Canadian Trains and The Rockies – 13 Days / 12 Nights
Train travel brings us back to a time when life was a lot slower. When someone’s trip was the talk of the town and a “sleeper” was the ultimate luxury. Well, we know that this trip will make you the “talk of the town” as you travel aboard VIA Rail in Sleeper Plus class from Toronto to the Canadian Rockies for a five night stay in some of the most famous hotels in the world: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. Continue your rail travel from Banff to Vancouver aboard Rocky Mountaineer for two full days of daylight rail travel with an overnight in Kamloops.
Toronto, VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class (3 Nights, Toronto/Jasper),
Jasper, Lake Louise, Banff, Rocky Mountaineer Rail (2 Day – Daylight Rail Excursion
Banff/Vancouver with overnight in Kamloops), Vancouver
Departs select Mondays or Fridays
Day 1 – Arrive Toronto
Welcome to Toronto. Transfer on your own from the Toronto airport to the hotel. The afternoon and evening are at your leisure to enjoy. Toronto is a beautiful city with lake frontage, fine restaurants and interesting shops.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York
Day 2 – VIA Rail Toronto to Jasper
With VIA Rail’s schedule, you have all 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. Plan to have dinner before the train departs at 10:00PM, at a nearby restaurant. The Fairmont Royal York is just across the street from the station. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. Once aboard, the staff will see you settled into your room. Your sitting room by day, converts to upper and lower berths at night. As a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any lounges and access to the Skyline dome car for spectacular viewing. The VIA Rail staff will brief you on the dining schedule. Seating in the Skyline dome car is on a first come, first served basis. Hot tea and coffee are available in the lounge area continuously.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Days 3 & 4 – VIA Rail/En Route to Jasper
Overnights – VIA Rail Sleeper Car
Day 5 – Arrive Jasper
You are scheduled to arrive into Jasper mid-afternoon. The staff of the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge will meet you at the station and transfer you to the Lodge. Here you will experience wilderness luxury at its finest.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 6 – Jasper
If you decide to have breakfast from room service, you will be surprised to see it delivered on a bike, an experience that only the Jasper Park Lodge provides. Your Explore Jasper tour gives you a wonderful look at this beautiful area. This afternoon, stroll along the Lodge’s walking paths, rent a paddleboat, swim, play tennis or golf.
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Day 7 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Say goodbye to Jasper as you start a day filled with majestic peaks, rushing streams and thundering waterfalls. A highlight of this day is a visit to the Columbia Icefields for a ride on a specially-constructed Ice Explorer. This afternoon you’ll arrive at “The Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”, Lake Louise.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Day 8 – 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 the grounds of the local hotels as if they were household pets. The Fairmont Banff Springs is the castle amongst the mountains and forests and boasts of offering a world class golf course and spa. Plan to visit many of Banff’s fun places.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Day 9 – Banff
Bring your camera, as your Explore Banff tour takes you to the sightseeing highlights of this area. Your day includes Bow Falls, Hoodoos, Surprise Corner, the Cave and Basin – where Banff’s history began, and a gondola ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain. This afternoon is at leisure to explore Banff’s many boutiques and shops.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
Day 10 – Banff to Kamloops, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service (B & L)
Today your journey takes you over the Continental Divide, the Spiral Tunnels and Kicking Horse Pass. You will travel through Rogers Pass with tunnels, snow-sheds and glistening glaciers. Continue along Shuswap Lake, the South Thompson River and the ranchlands leading to Kamloops. When you arrive, the Rocky Mountaineer staff will meet and transfer you to your hotel. Breakfast and lunch are served aboard the train.
Overnight – Kamloops
Day 11 – Kamloops to Vancouver, Rocky Mountaineer SilverLeaf Service (B & L)
You return to your train to set off for another day of scenic wonders, as you travel through the fertile fields of the Fraser River and the Coastal Mountains on your way to Vancouver. Once again, the Rocky Mountaineer Rail staff will be on hand to serve breakfast, lunch and snack services at your seat. The train is scheduled to arrive into Vancouver early evening. A transfer is included from the rail station to your hotel. Upon arrival, the staff will assist you with check-in. For dinner consider Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants and shops.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 12 – Vancouver
Use your Vancouver sightseeing tour to explore Vancouver. Your hop-on hop-off tour stops along the way at many of Vancouver’s famous attractions, including 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 Centre
Day 13 – Depart Vancouver
Enclosed with your travel documents is a transfer voucher from your hotel to the airport. The staff of the hotel you are staying at 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.
- 1 night – Fairmont Royal York
- 2 nights – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
- 1 night – Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
- 2 nights – Fairmont Banff Springs
- 1 night – Kamloops
- 2 nights – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
- 3 nights VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Toronto to Jasper with access to the domed-viewing cars and all meals served in the dining car
- Transfer – VIA Rail station to Jasper hotel
- Toronto hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- Explore Jasper tour
- Full day motorcoach sightseeing excursion from Jasper to Lake Louise with a trip onto the Columbia Icefield aboard an Ice Explorer
- Transfer – Lake Louise to Banff
- Explore Banff tour
- Sulphur Mountain Gondola ride
- Two full days of scenic rail travel aboard Rocky Mountaineer in SilverLeaf* service from Banff to Kamloops & Kamloops to Vancouver. Breakfast & lunch is served at your seat each day. (*Rate for an upgrade to GoldLeaf service is available upon request)
- Transfer – Vancouver rail station to hotel
- Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- Departure Transfer – Vancouver hotel to Vancouver Airport
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
Dates & Rates – 13 Days / 12 Nights
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
|May 4 -21, 2018||$7,399|
|May 25, 2018||$7,599|
|May 28, 2018||$7,999|
|June 1 – September 21, 2018||$8,599|
|September 24 – 28, 2018||$8,199|
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.
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 Sheraton Wall Centre Downtown Vancouver Hotel
You’ll find a feeling of welcome at the Sheraton Wall Centre. This great location in the midst of dynamic Vancouver has you steps away from scenic Robson Street, Yaletown, Granville and GM place. Situated in a stunning environment in the center of downtown, take in views of the skyline and the Pacific Ocean.
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.