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GREAT CANADIAN RAIL JOURNEY 
13 DAYS


Great Canadian Rail Journey by Globus Tours


GREAT CANADIAN RAIL JOURNEY
Duration: 13 Days
 
Includes: Land Tour w/deluxe rail and motorcoach

Visits to: TORONTO, MINNEPEG, SASKATOON, JASPER, BANFF
and VANCOUVER

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This breathtaking vacation crosses Canada using the scenic railroad. Your trip begins in Toronto with an orientation tour and excursion to Niagara Falls. Board the Maid of the Mist for a thrilling boat ride to view thundering Niagara Falls from the river level. Back in Toronto, board the Art Deco cars of VIA Rail’s The Canadian train for your 3-night rail journey through Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Watch the scenic countryside, lakes, and sun-dappled forests from your windows as you relax in first-class, refurbished cars from the 1950s.

Disembark in Jasper and take in the beauty of Jasper National Park. Enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated cruise to Spirit Island, and travel through Jasper National Park on Icefields Parkway. Take a thrilling Ice Explorer ride on the 1,000-foot-deep Columbia Icefield. On the way to Banff National Park, drink in the stunning sights of Lake Louise with its green-blue waters forming a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. In Banff, visit Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the Banff gondola with panoramic views of Banff’s spectacular scenery. Next, catch a ferry to Victoria for a visit to Butchart Gardens and free time on your own. Your Canadian vacation ends back in Vancouver.

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INCLUDED FEATURES

TORONTO
Orientation tour; dinner at CN Tower 

NIAGARA FALLS
Maid of the Mist Cruise

TORONTO–JASPER
Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s The Canadian (travel in Sleeper Touring class)

JASPER NATIONAL PARK
Cruise Maligne Lake and LOCAL FAVORITES! enjoy incredible views with a lakeside dinner; scenic sightseeing

COLUMBIA ICEFIELD
Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield

BANFF NATIONAL PARK
Gondola ride up Banff’s Sulphur Mountain

KELOWNA
LOCAL FAVORITES! Dinner and wine pairing at Summerhill Pyramid Winery

VANCOUVER-VICTORIA
Scenic ferry ride through Gulf Islands

VICTORIA
Orientation tour; Butchart Gardens

VANCOUVER
Sightseeing tour; farewell dinner

    Note:

        * Maximum elevation on vacation: 7,500 ft.  

INSIDE VISITS
Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges when applicable.

LOCAL FAVORITES! LOCAL FAVORITE
Globus helps you get out there and really experience your destination! We take you behind the scenes to spotlight what makes this exciting destination unique - and to introduce you to its local flavors.

Headsets throughout the tour



    MEALS
    Breakfast daily, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 7 three-course dinners including a farewell dinner in Vancouver.

    QUALITY HOTELS

  • TORONTO Fairmont Royal York (MD)
  • VIA RAIL THE CANADIAN Sleeper Plus class
  • JASPER Sawridge Hotel (F)
  • BANFF Banff Park Lodge (F)
  • KELOWNA Delta Grand Okanagan (SF)
  • VICTORIA Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort (MD)
  • VANCOUVER Georgian Court (SF)

    THIS TOUR INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING TRANSPORTATION MODES:

    Globus Motorcoach tour busesRide in comfort
    Each Globus motorcoach has upholstered, reclining seats with headrests and individual air-conditioning vents. A high-fidelity sound system broadcasts professional Tour Director's commentary to every seat. Our custom of daily seat rotation gives everyone a variety of vantage points to see the passing countryside and city scenes.

    AIRPORT TRANSFERS
    Airport transfers may be included when you make your flight arrangements.


ITINERARY


Day 1 Arrive in Toronto

Welcome to Toronto! At 6 pm, meet your traveling companions for a welcome drink. Your Tour Director will prepare you for your upcoming adventure.

Day 2 Toronto–Niagara Falls–VIA Rail® The Canadian

Drive south along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. For the adventurous, your Tour Director will suggest optional flightseeing over the falls. Then, board the MAID OF THE MIST for a thrilling boat ride to view the thundering falls from river level. Before leaving the area, see the Floral Clock, then return to Toronto for an orientation tour of the downtown area. Enjoy dinner atop the 1,815-foot-tall CN TOWER before transferring to the train station for your departure on the CANADIAN later this evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Notes:
The operation of the Maid of the Mist cruise is subject to favorable weather and/or river conditions. When weather is unfavorable, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

For your convenience, baggage that will not be needed during the train journey will be checked through to Jasper. Checked baggage will not be accessible during the journey. Plan to pack an overnight bag with necessities for the train portion of the tour, including any medications, eyeglasses, and other important items.

Day 3 VIA Rail The Canadian–Ontario

Watch the scenic countryside from your windows as you relax in first-class refurbished art deco cars from the 1950s. Travel through “Cottage Country,” a favorite retreat for the city dwellers of southern Ontario. Continue past the sparkling lakes and sun-dappled forests of northern Ontario. Try the observation dome for unparalleled views or enjoy quiet conversation in one of the comfortable lounges. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4 VIA Rail The Canadian–Winnipeg, Manitoba
Enter Manitoba with its endless golden prairies and vast cultivated fields. Arrive this morning in Manitoba’s capital city of Winnipeg, where you will disembark the train for time to explore this historic city including Forks National Historic Site, a commercial hub for more than 5,000 years and now home to the Forks Market that boasts a vast number of boutiques and restaurants. Reboard the train late this morning and continue west. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5 VIA Rail The Canadian through Saskatchewan & Alberta–Jasper

From Winnipeg to Jasper, the train roughly parallels the famed Yellowhead Route, Canada’s historic trail of westward expansion. Arrive in Jasper this afternoon. Tonight, enjoy an excursion to Maligne Lake for a fully narrated CRUISE to Spirit Island. Afterward, enjoy a
LOCAL FAVORITES! lakeside dinner featuring incredible views and local fare including famous Alberta beef. (BR,D)

Day 6 Jasper

Enjoy a day in Jasper to explore at your leisure. Maybe take an optional guided hike on the “Path of the Glacier,” where an experienced guide teaches you about the various glacier formations in the area. This afternoon, perhaps play a round of golf on one of the top-rated courses in North America or stroll the streets of Jasper with its array of specialty stores. (Breakfast)

Day 7 Jasper–Columbia Icefield–Lake Louise–Banff

This morning, travel through JASPER NATIONAL PARK on Icefields Parkway to the 1,000-foot-thick Columbia Icefield for a thrilling ICE EXPLORER RIDE. Climb Sunwapta Pass to savor stunning vistas of alpine meadows, waterfalls, and massive glaciers, then scale Bow Pass with splendid views of Peyto Lake. Next, stop at Lake Louise, whose green-blue waters form a perfect mirror reflection of Mount Victoria. Continue into BANFF NATIONAL PARK. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 8 Banff

Sightseeing includes a visit to Sulphur Mountain for a ride on the BANFF GONDOLA, complete with panoramic views of Banff ’s spectacular scenery. Also visit Bow Falls and the hoodoos. The balance of the day is at leisure. Consider an optional float trip excursion on the Bow River or a helicopter flightseeing trip for a bird’s-eye views of the Rockies. (Breakfast)

Day 9 Banff–Kelowna

This morning, travel through the spectacular beauty of Yoho National Park, one of Canada’s most popular recreational areas and the site of pre-Cambrian fossil finds. On to Canada’s Glacier National Park, where the motorcoach climbs 4,379-foot-high Rogers Pass, a perfect spot for photos of the impressive surrounding mountain cliffs and glaciers. Continue on to the resort city of Kelowna, attractively set on the shores of Okanagan Lake. A special evening is in store for you, with
LOCAL FAVORITES! dinner and a wine pairing at a local WINERY, producing some of the best wines in British Columbia. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 10 Kelowna-Victoria

Catch a BC FERRY over to Vancouver Island and the charming, very British “Garden City” of Victoria. Upon arrival, visit world-famous BUTCHART GARDENS. Later, your orientation tour of Victoria includes the gardens of Beacon Hill Park, the Fairmont Empress Hotel, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. Enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many restaurants in this harbor city. (Breakfast)

Day 11 Victoria

This morning, enjoy free time for independent sightseeing and shopping. Your Tour Director suggests an optional wildlife and whale-watching trip. For shoppers, Government Street’s elegant shops and Market Square’s collection of specialty stores are good places to start. History buffs should be sure to visit the Royal British Columbia Museum. (Breakfast)

Day 12 Victoria-Vancouver

This morning, take the FERRY and sail through the Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its Mediterranean-type climate. Arrive in Vancouver for a city tour that includes the harbor and beaches, Chinatown, historic Gastown, and Stanley Park with its towering evergreen forests and totem poles. This evening, your Tour Director hosts a special farewell dinner. (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 13 Vancouver

Your vacation ends after breakfast with guests departing on individual schedules. Airport transfers are provided. (Breakfast)

Optional Excursions


Here's a list of optional excursions you can enjoy during your vacation. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

Availability is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation.



CITY: Banff

Royal Canadian Helicopter Tour
This 25-minute helicopter flight offers a magnificent overview of the Rocky Mountains and the Banff area. The Olympic Nordic Center, Sundance Range, and Spray Lakes are just some of the highlights you will see. Additional helicopter excursions available; please consult your Tour Director.
Approximate value: CAD $230 per person

Oh Canada Eh?! Dinner Show
Come join a fun-filled musical celebration of Canada, featuring totally Canadian music in a log cabin type building. During the show, costumed performers also serve a five course family style dinner. Everything about this award winning show is Canadian.
Approximate value: Please check back later per person



CITY: Jasper

Jasper Raft On The Athabasca River
Follow the route of the old fur traders while traveling down the Athabasca River in rubber rafts. The excursion is under the supervision of experienced guides who will also point out the natural and human history of the area. This is a moderate trip with a few easy sets of rapids (class II) and calm stretches; guides do all the rowing so you can sit back & enjoy the majestic scenery. A truly remarkable way to experience Jasper! (Subject to favorable weather and water conditions.)
Approximate value: CAD $58 per person


CITY: Niagara Falls

Niagara Helicopter Sightseeing
Take a thrilling eight-minute ride over the most famous falls in North America. You will be dazzled by the sights of the Rainbow Bridge, Horseshoe Falls, and Whirlpool Rapids. Bring your camera and it's up, up, and away! Helicopter tour duration approximately 12 minutes.
Approximate value: CAD $132 per person



CITY: Victoria

Victoria Panorama
This half-hour flight is an ideal introduction to seaplane aviation and includes spectacular vistas of downtown Victoria, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. Enjoy unique views of the buildings ringing the harbour and grand houses perched above the rugged coastline. The exhilarating spray of the water is always a highlight during take-off and landing.
Approximate value: CAD $111 per person

Marine And Wildlife Whale Watching 
Whale watching is a an experience many say they will never forget. Whale Watching Excursions in Victoria and around beautiful Vancouver Island provide our visitors with their most wonderful memories of British Columbia. Whale and Marine Wildlife watching expeditions have become one of Victoria¿s most popular activities and have been rated the #1 choice for a return activity by those who have visited our city. The rich marine wildlife of beautiful southern Vancouver Island is world renowned for its abundance and diversity. Killer Whales are magnificent and never fail to impress, but there are many other living treasures that share their waters. Bring your camera and your excitement because we are going to provide you with a trip you will remember forever! (3 hours)
Approximate value: Please check back later per person

Chinatown Dinner and Lantern Walk 
A fascinating tour of Chinatown, one of the oldest in Canada. Your expert local guide will offer you the opportunity to learn about the "East meets West" portals. Themes range from Feng Shui and the Chinese Zodiac to Brave Pioneers and World Developments. Food sampling along the way with dinner in a first-class restaurant. Finally, at dusk you will be given lanterns and lead through the narrow alleys to Bastion Square. A very unique and memorable way to experience Victoria. (Approximately 3 hours)
Approximate value: CAD $80 per person


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About Globus

History Video of Globus ToursMore than 75 years ago, Antonio Mantegazza bought a rowboat to transport commercial goods across Lake Lugano in Switzerland. Who could know that rowboat would launch the world's leading escorted travel company? Today Globus is a global, family-owned company reaching every corner of the world. Globus is now the first choice among individuals looking for vacations with both domestic and international travel in a variety of styles to six continents and hundreds of itineraries to choose from.

Antonio's frequent trips across the scenic lake led him to consider opportunities in a different market - tourism. His entrepreneurial instinct pushed him to gradually acquire some motorcoaches to transport tourists around the Lake Lugano area. In 1928, Antonio opened a company specializing in motorcoach touring called Globus Viaggi. The company began with a fleet of 12 coaches which operated local excursions for European tourists in Switzerland.

By 1950, Globus Viaggi had grown to a fleet of 33 coaches and featured overnight excursions to Rome, Venice, the Dolomites and the French Riviera. Gradually, these became regularly scheduled tours and grew longer to cover more ground. Later that decade, under the leadership of Werner Albek, Antonio's business partner, Globus pioneered the concept of Grand European Touring by offering first-class European tours to North Americans. By 1961, the company launched its Cosmos arm, which featured affordable, value-priced European touring for the cost-conscious British traveler.

The coach tours were so successful that Cosmos soon introduced another form of travel for the British market: air holiday packages to the sunny destinations of southern Europe. By 1968, Cosmos air holidays became so popular the company formed its own airline, Monarch Airlines. Monarch Airlines started out modestly with two used Britannia aircraft and eventually blossomed into one of the most successful European charter companies with a large fleet of modern jets and its own engineering division.

Under the flagship of Sergio Mantegazza, current president and son of Antonio, Globus began expanding its markets beyond Great Britain and North America. Since 1974, travel packages have been sold in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and most recently in Southeast Asia. Starting in the 70s, the company also aggressively expanded its offerings, introducing travelers to more countries than any other tour operator with packages to Africa, South and North America, Europe, the South Pacific and Asia.

Today, the Globus family of brands is marketed and operated by a network of more than 32 independent tourism and aviation businesses, serviced by a group of more than 5,000 professionals worldwide. Combined, Globus, Cosmos, and Monograms carry over 500,000 passengers a year, making the organization the leading operator of guided vacations worldwide. Globus attributes its success to the ideals of founder Antonio Mantegazza. For three generations, his vision, hard work, love for travel, and commitment have guided the company. These values are the cornerstone on which Globus was built and will continue to grow.

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When you travel with Globus you'll simply get MORE! You'll get MORE selection, MORE included features, MORE quality hotels, MORE experience and MORE value. You'll get inside attractions which you'll merely see from the outside with other travel companies. Globus has almost 80 years of experience for you to take advantage of. Vacation Standards 

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What is Escorted Travel?


One of the biggest benefits of escorted travel is the ability to experience a destination without worrying about the details such as transfers, hotels and much more. You will have plenty of free time to explore on your own but you will also benefit from the expert knowledge of our Tour Directors.

And Globus enables you to choose the escorted experience that will suit you best. Do you want a vacation with more planned time or a do you want to enjoy a more independent experience with less "guided" time? There are hundreds of itineraries for you to choose from.

There is also value you receive with an escorted vacation that is difficult or nearly impossible to get with your own planning. Because of Globus' buying power and thanks to nearly 80 years of experience, you will get unmatched values when it comes to your hotels, excursions and even your air price. You will often also have the option of adding even more inclusives to your trip or even adding days to your vacation.

Escorted travel with Globus will allow you to travel with confidence. Globus has offices located all around the globe so you can rest assured during your vacation that you will never be stranded without access to our legendary customer service. The Tour Directors all speak English, besides their native tongue, and often other languages. They are also some of the most experienced in the business, averaging almost 150 vacations each, which also helps avoid confusion or problems for you on a Globus vacation.

You will also have the peace of mind of Globus' $10 million consumer protection plan while you travel domestically or abroad. You can even (for a small fee) be sure that if an emergency came up before your trip you could cancel or reschedule it easily.

The best way to experience the benefits of escorted travel is to choose the Globus vacation that is best for you and then trust Globus to provide you with a superb travel experience.

Trust & Travel Insurance


For generations, Globus has worked hard to provide the best on-trip experiences, world-class customer service, and the best consumer protection plans available in the travel industry.
  • $11 Million of Travel Protection
  • Worldwide Scope
  • Travel Protection
  • Travel Protection Plus
  • Global Travel Community
  • Awards
  • Affiliations

$11 Million of Travel Protection

Globus has provided a $10 million letter of credit* issued by a leading bank to protect payments made by its customers for all 2005 vacation departures sold in the United States. "In these uncertain times, we feel it is important to assure our customers and our travel partners that we are financially secure and that we back our products 100 percent," said Phillip Gordon, chief executive officer and president. This is in addition to the $1 million traveler's assistance program maintained by the United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) in favor of Globus travelers.

*The $10 million letter of credit has been issued by Credit Suisse S.A. in favor of PRO-CLAIM, INC. of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, acting as trustee of a trust for the benefit of Globus and Cosmos customers who advance deposits or payments for any Globus or Cosmos tour departure sold in the United States. PRO-CLAIM INC., as trustee of the trust, is responsible for refunding deposits or payments (excluding deposits or payments made by credit cards, since chargebacks are available), for Globus and Cosmos tours sold in the United States in the event Group Voyagers Inc., d/b/a Globus and Cosmos, becomes insolvent, bankrupt or ceases business.
 

Worldwide Scope

Globus is truly a worldwide operation with 32 offices around the world to assist travelers. Booking Globus vacations is always simple due to a network of over 13,000 knowledgeable travel agencies offering Globus vacations. Globus is also offered by some of the most well known travel consortia, such as Vacation.com.

Travel Protection

You're planning your annual vacation, or the vacation of a lifetime. Either way you don't want to think about canceling or interrupting your trip. Or getting sick. Or losing your luggage. We know these things can happen and we provide travelers peace of mind with a Travel Protection Plan. The plan costs from $79-$249 per person (depending on the vacation destination and price) and offers a wide range of benefits. Ask your travel agent for the details, get the details in your travel documents or follow the link below.

Please note that the Czech Republic now requires a minimum of $35,000 medical and repatriation insurance coverage. Our basic Travel Protection policy has a $25,000 limit, however will be increased to $35,000 while in the Czech Republic in order to meet Czech Republic requirements. There is no additional cost for this extra coverage. If you choose to purchase insurance independently, please know that the you may be required by immigration to produce proof of coverage while traveling in the Czech Republic.

Travel Protection Plus (Cancellation Protection)


If you purchase the Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plan, you may also purchase the optional Globus family of brands Travel Protection Plus Plan at an additional cost of only $30.00 per person. This additional Benefit* (if purchased) allows you to cancel your vacation up to 24 hours (or the prior business day, whichever is farther out) before your scheduled departure for any reason not covered by the basic Travel Protection Plan provisions. Under this Travel Protection Plus Plan Benefit, Globus family of brands will reimburse the cancellation penalty amount, as retained by the Globus family of brands, in travel certificates, minus the insurance premium. Plus, now Travel Protection Plus extends your basic Travel Protection Plan benefits to include coverage of air penalties or change fees on air purchased outside of the Globus family of brands, when canceling for a reason covered by your basic Travel Protection Plan.

*The Travel Protection Plus Plan is provided by Globus family of brands and is not an insurance benefit and must be purchased with the initial payment for your Trip.
ASK YOUR AGENT ABOUT DETAILS.

Globus recognizes the importance of preserving the North American attractions that our travelers go to great lengths to experience, which is why Globus is donating generously to the Tourism Cares for Tomorrow for restoration and preservation of five "American Icons." The donations are going toward specific projects, rather than operational costs.

Awards

For six years in a row, Globus has been selected by Recommend Magazine as the best Tour Operator to Europe, and a top finalist for North America, Asia, Latin America and Africa. The brand was also named in Travel Weekly's 2004 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe and 2005 Reader's Choice Awards as Best Tour Operator - Europe, Best Tour Operator - International and Best Tour Operator - Asia and South Pacific.

SAVE UP TO 45% OFF when purchasing a Globus Tour Program when compared to booking your trip independently. Since 1928, Globus has been a world leader when purchasing bulk rates from every hotel, transportation and attraction featured within these quality touring programs. We also provide a private viewership rate for an even greater savings. Inquire below or call us!

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