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Contrasts of Canada
An epic exploration, east meets west on this grand trip across Canada, taking you coast to coast on VIA Rail's renowned train, The Canadian.You'll enjoy Insider moments like getting an inside look at Canada's stunning scenery – by rail and road. On the east coast, it's uncovering the lush wine-growing region of the Niagara Peninsula. On the west coast, it's encountering the dramatic Rockies, from the forests to the glaciers of the Columbia Icefield and Icefields Parkway. And, of course, it's meeting locals, like our vintner friends in British Columbia, who invite you to taste their wines and dine with them.
Please note that this holiday can be taken as an escorted tour or individual tailor-made adventure....Please call Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal trip..
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Price per person:
Return flights from UK to Vancouver/home from Toronto
UK Private door to door airport transfers and transfers in Canada
14 nights accommodation on board VIA Rail's The Canadian and in superior hotels in sought-after locations
Meals – 14 full breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners
Iconic train journey across the countryside of Canada into the cosmopolitan city of Toronto.
Insider Experiences as detailed in the itinerary
Travel in luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and on-board restroom
The services of professional Tour Directors throughout your holiday
All hotel service charges, baggage handling fees and local taxes
Audio headsets for all guided visits and included sightseeing
City tour of Vancouver and Victoria
City tour of Whistler and Banff
Sun Peaks and Lake Louise
Stanley Park and Glacier National Parks
Yoho and Mount Revelstoke National Parks
FREE DOOR TO DOOR UK TRANSFERS
We believe your holiday should be a relaxing and hassle free experience from start to finish. This is why we include complimentary private UK airport transfers with every escorted holiday.
You will be collected from your home by a private chauffeur-driven car and taken to your departure airport. At the end of your holiday, you will be met at the airport upon arrival for a relaxing journey home.
No worries. No hassle.
Day 1 : Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, check in to your hotel and get settled or head out to explore. At 6 p.m., gather at the hotel with your Travel Director and fellow travelling companions for a Welcome Reception.
Day 2 : Vancouver – Victoria (2 nights)
Set out for Stanley Park to see its towering totem poles and explore historic Chinatown and Gastown. Travel by ferry to Vancouver Island and visit a family-owned winery and taste the perfectly-balanced vintages. Indulge in a Be My Guest lunch featuring local cuisine delicately paired with their delicious wines. Later, arrive in quaint Victoria.
Day 3 : Victoria Sightseeing and Free Time
Greet the day with breakfast at Butchart Gardens, a 55-acre showcase of gorgeous floral gardens. Meet with a representative who can answer any questions and then spend some time exploring on your own. Back in Victoria, enjoy a guided city tour and enjoy the rest of the day as you wish. This evening, dinner is up to you with a selection of delectable restaurants for a your choice dining experience.
Day 4 : Victoria – Chemainus - Squamish – Whistler (2 nights)
Set out for Chemainus, famous for its outdoor murals. Return to the mainland by ferry and drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway. Board the Sea-to-Sky Gondola and ride all the way to Summit Lodge while enjoying sweeping views. Later this afternoon, arrive in Whistler.
Day 5 : Whistler Sightseeing and Free Time
Start the morning with a guided walking tour led by a Local Specialist. Learn about the history of the resort and its significance to the 2010 winter Olympics. Next, step into a fascinating world where ancient ways meet modern life at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre. Your Local Specialist, an authentic First Nations ambassador, will greet you with a warm welcome in traditional song. This afternoon is at leisure in Whistler.
Day 6 : Whistler – Historic Ranching Country - Sun Peaks
Leaving Whistler, head through Cache Creek, offering some of the most beautiful scenery in all of Canada. Continue past historic Kamloops, towards the thriving ski resort of Sun Peaks. In Sun Peaks, enjoy an interpretive walk and learn all about local medicinal plants from a Local Specialist who will join you during dinner, to give a true insider's perspective on the past fur trapping and trading industry of the region while tasting authentic regional food.
Day 7 : Sun Peaks - Rocky Mountain National Park - Banff (2 nights)
Sample the best of Canada's natural treasures in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks. Travel through Mount Revelstoke National Park, enter Glacier National Park and crossing the Columbia River, arrive in Yoho National Park. Cross the Continental Divide, enter Banff National Park and arrive at your quintessential mountain resort for a relaxing two-night stay. Enjoy dinner and a Local Specialist presentation where you will learn all about the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from a real life "Mountie."
Day 8 : Banff Sightseeing and Free Time
Immerse yourself in the natural glories of Banff, including the classic viewpoint of Surprise Corner, spectacular Bow Falls and the hoodoo rock formations. The rest of the day is free.
Day 9 : Banff – Lake Louise – Jasper
Arrive on the shores of lovely Lake Louise with a short lakeside talk. Get ready for a unique adventure at the Columbia Icefield where you board an Ice Explorer and drive on the massive Athabasca Glacier. Later this afternoon, arrive at your hotel in the heart of Jasper National Park.
Day 10 : Jasper Sightseeing - VIA Rail’s The Canadian (3 nights)
Enjoy an interpretive walk on the trails of Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Then, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake. Stop at Spirit Island, before returning to Jasper. Later this afternoon, bid farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as you board VIA Rail's The Canadian for your independent transcontinental journey across Canada, from Jasper to Toronto, as you see the legendary scenery, one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. Get settled in and relax in your Sleeper Plus or Prestige Sleeper Class (optional upgrade) compartment, aboard newly renovated cars.
Day 11 - 13 : Aboard The Canadian
Enjoy the full experience of travelling aboard VIA Rail's flagship: delicious meals are prepared fresh by local chefs and served in the elegant, fully renovated dining cars. Enjoy wine tastings and interactive presentations on the history, geography and culture of the regions you travel through. From time to time, musicians play on board, providing a soundtrack for the journey. As you travel across the continent, take in the sweeping landscapes from the comfort of your private compartment or from the Bullet Lounge, Mural Lounge or the scenic glass dome Skyline and Park cars, where you can unwind with a coffee or make new acquaintances.
Day 13 : Arrive Toronto (2 nights)
Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city located on the shore of Lake Ontario. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your recently renovated hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant city. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary “hop-on, hop-off” city sightseeing tour. Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is scheduled for 9:30 a.m., but local rail traffic conditions may result in service disruptions and delays. Should you arrive too late to enjoy your complimentary “hop-on, hop-off” city sightseeing tour, we will replace it with with another ticket valid for Day 15 before your departure time; we therefore recommend a later flight on Day 15 to avoid any disappointment.
Day 14 : Full Day Niagara Peninsula Excursion
Take in the picturesque countryside of the Niagara Peninsula and stop at one of the local wineries, where you can sample selections of some of Ontario's finest wines. Continue on along the Niagara Parkway to the Falls with photo opportunities at the famed Floral Clock. Following lunch with stunning views of the falls, board the Hornblower for an exhilarating boat ride to the base of the majestic Horseshoe Falls. There is some free time around the Falls, before heading back towards Niagara-on-the-Lake, stopping along the way for photo opportunities at the observation deck. Once in historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, you will have time to stroll through the charming street, soaking up the history and heritage of one of Canada's most famous landmarks. Return to Toronto, arriving back at your hotel late afternoon.
Day 15 : Depart Toronto
Your journey comes to an end however your adventure doesn't have to end here. You may decide to extend your stay and head over the border to New York for a few days or perhaps include a visit to Niagara Falls.
Call the Canada and USA specialists at Bon Voyage to discuss your perfect Contrast of Canada adventure.