C A N A D I A N R O C K I E S B Y T R A I N
Travelling by train across the Canadian Rockies must be one of the most spectacular train rides in the World. This escorted tour is in our opinion one of the seven wonders of the holiday world !
You will visit -BRITISH COLUMBIA • VANCOUVER • BUTCHART GARDENS • VICTORIA • VIA RAIL’S ‘THE CANADIAN’ • JASPER • COLUMBIA ICEFIELDS • LAKE LOUISE • BANFF • CALGARY
What you see• Enjoy an overnight journey aboard ‘The Canadian’ byVIA Rail viewing coastal forests, roaring river canyons and the snowcappedpeaks of the Canadian Rockies. • See the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and Mount. Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies.• Stand on the amazing 1,000 foot/305 metres thickAthabasca Glacier during an exciting excursion at the Columbia Icefields.• Overnight at the magnificent Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, properly nicknamed the ‘Castle in the Mountains’.
YOUR CANADIAN ROCKIES BY TRAIN ITINERARY
Day 1: ARRIVE VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIAJoin Global Holidays Holidays for a remarkable journey through Alpine vistas, stunning landscapes, charming towns and beautiful lakes. Explore the beautiful Canadian Rockies by train. Your adventure begins in Vancouver.
Day 2: VANCOUVER – VICTORIA – VANCOUVEREarly this morning you depart for the ferry ride to Victoria Island where you visit lovely Butchart Gardens, created on the site of an old quarry. The gardens are among the world’s most beautiful and are a veritable explosion of colour and frangrances.Next, take a short sightseeing tour of the ‘City of Gardens’,Victoria, and have some leisure time to explore this lovely seaside city. This evening you journey back to the mainland via a short ferry ride.
Day 3: VANCOUVER – VIA RAIL’S ‘THE CANADIAN’Enjoy a memorable breakfast at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, taking in the fascinating sight of people ‘walking on reetops’,making their way across the swaying planks. A sightseeing tour of Vancouver begins at beautiful Stanley Park, Canada’s renowned urban rainforest, and continues to Chinatown, the city’s waterfront, and Gastown, a turn-of-the-century centre comprised of pubs, art galleries, boutiques and the world-famous steam-powered clock, perhaps the most photographed subject in all of Vancouver. This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant before boarding VIA Rail’s ‘The Canadian’ to begin your journey to the majestic Canadian Rockies. Relive train travel in the days of old as you are rocked to sleep tonight in your private accommodations. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 4: VIA RAIL’S ‘THE CANADIAN’ – JASPER, ALBERTAEnjoy a lovely hot breakfast in the dining car as your eastbound train whisks you past the peaks of the Monashee Mountains and the stunning sight of Pyramid Falls cascading down Mount Cheadle. Relax in the Dome car as you experience 360-degree views of the glistening glaciers of the Albreda Icefields and on a clear day, view Mount Robson, the highest peak of the Rockies. Moose, mountain goats, bear and caribou call this wonderland home. This afternoon, arrive in Jasper, nestled in the heart of the Canadian Rockies at the gateway to the incredible Icefields Parkway. Settle into Fairmont’s Jasper Park Lodge for a relaxing two night stay. Today breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included.
Day 5: JASPERBegin your day with a trip to the dramatic Maligne Canyon, one of Jasper’s most spectacular landmarks. Later, behold the picture-perfect sparkling waters of Maligne Lake, the largest natural lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you can embark on an optional cruise highlighting the beauty of Spirit Island. Return to Jasper with leisure time to explore this lovely town.Today breakfast will be included.
Day 6: JASPER – ICEFIELDS PARKWAY – LAKE LOUISESet off for a wonderful day of sightseeing en route to Lake Louise. Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway. Waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks, imposing cliffs and snow-capped peaks paint the breathtaking canvas so have your camera handy.Enjoy a stop at the Athabasca Falls and marvel at its sheer beauty and power. At the Columbia Icefields, enjoy a fun ride* across a mass of glacial ice over 1,000 feet/305 metres thick, the largest accumulation of ice south of the Arctic Circle. Continuing down the parkway be on the lookout for bears, furry marmots and stately elk. Enjoy a stop at Peyto Lake, a turquoise glacier-fed lake that evokes pure serenity, before arriving in Lake Louise. Enjoy a stay at the world-famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 7: LAKE LOUISE – BANFF Jagged Ten Peaks are distinctively saw-toothed, standing out amidst stunning Alpine scenery. Arrive in charming Banff and visit a local ammonite specialist to learn about this rare gemstone found only in Alberta. Arrive at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, known as the ‘Castle in the Mountains’, for a luxurious two night stay. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 8: BANFFSet off for a scenic drive through Banff featuring the powerful Bow Falls and impressive Hoodoos, known as the ‘Land of the Sleeping Giants’. During an afternoon at leisure, perhaps you will take a stroll through Banff’s delightful downtown.Today breakfast will be included.
Day 9: BANFF – CALGARYHead to the cosmopolitan city of Calgary for the final stop on your scenic adventure. Tonight, join your new friends during a special farewell dinner at a popular local restaurant.Today breakfast and dinner will be included.
Day 10: CALGARY – DEPART FOR HOME
Day 11: ARRIVE U.K. Included in this Canadian Rockies By Train Escorted Tour:11 DAYS, 13
MEALS:7 Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 5 Dinners
PRICES FROM ONLY £2469Prices are in £’s per person and are based on 2 adults sharing a twin/double room departing from London Heathrow with Air Canada. Regional Flight Departures are available.
CALL GLOBAL HOLIDAYS FOR YOUR CANADIAN ROCKIES ESCORTED TRAIN TOUR FREE ON 0800 433 2300