Tour: CZ - 2013 (CZ) - 2013 / 2014

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Itinerary

DAY 1Arrive in Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Toronto is Ontarios capital and Canadas largest city Downtown Toronto located on the shores of Lake Ontario The Parliament Building in Toronto 
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DAY 2Toronto–Niagara Falls–Via Rail® the Canadian

Drive south along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, board the MAID OF THE MIST for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Before leaving the area, see the Floral Clock, then return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN later this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

NOTE:
The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Visit the top of the 1,815-foot CN Tower for great views of Toronto The Parliament Building in Toronto See major landmarks such as the CN Tower in Toronto Get an up close view of Niagara Falls 
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DAY 3Via Rail the Canadian–Ontario

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of northern Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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DAY 4Via Rail the Canadian–Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city, including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Winnipeg, the capital city of the province of Manitoba 
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DAY 5Via Rail the Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta–Jasper

From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lakeside dinner featuring incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (Brunch, Dinner)

Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park Experience the Northern Lights as viewed from Alberta Winnipeg, the capital city of the province of Manitoba 
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DAY 6Jasper

Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. (Breakfast)

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DAY 7Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Peyto Lake in Banff National Park Enjoy all the wildlife of Jasper National Park Lake Louise Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks 
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DAY 8Banff

Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff ’s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye views of the Rockies. (Breakfast)

Moraine Lake and the Valley of the Ten Peaks 
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DAY 9Banff–Kelowna

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and the site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressive surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue on to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. A special evening is in store for you, with Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite dinner and a wine pairing at a local WINERY, producing some of the best wines in British Columbia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Glacier National Park in Montana Yoho National Park, established in 1886 Glacier National Park in Montana Glacier National Park in Montana 
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DAY 10Kelowna–Victoria

Catch a BC FERRY over to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (Breakfast)

The floral displays in the Butchart Gardens Visit Butchart Gardens with over 50 acres of floral extravagance The beautiful harbour in Vancouver The Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, Canada 
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DAY 11Victoria

This morning, enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (Breakfast)

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DAY 12Victoria–Vancouver

This morning, take the FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

The Vancouver Harbour at dusk The beautiful harbour in Vancouver Vancouver Island Vancouver is named after George Vancouver, who explored the inner harbour of Burrard Inlet in 1792 
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DAY 13Vancouver

Your tour ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

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