Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure & The Inside Passage
14 nights. June - August 2019. From £3499.00.
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 30th APRIL - JUST GBP79** PER PERSON
Spectacular Western Canada
Beginning with two days in wonderful Vancouver, this very special tour then crosses to Vancouver Island, and very 'British' Victoria. You'll then head north into a land of towering firs, rainforests, bears, whales, teeming salmon fisheries and the Pacific Rim National Park. A day's cruise through the fabled Inside Passage and a two-day scenic rail journey bring you into the heart of the Rockies, where Jasper and Banff are the final crowning glories.
Tour Highlights And Inclusions
Discover Vancouver's glittering waterfront
Explore pretty provincial capital Victoria
Pacific Rim National Park - one of Canada's natural treasures
Enjoy a day cruise across the breathtaking Inside Passage
Take an unforgettable two-day Skeena VIA Rail train journey
Enjoy a two-night stay in Jasper
Journey to Banff, via Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway
Stay in Banff, the majestic Rockies' capital
14 nights' carefully chosen room-only hotel accommodation, plus one night on the aircraft
Flights to Vancouver, returning from Calgary
Touring Class travel on VIA Rail's Skeena Train, including two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner
Coach travel and transfers throughout
Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager
Single rooms are available for a supplement
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.
Fly to Vancouver for a two-night stay. Meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel, and relax in this wonderful metropolis.
Join today's optional guided city tour, highlights of which will include restored Gastown, hectic, colourful Chinatown, and the wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. You'll also cross into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van' for the chance to brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge - the world's longest pedestrian span.
Journey to the ferry and cross the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, before heading on to unashamedly 'British' Victoria, capital of British Columbia and home to the Royal BC Museum and vast Parliament Buildings.
Enjoy a free day in Victoria, or join this morning's optional excursion to world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species are displayed. This afternoon, join the optional Whale Watch cruise, for the chance perhaps to spot orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment.
Bid farewell to Victoria and journey north into one of the country's great natural wonderlands.
Journeying up the island's east coast, you'll pass 'City of Totems' Duncan, see the famous painted murals in former logging town Chemainus, and make a stop at the quirky Old Country Market at nearby Coombs, celebrated for the 'goats on the roof' - one of the more unusual sights of the day. Heading west, you'll enter a pristine land of lakes and mountains that leads into the Pacific Rim National Park, and to Tofino, your base for the next two nights.
Enjoy the spectacular surroundings of the national park, perhaps joining the optional bear-watching cruise to see tidal black bears foraging in the surf for crab and other sea fish at low tide. Take a stroll along Pacific-side Long Beach and take in Meares Island and its ancient rainforest.
Heading east once more, you'll pause to make the short walk to Cathedral Grove's famous stand of Douglas firs, before arriving this afternoon in Campbell River, the 'Salmon Capital of the World'.
After a morning at leisure, re-board the coach for this afternoon's journey, north towards Port Hardy, where an overnight stay heralds tomorrow's great adventure.
On what is justifiably dubbed 'one of Canada's great trips', very early this morning board the BC Ferries ship for the unforgettable journey through the island-dotted, mountain-fringed pristine coastal wilderness of the fabled Inside Passage, refuge of whales, sea lions and rare eagles. Enjoy the on-board facilities, which include a restaurant, lounges and plenty of deck space in which to take in the staggering vistas.
Days 10 and 11
Board VIA Rail's famous Skeena Train for the two-day, scenic journey east, towards the Rockies. Don't miss the stunning vistas as the train rolls through the spectacular coastal ranges, then settle back in your comfortable seat, or head to the Panorama Car, as the train makes its way through a forested landscape, once the hunting ground of native peoples and fur-trappers, passing remote settlements fringed by spectacular peaks. Enjoy breakfast, a cold lunch and hot dinner served 'airline style' by the friendly on-board staff, and stay overnight in the Fraser River, frontier town of Prince George.
A second day aboard the train sees you head over the Yellowhead Pass, past towering Mount Robson and finally, by early evening, to the historic railroad town of Jasper, at the gateway to the stunning Jasper National Park.
Discover Jasper at your leisure, or perhaps join one of today's optional excursions, which will include a ride on the historic Jasper Tramway - Canada's longest cable car - to the heights above, a journey to Maligne Lake, or a ride on the back of (or in a sidecar beside) a Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Today you'll travel by coach along the renowned Icefields Parkway, one of North America's most scenic routes, calling briefly at beautiful Lake Louise. You'll continue on to Banff, for a final two-night stay.
Explore the delightful, bustling Rockies' capital, and take the opportunity to join a choice of optional excursions, which include a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking the famous Banff Springs Hotel, and an unforgettable Helicopter Ride.
Board the coach to Calgary, for the overnight return flight to the UK.
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AccommodationCanadian Rockies Rail Adventure Touring Hotels
The hotels used on our tours will meet the standard of a good, three- and four-star European hotel. Rooms will have private bathrooms, telephones and TV. The vast majority will also have tea- and coffee-making facilities. There will always be a bar or restaurant on site or nearby.Back to top
Hotel transfer times
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 30 minutes.
Passports and visas
British citizens require machine-readable passports when travelling to Canada. Visas are not normally required for entry, but for travel from 15th March 2016 visitors to Canada must apply for an eTA online with Canadian Immigration at least 72 hours before departure at www.canada.ca/eta . The current charge is seven Canadian dollars for British Citizens. British subjects, and anyone who has a criminal record or has ever been arrested, should consult the Canadian Embassy as a visa may be required.
Foreign Office travel advice
Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.
Gratuities are a way of life in North America, and it is generally accepted that they form part of a person's earnings. The customary gratuity for a coach driver or Tour Manager is about $5 per person per day. It is normal to tip 15-20 per cent of the bill for a taxi or in a restaurant, and to leave a dollar or so per drink in a bar.
Smoking is not permitted on any coach forming part of your holiday; regular stops will be made though for your comfort en route. The majority of hotels in North America are non-smoking throughout including in all bedrooms. In general smoking outside is acceptable, but do look out for signs prohibiting this close to public entrances or bus stops.
On your flight
All outbound flights depart and arrive on the same day. All return flights leave in the evening and land in the UK the next day. On-board meals will usually include lunch and a snack on outward flights, and dinner and breakfast on flight home. Soft drinks are complimentary, but some airlines will charge for alcoholic drinks.
You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.
Sightseeing flights by helicopter are weight controlled and balanced. Please contact us if you wish to book a helicopter flight and your bodyweight exceeds 250lb. (In such cases, a seat may have to be left empty, and some companies may charge a premium.)
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
Changes to your hotels
Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.
Standard hotel rooms in North America will contain one or two double- or queen-sized beds, and it is not possible to add extra beds to the room. Parties consisting of more than two travellers, but who have only booked one room, will be expected to make use of the two beds provided. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.
**Low deposit of GBP79pp applies to new bookings made between 30th March and 30th April (inclusive) 2018 only.. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.Back to top