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Trans-Canadian Grandeur and Via Rail Prestige (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018) tour
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Trans-Canadian Grandeur and Via Rail Prestige (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)

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  • Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    17 days
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    Overview

    Highlights

    • Vancouver: Explore Chinatown and Gastown, visit the totem poles of Stanley Park and take in the spectacular views of English Bay.
    • Victoria: Enjoy an introduction to this sparkling city, including the Inner Harbour, Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square.
    • Banff National Park: View Moraine Lake.
    • Yoho National Park: The Spiral Tunnels and Natural Bridge.
    • Vancouver: Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar inside the Four Seasons Vancouver.
    • Jasper: Join your Travelling Concierge for a lively Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
    • Whistler: Enjoy a delectable dinner with fresh seafood or perfectly grilled steak at Hy's Steakhouse.
    • Kelowna: Your resort's reputation for fine food is hard to overlook - join us for a dinner with wine.
    • Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of Whistler restaurants during your Dine-Around Evening.
    • Banff: Experience traditional, regional and contemporary à la carte dining at your choice of the Fairmont's fine restaurants.
    • Included Quality Dining: 13 Full Breakfasts (FB) and 7 Dinners all with wine (DW); ON-BOARD THE VIA RAIL'S THE CANADIAN TRAIN: 3 Full Breakfasts (FB), 2 Lunches (L) and 3 Dinners (D).
    • Jasper: Enjoy a liqueur with friends before roasting s’mores around a bonfire and stargazing.
    • Whistler: With your Squamish Lil'wat Ambassador take part in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend.
    • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.
    • Vancouver: Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.
    • Jasper: Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert surrounded by nature and abundant wildlife.
    • VIA Rail 'The Canadian': Relax and relish the charms of train-travel with our elegant lounges, spacious seating, and a selection of cosy sleeper cabins.
    • Toronto: Fairmont Royal York is located in the center of Downtown Toronto with many award-winning restaurants and is minutes away from Toronto's biggest attractions.
    • Victoria: The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbou, close to Victoria’s downtown.
    • Whistler: The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat in alpine meadows.
    • Kelowna: Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the expansive lake and mountain views, and the Kelowna city skyline.
    • Lake Louise: Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Banff: Canada's "Castle in the Rockies", the Fairmont Banff Springs, has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.
    • Athabasca Glacier: Travel in a specially designed Ice Explorer for a remarkable excursion onto the icy slopes.
    • Maligne Lake: This irrigation system mystified early French Canadian fur traders. Find out why as you explore Maligne Canyon and enjoy a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake.
    • Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view.

    Short Description

    A luxurious blend of transport showcases Canada’s idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. From the vibrant city of Vancouver, you’ll set out for the majestic Rocky Mountains before boarding The Canadian for a timeless rail journey through the western prairies and along the lakes of northern Ontario to cosmopolitan Toronto.

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    See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
    Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
    Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
    Lodging Level Value - 3 star
    Flights & Transport N/A
    Start City Vancouver BC
    End City Toronto ON

    Travel Theme

    50 plus

    Destinations

    Canada

    Cities & Attractions

    Toronto Vancouver

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    Trip Includes

      • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
      • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
      • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
      • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
      • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
      • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
      • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
      • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
      • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

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      Itinerary

      Day 1: Vibrant Vancouver.

      On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your luxury hotel in the heart of the city. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar. (Dinner with Wine)

      Day 2: Vancouver, the Most Livable City.

      Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour, including historic Gastown, Chinatown, English Bay and the famous totem poles in Stanley Park. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. (Full Breakfast)

      Day 3: Victoria - Putting the British into British Columbia.

      Board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge. On arrival, an orientation introduces you to the Inner Harbour, the ornate Parliament Buildings and Bastion Square. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner with wine at the Canoe Brewpub restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 4: Exploring Victoria.

      Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens' Blue Poppy Restaurant, and gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public. You'll have ample time to explore the 55 acres (22 ha) of stunning floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views, before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria. (Full Breakfast)

      Day 5: The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.

      Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland. Drive along one of the most scenic highways - the Sea-to-Sky. On arrival in Whistler, your Local Expert will explain Whistler's history, from its humble resort roots, to its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the evening, dine at Hy's Steakhouse with perfectly grilled steak or local seafood with wine. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 6: First Nations Culture and History.

      In the morning, you will be welcomed by a First Nations Ambassador at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing First Nations' art history and culture. Next, take part in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please. Perhaps enjoy flightseeing over British Columbia's vast alpine wilderness?(Full Breakfast)

      Day 7: The Napa Valley of the North.

      Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing fruit and hybrid wines. In the evening, enjoy dinner with wine. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 8: Lake Louise and Four Exquisite National Parks.

      Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff with a stop at Emerald Lake. In the afternoon, depart for Moraine Lake before continuing to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose one of the resort's four unique dining venues. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 9: The Unspoiled Wilderness of Banff National Park.

      Enjoy an engaging talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Enjoy an orientation of Banff and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, you will have a private meet-and-greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. For your dining pleasure, choose from a selection of restaurants. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 10: Banff Sights at Leisure.

      The day is free to relax. Perhaps take a helicopter tour flying over the Canadian Rockies?(Full Breakfast)

      Day 11: Along the Icefields Parkway to Jasper National Park.

      Journey along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour of the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at the hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores. (Full Breakfast / Dinner with Wine)

      Day 12: The Canadian VIA RAIL.

      In the morning, embark on a cruise on the iconic Maligne Lake (seasonal) before joining your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective with a Local Expert on an afternoon scenic float trip down the Athabasca River. Later, bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge to board VIA Rail's The Canadian, one of the world's greatest rail journeys. Settle into your private compartment with private toilet and washbasin (full en-suite available on Prestige Class upgraded rooms). Whilst on-board enjoy comfortable accommodations, delicious meals and impeccable service on-board. (Full Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

      Day 15: Cosmopolitan Toronto.

      On arrival into Toronto, you will be met and taken to your stylish hotel in the heart of the city. Note: Your arrival at Toronto Union Station is scheduled for 09:30. While VIA Rail will do everything to minimise any potential delays, local rail traffic conditions may result in service disruptions and delays. (Full Breakfast)

      Day 16: Toronto and Niagara Falls Up Close.

      Spend the morning exploring this cosmopolitan city. In the afternoon, travel to Niagara Falls and board a cruise to the base of the mighty cascades for close views of one of the world's great natural wonders. (Full Breakfast)

      Day 17: Depart Toronto.

      Your Canadian journey comes to an end as you are transferred to Toronto Pearson International Airport for your onward travels. (Full Breakfast)

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      Trans-Canadian Grandeur and Via Rail Prestige (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)

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      Francis Touscheck was fantastic. Very informative and knowledgeable on the history. Christine was also fantastic in Rome, Vatican.

      Well thought out journey. Am very pleased I went.

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      Excellent guide, who went out of his way to show us places not on the official tour. Tour was educational and well worth while. However, some of the buffet meals were below your standard.
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      Absolutely everything! I would book any tour with Howie - Howie Geib is the 'best of the best' Tour Director.

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      Generally the Itinerary was very good. However there was far to much emphasis and pressure on the shopping expedition

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      While the guide was knowledgeable about his country and culture his people skills were wanting. he seemed most interested in gaining commissions from preferred traders and meeting the requirements of those who wanted a shopping experience than ensuring that the majority of the group who were more interested in actually touring. Most hotels were closer to average rather than high end. The hotel on the first and last night did not even have a bar facility. The driver was excellent but the bus had absolutely minimal storage overhead and not even a bungee bag on seat backs to manage some personal items
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      Knowable guides and all of the best places!

      Great tour with very good food and drink.

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      Insight always chooses the best available hotels in the area. Our tour director. Tom Hogan, was excellent. His knowledge of Ireland was comprehensive and interesting making our journey more enjoyable and fun. His diplomacy and sense of humour made the tour one of the best bus tours we have experienced. Thanks so very much Tom. We look forward to our next Insight holiday.
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