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Canada Tour

12 Nights / 13 Days tour package for USD 2895 per person
Destinations Covered: Toronto - Jasper - Banff - Kamloops - Vancouver - Victoria 8965
 

This cross-country train adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. Cosmopolitan Toronto, the largest city in Canada, hosts world-class shopping and many spectacular sights. Start your vacation in Toronto and head to Niagara Falls, where you take a Maid of the Mist cruise to enjoy up-close views of Niagara Falls from river level. Then board VIA Rail's The Canadian—a premier continental train—and head west. The next three days and nights are spent in first-class, refurbished art deco rail cars. Observe unparalleled views of Canada’s countryside as you journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. After passing through the majestic Canadian Rockies to Jasper, the rail portion of this journey ends. Spend two nights in Jasper with free time to explore. Then board your motorcoach to Banff National Park. On your way to Banff, take a thrilling ride aboard an Ice Explorer on the Columbia Icefield, the largest expanse of ice in the Canadian Rockies. In Banff, you have two nights and time to relax, hike, or join an optional activity, such as a helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies or a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain. Travel through Yoho and Glacier National Parks before arriving at the cattle-ranching center of Kamloops. Finally, spend time in Vancouver then sail through the Gulf Islands to Victoria.

 

Rates and Dates (Rates per person on US Dollars):

Tour Start Date Return Date Price Per Person
22-Apr-2013 04-May-2013 USD 2895
 
29-Apr-2013 11-May-2013 USD 2954
06-May-2013 18-May-2013
 
03-Jun-2013 15-Jun-2013 USD 3122
17-Jun-2013 29-Jun-2013
 
22-Jul-2013 03-Aug-2013 USD 3597
29-Jul-2013 10-Aug-2013
26-Aug-2013 07-Sep-2013
02-Sep-2013 14-Sep-2013
09-Sep-2013 21-Sep-2013
16-Sep-2013 28-Sep-2013
23-Sep-2013 05-Oct-2013
 
30-Sep-2013 12-Oct-2013 USD 3409
   
Hotels:

Toronto: Best Western Primrose (F)

Via Rail Canadian Train: Sleeper Touring class

Jasper: Amethyst Lodge (F)

Banff: N.P. Inns of Banff (T)

Kamloops: Hotel Five540Forty (F)

Vancouver: Sandman Hotel Downtown (F)

Victoria: Royal Scot Suite Hotel (F)

 
Itinerary

Day 1: Toronto
Enjoy time at leisure to relax or to do some independent exploring. Your Tour Director is on hand this evening to answer any questions.

Day 2: Toronto - Niagara Falls Excursion - Via Rail The Canadian
This morning, enjoy an included sightseeing excursion to Niagara Falls with a MAID OF THE MIST cruise. Return to Toronto and join this evening’s optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower. Afterward, transfer to Union Station for a late-evening departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your first-class rail cars are refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Try the observation dome for views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes, or pass the time in one of the comfortable lounges. 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 course, and desserts.
Notes: The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Usually, favorable conditions exist from May to the end of October. When unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.
For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight case with necessities—including medications, eyeglasses, and other important items—for the train portion of the tour.

Day 3: Via Rail The Canadian
Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline. Enjoy the many great onboard features, like use of the lounges and access to the domed skyline car for spectacular viewing. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Via Rail The Canadian
An early arrival into Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital, a city rich in history and culture. In the early afternoon we continue our journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan. (B,L,D)

Day 5: Via Rail The Canadian - Jasper
Wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast as you continue on the Canadian into the very heart of the Canadian Rockies. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. An orientation tour includes Jasper’s unspoiled beauty. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day. The evening is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting. (BR)

Day 6: Jasper
Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake, where you embark on a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, you might take a hike along the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper.

Day 7: Jasper - Columbia Icefield - Banff
Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 1,200 feet (365 meters) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely 2-night stay.

Day 8: Banff
This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride high over the Canadian Rockies. Later, join the optional excursion to Sulphur Mountain for a thrilling gondola ride, complete with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery and a stop at sparkling Bow Falls. Tonight, try an optional dinner featuring cuisine and entertainment all about Canada.

Day 9: Banff - Yoho National Park - Glacier National Park - Kamloops
This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching center of Kamloops, a Shuswap Indian word for "meeting of the waters."

Day 10: Kamloops - Vancouver
We continue west along Kamloops Lake and follow the mighty Fraser River to Vancouver, spectacularly set on the Burrard Inlet. Upon arrival in Vancouver, see STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and the harbor on your included city tour.

Day 11: Vancouver – Victoria
This morning, sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Upon arrival, enjoy a fully narrated Victoria city tour. Your tour will show you the famous landmarks of the city and explain the fascinating history behind them. Discover Victoria’s lovely homes, gardens, the Legislative Building, Beacon Hill Park, Mile Zero, the residential areas of the Uplands and Oak Bay, and other historical points like Chinatown and Antique Row. This afternoon, take a scenic trip to the famed Butchart Gardens to stroll along paths that wind through 50 fragrant acres of blossoms, enchanting theme gardens, streams, and lily ponds.

Day 12: Victoria
A full free day. With your free time, be sure to check out some of the other attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, an IMAX presentation at the National Geographic Theatre, whale watching on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street. Suggestion for this evening: a harbor cruise and dinner at one of Victoria’s waterfront restaurants.

Day 13: Victoria
The trip ends today with guests departing on individual schedules. Return ferry service to Vancouver and airport transfers to Vancouver International Airport are provided.

 
Package Includes:
Accommodation for 1 night in Toronto
Accommodation for 1 night in Vancouver
Accommodation for 3 nights in Via Rail to Canada
Accommodation for 2 nights in Victoria
Accommodation for 2 nights in Jasper
Meals as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 2 nights in Banff
Sightseeing and activities as per the itinerary
Accommodation for 1 night in Kamloops    
 
Package Excludes:
Return Airfare and taxes
Cost of meals other than not mentioned in the inclusions
Visa charges
Cost of any other services not specifically mentioned in inclusions
Expenses of personal nature, laundry, telephone bills, tips, gratuities etc    
 
Notes:
The package Prices based on double room occupancy
The package  itineraries and prices are subject to change
Please note that mandatory prepaid gratuities for Tour Director and Driver are applicable    

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