Trans-Canada Rail Adventure: Vancouver-Toronto


12-day Independent Tour

First-class

The Tour

Latest News: Book a 2018 Rocky Mountaineer journey of 5 days or more and you’ll receive a complimentary hotel night in Vancouver, Seattle, or Calgary. Offer ends June 29, 2018. Blackout dates apply.

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

For westbound Trans-Canada Rail: Toronto-Vancouver itinerary, please click here.

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The Itinerary

Day 1: Vancouver
Arrive and spend time exploring scenic Vancouver on your own. Included is admission to the Vancouver Lookout. IRT Virtuoso amenity: complimentary limo transfer airport to hotel. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 2: Vancouver to Kamloops
Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 3: Kamloops to Banff
Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer. Overnight in Banff.

Day 4: Banff Sightseeing
Begin the morning with a sightseeing tour of Banff. Visit Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka, Surprise Corner and the Hoodoos. Banff Gondola is included. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Banff.

Day 5: Banff to Lake Louise
A half-day tour into Yoho National Park. See the Spiral Tunnels and Emerald Lake. Overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.

Day 6: Lake Louise to Jasper
Tour Banff and Jasper National Parks via the Icefields Parkway. Highlights are Bow Lake, the Columbia Icefield, Athabasca Falls, and ride on an Ice Explorer. Overnight in Jasper.

Day 7: VIA Rail from Jasper to Toronto
This evening, begin your four-day VIA Rail journey across the Prairie Provinces and Ontario with all meals on board included. Overnight on VIA Rail.

Days 8-9: Onboard VIA Rail
Continue your rail journey across Canada to Toronto. Overnight on VIA Rail

Day 10: Toronto
Arrive in Toronto on VIA Rail this morning. Overnight in Toronto.

Day 11: Niagara Falls Tour
Enjoy a full-day motorcoach tour to Niagara Falls. Included is a boat tour to the base of Horseshoe Falls. Return to Toronto early this evening to stay overnight. (Imax Theatre or Journey Behind the Falls is substituted when the Niagara Falls boat tour is not operating.)

Day 12: Toronto
Trans-Canada Rail Adventure holiday ends with checkout from your Toronto hotel.

2018 Dates:

April 26, 29, 30
May 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27, 31
June 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28
July 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
August 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
September 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
October 4, 7, 11

2019 Dates:

April 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
May 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
June 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
August 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
September 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
October 3, 6, 10

The Prices

Pricing varies depending on the class of service you choose and the time of year you travel.

We highly recommend that you book GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer portion of this trip and Prestige Class on the Canadian. You can also request that we upgrade your hotels from standard to more deluxe rooms. The tour operates in the early Spring and late into the fall – but we recommend choosing a more moderate time to travel, from June through August.

The starting price for 2018 departures is roughly $8,200 pp (two persons sharing) using Prestige Class and GoldLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer and four- and five-star hotels (except in Kamloops, where accommodations are moderate), transfers and sightseeing as noted.  Sole use of all the same hotels and train equipment would be about $14,500.  All pricing is subject to reconfirmation.  A 20% deposit is required at time of booking.

Prices are per person and are subject to change.

2019 pricing is not yet confirmed, but we expect prices to rise between 5-10% from 2018 pricing. Please contact us for more details.

 

Our Process / How to Book Your Trip:

This journey is especially time- and labor-intensive for our travel advisors.

Because of the time involved, we charge a $250 “plan to go” fee after we have had a 20-minute courtesy phone conference with you, during which we will answer any preliminary questions you have and collect the necessary information to begin planning your trip.

If your dates are not available, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee.

If you take this trip, you will be refunded the “plan to go” fee after you return.

Our “plan to go” fee ensures we are able to maintain an extremely high standard of service for all of our valued travelers!

Please click the following link to begin planning your trip. One of our Canada specialists will contact you as soon as possible.

Click here to begin planning your Trans-Canada Adventure!

 

Other

Society of IRT Added Value: Get a free, one-way limo transfer (U.S. dollar value +$100) to/from Seattle or Vancouver airports when you book any Rocky Mountaineer trip on our website. Get free limo transfers both ways when you book the Grand Rail Circle tour.)

Take this legendary Trans-Canada rail tour on two first-class trains: The Canadian, with VIA Rail’s lovely service, including its new, luxurious Prestige Class, and the all-daylight Rocky Mountaineer train.

Time permitting, add a day at the beginning of your journey and experience an exciting day of whale watching in Victoria, where you’ll see orcas, humpbacks, and minkes.

B=Breakfast Included, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

*Note: The Vancouver-Toronto (eastbound) itinerary is 12 days, with one day less in Jasper, than the 13-day Toronto-Vancouver (westbound) itinerary outlined above. Please click here for westbound itinerary.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news about the Canadian’s new Prestige Class as well as other news about our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

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The Highlights

  • Spotting Canadian wildlife from trains’ domes—big-horned sheep, elk, black bears, bald eagles, osprey
  • Enjoying VIA’s Canadian, with all meals included, wine-tasting in the dome car, and your private compartment
  • Tasty meals in the lovely diners of Canadian and Rocky Mountaineer
  • Tours of Banff, Yoho National Park, Icefields Parkway and Niagara Falls
  • Time to explore Lake Louise, Banff and Jasper
  • Riding on some of the best equipment in the world on the Rocky Mountaineer’s GoldLeaf service, the double-decked dome cars with open-air platforms and on the Canadian with its great dome observation cars
  • Suggested upgrades: deluxe hotels throughout and ask for a suite on the Canadian so you’ll have a lower, double bed, breakfast in bed and more.

Latest News: Click here for Track 25, our blog, for the latest news on this and other of our World’s Top 25 Trains™.

Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Bi-level GoldLeaf dome car on Rocky Mountaineer.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
Photographers love the large open-air vestibule on Rocky Mountaineer. IRT Photo by Rachel Hardy.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
VIA Rail's Canadian train rounds the bend.
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!
New Prestige Class Cabins on the Canadian with large double Murphy bed. IRT travelers report that Prestige Class Cabins are luxurious and "worth it"!