Featuring three rail experiences across Canada on board VIA Rail
• Halifax: 2 nights near the wharf with local sightseeing to include the city’s Citadel and Peggy’s Cove
• Montreál: an overnight stay with a city tour with lunch in Old Montreál
• Toronto: a city tour with dinner from high atop famous CN Tower
• Experience VIA Rail’s best service and scenery with accommodations aboard the Ocean from Halifax to Montreál, the Corridor from Montreál to Toronto and the world-famous Canadian from Toronto to Vancouver
• Stunning scenery: from the dramatic eastern coast, the lakes of Ontario, the wide-open spaces of the Prairie Provinces and the dramatic Canadian Rockies
• Roundtrip airfare to Halifax/from Vancouver
This vacation requires a valid passport!
Meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers at the airport. Get the long travel day out of the way early with your flights to Halifax, Nova Scotia, arriving in the late evening. Westin Hotel – 2 nights
Halifax is truly one of Canada’s most amazing cities. Nestled on the Atlantic Coast, you’ll see for yourself during an early afternoon tour following an included lunch. Visit the waterfront, historic downtown, and pause at well-known Citadel National Historic Site. (FB,L)
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Explore Peggy’s Cove, a quaint fishing village and one of the most photographed communities in the world, before meeting your first train, VIA Rail’s Ocean. The service and hospitality of Easterly Class begins from the moment you step on board with an included lunch. Couples will enjoy private sleeping quarters, which feature upper/lower berths while single travelers will occupy a roomette, a smaller accommodation. Overnight on board The Ocean (FB,L,D)
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Bienvenue à Montréal! A morning tour highlights the old and new of this beautiful metropolis, including the Basilica of Notre Dame and a visit to Vieux Montreál (Old Montreál) with an opportunity to do a little shopping. After lunch, the afternoon and evening are yours to explore this walkable city or simply relax at your hotel, a former Canadian Pacific hotel built by the famous railroad and recently closed for one year for a complete top to bottom renovation. Located atop the rail station, you can’t find a better location for your travels! Fairmont Queen Elizabeth (FB,L)
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Strolling back down to the train station, begin your next rail experience aboard VIA Rail’s Corridor train, traveling from Montréal to Toronto. Arrive in Toronto in the early afternoon and in time to enjoy a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum. Discover Canada’s premier collection of art and artifacts during a private tour. Dinner tonight is a “tall order,” served high above the city at the CN Tower. Spend some time exploring the tower’s observation deck, with its infamous glass floor, and then make the short drive back to the train station to meet your final train, VIA Rail’s Train #1, The Canadian, scheduled for a 10pm departure. Your sleeping car attendant will have your cabin ready for you. On board The Canadian – 4 nights (D)
Your final days in Canada will be spent surrounded by the spectacular scenery of the western and central provinces as you pass through the lakes and rivers of Ontario, the prairies of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, and the tall mountain peaks of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia en route to Vancouver. While on board the train, you will enjoy VIA Rail’s famed Silver and Blue Service. All meals are included on board in the Dining Car and you will have access to the Park Car, with its sightseeing dome, and the Bullet Lounge. VIA Rail’s on board service staff will be on hand during every mile of the journey to prepare your room and assist with meal reservations. (3FB,3L,3D)
Your long journey from coast to coast across Canada comes to an end today with a morning arrival in Vancouver. A quick visit to Stanley Park and Canada Place precede time for lunch and shopping for those last minute Canadian Treasures at Granville Market. Your return flight home arrives in the early evening. (FB)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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