Canada by Rail Extra – 9 Days / 8 Nights
Our newest tour on VIA Rail across Canada now features the Sheraton Centre in Toronto and the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center Vancouver. Begin your journey with a 2 night stay in one of the most eclectic cities in North America, Toronto. The Sheraton Centre is in heart of the city, close to shopping, restaurants, museums, and many other places of interest. The Extra Value is receiving an upgraded room and continental breakfast at the hotel. Plus receive a $50 per person gift card to enjoy a delicious meal at any one of The Keg restaurants.
Traveling across Canada aboard VIA Rail brings a special prospective to the vast landscape. The winter season is an ideal time to travel. The train is less crowded and the VIA Rail staff have more time to share their travel experiences with you. You will usually find more international travelers from all across the world will be aboard the train this time of year. This makes the trip even more exciting by meeting new friends from far away sharing their travel adventures and stories of home and hearth.
Your journey ends with a 2 night stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center. This beautiful hotel is located centrally to all shopping, restaurants, museums, and places of interest. Getting around Vancouver is very easy whether by foot, public transportation or taxi. The extra value on this package is buffet breakfast daily and a $50 per person gift card to use at any of the Global Restaurants, many of which are a short walk from the hotel. Package starts on: Monday or Friday from Toronto Monday or Thursday from Vancouver.
Day 1 – Arrive Toronto
Welcome to Toronto, the starting point for your rail journey across Canada. Transfer on your own from the airport to your hotel. Staying at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel puts you in the heart of the city! Everything is close to the hotel: shopping, restaurants, theater, and museums. Famous sights and attractions are only minutes from the hotel and getting around is easy by using the metro or the underground promenade.
Overnight – Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Day 2 – Toronto (B)
Your hop/on off tour ticket of Toronto is valid for 3 full days! Build your own Toronto experience aboard the Trolley. The friendly, knowledgeable tour guides will educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as you travel through the city. Some of the tour highlights and featured stops include: Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, CN Tower, Hockey Hall of Fame, The Distillery Historic District, Toronto Harbourfront, Eaton Centre, Bloor-Yorkville Village, Chinatown, St. Lawrence Market, the Entertainment District and Bata Shoe Museum.
The nearest point of pick-up to the Sheraton Centre is across the street at Eaton Centre. However, you can pick up the tour at any one of the numerous scheduled stops at featured attractions and points of interest and then hop on and off all day! With more than 100 YEARS of experience, this tour will introduce you the history and excitement that is Toronto!
Overnight – Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Day 3 – Toronto Sightseeing/VIA Rail Toronto to Vancouver (B,D)
You have the entire day to enjoy this cosmopolitan city. We have included a city tour that allows you to hop on and off at various attractions throughout the city. This will allow you to pick and choose what interests you the most. The train is scheduled to depart at 10:00pm.
Plan to be at the rail station one hour prior to boarding. The rail station is a short taxi or metro ride from your hotel. VIA Rail has a special check in area for Sleeper Plus class passengers. Here you can present your tickets to the VIA staff and check the luggage that you want to travel in the baggage compartment.
Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. Your VIA Rail bedroom accommodation has your sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see that you are settled into your room. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the domed skyline care for spectacular viewing. The VIA Rail staff will brief you on the dining schedule. Seating in the domed skyline cars is on a first come, first served basis. Hot tea and coffee is available in the lounge area throughout the day and evening.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Days 4, 5, & 6 – Enroute to Vancouver
As you travel east to west, you will travel through five of Canada’s provinces. Starting in Canada’s largest city, Toronto, the train heads north through the Canadian Shield. This region of billion-year-old rock lies between the Great Lakes and Hudson Bay. You will pass thousands of frozen lakes and streams, and snow covered forests as the train crosses into Manitoba. Winnipeg is located at the junction of the Red, Assiniboine, and Seine Rivers. Saskatchewan shows you the unique beauty of the prairie lands now blanketed in snow. Cross into Alberta heading towards Edmonton, home of the world famous West Edmonton Mall. Midway between Edmonton and Jasper you have your first view of the Rockies and the promise of what is yet to come. This is an excellent time to get a seat in the domed viewing car. Following Jasper, you continue through what is considered the jewel in the crown of this wonderful rail trip, the Canadian Rockies. As you continue west the train crosses into British Columbia and the Rockies give way to fertile fields and eventually to the Pacific Ocean, where Vancouver is located.
Overnights – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 7 – Arrive Vancouver
You are scheduled to arrive into Vancouver at 9:30am. A transfer is included from the rail station to your hotel. The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center is a luxurious hotel centrally located in the heart of Vancouver. Due to your early arrival, your room may not be available for check in, so leave your bags at the hotel and set out to explore Vancouver. Visit Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants and shops. Other places to visit while in Vancouver are: Stanley Park, the Aquarium, Granville Island, the Capilano Suspension Bridge, Grouse Mountain, colorful Chinatown, BC Place, the Sunken Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park and the Bloedel Conservatory.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center
Day 8 – Vancouver (B,D)
Your hop on/off tour is valid for two days. This will give you the opportunity to revisit some of your favorite places or explore different stops. It also makes for a convenient way to get around town.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center
Day 9 – Vancouver/Home (B)
A transfer is included from the hotel to the Vancouver Airport. The staff of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center will direct you to your pick up point. We hope you enjoyed your visit to Canada, and that it will be one of many return trips.
- 2 nights – Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, concierge level with continental breakfast
- Toronto city sightseeing tour
- 4 nights VIA Rail, Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Toronto to Vancouver with access to the lounges and the domed viewing cars, meals aboard the train
- Transfer – Vancouver rail station to hotel
- 2 nights – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center with daily breakfast buffet
- Vancouver Hop-On/Hop-Off city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – hotel to Vancouver Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, taxes & GST on applicable items
Dates & Rates – 9 Days / 8 Nights
- Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
Starting in Toronto:
Begins on Mondays and Fridays throughout the seasonal date range
|January 1 – March 30, 2018||
|April 2 – 25, 2018||
Starting in Vancouver:
Begins on Mondays and Thursdays throughout the seasonal date range
|January 1 – March 29, 2018||
|April 2 – 26, 2018||
COMING SOON: This section will include detailed information about the hotels in this tour, along with a PDF of the hotel brochure.
CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.
Toronto and Vancouver have excellent airport transfer service. If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver to receive your transfer.
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.
HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.
GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 to 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.
It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest one dollar per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1to $2.00 dollars per bag.
A NOTE ABOUT MILEAGE PROGRAMS
If you are a United Frequent Flyer, you can earn miles when flying on both United and Air Canada. To ensure that you receive credit, please present your “Mileage Plus” card when you check in for your flight.
A NOTE ABOUT YOUR AIR TICKETS
If Cartan has made your air arrangements, in your travel documents you will find a green itinerary card attached to the passenger copy of your airline ticket. Unless otherwise noted, you are on an electronic ticket. While you do not have actual flight coupons, you must present the passenger copy of your ticket when you check in with Air Canada or United. So, be sure that you have this available each time you check in for a flight. These air tickets are based on special airfares and are subject to charges if you change or cancel your flights. Once tickets are issued, they are valid only for the flights and dates shown.
Please note that each airline has different policies regarding their checked and carry-on baggage allowances. We suggest you check with the airline you are flying ahead of time for the most up to date policy.