Canada Coast to Coast Fly:Rail
Discover the best of Canada on this truly epic journey from Vancouver to Halifax.
Travelling on iconic trains across the entire continent of North America, the view outside your window changes every day, from the towering Rockies to the central plains, the great lakes and finally the rugged coastline of Nova Scotia.
Highlights and Inclusions
- Standard Class Rail
- 3 nights rail travel on The Canadian in curtained berths
- 1 Night on The Ocean's Sleeper Plus Class service in two-berth cabins
- The Corridor Rail Journey
- Scheduled flights in Economy Class from London Heathrow to Vancouver and Halifax to London
- 11 nights' hotel accommodation
- 14 meals including 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 3 dinners
- The Rockies
- Jasper National Park
- Toronto and Niagara Falls
- Peggy's Cove and Lunenburg
- All Transfers Included
- Upgrades Available
Days 1 & 2 - Fly to Vancouver
We depart from London Heathrow for Vancouver, where we transfer to the welcoming Blue Horizon Hotel, ideally located on Robson Street, where we spend the next two nights. The city of Vancouver is one of the most desirable places to live in the world, thanks to its fantastic atmosphere and incredible setting between the breathtaking Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. On Day 2 we take a guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver. We visit the old Gastown quarter - an area of coffee shops, galleries, native art stores and home to the famous Gastown Steam Clock. We experience the scents and sights of Chinatown, then drive to leafy Stanley Park, where Vancouver's world famous totem poles are situated. We finish at Granville Island, which boasts an amazing, mouth watering food market and many craft studios.
Day 3 - The Butchart Gardens
We pay a visit to the marvellous Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island today. An explosion of colourful flowers and manicured hedgerows, these extensive gardens were designed by horticulture expert Jennie Butchart in the early twentieth century. Later we enjoy free time in Victoria itself.
Day 4 - To Hope & Kelowna
Today we depart on the first leg of our trans-Canadian adventure, traveling by coach to Okanagan Valley in Canada's wine region. Traveling in the daylight affords a perfect opportunity to take in Canada's spectacular landscapes, and perhaps catch a glimpse of the incredible wildlife that calls this part of the world home. We pause en-route in picturesque Hope, where you have time for lunch, before we continue toward Kelowna, a city surrounded by resplendent orchards, pine forests and mountain peaks, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake. Our route takes us across the magnificent Coquihalla Pass, a mountain pass that stands at 4,081 feet above sea level, before we continue to a local winery. After indulging in a tasting of locally produced wines, we transfer to our hotel in Kelowna, where we overnight. (L)
Days 5 & 6 - To Jasper
After breakfast this morning we journey north to the picturesque town of Clearwater, where we enjoy lunch. Our journey continues this afternoon as we enter Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Dense forests, glittering lakes, snaking rivers and soaring snow-capped peaks pass by our window as we journey towards the town of Jasper, where we stay for two nights.
On Day 6 you have a morning at leisure, giving you a chance to explore this charming town. This afternoon, we enjoy a scenic excursion around Jasper National Park, discovering the beautiful Maligne Canyon, a 164 foot deep gorge of sheer limestone walls, waterfalls and rock formations. We also see the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, the largest glacier-fed body of water in the region. (Day 5 - B)
Days 7-9 - Across the Plains
This morning we begin our unforgettable journey on The Canadian, bound for Toronto. We settle into our berths as we begin our spectacular journey through the mountains. If you'd prefer to travel in added comfort and style, we have upgrades available for a reasonable supplement to Sleeper Plus Class cabins. These cabins come highly recommended, and feature private WC facilities and a greater amount of space. We travel along the Athabasca River Valley to reach Saskatoon on Day 8, and continue to Winnipeg, a fascinating city which is home to over 50 ethnic communities. The train travels overnight to the Canadian Shield and we spend Day 9 on board, admiring the landscape whilst keeping an eye out for moose and other wildlife. (Day 7 - B, L, D, Day 8 - B, L, D, Day 9 - B, L, D)
Day 10 - Toronto
After lunch we arrive in the enthralling city of Toronto, which sits on the northern shore of Lake Ontario and is overlooked by the giant CN Tower. Leaving The Canadian, we embark upon a guided tour of the city highlights, including the CN Tower, before we check in to our hotel for the next two nights.
Day 11 - Niagara Falls
Today our excursion takes us by coach to the truly incredible Niagara Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world. You have some free time to experience the awesome power of crashing waters from the viewing area, or to enjoy a ride on board the ship here (payable locally) for a cruise to the foot of the thundering Falls followed by a buffet lunch overlooking the tumultuous waters. We continue to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a delightful town, where we have free time to explore. We return to Toronto this evening. (L)
Day 12 - To Québec
Departing on The Corridor service mid-morning, we arrive in Montreal late afternoon. We then change trains for the journey to Québec, where we spend the next two nights at the beautiful and historic Manoir Victoria Hotel, located in the heart of this French-speaking city.
Day 13 - Québec
Our day begins with a guided tour of Québec, including the Citadel and the 'Plains of Abraham', the site of the battle between British and French forces during the Seven Years' War. This afternoon is free to explore at leisure. Québec has a wealth of historic and cultural sites you may wish to visit including the Basilica- Cathedral of Notre Dame, or rue Saint- Jean, Saint-Louis and Saint-Paul, all lined with restaurants, boutiques and souvenir shops. This evening we board The Ocean for the overnight journey to Nova Scotia. We travel comfortably in Sleeper Plus Class.
Days 14 & 15 - The Ocean to Nova Scotia
During the night, The Ocean travels along the St Lawrence River to Chaleur Bay. The train then heads across New Brunswick and into Nova Scotia, arriving in Halifax, the provincial capital. Here we stay for two nights at the ideally located Westin Nova Scotian. On Day 15 we explore the province's maritime treasures. Peggy's Cove is a charming, working fishing village with a famous and distinctive lighthouse. Picturesque Lunenburg was founded in 1753, and its quaint waterfront and colourful wooden buildings have earned it UNESCO World Heritage status. (Day 14 - B, L)
Days 16 & 17 - Halifax & Homeward
You have free time today to explore the city of Halifax, including its most famous feature, the star-shaped fortress of the Citadel. Alternatively, visit the Titanic Cemetery, where many who perished in the 1912 disaster are buried. Pier 21, Canada's equivalent to New York's Ellis Island, is also an excellent option. We later transfer to the airport for the overnight flight to London, landing on Day 17.
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Train and Hotel Accommodations
The Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax
In Halifax we stay at The Westin Nova Scotian, one of the original railroad hotels owned by the Canadian National Railways. Situated in the heart of the downtown area, close to the shops and restaurants, the hotel offers a restaurant, cocktail lounge serving light snacks and a coffee shop. Leisure facilities include an indoor pool, jacuzzi and gym as well as a beauty salon and spa facilities (both payable locally). The rooms offer views of either the harbour or Cornwallis Park and are equipped with air conditioning, telephone, television, radio, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, safe and a hairdryer.
Hotel Manoir Victoria, Quebec
An Old Quebec landmark, this 4-Star hotel has assumed a number of guises since it was first built in 1830. In addition to its blend of historic charm and modern amenities, the Hotel Manoir Victoria features an indoor pool, sauna and spa. The hotel has two restaurants to choose from. Rooms feature air conditioning, a television, minibar, telephone, safe, hairdryer and coffee maker.
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Situated in the very heart of Toronto, the Eaton Chelsea Hotel (formerly the Delta Hotel Chelsea) is Canada's largest hotel. It boasts a varied selection of restaurants and bars, as well as a fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Room facilities include air conditioning, television, alarm clock, hairdryer, iron/ironing board, tea and coffee making facilities, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access.
Blue Horizon Hotel, Vancouver
Situated on Robson Street, Vancouver's most famous street for shopping, eating and entertainment, the contemporary Blue Horizon Hotel offers spectacular views of the city. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, fitness centre, sauna and lap pool. All rooms have a private balcony, air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safe, telephone, minibar and coffee maker.
Marmot Lodge, Jasper
Set against the glorious backdrop of one of Canada's most stunning regions, the 3-Star Marmot Lodge in Jasper offers modern and comfortable accommodation surrounded by the spectacular greenery of Jasper National Park. Facilities at the lodge include a swimming pool, hot tub and sauna as well as an award-wining steakhouse which boasts an extensive wine selection. Guest rooms are cosy and well equipped with air conditioning, a HD television, a mini refrigerator, complimentary Wi-Fi and tea & coffee making facilities.
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: Departs 1st September 2019 (£4,595), 22nd September 2019 (£4,595), 10th May 2020 (£4,395), 24th May 2020 (£4,595), 14th June 2020 (£4,795), 6th September 2020 (£4,795), 20th September 2020 (£4,795)
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