Canada by Rail with the Rockies from Vancouver – 12 Days / 11 Nights
This in one of our most popular packages, and it is no wonder. Nothing shows you Canada like the train. Your late departure from Vancouver gives you time to enjoy a full day in Vancouver & your hop-on hop-off city tour. You will be traveling in comfort and style on VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class that includes a private sitting room by day and bedroom by night. Enjoy delicious meals and outstanding service. With 4 total nights aboard the train you will experience all that makes rail travel so popular. Your skyline car provides an ideal vantage point for spectacular photographs. Travel from Vancouver past shimmering lakes and towering forests and majestic mountains. Arriving Jasper, you leave the train and stay in Jasper, Lake Louise and Banff in some of the Rockies most famous hotels. Continue your journey with 3 more nights of rail travel from Jasper to Toronto across the “big sky” prairies. Your morning arrival into Toronto has you refreshed and ready to explore this cosmopolitan city. This packages includes one night in Vancouver and Toronto; however should you chose to stay additional days in either city we can make the necessary arrangements for you.
Vancouver, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class (Vancouver-Jasper-Toronto)
Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Toronto
Departs on Monday and Saturday
Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver, your starting point for your rail journey across Canada. Your package includes a transfer from the airport to your hotel. Whether you chose the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, your choice puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Vancouver
Day 2 – VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
You have a full day to enjoy the city! Your city sightseeing tours allows you to get on and off at all the major attractions throughout Vancouver. Your train departs at 8:30PM this evening. Transportation from your hotel to the rail station is included. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. VIA Rail’s bedroom accommodation has your sitting room by day converting to upper and lower berths at night. Once aboard the train, the staff will see you settled into your room. As VIA Rail’s Canadian Sleeper Plus passengers, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the skyline car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 3 – Enroute to Jasper
You will wake this morning to the beauty of the Canadian Rockies, as you continue your rail journey to Jasper. Breakfast and lunch will be served prior to your arrival into Jasper this afternoon. We have arranged transfers from the rail station to either the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or the Sawridge Inn. The Jasper Park Lodge is a deluxe resort unto itself in the wilderness. The charming Sawridge Inn is a 4 star property located in the heart of town. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Jasper!
Overnight – Jasper
Day 4 – Jasper to Lake Louise
You will depart Jasper early afternoon and the drive to Lake Louise is beautiful. Your arrival at the Chateau gives you time to view the lake and enjoy the grounds before dinner. The beauty of Lake Louise and the Chateau is unique. Only when you see the view from the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise can you understand why people say, “you must see it to believe it.”
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 5 – Lake Louise to Banff
After the beauty of Lake Louise, you will be surprised to find that Banff offers a different perspective. This active alpine village is just about the best place to be in summer. Towering mountains and the sweeping Bow Valley offer stunning contrasts. Elk roam about, totally unconcerned with the flow of visitors passing them by. While visiting Banff’s fun places, don’t miss a gondola ride up Sulphur Mountain or a dip in the sulphur pool. The Fairmont Banff Springs is the castle amongst the mountains and forests and boasts of offering a world class golf course and spa. The Rimrock Resort is built in such a manner that you have to take an elevator “down” to your room.
Overnight – Banff
Day 6 – Banff
You are never at a loss for things to do in Banff. The village is filled with delightful shops and boutiques. Be sure to spend some time at the Fairmont Banff Springs as it is a village in and of itself. If you enjoy outdoor activities, you can golf, bike or hike.
Overnight – Banff
Day 7 – Banff to Jasper
If during your travels to Banff you saw places and longed to stop, your full day sightseeing excursion will take you to many of them. As you travel to Jasper along the Icefield’s parkway, you will pass some of the most beautiful vistas found anyplace on the globe. A stop at the awesome Athabasca Glacier for an Ice Explorer ride on this prehistoric river of endless ice is included in your day. Emerald lakes, towering waterfalls and mountain peaks make this a day to remember. Your full day sightseeing excursion will bring you into Jasper late this afternoon where overnight arrangements have been confirmed.
Overnight – Jasper
Days 8, 9 & 10 – VIA Rail to Jasper to Toronto
Your day is at leisure as your train departs at 5:30PM this evening. Arrangements have been made with the hotel for your transfer to the rail station. Once aboard the train, the staff will see you settled into your bedroom. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the skyline car for spectacular viewing. As you continue your rail journey from Vancouver to Toronto, you will have travel through five of Canada’s provinces. The mountain scenery between Vancouver and Jasper is hard to beat, but as you travel through the prairie lands of Alberta and Saskatchewan, you come to realize that they have a beauty that is all their own. In Manitoba, you enter a land of forest and lakes. This wealth of forest and water make Winnipeg, located at the junction of the Red, Assiniboine and Seine Rivers the capital of Canada’s fur trade. You also see what a lifeline the train is for people who live where roads are few but lakes, rivers and waterways abound.
Overnights – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 11 – Arrive Toronto
You are scheduled to arrive into Toronto at 9:30AM. Our choice of the Fairmont Royal York puts you into one of Toronto’s most popular historic hotels. Built by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the Royal York opened in 1929, introducing visitors to the largest hotel in Canada and the tallest in the British Empire! The hotel is located across the street from the rail station. Due to your early arrival, your room may not be ready for check-in, so leave your bags with the hotel and set out to explore the city! Your city tour will show you all the cities major attractions allowing you to get on and off the trolley as much as you please!
Overnight – Toronto
Day 12 – Toronto/Home
Transportation from your hotel to the Toronto Airport is on your own. Thank you for traveling with Cartan Tours to Canada!
- Arrival transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
- 1 night – Vancouver
- 1 night – Jasper
- 1 night – Lake Louise
- 2 nights – Banff
- 1 night – Jasper
- 1 night – Toronto
- 1 night VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Vancouver to Jasper, access to the domed viewing cars and all meals while aboard the train
- Vancouver city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – hotel to Vancouver rail station
- Transfer – rail station to Jasper hotel
- Transfer – Jasper to Lake Louise / Lake Louise to Banff
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Banff to Jasper with a trip onto the Columbia Icefields aboard an Ice Explorer
- Transfer – Jasper hotel to rail station
- 3 nights VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Jasper to Toronto, access to the domed viewing cars and all meals while aboard the train
- Toronto city sightseeing tour
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel Taxes, entrance fees, GST & service charges on included features
Dates & Rates – 12 Days / 11 Nights
- Package starts on a Monday and Saturday
- Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
- A senior discount is available if you are 60+ and traveling between July 1 and October 12
Staying at all Fairmont Hotels
Hotel Vancouver, Jasper Park Lodge, Chateau Lake Louise, Banff Springs, Royal York:
|May 5 – 21, 2018||
|May 26 – 28, 2018||
|June 2 – September 24, 2018||
|September 29 – October 6, 2018||
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Sawridge Inn, Chateau Lake Louise, The Rimrock Resort, Royal York:
|May 5 – 28, 2018||
|June 2 – September 24, 2018||
|September 29 – October 8, 2018||
The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
Nestled between the majestic coastal mountains and the tides of the Pacific Ocean, on Canada’s west coast, lies Vancouver, a city that attracts travelers from around the world who are drawn to its breathtaking scenery and energetic lifestyle. The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver is the landmark hotel in downtown Vancouver. Known as the ’Castle in the City’, it reflects the timeless luxury of Canada’s iconic hotels. Just steps from the shopping and entertainment district, it is the perfect place to start exploring Vancouver.
VIA Rail Sleeper Plus Class
The Sleeper Plus class offers cozy accommodations, cuisine prepared on board by our chef and impeccable service. Let yourself be gently rocked by the peaceful rhythm of the train in a cabin for one to four people or a suite. Enjoy all the essential conveniences and little extras.
A cabin for two is designed for two people.
- Room size: 7 ft. 2¾ in. X 4 ft. 11⅝ in. (220 cm x 151 cm), excluding 2 ft. 9 in. x 2 ft. 1 in. (84 cm x 64 cm) for private washroom
- Mattress size: approximately 71 in. x 31 in. (180 cm x 79 cm) on Chateau and Manor cars
- Private washroom available inside each double bedroom
- Mirror over sink with electrical razor outlet (110 VAC)
- Individual control for heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system
- Storage for one piece of carry-on baggage
- Daytime: two folding chairs
- Night-time: upper and lower beds replace chairs
- Large window with blind
- Exclusive access to a shower room (one shower room per car)
- Shower towels and amenity bag for body care articles
- Door locks on the inside only (no individual key)
- Other amenities: small closet, drinking water, paper and towels, pillows, sheets and blankets supplied, exclusive access to the departure lounge (Panorama Lounge) and priority boarding in Toronto and Vancouver.
The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Experience the natural beauty of Jasper along with all the amenities you come to expect from a Fairmont Hotel with your stay at The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. Surrounded by snow-capped mountain peaks and glistening lakes, the views around the resort are spectacular. Rustic elegance, friendly staff and wildlife abounds here in the Canadian Rockies, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Stunning scenery, majestic surroundings, breath-taking views, total bliss…..all these describe this wonderful resort located in the heart of Banff National Park. The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise treats you to old world elegance with up to date style. Lake Louise, known as the “crown jewel”, is one of the most photographed landscapes in Canada. Unmatched scenery and service is what you’ll find here!
The Fairmont Banff Springs
The Fairmont Banff Springs, known as Canada’s “Castle in the Rockies” is an iconic beauty amidst snow-capped peaks, enchanting lakes and pristine wilderness. Styled after a Scottish castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, legendary hospitality and unsurpassed service for guests. Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs.
The Fairmont Royal York
Toronto is a city that has grown up around this grand landmark – The Fairmont Royal York. Steps away from its famous doors in the heart of Canada’s largest metropolis are an exciting mix of activities and attractions. From the theater, entertainment and financial districts, to shopping, sightseeing, and world-class sports facilities, The Fairmont Royal York truly is at the center of it all. The Fairmont Royal York includes: luxurious surroundings, thoughtfully appointed guest rooms, elegant suites, and a knowledgeable Concierge. The Fairmont Royal York is the ultimate downtown Toronto hotel. Regardless of the reason you are in Toronto, this landmark hotel has everything you need.
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.
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.
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 – 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 $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.