2014 Great Canadian Train Ride
- By Luxury Train
- 13 Days
- Priced From:
- $5,495 per person
2014 Great Canadian Train Ride
For many decades, one of the 'must-do' holidays on every travelers list has been the legendary cross-Canada train trip, from Toronto to Vancouver, across the Dominion in vista-dome comfort. At Train Holidays, we have long believed that only one addition could make this idea better: Leisurely hotel stays in each great part of Canada along with intelligent, comprehensive sightseeing.
For those travelers to whom 'how' they get somewhere means as much as what they do, we offer up the most acclaimed train in North America, Via Rail's showcase 'Canadian' where all of our guests enjoy First Class sleeping car accommodations in 'Silver & Blue' class with all meals aboard included. Guests enjoy access to the splendid art deco dining car, the signature dome cars with all-around viewing and the famous 'Park Car' with its Bullet Lounge and Mural Bar.
As befits an elegant holiday, we have included some very stylish events 'ashore' as well, including dinner in Toronto at the chic Canyon Creek Grill, stylish a dinner at Le Beaujolais in Banff,and an indulgent two-day stay in Vancouver at the beautifully situated Hyatt Regency Hotel, an elegant luxury hotel of great style.
In the Rockies, our guests enjoy five days of sightseeing including Jasper, Banff and Lake Louise as well as seldom-visited places like Moraine Lake, Maligne Canyon and Bridal Veil Falls. All sightseeing is included.
Book Early and receive a free pre-tour hotel stay at Niagara Falls before the tour!
- Fully hosted by a professional tour manager.
- Three-day/Two-night stay in Toronto at the superbly located Westin Harbour Castle.
- Passage from Toronto to Jasper and Vancouver aboard VIA Rail's acclaimed vista-domeliner 'The Canadian' in First Class sleeping car accommodations including all meals whilst aboard.
- Three-nights accommodation in Banff at the ultra-luxe Banff Park Lodge in superior rooms.
- Two-night stay in Jasper at the Amethyst Lodge with Jasper sightseeing including seldom visited Maligne Lake and Maligne Canyon.
- Columbia Icefield Sno-coach tour atop Athabasca Glacier.
- Banff sightseeing tour including the famous Gondola ride and a visit to Banff Hot Springs.
- Lake Louise sightseeing tour including lunch at fabled Chateau Lake Louise!
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour upon arrival in Vancouver.
- Overnight deluxe stay in Vancouver at the Hyatt Regency Hotel including breakfast.
- Farewell dinner in Vancouver.
- Low-cost Amtrak transfer to Seattle available.
No other company offers the indulgent luxury of five full nights in the Canadian Rockies as part of a cross-Canada rail journey, one of the many reasons this one-time holiday always sell out!
A Glorious Start... with our Compliments!Book early and enjoy FREE train travel from ANY US City to Niagara Falls and enjoy a complimentary overnight hotel stay before the tour overlooking Niagara Falls, a cruise on the famed Maid of the Mist sightseeing boat for great photos, followed by a visit to charming Niagara on the Lake, before the short drive into Toronto the next day! Not only does this save a costly fare for you to Toronto, but offers up even more visual desserts in one superlative holiday. Only a limited number of these spots are available so don’t delay!
Day 1: Arrive TorontoGuests arrive in Toronto today and check into the Westin Harbour Castle 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 TorontoAll 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 Westin Harbour Castle. (D)
Day 3: Depart TorontoThe 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. (L,D)
Day 4: En RouteAll 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. (B,L,D)
Day 5: En RouteOvernight on train en-route as the Canadian speeds across the great prairielands over the Canadian National Railway. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Overnight JasperAfter 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. (B,L)
Day 7: Overnight JasperAll 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. (B,L)
Day 8: Overnight BanffA 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. (B)
Day 9: Overnight BanffA 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. (B,D)
Day 10: Overnight BanffAnother 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. (B,L)
Day 11: Depart for VancouverWe 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 Railway. A good night’s sleep awaits in comfortable Pullman sleeping cars. (B,L,D)
Day 12: Overnight VancouverThe 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. (B,D)
Day 13: Check-out/Journey HomeGuests depart for home today! Welcome home! (B)
2014 FARES & ACCOMMODATIONS
Double Berth (Pullman Sections)
Upper and lower berths
One large room with upper and lower berths and private enclosed bathroom with toilet and washbasin. Perfect for couples traveling together.
*Suite availability is very limited aboard the train. Suites are approx. 14’x 7’
Suite Accommodations on Train
Two Double Bedrooms combined to guarantee lower beds on the "Canadian". Includes two picture windows, and two separate bathrooms with washbasins and toilets!
Two individual single rooms offering individual lower beds, Individual washbasin and toilets in each room. Perfect for friends traveling together.
Single Occupancy Fare (One Roomette)
(Including exclusive single occupancy Hotel accommodations throughout.) Lower bed with washbasin and toilet in room.
Canadian GST taxes of $149 pp are additional.
A Glorious Start... with our Compliments!
Book early and enjoy FREE train travel from ANY US City to Niagara Falls and enjoy a complimentary overnight hotel stay before the tour overlooking Niagara Falls, a cruise on the famed Maid of the Mist sightseeing boat for great photos, followed by a visit to charming Niagara on the Lake, before the short drive into Toronto the next day! Not only does this save a costly fare for you to Toronto, but offers up even more visual desserts in one superlative holiday. Only a limited number of these spots are available so don’t delay!
Low-cost Amtrak Connection to Seattle
For guests that would like to arrange their return flights independently from Seattle, we offer a low-cost Amtrak bus or train connection from Vancouver. Transfers to/from the train station are not included. Please contact our reservations staff for more details and schedules.
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