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Capilano Suspension Bridge
Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Columbia Icefield Glacier Experience Tour
Departs: June 24th, 2022 Tour Dates & Pricing
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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Hosted By: Paul Joseph
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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.
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.
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.
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.
Day 12 : Cheers Canada!
We return home with amazing memories from our Canadian rail vacation!
June 24th, 2022 - July 5th, 2022
Price Per Person
Final Payment Date: 03/21/2022
PAUL - Paul Joseph Pickup Locations:
Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport - Milwaukee, WI
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.
Tour days tend to be shorter in length, at a relaxed pace, and include lots of unscheduled time for leisure. Expect standing and walking for extended periods of time on flat surfaces, mostly low altitudes, and consistent temperatures.
Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a consistent pace, and may include long travel days. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on uneven surfaces. Some destinations may have changes in altitude and/or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a brisk pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on uneven surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.
Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.