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Canadian Train Odyssey with Alaska Cruise (8965)

22 Day Tour from Toronto to Vancouver

2019 Tour Details

This cross-country train adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. A highlight of this Canada train tour is the 3-day, 3-night journey on VIA Rail®’s the Canadian—a premier continental train—from Toronto to Jasper. In refurbished art deco rail cars and domed observation cars, enjoy views of the ever-changing landscapes as you leisurely travel through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The spectacular landscapes on your train trip are not the only stunning scenery you’ll witness on this Canada rail tour. Marvel at hypnotic Niagara Falls on your boat cruise past the falls. In the Canadian Rockies, ride the Ice Explorer—an all-terrain vehicle—on Columbia Icefield, an expanse of ice that is 1,200-feet thick. Stop in breathtaking Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Spend time in stunning Jasper National Park—with its rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, and abundant wildlife—and Banff National Park, home to majestic mountains and picture-perfect scenery. Also stop in Yoho National Park, with its famous fossils, and Glacier National Park, with its abundant wildlife. From the Pacific Coast, sail to Victoria through the scenic Gulf Islands, a diverse archipelago. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

Plus, enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise through the stunning Inside Passage, one of the world’s most picturesque sea lanes. Hear the roar as ice breaks off and “calves” into the sea—it’s spectacular! Your cruise stops include Juneau; Skagway, an important town during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898; and Ketchikan.

See Canada’s spectacular mountain scenery, stunning lakes, picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and exciting cities on this Canadian rail tour—with Alaska cruise!
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 Tour Highlights

NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise
TORONTO
Sightseeing
TORONTO-JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park
VICTORIA
Sightseeing; Visit Butchart Gardens
VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park
HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
7 night Inside Passage Cruise on the MS Volendam

Guides:

Crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Volendam.

Notes:

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of publishing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Banff National Park
  • Glacier Bay
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park

Transportation:

Transportation:
Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® train from Toronto to Jasper in Sleeper Plus class; Holland America’s MS Volendam; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

2 continental breakfast, 7 breakfast, 3 brunches, 6 lunches, 10 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Day 1 TORONTO

Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2 TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes the NIAGARA FALLS SIGHTSEEING BOAT past the world famous falls. Return to Toronto and enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes City Hall; the downtown banking district; Roger’s Center; and stunning CN Tower, more than a third of a mile high. Spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own or join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s lights from the CN Tower.

NOTE:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Day 3 TORONTO–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

This morning, transfer to Union Station for a departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. Chef prepared meals offer an array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts.

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Day 4 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline.

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Day 5 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN

The Canadian glides through Winnipeg, before continuing the journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.

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Day 6 VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Arrive in Jasper this morning and enjoy an orientation tour of the townsite. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting.

Day 7 JASPER NATIONAL PARK

Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day?

Day 8 JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK

Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice that is 750 feet (250 meters) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely 2-night stay.

Day 9 BANFF NATIONAL PARK

This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. The day is free to independently explore this resort town located within Banff National Park. Stroll Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare of boutiques and souvenir shops. The surrounding 2,564 square miles of parkland are home to wildlife including elk and grizzly bears. This evening your Tour Director will suggest an optional horse drawn wagon ride along scenic trails followed by a BBQ Steak dinner.

Day 10 BANFF NATIONAL PARK–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–KAMLOOPS

This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching center of Kamloops.”

Day 11 KAMLOOPS–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA

As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.

Day 12 VICTORIA

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 13 VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands. After arrival in Vancouver, transfer to the cruise terminal and board your cruise ship this evening.

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Day 14 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

One of the most picturesque sea lanes in the world, the natural beauty here is unbelievable, featuring thick emerald-green forests and expansive turquoise glaciers.

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Day 15 JUNEAU

Accessible only by air and water, history, Native culture, wildlife, and nature come to life here. Shop for gold nuggets, saunter through the swinging doors at the Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier

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Day 16 SKAGWAY

Step back in time as you stroll along wooden boardwalks, visit the Red Onion Saloon, explore Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, or ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway.

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Day 17 SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY

This incredible Biosphere Reserve protects a unique ecosystem, hosting an amazing spectacle as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea.

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Day 18 KETCHIKAN

This self-proclaimed “Salmon Capital of the World” boasts the largest totem collection on the planet and a former red-light district-turned art district on historic Creek Street.

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Day 19 SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE

Cruise through the awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, and other wildlife. Tonight, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and onboard entertainment.

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Day 20 VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION)

Your cruise ends this morning. Afternoon sightseeing in Vancouver, includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

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Day 21 VANCOUVER

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Day 22 VANCOUVER

Your vacation ends this morning.

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 Optional Excursions

No matter what you’re into: food, wine, history, art, music or anything else, we give you the freedom to personalize your vacation with optional excursions that speak to your interests.

When you book your excursions with us, you can be assured that every optional excursion that we offer coordinates with the free time that you'll have in your destination, so you'll never have conflicts between included and optional activities. Our team of travel experts carefully selects each optional excursion that we offer to ensure that you receive the highest quality at a great value. Our tried-and-true partners have a finger on the pulse of the city in which they operate so they deliver the very best experiences. We offer experiences you cannot create on your own and because you’re booking with us, we coordinate all your transportation and timing needs.

The following optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These may or may not be offered, and availability is subject to days of operation and seasonality. Please select a departure date to view optional excursions and pricing for a specific date (due to currency fluctuation, pricing shown is subject to change until purchased). Optional excursions are available for purchase on our MyCosmos site 90 days prior to the tour start date.

Price Ranges

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