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             Great Cities and Rail Tour

From Saskatoon  8  Days
Train, Motor Coach, Guided Sightseeing Tours
(tourCS105)

See the grandeur of the prairies, the majesty of the mighty Canadian Rocky Mountains
 including Jasper and Banff, Hell's Gate and finally Vancouver in British Columbia.  Wow!

Saskatoon - Edmonton - Jasper - Banff - Lake Louise - Kamloops - Vancouver 

 
Day 1and Day 2
    Board VIA Rail westbound train, Saskatoon, and check into your cabin.  This morning enjoy a delicious breakfast and relax as we forge across the great wheatfields of Saskatchewan before our morning arrival into Edmonton, capital and largest metropolis in Alberta.   After a brief stop we continue the train journey to the "Jewel of the Canadian Rockies" Jasper, Alberta.  Disembark and transfer to your hotel.  Keep on the lookout for wild animals often seen in and around the town.    
VIA RAIL BEDROOMS  /  DINING CAR  /  DOME CAR  /  PARK-LOUNGE CAR

Day 3   This morning we tour JASPER and, above the townsite, beautiful PYRAMID LAKE.   Perhaps take an optional cruise of magnificent MALIGNE LAKE and its incredible aquamarine waters.  The views are stunning and the water is a shade of blue found only in these mountains.   Spirit Island is a famous spot for  photographers seeking the perfect picture.  Return to Jasper via the Valley of the FIVE LAKES.  Those staying for additional nights can travel on their own a few miles to the south of  Jasper to the JASPER GONDOLA from where the views of the valleys and peaks are outstanding and ATHABASCA FALLS HORSESHOE LAKE.

Day 4  We have a free day in this pristine alpine paradise.   Perhaps rent a car and drive south on the Icefields Parkway.  Stop at waterfalls, mountain vistas and some of the most stunning aqua green and blue lakes you will see (BOW LAKE.   Bikes can be rented in town, horseback riding is available and there are trails for every level of adventurer.  Be sure to stop by the magnificent Jasper Park Lodge, built between two lakes and visited by King George the V and Marilyn Monroe.  Cuisine tastes even better after walks in the fresh mountain air and Jasper has no shortage of terrific restaurants.  Overnight at one of our

Day 5  Board VIA Rail trans-continental in the early afternoon.  Cross over the Continental Divide.  Travel through no fewer than 5 mountain ranges, past emerald lakes and raging rivers and massive Mount Robson.  Sunset to the west is usually a photographers delight especially from one of the dome cars.  

Day 6  Travel along the Fraser Valley and arrive in Vancouver, British Columbia in the morning and pick up your luggage.  Take a taxi for the short drive to one of our downtown hotels.  Check in and have the rest of the day to explore Vancouver.  We recommend Gastown and the World's first outdoor steamclock.  Robson Street is loaded with restaurants and shopping.  Vancouver has two cruise ship piers and a walk along the promenades is interesting.  

Day 7  We are picked up at our hotel (or very near) and begin our exciting VANCOUVER sightseeing tour.   Discover QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK and its beautiful grounds and STANLEY PARK with its famous totem poles.  Cross the Lions Gate Bridge to the Capilano Suspension Bridge where you can take a heart quickening walk across.  At Grouse Mountain you ride the Skyride Gondola to the summit where there are lumberjack shows, parasailers launching down the valley, and incomparable views of Vancouver and the Inside Passage.  Pier into the misty distance to see Vancouver Island, which you will be visiting tomorrow!  Visit the second largest Chinatown in North America and then have the evening free to take in one of Vancouver's great restaurants such as the "Seasons Restaurant" or maybe book an optional harbor cruise dinner or perhaps one of two revolving restaurants.  Overnight at one of our

Day 8  We are picked up at our hotel and depart on a great adventure.  We transfer by motor coach onto British Columbia Ferries ships to sail the inside passage to Vancouver Island.  Our motor coach drives us to beautiful BUTCHART GARDENS.  With its millions of flowers it is hard to imagine this was once a horrid rock quarry.  Continue to VICTORIA, capital of British Columbia and the most "British" city in Canada.  Enjoy a scenic drive with vistas of the Juan de Fuca Strait and the Olympic Mountains.  There is enough time for shopping and High Tea at the Empress Hotel before returning to the ferry which will deliver us back to our Vancouver hotel.

Day 9  Monday  End of services or we can arrange additional nights and activities in refreshing and beautiful Vancouver.  How about a tour to Bowen Island, WHISTLER ski resort, whale watching, or we can pre-arrange a self drive boating adventure!


Comfortable bedrooms


Spirit Island on Maligne Lake




Lakes and Waterfalls in Alberta


Vancouver, Voted #1 Destination in North
America by the American Business Association


This tour can also be booked in the opposite direction
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Summer tours from only $3,297CAD, per person, 
+tax, twin occupancy.


We recommend travel insurance.
Initial non refundable deposits are $250USD 

We include:   Via Rail Trans-Canada train journey including private bedroom (all meals are included aboard the train but not on motor coach tours or in hotels), tourist-class or superior hotels across Canada, motor coach tours as per itinerary.  Checked baggage is not available on the train, smaller overnight bag is recommended.


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        Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

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