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Across Canada by Train

Rail Tour + Cruise, Hotel Grade Choice
From £2695 per person
04 Apr 2021 - 03 Oct 2021

Across Canada by Train Tour Highlights:

  • Travel across seven Canadian provinces on three exciting trains: VIA Rail’s Canadian, VIA Rail’s Ocean, VIA Rail’s Corridor Service
  • 5 nights on train
  • Vancouver lookout
  • Niagara Falls excursion, including a ride on the Hornblower
  • Montreal & Quebec City sightseeing
  • Lunenburg & Mahone Bay excursion
Quick facts
Duration: 14 Days / 13 Nights
Holiday Type: Rail Tour + Cruise
Grade: Moderate/Superior/Deluxe/Prestige
Start / Finish: Vancouver / Halifax
Flights: Additional Cost

Itinerary


Day 1:
Vancouver

Arrive in Vancouver, check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the day exploring this coastal city at your leisure. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout, offering panoramic views of the city. Your centrally-located hotel puts you steps away from many of the city’s attractions, shops, and restaurants. Overnight Vancouver.


Day 2:
VIA Rail to Toronto

Spend the day taking in all coastal Vancouver has to offer, before transferring to the train station (included) for your departure on VIA Rail’s Canadian bound for Toronto. Settle into your onboard accommodations and prepare for your journey east to Toronto. Overnight train. (D)


Day 3:
En Route to Toronto

Today you travel through the province of Alberta, passing through the Canadian Rockies and the cosmopolitan city of Edmonton. Relax in the Skyline Car and enjoys views of the passing scenery. Enjoy your meals in the Dining Car and after dinner, perhaps take some time to visit with the other passengers before settling in for the evening. Overnight train. (B, L, D)


Day 4:
East to Toronto

As you continue to make your way east towards Toronto, today’s travels lead you through Saskatchewan and Manitoba. These western provinces, commonly known as “The Prairies,” are the world’s top two most attractive mining investment destinations. Spend the day enjoying the views of Canada’s ever-changing landscape from the lounges onboard the train, or the comfort of your Sleeper Plus accommodations. Points of interest on today’s journey include Watrous, famous for its mineral hot springs; Melville, named after a former President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company; Portage La Prairie, once a resting area for fur traders and other voyagers by canoe; and Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba and home of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. Overnight train. (B, L, D)


Day 5:
VIA Rail to Toronto

A highlight of today’s scenic trip includes Longlac, which, located at the northern tip of Long Lake, played an important role as part of the historic canoe route for fur traders. Spend time in the Park Car enjoying its three salons and observation deck as well as the Skyline Car with an observation dome offering 360-degree views of the ever-changing landscape. Overnight train. (B, L, D)


Day 6:
Toronto

The Canadian is scheduled to arrive in Toronto’s Union Station this afternoon. After you disembark, transfer on your own to your centrally located hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this exciting city on your own. Overnight Toronto. (B, L)


Day 7:
Niagara Falls Excursion

Today embark on a full-day excursion to Niagara Falls. Travel along the Niagara Parkway, winding along the Niagara Gorge through the historic community of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Don a rain slicker and enjoy the famous The Hornblower tour, an exciting boat ride that takes you to Horseshoe Falls. You will have ample time for photographs at the Falls before heading back to Toronto. Overnight Toronto. (L)


Day 8:
Toronto to Montreal

Spend the morning at your leisure before traveling to Montreal on VIA Rail’s Corridor Service. Upon arrival, transfer independently to your centrally located hotel, then spend some time getting acquainted with the city on your own. Overnight Montreal.


Day 9:
Montreal to Quebec City

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Montreal that takes you past more than 200 points of interest. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, and a panoramic view from the top of Mount Royal. The afternoon is yours to explore Montreal on your own. This evening board your VIA Rail train for your journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Quebec City.This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Montreal that takes you past more than 200 points of interest. Highlights include Notre Dame Basilica, historic Old Montreal, the Olympic Complex, and a panoramic view from the top of Mount Royal. The afternoon is yours to explore Montreal on your own. This evening board your VIA Rail train for your journey to Quebec City. Reflect on the highlights of your vacation thus far as you speed toward your next destination. Overnight Quebec City.


Day 10:
Quebec City Sightseeing

Get acquainted with the city during today’s comprehensive sightseeing tour, which shows you both historic and modern Quebec City. Highlights of your trip include the Latin Quarter, the Plains of Abraham, the Citadel, the Fortifications, the National Assembly, Place Royale, and the Basilica, among other landmarks. This afternoon you may wish to visit Parliament Hill including the Parliament Building and the Fontaine de Tourny, Montmorency Falls Park, or Wendake. Overnight Quebec City.


Day 11:
Quebec City to Halifax

Make the most of your full day in Quebec City! Spend the day exploring the city on your own, visiting the unique shops or sipping coffee and people-watching at one the city’s many sidewalk cafes. You may elect to revisit some of the sights from yesterday’s tour or visit a new attraction like Île d’ Orleans or the Beaupre Coast. Tonight transfer to the rail station in Sainte-Foy for your overnight journey aboard VIA Rail’s Ocean bound for Halifax. Settle into your accommodations and bid adieu to Quebec as the train leaves the St. Lawrence River behind and speeds toward the Maritimes. Overnight train.


Day 12:
VIA Rail En Route to Halifax

Awake this morning and enjoy a hot breakfast in the Dining Car. Afterward, visit the Park Car for panoramic views of the passing scenery from the observation dome as well as entertaining and informative presentations about the Maritimes region from the onboard Learning Coordinator (Learning Coordinator is seasonal). This afternoon, the Ocean pulls into Moncton, an outdoor lover’s paradise, for a 15-minute stop. Stretch your legs and get a glimpse of the town. Because Moncton is well-situated to both the ocean and woodlands, it is ideal for visitors interested in kayaking, hiking, and bird-watching. Admire the passing scenery as you continue the last leg of your journey. You’ll arrive in Halifax this evening.

Transfer to your hotel, located in the Historic Properties harbor area. Drop off your bags and head to downtown Halifax. Here you’ll find art galleries, shopping, museums, historic sites, sidewalk cafes, spirited pubs, lively entertainment, and more! Overnight Halifax. (B, L)


Day 13:
Excursion to Lunenburg

Today embark on a tour of one of the Maritime’s most engaging attractions, Lunenburg and Mahone Bay.

You’ll discover Nova Scotia’s South Shore including the charming towns of Shad Bay and West Dover. The Lunenburg coastline is the setting for pirate and rum-running stories in the region’s folklore. The area does, however, have a history of fishing and boat-building. In fact, Lunenburg has Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet. Your tour continues with a drive to Mahone Bay, known for its churches along the shore. There is ample time to explore the area on your own before heading back to your hotel with the remainder of the day at your leisure to discover Halifax on your own. Overnight Halifax.

*Lunenburg and Mahone Bay Tour operates on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. The tour is available June 1 through October 15.


Day 14:
Halifax

Your tour ends this morning. You may wish to extend your stay to explore more of Nova Scotia, or transfer to the airport (not included) for your return trip home.

Key: B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner

Accommodation


Moderate Accommodations

Hotels include the Delta Hotel Vancouver Downtown, Chelsea Hotel, Delta Montreal, Delta Quebec, and Cambridge Suites Halifax. VIA Rail accommodations are in Sleeper Plus class in a semi-private berth. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Superior Accommodations

Hotels include Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Hotel Le Germain Toronto, Marriott Chateau Champlain Montreal, Hotel Manoir Victoria Quebec City, and The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Deluxe Accommodations

Hotels include Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Fairmont Royal York, Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Fairmont Chateau Frontenac, and Westin Nova Scotian. VIA Rail accommodations are Sleeper Plus class in a private cabin. Meals are included aboard the train along with exclusive access to lounge cars.

Prestige Class

Hotels are same as deluxe accommodations with upgraded room types. VIA Rail accommodations are in Prestige Sleeper Class. The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travelers on the Canadian, one of the world’s greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class include a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Info & Extras


International long-haul flights and pre/post tour hotels available at additional cost

Upgrade your Experience

  • Extend Your Stay – Add additional nights in destinations throughout your journey to further explore the destinations most intriguing to you
  • Explore more – Add a day trip from Vancouver to Whistler or Victoria
  • Elevate Your Adventure – Ask private transfers and sightseeing

VIA Rail Canada Train

Canadian
This classic 1950’s Streamliner train follows VIA Rail’s signature route between Toronto and Vancouver. During the 4-night journey, the train traverses the plains, river valleys and Canadian Rockies. Travelers can admire the changing scenery from the Park Car and the Skyline Dome Car or from their accommodation’s picture window.

Ocean
This overnight train offers stunning views of Eastern Canada as it makes the journey between Montréal and Halifax. While aboard the Ocean, guests can enjoy such amenities as regional cuisine in the Dining Car, free Wi-Fi, wine tastings and beautiful views from the domed sightseeing car.

Corridor Service
Corridor Service trains travel between Québec City and Windsor, with 11 total routes. Travelers have the choice of Economy or Business Class. Both classes include
comfortable seating and large windows, however, Business Class passengers enjoy priority seating, a meal and beverages included in the price of their ticket.

Sleeping on the Train

Prestige Class is only available on the Canadian long-distance route. Prestige Class cabins offer large bedrooms with a double Murphy bed, a flat-screen TV, a fully stocked mini bar, a modular sofa and an en suite bathroom with a toilet, shower, and sink. Travelers are treated to unlimited beverages, personal concierge service and first choice meal service. (Dimensions 10’5 x 6’11)

Cabin for two accommodations are private bedrooms and include two folding chairs or a sofa by day that convert to upper and lower berths at night. An en suite bathroom is included. Shower facilities are located within the rail car. (Dimensions: Ranging from 6’5 x 4’5” to 7’3” x 5”)

Cabin for one is a private cozy cabin that includes a sofa chair by day. Night-time configuration allows for a bed that pulls out form the wall. (Dimensions: 6’5’ x 3’7”)

Upper and lower berths are semi-private sleeping accommodations for one person. Daytime configuration features a couch-style seat facing another seat. At night, the seat converts into a bed. There are heavy curtains that can be pulled for privacy. Public washrooms and shower facilities are available within the train car.

Operates & Prices


Departures:

2021  
April 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29 August 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
May 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30 September 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 October 3
July 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29    

Moderate
From £2695.00 Share Twin/Double

Superior
From £3295.00 Share Twin/Double

Deluxe
From £3695.00 Share Twin/Double

Prestige
From £5995.00 Share Twin/Double

  • Lead prices per person based on a Twin/Double Room.
  • Single & Triple/Quad Rates on request.
  • Pre/post touring accommodation available
Special Discounted airfares available if booked as part of this package – request a quote.

Inclusions
  • Rail transportation aboard VIA Rail’s Canadian, Corridor Service, and Ocean (5 nights on train)
  • Hotel accommodations for 8 nights
  • 15 meals
  • Select transfers per itinerary
  • Sightseeing and scenic rail excursions per itinerary
Exclusions
  • Long-haul International Flights
  • Meals, admissions and/or optional tours unless specifically mentioned as included in the itinerary
  • Transportation upon arrival to/from airport (available at additional cost)
  • Gratuities to driver and guide at travelers discretion
  • Items of a personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, liquor etc
  • Use of hotel rooms before / after normal check in / out times and resort fees if applicable
  • No refunds for unused services or hotel nights
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