Great Canadian Rail Journey (CZ)

13 days from Toronto to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the historic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 750-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.

In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.

Globus has arranged out-of-the-ordinary adventures for you on this Canada tour. In Victoria, learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Other fun experiences Globus has included a narrated scenic cruise on Maligne Lake to see famous Spirit Island and an amazing dinner with stunning views atop CN Tower in Toronto.

All of this and more await you on this spectacular tour through Canada!

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 DESTINATIONS & SIGHTSEEING

Sightseeing:

TORONTO
[LF] dinner at CN Tower, orientation tour

NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise

TORONTO–JASPER
Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® (travel in Sleeper Plus class)

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake; sightseeing

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Sightseeing

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; [LF] private presentation by local historian and storyteller

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER
Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; farewell dinner

Notes:

  • Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with local artists and music.
  • Maximum elevation on tour: 7,500 ft.

Transportation:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 3 Continental breakfasts, 3 brunches as provided by VIA Rail, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

ARRIVE IN TORONTO. Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2

TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS. Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Return to Toronto for an orientation tour followed by dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall [LF] CN TOWER.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

NOTE:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Day 3

TORONTO-VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO. This morning, transfer to Union Station for the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. All meals are included, and you won’t want to miss any of them, as the chef offers a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.(BR,D)

NOTE:
On VIA Rail, beds in your private cabin are arranged by day in arm chair style. By night, beds are converted to upper and lower bunkbed-style arrangement. Guests must be able to climb a ladder to reach the upper bed.

NOTE:
Train travel is subject to unforeseen delays.

Day 4

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–ONTARIO–WINNIPEG, MANITOBA. Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. In the late evening, arrive in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you may choose to disembark the train. Reboard the train and continue west into Saskatchewan. (CB,BR,D)

Day 5

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN–THROUGH MANITOBA & SASKATCHEWAN. Continue through the prairies and winding rivers of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. View the ever-changing landscape with ease and comfort as you meet and mingle with fellow passengers or enjoy freshly prepared meals that showcase Canadian cuisine and regional specialties. (CB,BR,D)

Day 6

VIA RAIL, THE CANADIAN THROUGH SASKATCHEWAN & ALBERTA–JASPER. Travel from Saskatoon to Jasper as the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper for local sightseeing. Later, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully-narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. (CB,B)

Day 7

JASPER–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF. This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 750-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 8

BANFF. Today, the morning’s sightseeing includes the Bow River and Falls. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 9

BANFF–KELOWNA. This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. The evening is at leisure.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 10

KELOWNA–VICTORIA. Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a private [LF] PRESENTATION with a local storyteller and historian who will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 11

VICTORIA. Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

VICTORIA–VANCOUVER. This morning, take the BC FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner.
Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Dinner

Day 13

VANCOUVER. Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules.
Breakfast Breakfast

 Tour Director

With Globus, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

TAREK SABET

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and have been leading tours in Canada since 1999. I speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and French. My passion for my work is fueled by the opportunity to meet amazing people , my fellow travelers! In my free time, I enjoy stamp collecting, chess, reading, opera, classical music, and teaching at a private college in Vancouver in the winter."

Tour Director -  TAREK SABET

SUE LANDRY

Escorting tours for more than 10 years

"Growing up in a family hotel business, I have interacted with the traveling public since I was a child. I have over 35 years of experience in the travel industry and have guided tours in Canada and Europe since 1996. After living in Denmark and traveling the world, I currently call Halifax, Nova Scotia home and it is my privilege to share this beautiful country of Canada, both the east and west coast, with visitors from around the world."

Tour Director -  SUE LANDRY

 Accommodations

BANFF

BANFF PARK LODGE

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

JASPER

CHATEAU JASPER

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

KELOWNA

DELTA GRAND OKANAGAN RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

TORONTO

MARRIOTT TORONTO DOWNTOWN EATON CENTRE

Hotel as shown or similar
Superior First-Class
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VANCOUVER

WESTIN BAYSHORE VANCOUVER

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

VICTORIA

DELTA VICTORIA OCEAN POINTE RESORT

Hotel as shown or similar
Moderate Deluxe
Free Wifi  Free Wifi

 Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased).

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