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Ultimate Canadian Rail Adventure

Journey into the lush Pacific Northwest cities of Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria. Witness breathtaking coastline aboard Amtrak’s Cascades train. Experience rail travel like never before, adventuring through the awe-inspiring Canadian Rockies in style with two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer featuring first-class GoldLeaf Service. We stroll the grounds of extraordinary Butchart Gardens, explore Vancouver’s Stanley Park by horse-drawn carriage, and board a snow coach for a trip atop massive Athabasca Glacier. Float the Bow River on a guided raft tour in Banff, where the headwaters originate deep in the Rockies, and visit beautiful Lake Louise within Banff National Park. Our Ultimate Canadian Rail Adventure is an ideal blend of excitement and relaxation.

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Day 1 : Harbor Cruise

Begin with a pleasant flight to Seattle. Enjoy lunch in the lively, renowned Pike Place Market famous for its flying fish and gregarious vendors. Experience fantastic views of the city skyline, Olympic Mountains, and Puget Sound on a harbor cruise. Become acquainted with your fellow travelers at a special Holiday Vacations Welcome Dinner.


Day 2 : Amtrak Cascades

We travel to King Street Station to board Amtrak’s Cascades train for a very scenic ride along Puget Sound as we head north to Vancouver, British Columbia. Once in Vancouver, we’ll have the opportunity to walk across one of the longest and highest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. We check in for one night at The Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler.


Day 3 : Peak 2 Peak Gondola

More majestic landscapes await us during our PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience between the Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. See lovely mountain peaks, lakes, and forests while riding in a gondola for bird’s-eye views. After an included lunch we explore the West Coast Railroad Heritage Park in Squamish where you will be able to see various locomotives and vintage rail cars. We stop at Shannon Falls for pictures on our way back to Vancouver. Enjoy the evening at your leisure.


Day 4 : Vancouver

We have a morning tour of Vancouver, described by The New York Times as “Manhattan with mountains.” Enjoy the city’s cosmopolitan sophistication and natural beauty. We stop for lunch on your own at Granville Island Public Market with its variety of produce and vendors, handcrafted products and unique gifts. Everything is fresh from the field, oven or ocean! The afternoon is at leisure to explore this incredible city. Tonight we dine overlooking Vancouver at the revolving Top of Vancouver Restaurant.


Day 5 : The Butchart Gardens®

This morning we board a BC Ferry for a very scenic 90 minute cruise to Vancouver Island. Upon arrival, we visit The Butchart Gardens®, the world-class horticultural masterpiece. Stroll pathways of landscapes filled with lovely scents and sights. A delightful lunch is included at the gardens. Tonight we stay in the charming city of Victoria.


Day 6 : Victoria

A local guide brings the history of Victoria to life. Learn about its origins as a fur trading outpost in 1834 and its famous British influence. View the magnificent Parliament Building on Inner Harbor. Flowerbeds and gardens reflect the area’s passion for gardening. An included lunch is served at the elegant Empress Hotel, one of Canada’s great railway hotels. Following lunch, enjoy this beautiful city at leisure.


Day 7 : Carriage Tour

This morning we return to Vancouver, taking another pleasant BC Ferry ride back to the mainland. Discover more ferry dining options as we admire clear blue waters and Pacific Northwest islands. This afternoon’s adventure is a Stanley Park horse-drawn carriage tour. Soak up the sights of Vancouver’s thousand-acre wonderland in a comfortable old-fashioned carriage. Our expert guide narrates, highlighting Vancouver’s Harbor, Deadman’s Island and more.


Day 8 : Rocky Mountaineer

“All Aboard” the Rocky Mountaineer, a private train that travels only during daylight hours through some of the most spectacular railroad scenery in the world. Today’s journey takes us through the beautiful Fraser and Thompson River Canyons. Our first-class GoldLeaf Service includes full glass-dome windows, gourmet a’ la carte meals, and sweet and savory snacks. We also have exclusive use of the large outdoor viewing platform. Arriving in Kamloops, we enjoy a comfortable night in a local hotel.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 : Spectacular Scenery

Our second day aboard the Rocky Mountaineer is even more spectacular than the first as the rails take us to the Canadian Glacier National Park, the famous spiral tunnels, and Kicking Horse Pass. Our guide will give us informative commentary as we enjoy both breakfast and lunch. Late in the afternoon we arrive in Banff and check in to our comfortable accommodations for a two-night stay in this breathtaking mountain resort town.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 : Columbia Icefield

Today we visit Lake Louise within Banff National Park. View turquoise, glacier-fed water surrounded by the forested and snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies as we travel along the incredible Icefields Parkway. Our next adventure brings us to the Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre where we enjoy a delectable lunch at Altitude Restaurant. We board an Ice Explorer for the Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™ that carries us onto Athabasca Glacier. When we arrive back at our hotel in Banff, enjoy the evening at leisure.

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 : Raft Float

Begin the day with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police meet and greet to hear stories and learn about the iconic Mountie uniform. Then have a guided raft float on the Bow River, revealing exceptional mountain beauty. This relaxed float is a perfect opportunity for taking pictures of the dramatic landscapes. We’ll float by the Hoodoos and come ashore at the face of soaring Mount Rundle. Have lunch and some last minute shopping in Banff before traveling to Calgary. Our Farewell Dinner is at the Keg Steakhouse.

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 : Cheers Canada!

We return home with amazing memories from our Canadian rail vacation!

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All rail transportation
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 1 night at the Crowne Plaza Seattle Downtown Hotel
  • Seattle to Vancouver aboard Amtrak Cascades
  • 1 night at The Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler
  • 2 nights at the Vancouver Marriott Downtown
  • 2 nights at the Chateau Victoria Hotel & Suites
  • 1 night at Vancouver Marriott Downtown
  • Vancouver to Banff aboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • 1 night in Kamloops
  • 2 nights at the Elk & Avenue Hotel Banff
  • 1 night at the Westin Hotel Calgary

Attractions & Highlights

  • Pike Place Market
  • Seattle’s Original Harbor Cruise™
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Whistler PEAK 2 PEAK 360 Experience gondola ride
  • West Coast Railway Heritage Park
  • Vancouver & Victoria city tours
  • Leisure time in Vancouver, Victoria & Banff
  • The Butchart Gardens®
  • Stanley Park horse-drawn carriage tour
  • Banff National Park
  • Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour™
  • Mountie Meet & Greet
  • Guided raft float on Bow River

15 Excellent Meals Featuring

  • Dinner at the revolving Top of Vancouver Restaurant
  • Lunch at The Butchart Gardens®
  • Lunch at the elegant Empress Hotel in Victoria
  • Breakfasts & lunches aboard Rocky Mountaineer
  • Lunch at Altitude Restaurant in Columbia Icefield Glacier Discovery Centre

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • Roundtrip BC Ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay

Highest Elevation: 6,850 feet.

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Final Payment Date: 03/21/2022

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Paul Joseph

Paul Joseph and his wife Judy have been designing and hosting rail tours all over the world for more than 35 years. They both love the excitement of traveling, especially by train. This will be Paul and Judy’s 17th Holiday Vacations train tour.

Paul retired from broadcasting in 2006 after a 36-year career as Chief Meteorologist for WTMJ-TV & Radio in Milwaukee. In 2008 he was inducted into the Milwaukee Media Hall of Fame and in 2009 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for his significant contribution to radio and television weathercasting. Paul is a professor in the Physics Department at Marquette University where he teaches meteorology.

Paul and Judy invite you to join them on this wonderful adventure.