12 Day Trans Canada Train Tour with VIA Rail Prestige and Rocky Mountaineer

from Vancouver to Toronto with Banff & Jasper

A Canadian vacation is on the horizon! Unforgettable natural excursions, must-see highlights, and endless landscapes, this tour combines two legendary trains that connect the Pacific Ocean and the Great Lakes. Travel through the Canadian Rockies in style aboard the Rocky Mountaineer, explore the national parks with three nights in Banff and Jasper, then step into a golden past aboard VIA Rail’s iconic “The Canadian” train in Prestige Class and glide across the prairies and lake country. Conclude your tour with metropolitan Toronto and the thunderous Niagara Falls.

Travel Dates in 2024

2024 Start Dates - Eastbound

Starting on Wednesdays

May 22
June 12, 26
July 17, 24, 31

Travel Summary

  • Day 1: Vancouver Arrival - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 2: Vancouver City Tour - overnight in Vancouver
  • Day 3: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops - overnight in Kamloops
  • Day 4: Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Banff - overnight in Banff
  • Day 5: Banff Sightseeing Tour - Mountains Lakes & Waterfalls - overnight in Banff
  • Day 6: Sightseeing Tour from Banff to Jasper including Columbia Icefields Excursion - overnight in Jasper
  • Day 7: Board "The Canadian" Train in Jasper - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 8: "The Canadian" Train through Saskatchewan and Manitoba - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 9: "The Canadian" Train through Ontario - overnight aboard the train
  • Day 10: "The Canadian" Train - arrival in Toronto. Complimentary CN Tower Admission - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 11: Niagara Falls Sightseeing Day Tour - overnight in Toronto
  • Day 12: Toronto Departure

Route Map

What's Included

  • 8 nights hotel accommodation
  • 3 nights private bedroom accommodation on board "The Canadian" train in Prestige Class
  • 2 day Rocky Mountaineer with GoldLeaf Service
  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 3 dinners
  • City Tour of Vancouver
  • Banff and Yoho National Park Tour from Banff
  • Icefields Parkway Tour including Ice Explorer
  • Complimentary CN Tower admission
  • Full day Niagara Falls excursion with meal
  • Rail station transfers in Vancouver, Kamloops & Banff
  • Gratuities/tip for Rocky Mountaineer train staff
  • Independent Tour

Not Included

  • Rail station transfers in Jasper and Toronto
  • Transportation to/from Vancouver and Toronto airports
  • Meals other than onboard the Rocky Mountaineer, VIA Rail and Niagara Falls day trip
  • Gratuities/tip for hotel, VIA Rail and transfer staff
  • Canadian 5% sales tax

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 - Vancouver Arrival

Arrive in Vancouver, known for its cultural and linguistic diversity. This city is very lively and home to a bustling arts scene so you will find that there is no shortage of things to do and places to explore. Popular sites include: the urban jungle of Stanley Park, Canada’s largest Chinatown and the Robson Street Shopping District.

Spend tonight in your downtown Vancouver hotel room.

Day 2 - Vancouver City Highlights Tour

Awake in Vancouver and look forward to a City Highlights Tour, showcasing the rich and expansive culture of the city. Experience the unique history and unfolding beauty as you drive through the modern streets of Vancouver. You’ll see renowned sights through Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, and Stanley Park. We can’t wait for you to soak up the sights, and find local treasures that will leave you wanting more.

Spend tonight in your downtown Vancouver hotel room.

Day 3 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Vancouver to Kamloops

Climb aboard the Rocky Mountaineer and raise your glass as the train heads northeast out of Vancouver. Your journey across Canada has officially begun! Travel alongside the mighty waters of the salmon-rich Fraser River and pass the powerful rapids of Hell’s Gate.

Towards the end of today you’ll approach the drier grasslands of Kamloops, where you will be spending the night in your hotel room.

Day 4 - Rocky Mountaineer Train from Kamloops to Banff

As you travel east towards the province of Alberta, you are greeted by the Canadian Rockies. Rocky lakeshores, snow-capped mountain peaks and crisp glacial streams accompany you as you dine on locally-sourced, gourmet meals.

Learn about points of interest such as astoundingly high Kicking Horse Canyon and the Spiral Tunnels. End off today in the friendly mountain resort town of Banff where you will spend the next two nights in your hotel room.

Day 5 - Banff Sightseeing: Mountain Lakes & Waterfalls

Our motorcoach leaves in the morning and offers you a guided tour of the area between Banff and Lake Louise. Cross the Continental Divide, and pass through Yoho National Park, with sights such as Takakkaw Falls, Kicking Horse Pass, Emerald Lake and the Natural Rock Bridge that spans across the Kicking Horse River. You will spend the next two nights in your hotel in the famously friendly Town of Banff.

Day 6 - Sightseeing Tour from Banff to Jasper including Columbia Icefields Excursion

Today you’re riding along the most beautiful highway in Canada—the Icefields Parkway. Highlights include stops at Crowfoot Glacier, Bow Lake, Peyto Lake, The Columbia Icefield and the powerful Athabasca Falls.

While at the Athabasca Glacier, climb aboard the Ice Explorer—a specialized bus that travels directly on to the glacier. Listen as your guide explains all about its natural wonders. This is the day to pose for your new profile picture. Spend the next night in Jasper. Tour is not available in April and October, when it is replaced with Scenic Transfer.

Day 7 - Board "The Canadian" Train in Jasper

Your trip of a lifetime continues as you board “The Canadian” train. The train offers a truly unique experience of Canada’s diverse scenery. All meals are included and can be enjoyed in the dining car. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take in the scenery in the glass dome. At night you will retire to your Prestige Cabin as the gentle sway of the train rocks you to sleep.

Take the time to get to know the train and all of its services. There are regular scheduled talks about local areas of interest. Or get to know all about the various personalities aboard the train, you’ll certainly meet some interesting characters during these four days of adventure. Read a book, watch a movie or catch up on some writing, as there is plenty of time for it all.

Day 8 - "The Canadian" Train through Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Your train continues on through the rolling prairies of Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Swaying grasslands and fields of gold stretch out before you in every direction underneath a never ending sky. You’ll reach Winnipeg this evening before the train continues on eastwards towards the Halifax.

Day 9 - "The Canadian" Train through Ontario

The entire day is spent travelling across Canada’s second largest province, Ontario. Your route is north of the Great Lakes and the entire day can be spent watching the countryside pass by. Lakes and never ending forests are out your window throughout the day as you glide across our great country on the route the early settlers once took.

Day 10 - "The Canadian" Train Arrival in Toronto

Arrive in Toronto in the afternoon and the rest of the day is yours. Use your complimentary CN Tower admissions pass to view Canada’s capital city from above. You may choose to walk the glass floor or maybe enjoy a seasonal dinner in the rotating restaurant at the top. You will spend the night in your Toronto hotel room.

Day 11 - Niagara Falls Sightseeing Day Tour

Travel through wine country where Niagara Falls, one of the Seven Great wonders of the World, is waiting for you! Board the Hornblower boat and feel the mist on your face as you cruise along the roaring base of Horseshoe Falls. You’ll also get the chance to experience the falls from above, standing within feet of its lip.

End off the day tour with a visit to Niagara on the Lake, a pretty little village overflowing with flowers. Return to Toronto in the early evening.

Day 12 - Toronto Departure

With fond memories of Canada, this adventure ends in Toronto.

We look forward to hosting you again in Canada in the future. Thank you for travelling with Canada Rail Vacations!

12 Day Tour Pricing 2024 & 2025

2024 Pricing - Canadian Dollars

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$14066

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Pricing Details:
  • Prices are per person in Canadian Dollars and are subject to an additional 5% Canadian sales tax.
  • Prices are based on double occupancy. For single and triple sharing, please request a quote.
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Approximate Exchange Rates:

$1.00 CAD =

$0.75 USD

€0.68 EUR

£0.59 GBP

$1.11 AUD