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This epic 25-day train journey takes you from the rugged, mountainous beauty of the Canadian Rockies to the multi-hued valleys of the Grand Canyon, with unforgettable stops in between. Begin in the vibrant Canadian city of Vancouver and from there, journey across Canada on VIA Rail, Canada’s impressive rail system, taking in the beautiful alpine towns of Jasper and Banff before heading east to Toronto and Niagara Falls. Then make your way across the US, from New York City to Los Angeles, with memorable stops in Chicago, Williams, and the iconic the Grand Canyon.

Highlights

  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Vancouver
  • Admission to the Vancouver Lookout
  • Admission to the Jasper Skytram
  • Sightseeing tour of the Icefields Parkway from Jasper
  • Mountains, Lakes & Waterfalls Tour in Banff
  • Admission to the CN Tower in Toronto
  • Sightseeing tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto
  • New York City CityPASS® including:
    • Empire State Building Experience
    • American Museum of Natural History
    • The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    • Top of the Rock Observation Deck OR Guggenheim Museum
    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island OR Sightseeing Cruise
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum OR Intrepid Air and Space Museum
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of New York City
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Chicago
  • Chicago CityPASS® including:
    • Shedd Aquarium (VIP Entry)
    • SkyDeck Chicago (Fast Pass)
    • The Field Museum (VIP Entry)
    • Museum of Science and Industry (VIP Entry) OR 360 Chicago (Express Entry)
    • Adler Planetarium (VIP Entry) OR Art Institute of Chicago (Fast Pass)
  • Roundtrip service in Coach accommodations on the Grand Canyon Railway
  • Sightseeing tour of the Grand Canyon's South Rim
  • Hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour of Los Angeles
  • Sightseeing tour of Stars' Homes in Los Angeles

PACKAGE ALSO INCLUDES:

  • 18 nights' hotel accommodations
  • 4 nights' overnight VIARail® from Vancouver to Jasper and Jasper to Toronto
  • • 3 nights' onboard Amtrak® in Coach from Toronto to New York City, New York City to Chicago, Chicago to Williams, and Williams to Los Angeles onboard the Maple Leaf®, the Lake Shore Limited® and the Southwest Chief®
  • Tour transfer from Banff to Jasper
  • 4 meals included (2 lunches, 1 breakfast, 1 dinner)
Trip Map

Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

DAY 1               VANCOUVER
Welcome to Vancouver! Travel on your own to your hotel and start exploring this nature lover's paradise, where the majestic mountains meet the serene coast. (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 2               VANCOUVER
Today's full day of sightseeing begins with a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour that will take you to all of Vancouver's most popular attractions, including Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island, and more! The tour will feature live commentary, so you will get to learn what makes Vancouver so special. Feel free to hop on and off at any of the stops to explore them at your own leisure. Today also includes admission to the Vancouver Lookout, which towers hundreds of feet over the city. Sweeping 360-degree views of Vancouver await you at the top! (Overnight in Vancouver)

DAY 3               OVERNIGHT ONBOARD VIA RAIL
Spend the morning discovering more of Vancouver before boarding VIA Rail’s Canadian train for your departure to Jasper and the majestic Rocky Mountains. Enjoy the beautiful views and comfortable accommodations while onboard. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail)

DAY 4               JASPER
Wake up on the train to gorgeous views of the Canadian Rockies as you make your way to Jasper. Upon arrival in Jasper, check in at your hotel for an overnight stay and begin discovering the beautiful alpine town. Take the Jasper Skytram for incredible bird’s eye views of the area - the experience of being gently transported into Jasper National Park’s alpine tundra will captivate all ages and is merely the beginning of a truly memorable experience. Jasper Tramway is the longest and highest guided aerial tramway in Canada and the only guided aerial ropeway in the Canadian Rockies. Have your camera ready for some amazing pictures. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 5               JASPER TO BANFF
Depart Jasper for a leisurely drive out to Banff, one of the most scenic towns in the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the wildlife, pristine lakes, and breath-taking mountain peaks along the world-famous Icefields Parkway. Visit the natural wonder of Columbia Icefield, one of the largest expanses of ice and snow south of the Arctic Circle. Step onboard the Ice Explorer for an interpretive adventure of the Athabasca Glacier. Enjoy unobstructed views on a glass-floored observation platform extending out over the Sunwapta Valley at the Glacier Skywalk. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 6              BANFF
Enjoy an immersive tour of the area today that offers glimpses of the natural forces and evolution of land that form the glistening Banff area lakes and streams found in this area of the Canadian Rockies. Some of the incredible sights you will come across include the unforgettable Lake Louise, Victoria Glacier, Moraine Lake and the magnificent Takakkaw Falls, all surrounded by soaring mountain peaks. A picnic lunch at the iconic Chateau Lake Louise is included. Journey across the Great Divide and experience the wonder of Yoho National Park before returning to Banff in the afternoon. (Overnight in Banff) L

DAY 7              BANFF TO JASPER
Enjoy the morning in Banff wandering the local shops and eateries downtown or walking along the Bow River to Bow Falls. This afternoon, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel in Jasper for another overnight stay. (Overnight in Jasper)

DAY 8 - 10       OVERNIGHT ONBOARD VIA RAIL
Travel to the VIA Rail station today and board the Canadian to continue your three-day journey eastbound to Toronto. Unwind on the train in a cozy sleeper cabin and enjoy delicious meals and spectacular scenery onboard. (Overnight onboard VIA Rail)

DAY 11            TORONTO
Arrive in Toronto today and get ready for a full day of sightseeing.  Discover top Toronto sights such as the Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto Harborfront, Eaton Centre and Chinatown, among others.  Use you included admission to the CN Tower to experience sweeping views of Toronto from high above the city. (Overnight in Toronto)

DAY 12            TORONTO > NIAGARA FALLS > TORONTO
This morning, you will be picked up at your hotel for a full day tour to one of the top wonders of the natural world, Niagara Falls.  Highlights will include a meal overlooking the falls, a boat ride getting you up close and personal with the Falls, free time in both Niagara Falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake, and a winery tour and tasting.  After your full day of touring, your bus will drop you back off at your hotel for a relaxing evening. (Overnight in Toronto) 

DAY 13            NEW YORK CITY
Check out of your hotel and board the train this morning for your journey to New York City. Enjoy scenic daytime views as you head into the US. Arrive in New York City later in the evening and check in at your hotel for a three-night stay. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 14            NEW YORK CITY
Discover all of New York City’s top attractions such as the Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, and the 9/11 Memorial and Museum with your New York CityPASS, which includes admission to these and many other popular sights. This is the perfect way to enjoy the “Big Apple”. (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 15            NEW YORK CITY
Discover even more of the city today with your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour! Your onboard guide will point out the city's major landmarks and attractions and give you some history and background on this sprawling metropolis. Visit all the must-see attractions you haven’t experienced yet! (Overnight in New York City)

DAY 16            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Board Amtrak's Lake Shore Limited today for the overnight journey to Chicago. Rest up and relax as the train winds its way west. (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 17            CHICAGO
Breeze into the Windy City this morning and begin to explore Chicago! Upon arrival, check in at your hotel for a two-night stay and set out to discover the city. Use your hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour to take in all the city’s most popular landmarks, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum and much more! (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 18            CHICAGO
Spend the day at your leisure today enjoying Chicago. Take a walk down the Magnificent Mile for world class shopping, dining, and attractions. Enjoy some famous Chicago-style pizza and take in some live music at one of the many jazz or blues clubs in the city. (Overnight in Chicago)

DAY 19            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
Travel on your own to Chicago’s Union Station for your journey on the Southwest Chief to Williams. Along the way, you’ll traverse through some wonderful landscapes mountain and desert landscapes. Relax and enjoy this overnight journey! (Overnight onboard Amtrak)

DAY 20             WILLIAMS
Enjoy the beautiful western scenery right outside the windows of the train as you head towards the Grand Canyon. Take some time to relax in the observation car and take in some of the best views the Amtrak train has to offer. This evening you will arrive in Williams, AZ. The town is a quaint Route 66 community. Relax and rest up this evening after checking in to your hotel. (Overnight in Williams)

DAY 21             GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy your breakfast at the Grand Depot Café and be sure to not miss the morning shootout before boarding the Grand Canyon Railway into the Grand Canyon National Park. Explore the South Rim on your motorcoach tour and take in some of the most spectacular vistas in North America formed over 17 million years ago. Upon arrival at your hotel, check in for a two-night stay. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park) B

DAY 22            GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy today at leisure in the Grand Canyon. Spend your free time enjoying the sights of the Canyon and taking in the fresh air, amazing sights and many photo opportunities in the park. (Overnight in Grand Canyon National Park)

DAY 23            OVERNIGHT ONBOARD AMTRAK
After a good night's sleep, board the Grand Canyon Railway back to Williams. This evening, enjoy your included dinner at the Grand Depot Café. Board your transfer from the hotel to the Amtrak station and then board the Southwest Chief train to Los Angeles. (Overnight onboard Amtrak) D

DAY 24            LOS ANGELES
Arrive in Los Angeles early this morning, travel on your hotel and check in for a two-night stay. Enjoy a guided sightseeing city tour, see the homes of famous movie stars, tour Hollywood, and visit the most popular California beaches, including Santa Monica Beach. At Santa Monica Pier make sure to take a picture at the sign marking the end of Route 66. (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 25            LOS ANGELES
Spend the day exploring more of Hollywood at your leisure. Stop by the Walk of Fame or venture up to Griffith Observatory to view the Hollywood sign. There is so much to do and see in Los Angeles! (Overnight in Los Angeles)

DAY 26            YOUR JOURNEY ENDS IN LOS ANGELES
Check out of your hotel today and continue with your onward travels. If you wish to extend your holiday with additional nights in a particular destination, or if you would like to take this package in reverse, one of our Rail Experts can help with all the arrangements.

Legend for meals: B - Breakfast, BR - Brunch, L - Lunch, D – Dinner

Georgian Court Hotel Vancouver

The Georgian Court Hotel is a 4 star boutique hotel and a member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Situated downtown Vancouver, steps from BC Place Stadium – home of the Vancouver Canucks – Rogers Arena, fashionable Robson Street and many downtown Vancouver’s main tourist attractions.

Fairmont Banff Springs

Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel stands as a landmark in the picturesque alpine town of Banff, Alberta. Canada's "Castle in the Rockies",

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Just a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the Banff Caribou Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, with all the amenities of a first class resort hotel.

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Banff Caribou Lodge & Spa

Just a fifteen-minute walk from downtown, the Banff Caribou Lodge invites you into a world away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday, with all the amenities of a first class resort hotel.

Buffalo Mountain Lodge

Distinct from the majority of Banff hotels, Buffalo Mountain Lodge is situated on Tunnel Mountain – formerly called “Sleeping Buffalo” by the First Nations living in the region.

Banff Ptarmigan Inn

For those who love to play in the great outdoors, there's no better place than Banff, and no better place to call home after a day of adventure than the Banff Ptarmigan Inn.

Elk & Avenue

The Elk + Avenue Hotel is located in downtown Banff with 162 rooms featuring queen and king beds, including lofts and junior suites—fully equipped with all the modern-day amenities.

Fox Hotel & Suites

The Fox Hotel & Suites is located in the scenic Banff National Park. This mountain accommodation offers hotel rooms perfect for the traveler staying for a few days or even a week.

Moose Hotel and Suites

The Banff Lodging Company is proud to announce the opening of a brand new 4 star hotel property for 2016, The Moose Hotel & Suites. The design of the Moose will be Mountain elegance with warm, rich, natural materials. Located a 1 minute walk from the heart of downtown Banff, the Moose Hotel & Suites features 174 air conditioned guests rooms, with a combination of One and Two Bedroom Suites and hotel rooms.

Rimrock Resort Hotel

The Rimrock Resort Hotel is located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies on Sulphur Mountain and Banff National Park. The Rimrock Resort Hotel offers exceptional views of the Canadian Rockies, fine dining, and a luxury spa. With unmatched style, decor and superb hospitality, the Rimrock Resort Hotel is a very special place to visit for a truly remarkable experience.

Chateau Jasper

The newly renovated Chateau Jasper is a cozy hotel with a variety of accommodations and facilities.

Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Surrounded by captivating mountains and sparkling lakes, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge Resort Hotel welcomes you to The True Rocky Mountain Experience. Situated in the magnificent Canadian Rockies in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge resort invites you to experience the unique accommodations and luxury Signature Cabins, sure to invoke memories that will last a lifetime.

Lobstick Lodge

Lobstick Lodge welcomes you to the Canadian Rockies. Recently renovated and conveniently located in the town of Jasper, you will experience a serene atmosphere in a majestic mountain setting.

Marmot Lodge

Marmot Lodge offers 107 guestrooms and suites with exterior entry. Large families and groups will love the convenience of our kitchen suites along with a separate bedroom. All guests have access to our heated indoor pool, sauna, and an indoor and outdoor Jacuzzi.

Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre

Set amidst the breathtaking Canadian Rockies, the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Jasper is a resort style hotel that offers the rustic charm you’d expect in Jasper National Park.

The Crimson Jasper

The Crimson was inspired by true Canadian colours: Jasper's sunsets and fall foliage, our Canadian flag and the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Hampton Inn & Suites Vancouver

For unbeatable Vancouver accommodations in the heart of downtown, drop your bags at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Downtown Vancouver for a hassle-free metropolitan stay-experience. Featuring contemporary accommodations with a stylish downtown vibe, Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton, Downtown Vancouver delivers comfortable rooms and suites with generous amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, mini-kitchen stations and heavenly Cloud Nine beds by Serta®.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel

Those who stay at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel enjoy an innovative fitness center with treadmills and elliptical trainers, as well as a whirlpool and heated indoor swimming pool. All rooms have 32-inch flat screen televisions, free high-speed Internet, fog-free mirrors, plush bathrobes, and the Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed. Rooms are also smoke-free so that those guests that have allergies or sensitivities never have to worry

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

Toronto’s landmark hotel, The Fairmont Royal York has everything you need for a memorable stay in Toronto – opulent surroundings, a knowledgeable Concierge team, fine dining, exercise facilities, plus so much more. We’re conveniently located across from Union Station at 100 Front Street West within the financial and entertainment districts.

Chelsea Hotel Toronto

Canada's largest hotel with 1590 guest rooms, the Chelsea Hotel, Toronto is centrally located and just step's from the city's best shopping, theatres, nightlife and attractions.

Sheraton Centre Toronto

Located in the financial and entertainment districts, the CAA/AAA Four Diamond Sheraton Centre Toronto is connected to PATH, a 16-mile underground network of shops and services. Shopping, theatre, world-class dining and Toronto. Experience utmost comfort and style in an urban setting.

Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza

Located in the center of downtown Chicago’s exciting River North area and minutes from the Loop and Michigan Ave the contemporary Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza offers exceptional views of the Chicago River and the Chicago skyline. Our recent $20 million redesign is apparent in every aspect of the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, from our stunning atrium lobby to our 521 comfortable and contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Palmer House Hilton

Welcome to The Palmer House®: a Hilton Hotel - an iconic, world-class downtown Chicago hotel and gateway to Chicago's rejuvenated Loop scene. A modern Chicago grand hotel, the Palmer House is a lively destination within walking distance of the best attractions the city of Chicago has to offer like Millennium Park, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the theater district. The guest rooms and suites match the hotel's French Baroque styling with metropolitan flair.

Bright Angel Lodge

Bright Angel Lodge, designed in 1935, has a natural, rustic character, and is a Registered National Historic Landmark. Designed by famed architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter (Mary E. J. Colter), it has always been a popular place to stay and the center of South Rim activity. Located just a few feet from the Canyon rim, Bright Angel Lodge is the check-in point for the world famous Grand Canyon Mule Rides.

El Tovar

El Tovar Hotel, the premier lodging facility at the Grand Canyon, opened its doors in 1905 and was most recently renovated in 2005. In the past, the Hotel has hosted such luminaries as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, Western author Zane Grey, and many others. Today, El Tovar retains its elegant charm. Located on the Canyon rim, it features a fine dining room (open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), lounge and curio shop with newsstand.

Grand Canyon Railway

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel is nestled amongst the Ponderosa pine forest in Williams, Arizona - "Gateway to the Grand Canyon." Owned and operated by Grand Canyon Railway, this hotel is one of the finest in the Grand Canyon -Flagstaff - Williams area.

Kachina Lodge

Located directly on the rim of the Grand Canyon, the Kachina Lodge is a great hotel for all guests visiting the South Rim.

Maswik Lodge

Maswik Lodge is a modern facility spread over several acres of ponderosa pine forest, located just 1/4 mile from the Canyon's edge. Maswik Lodge features a cafeteria that is open from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. Here you will also find a sports bar with a wide screen TV, a curio shop stocked with handicrafts and gifts, and a transportation/activities desk.

Thunderbird Lodge

Conveniently located between El Tovar and Bright Angel Lodge, Thunderbird is a contemporary lodge located at the South Rim.

Yavapai Lodge

Yavapai Lodge is Grand Canyon National Park Lodges' largest facility and is surrounded by pinyon and juniper woodlands, about 1/2 mile from the rim. With modern rooms and many services within a few steps, this is a convenient choice for families. Yavapai East rooms feature in-room air conditioning and Yavapai West rooms have vaulted ceilings with ceiling fans. The Lodge is located next to the Market Plaza, which includes a general store, bank, and U.S. Post Office.

The LA Grand Hotel Downtown

When you stay with us, you will find that while you are at the heart of the cultural, finance, and entertainment hub of Los Angeles Downtown, our hotel offers you a serene retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city transforming into your home away from home.

The Stewart Hotel

Staying at the The Stewart Hotel puts New York City at your fingertips. Just steps from Penn Station and most subway lines, it's easy to explore the city's most exciting neighborhoods and attractions; Madison Square Garden, the Empire State Building, and Fifth Avenue shopping. Or kick back and relax in your luxurious room. The comforts of technology await, including flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and wireless Internet.

Holiday Inn New York City Times Square

Located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, Holiday Inn New York City - Times Square is a 35-story high-rise hotel that makes it easy to enjoy New York’s incomparable attractions, restaurants and retail stores.

Marriott Marquis

Surround yourself with the sights and sounds of the city at New York Marriott Marquis. One of the premier hotels in Times Square, our central location gives you easy access to NYC entertainment options and several subway lines to access any part of NYC.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is an upscale moderate hotel that’s just completed a $160 million renovation to its guest rooms and meeting space. The hotel is just steps from the excitement of the Broadway theatres, prestige of Carnegie Hall and world-class shopping of Fifth Avenue - this location is the perfect way to immerse yourself in the best that New York has to offer.

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Disclaimer:

Package prices are per person, double occupancy, tax included. Prices do not include rail from your hometown. Please call for pricing. Package prices are subject to change without notice, and all reservations are based upon availability at the time of booking. Amtrak travel is for Coach accommodations unless otherwise noted. Upgrades to Roomette or Bedroom accommodations on board Amtrak are available. Call for pricing. Other restrictions may apply. Activities referenced in the itinerary during free time are for suggested purposes only and are not included. Seasonal activity (if applicable): During the off-season, some tours may not be available. In this case, a similar tour will be substituted. Passports (if applicable): Passports are required when crossing the Canadian border. Amtrak and Amtrak Vacations are registered service marks of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation.

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