Multi-Day Tour | Rail

Winter Retreat (8 days)

Discover Holidays Inc - Canada

Vancouver, Canada To Calgary, Canada

Valid for Departures Now Through: 30 Apr 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Vancouver, BC Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Vancouver to Jasper (Rail)

This evening, transfer to Vancouver’s Pacific Central Station (transfer not included) and board VIA Rail’s ‘Canadian’ for your journey to Jasper. This experience, with its award-winning service, is luxury on rail. Points of interest include Hell’s Gate (gorge), and the Cisco Tunnels above the Fraser River. Please note that dinner is not included onboard the train this evening.

Day 2
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades Breakfast, Lunch

Arrive Jasper mid-afternoon (Rail)

Today, travel between the Monashee and Cariboo Mountain Ranges before ending your train journey in the resort town of Jasper. Breakfast and lunch are included onboard the train today. Upon arrival at the Jasper train station, a motor coach or taxi will transfer you to your hotel (transfer included).

Day 3
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Jasper (Maligne Canyon Ice Walk)

Experience the wonders of Maligne Canyon from the ground up! The canyon has withstood 10,000 years of erosion and has created a 50m gorge. Certified guides will lead groups of no more than 12 along the frozen canyon floor and its ice-clad limestone walls. Super soles and winter boots will keep you warm and secure as you explore this wonderland of rock and ice. Please note: The ice walk tour normally operates mid-December - mid-April.

Day 4
Jasper, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Jasper to Banff

Travel southward along the Icefields Parkway to Banff. This spectacular drive through glacier country features massive snow covered mountains, frozen waterfalls and broad-reaching valleys. Banff is situated in Banff National Park, this charming town has much to offer including winter walks, ice skating, world-class shopping, and unique dining.

Day 5
Banff, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None
Morning Discover Banff & Its Wildlife Tour, afternoon Horse Drawn Sleigh Ride

A morning tour of the Banff area will take you to many of Banff’s landmarks and historical places. This will also be one of your best chances to see wildlife while in the park. Photo opportunities and short walks to viewpoints with your guide are abundant on this tour. This afternoon make your own way to the stables, a short walk away from downtown. Your tour in a horse drawn sleigh will manifest the magic of winter.

Day 6
Lake Louise, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Winter Adventurer - A guided tour to Lake Louise

This is a full day of exploring and activity. You will be led on a guided sightseeing tour to Lake Louise. You will also have free time to explore the lake on foot or on snowshoes, relax in the chateau or rent ice skates on your own. You’ll be returned to your hotel late afternoon.

Day 7
Banff, AB Canada
Moderate/Superior/Deluxe Hotel Grades None

Afternoon Marble Canyon Snowshoeing Tour

This morning is free to relax or explore the magical winter wonderland of Banff. In the afternoon take a leisurely snowshoe tour into the backcountry of Banff National Park at Marble Canyon, where you will also have a chance to make a maple taffy treat on snow.

Day 8
Calgary, AB Canada
None None

Banff to Calgary

Today, transfer to Calgary Airport or downtown Calgary. We will arrange a transfer to suit your flight schedule.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Family Vacations
  • Food & Wine
  • Rail Journeys
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Winter Train Tours in the Canadian Rockies Highlights: Vancouver | Via Rail Train | Jasper | Lake Louise | Banff | Calgary |

Travel through the impressive winter scenery of Banff & Jasper National Parks as well as the majestic Lake Louise. With attentive services aboard Via Rail, you can relax and enjoy this inspiring journey.

Dog Sledding TourSnowshoeing to Marble CanyonPicturesque Banff with its surrounding snow-capped mountainsEnjoy winter magic at stunning Lake LouiseRare walk on a frozen river at Maligne CanyonAccommodation on VIA Rail

About Us

We love-live-breathe-dream Canada! You have seen it all and would like to bring the “wow” back into your vacation? We can make it happen. Our selection of product is hand-picked and designed to suit even the most discerning traveler’s needs and preferences. Always paying close attention to quality, logistics and comfort. No matter what you choose to do, we offer tailor-made personal service and solutions to help you to your perfect vacation!

Insider Tip

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Terms & Conditions

Please read these booking terms and conditions carefully.  By paying a deposit, it is understood that you have read and accept these terms and conditions.

Prices

All prices quoted are shown in either CANADIAN ($CAD) or US ($US) funds.  All rates are subject to tax increases. Note: We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover 100% of your package cost, as there are no exceptions to the cancellation penalties.

Changes in Prices & Itinerary

Prices are subject to fluctuations and/or fuel and service charges imposed by airlines, rail & coach providers, hotels, airports, and other ground providers. In the event of fluctuations we reserve the right to adjust prices without notice.

Quotes

Quoted itineraries are valid for 7 days and all services are subject to availability at time of booking.

Deposits

A non-refundable deposit of 10% plus any additional supplier deposits is required at time booking.

Full Payment

Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 45 days of departure will require a credit card on file and full payment will be applied upon final confirmation.

Cancellations

In the event that you cancel your holiday, we must be notified in writing and the following cancellation fees will apply to your travel arrangements from the date of notification.

  • From time of booking - 46 days prior to departure = loss of deposit
  • 45 - 0 days prior to departure = 100% of the fare

Payments

Discover Holidays dba (Canada by Design) accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Verbal and/or written authorization of the use of your card indicates your compliance with our booking terms and conditions.  Credit card payments will be processed in the funds in which the booking was made (Canadian or US funds).

We also accept direct wire transfer for bookings outside of 45 days of departure.  Please contact our Travel Design team for bank account details.  A copy of the wire transfer must be faxed or emailed on the date of issue indicating the total amount, reservation number(s) and client names. All bank fees related to transaction are the responsibility of the remitter.

Please click here for complete terms and conditions.

Please read these booking terms and conditions carefully.  By paying a deposit, it is understood that you have read and accept these terms and conditions.

Prices

All prices quoted are shown in either CANADIAN ($CAD) or US ($US) funds.  All rates are subject to tax increases. Note: We recommend purchasing travel insurance to cover 100% of your package cost, as there are no exceptions to the cancellation penalties.

Changes in Prices & Itinerary

Prices are subject to fluctuations and/or fuel and service charges imposed by airlines, rail & coach providers, hotels, airports, and other ground providers. In the event of fluctuations we reserve the right to adjust prices without notice.

Quotes

Quoted itineraries are valid for 7 days and all services are subject to availability at time of booking.

Deposits

A non-refundable deposit of 10% plus any additional supplier deposits is required at time booking.

Full Payment

Full payment is required no later than 45 days prior to departure. Bookings made within 45 days of departure will require a credit card on file and full payment will be applied upon final confirmation.

Cancellations

In the event that you cancel your holiday, we must be notified in writing and the following cancellation fees will apply to your travel arrangements from the date of notification.

  • From time of booking - 46 days prior to departure = loss of deposit
  • 45 - 0 days prior to departure = 100% of the fare

Payments

Discover Holidays dba (Canada by Design) accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Verbal and/or written authorization of the use of your card indicates your compliance with our booking terms and conditions.  Credit card payments will be processed in the funds in which the booking was made (Canadian or US funds).

We also accept direct wire transfer for bookings outside of 45 days of departure.  Please contact our Travel Design team for bank account details.  A copy of the wire transfer must be faxed or emailed on the date of issue indicating the total amount, reservation number(s) and client names. All bank fees related to transaction are the responsibility of the remitter.

Please click here for complete terms and conditions.



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Victoria Island and Butchart Gardens

By: Sally & Lyman


Reviewed on: 30 Aug 2016

We finished up our cruise by spending two days in Vancouver with a trip out to Victoria and Butchart Gardens. What a way to cap off a fabulous cruise. Butchart Gardens has been on our bucket list for a while and it didn't disappoint - truly some of the most beautiful gardens and flowers we have ever seen. Got to take advantage of great restaurants in Vancouver and stayed at The Rosewood Georgia Hotel - fantastic. We want to go back to Vancouver just to stay at the Georgia again....
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Fun in Vancouver

By: JB and LB


Reviewed on: 22 Jul 2016

Punctual - clean cars - knowledgeable drivers
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Great info!

By: Claire


Reviewed on: 28 Jul 2016

Would use this again.
Travel Advisor:  Marisa L. Cole

short stay in B.C.

By: *


Reviewed on: 19 Jul 2017

Arrangements for hotel, ferry and other transportation, done right
Travel Advisor:  Alan Abelson

Banff and Lake Louise

By: Mike


Reviewed on: 08 Aug 2017

Yes they were fantastic. Guides were engaging and knowledgeable and fun to be with.
Travel Advisor:  Frances Boyce

Canada

By: Constant traveler


Reviewed on: 12 Aug 2017

They were very responsible and there was never a problem with their arrangements. The communicated well including a detailed description of pickups etc.
Travel Advisor:  Dee Dyer

Tripreview

By: Mtravel


Reviewed on: 29 Aug 2017

They were very reliable. Got us exactly the tour with the time we needed
Travel Advisor:  Kate Winslow

Gray Line Tour to Victoria

By: Rex


Reviewed on: 28 Sep 2017

The tour to Victoria was exactly what we hoped for.
Travel Advisor:  Timothy Krenzien

Dive into Mintreal

By: Deborah


Reviewed on: 08 Oct 2017

Great tour guide, very knowledgeable and thoughtful. There was a hitch with the service providing the car- had a long wait. Don’t know where the error occurred.
Travel Advisor:  Debbie Elias

Vancouver

By: Ann


Reviewed on: 11 Oct 2017

It was good. The first day tour of Vancouver was not that complete and we really did not need a guide. The second day day going to Stanley park, the countryside was informative, complete, and beneficial to all ages involved. David was our driver and he was excellent, professional, and very informative.
Travel Advisor:  Ann Harrison

DH Review

By: Cotton


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2017

not applicable as the tour was not taken due to a mix up on our part
Travel Advisor:  Florence (Flo) Banks

Silent Partner

By: Bill


Reviewed on: 18 Nov 2017

Totally unaware, which I suppose is the whole idea with a tour operator. Great trips with no hiccups- cannot do better than that!
Travel Advisor:  Rachel Hardy

Great Tours

By: Thompson Fam


Reviewed on: 19 Jan 2018

Walking Tour of Historical Montreal and the Food/Aromas Tour were great. Both guides were friendly, informative, and flexible. They connected well with the family. We had a location/meeting place miscommunication for the Food Tour, but it was resolved quickly and without issue.
Travel Advisor:  Cristina Buaas