. This morning, discover the town of Banff and its natural surroundings on a comprehensive sightseeing tour . The tour will show you some of Banff National Park’s many highlights, including the Hoodoos, curiously shaped by centuries of erosion, Surprise Corner and Tunnel Mountain Drive, overlooking the beautiful scenery of the Bow River Valley. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight in Banff.
DAY 11 ROCKY MOUNTAINEER BANFF TO KAMLOOPS. Today you board the Rocky Mountaineer heading west to the Pacific Coast. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in western Canada . The route departs the Rockies through Kicking Horse Pass, then climbs into the Selkirk Mountains following Rogers Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the arid ranchland of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Overnight in Kamloops . Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 12 ROCKY MOUNTAINEER KAMLOOPS TO VANCOUVER. Today your spectacular daylight rail excursion to Vancouver continues . The journey leads through the “cowboy country” ranchland of the British Columbia interior and along the mighty Thompson and Fraser rivers . Rugged mountain peaks and rolling, wind-swept hills will define the horizon as you traverse the interior and approach the Coastal Mountains surrounding Vancouver. Upon arrival in Vancouver, transfer independently to your hotel . Overnight in Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch included.
DAY 13 VANCOUVER. Discover Vancouver on a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, taking in the sights of historic Gastown, English Bay, Granville Island, the colourful totem poles of scenic Stanley Park and much more. Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 14 VICTORIA EXCURSION. This full-day trip to Victoria begins with a cruise through the scenic Gulf Islands and includes a visit to the acclaimed Butchart Gardens . Afterwards continue to Victoria for a city sightseeing tour that encompasses Victoria’s stately homes and gardens as well as historic landmarks . You will see the University of Victoria and Beacon Hill Park and pass the Royal British Columbia Museum, Thunderbird Park, the Parliament Buildings and the exclusive homes of the Uplands and Oak Bay. You will return to Vancouver in the early evening. Overnight in Vancouver.
DAY 15 END OF TOUR. Individually transfer to Vancouver International Airport in time to check in for your return flight.
Just America provides a full tailor-made holiday service and will be pleased to quote for transatlantic flights, additional accommodation and upgrades on the VIA Rail and Rocky Mountaineer services, please enquire at the time of booking.
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Please note: Blackouts for Deluxe category: Departures 07-10 Sep are not available due to hotel contract blackouts in Toronto.
Deposit and cancellation policy: 11% deposit is required at the time of booking. Name changes or date changes are considered cancellations.
Just America will be pleased to assist with transatlantic flights, additional pre and post tour accommodation and onward travel to other destinations within North America. Call Just America for tour availability on 01489 892329 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Location Standard Deluxe Toronto Holiday Inn Toronto Downtown or Courtyard By Marriott Fairmont Royal York or Sheraton Centre Hotel Jasper Lobstick Lodge or Marmot Lodge Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Lake Louise Mountaineer Lodge Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Banff Elk & Avenue Hotel or Banff Ptarmigan Inn Fairmont Banff Springs or Rimrock Resort Hotel Kamloops Thompson Hotel or similar Thompson Hotel or similar Vancouver Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or
Rosedale On Robson Suite Hotel
Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or Pan Pacific Hotel