VIA Rail Journey Scenery, Alberta
VIA Rail Journey Scenery, Alberta
Scenery & Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
Scenery & Sulphur Mountain Gondola in Banff
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield & Lake Louise
Athabasca Glacier, Columbia Icefield & Lake Louise
VIA Rail
VIA Rail
Sightseeing Cruise from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
Sightseeing Cruise from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy
Victoria, Vancouver Island
Victoria, Vancouver Island
Vancouver City, British Columbia
Vancouver City, British Columbia

Mountains To Sea Rail Passage

9 nights from €2,479 per person Including Flights

Overview

This holiday is a wonderful combination of beautiful scenery and vibrant cities, and as the name suggests, stunning mountains and glorious seascapes. It is an independent tour so you won't be in one large group, however there are some wonderful excursions included and your transportation will be by rail, coach, plane and boat so that you don't have to drive.

After flying into Calgary Alberta, you will board a scheduled coach transfer into the Rockies and the charming mountain town of Banff. After two nights here and an exploration of the beautiful national park, you will then take day excursion along the Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield and Lake Louise, ending in Jasper National Park. Then begin a two-day rail journey on board the VIA Rail Skeena train which will take you through stunning scenery first to Prince George where you will overnight and then onto Prince Rupert. Here you change your mode of trasnport again this time to a ship and you will cruise along the spectacular Inside Passage of British Columbia through plunging fjords to Port Hardy, spotting eagles and whales along the way. From Port Hardy board a place to experience the scenic flight south to Vancouver, which will be your home for the next three nights. Enjoy a day trip over to Victoria and Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island and a full day at leisure to enjoy exploring Vancouver, before it's time for your flight home. (JV)

Highlights

  • Explore Banff National Park, enjoy a photo opportunity at Lake Louise and take a ride on an Ice Explorer on the Athabasca Glacier
  • Admire the stunning scenery travelling on the VIA Rail Skeena Service from Jasper to Prince George on day and then the next onto Prince Rupert
  • Sail the Inside Passage, with remarkable views of snow-capped mountains, jagged fjords and massive ice floes
  • Experience the scenic flight from Port Hardy at the northern tip of Vancouver Island to the city of Vancover in its glorious waterfront location with the mountains as a backdrop
  • Take a day trip to the beautiful Butchart Gardens and the lovely waterfront capital of British Columbia - Victoria

Itinerary Overview

Fly into Calgary, overnight in Banff 2 nights - Jasper 1 night - Prince George 1 night - Prince Rupert 1 night - Port Hardy 1 night - Vancouver 3 nights - Fly home

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Day 1

Fly to Calgary and transfer to Banff

Arrive into Calgary International Airport and transfer by coach towards to majestic Rockies and the mountian town of Banff, where you will stay for two nights.

Standard Hotel: Banff Ptarmigan, Elk + Avenue Hotel or similar

Superior Hotel: Brewster’s Mountain Lodge or Banff Inn or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Banff Springs or Rimrock Resort Hotel or similar

Day 2

Banff

Enjoy a sightseeing tour of the town of Banff and its unspoilt natural surroundings, including highlights such as Tunnel Mountain Drive which overlooks the beautiful Bow River Valley, and the Cave & Basin where Banff’s history began. At the end of the tour, you can choose to be dropped off at the base of Sulphur Mountain to take the gondola ride to the top for spectacular panoramic views (charge for gondola not included but we can pre-book this for you).

Day 3

Banff - Jasper

Today you will have an awe-inspiring coach journey to Jasper, taking in the spectacular Icefields Parkway en route. You will see magnificent glaciers, cascading waterfalls, turquoise lakes and lush meadows. The coach will stop at the Columbia Icefield where you will venture by Ice Explorer onto the massive Athabasca Glacier. You will also have a photo opportunity to take in stunning views of Lake Louise. Overnight in the lovely town of Jasper.

Standard Hotel: Lobstick Lodge or Marmot Lodge or similar

Superior Hotel: Sawridge Inn or Chateau Jasper or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge or Sawridge Inn & Conference Centre or similar

Day 4

Jasper - Prince George

Enjoy the morning in Jasper then depart early afternoon for your rail trip to Prince George on board VIA Rail. This journey takes you past the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies Mount Robson, and across the northern region of British Columbia through the ancient forests and into Prince George. Here you will have a free evening to explore this interesting city, the home of the Lheidli T’enneh and Carrier Sekani First Nations People and capital of northern British Columbia.

Standard Hotel: Sandman Hotel & Suites Prince George or similar

Superior Hotel: Coast Prince George Hotel by APA or Prestige Treasure Cove or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Sandman Signature Prince George or Coast Prince George Hotel by APA or similar

Day 5

Prince George - Prince Rupert

Get back onboard the VIA Rail Skeena train for an early morning departure, to continue your journey to Prince Rupert. Enjoy a relaxing day onboard the train, admiring the dramatic scenery as you pass through the West Canadian countryside. Arrive in the port of Prince Rupert, steeped in the history of the Pacific Northwest.

Standard Hotel: Pacific Inn or Crest Hotel or similar

Superior Hotel: Crest Hotel or Prestige Hotel or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Crest Hotel or Prestige Hotel or similar

Day 6

Inside Passage Cruise from Prince Rupert to Port Hardy

Today you will travel the glorious Inside Passage, a paradise for photographers and wildlife enthusiasts. Sail to Vancouver Island through a maze of enchanting islands, marveling at the densely forested shorelines and deep fjords, massive ice-floes and jagged inlets. Have the opportunity to spot bald eagles, sea-lions and whales. Transfer independently to your chosen hotel in Port Hardy.

Standard Hotel: Pier Side Landing Hotel, Airport Inn Port Hardy or similar

Superior Hotel: Kwa'Lilas Hotel or Airport Inn Port Hardy or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Quarterdeck Inn & Marina Resort or Glen Lyon Inn or similar

Day 7

Port Hardy to Vancouver

Today you will take a scenic flights down the coast and across the strait to Vancouver. On arrival in this lovely waterfront city, transfer independently to your chosen hotel for the next three nights and enjoy an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Standard Hotel: Sandman Hotel Vancouver City Centre or Rosedale on Robson or similar

Superior Hotel: Georgian Court Hotel or Coast Coal Harbour Vancouver Hotel APA or similar

Deluxe Hotel: Pan Pacific Hotel Vancouver or Fairmont Hotel Vancouver or similar

Day 8

Victoria Day Trip

Enjoy a ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia and enjoy a day exploring the enchanting gem of a city - Victoria and the lovely Butchart Gardens. Return to Vancouver by coach and ferry for the night.

Day 9

Vancouver

Enjoy a full day to explore the sights of Vancouver. We can book you an excursion such as a a gastronomic tour of Granville Island or a cycling tour, or simply stroll along the seawall to Stanley Park.

Day 10

Fly home

Transfer independently to Vancouver International Airport for your flight home

  • Transatlantic flights on scheduled airlines
  • Accommodation in hotels for 9 nights as described above or similar
  • 3 hour sightseeing tour of Banff National Park
  • Full day sightseeing transfer from Banff to Jasper with a stop at the Columbia Icefields and Ice Explorer ride
  • Rail journey from Jasper to Prince George and onto Prince Rupert the VIA Rail Skeena Service
  • Prince Rupert to Port Hardy Inside Passage cruise
  • Flight from Port Hardy to Vancouver
  • Full day sightseeing excursion from Vancouver to Victoria including Butchart Gardens

Not Included

  • Transfers unless otherwise specified
  • Meals and attractions unless otherwise specified
  • Gratuities to sightseeing motor coach drivers

Departures 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd May, 26th Sept & 3rd Oct '21 include an overnight ferry. Passengers will not overnight at hotel in Port
Hardy. Standard: passengers will overnight in an Inboard cabin on overnight ferry; Superior and Deluxe: passengers will overnight in an Outboard cabin on overnight ferry.

Dave Hennessy
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