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Canadian Train Odyssey with Alaska Cruise (8965)

22 days from Toronto to Vancouver

2021 Tour Details

This cross-country train adventure across Canada begins in Toronto, ends in Vancouver, and includes beautiful scenery and fun-filled activities in some of Canada’s most popular cities. A highlight of this Canada train tour is the 3-day, 3-night journey on VIA Rail’s® the Canadian—a premier continental train—from Toronto to Jasper. In refurbished art deco rail cars and domed observation cars, enjoy views of the ever-changing landscapes as you leisurely travel through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

The spectacular landscapes on your train trip are not the only stunning scenery you’ll witness on this Canada rail tour. Marvel at hypnotic Niagara Falls on your boat cruise past the falls. In the Canadian Rockies, ride the Ice Explorer—an all-terrain vehicle—on Columbia Icefield, an expanse of ice that is 1,200-feet thick. Stop in breathtaking Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Spend time in stunning Jasper National Park—with its rugged mountains, glaciers, alpine meadows, rivers, and abundant wildlife—and Banff National Park, home to majestic mountains and picture-perfect scenery. Also travel through Yoho National Park, with its famous fossils, and Glacier National Park, with its abundant wildlife. From the Pacific Coast, sail to Victoria through the scenic Gulf Islands, a diverse archipelago. In Victoria, visit world-famous Butchart Gardens with its 55 acres of floral displays.

Plus, enjoy a 7-night Alaska cruise through the stunning Inside Passage, one of the world’s most picturesque sea lanes. Hear the roar as ice breaks off and “calves” into the sea—it’s spectacular! Your cruise stops include Juneau; Skagway, an important town during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898; and Ketchikan.

See Canada’s spectacular mountain scenery, stunning lakes, picturesque towns, gentle prairie fields, and exciting cities on this Canadian rail tour—with Alaska cruise!

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Canadian Train Odyssey 8960

 Tour Highlights

Sightseeing:

NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise

TORONTO
Sightseeing

VIA RAIL
Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Jasper National Park

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Orientation tour; stay two nights inside Banff National Park

VICTORIA
Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing; Stanley Park

HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE
7 night Inside Passage Cruise on the MS Zuiderdam or MS Koningsdam

Guides:

Services of a professional Tour Director; crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Volendam.

Scenic Highlights:

Niagara Falls, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Canadian Rockies, Jasper National Park, Icefields Parkway, Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Yoho National Park, Glacier National Park, Strait of Georgia, and Gulf Islands.

Notes:

Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information.

At least one member of the traveling party must be 21 years of age or older.

Maximum elevation on tour: 9,900 ft.

UNESCO World Heritage

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Glacier Bay
  • Banff National Park
  • Jasper National Park
  • Yoho National Park
Transportation:

Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian® train from Toronto to Jasper in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island, Holland America’s MS Volendam or MS Koningsdam; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

10 breakfast, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

 Itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description.

Day 1

TORONTO. Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2

TORONTO. EXCURSION TO NIAGARA FALLS. Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise past the world-famous falls. Return to Toronto and enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes City Hall, the downtown banking district, Rogers Centre, and stunning CN Tower—more than a third of a mile high. Spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, or join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s skyline from the CN Tower.

NOTE:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavorable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Day 3

TORONTO–VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. This morning, transfer to Union Station for a departure on The Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper-Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. Chef-prepared meals offer a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. (L,D)

Day 4

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 5

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN. The Canadian glides through Winnipeg, before continuing the journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 6

VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN–JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Arrive in Jasper this morning and enjoy an orientation tour of the townsite. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting.

Day 7

JASPER NATIONAL PARK. Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day?

Day 8

JASPER NATIONAL PARK–COLUMBIA ICEFIELD–LAKE LOUISE–BANFF NATIONAL PARK. Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through Jasper National Park, stopping along the way at the Columbia Icefield to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet (250 meters) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in Banff National Park for a leisurely 2-night stay. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

Day 9

BANFF NATIONAL PARK. This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. The day is free to independently explore this resort town located within Banff National Park. Stroll Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare of boutiques and souvenir shops. The surrounding 2,564 square miles of parkland are home to wildlife, including elk and grizzly bear. This evening, your Tour Director will suggest an optional horse-drawn wagon ride along scenic trails, followed by a BBQ Steak dinner.

Day 10

BANFF NATIONAL PARK–YOHO NATIONAL PARK–GLACIER NATIONAL PARK–KAMLOOPS. This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through Yoho National Park, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and Glacier National Park, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching center of Kamloops.

Day 11

KAMLOOPS–FERRY CROSSING–VICTORIA. As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forest. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the world-famous Butchart Gardens, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 12

VICTORIA. Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 13

VICTORIA–FERRY CROSSING–VANCOUVER This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands. After arrival in Vancouver, transfer to Canada Place and board your cruise ship.
Dinner Dinner

Day 14

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. Spend the day cruising one of the world’s most spectacular waterways. Located along the coast of British Columbia, the Inside Passage is the longest sheltered inland waterway in the world. Watch the water for orcas and humpback whales.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 15

JUNEAU. Located at the foot of grand mountain peaks on Gastineau Channel, Alaska’s capital city of Juneau has massive Mendenhall Glacier and the Juneau Icefield at its back door. Visit the rustic shops in town—or get out and kayak, raft, hike, whale watch, flightsee, or fish. There is no end to the adventure because of the long daylight hours.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 16

SKAGWAY. In winter, the sidewalks are all but rolled up in Skagway, so you can imagine the frightful conditions endured by gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon. Take your time and poke your head into every little shop, from the Trail Bench to Lynch & Kennedy’s Dry Goods. The Red Onion Saloon, with its honky-tonk piano and costumed barmaids, is a treasure trove of memorabilia featuring pictures of Klondike Kate, Peahull Annie, and other historic characters. To complete the picture of those rip-roaring days, visit the nostalgic Trail of ’98 Museum.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 17

SCENIC CRUISING: GLACIER BAY. Glacier Bay has more actively calving tidewater glaciers than anyplace else in the world. How does it feel when a colossal chunk of ice splits off a glacier and crashes into the sea? The sound is like thunder. The impact shoots water hundreds of meters into the air. You hold your breath as you capture the moment on camera, then you wait for it all to happen again.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 18

KETCHIKAN. Alaska’s “First City” of Ketchikan is so named because it is the first major landfall for most cruisers as they enter the picturesque fjords of the Inside Passage, where the town clings to the banks of the Tongass Narrows, flanked by green forests nurtured by abundant rain. An important hub of the salmon-fishing and -packing industries—visitors can try their luck on a sport-fishing excursion or simply savor the fresh seafood at one of the local restaurants. It is also one of the best spots along the Inside Passage to explore the rich cultural sights of Native Alaskan nations like the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 19

SCENIC CRUISING: INSIDE PASSAGE. Arguably one of the greatest cruising routes in the world, the Inside Passage stretches through stunning landscapes, from Misty Fjords National Monument to famed Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. Sailing the Inside Passage offers opportunities to spot some of Alaska’s most iconic wildlife, with humpback whales and orca plying the bountiful waters alongside the ships, bald eagles soaring overhead and brown bears lumbering on the shoreline.
Breakfast Breakfast Lunch Lunch Dinner Dinner

Day 20

VANCOUVER (DISEMBARKATION). Your cruise ends this morning. Sightseeing in Vancouver, includes Stanley Park, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.
Breakfast Breakfast

Day 21

VANCOUVER Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Day 22

VANCOUVER Your vacation ends this morning.

 Tour Director

With Cosmos, there’s no better way to get to know your destination than through the eyes of your Tour Director. Averaging over a decade... we’d like you to meet a Tour Director, who is representative of the type of expert that will be with you on your vacation.

SUE LANDRY

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

"Growing up in a family hotel business, I have interacted with the traveling public since I was a child. I have over 35 years of experience in the travel industry and have guided tours in Canada and Europe since 1996. After living in Denmark and traveling the world, I currently call Halifax, Nova Scotia home and it is my privilege to share this beautiful country of Canada, both the east and west coast, with visitors from around the world."

Tour Director -  SUE LANDRY

 Accommodations

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
KAMLOOPS
TORONTO
VANCOUVER
VICTORIA



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