Trans Canadian Grandeur

Trans-Canadian Grandeur (Summer 2019)

Duration: 16 days Visiting: Canada

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  1. Day 1

    Vibrant Vancouver.

    Welcome to beautiful Vancouver. From its striking mountains to the bustle of the city’s art and music scene, this British Colombia seaport does not disappoint. On arrival at Vancouver International Airport, you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. At 18:00, join your Travelling Concierge and fellow travellers for a coastal Welcome Dinner with wine at the Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar.

  2. Day 2 - Relaxed Start

    Victoria - Putting the British in British Columbia.

    This morning, experience the best of Vancouver during a sightseeing tour. Later, board your ferry and relax in the exclusive SeaWest Lounge, with striking scenic coastal views all the way to Victoria, British Columbia’s stunning capital city. On arrival, an orientation tour will introduce you to the city's highlights.
    The rest of the day is yours to do as you please until your Highlight Dinner with wine at a Canoe Brewpub, Marina and Restaurant, situated on Victoria's beautiful waterfront.

  3. Day 3

    Exploring Victoria.

    Start the day with a delicious breakfast served at Butchart Gardens' Blue Poppy Restaurant, where you’ll gain access to the world-renowned 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. Why not head to Royal British Columbia Museum or explore downtown Victoria and take a stroll along the beautiful inner harbor?

  4. Day 4

    The Ultimate Resort of Whistler.

    Journey across the Strait of Georgia back to the mainland and continue along the scenic Sea-to-Sky highway. En route to Whistler, stop to view roaring Shannon Falls. If you've enjoyed this years' Winter Olympics, why not learn more in Whistler, the host of the 2010 Winter Olympics? Explore Whistler and learn about its ascendancy onto the world stage. Dine at the AAA rated four-diamond restaurant SIDECUT, featuring a modern take on traditional steakhouse fare. Rest up at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler, a luxurious retreat set against a backdrop of alpine meadows.

  5. Day 5 - Relaxed Start

    First Nations Culture and History.

    In the morning, a First Nations Ambassador welcomes you at the award-winning Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre, showcasing the native peoples’ art, history and culture. Once here, you'll learn about traditional teas important to the region, before taking part 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. Why not take an easy nature walk around Lost Lake or head to Whistler Museum, where you can find out about Whistler's early settlers?

  6. Day 6

    The Napa Valley of the North.

    Travel into the lush Okanagan Valley region. Known for producing some of the best wines in the world, this fertile land holds the majority of vineyard acreage in the province and is home to both boutique vineyards and larger distinguished operations. Savour a delicious dinner with regional wine at your luxury hotel, prepared using fresh, seasonal ingredients from the valley.

  7. Day 7

    Canada's Exquisite National Parks.

    Journey through four of Canada's most breath-taking National Parks – Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Yoho and Banff – with informative talks on the distinguishing highlights of each park. En route, stop at Emerald Lake, one of Canada's most outstanding wilderness settings. Famed for its vibrant colour, this iconic beauty spot offers an idyllic photo opportunity. In the afternoon, enjoy an engaging nature talk at Lake Louise before strolling along the lake. Continue to the iconic Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise for your stay. For your evening meal, choose from one of the resort's four unique dining venues, including contemporary Canadian cuisine at the Fairview or Italian dishes at Lago Italian Kitchen.

  8. Day 8 - Relaxed Start

    The Wilderness of Banff National Park.

    This morning, visit Moraine Lake in the Valley of the Ten Peaks. Explore Banff Your Way and choose to ride the Banff Gondola or visit Whyte Museum. Later, join a private meet-and-greet with a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Policeman. Hear fascinating tales of what it’s like to wear the famous red serge uniform, before having the opportunity to ask questions and have your picture taken with the Mountie. For dinner, choose from a selection of restaurants at your hotel, with each taking pride in sourcing fresh ingredients from local farmers, purveyors and artisans. Get some royal shut eye at The Fairmont Banff Springs, otherwise known as Canada’s ‘Castle in the Rockies’.

  9. Day 9 - Relaxed Start

    Banff Sights At Leisure.

    Enjoy the day at your leisure in this picturesque resort, with your Travelling Concierge available to assist with recommendations. Why not take in Banff’s untamed natural beauty and head back out to the national park to try to catch a glimpse of its famous elk and grizzly bears?

  10. Day 10

    Along the Icefields Parkway.

    Travel along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and witness heart-stirring scenery, before climbing onboard a specially designed Ice Explorer for a guided tour, as you ascend part-way up the Athabasca Glacier. In the evening, enjoy a Celebration Dinner with wine at your hotel before joining your friends this evening around a roaring fire for liqueur and s'mores at your hotel.

  11. Day 11

    The Canadian VIA Rail.

    Bid farewell to your Travelling Concierge as you board VIA Rail's The Canadian with your fellow travellers for a scenic journey to Toronto.

  12. Day 12

    The Canadian VIA Rail.

    Welcome aboard one of the world's greatest rail journeys. Enjoy private accommodation, delicious meals and impeccable service as you continue your journey through this beautiful country. For those looking for additional luxury, a Prestige Upgrade is available.

  13. Day 13

    The Canadian VIA Rail.

    Relish the charms of train travel, as you unwind in comfortable lounges overlooking fleeting landscapes. At breakfast, lunch and dinner, you'll be able to savour the best Canadian cuisine with a selection of three specialities, served on the dining car's elegant china. Lunch and dinner menus include an appetizer, main course, dessert and coffee or tea, all prepared by professional on-board chefs.

  14. Day 14

    Cosmopolitan Toronto.

    Welcome to Toronto, a vibrant city on Lake Ontario, full of fine restaurants, bars and a unique mix of cultures. Once here, you will be greeted and taken to your stylish hotel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure, so be sure to get some recommendations from your Travelling Concierge of where to explore and shop.

  15. Day 15

    Toronto and Niagara Falls.

    Today you’ll discover the highlights of cosmopolitan Toronto, including Queen’s Park and the Parliament Buildings on University Avenue. In the afternoon venture on to spectacular Niagara Falls, a highlight of your trip. View this great natural wonder on a cruise to the base of the falls, where you’ll experience its ethereal charm up-close, before returning to Toronto for a well-deserved relaxed evening.

  16. Day 16

    Depart Toronto.

    After a final breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to your new friends as your journey comes to a close. Transfers will be available to Toronto Pearson International Airport or for those staying on, make your own way to your next destination.

Highlights

 

VIP EXPERIENCES

  • Victoria: Travel through the Strait of Georgia from the comfort of the exclusive SeaWest Lounge.
  • 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.
  • 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.

JOURNEY HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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 Zagat-rated YEW Seafood + Bar, offering fresh and exciting coastal flavours from the best locally sourced ingredients.
  • Whistler: Enjoy a delectable Highlight Dinner with fresh seafood or perfectly grilled steak at Hy's Steakhouse.
  • Kelowna: The Grand Okanagan Resort's reputation for fine food is hard to overlook - join us for a dinner with wine.
  • Lake Louise: Enjoy a unique collection of Banff 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.
  • Jasper: Enjoy a liqueur with friends before roasting s’mores around a bonfire and stargazing.
  • Dining Summary: 15 Breakfasts (B), 2 Lunches (L) and 10 Dinners (D).

LUXURY HOTELS

  • Vancouver: Rising above Pacific Centre, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver offers award-winning relaxed, urban luxury.
  • 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.
  • Jasper: Situated in Jasper National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge wraps around the shores of pristine Lac Beauvert.

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.
  • Enjoy the comfort of 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.
  • At every hotel, you'll be treated to seamless baggage handling, with prompt delivery inside your room.
  • 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 speciality representing the destination.
  • Complimentary, private airport transfers are included on start and end dates and when additional accommodation has been booked through Luxury Gold.

Accommodation

 

Four Seasons Hotel

Vancouver (Contemporary) - Canada

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

Hotel Grand Pacific

Victoria (Traditional) - Canada

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

Four Seasons Resort

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.

Train (Rail) - Canada

The Fairmont Royal York

Toronto (Traditional) - Canada

Guest Reviews & Experiences

Our guests rate us 4.4 out of 5 based on
1026 independent user reviews received during the past year.

  • 01 October, 2018

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    Trip: It’s a well-thought out intinerary.

    Service: Lori Bodkin; tour director, Paul Clinton; tour driver, Wendell; Whistler guide, Bob; the Mountie, were great. They were informative, accommodated everyone idiosyncrasies, never showed annoyance, they were patient, helpful, courteous, polite. In short, respectful at all times. They went out of their way to make everyone comfortable and for all to experience the best that Insight can offer. All hotels were top class, buffet breakfasts were excellent. Choice of restaurants were very good. Lori made sure we had the best time. We were looked after very well indeed! Thank you Lori, Paul, Wendell and Bob.

  • 01 October, 2018

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    Trip: Everything was great for the whole trip. My favorite of all was the Capilano Suspension Bridge and treetop adventure there. If I looked for an exception to the total greatness would be the train. The sleeper cabin was way too small to be comfortable and going down the aisle to shower was inconvenient. The train attendants and food, however, was great!

    Service: Lori Bodkin was extremely fabulous with capital letters and so was Paul our bus driver. Over the top!!

  • 20 August, 2018

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    Trip: A bit long. If we do it again, 10 days tour will be better.

    Service: Nancy is a top rated tour director, Owen is a top rated driver. We were pleased with your service. The disappointment was Chung got very ill, this 17 days of tour we only completed 8 days, we had to rush back to US and checked in the hospital ER. We were wondering is there any credit left in our account?

  • 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.

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