MAP - Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise 2016

Great Canadian Rail Journey with Alaska Cruise (CZI)

20 Day Tour from Toronto to Vancouver

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This breathtaking tour crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. It features spectacular scenery, including an excursion to Niagara Falls, where you’ll enjoy a cruise to view the falls from the river level; an excursion from Jasper to Maligne Lake, the largest glacially formed lake in the Canadian Rockies, where you’ll cruise to Spirit Island; a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield; a stop at stunning Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria; and much more.

In Toronto, board the art deco cars of VIA Rail’s® The Canadian train for the highlight of this Canada tour…your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s. Enjoy premium service, exquisite cuisine, and amazing views as you sit back and enjoy this marvelous train journey.

Enjoy ferry rides between Vancouver and Victoria. On Victoria, Globus has arranged a unique experience for you. Learn why Victoria is considered Canada’s most haunted city during a private presentation by a storyteller and historian. Another fun experience Globus has included on this Canada tour is a wine tasting in British Columbia’s wine-growing region.

But that’s not all…enjoy a 7-night cruise through Alaska and the stunning Inside Passage. Watch for soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife. Marvel at glaciers and witness the amazing spectacle of thunder and spray as tremendous slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea. Soak in the local flavor of Juneau, Alaska’s capital, and see the world’s largest totem collection in Ketchikan. This is an excellent choice of vacation if you want to experience the best of Canada via rail and see the majestic beauty on an Alaska cruise.
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 Destinations & Sightseeing

TORONTO
Orientation tour; dinner at CN Tower
NIAGARA FALLS
Sightseeing cruise
TORONTO–JASPER
Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian (travel in Sleeper Plus class); explore Winnipeg
JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake and Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner; scenic sightseeing
COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield
BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain
BRITISH COLUMBIA’S WINE COUNTRY
Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite Wine tasting
VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens; Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private presentation by local historian and storyteller
VICTORIA–VANCOUVER
Scenic ferry ride through the Gulf Islands
VANCOUVER
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner
CRUISE
7-night cruise aboard Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam

NOTE:

  • Your Train The Canadian is VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Sleeper Plus class features premium service, exquisite cuisine highlighting regional dishes, superb standards of accommodation, and exclusive access to stylish lounges with 360-degree panoramic views.
  • 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.

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:

Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach and in most hotels.

 Meals

 Meals & Itinerary

Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 8 lunches, 14 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver

 Itinerary

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

Day 1 Arrive 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.

Day 2 Toronto–Niagara Falls–VIA Rail® the Canadian

Drive along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, enjoy a Niagara Falls sightseeing CRUISE for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. 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.

NOTES:
Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. Favorable conditions usually exist from May to mid-October. 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.

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Day 3 VIA 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 Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges.

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Day 4 VIA 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.

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Day 5 VIA 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.

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Day 6 Jasper

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. This evening, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite lakeside dinner with incredible views and local fare, including famous Alberta beef.

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Day 7 Jasper–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. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK.

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Day 8 Banff

Sightseeing includes visits to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA—complete with amazing scenic panoramas—plus Bow Falls and the Hoodoos. The rest of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye view of the Rockies.

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Day 9 Banff–British Columbia's Wine Country

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and 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 surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. Before arriving at your hotel, learn about this wine-growing region and enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite WINE TASTING. The evening is at leisure.

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Day 10 British Columbia's Wine Country–Victoria

Catch a BC FERRY to Vancouver Island and the 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. Over dessert this evening, enjoy a Globus Local FavoriteGlobus Local Favorite private PRESENTATION about why Victoria is considered the most haunted city in Canada. A local storyteller and historian will entertain you with stories of the city’s interesting characters and colorful events.

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Day 11 Victoria

Today is at leisure 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. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city.

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Day 12 Victoria–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.

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Day 13 Vancouver (Embarkation)

Embark Holland America’s MS Nieuw Amsterdam.

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Day 14 Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Sit back and relax as you cruise through the beautiful and awe-inspiring scenery of the Inside Passage. Keep your cameras ready for spouting whales, soaring eagles, barking seals, and other wildlife.

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Day 15 Tracy Arm & Juneau

This narrow, 26-mile-long fjord is another of Alaska’s most dramatic glacier settings. The lush rainforest recedes to reveal a stunning canyon of bare rock. The panorama of 7,000-foot mountain peaks and nearly vertical rock cliffs is astounding. Waterfalls appear at every turn. Icebergs make their way to the sea in all sorts of wondrous shapes. And tucked away at the end of this remarkable waterway are two very active reminders of the Ice Age—the twin Sawyer Glaciers, which calve icebergs into the jade-colored inland sea. Kittiwakes, mountain goats, and seals are a common sight. Whales and bears may even make an appearance in this magical place. Visit one of the most remote capital cities—Juneau. Accessible only by air and water, Juneau is located at the base of two towering mountains in the heart of Alaska’s Inside Passage, and is home to a rich Gold Rush history, Native culture, wildlife, and a wealth of natural wonders. Shop for gold nuggets, visit the stately Governor’s Mansion, saunter through the swinging doors of the historic Red Dog Saloon, or visit mighty Mendenhall Glacier, an impressive river of ice that is 12 miles long and 1.5 miles wide.

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Day 16 Skagway

Once a major port for gold prospectors who passed through en route to the Yukon, today you can still ride the antique White Pass & Yukon Route narrow-gauge railway up past Deadhorse Gulch to see what it was like ages ago. Step back in time as you stroll the wooden sidewalks of the town, preserved as a U.S. National Historic Park.

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Day 17 Scenic Cruising: Glacier Bay National Park

This Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage Site protects a unique ecosystem in an ever-changing glacial landscape. Witness the spectacle of thunder and flying spray as huge slabs of ice break off and “calve” into the sea—making for lasting memories. National Park rangers accompany the ship, adding expert commentary to the day’s events.

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Day 18 Ketchikan

Experience Native Alaska firsthand. Meet the spirits of the raven, whale, and eagle as you view the largest collection of totems in the world at Saxman Totem Park or Totem Bight State Historic Park. Or, explore Creek Street, now home to contemporary art galleries and quaint boutiques.

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Day 19 Scenic Cruising: Inside Passage

Take a second spin through Alaska’s Inside Passage to enjoy the spectacular contrast from wide bays of still waters and barrier islands to narrow waterways edged with towering forested cliffs.

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Day 20 Vancouver (Disembarkation)

The vacation ends this morning with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. Please schedule flights after Noon.

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 Tour Director

With Globus, 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.

TAREK SABET

Escorting tours for more than 15 years

I have over 30 years of experience in the travel industry and have been leading tours in Canada since 1999. I speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and French. My passion for my work is fueled by the opportunity to meet amazing people , my fellow travelers! In my free time, I enjoy stamp collecting, chess, reading, opera, classical music, and teaching at a private college in Vancouver in the winter.

Tour Director - TAREK SABET

 Accommodations

Toronto
Jasper National Park
Banff National Park
Kelowna
Victoria
Vancouver

Toronto

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Fairmont Royal York Hotel 100 Front Street West, Toronto, ON Canada

100 Front Street West
Toronto, ON Canada

One of Toronto's most historic properties, this hotel is ideally located in downtown Toronto, with theater, entertainment, shopping, dining, the CN Tower and other sightseeing options just steps away. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, fitness center, gift shop, concierge service, business center, five restaurants, four lounges, and room service.

Hotel Amenities

  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Currency Exchange
  • Business Center
  • Luggage Storage
  • Bar/Lounge
  • ATM
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Beauty Salon
  • Fitness Room
  • Spa Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet

Room Amenities

  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Phone
  • Climate Control
  • Internet Access
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Room Service
  • Air Conditioning
  • Coffee Maker
  • Desk
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Mini-bar
  • Voicemail
  • Television
  • Complimentary Toiletries

Jasper National Park

Sawridge Hotel

First-Class

Sawridge Hotel 82 Cannaught Drive, Jasper, AB Canada

82 Cannaught Drive
Jasper, AB Canada

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

Located at the base of the mountains, the Sawridge Hotel features 152 spacious non-smoking guestrooms. The hotel combines rustic charm expected of a mountain inn with modern accents and amenities.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Concierge desk
  • Pool
  • ATM
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Free WiFi
  • Fitness Room
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • Coffee Maker
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Alarm Clock
  • Voicemail
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet Access

Banff National Park

Banff Park Lodge

First-Class

Banff Park Lodge 222 Lynx Street, Banff, AB Canada

222 Lynx Street
Banff, AB Canada

The hotel offers an indoor pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, Hot Plunge Pool, several boutiques, concierge desk, restaurant, and room service. Guestrooms feature cable TV, coffee maker, Internet access, iron/ironing board, hairdryer, and in-room safe.

Hotel Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Gift Shop
  • Beauty Salon
  • Shoe Shine
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Concierge desk
  • Parking/Valet
  • ATM
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Spa Services
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Elevator

Room Amenities

  • Room Service
  • In-Room Safe
  • Climate Control
  • Phone
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Window Opens
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Pay Movies
  • Desk
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Television
  • Internet Access
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Voicemail
  • Alarm Clock
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Coffee Maker

Kelowna

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

Superior First-Class

Delta Grand Okanagan Resort 1310 Water Street, Kelowna, BC Canada

1310 Water Street
Kelowna, BC Canada

This beautiful hotel is ideally situated in downtown Kelowna and features contemporary design, fitness centre, business centre, gift shop, and several restaurants. Guestrooms are also fully equipped with internet access, air-conditioning, and private baths.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar/Lounge
  • Spa Services
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Concierge desk
  • Fitness Room
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Luggage Storage
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Gift Shop
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Ice Machine
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Currency Exchange

Room Amenities

  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Phone
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Coffee Maker
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Voicemail
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Pay Movies
  • Hair Dryer

Victoria

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort

Moderate Deluxe

Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort 100 Harbour Rd, Victoria, BC Canada

100 Harbour Rd
Victoria, BC Canada

Located directly on the breathtaking inner harbour of Victoria and only a short 5 minute walk away from downtown. Close to many attractions including the Parliament Buildings, the Royal BC Museum, as well as restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. The hotel has an indoor pool, hot tub, tennis courts, fitness club, jogging trails, concierge service, business center, gift shop, room service, restaurant, and lounge.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Elevator
  • Currency Exchange
  • Pool
  • Beauty Salon
  • Luggage Storage
  • ATM
  • Business Center
  • Gift Shop
  • Parking/Valet
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Concierge desk
  • Spa Services

Room Amenities

  • Alarm Clock
  • Coffee Maker
  • Internet Access
  • Climate Control
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Smoking Rooms
  • Television
  • Phone
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Desk
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper
  • Mini-bar
  • Daily Housekeeping

Vancouver

Georgian Court Hotel

Superior First-Class

Georgian Court Hotel 773 Beatty St, Vancouver, BC Canada

773 Beatty St
Vancouver, BC Canada

Free Wifi

Free Wifi

The boutique Georgian Court Hotel is situated in downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium, Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street, and many of Vancouver's main attractions. The hotel features sophisticated and elegant decor, attentive service, first class amenities, and one of Vancouver's best Italian restaurants - Frankie's Italian Kitchen and Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Luggage Storage
  • Shoe Shine
  • Elevator
  • Parking/Valet
  • Hot Tub
  • Gift Shop
  • Spa Services
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Ice Machine
  • Fitness Room
  • Business Center
  • Concierge desk

Room Amenities

  • In-Room Safe
  • Air Conditioning
  • Wake-Up Calls
  • Television
  • Cable/Satellite
  • Daily Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Pay Movies
  • Non-smoking Rooms
  • Alarm Clock
  • Climate Control
  • Iron/Ironing Board
  • Desk
  • Phone
  • Mini-bar
  • Coffee Maker
  • Window Opens
  • Room Service
  • Hair Dryer
  • Complimentary Toiletries
  • Voicemail
  • Complimentary Newspaper

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing
Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing

Take a thrilling eight-minute ride over the most famous falls in North America. You will be dazzled by the sights of the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Falls, and Whirlpool Rapids. Bring your camera and it's up, up, and away! Helicopter tour duration approximately 12 minutes. Weather permitting.

Approximate value: $130 CAD per person

 Know Before You Go

These Know Before You Go travel tips are designed with you in mind, with helpful hints to help you prepare for and enjoy your escorted vacation. They are your guide to getting ready and contain general information on travel documentation, customs, and the country/countries you will be visiting, including budgeting, transportation, climate, languages, and much more. With Globus, you benefit from our experience.



* The "Starting at" or listed price is based on the lowest price available to book. Price is per passenger based on double occupancy and does not include airfare; additional fees/charges are not included. If a price is crossed out, the new price shown includes a limited time promotional offer(s) – please review current promotions or deals for additional information. Some tours require intra-vacation flights (and in some cases intra-vacation segments must be purchased from Globus).

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