Trans Canadian Adventure 2020

Overview

Trans Canadian Adventure

Explore the untamed scenery and majestic beauty of Canada, on a true adventure to the 'Great White North.' See the roaring Niagara Falls, take a journey on The Canadian, and visit two of Canada's best cities.

What's Included:

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager
  • Flights from London to Toronto and from Vancouver to London
  • Rail and coach travel throughout your tour
  • 8 nights' hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights on board The Canadian in a two-person curtained berth with shared bathroom facilities
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • Guided tours of Toronto and Vancouver
  • Explore Niagara Falls
  • Visit the Columbia Icefield
  • Excursion to Lake Louise and Emerald Lake
  • Free time in Vancouver

Full Itinerary

Day 1 - 2: Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver today, where on arrival you check into your hotel. You are introduced to Vancouver on Day 2 with an insightful tour of the city, taking in highlights such as Gastown, the totem poles at Stanley Park, and the unique architecture of Chinatown. Your afternoon is at leisure to explore this vibrant city further, and there is plenty to keep you occupied in one of Canada's best-loved cities.

Day 3: Kelowna

Leaving Vancouver behind today, you coach to Kelowna, stopping in the town of Hope for free time to get lunch. Your coach continues via the mountainous Coquihalla Pass, traversing stunning landscapes and reaching 4,000ft in altitude as you make your way to Kelowna. You pause en route for the opportunity to sample some of the local wines the region is famed for, before you arrive at your hotel, where you are free for dinner.

Day 4: To Banff

Leaving Kelowna behind today, you continue by coach to Revelstoke, where you have some time at leisure to enjoy lunch. You continue to Banff this afternoon on a fabulously scenic drive, passing through yet more of Canada's incredible landscapes. You spend two nights in Banff.

Day 5: Lake Louise and Yoho National Park

Experience the glorious natural beauty of Banff today on a full-day excursion. First explore Lake Louise, a spectacular glacier-fed body of water surrounded by soaring peaks and dense pine forests. After time to enjoy the serene atmosphere of the lake and its surrounds, continue to the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake in Yoho National Park. Emerald Lake is known for its fantastic colours, and with free time to enjoy the sight, now might be a great time to practice your photography skills. Later, return to the hotel.

Day 6: The Icefields Parkway

Today your excursion takes you by coach along the world-famous Icefields Parkway, a 144-mile road that links Jasper with Banff and cuts through some of the world's greatest mountain scenery. Travelling along a lake-lined valley past many of the highest and most rugged peaks in the Rockies, you pause en-route at a number of scenic spots, including the crashing waters of the Athabasca Falls. Later, you arrive at the Icefields Centre at the foot of the vast Columbia Icefields. Take the time to marvel at the Athabasca Glacier, with a short while at leisure here. You may also wish to arrange a snocoach journey across the glacier (payable locally). Later, continue to Banff, where you spend the next two nights.

Day 7 - 9: The Canadian

You are at leisure today to enjoy the charms of Jasper. Later this afternoon youboard The Canadian, for an iconic journey across the country. Your on-board accommodation is 'no-frills' yet comfortable, consisting of a cosy berth shielded by a heavy curtain for privacy, and access to shared bathroom facilities in the same sleeper car. During the day, wander to one of the observation cars for incredible views of the spectacular Canadian landscape the train passes through, on this truly iconic journey. You enjoy some of the most striking scenery on the route, passing pine forests, glaciers, plunging canyons and soaring peaks as you journey through Jasper National Park.

On Day 8 you spend your first full day on board The Canadian today. As you cross the vast Canadian landscapes, take the time to watch the world roll by the windows, absorbing the mesmerising scenery Canada is rightly famous for. All meals are served during your time on board, featuring cuisine that takes influence from the regions you pass through.

On Day 9, your journey on The Canadian continues as you travel to bustling Toronto. Settle in for your final night on board this iconic train.

Day 10: Toronto

Your adventure on board The Canadian ends today, as you pull into the dynamic city of Toronto. You explore the city with a guided sightseeing tour today, including the dramatic CN tower, which was the world's tallest free standing structure for many years. Toronto boasts a wealth of museums and art galleries, excellent restaurants and thriving shopping areas, as well as the world's longest street, Yonge Street. Your afternoon is at leisure to further discover this incredible, multicultural city.

Day 11: Niagara Falls

This morning, you take an excursion to the USCanadian border to see the incredible Niagara Falls, one of the wonders of the world. You have a tour of thundering falls, and enjoy some time to soak up views of the cascading water before transferring to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where have time at leisure to explore the picturesque Old Town and pretty, flower-filled streets.

Day 12 - 13: Toronto - Home

You have some time at leisure to explore Toronto further today. Later this afternoon, bid a fond farewell to your adventure, as you are transferred to the airport for your flight back to the UK, where you arrive on Day 13.

Hand Picked By

Heather Muir

For a holiday where the journey is part of the experience, I thoroughly recommend a holiday by rail. From the iconic worldwide railways, to perhaps the lesser known ones, these holidays are beginning to prove more popular than ever.

Heather Muir

Additional Information

  • Date: Departures between 20th May and 9th September 2020
  • Board Basis: Mixed meal plan
  • Duration: 12 nights
  • Guide Price: From £2,995pp
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