2017 SEASON
May 2017 - Sep 2017

16 Day Trans-Canadian Grandeur

Insight Vacations Gold Luxury Tour starting in Vancouver and finishing in Toronto

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Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on Insight Vacations's 16 Day Trans-Canadian Grandeur. A well-balanced tour combining coach, ferry and rail. Spend two nights unwinding in Victoria and Banff, with a further relaxing journey aboard VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian...read more

Overview

Operator: Insight Vacations
Type: Coach Tour (Luxury)
Style: Gold Luxury
Duration: 16 Days
From: Vancouver to Toronto
Tour Code: ACRV
Visits: Canada
Our Price From:
$ 8,330
Per Person ($AU)
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$ 1,195
Per Person ($AU)

Day By Day

1

Vibrant Vancouver

Welcome to Canada's vibrant port city of Vancouver. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport you will be met and transferred to your luxury downtown hotel in the heart of the city's premier shopping and entertainment district. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with drinks at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood and Bar. (WD) Stay: Four Seasons, Vancouver
2

Victoria - Putting The British Into British Columbia

Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Explore historic Gastown, Chinatown, the eclectic community of English Bay and view the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. Later board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. (FB) Stay: Grand Pacific, Victoria
3

Exploring Victoria

Begin the day with a visit to Butchart Gardens with ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of exquisite floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views which have delighted visitors for over 100 years. Check in with an on-site botanist to find out more about your favourite flora. Back in Victoria, enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (FB) Stay: Grand Pacific, Victoria
4

The Ultimate Resort Of Whistler

Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. On the way to Whistler stop to see the roaring Shannon Falls. Upon arrival in Whistler, you visit the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre and take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea concoction. (FB/D) Stay: Four Seasons Resort Whistler
5

On To The Napa Valley Of The North

Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing some of the best fruit and hybrid wines in the world. Your home for the night is at the lakeside Delta Grand Okanagen Resort. In the evening, enjoy dinner complemented by local wines. (FB/D) Stay: Delta Grand Okanagen Resort, Kelowna
6

The Three Exquisite National Parks

Journey through three of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Yoho en route to Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces, your destination is the beautiful Emerald Lake Lodge. After dinner, savour a liqueur at the lodge before stargazing under the night sky and roasting s'mores (a traditional campfire treat) by a lakeside bonfire. (FB/D) Stay: Emerald Lake Lodge
7

Iconic Lake Louise And Moraine Lake

(Relaxed Start) The morning is yours to relax in the peaceful setting of Emerald Lake before heading to the Spiral Tunnels viewpoint and pass by the spectacular Natural Bridge spanning the Kicking Horse River before departing for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake. An easy walk along the Moraine Lake shoreline is the best way to appreciate the beauty of this famous alpine lake. A flat, easy trail weaves its way through shoreline trees and offers extraordinary views of the Ten Peaks, a series of encircling summits all over 10,000 feet (3,048 metres). Hike up the Rock Pile for an alternative view of the turquoise waters and nearby Tower of Babel. Then drive to Lake Louise and iconic The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. (FB/D) Stay: The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
8

The Unspoiled Wilderness Of Banff National Park

Enjoy an interpretive talk along the shore of Lake Louise also known as the 'Jewel of the Rockies' and learn about the history and geography of the area. The rest of the morning is yours to do as you please. Take a canoe out on the lake, take a hike to Lake Agnes and the historic teahouse or just relax and take in the beauty of the lake surrounded by dense green forest and crowned by the glistening Victoria Glacier. In the afternoon, head out for the popular resort city of Banff where you enjoy an orientation tour including viewpoints, landmarks, historic places and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Enjoy a private meet and greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Wearing his iconic red serge uniform, he will fascinate you with personal stories, the rich history, and traditions of the RCPM. For your evening meal, you are offered a selection of restaurants, a culinary journey from all corners of the globe, for your dining pleasure. (FB/DA) Stay: The Fairmont Banff Springs
9

At Leisure In Banff

(Relaxed Start) Enjoy a day at leisure to relax and take advantage of the hotel facilities, browse the shops along Banff Avenue or join a helicopter tour of Canada's Rockies. (FB) Stay: The Fairmont Banff Springs
10

Along The Icefields Parkway To Jasper National Park

Motor along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenes such as the Crowfoot Glacier and Columbia Icefield, North America's largest sub-polar ice pack. At Athabasca Glacier, climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour over steep grades, snow and ice as you ascend part way up the glacier. Your home for the night is the beautiful Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, in the heart of Jasper National Park - an alpine wonderland of immense forests, bejewelled lakes, soaring waterfalls, soothing mineral hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful meadows and majestic mountains. After a Celebration Dinner, enjoy a fun and interactive talk by a wildlife expert that will transport you back in time through storytelling and costume. Their firsthand experience in Jasper's environment reveal an authentic voice teaching about some of the park's most interesting residents including elk, moose, mountain goat, bighorn sheep, grizzly bear, black bear, beaver and caribou. (FB/CD) Stay: The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
11-13

Jasper National Park And Iconic Maligne Lake

This morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake, one of the jewels of the Canadian Rockies. Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an interpretive walk at Maligne Canyon, one of the most beautiful gorges in the Canadian Rockies. Stroll along the canyon's trail, past beautiful waterfalls, astounding rock formations, and learn about the underground river system. Later this afternoon, bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge and settle into your private compartment with en-suite facilities on-board VIA Rail's The Canadian, one of the world's greatest rail journeys. Enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and impeccable service on-board the train. See prairies stretching to the horizon and cross forests studded with sparkling lakes. Discover the unique pleasure of rail travel by night as the gentle rocking of the train lulls you to sleep. (L/D/FB) Stay: VIA Rail Canada's 'The Canadian'
14

Exploring Toronto

Arrive in Toronto, Canada's most cosmopolitan city, located on the shore of Lake Ontario. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your stylish hotel in the heart of Toronto's vibrant city centre. Time permitting, start exploring Toronto with your complimentary 'hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour. Note: Your scheduled arrival at Toronto Union Station is scheduled for 9:30. While VIA Rail will do everything to rectify any potential delays, local rail traffic conditions may result in significant service disruptions and delays. Should you arrive too late to enjoy your complimentary 'hop-on, hop-off' city sightseeing tour, we will replace it with with another ticket valid for Day 16 before your departure time; we therefore recommend you do not book an early flight on Day 16 to avoid any potential disappointment. (FB) Stay: The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto
15

Niagara Falls Up Close And Sightseeing

In the morning, travel to Niagara Falls and board a cruise to the base of the mighty cascades for close up views of one of the world's great natural wonders. Then visit picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake, a nationally recognised historic site. Before returning to Toronto, experience the region's wine-making culture with a visit to a local winery for a tasting. (FB) Stay: The Fairmont Royal York, Toronto
16

Depart Toronto

Your contrasts of Canada journey comes to an end today as you are taken to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your onward flight. (FB)

Trip Inclusions

Additional Included Highlights

  • Vancouver: See English Bay, Chinatown, Gastown and the totem poles of Vancouver's Stanley Park.
  • Victoria: See the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square in Victoria.
  • Banff National Park: View Moraine Lake, the Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge.
  • Toronto: See all the major sights with a "Hop-on, Hop-off" pass.
  • Niagara Falls: Stop at the Whirlpool and Rapids observation deck.
  • Scenic Drives: Icefields Parkway, Niagara Peninsula.

Signature Dining

  • 1 Welcome Dinner (WD), 13 Full Breakfasts (FB), 1 Dine-Around (DA), 4 Dinners (D), and 1 Celebration Dinner (CD). 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners (D) on-board the VIA Rail's The Canadian train

Inclusive Luxury Gold Services

  • Be escorted by the crème de la crème of Insight Travelling Concierges - handpicked for every departure. This skilled guide will act as consummate organiser and be your 'friend in a foreign land'.
  • Enjoy the unique comfort of Insight's luxury air-conditioned 40 guest coach, with extended leg room and an on-board restroom. It's Business Class comfort, complete with complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy during your luxury coaching tour.
  • A personal radio headset gives you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating insights and commentaries.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling with prompt delivery right to your door. Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. Plus, we include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi.
  • With Insight Flourishes, from time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with local tidbits, each representing authentic food or beverages unique to the destination.
  • Included airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 16.
  • Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria in the Seawest Lounge, featuring comfortable lounge seating, quiet atmosphere, Starbucks® coffee, tea, juice, fresh pastries, newspapers and magazines.
  • Sleeper Plus class on VIA Rail Canada's The Canadian train including gratuities to onboard train personnel.

Highlight Hotels And Locations

  • Fabulous accommodation awaits from the exquisite Four Seasons in Upper Whistler Village to the lakeside Fairmont Jasper Park. Luxuriate your senses at the Grand Pacific Hotel overlooking Victoria's Inner Harbour. Experience country luxury at the Fairmont Banff Springs and stay at Banff's most glorious address.

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Twin prices are per person. Seasonal adjustments and/or black out dates apply.

Operator Details

Region: Canada & Alaska
Style: Gold Luxury
Accommodation: 5+ Star
Location: Central - Generally
Guided: Tour Host & Driver
Transport: Luxury Coach (Extra Leg Room)
Age Range: Open (min 5 years)
Flights: Internal Flights Included
Airport Transfers: Included in Price
Gratuities: Option to Pre Purchase
Max Group Size: 40 (Avg. 38)
Free WiFi: Onboard
* Source: Insight Vacations for trips in Canada & Alaska. Some variances may occur on individual tours and information is provided as a guide only. Refer to Trip Inclusions section for more details.

Reviews (2)

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Australia
Trip Date: 22/06/2015

“Via Rail was not up to standards”

The rail trip Via Rail Canada from Jasper to Toronto was not up to the rest of the trip. The air con in our cabin did not work and we had to move to another cabin. The train arrived into Toronto 1/2 hours late which meant we could not visit the local sites and take optional tour. We could not recommend this trip to anyone. The tour guide and bus driver were great, not one problem.

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Australia
Trip Date: 14/05/2012

“Would not hesitate to use Insight and Global Journeys again”

We had a great time and were looked after like kings. I would not hesitate to use Insight and Global Journeys again or recommend them to other perspective travellers. We stayed in the same hotels as those paying much more for their tour and visited the same attractions. My only negative comment was the lack of laundry facilities in the 2 night stay hotels which were 5 star with 5 star prices for their facilities. Getting the laundry done in these facilities were ridiculously expensive to an extent it was cheaper to throw the smaller items away than to clean them (about $100 per average load). Because the tour was 15 days and some like us were travelling for some time before joining the tour laundry facilities are an essential part of the experience, also the restrictions on air baggage leaves most travellers with no option but to do their laundry regularly and the 2 night stays are the only opportunity to send items out. Thank you.

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