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The Great Canadian Train Journey


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Travel coast to coast to witness Canada's vast splendour

Embark on a great Canadian train journey, crossing from Montreal, the river gateway to the Atlantic, all the way to the Pacific. Spend four days aboard the 'Canadian', an evocative sleeper train, to discover the true splendour of this vast country. Break the journey with visits to the mountain resort of Banff, and Jasper in the heart of the Rockies, concluding your journey in the beautiful city of Vancouver where mountains and coast meet.


13 nights in hotels, 4 nights on the train, and 1 in flight

29 meals: 17 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D)

Excursions and visits

  • Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa city sightseeing
  • Cruise the Thousand Islands
  • Niagara Falls trip and cruise to the foot of Horseshoe Falls
  • 4 nights in a private cabin on the 'Canadian' train
  • Ice Explorer ride across Athabasca Glacier
  • Glacier Skywalk
  • Sightseeing tour of Jasper
  • A sightseeing tour of Vancouver
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2020 Departures

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Day 1 UK-Montreal


After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service to the airport, fly to Montreal for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Meridien Chateau Versailles hotel. The boutique hotel is located in the heart of downtown Montreal close to Mont Royal Park. Facilities include an exercise room and sauna. All 65 rooms have a television, telephone, coffee maker, a safe, hairdryer and iron and ironing board. Please note there are no lifts at the hotel, which has four floors accessed by stairs. 

Please note: departures on 19 May, 2020, will stay instead at the locally-rated 4-star Marriott Chateau Champlain hotel.

Day 2 Montreal

Montreal Notre-Dame Basilica

Join an included city tour and discover Montreal's intoxicating mix of history and innovation. It has something of a European feel, with its different neighbourhoods and its inhabitants of French, Greek and Italian origin. See the exterior of the flamboyant 19th-century Notre Dame basilica, Old Montreal, a beautifully preserved district, home to Place Jacques Cartier and Maison Calvert. B, D

Day 3 Quebec City

Chateau Frontenac in the Old Quebec City

Enjoy an included day trip to Quebec City for an included sightseeing tour. You'll discover the 17th and 18th-century buildings of the Place Royale – a group of restored 17th and 18th-century buildings, and the largest concentration of houses from this period in North America. Visit the Petit Champlain Quarter and see the Citadel and the famous turreted Château Frontenac Hotel. Return to your hotel in Montreal. B, L

Day 4 Montreal-Ottawa

The Peace Tower in Parliament Hill, Ottawa

Travel to Ottawa. Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Canada’s national capital, home to the parliamentary building with its peace tower, and some excellent museums. Queen Victoria astounded Canada in 1857 by choosing Bytown, a lumbertown where three rivers converge, to be the capital city of her new dominion. The French Canadians would have preferred Québec City, while the English favoured Kingston or Toronto. Bytown was subsequently renamed Ottawa, an Indian word meaning trade. The settlement has since become a lively cosmopolitan capital. Stay two nights at the locally rated 4-star Delta Ottawa Hotel where facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, swimming pool and sauna. All 410 rooms have a television, telephone, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, coffee-making facilities, and Wi-Fi. B

Day 5 Ottawa

Explore Ottawa at your leisure

At leisure. Many of the museums here are superb, purpose-built, contemporary designs – you might be interested in the Canadian Museum of Civilisation, the Canadian War Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada. If you prefer a more old-school approach, the Bytown Museum, which resides in the city's oldest stone building, has artefacts and documents relating to the city's colonial past. You may also like to join an optional historic river cruise. B

Day 6 Ottawa-Toronto

Thousand Islands, Ontario

Travel to the shores of Lake Ontario for an included cruise around the Thousand Islands of the St Lawrence River, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Later, transfer to Toronto for a three-night stay at the locally rated 4-star Chelsea Hotel in the heart of the city. This large hotel has a choice of restaurants and lounges, and an indoor swimming pool. There are 1,590 guest rooms, each with cable television, direct-dial telephone, coffee maker, hairdryer, iron and ironing board. Perhaps join an optional dinner cruise this evening. B, L

Day 7 Toronto

Toronto skyline

Nicknamed ‘the City that Works’, Toronto is the largest urban centre in Canada and its success since the Second World War has attracted immigrants from all over the world, making it a truly cosmopolitan place. This morning's sightseeing tour will reveal the contrasting cityscapes including the stunning waterfront and landmark CN Tower. Optional excursions available include a dinner cruise, and a visit to the CN Tower. B

Day 8 Niagara Falls

Aerial view of the Niagara Falls

No trip to this part of the world is complete without seeing Niagara Falls. Travel to Niagara by coach on this full-day excursion and enjoy a cruise to the foot of Horseshoe Falls, weather permitting. Hooded raincoats are supplied! In the event of adverse weather or low water levels, Journey Behind the Falls may replace the cruise. Return to your hotel in Toronto afterwards. B

Day 9 Train across the Canadian Shield

The Canadian crosses from East to West Coast

Transfer from your hotel to the VIA Railway station where you’ll board the ‘Canadian’. Settle into your cabin as you begin your three-night journey to the West Coast, enjoying the scenery, convivial experience and food! B, L, D

Day 10 Crossing the Canadian Shield

Canadian Shield

Spend the day crossing the ‘Canadian Shield’, an exposed chunk of the Continental Crust, is made up of igneous rock, over 570 million years old and some of the oldest rock on the planet. The Shield stretches north from the Great Lakes in the USA to the Arctic Ocean. The surface has been cut and shaped by glaciers, rocky outcrops emerge from thin layers of soil and the area is smothered by vast stretches of forest where black bears, grizzly bears, wolves, muskox, foxes and beavers roam. Relax, enjoy the views and perhaps spot some wildlife! You’ll spend tonight on the train. B, L, D

Day 11 The Prairies to the Rockies


Your train journey continues today as you head towards the West Coast, crossing the Canadian Prairies and on to the foothills of the Rockies. Enjoy your third night on board the train. B,L,D

Day 12 Jasper to Banff


Disembark early this morning in the mountain town of Jasper. Transfer to the mountain resort of Banff and the locally rated 3-star Banff Ptarmigan Inn, where you’ll stay for the next two nights. B

Day 13 Banff


Enjoy today at leisure to explore Banff. Perhaps join an optional excursion, taking a helicopter ride over the mountains, or stepping aboard a cable-car for a ride up Sulphur Mountain for breathtaking views. B

Day 14 Jasper

Jasper National Park

Today drive along the famous Icefields Parkway and stop at the Athabasca Glacier for a ride on the Ice Explorer. Later visit the Glacier Skywalk, a towering glass view-point that might test your nerve. Afterwards continue on the Icefields Parkway as you head to Jasper, where you will stay for the next two nights at the locally rated 4-star Sawridge Inn.

Day 15 Jasper


Enjoy an included sightseeing tour of Jasper this morning, followed by the rest of the day leisure, when you can explore independently, or perhaps join an optional excursion. B

Day 16 The Rockies to the Pacific

View over a river through the Rocky Mountains

This morning, re-board the train and head towards the Pacific coast. Glue yourself to the window and wonder at the jaw-dropping scenery as you travel out of the Rockies, past canyons, forest, waterfalls and soaring peaks. Enjoy dinner on board the train tonight. B,L,D

Day 17 Vancouver

Totems in Stanley Park, Vancouver

Disembark the train in Vancouver for an overnight stay at the locally rated 4-star Georgian Court Hotel. See the city sights on an included tour, taking you through Gastown, Canada Place, China Town and Stanley Park. B, D

Day 18 Vancouver-UK

Explore lively Vancouver

See the city sights on an included tour which takes you through Gastown, Canada Place, China Town and Stanley Park. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your overnight flight back to the UK. B

Day 19 UK

Arrive in the UK the following morning for your included door-to-door travel service home.

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The Great Canadian Train Journey


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Including optional travel insurance or a price reduction of £190 if not required