Trans Canada by Rail featuring VIA Rail’s Prestige Class

Two of Canada's most popular cities combine with an exciting train journey across Canada to create one amazing Canadian Train vacation

Tour Description

Combine two of Canada's most popular cities with a four-night premier train experience across Canada's prairies and mountain towns. Enjoy the elegance and comfort of VIA Rail's Prestige Class, complete with personalized concierge service, all-inclusive bar service and priority dining reservations. Large en suite cabins feature a leather couch and fold-down double bed, flat screen TV and fully-stocked minibar.

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Features & Inclusions

  • 4 nights hotel accommodation
  • Rail travel on VIA Rail Canada (4 nights on train)
  • 10 meals
  • Toronto Hop-on Hop-off tour
  • Vancouver Hop-on Hop-off tour
  • Select transfers
  • VIA Rail's Prestige Class includes

  • Spacious cabins including:
  • Large, comfortable leather couch and a fold-down double bed
  • Private washroom with shower
  • Flat-screen television with video selection and fully stocked minibar
  • Large picture windows (60% larger than in Sleeper Plus cabins)
  • Electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature
  • Access to the Prestige Park Car which offers complimentary bar service, spectacular views and various activities, such as wine tasting and interactive talks on local history, culture and geography
  • Personalized service by the Prestige Concierge
  • Priority access to dining car reservations

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive Toronto
As the arts, entertainment, and cultural center of Canada, Toronto offers visitors a plethora of memorable sights and experiences. Transfer by shuttle bus from the airport to your hotel in the heart of the city. The day is yours to get acquainted with Toronto on your own. 

Your first must-do activity is riding on top of CN Tower, the world's tallest free-standing structure with unparalleled views of the city and its outlying area. Be sure to visit Eaton Centre for shopping and dining, Chinatown, Old Town Toronto, and the city's many fascinating ethnic markets. Toronto is well-known for its nightlife. Enjoy your evening dining at a gourmet restaurant, sampling the fare at one of the city's smaller ethnic restaurants, or listening to some local music. Once the sun sets, the city comes alive with shows, clubs, and seasonal sporting events. Whatever your interests, there are sure to be many options from which to choose! Overnight Toronto.

Day 2 - Touring Toronto
Today's sightseeing tour of Toronto takes you to the city's most loved landmarks as you travel the 12-mile route through the city's core, stopping at the sights that interest you most. Enjoy Toronto's impressive landmarks and unique shopping, and indulge in some fine dining before you embark on your cross-Canada train journey. Overnight Toronto. 

Day 3 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
You'll depart from Toronto's Union Station. Settle in to your Prestige Class accommodations as the train begins its journey west. Overnight train.

Day 4 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
As you awake this morning, the train is nearing the small town of Gogama, Ontario. Head to the Dining Car for a hot breakfast before exploring the amenities on board the train. You have access to all of the lounges on board the train as well as the Skyline Car - your exclusive entertainment center with an observation dome offering 360-degree views - and the exclusive Prestige Park Car with complimentary bar service and great views. Be sure to bring your camera as you explore the train to take advantage of the unique vantage point made available from the exclusive lounge cars. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 5 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
When you awake this morning, the train will be pulling into Winnipeg, the capital of Manitoba. Winnipeg was originally the hub of the Canadian fur trade as it was well-positioned at the junction of three important rivers. Today, this area known as The Forks is the downtown location for some of Winnipeg's exclusive restaurants, shopping, and live entertainment.

This afternoon cross the Manitoba-Saskatchewan border, signaling the mid-point of your rail journey. The first important town you will come across is Melville, named after Charles Melville Hays, President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railroad Company who died in the sinking of the Titanic in 1912. Spend the day chatting with your fellow travelers and enjoying exclusive access to first-class lounges, dining on superb meals, and delighting in impeccable service. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 6 - VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver
Awake this morning in Alberta's capital city of Edmonton, often regarded as the gateway to the north because of the prominent location it played in fur trading, the Yukon gold rush, and the Alberta oil discoveries. Make the most of your last full day on the train, admiring the passing scenery, mountain towns, towering forests, and tranquil lakes from your private room or one of the train's observation decks.

This afternoon finds you in Jasper, located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Jasper National Park is a wildlife sanctuary so be on the lookout for elk and mule deer, which often wander about. Late this afternoon, the train passes Mt. Robson and travels into British Columbia, the last province in your Canada rail journey. This evening enjoy your last sumptuous dinner aboard the train. Take in the stunning views from your table and reflect on your breathtaking voyage across five provinces. Overnight train. (B, L, D)

Day 7 - Arrive Vancouver
You are scheduled to arrive in Vancouver, Canada's third largest city, this morning. Transfer by taxi (included) to your centrally-located hotel. Spend the day exploring this coastal city through a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour - the perfect way to see the city's most important sights. Must-see attractions include Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium, English Bay Beach, Granville Island, Chinatown, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and the Robson street shopping district. Stroll the cobbled streets of Gastown, view some of the Olympic sites, and dine in one of the city's fantastic restaurants this evening. Overnight Vancouver. (B)

Day 8 - Vancouver
Take this day to fully explore the city and all of its incredible sights. Overnight Vancouver.

Day 9 - Vancouver
Your Trans Canada rail vacation comes to an end this morning. Return to the airport on your own with memories to last a lifetime. 

This itinerary is also available in reverse.

Accommodation Options

Hotels included are the Fairmont Royal York and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

The Prestige Sleeper Class provides an exciting new level of comfort and service for travellers on the Canadian, one of the world's greatest train journeys. Each Prestige Sleep Cabin has a modular leather L-shaped couch by day and a Murphy bed for two by night facing the window with electric radiant heated cabin floors and walls that maintain a comfortable and constant temperature. Highlights of this Prestige Class includes: a personalized dedicated service by the Prestige Concierge; a spacious cabin, large windows and a private washroom with shower; flat-screen TV with video selection; minibar stocked with a selection of beverages and more.

Dates & Prices

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Prices are correct at the time of publication, however are subject to change at time of booking. Rates are in USD Per person, double occupancy. Senior rates are available. Aska rail specialist for details.

Cabins purchased in VIA rail for a single traveler are Cabis for 1. For upgrade options. ask your rail specialist for details.
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