East Meets West Train Explorer

10

days

per person from $ 4,050

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Spend your first day and night in metropolitan Toronto. Watch the landscape change as you travel across Canada on board Via Rail 'Canadian' train Finally reach the Canadian Rockies with snow topped peaks and crisp mountain air Take the scenic Icefields Parkway and step on an ancient glacier on your way to Banff. Spend two full days in Banff exploring the town and its surroundings. End your Canada rail journey onboard the spectacular Rocky Mountaineer train to Vancouver.
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The ‘Bear’ Essentials

Traveling across Canada is a dream - and what better way to do it than with the convenience and comfort of train travel? Combine a cross country overnight journey with the luxury of Rocky Mountaineer’s daylight sightseeing train and you will be surrounded by spectacular scenery for the entire length of your vacation. The East Meets West Rail Adventure gives you a complete introduction to Canada in just over a week.

What we love about this trip

• Overnight train trip across Canada with VIA Rail
• Rocky Mountaineer's scenic daylight rail journey
• The Canadian Rockies & the glaciers of the Icefields Parkway
• Rocky Mountain towns of Banff & Jasper

 

Itinerary

Please note, like most of our Canada rail packages & tours, this railway vacation can be customized to your needs - just ask one of our local experts when you call.

Day 1 - Your Across Canada Train Adventure Begins – Arrive Toronto

The sounds of Canada’s largest city welcome you as you arrive in downtown Toronto. Couples hurry along the sidewalk, rushing to one of Toronto’s big stage productions. A woman quickly shifts all her shopping bags to one arm as she raises a hand to hail a cab, and the smell of Chinese food makes you salivate as a delivery boy bikes along the street in front of you. Toronto beckons and you’re anxious to get out and explore this fresh Canadian city.

Day 2 - Toronto Tour / Via Rail’s The Canadian – Toronto to Jasper
Before heading off to the Rockies on tonight’s train, you have the morning to enjoy a Toronto city tour. Highlights include the CN Tower, SkyDome, Casa Loma, Queens Park and Chinatown to name a few.

This evening, you’re on your way to the great Canadian Rockies! The overnight train across Canada between Toronto and Jasper is an incredible rail journey that takes 3 full days. Leave the picturesque lakelands of Northern Ontario behind, as you travel west to Jasper.

Day 3 & 4 - Canadian Rail Journey to the West – Onboard the Canadian Train
The scenery changes once again as you travel across the undulating plain of the Canadian prairie provinces. Settle into your seat and enjoy watching the sights from your window. This is the second and third day and night of your across Canada rail journey.

Day 5 - Enter Canada’s Rocky Mountains – Arrive in Jasper
Step off the Canadian train and take a deep breath – the crisp mountain air is invigorating. You are completely surrounded by mountains and trees. You look to your left and see a downtown gas station with a snow topped mountain peak standing proudly in the distance behind it. Jasper is summed up in that one view. It’s a town with all the modern touches, but the splendor of the Canadian Rockies is never out of your thoughts.

Day 6 - Icefields Parkway Tour - Jasper to Banff
Travel the Icefields Parkway through the natural splendour of Jasper and Banff National Parks, with a small group and an experienced guide. Glistening glaciers, cascading waterfalls, emerald lakes, pristine rivers and alpine meadows dot this awe-inspiring mountain wilderness. The breathtaking panorama of snow-capped peaks and endless mountain ridges occasionally opens up to afford a spectacular view of deep valleys stretching to a distant horizon. The tour stops at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture onto the massive Athabasca Glacier in a specially designed Ice Explorer. Other brief sightseeing stops include an opportunity to photograph the turquoise waters of picturesque Lake Louise are made throughout the tour. A picnic lunch and an Ice Explorer ride are included.

Day 7 - Banff Tour
Enjoy an intimate tour through the towering mountains of Rundle, Tunnel, Cascade, and Norquay while learning about the natural attractions such as the wind shaped Hoodoos and Johnstone Canyon. Surprise Corner along Tunnel Mountain Drive delivers a breathtaking view of the valley without comparison, while an ascent by gondola to the summit of Sulphur Mountain reveals endless mountain ranges and rivers sparkling in the distance. Take as much time as you like up here, before returning to your hotel.

Day 8 - Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer to Kamloops
Travel onboard the Rocky Mountaineer from the mountain town of Banff to Kamloops in the heart of British Columbia’s interior. Your journey offers you a spectacular range of scenery as you travel between the high peaks of the Canadian Rockies, over mountain passes and through remarkable tunnels, along rocky lakeshores and across the ranchlands of the interior. Today’s highlights include the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels, the Kicking Horse Canyon, Rogers Pass, Craigellachie where the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven, and of course the glaciers and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies. Overnight in Kamloops.

Day 9 - Onboard the Rocky Mountaineer train Vancouver Arrival
Your journey continues west towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal Canadian city of Vancouver. On today’s journey you will again see dramatic changes in scenery, from the desert-like environment of the interior, through the winding river canyons and pristine forests, to the Coast and Cascade Mountains and the lush green fields of the Fraser River Valley. Highlights include the steep slopes and rock sheds along the Thompson River and the rushing waters of Hell’s Gate in the Fraser Canyon. Your rail journey ends on arrival in Vancouver this evening. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 10 - With Fond Memories Made – Depart
Today you leave the fresh air and colorful sights of Canada behind as your across Canada train vacation comes to an end.

 

 

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What's Included

Here are just a few of the things to look forward to on this trip...

Toronto city tour - Toronto city tour
Toronto city tour
Gourmet meals on the trains - Gourmet meals on the trains
Gourmet meals on the trains
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer - Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Glacier ride on the Ice Explorer
Banff small group sightseeing tour - Banff small group sightseeing tour
Banff small group sightseeing tour
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain - Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain
Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain

 

 

 

Customize this trip a little... or a lot

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize this trip by adding some amazing side trips & activities, like...

Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska - Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Cruising Inside Passage to Alaska
Renting a car and exploring the area - Renting a car and exploring the area
Renting a car and exploring the area
Whalewatching and wildlife tours - Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Whalewatching and wildlife tours
Golfing at world-famous resorts - Golfing at world-famous resorts
Golfing at world-famous resorts

What's Included

Here are the things to look forward to on this trip...

• 6 nights of hotel accommodation
• 3 nights onboard Via Rail’s Canadian train, in a private cabin
• 2 spectacular days on the Rocky Mountaineer train, between Banff and Vancouver
• Rocky Mountaineer Fuel Surcharge
• Toronto City Tour (2 hr) (Private tour for Deluxe Plus Guests)
• Small group sightseeing transfer along the Icefields Parkway, including a picnic lunch and a ride onto the Athabasca Glacier (full day private Icefields Parkway tour, with 55 minute helicopter tour over the Columbia Icefields for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Small group sightseeing tour of Banff and its surroundings (3 hour) (private tour for Deluxe Plus guests)
• Banff Gondola Ride
• 12 delicious meals onboard the trains
• A personalized pick up from your arrival airport
• Train station transfers in Toronto, Jasper, Kamloops and Vancouver
• A personalized departure transfer, in time for your flight home
• Documentation package
• Friendly and dedicated Fresh Tracks Canada customer service

 

Customization & Upgrade Ideas

Think of this itinerary as just a starting point. Work with us to personalize it to match your needs...

• Upgrade, or mix and match hotel and lodge accommodations
• As us for first-hand advice on rail upgrades, on the Rocky Mountaineer and Canadian trains
• Add a cruise to your trip, along Alaska’s Inside Passage
• Extend your stay in the Canadian Rockies for such activities as guided walking, a round of golf, a thrilling helicopter ride, or simply enjoy some quiet time to relax.
• Ask us to arrange a car rental, and drive through the Rockies at your leisure
• Add on a few days in the charming capital of British Columbia - Victoria, along with a tour of the world famous Butchart Gardens

• Add on a couple day sightseeing tour of Quebec City or Montreal at the start of your trip

 

Not Included

• Meals, other than those mentioned
• Airfare (but don’t hesitate to ask for help)
• Gratuities for rail, hotel, tour & transfer staff
• Trip Cancellation Insurance (highly recommended)
• Canadian Sales Taxes

 

 

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Accommodation Options

Below you'll find examples of this trip's accommodation options. Please call us for the full list or advice on how to customize your experience.

Fairmont Royal York - Exterior of hotelFairmont Royal York - Fairmont RoomFairmont Royal York - Indoor PoolFairmont Royal York - Hotel from across the water

Fairmont Royal York

An example of our Deluxe accommodations

Another of the original historic Fairmont properties, close to shopping and dining, and just steps to Union Station and the theatre district. The hotel features 5 restaurants, a bar, a health club, and shops.

Sawridge Inn - Exterior of hotelSawridge Inn - Restaurant at hotelSawridge Inn - Hotel in winter

Sawridge Inn

An example of our Comfort accommodations

Jasper's Sawridge Inn is a favourite among travellers looking for understated luxury at affordable prices. Unwind in newly renovated rooms with marble bathrooms and take a dip in the large indoor pool.

Fairmont Banff Springs - Exterior of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - Lobby of hotelFairmont Banff Springs - The hotel spa

Fairmont Banff Springs

An example of our Deluxe Plus accommodations

Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs is located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy one of the many activities that the hotel has to offer from tennis, horseback riding, a round of golf, skiing, relaxing at the the Willow Stream Spa (charge), or enjoying a great meal at one of 12 restaurants, lounges or pubs.

Georgian Court Hotel - Enjoy a soak  before heading out for a stroll along Robson StreetGeorgian Court Hotel - Join in the fun street atmosphere of Vancouver in the summerGeorgian Court Hotel - Sink into your comfy bed after a day of exploration

Georgian Court Hotel

An example of our Comfort accommodations

The Georgian Court Hotel features 180 guestrooms in a 12-story brick building, in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Enjoy a comfortable sleep in your elegant room, surf the internet with the complimentary wireless, or enjoy a meal on the seasonal patio.

 

 

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Prices & Dates

2014 Start dates - from Toronto
May 7, 14, 21, 28
June 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2, 9, 16, 23
August 6, 13, 20, 27
September 3, 10

2014 Start dates - from Vancouver
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15,18, 22, 25, 29
June 1, 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26, 29
July 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27
August 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 11, 14, 17

*Note: If starting in Vancouver, your trip includes 2 nights in Jasper - please inquire for exact trip pricing from Vancouver

Below you’ll find the prices for this trip. Make sure to give us a call to chat about your options.
• Prices are per person, and double means two people sharing a room. Please give us a call for triple or child rates.
• RedLeaf, SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf refer to the type of train service on the Banff - Vancouver portion of the journey.
• Comfort, Superior, Deluxe, and Deluxe Plus refer to the hotel accommodations

RedLeaf Train Service &
Comfort Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 1 - May 21, 20144,9884,050
May 28 - Jun 5, 20145,9704,729
Jun 8 - Sep 17, 20146,6245,373
SilverLeaf Train Service &
Superior Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 1 - May 21, 20146,3075,042
May 28 - Jun 5, 20147,1755,646
Jun 8 - Sep 17, 20147,9606,373
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 1 - May 21, 20147,7436,033
May 28 - Jun 5, 20149,0906,915
Jun 8 - Sep 17, 201410,0437,757
GoldLeaf Train Service &
Deluxe Plus Hotels
USD
SingleDouble
May 1 - May 21, 201412,8678,429
May 28 - Jun 5, 201416,0519,367
Jun 8 - Sep 17, 201415,22010,099
SilverLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 1 - Sep 17, 2014526526
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Comfort GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 1 - Sep 17, 2014947947
GoldLeaf Upgrade for Superior GuestsUSD
SingleDouble
May 1 - Sep 17, 2014421421

 

 

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Customer Reviews & Testimonials

The whole trip was wonderful

The whole trip was wonderful

Star Rating 5
May 28, 2013

We had a great time on the trip and hated to have to return home. There were only two little bumps but both were pretty easy to clear up. The reservation at La Frontenac seemed to be for a room with two full size beds. They were... read more able to switch us to a room with one King. Also the days for the two tours in Halifax were reversed. The city highlights tour was on Tuesday and Peggys Cove was Wednesday. When we called to confirm the tours the Grayline person got us sorted out. The whole trip was wonderful. We are already dreaming of when we can return but it may not be until our 5 or 10 year anniversary. Aside from the time we spent wandering around the towns and seeing the sights, our two favorite parts were the Charlevoix and the Peggys Cove trips. Both were beautiful. We took almost two thousand pictures through the whole trip and each gained several pounds from the wonderful food. It was certainly a trip that we will remember for the rest of our lives. Thanks so much for all your help!

The accomodations, food and staff were really great

The accomodations, food and staff were really great

Star Rating 5
May 22, 2013

Our expectations were fully met. The accomodations, food and staff were really great. We had several delays on our flights, but the train experiences were fantastic. Since we are back, we have told a lot of people that if you want... read more great relaxation, wonderful scenery and great food, take a train trip across Canada. Many thanks for a great trip.

 

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Trip Map & Outline

East Meets West Train Explorer – Map
Arrive Toronto
1 night Toronto
3 nights Via Rail
1 night Jasper
2 night Banff
1 night Kamloops
1 night Vancouver
Depart Vancouver

What Clients Say

The whole trip was wonderful

Star Rating 5

We had a great time on the trip and hated to have to return home. There were only two little bumps but both were pretty easy to clear up. The reservation at La Frontenac seemed to be for a room with two full size beds. They were able to switch us to a room with one King. Also the days for the two...

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