Day 1 Fly to Toronto
Arrive at Toronto’s International Airport and transfer independently to your downtown hotel for the next three nights.
Overnight: Chelsea Hotel or similar, or upgrade to the Fairmont Royal York
Day 2 Toronto
A full day to explore Toronto at leisure. We can book you admission tickets for the CN Tower - a must for any visitor to enjoy the panoramic views. You could take a downtown guided bike tour, enjoy a cruise of the harbour, take a spin on a Segway or enjoy a harbour cruise.
Day 3 Toronto - Niagara Falls (Optional Day Trip)
Niagara Falls Trip (8 hours) - After being picked up from your hotel, you will travel to Niagara through the town of St Catherines "the fruit basket of Ontario" and the wine region of the Niagara Peninsula. Included is a wonderful boat ride on the Hornblower Cruise* for a unique view of the spectacular Horseshoe Falls. Other highlights include a panoramic lunch at Sheraton on the Falls and trip along the beautiful Niagara Parkway which winds its way along the Niagara Gorge passing through the historic town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, voted "Canada's Prettiest Town"
* Between November and April the Hornblower cruise will be substituted with The Journey Behind The Falls
Day 4 Fly to Calgary and transfer to Banff
This morning check out of your Toronto hotel and transfer independently to Toronto Airport for your flight to Calgary. Upon arrival you have an included scheduled transfer to Banff which will take a little under two hours. Enjoy an evening discovering the lovely main street of this charming mountain town.
Overnight: Banff Ptarmigan Inn or similar, or upgrade to Fairmont Banff Springs
Day 5 & 6 Banff
You have two days at leisure in Banff for you to explore - stroll the lively high street filled with cafes and boutiques, walk the trail down to the lovely Bow River and Bow Falls, or we enjoy an excursion such as a tour of the Banff National Park and its wildlife, a ride up the wonderful Banff Gondola for panoramic views or a horseride along the Bow River. See the "What's Included" section for excursion suggestions.
You may want to choose a full day exploring further afield and here are two very popular options:
The Icefields Parkway Tour from Banff – You will travel along the world renowned Icefields Parkway to the Columbia Icefield. Covering an expanse of 100 square miles and reaching depths of up to 1000 feet, this impressive icefield forms one of the largest masses of ice south of the Arctic Circle. You will board a specially-designed Ice Explorer vehicle for a trip directly onto the Athabasca Glacier. Following your on-ice adventure, you will head over to the Glacier Skywalk where giant glaciers perch above you and the spectacular Sunwapta Valley spreads out below. During the day you will also enjoy a Mountain Picnic Lunch and beautiful views of the Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake and the mighty Bow River.
Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls - Visit the most treasured spots in the Canadian Rockies on this amazing excursion through Banff and Yoho National Parks. Highlights of the tour include: Lake Louise, Moraine Lake, Valley of the Ten Peaks, Spiral Tunnels, Takakkaw Falls, a BBQ Lunch at Emerald Lake Lodge, a dedicated on-board host, light snacks and refreshments.
Day 7 Rocky Mountaineer Train from Banff to Kamloops
This morning check out of your hotel and catch a taxi to the train station. On board the Rocky Mountaineer train, you will experience a spectacular rail excursion from Banff to Kamloops. This unique daylight service allows you to view some of the most spectacular sights in Western Canada. The route departs the Rocky Mountains through the Kicking Horse Pass. By late afternoon, you are in the ranchland of interior British Columbia, where you disembark for the night. Upon arrival in Kamloops, the evening is at your leisure. Overnight in Kamloops. Breakfast and lunch included.
Overnight: Standard and upgrade options are available
Day 8 Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Vancouver
You will set out on the last leg of your spectacular rail experience today. The Rocky Mountaineer takes you through the “cowboy country” ranchlands and along the rushing torrents of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. You are now truly in pioneer territory and en route you can listen to the history and legends of the West while enjoying all the comforts of your luxury train. The last stretch takes you through lush farmlands and past historic towns to Vancouver. Breakfast and lunch included. Upon arrival in Vancouver catch a taxi to your hotel for two nights
Overnight: Century Plaza Hotel or similar, or upgrade to one of the Fairmont Hotels in Vancouver
Days 9 & 10 Vancouver
You have two days to explore this wonderful waterfront city. Explore Vancouver independently, and again we can book you a wide variety of excursions such as a hop-on hop-off bus tour, a foodie Granville Island Market tour or a cycling tour.
You may want to consider one of these two popular trips:
Day trip to Victoria by seaplane - Depart Vancouver Harbour by seaplane for an exciting flight over the Gulf Islands to beautiful Victoria. Take a coach tour to the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, and the famous Butchart Gardens. While you’re in Victoria, take time for shopping and visiting museums. Return to Vancouver on a scheduled afternoon flight.
Whale Watching and Wildlife Viewing Cruise - Board the semi-covered Express Cruiser for a fully guided whale watching and wildlife viewing excursion from downtown Vancouver. View several different species of whales in the wild as well as a massive array of sea birds and other species of marine wildlife. The vessel features an indoor heated cabin, open air decks, washrooms and a snack bar.
Day 11 Fly home