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The Canadian at Christmas

Great Rail Journeys
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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
11 days
From: $ 4,375 $ 398 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Toronto including a guided tour
  • Niagara Falls
  • Jasper
  • 4 nights on board the Canadian
  • The Canadian Shield
  • Vancouver including a guided tour
  • Winnipeg
  • Edmonton
  • Farewell dinner in the 'Top of Vancouver' revolving restaurant
  • The Rockies

Short Description

Celebrate the festive season with a fabulous holiday on this famous cross-continental train. We spend three unforgettable nights in fantastic Toronto, visit the incredible Niagara Falls, and stay two nights in cosmopolitan Vancouver. Here we enjoy a wonderfully festive sleigh ride on the snow-capped Grouse Mountain.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Trip Includes

  • The services of a professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish
  • BA scheduled flights from London to Toronto and Vancouver to London included
  • All flight taxes and charges
  • Rail travel from Toronto to Vancouver
  • Coach transfers and connections as described in the itinerary
  • 5 nights' hotel accommodation (room only)
  • 4 nights' Sleeper Plus Class rail travel on The Canadian, with all meals included (except dinner on the first evening)
  • 4 lunches & 4 dinners, including a farewell dinner at the 'Top of Vancouver' rooftop revolving restaurant
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Toronto
  • A visit to Niagara Falls
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Vancouver 
  • Porterage is included throughout the Canadian at Christmas holiday. As soon as you arrive in Canada, there will rarely be an occasion where you will need to handle your suitcases.
  • At railway stations 'Redcaps' will load your luggage onto the train prior to departure. They will also take your luggage from the train on arrival at your destination.
  • At hotels, 'bellhops' will ensure your luggage is taken from the coach to your room on arrival, and from your room to the coach on departure.
  • Single prices include the supplement for single occupancy in a double room throughout with a single cabin on The Canadian £275

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - FLY TO TORONTO
Toronto
We depart from London Heathrow for Toronto, arriving late afternoon for a three-night stay at the centrally located Fairmont Royal York Hotel. A favourite of our customers, this magnificent hotel was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway. When it officially opened in 1929, it was the tallest building in the British Commonwealth.

DAY 2 - GUIDED SIGHTSEEING TOUR OF TORONTO
Ontario parliament
Our morning guided sightseeing tour is the ideal introduction to this friendly, multicultural city. Your afternoon is free to discover Toronto at your leisure. Perhaps take in Chinatown or Kensington Market, browse the hundreds of shops in the grand covered malls or visit the excellent Art Gallery of Ontario, with its wonderful collection by Canadian artists.

DAY 3 - AT LEISURE IN TORONTO
Toronto Downtown
Today you are free to spend the day at leisure, which gives you time to explore more highlights of Toronto, including Little India, Little Italy and Greektown. You could take a ride up the world famous CN tower, which has the world's highest public observation deck at 1,465 feet, as well as a revolving restaurant. Alternatively, you may wish to take a helicopter tour of the city.

DAY 4 - NIAGARA FALLS AND THE CANADIAN
Niagara Falls
A visit to the magnificent Niagara Falls is one of the highlights of any holiday to Canada. We enjoy lunch in the Falls View Restaurant of the Sheraton Hotel whilst admiring the views over the Falls. Niagara Falls are all the more dramatic in winter, when thick snow covers the ground and the water freezes into giant icicles. We then return to Toronto to board The Canadian and begin our unforgettable journey in Sleeper Plus Class through the majestic Rockies to Vancouver.

DAY 5 - THE CANADIAN SHIELD ON CHRISTMAS EVE
The Canadian
Our first full day on board is spent crossing the Canadian Shield - a wild land of frozen lakes, snow covered trees and isolated communities. Sleeper Touring Class guests enjoy use of the art-deco style Dome Car, its lounges and observation area. Here, you can relax with fellow travellers whilst taking in the passing scenery as you enjoy complimentary refreshments. During our journey, staff on board keep a watchful eye on the passing scenery, pointing out wildlife and points of interest.

DAY 6 - CHRISTMAS MORNING IN WINNIPEG
Winnipeg
We arrive in Winnipeg on Christmas Day, where the train stops for the morning, giving us the opportunity to explore this railway city and there is time for a festive stroll, known as the 'Gateway to the West'. Union Station was built in 1911 by the same architects as the famous Grand Central Station. The walls are faced with local limestone and studded with prehistoric fossils from the ancient seabeds that once covered the prairies. We continue westwards from Winnipeg where Christmas Dinner is served onboard the train, crossing the prairies and arrive in the province of Saskatchewan this evening.

DAY 7 - EDMONTON AND JASPER
The Rockies
After a brief stop at Edmonton in the morning, we begin the climb into the foothills of the Rockies, travelling through some truly spectacular scenery. Relax and enjoy the journey as we pass glaciers, lakes, plunging canyons, frozen waterfalls and soaring snow-covered peaks. The Rockies are not just a line of mountains, but the edge of the Western Cordillera, a complex array of plateaus and folded rock layers that stretch to the Pacific Coast. We make a short stop in Jasper, a quaint mountain town at the edge of the wilderness in the heart of the Rockies. The town is surrounded by tree covered mountains, blanketed in snow to create a fabulous setting. As you wander through the streets, past pretty houses and shops, it wouldn't be unusual to see a family of elk crossing the road.

DAY 8 - VANCOUVER
Vancouver
The Canadian arrives into Vancouver this morning. We leave the train after breakfast and transfer across the city by coach for a journey up Grouse Mountain by aerial tramway.

DAY 9 - AT LEISURE EXPLORING VANCOUVER
Vancouver
Vancouver enjoys a fabulous natural setting, with beautiful snow-covered mountains and deep fjords providing a dramatic backdrop to the urban landscape of modern skyscrapers. Today, we enjoy a guided tour of the city before a farewell dinner together at the 'Top of Vancouver', a revolving restaurant in a fabulous rooftop location with superb views of the city.

DAYS 10-11 - VANCOUVER TO LONDON
Flying home
You are free until the early evening to enjoy this fabulous city. We transfer to Vancouver airport for our overnight flight to London Heathrow, arriving early in the morning of Day 11.
PLEASE NOTE
Please note that while every departure of this tour will feature the same excursions, the order may differ from that shown above.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Standard Group - 25 + people

Accomodations

THE FAIRMONT ROYAL YORK, TORONTO
Our base in Toronto is the 4-Star Fairmont Royal York hotel. Built in the late 1920s, the hotel has retained much of its original charm, elegance and unique features such as beautiful hand painted ceilings and crystal chandeliers. The hotel's excellent facilities include a number of bars, lounges, restaurants and a health club with an indoor pool, saunas, steam room and fitness equipment. Rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, all featuring air conditioning, cable television, hairdryer, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities.

BLUE HORIZON HOTEL, VANCOUVER
Situated on Robson Street, Vancouver's most famous street for shopping, eating and entertainment, the contemporary Blue Horizon Hotel offers spectacular views of the city. The hotel facilities include a restaurant, lounge, bar, fitness centre, sauna and lap pool. All rooms have a private balcony, air conditioning, television, hairdryer, safe, telephone, minibar and coffee maker.

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