Trans-Canadian Grandeur - Luxury Gold

Trans-Canadian Grandeur (Luxury Gold - Summer 2018)

Duration: 17 days Visiting: Canada

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A luxurious blend of transport showcases Canada’s idyllic landscapes, as you embark on one of the most renowned long-distance journeys in the world. From the vibrant city of Vancouver, you’ll set out for the majestic Rocky Mountains before boarding The Canadian for a timeless rail journey through the western prairies and along the lakes of northern Ontario to cosmopolitan Toronto.
  1. Day 1

    Vibrant Vancouver.

    On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge for a Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Vancouver, the Most Livable City.

    Experience the best of Vancouver during your exclusive sightseeing tour. Stop at Granville Island Public Market, and enjoy time to browse. History meets the great outdoors at the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Cross the bridge over the Capilano River and appreciate views from the top of the canyon. The rest of the day is free.

  3. Day 3 - Relaxed Start

    Victoria - Putting the British in British Columbia.

    Board your ferry and relax in the exclusive Seawest Lounge, with scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria. On arrival, an orientation tour introduces you to the city's higlights. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner with wine at a local restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront.

  4. Day 4

    Exploring Victoria.

    Begin the day with breakfast served at Butchart Gardens' Blue Poppy Restaurant. Gain access to the grounds before they are open to the general public. You'll have ample time to explore the acres of stunning floral displays, meandering paths and spectacular views. Learn more about your favourite flora before enjoying the afternoon at leisure in Victoria.

  5. Day 5

    The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.

    Journey back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. Stop to view roaring Shannon Falls, tumbling down the mountain side. On arrival in Whistler, your Local Expert will explain its ascendancy onto the world stage as host of the 2010 Winter Olympics. In the evening, dine at Hy's Steakhouse for a Highlight Dinner with wine and perfectly grilled steak or local seafood.

  6. Day 6 - Relaxed Start

    First Nations Culture and History.

    In the morning, you will be welcomed by a First Nations Ambassador at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing First Nations' art history and culture. Participate in a one-of-a-kind holistic tea workshop, creating your own tea blend from the forest and local flora. The rest of the day is yours to do as you please.

  7. Day 7

    The Napa Valley of the North.

    Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region, known for producing exquisite, world-renowned wines. In the evening, enjoy dinner paired with wine.

  8. Day 8

    Canada's Exquisite National Parks.

    Journey through four of Canada's most breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. In the afternoon, depart for another great icon of the Canadian Rockies, Moraine Lake, before continuing to Lake Louise and the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    The Wilderness of Banff National Park.

    Enjoy an engaging talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Upon arrival, enjoy an orientation tour of Banff and a ride on-board the Banff Gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain. Later, join in a private meet-and-greet with a Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman, wearing the world-famous red serge uniform. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants for your dining pleasure.

  10. Day 10 - Relaxed Start

    Banff Sights At Leisure.

    Enjoy the day at your leisure, with your Travelling Concierge available to assist with recommendations.

  11. Day 11

    Along the Icefields Parkway.

    Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness amazing scenery. Climb on-board a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour as you ascend part-way up the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine at your hotel before joining your friends for stargazing, complete with a roaring fire, liqueur and s'mores.

  12. Day 12

    The Canadian VIA Rail.

    In the morning, embark on a private, narrated cruise on the serene waters of iconic Maligne Lake (seasonal). Stop at Spirit Island, one of the most photographed sites of the Canadian Rockies. Then, join your Travelling Concierge for an informative walk at Maligne Canyon. Gain a unique perspective of the beautiful park as you join a National Park Guide on an afternoon scenic float trip down the Athabasca River. Later, bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge to board VIA Rail's The Canadian.

  13. Day 13

    The Canadian VIA Rail

    Welcome aboard one of the world's greatest rail journeys. While onboard, enjoy private accommodation, delicious meals and impeccable service. Prestige Upgrade available.

  14. Day 14

    Canadian VIA Rail.

    Relish the charms of train travel, as you unwind in comfortable lounges overlooking fleeting landscapes.

  15. Day 15

    Cosmopolitan Toronto.

    On arrival in Toronto, you will be met and taken to your stylish hotel. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

  16. Day 16

    Toronto and Niagara Falls.

    This morning, discover the highlights of cosmopolitan Toronto. In the afternoon, board a cruise to the base of the mighty cascades of Niagara Falls for close views of one of the world's greatest natural wonders.

  17. Day 17

    Depart Toronto.

    Your Canadian journey comes to an end as you are transferred to Toronto Pearson International Airport.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Maligne Lake: This irrigation system mystified early French Canadian fur traders. Find out why as you explore Maligne Canyon and enjoy a scenic cruise on Maligne Lake.
  • Whistler: With your Squamish Lil’wat Ambassador, participate in a tea workshop with a master-blender and create your own unique blend.
  • Banff: Enjoy a private meeting with a Royal Canadian Mountie to learn about the service and hear his personal stories.
  • Victoria: Travel through the Strait of Georgia from the comfort of the exclusive SeaWest Lounge.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Vancouver: Cross the spectacular Capilano Suspension Bridge, 230-foot-high (70 metres), for a squirrel's eye view.
  • Athabasca River: Gain a unique perspective on a scenic float trip down the Athabasca River with a Local Expert.
  • VIA Rail's The Canadian Relax onboard this iconic train with comfortable lounges, spacious seating and cosy sleeper cabins.

EXCEPTIONAL DINING

  • Vancouver: Chef Weimar Gomez traces his culinary roots to Paris, where he honed his skills as commis chef at the three Michelin Star Restaurant, Guy Savoy. Today he leads the team at the Zagatrated YEW Seafood + Bar, offering fresh and exciting coastal flavours from the best locally-sourced ingredients.
  • Jasper: Join your Travelling Concierge for a lively Farewell Celebration Dinner with wine.
  • Whistler: Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner with fresh seafood or perfectly grilled steak at Hy's Steakhouse.
  • Kelowna: Your resort's reputation for fine food is hard to overlook - join us for a dinner with wine.
  • Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of Whistler restaurants during your Dine-Around Evening.
  • Banff: Experience traditional, regional and contemporary à la carte dining at your choice of the Fairmont's fine restaurants.
  • Dining Summary: 16 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 10 Dinners

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Vancouver: Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.
  • Jasper: Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.
  • Victoria: The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbou, close to Victoria’s downtown.
  • Whistler: The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.
  • Kelowna: Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline.
  • Lake Louise: Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Banff: Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies,’ the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.

INCLUSIVE LUXURY GOLD SERVICES

  • You will be escorted by one of our fine Travelling Concierges, handpicked to serve as your expert guide, consummate organiser, and friend overseas.
  • Relax in comfort on Luxury Gold’s air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom, onboard restroom and and complimentary bottled water for you to enjoy while travelling.
  • Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
  • We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
  • Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
  • Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
  • From time to time, your Travelling Concierge will enchant you with a Luxury Gold Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • Included complimentary, private transfers are available on start and end dates, and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Vancouver (Contemporary) - Canada

Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.

Hotel Grand Pacific Victoria

Victoria (Traditional) - Canada

The Grand Pacific Hotel is perched right on the Inner Harbour, close to Victoria’s downtown.

Four Seasons Resort Whistler

Whislter (Contemporary) - Canada

The Four Seasons Resort Whistler is a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.

Grand Okanagan Resort Kelowna

Kelowna (Contemporary) - Canada

Gorgeous Okanagan Lake provides the backdrop for an unforgettable hotel at the Grand Okanagan Resort with views of the lake, the mountains, and the Kelowna city skyline.

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Lake Louise (Heritage) - Canada

Surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, the majestic Victoria Glacier and a glistening emerald lake, the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise hotel is located in Alberta's Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Fairmont Banff Springs

Banff (Heritage) - Canada

Canada’s 'Castle in the Rockies', the Fairmont Banff Springs has been providing legendary hospitality to guests for more than 125 years.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge

Jasper (Traditional) - Canada

Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

VIA Rails The Canadian Sleeper Plus Class

Train (Rail) - Canada

The Fairmont Royal York Toronto

Toronto (Traditional) - Canada

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.5 out of 5 based on
786 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 02 July, 2018

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    Trip: The experience was one we will always remember, staff were helpful, polite, always there if needed. Meals were wonderful.

    Service: My wife and I were thoroughly impressed with our trip. We felt very spoilt and stay in amazing hotels, ate wonderful meals saw breathtaking sighrs. For us a once in a life time experience

  • 23 June, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was outstanding except that the Canadian train arrived 18 hours late in Vancouver, costing us a day of sightseeing and touring in Toronto--a big disappointment. Our train was sidelined many times to allow numerous, lengthy freight trains to pass. As nice as our train was, with excellent meals and service, I would recommend deleting it from future itineraries.

    Service: Our tour director, Karen Frey, was superb (as was our motorcoach driver Owen); the hotels were first class; the itinerary, well planned; the included meals were excellent; the local guides personable and knowledgeable; and the Canadian national parks were magnificent.

  • 28 May, 2018

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    Trip: Magnificent scenery and tour took in all the best sights with excellent included experiences. However too much time was spent, often at lunch, in small towns where we would be left for over an hour with nothing to do except browse gift shops as most of us didn't require lunch, evening meals often being included. Far too much time in Whistler for example - a one hour walking tour one day then a whole afternoon free the next day. We should have spent much more time at beauty spots such as Shannon Falls, Enerald Lake etc. rather than the 10-20 mins allocated. Even at Lake Louise, we arrived in the evening, rushed for dinner and then left at 10.00 am the next day leaving very little time to walk around the Lake. The tour did not really allow for those who wanted to do a bit of walking or more detailed photography in beauty spots rushing us from these to give us free time in built up areas. Included highlights, aside from scenery, included Capillano Suspension Bridge, the Athabasca Glacier, the river raft trip and our optional Bear Photo Safari.

    Service: Absolutely excellent service from Nancy, the tour director for the first part of our trip (Majesty of the Rockies itinerary). Entertaining and enthusiastic as well as efficient! However our experience in arriving in Toronto were quite different. Admittedly the arrangements here were all changed because of our late arrival off the train (1 1/2 days late) but Colette, the tour director here told us repeatedly she was not an Insight employee and didn't know what was going on. She was a very pleasant lady, but seemed very confused. We had to search for her at the station as she didn't stand prominently to meet us. She actually couldn't find her way out of the station to where the mini-bus was waiting and twice had to ask directions. In Niagra there was confusion over where tickets were picked to be picked up for boat trip, she couldn't find restaurant in hotel for our meal and took us to the wrong floor.We all aririved back at mini bus on time but not her and the driver had to go to find her and on the way back to Toronto she put back her seat and fell asleep! Our group felt like we were shepherding her around rather than the other way! Also she knew nothing about our tour of Toronoto bus ticket vouchers and had to ring her 'boss' to ask and there were further issues over how to arrange our final airport transfers. Somehow she didn't explain clearly to hotel concierges and we ended up in the wrong car which was recalled to hotel after journey started and we were transferred to another car. We appreciate that she was employed by another company contracted by Insight and that all arrangements had been last minute, but basically the tour rep in Toronto was very poor! Such a shame after the excellent service on the rest of holiday.

  • 09 October, 2017

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    Trip: Saw great deal of a wonderful, diverse country. Trip was well planned and closely monitored by Nancy

    Service: The Tour Concierge, Nancy, was excellent. She well-informed, thoughtful, thoroughly organized, informative and a perfect representative of her country. The bus driver, Owen, was excellent also. We were all confident in his abilities. I was lead to believe that we were to have flat beds and shower facilities in our train compartment. Not having those amenities detracted from the trip.

  • 09 October, 2017

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    Trip: Fabulous country - great view of Canada's best locations

    Service: Greattrip and fabulous tour guide!

  • 26 September, 2017

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    Trip: Bus tour was perfect. Via rail section was satisfactory but extremely disappointed that train was 10 hours late and since we departed early next day were unable to use the greyline hop on hop off ticket. Didn't see anything of Toronto except railway station.

    Service: Superior in every way.

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