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Trans-Canada Rail Adventure & the Rockies - 2023

Your 10-night journey includes: 2 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Vancouver; 1 night about the Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf train; 3 nights at a Deluxe hotel in Banff; 3 nights aboard VIA Rail's The Canadian train; 1 night at a Deluxe hotel in Toronto
  • Trans-Canada Rail Adventure Tour and the Canadian Rockies including Vancouver, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Toronto
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Discover the breathtaking beauty of Canada on this cross-country rail trip. You’ll experience all the Canadian Rocky Mountains have to offer, including glacier walks, tours of Banff and Jasper National Parks, and two magnificent train rides that hark back to the golden age of rail travel.

Begin your journey with a panoramic tour of cosmopolitan Vancouver, then board the Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf, with the option to upgrade to GoldLeaf Service. Your train is ready to transport you across rolling ranch lands, past snowcapped mountains, and along the shores of mighty rushing rivers and clear blue lakes.

So that you won't miss any of the captivating scenery during your Canadian Rockies adventure, you'll enjoy daytime travel, too. See glacier-fed Lake Louise, travel along the scenic Icefields Parkway, and ride a snow coach atop Athabasca Glacier. Step aboard The Canadian and travel from Banff to Toronto for staggering views of Canada’s heartland. With 8 included features and Cultural Discoveries, plus rail journeys through the Canadian Rockies, this is an unforgettable adventure not to be missed.

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DAY 1:

Welcome to Vancouver, British Columbia

Your explorations of our neighbor to the north begin when you fly to beautiful Vancouver. If you purchased your airfare from Vantage, you’ll be met at the airport upon arrival and assisted with your transfer to the hotel. Or, depart two days earlier for your Vancouver pre-trip extension.

Today, enjoy time at leisure to explore this lively seaside city on your own. Vancouver offers the best of both worlds — cosmopolitan attractions set against a splendid backdrop of snowy mountain peaks and glittering Pacific inlets.

DAY 2:

Explore the city of Vancouver

Today, discover the many facets of this sparkling city on a panoramic tour. You’ll see Chinatown, one of the largest and most vibrant in North America, as well as Stanley Park, an evergreen oasis of 1,000 acres, and Gastown, a restored 19th-century business district with boutiques, restaurants, bars, and art galleries. Your tour includes a stop at Granville Island and the Granville Island Market, where you'll have time for lunch on your own. Tonight, join your fellow Vantage travelers for a Welcome Dinner.

Included Feature:

  • Vancouver panoramic city tour

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 3:

Ride the Rocky Mountaineer through British Columbia

All aboard the Rocky Mountaineer for one of the world’s great rail journeys! Settle into your seating in the SilverLeaf Service, with reclining dome-level seats & oversized windows, or GoldLeaf Service, which includes full-length glass-domed panoramic windows for better viewing, plus upgraded meals.

Relax in your reclining seat as you take in astonishing views — including the Fraser River Valley, Fraser Canyon, Hell’s Gate, and Thompson River — and listen to expert commentary. You’ll travel during daylight for optimal viewing, then overnight in Kamloops in lodging arranged by Rocky Mountaineer. Please note that hotels will vary based on train category selected.

Included Feature:

  • 2-day train journey on Rocky Mountaineer

Cultural Discovery:

  • Daily commentary and lectures on board

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 4:

Continue aboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Banff, Alberta

Reboard the Rocky Mountaineer and continue past Shuswap Lake and Craigellachie to Banff National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site with magnificent alpine scenery and a wide range of wildlife.

You’ll cross Rogers Pass and ride through three Canadian National Parks — Banff, Yoho, and Glacier. Arriving in Banff, you’ll check in to your 5-star hotel for a two-night stay. Located just out of town near Banff’s famed hot springs, your hotel offers elegant accommodations and amenities — and the most incredible views in the Canadian Rockies!

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 5:

Embrace the beauty of Banff

Set off today to discover Banff National Park and such highlights as natural hot springs and Lake Louise, considered the jewel of the Rockies for its stunning sapphire-colored waters. Later, you’ll travel the legendary Icefields Parkway, which connects Banff and Jasper national parks. Along the way, view majestic peaks, ice-blue glaciers, and thick pine forests. At the vast, gleaming Columbia Icefields, you’ll embark on a snow coach ride, specifically designed to drive over the 900-foot-thick Athabasca Glacier. During your tour, your expert driver-guide will share details of this frozen natural wonder. We’ll have lunch at the glacier’s Discovery Center before heading to Lake Louise, where our Adventure Leader will give us a tour. Dinner is on your own tonight.

Included Feature:

  • Columbia Icefields tour with Lake Louise visit

Included meals:

Breakfast  & lunch

DAY 6:

Enjoy Banff at your leisure and meet a Mountie

Today, you’ll enjoy free time in Banff to explore at your own pace. Take time to visit the hot springs, check out local art museums, or have some fresh local delicacies at any of the scenic cafes and restaurants. Lunch will be on your own. Later, you'll have an opportunity to meet an officer from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Dinner tonight will be back at the hotel.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Meet a Canadian Mountie

Destination Enhancement: Customize your journey when you add an optional excursion. Soak in the 360°, bird’s eye views of Banff when you take an optional trip on the Banff Gondola. Learn more

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner
Destination Enhancements: Banff Gondola Ride

Banff Gondola Ride

  • Approximate Cost: $89 USD per person
  • Approximate Time: 2 hours
  • Location: Banff, Canada
  • When: Early afternoon tour
Located at the base of Sulphur Mountain, at the end of Banff’s Mountain Avenue, the Banff Gondola offers guests unsurpassed views of six mountain ranges, the Bow Valley, and the charming town below. Begin your optional experience with a walk along the Sulphur Mountain Boardwalk before ascending high above the snow-dusted peaks. Afterwards, enjoy the many available activities found at the state-of-the-art summit building. With new restaurants, interactive interpretive exhibits, a multi-sensory theatre, and a breathtaking 360-degree rooftop observation deck, the Banff Gondola summit is sure to impress.

DAY 7:

Ride The Canadian through Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba

This morning, we'll transfer you via a scenic coach ride From Banff to Jasper. You'll then board The Canadian to begin your three-day rail journey in a Sleeper Touring Class Service, a private sleeper compartment with half bath, on your way to Toronto.

Included Feature:

  • 3-day train journey on The Canadian

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 8:

Travel across Canada on The Canadian

Relax aboard The Canadian and watch the world go by as you traverse the beautiful Canadian countryside. Stops include Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and an evening stop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. During your journey today, you'll enjoy interesting lectures about local Canadian history and the destinations you'll visit. Savor a mouthwatering lunch and dinner on board.

Cultural Discovery:

  • Daily lectures on board

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 9:

Soak in the natural views from The Canadian

Roll across Canada’s heartland, past the wide-open spaces and golden grain fields of Sioux Lookout and Hornepayne. Along the way, you’ll enjoy included meals, expert commentary, and marvelous scenery from the Park Car with its 360° glass dome (accessible only to Sleeper Touring Class Service passengers).

Included meals:

Breakfast, lunch & dinner

DAY 10:

Discover the city of Toronto on tour

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a great multicultural melting pot. After an included brunch on board and arrival at the Toronto train station, you’ll explore the city’s delightful ethnic neighborhoods on your panoramic city tour.

Then, spend the afternoon exploring the city’s many attractions on your own. Perhaps you’ll take a 10-minute ferry to Toronto Islands, or visit the Distillery District, an arts and cultural community filled with wonderfully preserved Victorian buildings. This evening, toast your cross-continental journey and new friends at a Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

Included Feature:

  • Panoramic city tour of Toronto  

Included meals:

Breakfast & dinner

DAY 11:

Say goodbye to Canada

Today you'll be transferred to the airport and fly home from Toronto.

Included meals:


Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader at the destination.

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Journey Trans-Canada Rail Adventure & the Rockies Vancouver & the Rockies by Rocky Mountaineer Greatest value and most comprehensive features compared to our competitors!
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Cruise-Only Price* $8,399 $9,490
# of Days 11 9
Per Diem $763 $1,054
Included Tours and Special Features 9 included features and Cultural Discoveries — a value of $1,505 per person!
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1 UNESCO World Heritage Site: The Canadian Rocky Mountains
-Two-day rail journey onboard Rocky Mountaineer in a GoldLeaf Service from the Vancouver coast to Canada's Rocky Mountains
-Accommodations in the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver and three Fairmont resort hotels in Jasper National Park and Banff National Park
-Floatplane flightseeing excursion over the Gulf Islands from Vancouver to Victoria
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21 meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
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