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Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure & the Inside Passage

16 days from £3199*
Departing: June - August 2019
* Price shown: 17 June 2019 from London Heathrow - LHR
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LOW DEPOSITS - JUST £79 PER PERSON!

OFFER ENDS 30TH SEPTEMBER*

The glories of Western Canada

From Vancouver Island to the Rocky Mountains, this thrilling adventure in western Canada combines remarkable journeys by road, rail and sea, and uncovers the sheer natural beauty of this rugged part of the world. Begin with two days in lively Vancouver, then cross to Vancouver Island to stay in the very 'British' capital, Victoria, and travel through a land of rainforests, bears, colourful coastal settlements and the Pacific Rim National Park. Take an unforgettable day's cruise through the stunning Inside Passage, then a two-day scenic rail journey into the heart of the Canadian Rockies, where Jasper and Banff are the final crowning glories of this once-in-a-lifetime holiday.

Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure Highlights

  • Discover Vancouver's glittering waterfront
  • Explore glorious Vancouver Island, including the provincial capital Victoria
  • Enjoy an optional whale-watching cruise and a visit to famous Butchart Gardens
  • Travel through Pacific Rim National Park, one of Canada's great natural treasures
  • See tidal bears on an optional cruise
  • Cruise the breathtaking Inside Passage from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert
  • Discover Jasper National Park and Maligne Lake on an optional excursion
  • Journey to Banff, via turquoise Lake Louise, on the Icefields Parkway

What does the price include?

  • 14 nights' carefully chosen room-only hotel accommodation
  • Visits to Vancouver, Victoria, Tofino, Campbell River, Jasper and Banff
  • A day cruise through the Inside Passage
  • Scheduled flights to Vancouver, returning from Calgary
  • Coach travel and transfers throughout
  • Touring Class travel on VIA Rail's Skeena Train, including two breakfasts, two lunches and one dinner (hot and cold meals)
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Canadian Rockies Rail Adventure Itinerary

Day One: Fly to Vancouver

Fly west to Vancouver, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to the hotel for a two-night stay. After checking in, you're free to spend the rest of the day relaxing in this wonderful metropolis, which occupies a glorious setting between Western Canada's beautiful coastline and the mighty North Shore Mountains.

Day Two: Explore Vancouver

Get to know Vancouver on today's optional guided city tour. Highlights will include restored Gastown - Vancouver's oldest neighbourhood - as well as colourful Chinatown, and the glass and steel wonders of the Burrard Inlet waterfront. We'll also cross into the leafy suburbs of 'North Van', where you can brave the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge - a soaring walkway, made partly of glass, that crosses a dramatic canyon crowded with rainforest vegetation.

Day Three: Cross to Vancouver Island

Today we take a ferry across the Georgia Strait to Vancouver Island, which famously enjoys a mild climate year round. We'll spend two nights in Victoria, the unashamedly 'British' capital of British Columbia, where the Royal BC Museum, vast parliament buildings and the grand Empress Hotel are among its many highlights.

Day Four: Explore Butchart Gardens and head out on a whale-watching cruise

Enjoy a free day in Victoria, exploring under your own steam, or join this morning's optional excursion to world-famous Butchart Gardens, where over a million plants and several hundred floral species scatter its beautifully manicured grounds.

This afternoon, a second optional excursion offer the chance to go on a whale-watching cruise, on which you may spot orca, killer, humpback and grey whales in their natural environment.

Day Five: Journey to the Pacific Rim National Park and Tofino

Bidding farewell to Victoria, we'll travel north to join the western end of the great Trans Canada Highway into one of the country's great natural wonderlands. Skirting Vancouver island's east coast, we'll pass 'City of Totems' Duncan, see the famous painted murals in the former logging town of Chemainus, and make a stop at the quirky Old Country Market at nearby Coombs, where resident goats graze on the roof of its log houses.

Travelling west, we'll then enter a pristine land of lakes and mountains that leads into the Pacific Rim National Park, and to Tofino, our base for the next two nights.

Day Six: Explore the Pacific Rim National Park

Immerse yourself in the spectacular surroundings of the national park. Take a stroll along Pacific-side Long Beach or hop over to Meares Island to hike in its ancient rainforest, plus enjoy the rare chance to see tidal black bears foraging in the surf for crab and other sea fish on an optional bear-watching cruise.

Day Seven: Journey to Campbell River

Turning east, we'll travel inland and cross to the opposite edge of the Island, pausing en route to make the short walk to Cathedral Grove's famous stand of Douglas firs. This afternoon we'll arrive in Campbell River, gateway to the remote wilderness of northern Vancouver Island and dubbed the 'Salmon Capital of the World'.

Day Eight: Explore Campbell River and travel to Port Hardy

Enjoy a morning at leisure, perhaps taking a scenic stroll along the river or trying your hand at salmon fishing. We'll then reboard the coach for this afternoon's final Vancouver Island leg of the journey, travelling north towards Port Hardy, where an overnight stay heralds tomorrow's great adventure.

Day Nine: Cruise the Inside Passage

Very early this morning we'll board the BC Ferries ship for an unforgettable cruise through the island-dotted, mountain-fringed coastal wilderness of the Inside Passage, considered one of Canada's greatest journeys. Take in the staggering vistas from the ship's lounges and decks, looking out for whales, sea lions and rare eagles as we cruise through the icy waters. We'll arrive in Prince Rupert late this evening, at the end of a remarkable day.

Days 10 and 11: Travel via train to the Rocky Mountains

Today we'll board VIA Rail's famous Skeena Train for the picturesque, two-day journey east, towards the great Rocky Mountains. Enjoy stunning views as the train rolls through the spectacular coastal ranges and onwards through a forested landscape - once the hunting ground of native peoples and fur-trappers - and past remote settlements fringed by soaring peaks. Enjoy breakfast, a cold lunch and hot dinner served by the friendly on-board staff, then spend a night in the town of Prince George, which sits on the banks of the Fraser River.

A second day aboard the train takes us over the Yellowhead Pass, past towering Mount Robson and finally, by early evening, to the historic railroad town of Jasper, at the gateway to stunning Jasper National Park.

Day 12: Explore Jasper National Park

Enjoy a restful day at the hotel, choosing to discover Jasper at your leisure, or join today's optional excursion to unveil the beauty of this stunning landscape. This scenic day trip includes a ride on the Jasper Tramway - a historic cable car line that climbs to the heights above - and a visit to magnificent Maligne Lake, famous for its brilliant turquoise waters framed by clusters of pine forest and snow-topped peaks.

Day 13: Travel along the Icefields Parkway and see Lake Louise

Today we'll travel along the renowned Icefields Parkway, which carves through the heart of the Canadian Rockies and is often regarded as one of North America's most scenic routes. We'll call briefly at beautiful Lake Louise, where turquoise waters - frozen for much of the year - are set against the awesome backdrop of Victoria Glacier. Make the most of some stunning photo opportunities before we continue our journey to Banff, the final destination on our Canadian journey.

Day 14: Explore Banff

Explore the delightful, bustling Rockies' capital, and take the opportunity to join a choice of memorable optional excursions into the surrounding national park. Perhaps take a cable-car ride to the summit of Sulphur Mountain, join a trip to the scenic Surprise Corner viewpoint overlooking famous Banff Springs Hotel, or round off your holiday with an unforgettable Helicopter Ride over this great mountain wilderness.

Day 15: Begin your journey home

Board the coach to Calgary Airport for your overnight return flight to the UK.

Day 16: Arrive home

Arrive back in the UK.
Departure Airport Date Price From
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 17 June 2019 £3199
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 01 July 2019 £3399
London Heathrow
London Heathrow 30 August 2019 £3499

Canadian 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.

Further Information

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.

Tipping

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

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.

Luggage allowance

You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Helicopter flights

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.)

Special requirements

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.

Disabled access

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.

Itinerary changes

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.

Hotel rooms

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 £79 per person applies to new bookings made between 1st and 30th September 2017 (inclusive) only. This offer only applies to selected air-inclusive holidays. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.