Grand Tour of Canada & the Rocky Mountaineer

From £3,959.10
Duration 17 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Jun 2021
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From £3,959.10
Duration 17 Days
Departures from May 2020 - Jun 2021
Tour Overview

This is the ultimate journey through Canada as you make your way from Montreal to Vancouver. Sightseeing begins with a tour of Quebec City, where highlights include the Plains of Abraham battle site. In Montreal, discover a wealth of historic buildings, with the most iconic the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral, before arrival in the capital, Ottawa. En route to Toronto enjoy a cruise of the 1000 Islands, then take in the splendour of the awesome Niagara Falls, with the option to take a thrilling 'Journey Behind the Falls' trip. Set in the glorious Rocky Mountains, your next destination is Banff, whose national park is home to snow-capped peaks, sparkling lakes and impressive wildlife. Equally impressive is gorgeous Lake Louise, often described as one of the most beautiful places in Canada. Vancouver is next, and you'll reach this exceptional city on a two-day journey aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. Soak up Vancouver's stunning setting, before ending your tour on Vancouver Island. 

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Your Holiday Includes

  • ​Return flights from Heathrow with Air Canada
  • 15 nights in great quality hotels plus 1 night in flight
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and welcome drink
  • Travelsphere Tour Manager and Specialist Local Guide 
  • Overseas transfers, internal flights, other transportation and porterage

Included Holiday Highlights

  • ​​Explore Montreal with the iconic Notre-Dame Cathedral 
  • ​City tour of Ottawa, the nation's capital
  • Tour of Toronto, Canada's premier city 
  • Cruise the 1000 Islands from Rockport
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the famous Niagara Falls 
  • Visit Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • Tour of Banff National Park
  • Lake Louise, one of Canada's most beautiful sights 
  • Step aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer for a two-day journey
  • Vancouver and Stanley Park with its famous totem poles 
  • Lunch at Granville Island Market, famous for its street food
  • Vancouver Island's beautiful Butchart Gardens ​
  • Victoria, the capital of British Columbia

Itinerary

Day 1 UK - Montreal

​Depart on your scheduled flight to Montreal today. On arrival we'll transfer you to your hotel for a two-night stay.​

Day 2 Montreal - at Leisure

Spend today exploring Montreal at your leisure or enjoy an optional full-day tour of Quebec City, the only walled city in Canada, which stands proudly on the St Lawrence River. Highlights of this UNESCO World Heritage Site include the picturesque and imposing Château Frontenac, built as a hotel in the late 19th century for the Canadian Pacific Railway Company, the Cathedral-Basilica of Notre-Dame and the star-shaped Citadelle. Outside the city walls, we'll head to the Plains of Abraham battle site. This expanse of green is where in 1759 the British fought the French for control of Canada, and won.  Round off your sightseeing by taking in the views from the Dufferin Terrace, which wraps around the Château Frontenac 200ft above the river. From here you can take in the beauty of the Laurentian Hills and the ski resort of Mont St-Anne.

Day 3 Montreal - Ottawa

Discover the highlights of Montreal on a sightseeing tour. Located in the French-speaking province of Quebec, Canada's second city was named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill at its heart. It boasts a wealth of 17th century buildings, beautiful gardens, bustling street markets and open-air cafés, with its most iconic sight probably the magnificent Notre-Dame Cathedral.  Later, we are going to head to the country's capital, Ottawa, and get our bearings on a tour on arrival. Highlights include the National War Memorial, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Confederation Square, the grounds of Parliament Hill, the Rideau Canal and ByWard Market. Enjoy a free evening in this great city.

Day 4 Ottawa - Toronto

Today we travel to Toronto and en route we'll stop at Rockport, our gateway to the beautiful 1000 Islands. Here you'll discover their beauty on an included sightseeing cruise. On arrival in Toronto, make yourself at home in your hotel, your base for the next three nights.

Day 5 Toronto

​You're going to discover the bustling metropolis of Toronto on a short tour this morning. Once you have your bearings you will be keen to explore further at your own pace and you can do so at leisure this afternoon. You'll have seen the 1,815ft CN Tower that dominates the city's skyline, so why not make your way here and head up to the LookOut level. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and a glass floor, the most incredible views are assured. 

Day 6 Niagara Falls

Your day begins with a visit to Niagara-on-the-Lake. Often described as Ontario's loveliest town, it is located in the heart of the wine-making region on the shores of Lake Ontario. Next we're going to head to one of the greatest sights in the New World, the incredible Niagara Falls. You'll have plenty of time to explore and can choose how you want to view these thundering waters. One option is to take a thrilling boat ride, or perhaps you'll enjoy a unique view from below and behind, at the 'Journey Behind the Falls' attraction.

Day 7 Toronto - Banff

​Today you're bound for Banff in the Rocky Mountains. We'll fly to Calgary and then continue our journey by road, which takes us through some spectacular scenery. Get your bearings on a short orientation tour when we arrive. You'll explore more tomorrow.

Day 8 Banff

Staggering views appear at every turn in Banff National Park and you'll be keen to get out and explore today. Snow-capped mountains, crystal-clear lakes, sparkling streams and swathes of forest are just some of the attractions in this stunning destination. The wildlife is equally impressive, so look out for black and grizzly bears, wolves, elk and deer on land, then keep your eyes peeled for eagles, hawks and ospreys in the sky. There's plenty to see and do in Banff and lots of optional excursions to enjoy from a cable car ride to the top of Sulphur Mountain to an unforgettable helicopter flight over the Rockies.

Day 9 Lake Louise

Today we are going to Lake Louise, a glacial, jade-green lake set high in the mountains. It is surrounded on all sides by towering peaks and is described as one of Canada's most beautiful locations. On your visit you'll definitely understand why the early pioneers of the railway built impressive Chateau Lake Louise on its shores.

Day 10 Rocky Mountaineer

​The journey of a lifetime begins this morning as you step aboard the iconic Rocky Mountaineer train. Sit back, relax and take in the stunning views as you travel through the Canadian Rockies to Kamloops. SilverLeaf service includes seating in a single-level domed coach with oversized windows, giving you great viewing oppotunities. Meals, snacks and drinks are all served at your seat, so all you have to do is enjoy. If you've upgraded to GoldLeaf, you also have access to an exclusive outdoor viewing platform and a private dining room.  You'll disembark the train in Kamloops and stay in a hotel overnight. Don't worry, your journey is not over and you will join the Rocky Mountaineer once again tomorrow.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 11 Rocky Mountaineer

​Another exciting day begins as you board the Rocky Mountaineer this morning. Take your seat and enjoy more sublime views as you travel alongside the Thompson River and through the dramatic canyons of the Fraser River. Keep a lookout for grizzly bears too as you enjoy a fascinating commentary from your onboard hosts.
Your spectacular rail journey comes to an end in the beautiful city of Vancouver, your base for the next three nights.​

Meals included: B,L

Day 12 Vancouver

​Named 'the best place to live in the world' in numerous polls, Vancouver's jaw-dropping coastal setting includes sparkling lakes, a harbour surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush green forests.  A sightseeing tour will introduce you to highlights including the historic Gastown district, bustling Chinatown and Stanley Park, one of the world's biggest and best urban parks. At lunchtime we'll have arrived at Granville Island's Public Market, where we will take a tour of the deli stalls and sample a selection of sweet and savoury food for lunch. The bagels and fresh doughnuts come highly recommended!

Day 13 Vancouver - at Leisure

​You can spend today exploring Vancouver at leisure. There are plenty of sightseeing opportunities, and we recommend an optional excursion to Vancouver's Northshore. Here you'll see the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge and have the chance to take the cable car up Grouse Mountain for breathtaking views of the city, Vancouver Island and the snow-capped mountains of Washington State, USA.  When you're ready for a bite to eat, you'll be spoilt for choice in Vancouver. With many Asian influences, the gastronomy of the city is a real treat, and marks it out as the culinary capital of Canada.

Day 14 Vancouver - Victoria

We're heading away from the mainland today, to spend two nights in Victoria on Vancouver Island, which we reach by ferry and an onward drive. On arrival, we'll head off to the famous Butchart Gardens, considered to be one of the most spectacular floral show gardens in the world.​ The capital of British Columbia is often said to resemble an old English town, with its narrow streets and grand buildings. See its highlights on an included sightseeing tour.

Day 15 Victoria - at Leisure

​You can soak up Victoria's old world charm at your own pace today as you explore at leisure. The waters around Vancouver Island offer the ideal opportunity to get closer to the delights of the natural world, so why not join an optional whale-watching excursion. There's every chance you'll see orca, or killer whales as they are often known, in their natural environment - a must for wildlife enthusiasts and an experience to remember.

Day 16 Victoria - UK

​We head back to Vancouver by ferry this morning. We'll then transfer you to the airport for your flight back home.​

Day 17 UK

​You'll arrive in the UK today.​

Additional Information


 

 

Accommodation

Le Nouvel Hotel

The Le Nouvel Hotel is well located in downtown Montreal and has facilities including a gift shop, spa, outdoor pool, terrace, restaurant and bistro bar. Guest rooms have en-suite, TV, coffee maker and safe.

Holiday Inn Downtown Parliment Hill

Chelsea Hotel

The Eaton Chelsea Hotel Toronto is conveniently located within easy walking distance of many of the city''s attractions.

Hotel facilities include a choice of restaurants and bars, a health club, rooftop terrace and indoor pool. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, TV, coffee/tea-maker, iron and hairdryer.

Mount Royal Hotel

Perfectly situated downtown in the very heart of Banff and overlooking the mountains, this historic hotel has been situated here since 1908. The hotel has been completely updated this winter inspired by the history of the hotel and the area.

Warm, relaxed rooms and suites benefit from a desk area, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi, mini-fridge, kettle and coffee machine, smart TV, hairdryer, safe and iron.

There are four dining options at the hotel including Tony Roma''s restaurant, a guest lounge and Toque Canadian Pub. Additionally the hotel boasts a library, and roof top lounge with outdoor hot tubs.

Kamloops Hotel

Your hotel in Kamloops this evening is arranged by Rocky Mountaineer and will be advised when you board the train.

Holiday Inn & Suites Vancouver Downtown

A 7-minute walk from shopping on Robson Street, this modern hotel is also a 10-minute walk from the Hornby Street Aquabus, which offers direct access to Granville Island. Hotel rooms come with flat-screen TVs and desks, plus minifridges and coffeemakers. The facility also offers a casual restaurant/lounge, an indoor heated pool and a 24-hour exercise room, plus a spa.

Best Western Plus Carlton Plaza Hotel

The 4-star Best Western Carlton Plaza is situated in downtown Victoria.

Hotel facilities include a restaurant and a gym. Bedrooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, safe, hairdryer, complimentary Wi-Fi, tea/coffee-making facilities and a TV.

Prices shown are based on twin occupancy of a double or twin bedded room with private facilities unless otherwise stated. Single occupancy supplements will apply. Travelsphere have made every effort to ensure the accuracy of the hotel images provided on this website and images of room types displayed may vary to those offered on your tour. Therefore due to the possibility of inadvertent errors we do not guarantee their accuracy. Hotels, airlines used and flight times are subject to change and will be confirmed in your final documents.