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    Tour Map

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    Montreal from Mount Royal

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    Skydome in Toronto, Canada

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    Departing Jasper on VIA Rail

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    Citadel in Halifax, Nova Scotia

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    VIA Rails, The Ocean

Trains Across Canada with the Rockies – 20 Days / 19 Nights

There was a time where you could board a sleeper train in Vancouver and travel through to Halifax without changing trains. You can still experience this wonderful trip, using a combination of VIA Rail’s trains across Canada. The “Canadian”, Sleeper Plus class from Vancouver to Jasper to Toronto in a cozy sleeper car, delicious meals and access to domed viewing cars. VIA Rail’s Business Class from Toronto to Montreal and Montreal to Quebec City, pampers travelers with large roomy seats, large viewing windows and delicious meals. VIA Rail’s Sleeper Plus class on the “Ocean” from Quebec City to Halifax in a private bedroom with access to a comfortable service lounge. Along the way, kick up your heels and see the sights in some of Canada’s favorite cities.



Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver. Your package provides a voucher for a transfer to your hotel. Our choice of hotels puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Fairmont Hotel Vancouver

Day 2 – VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
Your city sightseeing tour shows you just how much this lovely city has to offer. Highlights of your tour include Gastown, a lovely 19th century restoration offering a selection of excellent restaurants; colorful Chinatown, BC Place, the Sunken Gardens of Queen Elizabeth Park, totem poles and Stanley Park. Your train is scheduled to depart at 8:30PM. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. VIA Rail’s accommodation offers a 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 a Sleeper Plus passenger, your fare includes all meals, use of any of the lounges and access to the skyline car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – Spent aboard VIA Rail

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 the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The Jasper Park Lodge is a deluxe resort unto itself in the wilderness. The remainder of the day is yours to explore Jasper!
Overnight – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Day 4 – Jasper to Lake Louise
Your transfer to Lake Louise departs at 12:50PM. 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.
Overnight – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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 – Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

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 – Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

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 – Spent aboard VIA Rail

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 – Fairmont Royal York

Day 12 – Toronto/Niagara Falls
Niagara Falls and the Niagara region is one of Eastern Canada’s most spectacular and beautiful areas. The beauty of the falls is breathtaking and a ride on the Maid of the Mist is fun. Lunch is included. Our garden lovers will be delighted with the array of flowering attractions around the Falls. Your tour allows time for you to do some exploring on your own.
Overnight – Fairmont Royal York

Day 13 – Toronto to Montreal
Your morning is at leisure to explore Toronto. Schedule permitting, you depart on a mid-day train to Montreal with a wonderful lunch, as you sample the pleasures of VIA Rail’s Business Class. The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth is located right over the rail station, putting you in the heart of Montreal.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 14 – Montreal at Leisure
Your morning sightseeing tour visits Montreal’s beautiful churches, historic buildings and Old Montreal located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River where Montreal was founded. Here you’ll find the Notre-Dame Basilica, constructed in 1824. This afternoon visit underground Montreal for some great shopping. The rest of the day is at your leisure.
Overnight – Fairmont Queen Elizabeth

Day 15 – Montreal to Quebec City
For your travels to Quebec City, we have reserved VIA Rail’s Business Class, with meal service included. The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is just a short taxi ride from the Quebec City rail station.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 16 – Quebec City
Old Quebec abounds with architectural treasures, and the Quartier Petit Champlain is right out of a fairy tale. The Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is located inside the old city, where you are steps away from shops, restaurants and magnificent views of the St. Lawrence River. This morning you will discover Quebec City’s historic past with visits to the Plaines of Abraham, the Grand-Alee, the Parliament building, the old Military Drill Hall, The Place d’Armes, the Notre Dame de Quebec Basilica and Cathedral, City Hall, the Fortifications, St. John Street and Place Royal. This afternoon your tour continues with visits to Montmorency Falls, the Island of Orleans, the Beaupre coast and the Sainte Anne Basilica.
Overnight – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac

Day 17 – Quebec City to Halifax
Quebec City is close to perfect and the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac is the perfect place to see it all. The city is exuberant, filled with bright colors, smiling people, beautiful buildings, quaint shops in magical streets, flower filled gardens, parks, sidewalk cafes, horse drawn carriages and an ever commanding view of the St. Lawrence River. Your sleeper train to Halifax departs at 10PM this evening. We will arrange for a transfer to the rail station. Once on board, the staff will see you comfortably settled into your bedroom.
Overnight – VIA Rail Sleeper Car

Day 18 – Arrive Halifax
This is a day to enjoy the train and the scenery. As you are traveling in Sleeper Touring Class, you have access to the domed viewing car and the services of a Learning Coordinator, who will tell you of the region’s history as well as keeping you advised of dining times for included meals. As you travel, you will see beautiful ocean hues, emerald green rolling hills and scintillating sea sprays. You arrive into Halifax late afternoon. Our choice of the Delta Barrington Hotel lets you enjoy delightful water views as the hotel is located in the harbour area, known as the Historic Properties.
Overnight – Delta Barrington Hotel

Day 19 – Excursion to Peggy’s Cove or Lunenburg Tour
Today we have arranged a tour to visit one of the Maritimes sightseeing treasures. Depending on the day of week you are in Halifax will depend in the tour you will take. You may be joining your guide for a morning tour of Halifax, followed by a visit to Peggy’s Cove, Canada’s most photographed fishing village. Or join a kilted guide in “New Scotland” for an enchanting tour of Lunenburg and Mahone Bay. Lunenburg is home to Nova Scotia’s largest fishing fleet, Lunenburg Academy, extraordinary architecture, supreme shops and more. From Lunenburg, continue with a drive to Mahone Bay, famous for its churches along the shore and its picturesque beauty. There will be plenty of time for exploring these remarkable seaside towns.
Overnight – Delta Barrington Hotel

Day 20 – Halifax Home
Transfers have been arranged from your hotel to the airport. Thank you for choosing Cartan Tours!

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
  • 1 night Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • Vancouver sightseeing tour
  • Transfer – Vancouver hotel to the VIA Rail station
  • VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Vancouver to Jasper with access to domed-viewing cars and all meals served in the dining car
  • Transfer – Jasper train station to hotel
  • 1 night Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • Transfer – Jasper to Lake Louise
  • 1 night Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
  • Transfer – Lake Louise to Banff
  • 2 nights Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
  • Transfer – Banff to Jasper with a stop at the Columbia Icefields and a ride on the Ice Explorer
  • 1 night Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
  • VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class – private bedroom from Jasper to Toronto with access to the domed-viewing cars and all meals served in the dining car
  • 2 nights Fairmont Royal York
  • Toronto sightseeing tour
  • Full day sightseeing excursion from Toronto to Niagara Falls with lunch and Hornblower Niagara Cruise
  • VIA Rail Business Class – Toronto to Montreal with meal service
  • 2 nights Fairmont Queen Elizabeth
  • Montreal sightseeing tour
  • VIA Rail Business Class – Montreal to Quebec City with meal service
  • 2 nights Fairmont Chateau Frontenac
  • Quebec City – City & Countryside tour
  • Transfer – Fairmont Chateau Frontenac to the St. Foy rail station
  • 1 night aboard VIA Rails “Ocean” in the Sleeper Plus class in a private bedroom, access to the domed viewing car, services of an on-board learning coordinator and some meal service
  • 2 nights Delta Barrington Hotel
  • Sightseeing excursion from Halifax to Peggy’s Cove OR Lunenberg & Mahone Bay (depending on day of week)
  • Departure transfer from hotel to the Halifax Airport
  • Hotel taxes & GST as applicable
  • Maps and destination information

Dates & Rates – 20 Days / 19 Nights

  • Package starts on Mondays
  • Departure dates on or within the seasons shown will determine the price
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
  • If you are 60+, a discount will apply

Land Only

May 7, 14 & 21, 2018


May 28, 2018


June 4 & 11, 2018


June 18 – August 20, 2018


August 27 & September 3, 2018


September 10 & 17, 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.

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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!

Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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.

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.

Fairmont Royal York



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.

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.

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.