Land of the Golden Maple (2023/2024)

Canada16-day train journey from Toronto via Banff National Park to Vancouver

What Makes Your Journey Unique

  • Crossing Canada with the country’s two most famous trains
  • From the lakes of Ontario to the Rocky Mountains with the traditional train Canadian
  • 2-day panoramic journey in the Rocky Mountaineer through the Rocky Mountains
  • Excursions to Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island (optional excursion)
  • Breakfast and numerous other meals already included in the tour price


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    Day 1 – Toronto

    Arrival in Toronto and transfer to your hotel.

    Overnight: Westin Harbor Castle (or similar)

    Day 2 – Toronto

    A city tour brings you closer to the metropolis on Lake Ontario. Numerous historical buildings form an attractive contrast to the skyscrapers that characterize the cityscape. You will enjoy your lunch in the 535 m high CN Tower. Afterwards you will visit the viewing terrace with a view of the metropolis and Lake Ontario. In the afternoon, a boat trip on Lake Ontario will show Toronto from a different perspective. End this eventful day in Canada’s largest city with an individual walk along the lake shore, where numerous cafés invite you to linger.

    Overnight: Westin Harbor Castle (or similar) (BL)

    Day 3 – Toronto

    A day trip (optional excursion package) takes you today to one of the most impressive natural wonders in the world: With a thunderous roar, the Niagara River falls over the almost 1,000 m wide and 55 m deep rock step, in front of which you can enjoy the spectacular view of the natural phenomenon up close by boat. This is followed by a stroll through the Victorian cottage town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and a cable car ride over the eddy of Niagara River.

    Overnight: Westin Harbor Castle (or similar) (B)

    Day 4 – On board of the Canadian through lakes and forests

    At Toronto Union Station, your transcontinental journey on the Canadian begins. Experience Ontario’s lakes and forests on today’s journey across the Canadian Shield. Lean back, relax and let yourself be pampered in the dining car! Elevated vantage points in the panoramic car covered with a glass dome allow you a wonderful all-round view.

    Overnight: on board of the Canadian (BLD)

    Day 5 – Ontario to Manitoba

    With the transition from the province of Ontario to Manitoba, today’s landscape also changes during the course of the day. Lakes and forests are followed by prairies.

    Overnight: on board of the Canadian (BLD)

    Day 6 – Plains – Granary and Pastures

    Enjoy excellent onboard care as you traverse the vast expanses of the prairie! Cultivation of cereals and keeping herds of cattle make the region one of the most important agricultural regions in the world.

    Overnight: on board of the Canadian (BLD)

    Day 7 – Jasper National Park

    In the morning your train reaches the majestic Rocky Mountains. Discover Jasper National Park by bus and take a trip to Maligne Canyon and Maligne Lake (optional excursion package). You take a boat trip to Spirit Island, which has become iconic for Canada as a postcard and calendar motive. In the late afternoon you will move into your room in the lodge, which is beautifully located on a mountain lake.

    Overnight: Forest Park Hotel (BD)

    Day 8 – Icefields Parkaway

    Breath-taking flora and fauna await you during the 4-hour bus ride along the Icefields Parkway. Experience the glaciers of the Columbia Icefields from the Glacier Skywalk viewpoint. The particularly brave dare to climb onto the glass viewing platform, from which the wildlife of the Rockies is literally at your feet. In Banff, the famous capital of the national park of the same name, you will settle into your room for the following three nights in a comfortable hotel. Your dinner awaits you in the hotel in a wonderful ambience.

    Overnight: Rimrock Resort Hotel (BD

    Day 9 – Banff National Park

    In the morning you can take part in a helicopter flight over the mountains of the Spray Valley (optional excursion package). Your exciting tour of Banff National Park begins in the early afternoon, where you will visit, among other things, the panoramic Sulfur Mountain and Bow Falls. In the castle-like traditional hotel Fairmont Banff Springs, a princely meal is served for you today.

    Overnight: Rimrock Resort Hotel (BD)

    Day 10 - Moraine Lake, Lake Louise and Sherbrooke Lake

    Start the day with a trip to Moraine Lake. Located in the valley of the ten peaks, the milky blue glacial lake is characterized by its quiet, sheltered location amidst rocky peaks. Another highlight of the day is a visit to Lake Louise, a mountain lake beautifully situated at the foot of the Victoria Glacier. After you have extensively appreciated this magnificent natural wonder, embark on a hike to Lake Sherbrooke that promises peace and quiet as well as a mountain idyll (easy to walk, approx. 105 min. walking time).

    Overnight: Rimrock Resort Hotel (B)

    Day 11 – On the train through the Rocky Mountains

    Today you cross the Rocky Mountains in the famous Rocky Mountaineer. While you are treated to meals at your seat, spectacular views of the mountain pass to be overcome and the lake landscape of Shushwap Lake are presented. In the late afternoon you will reach your good mid-range hotel in Kamloops.
    Overnight: The Thompson Hotel (or similar) (BL)

    Day 12 – Along the Fraser River

    Along the Thompson and Fraser rivers, you will travel through impressive gorges in the Rocky Mountaineer. In the late afternoon your train reaches Vancouver, where you will spend three nights in your centrally located comfort hotel.

    Overnight: Sheraton Wall Centre (or similar) (BL)

    Day 13 – Vancouver Tradition and modernity

    On a bus tour you will get to know the city, which is characterized by contrasts. Old Vancouver, with its lovingly restored Victorian buildings, is now an attractive entertainment district. After visiting the lively district of Chinatown and the Chinese Garden, take a scenic drive through Stanley Park. From here you can see the downtown Vancouver skyline and see totem poles in the park. Spend the afternoon exploring Vancouver’s scenic surroundings.

    Overnight: Sheraton Wall Centre (or similar) (B)

    Day 14 – Vancouver

    You can reach Vancouver Island by bus and ferry (excursion package). First you visit the extensive Butchart Gardens, whose year-round floral splendor makes the heart of every garden lover beat faster. Then you continue to Victoria, where not only the red double-decker buses are reminiscent of the British Kingdom. In the spirit of English tradition, relax with tea and biscuits in the traditional Fairmont Empress hotel. Back in Vancouver, enjoy your farewell dinner at Harbor Center’s 550-foot (167 m) observation restaurant.

    Overnight: Sheraton Wall Centre (or similar) (BD)

    Day 15 – Return flight

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport. (B)

    (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner

    Canada enchants with great natural wonders and a very special blend of French and British traditions. Travel through the land of the golden maple on Canada’s most famous trains, from Toronto in the east to Vancouver on the Pacific coast. Endless nature and vastness in famous national parks, exciting cities with extraordinary architecture and culture: Look forward to our transcontinental train adventure trip through Canada. Numerous meals, your excellent German-speaking tour guide and porter service at train stations and hotels are already included in the price for you.

    Rates Include

    • Train ride on the Canadian from Toronto to Jasper (3 nights in a cabin couchette car; sleeper car available at extra cost)
    • Train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer from Banff to Vancouver in SilverLeaf Class
    • 3 nights in a comfort hotel in Banff
    • 6 nights in centrally located comfort hotels in Toronto and Vancouver
    • 1 night in a well-kept lodge in Jasper National Park
    • 1 night in a good middle-class hotel in Kamloops
    • Meals as per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
    • Experienced French-speaking tour guide throughout the trip, maximum group size: 26 guests
    • Excursions according to the itinerary in a modern coach, including any necessary ferry crossings

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Visa fees (7 CA-$)
    • Gratuities
    • Personal expenses

    Entry Requirements

    • Passport and ETA required depending on nationality. Please check with your local embassy
    • Covid 19/Corona Virus: Health, entry & vaccination regulations as prescribed by the visited countries. Please check with your local embassies and national guidelines for travel

    Your Train: Canadian

    Cabin couchette

    The cabin couchette car is an open compartment with two wide armchairs facing each other. At night, the opposite seats are pushed together to form a wide bed and a second bed is folded down from the ceiling (lying area: 109 × 178 cm). Heavy curtains ensure the desired privacy. A sink, shower and toilet are available to you as shared facilities at the end of each carriage.

    Sleeper (twin compartment)

    In the sleeping car (two-bed compartment) you have a closed compartment (220 × 151 cm + toilet room 84 × 64 cm) at your sole disposal. In addition to two chairs that can be moved freely, your compartment also has a separate toilet and your own washbasin with mirror and socket. Just a few meters away is the shower available to all passengers in a carriage. For the night journeys, the sleeping car attendant prepares your bunk beds (lying area: 79 × 180 cm).

    Sleeper (single compartment)

    In the sleeping car (single compartment) you book a private compartment (196 × 110 cm) with a comfortable seat that converts into a bed for night journeys (lying area: 76 × 180 cm; narrowing from hip height to 66 cm). Toilet, sink, mirror and socket are part of the equipment. The shared shower installed in the middle of the carriage is easily accessible via the corridor.

    Prestige Sleeper Class

    In the Prestige Sleeper Class, for the first time in 2015, you have the option of traveling in compartments with a private shower and toilet. The newly renovated carriages of the new category offer further advantages compared to the traditional sleeping car over 50% larger compartments, a 60% larger picture window, a minibar service and a flat screen with access to a selection of films. Complimentary drinks are served in the compartment upon request.

    Your train: Rocky Mountaineer

    With the Rocky Mountaineer you drive through the unique mountain world of the Rocky Mountains only during the day, so that all scenic highlights are presented in the best light. There are two classes to choose from onboard the train: SilverLeaf and GoldLeaf.

    SilverLeaf Class

    In the SilverLeaf Class you travel in an air-conditioned open-plan car. Especially large windowpanes up to the roof allow you a fantastic panoramic view on both sides of the route. The seats are in the direction of travel; Breakfast and lunch are served at your seat; a free alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink with lunch and the free choice between two main courses characterize this class of service. Due to the train configuration, a transition between the two classes is not possible.

    GoldLeaf Class

    With the GoldLeaf Class, you choose first-class service. As a guest in this class, you will experience special care, which begins at the station with a separate counter. You enter the Rocky Mountaineer first and are directed to your reserved seat in the so-called Dome Car. Here you sit on the air-conditioned upper floor on comfortable armchairs under a continuous glass dome, which constantly grants you a fascinating all-round view. Excellent, freshly prepared delicacies are served in the dining car on the lower floor. At the end of the train is an open viewing platform. The very comfortable seats swivel so you can both drive forward and sit opposite in groups of 4 people.

    Additional Services

    DescriptionPrice per Person
    Price0 $
    Surcharge for GoldLeaf Class
    Niagara Falls: Day excursion with boat ride and dinner in Niagara-on-the-Lake
    Malign Lake: Boat ride to Spirit Island
    Banff: Helicopter tour over Spray Valley
    Victoria: Day excursion with Butchart Gardens and high tea
    Total price $