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Western Canada - Rail and Sail
A journey that will capture the imagination. Combining the romance of train travel with the delights of cruising, this programme offers travellers a truly unique view of Canada’s dazzling scenery. Visit Vancouver, Canada’s most beautifully-located city, where you board the Rocky Mountaineer for an unforgettable train ride to the breathtaking wilderness of the Rocky Mountains. Spend a few days in this mountain paradise exploring the national parks of Banff and Jasper. Set out for the Pacific coast onboard VIA Rail’s Jasper to Prince Rupert train and traverse Northern British Columbia. In Prince Rupert, embark on an enchanting cruise through the Inside Passage to Vancouver Island. Visit Victoria, the charming provincial capital, before returning to Vancouver.
Price per person includes:
Return flights UK to Vancouver
13 nights superior accommodation in sought after locations
Private transfer from Vancouver hotel to train station
Transfers to and from Kamloops train station
Port Hardy to Victoria sightseeing transfer
Victoria to Vancouver floatplane shuttle transfer
Full day sightseeing transfer, including a stop at Columbia Icefield (Ice Explorer ride included)
Vancouver/Kamloops/Banff rail passage on the Rocky Mountaineer (SilverLeaf Service)
Jasper/Prince George/Prince Rupert rail passage on VIA Rail's route (Touring class)
Prince Rupert to Port Hardy Inside Passage cruise
Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour of Vancouver
GoldLeaf Service- upgrade option on the Rocky Mountaineer
For that extra measure of luxury, consider the GoldLeaf service. You'll enjoy a full length Dome Coach, dine in elegant surroundings and take in the mountain breezes from a large observation platform.
The onboard staff provide you with the highest level of service. They are gracious, energetic, pleasant and attentive, and will keep you informed of the history and sights along the way.
You will enjoy fine cuisine amidst the elegant ambience of the GoldLeaf dining lounge. You won't be able to resist the Chef's creations which feature local delicacies such as BC salmon, accompanied by fresh fruit and vegetables.
Vancouver, Coast Mountains and trolley tour
Banff and the Glacier National Park
Jasper National Park and Columbia Icefield
Jasper Tramway and Royal British Columbia Museum
Bon Voyage UK Chauffeur Service
Start in style and put the finishing touches to a memorable holiday with our Chauffeur Drive Service. Your smart, uniformed driver will meet you at your door and whisk you to and from the airport terminal so you are guaranteed a stress-free and relaxing journey. You’ll travel in a showroom condition Mercedes E Class for two people or a sumptuous Viano for families or groups up to six.
Your Bon Voyage travel consultant has all the details, so just mention if you'd like this option included in your holiday quote.
Day 1 : Vancouver
Arrive at Vancouver International Airport and transfer independently to your
centrally-located hotel. Pick up your information kit at the front desk upon
check in. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore this coastal gem.
Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 2 : Vancouver
Spectacularly located between the Coast Mountains and the waters of the
Pacific, Vancouver offers a world of entertainment, culture and adventure.
Discover Vancouver on a Hop-on Hop-off trolley tour, taking in the sights of
historic Gastown, English Bay, Granville Island, the colourful totem poles of
scenic Stanley Park and much more. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 3 : Kamloops
Enjoy a private transfer to the train station and embark on an unforgettable journey, onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, through the majestic landscape of Western Canada. Travel on the pioneer trail, listen to the history and legends of the West and enjoy the excellent SilverLeaf service. The train crosses the Coastal Mountains into the rugged beauty of the interior and follows the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 4 : Banff
Today, relish the spectacle of snow-capped peaks, vividly-coloured lakes,
glistening glaciers and alpine meadows as the train traverses the national parks
of Glacier, Yoho and Banff. The majestic mountain ridges of the Canadian Rockies
tower high above the meandering railroad en route to the charming resort town of
Banff. Overnight in Banff. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 5 : Banff
Canada’s oldest national park offers a world of activities and recreation in
a mountain setting resplendent with awe-inspiring beauty. Spend the day at
leisure in picturesque Banff, in the shadow of Mount Norquay, or explore the
park along its vast network of hiking and horseback riding trails. The area’s
highlights include the Cave and Basin, Bow Falls and the Fairmont Banff Springs
Hotel. Overnight in Banff.
Day 6 : Jasper
Leave Banff and travel north along the famous Icefields Parkway into the
untamed wilderness of Jasper National Park. Every turn unveils spectacular
vistas of indomitable peaks, outstretched valleys, cascading waterfalls and
colourful meadows. At the Columbia Icefield, take the opportunity to tour onto
the surface of the Athabasca Glacier onboard an Ice Explorer (ride included).
Overnight in Jasper.
Day 7 : Jasper
Enjoy some time in the resort town of Jasper, which still boasts an intriguing frontier identity. Venture into Jasper National Park and hike past serene lakes and gentle meadows beneath jagged mountain peaks; or ride the Jasper Tramway and relish the commanding views of the town site and surrounding mountain ridges. Guided excursions are also locally available. Overnight in Jasper.
Day 8 : Prince George
Today, embark on a memorable rail journey across British Columbia’s northern
region to the waters of the Pacific Ocean. Pass the cloud-veiled peak of Mount
Robson and watch the horizons widen as the train descends from the Rockies onto
the rugged interior plateau. The northern arm of the Fraser River leads to
Prince George. Overnight in Prince George. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 9 : Prince Rupert
Continuing west, enjoy the rugged beauty and pioneering character of a
landscape once solely travelled by First Nation people and fur traders. The
train follows the turbulent currents of the Skeena River and meanders through
spectacular canyons and open valleys in the presence of ever-present mountain
ridges. Overnight in Prince Rupert. Continental breakfast, lunch and dinner
Day 10 : Port Hardy
Welcome to the glorious Inside Passage, a paradise for photographers and
wildlife enthusiasts. Sail to Vancouver Island through a maze of enchanting
islands, relishing the ever-changing vistas of deep fjords, densely forested
shorelines, massive ice-flows and jagged inlets. Watch bald eagles soaring
overhead, sea lions slumbering on the rocks and whales traversing the offshore
waters. Overnight in Port Hardy.
Day 11 : Victoria
Today, travel the Island Highway through the forestclad mountains of the
interior and along a spectacular coastline dotted with charming fishing
villages. Enjoy sweeping views of the shoreline and the distant Coast Mountains.
During your sightseeing transfer, you will make stops in Campbell River, at the
murals in Chemainus and in Duncan. Upon arrival in Victoria the remainder of the
day is at leisure. Overnight in Victoria
Day 12 : Victoria
The elegant city of Victoria is the capital of British Columbia and the
setting for a full day of independent sightseeing. Visit Victoria’s historic
heart and experience its quaint colonial demeanour, reflected in such gracious
landmarks as the parliament buildings, the Royal British Columbia Museum and
Bastion Square. To round off the day, you may enjoy traditional High Tea at the
Empress Hotel. Overnight in Victoria.
Day 13 : Vancouver
You have ample time to explore the Inner Harbour or to stroll along
Victoria’s enticing shopping streets. Experience the exhilaration of travelling
by floatplane across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver. Enjoy the breathtaking
bird’s-eye view of the city’s skyline as you approach for a thrilling landing on
water. Overnight in Vancouver.
Day 14 : Vancouver
Today is your final day and flight back home to the UK, however, your adventure doesn't have to end here. Perhaps you may want to extend your stay and cross the border into America and explore Washington and Oregon's rugged western coastline.
Call the travel experts at Bon Voyage to discuss your ideal Western Canada Rail and Sail adventure.
Very friendly advisers, with detailed knowledge who want to create a great holiday for their clients. I would recommend this agency to anyone wanting a holiday that isn't off-the-peg and yet doesn't cost a fortune.