Scenic Rail Journeys – 8 Days / 7 Nights
Travel on two scenic Canadian rail journeys in one tour! This package combines exceptional scenery and good value. Your tour includes overnight hotel stays in Vancouver, Jasper, Prince George and Prince Rupert. The first rail segment offers the excitement of traveling high into the Canadian Rockies aboard VIA Rail. Sleeper Plus class between Vancouver and Jasper includes a private bedroom, meals aboard the train, and access to the lounges and domed cars for spectacular viewing. The second rail segment has two full scenic days from Jasper to Prince Rupert in with an overnight stay in Prince George. Touring class onboard the train has you seated in the Panorama Car, with spectacular views from the wrap around dome and meals served. At the end of the rail journey is a two night’s stay in the quaint town of Prince Rupert where a wildlife tour is scheduled according to your travel season. Ask our knowledgeable staff about arranging a B.C. Ferry across to Port Hardy on Vancouver Island and travel arrangements to Victoria.
Day 1 – Arrive in Vancouver
Welcome to Vancouver. Your package provides a transfer from the airport to your hotel. Our choice of the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre puts you in the heart of the city, close to shops, museums and restaurants.
Overnight – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Day 2 – VIA Rail Vancouver to Jasper
This morning we have arranged a city sightseeing tour. Your hop on/off trolley tour gives you a wonderful overview of Vancouver and allows you to make stops along the way at your leisure. 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.
This evening starts you on the first of your scenic rail trips. You will leave the sparkling Pacific Ocean as you travel through the British Columbia’s fertile fields. The fun of sleeping on the train and glorious scenery is but hours away. Nothing shows you Canada like a trip on the train. Your VIA Rail accommodation is 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, meals are included aboard the train. Additionally, you have access to the lounges and the Skyline dome car for spectacular viewing.
Overnight – Spent aboard VIA Rail
Day 3 – Enroute to Jasper
Awaken to the mountain views, as you travel through the Canadian Rockies enroute to Jasper. Breakfast and lunch are included prior to your arrival in Jasper. Arrangements have been made to provide a transfer from the rail station to the lovely Sawridge Inn. The reminder of the day is yours to explore Jasper.
Overnight – Sawridge Inn
Day 4 – Jasper (Explore Jasper Tour)
Jasper is set amid some of the most rugged peaks in the Rockies. Today your Explore Jasper tour takes you to Old Fort Point, Medicine Lake and Maligne Canyon. This narrow gorge with limestone walls is the deepest canyon in Jasper National Park. Your guide will share geology of this fascinating area.
Overnight – Sawridge Inn
Day 5 – Jasper to Prince George (L & D on the train)
Your morning is at leisure to enjoy and explore Jasper. A transfer has been arranged for you from the hotel to the rail station. The wilderness beauty of Jasper is but a snapshot of all that is in store for you today as you travel from Jasper to Prince George on VIA Rail in Touring class. The train follows the Skeena River Valley, traveling through country little changed by man. Your route takes you past Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, down the western slope of the range with its giant cedars and hemlocks, and across British Columbia’s interior plateau, en route to the Skeena River Valley. The train arrives into Prince George at 7PM; the Coast Inn of the North is a short taxi ride from the station.
Overnight – Coast Inn of the North
Day 6 – Prince George to Prince Rupert (B, L & D on the train)
An early morning is in order. The train departs at 7:45AM. The rail station is a short taxi ride from your hotel. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served aboard the train, so settle back to enjoy another day of dramatically beautiful scenery. Highlights of your routing include Fraser Lake, the meeting of the Telkwa and Bulkey Rivers and Kathlyn Glacier and Twin Falls – one of the best views of a glacier from a passenger train in Canada. Then on to the mighty Skeena River, taking you past snow-covered mountain peaks, graveled flood plains and lush river beds to the Pacific Ocean Tidal Zone, where the river widens to meet the ocean. When you arrive, take a taxi to your hotel.
Overnight – Crest Hotel
Day 7 – Prince Rupert at leisure
After two days on the train, you will be ready to be out and about in Prince Rupert. The city is small, so getting around is easy. This afternoon we have booked you on a wildlife tour. (If you are traveling August through to the end of September, you will experience a whale watching tour. Mid-May to July, a grizzly bear tour is offered.) Cow Bay is a must see with great bovine decorating ideas at every turn. Fish lovers will find that the Halibut is so fresh and delicious; you will want it for every meal.
Overnight – Crest Hotel
Day 8 – Prince Rupert Home
You need to make your own arrangements for your flight from Prince Rupert to Vancouver. The city air terminal is just a short taxi ride from your hotel. Here you will check-in for your flight and purchase your ticket for your transfer from the terminal to the airport.
If you would like to continue your journey and travel the Inside Passage aboard a BC Ferry, we will be pleased to assist you with making those arrangements.
- Arrival Transfer – Vancouver Airport to hotel
- Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
- Transfer – Vancouver hotel to VIA Rail station
- 1 night – VIA Rail Sleeper Plus class in a private bedroom from Vancouver to Jasper with access to the domed viewing cars
- Meals aboard the train
- Transfer – Rail station to Jasper hotel
- Explore Jasper tour and Maligne Lake cruise
- 2 days of scenic rail travel from Jasper to Prince George and Prince George to Prince Rupert aboard VIA Rail in Touring class, with access to the domed-viewing car and meals served at your seat
- Prince Rupert Sightseeing: Whale Watch (Aug & Sept) or Grizzly Bear Tour (June & July)
- 6 nights hotel accommodations
- 1 night – Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
- 2 nights – Sawridge Inn
- 1 night – Coast Inn of the North
- 2 nights – Crest Hotel Prince Rupert
- Please note: You must book your own air transportation from Prince Rupert to Vancouver
- Maps and destination information
- Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable
Dates & Rates – 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Package begins on select Mondays and Saturdays
- A senior discount is available if you are 60+ and traveling between July 18 and September 12
- Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy
|June 11 & 16, 2018||on request|
|July 16, 21 & 30, 2018
August 4, 2018
September 8 & 10, 2018
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.
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.
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.