Canada East to West with Rocky Mountaineer

From £6,639
Duration 21 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
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From £6,639
Duration 21 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Sep 2020
Tour Overview

Explore Montreal, Quebec City, the Laurentian Mountains, and marvel at the iconic Niagara Falls. Discover the Rocky Mountains - dramatic peaks, jade-green lakes and pine forests, as well as exploring the beautiful city of Vancouver on this grand Canadian tour from East to West inlcuding journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer.

  • Classic Touring
  • All Breakfasts
  • Rail

Your Holiday Includes

  • Just You Tour Manager as your host
  • Return Flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
  • Use of an airport lounge in the UK
  • 19 nights in hotels of a great standard plus 1 night in flight
  • 25 meals: 19 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Local Flavours : Sugar shack lunch & melting maple taffy
  • Enjoy gourmet treats at Granville Island’s Market
  • Two-day journey on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer
  • Specialist Local Guides
  • Welcome dinner & drink, and farewell drink
  • Overseas transfers & other transportation​
  • Porterage
  • Dedicated Just You representative to greet you at all UK airports

Included Holiday Highlights

  • Tour of the vibrant French-speaking city of Montreal
  • Tour of Quebec City
  • Tour of Canada’s capital, Ottawa
  • Visit a traditional sugar shack for lunch
  • 1000 Islands cruise from Rockport
  • Tour of Toronto’s highlights
  • See the spectacular Niagara Falls
  • Banff sightseeing
  • Lake Louise
  • Jasper, Maligne Lake & Maligne Canyon
  • Vancouver & Stanley Park

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Montreal

Depart on your scheduled flight to Montreal, and on arrival we'll transfer to our hotel. 

Day 2 Montreal

Today we'll get to know Montreal on a tour of the city's main highlights. We'll discover the historic old port area, where the first colonists would have arrived on the shores of the St Lawrence River in 1642. Then we'll head to the magnificent Notre Dame Basilica, which is a masterpiece of Gothic Revival architecture. Inside we'll discover a striking interior filled with hundreds of intricate wooden carvings, beautiful stained glass windows and colourful vaults decorated with golden stars. We'll also see the immense Olympic Stadium, which was the main venue for the 1976 Olympic Games.
After your tour, enjoy free time to explore the old port area further in the company of your travelling companions. Or maybe head to the 'Underground City', an extensive pedestrian network of offices, shops, hotels, restaurants and more which offers Montrealers protection from the long, cold winters. After a welcome drink, we’ll head to a local restaurant for a welcome dinner of French-Canadian cuisine.

Meals included: B,D

Day 3 Montreal - Quebec City

We arrive in Quebec City today, a 400-year-old fortified city with an intact fortress - La Citadelle - at its heart. As we head out to explore we'll discover many historic highlights, with the fairy-tale Château Frontenac hotel dominating the skyline. On a stroll we'll see the grand City Hall, the Military Drill Hall, the Latin Quarter, Old Quebec and the Plains of Abraham. This was the scene of the decisive battle in 1759 between the French and the English for the control of Canada. This afternoon is free, so why not explore further at your own pace.

Meals included: B

Day 4 Quebec City

The choice is all yours today – you can further explore the cobbled streets of Quebec City at your leisure, or you can take an optional trip to Baie-Sainte-Catherine. Located at the junction of the St Lawrence River and the Saquenay Fjord, this is a hot spot for whale-watching. The journey itself offers fantastic river views, and the chance to see whales in their natural habitat is something you'll never forget.​​

Meals included: B

Day 5 Quebec City - Laurentian Mountains

We'll revel in the beauty of the Laurentian Mountains today, as we make our way to the resort town of Mont Tremblant, on the shores of Lake Tremblant.​ En route we're going to make a stop at an authentic Quebecois Sugar Shack for lunch. Originally used for the production of maple syrup, what we'll enjoy here today is traditional Quebec cuisine.​ 
On arrival in Tremblant, you'll have free time to explore you'll find a huge choice of shops and restaurants, or maybe you'll choose to ride a gondola to the top of the highest peak in the Laurentians for amazing views.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 6 Laurentian Mountains - Ottawa

​We journey into the province of Ontario today and on to Ottawa, where we stay tonight. On arrival we'll head off on a walking tour of Canada's modern-day capital city. Highlights include Confederation Square and the grounds of Parliament Hill, home of Canada's government. We'll also stroll along the pedestrian mall Sparks Street, and see the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which sits in front of the National War Museum. By lunchtime we'll be in the historic ByWard Market, home to many pubs, cafes and restaurants, so why not stop for refreshments with your travelling companions. You can then explore further at your own pace, and we highly recommend a visit to Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of Canada’s Governor General, to view the changing of the guards - which takes place each hour.

Meals included: B

Day 7 Ottawa - Toronto

En route to Toronto today we'll pause in Rockport, a tiny town situated on the banks of the mighty St Lawrence River and gateway to the beautiful 1000 Islands. We'll board a boat here for a cruise through the heart of the islands to discover a lush landscape dotted with luxurious cottages, vast estates and fairy-tale castles.
As you soak up the tranquil atmosphere it's hard to imagine the area's colourful history, when it was blighted by significant skirmishes between the US and British-controlled Canada during the War of 1812. 
As we sail, look out for Boldt Castle, built by the owner of New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in 1900 for his wife, who sadly died before it was completed. Another interesting sight is Zavikon Island, which has what is considered the shortest international bridge in the world. At just 32 feet long, it connects this Canadian island, on which there is a house, to a smaller US island, which is used as a garden. After our cruise we'll continue to Toronto.

Meals included: B

Day 8 Toronto

Canada's largest city is going to be a delight to explore on your morning tour. This sprawling multi-cultural metropolis offers so much. There are landmarks including the Parliament building, City Hall and the Roger's Centre Stadium, which is home to the Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. Then you've got beautiful beaches on Lake Ontario's shores, a zoo and the largest aquarium in the country.
With a free afternoon, see how many you can fit in!
For spectacular panoramic views, a trip to the top of the CN Tower in one of the glass-fronted lifts is highly recommended. You could also spend time strolling through the Old Town, with its great markets.​​

Meals included: B

Day 9 Niagara Falls

Today is the day you get to experience one of Canada's most iconic natural wonders, the awesome Niagara Falls. Consisting of three waterfalls - Horseshoe Falls, American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls - they are a breathtaking sight, and how you view them is up to you. The thrill of flying overhead on an optional helicopter ride is hard to beat. Another option is a cruise on the Niagara River, which will get you really close to the thundering waters.

Meals included: B

Day 10 Niagara Falls - Calgary

​We'll spend more time at Niagara Falls this morning to see even more of this amazing natural wonder. Later, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Calgary.

Meals included: B

Day 11 Calgary - Banff

Today you'll transfer to Banff for a sightseeing tour of Banff National Park. In Banff National Park's huge pine forests, black and grizzly bears still roam free and the area is home to spectacular sights such as wondrous snow-capped peaks, crystal-clear lakes, sparkling streams and rugged canyons with crashing waterfalls. Our tour today includes visits to the Hoodoos, Surprise Corner and Bow Falls, and you might opt to take a ride on the Banff Gondola. This evening we'll get together for dinner​.

Meals included: B,D

Day 12 Lake Louise

Lake Louise – a glacial jade-green lake high in the mountains, surrounded on all sides by towering peaks – is often described as the most beautiful place in Canada. Our included excursion to the lake today gives you the chance to see if you agree.

Meals included: B

Day 13 Banff - Jasper

The Banff-Jasper Highway reaches almost 7,000ft above sea level at points and is flanked by great mountain ranges soaring to more than 11,000ft. As we head along this magnificent highway to Jasper, a stop at the Great Columbia Icefield provides an opportunity to take an Ice Explorer ride across the Athabasca Glacier.

Meals included: B

Day 14 Jasper

The former railroad town of Jasper is now home to the breathtakingly beautiful Jasper National Park. On this morning's tour we'll view the turquoise waters of Maligne Lake, set in a canyon and ringed by snow- and ice-capped mountains.

During free time this afternoon you could choose to take an optional river raft ride, and in the evening there's the chance to take a walk on the wild side with an optional nature walk.

Meals included: B

Day 15 Rocky Mountaineer - Kamloops

What a treat we have in store today as we board the famous Rocky Mountaineer train for a fabulous two day journey to Kamloops and Vancouver.

The first leg of our journey takes us from Jasper in the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops, in the heart of British Columbia. Sit back and relax and take in the dramatic scenery of the Continental Divide and the river valleys of the Monashee and Cariboo Mountains. Special highlights will be views of Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies at 3,954 metres, and the stunning Pyramid Falls, which descend from a hanging valley and are a truly remarkable sight. We'll also climb over Yellowhead Pass and along the North Thompson River as we approach Kamloops for an overnight stay.

Just as impressive as the scenery will be your surroundings on the iconic Rocky Mountaineer. Relax in comfort as your onboard host shares stories about life in the Rockies and you and your companions enjoy SilverLeaf service, which includes breakfast and lunch served at your seat and complimentary snacks and drinks, including wine, beer and spirits, as you take in the unbelievable views.

Meals included: B,L

Day 16 Rocky Mountaineer - Vancouver

We rejoin the train for a journey towards the Pacific Ocean and the coastal city of Vancouver. From the comfort of our carriage we'll see dramatic changes in scenery as we pass by winding river canyons, pristine forest and dramatic mountains.

We'll follow the Fraser River, renowned as the home of British Columbia's largest salmon fishing run – when salmon that have migrated from the ocean, swim to the upper reaches of the river to spawn – so keep your eyes peeled for grizzly bears trying to pluck a catch from the water.

Hell's Gate is another highlight, when the river narrows abruptly forcing the water to gush through a 35-metre wide passage.

Meals included: B,L

Day 17 Vancouver

Boasting one of the most beautiful settings in the world, Vancouver is surrounded by mountains, forests and delightful islands. On our sightseeing tour we'll take in Chinatown, Gas Town, the remarkable 1,000-acre Stanley Park with its famous totem poles and the magnificent harbour.

Granville Island is a huge draw for locals and tourists alike, thanks to its theatres, restaurants and shops. The highlight for most is the indoor public market with stalls selling gourmet delicacies, baked goods and seafood. We have organised a light lunch of sweet and savoury samples to tantalize your tastebuds. 

Meals included: B,L

Day 18 Vancouver - at leisure

Victoria on Vancouver Island can be reached by ferry, and if you choose to join an optional excursion, that’s how we’ll reach the capital of British Columbia. On our city tour you’ll be able to admire the architecture here and see how its British Victorian heritage is perfectly preserved. More highlights include the marvellous Butchart Gardens – 50 acres of spectacular floral displays and emerald-coloured lawns. We’ll also visit the Parliament Building and the
classic Empress Hotel, sitting next to Victoria’s sparkling harbour.

Meals included: B

Day 19 Vancouver - at leisure

Vancouver’s North Shore, featuring the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Grouse Mountain, is well worth a visit and you can do so on an optional excursion if you wish. A farewell drink with your fellow travellers this evening will bring y our tour to a perfect end

Meals included: B

Days 20 & 21 Vancouver to UK

​​You'll fly back to the UK on day 20, arriving in the UK on day 21.​

Meals included: B

Accommodation

Holiday Inn Select Montreal Centre Ville Downtown

Holiday Inn Montreal Centre Ville is located in downtown Montreal, within walking distance to many of the city''s historic districts. Hotel facilities include a fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea-maker, TV and hairdryer.

Hotel PUR Quebec

Hotel PUR Quebec, situated in the historic Saint-Roch Quarter, is just minutes away from many local attractions including L’Imperial de Quebec Theatre and Victoria Park. Every room features free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Other hotel facilities include an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a 24-hour gym. American and Asian-inspired cuisine is served in the restaurant, located on-site.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mount Tremblant

The recently refurbished Holiday Inn Express Mont Tremblant is only a stone’s throw away from the slopes, set in a picturesque ski village. The hotel boasts comfortable rooms, Wi-Fi, sauna, outdoor whirlpool bath, swimming pool (in the summer) and fantastic customer service.

Capital Hill Hotel & Suites

Capital Hill Hotel & Suites is located in the heart of downtown Ottawa in the midst of the city’s business and tourist district. Hotel facilities include free Wi-Fi, 24-hour access to the fitness room and café. Bedroom facilities include coffee-making facilities, hairdryer and private facilities.

Chelsea Hotel

The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Toronto is conveniently located within easy walking distance of many of the city''s attractions.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, a health club, rooftop terrace and indoor pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, coffee/tea-maker, iron and hairdryer.

DoubleTree Fallsview Resort & Spa by Hilton - Niagara Falls

This full service hotel is two blocks from Horseshoe Falls and American Falls in Niagara Falls, Ontario. Traditional rooms feature free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers and minifridges. Amenities include a chophouse restaurant, coffee bar and spa. There's also an indoor pool, sauna and fitness centre.

Residence Inn by Marriot

Mount Royal Hotel

Perfectly situated downtown in the very heart of Banff and overlooking the mountains, this historic hotel has been situated here since 1908. The hotel has been completely updated this winter inspired by the history of the hotel and the area.

Warm, relaxed rooms and suites benefit from a desk area, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, smart TV, hairdryer, safe and iron.

There are four dining options at the hotel including Tony Roma''s restaurant, a guest lounge and Toque Canadian Pub. Additionally the hotel boasts a library, and roof top lounge with outdoor hot tubs.

Lobstick Lodge

The Lobstick Lodge in Jasper is a comfortable hotel in a lovely setting, boasting a lovely outdoor patio area.

Hotel facilities include an indoor pool and fitness centre. Bedrooms have private facilities, TV, minifridge, hairdryer and Wi-Fi.

Kamloops Hotel

Your hotel in Kamloops this evening is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer and will be advised when you board the train.

Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown

A 7-minute walk from shopping on Robson Street, this modern hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Hornby Street Aquabus, which offers direct access to Granville Island. Hotel rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. The facility also offers a casual restaurant/lounge, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour exercise room, plus a spa.