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The Great Canadian Train Ride



Departing Toronto to Vancouver
13 days & 12 nights
Once Only - October 6-18, 2011




DAY TO DAY ITINERARY
Day 1
Arrive Toronto
 
Guests arrive in Toronto today and check into the Hotel Intercontinental for our two-night stay in Canada's largest city, exciting Toronto, with the balance of the day and evening at leisure.
Day 2
Overnight Toronto
D
All day free for further exploring this wonderful city, highlighted by a welcome dinner at the acclaimed Canyon Creek Grill, a favorite haunt of the great and near-great in Toronto. Overnight at the Hotel Intercontinental.
Day 3
Depart Toronto
L D
The big day as we depart the hotel this afternoon and board the legendary 'CANADIAN' at Union Station for our journey west. The stunning train is a perfect 1950's time capsule with the famed Vista-dome cars, a real old-fashioned dining car and first rate dining and service. Tonight we join for cocktails in the swank, end of train 'Bullet Lounge' before our welcome aboard dinner in the art deco diner as we roll west over the Canadian National Railway.
Day 4
En Route
B L D
All day is spent crossing the Canadian Prairies aboard the Canadian. Civilized amenities abound including hot showers, a special lounge just for First Class passengers, and the best dining on any train in North America, deluxe train travel at its very best in a manner that has all but vanished.
Day 5
En Route
B L D
Overnight on train en-route as the Canadian speeds across the great prairielands over the Canadian National Railway.
Day 6
Overnight Jasper
B L
After lunch the Canadian begins its ascent of the eastern slope of the Rockies, a not to be missed spectacle. This afternoon, we arrive in gorgeous Jasper and transfer to the Amethyst Lodge for our two-night stay in this magical and unspoiled mountain hamlet. All evening free to relax in this glorious setting.
Day 7
Overnight Jasper
B L
All morning to sleep in with a midday excursion to stunningly beautiful Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake with its haunting views of Spirit Island. A final overnight in Jasper to enjoy the unhurried charm of this small town.
Day 8
Overnight Banff
B
A stunning day of sightseeing as we travel to Banff via the Columbia Icefields Parkway and enjoy a ride on the Glacier itself on a ‘Sno-coach’ stopping for lunch en route before our arrival at the Banff Park Lodge with its oversized rooms and great location.
Day 9
Overnight Banff
B D
A full day to enjoy Banff beginning with the gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain followed by a visit to the Banff Hot Springs that have made this village famous. Later tonight, our special dinner at Le Beaujolais.
Day 10
Overnight Banff
B L
Another magical day with a sightseeing tour to Yoho National Park that takes in Bridal Veil Falls, Moraine Lake and Lake Louise with all afternoon at leisure to further enjoy Banff.
Day 11
Depart for Vancouver
B L D
We depart this morning after breakfast bound for Jasper with a special sightseeing tour north over the Icefields Parkway stopping at Peyto Lake and Sunwapta Falls en route. We have included a special lunch today before we board the westbound CANADIAN, featuring spectacular views of the Rockies from its many vista-dome cars, one of the great travel treats in the World. Drinks in the classic Observation Lounge are a highlight tonight followed by dinner in the diner as we roll west over the historic Canadian National Rwy. A good night’s sleep awaits in comfortable Pullman sleeping cars.
Day 12
Overnight Vancouver
B D
The CANADIAN arrives in Vancouver after breakfast time and we have a brief city sightseeing tour of this beautiful city, Canada's third largest. The balance of the day is at leisure. Particularly recommended for viewing are nearby Robson Street with its shops, galleries and boutiques and famous Stanley Park with its commanding views. Guests have time, if they would like, to take the scenic day trip by Ferry to lovely, and very British, Victoria. Tonight is our special farewell dinner, a nice way to say goodbye to newfound friends. Overnight is spent in sumptuous comfort at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Day 13
Check-out/Journey Home
B
Guests depart for home today! Welcome home! (B)

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