Railroading in the Canadian Rockies

Enjoy the splendor of the Canadian Rockies with one night on VIA Rail’s Canadian Train. Arrive in Calgary for a city tour, a visit to the Glenbow Museum, and lunch atop Calgary Tower. Enjoy a panoramic tour of the Banff area and a scrumptious lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel. Travel along the Icefields Parkway and experience a glacier up-close at the Columbia Icefield. In Jasper, board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and travel to Vancouver in comfortable Sleeper Plus Cars. Board a ferry and arrive at Vancouver Island for a tour of Victoria and a visit to the exquisite Butchart Gardens®. Depart Victoria by ferry and cross into Washington State with a drive along the Olympic Peninsula and one night in Seattle before we fly home.

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Tour Highlights
  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour
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Day 1 : Fly to Calgary

Upon arrival we check-in to our accommodations in Calgary.

Day 2 : Discover Calgary

In the morning, we spend time learning about this spectacular city just east of the Rocky Mountains. After enjoying the highlights of Calgary, relax and savor lunch at Sky 360 atop the Calgary Tower, almost 630 feet above downtown. Following lunch, we visit Glenbow Museum whose exhibits show¬case Western Canadian history, art and culture. We journey through the foothills and up into the mountains to Banff for two relaxing evenings.

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Day 3 : Banff

Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform followed by a panoramic tour of the Banff area. Take in breathtaking views during lunch at the historic and grand Fairmont Banff Springs hotel. The afternoon is ours to explore this unique mountain town.

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Day 4 : Columbia Icefield

Breathtaking scenery borders our route today along the Icefields Parkway. This beautiful area is famous for the glacial blue waters of its many lakes nestled among the mountains. At the Columbia Icefield, we board a giant Glacier Explorer that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. We stay in Jasper this evening.

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Day 5 : Ride the Rails

This morning we board VIA Rail’s historic Canadian train and begin our journey to Vancouver in their Sleeper Plus cars. Enjoy top-notch service and unforgettable experiences onboard as you roll past the beautiful landscapes. Savor expertly prepared meals in the dining car.

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Enjoy an included breakfast on the train this morning as you awaken. We arrive in Vancouver and take time to explore the city. Surrounded by water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, this vibrant city is the largest in British Columbia. We find our adventurous side on a walk across the breathtaking Capilano Suspension Bridge before checking-in to our accommodations for the night.

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Day 7 : The Butchart Gardens®

This morning we board a ferry for Vancouver Island. We visit The Butchart Gardens®, one of the most acclaimed horticultural exhibitions in the world. Stroll along pathways through wonderfully landscaped theme gardens and enjoy the seasonal floral displays. See the Ross Fountains play its pattern of water displays every four minutes. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Later, we arrive in enchanting Victoria, the provincial capital of British Columbia for two relaxing nights. Shops, cafes and interesting attractions are just a stroll away.

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Day 8 : Victoria

A local guide joins us to tour Victoria, known for its British atmosphere. The city began as an outpost for the Hudson Bay Company in 1843. We view historic sites including the Parliament Building on the lovely Inner Harbor. Beautiful flower beds and gardens reflect the area’s passion for gardening. A spectacular lunch is prepared for us at the elegant Fairmont Empress hotel. We have the afternoon at leisure to browse in the delightful shops or to visit local attractions.

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Day 9 : Ferry to Washington

This morning we depart Victoria by ferry and cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and international border to Washington. We drive along the Olympic Peninsula before arriving in Seattle. Tonight we enjoy a Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner at the hotel.

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Day 10 : Fly Home

Bid farewell as we depart for the airport. We will long remember our incredible adventure through the Canadian Rockies and western Canada.

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare, taxes & fuel surcharges
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director & local guides
  • Motorcoach and professional Driver
  • Rail transportation
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 travel voucher for a future Holiday Vacations tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Residence Inn by Marriott Calgary
  • 1 night at the Pacific Gateway Hotel in Vancouver

Attractions & Highlights

  • Calgary, Banff & Victoria city tours
  • Glenbow Museum
  • Banff & Jasper National Parks
  • Mountie Meet & Greet presented by Banff Lake Louise Tourism
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
  • VIA Rail's historic Canadian train
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Two scenic ferry rides
  • The Butchart Gardens®

13 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Holiday Vacations Welcome Lunch at Sky 360 Calgary Tower
  • Lunch at the historic Banff Springs Hotel
  • Lunch at the Butchart Gardens
  • Lunch at the Fairmont Empress hotel
  • Holiday Vacations Farewell Dinner

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet.

Tour Dates & Pricing

August 26th, 2019 - September 4th, 2019

Category - Occupancy

Price (Per Person)

Double

$5699

Single

$6599

Final Payment Date: 06/12/2019

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Dan Schutte

Dan anchors the CBS19 News at 6 p.m. & 11 p.m. and the WAHU FOX27 News at 10 p.m. He grew up in the Minneapolis area and earned his degree in broadcast journalism at the American University in Washington, D.C. He has worked as an anchor in Duluth, MN, and as a reporter and anchor in Eureka, CA. During his career he has covered several national stories and won awards for his work.

Dan has lived in Central Virginia since 2006 and has become involved in numerous activities throughout the community.

He is an avid water skier, has run 13 marathons, and has been talked into several triathlons. Dan loves the natural beauty of Virginia and in his off time he can usually be found on some of the area’s lakes or hiking through the mountains of Nelson County. He also enjoys reading.

Dan has been to 42 of the 50 states and is working on plans to see them all.

Join Dan and other WCAV viewers on this fabulous trip of a lifetime.