Holiday Itinerary - Canadian Train Odyssey

Day 1: Arrive in Toronto.

Welcome to Toronto! Your Tour Director is on hand late this afternoon to answer any questions.

Day 2: Toronto. Excursion to Niagara Falls 

Leave bustling Toronto and travel along the shores of Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls. Sightseeing here includes the NIAGARA FALLS SIGHTSEEING CRUISE past the world famous falls. Return to Toronto and enjoy a sightseeing tour that includes City Hall, the downtown banking district, Rogers Centre, and stunning CN Tower—more than a third of a mile high. Spend the evening exploring the city sights on your own, or join the optional outing that combines dinner with the spectacular sight of Toronto’s skyline from the CN Tower. 

NOTE: Operation of the Niagara Falls sightseeing cruise is subject to favourable weather and/or river conditions. When unfavourable conditions exist, a walking tour through the scenic tunnels will be substituted.

Day 3: Toronto - VIA Rail The Canadian.

This morning, transfer to Union Station for a departure on the CANADIAN, VIA Rail’s premier trans-continental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland. Your Sleeper Plus class rail cars are refurbished art-deco cars from the 1950s. Domed observation cars let you enjoy views of the Canadian countryside as you roll past Ontario’s landscapes. Chef prepared meals offer a tempting array of soups, salads, main courses, and desserts. (BR,D)

Day 4: VIA Rail The Canadian.

Today, watch the scenery as you whisk by the ever-changing Canadian landscape and travel the full length of the Canadian National Railway’s breathtaking mainline. (B,L,D)

Day 5: VIA Rail The Canadian

The Canadian glides through Winnipeg, before continuing the journey through Manitoba’s prairies and into Saskatchewan. (CB,BR,D) 

Day 6: VIA Rail The Canadian - Jasper National Park.

Arrive in Jasper this morning and enjoy an orientation tour of the townsite. The remainder of your day is free to enjoy the ambiance of this delightful mountain setting. 

Day 7: Jasper National Park.

Consider an optional trip to Maligne Lake for a narrated cruise to much-photographed Spirit Island. On the return journey, stop to view mighty Maligne Canyon. With free time this afternoon, maybe hike on the trails and watch for wildlife, or stroll the streets of Jasper. Perhaps an optional float trip on the Athabasca River to end the day?

Day 8: Jasper National Park - Columbia Icefield - Lake Louise - Banff National Park.

Board your motorcoach this morning and journey through JASPER NATIONAL PARK, stopping along the way at the COLUMBIA ICEFIELD to experience the Ice Explorer, an all-terrain vehicle that travels on ice measuring 750 feet (250 meters) thick. Continue down Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise, where cold waters mirror the surrounding mountains and glaciers. Arrive in BANFF NATIONAL PARK for a leisurely 2-night stay. An orientation tour includes Banff’s unspoiled beauty.

Day 9: Banff National Park.

This morning, consider an optional helicopter ride over the Canadian Rockies. The day is free to independently explore this resort town located within Banff National Park. Stroll Banff Avenue, the main thoroughfare of boutiques and souvenir shops. The surrounding 2,564 square miles of parkland are home to wildlife, including elk and grizzly bear. This evening, your Tour Director will suggest an optional horse-drawn wagon ride along scenic trails followed by a BBQ Steak dinner. 

Day 10: Banff - Yoho National Park - Glacier National Park - Kamloops.

This morning, leave Banff National Park and travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. Travel through YOHO NATIONAL PARK, where pre-Cambrian fossils were discovered, and GLACIER NATIONAL PARK, where recreational mountain climbing was introduced to North America a century ago. Late this afternoon, arrive at the cattle-ranching centre of Kamloops.

Day 11: Kamloops - Ferry Crossing - Victoria.

As you travel through the Coast Mountain Range to its majestic Pacific coastline, the vegetation changes from desert landscape to lush alpine forests. Board your afternoon ferry for the spectacular crossing to Vancouver Island. Sightseeing in Victoria includes the world famous BUTCHART GARDENS, the Inner Harbour, Bastion Square, and Thunderbird Park. This evening, consider strolling along the Waterfront Promenade.

Day 12: Victoria.

Be sure to discover some of the attractions this splendid city has to offer, including the Royal British Columbia Museum, Afternoon Tea at the Empress Hotel, a whale-watching cruise on the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and fine shopping along Government Street.

Day 13: Victoria - Ferry Crossing - Vancouver.

This morning, set sail across the Strait of Georgia and through the spectacular Gulf Islands, an archipelago known for its climate. In Vancouver, city sightseeing includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location.

Day 14: Vancouver.

Today is at leisure for independent sightseeing. Maybe take a water taxi to lively Granville Island with its outdoor markets, street musicians, and waterfront cafés. Or, re-visit historic Gastown with its steam-powered clock, antique shops, art galleries, and street vendors.

Day 15: Vancouver - UK.

Your holiday ends this morning.

Note: Inside visits as shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Departure dates 2020 : Canadian Train Odyssey (16 Days) : 7% discount on all dates

Cosmos brochure price in black from £2545

Travel 55 discount price in red from £2367

Telephone Cosmos on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C

Tour 8960—15 days from Toronto to Vancouver


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July 10, 17, 24, 31


May 29


August 7, 14, 21, 28


June 5, 12, 19, 26


September 4, 11, 18


Prices are per person (double occupancy) based on tour only, excluding flights and transfers. To add flights and overseas transfers to your holiday, please call Cosmos. 

Single Room Supplement is available from £669. Please call for Triple Room Reduction details and prices. Extra nights per person in Toronto: £129 in single room or £75 in twin room. Extra nights per person in Vancouver. Apr Weekdays (Sun–Thu): £145 in single room or £79 in twin room. Apr Weekends (Fri–Sat): £159 in single room or £89 in twin room. May–Oct Weekdays (Sun–Thu): £225 in single room or £119 in twin room. May–Oct Weekends (Fri–Sat): £245 in single room or £129 in twin room. Tour 8965 price is based on inside cabins. Cabin categories offered vary by ship and departure date. For more details, please call our travel specialists. Single supplement from £1369, depending on date and cabin category. Please see Cosmos terms & conditions for further details.  Please check tour details with the operator at time of booking as Cennet Ltd cannot be held responsible for any errors showing on it’s website

Add an Alaska cruise to your holiday - tour 8965 - 22 days from Toronto to Vancouver

Prices from £3589/£3338

Days 1 to 12 Like Tour 8960.

Day 13 Vancouver (embarkation) Embark on your cruise ship (D)

Day 14 Scenic cruising: Inside Passage (B,L,D)

Day 15 Juneau (B,L,D)

Day 16 Skagway (B,L,D)

Day 17 Scenic cruising: Glacier Bay (B,L,D)

Day 18 Ketchikan (B,L,D)

Day 19 Scenic cruising: Inside Passage (B,L,D)

Day 20 Vancouver (disembarkation)

Your cruise ends this morning. Sightseeing in Vancouver, includes STANLEY PARK, Gastown, Chinatown, and many other famous landmarks. The remainder of the day is free to explore Robson Street and experience British Columbia’s premier shopping and entertainment location. (B) 

Day 21 Vancouver Your vacation ends this morning.

NOTES: For details on the ports visited and your cruise ship, refer to page 13. Cruise itineraries are provided by Holland America Line and are up to date at time of printing. Your travel documents will contain the most current information

Cosmos Tours
Canadian Train Odyssey

7% discount - 15 days fully escorted touring holiday

Discount prices start from only £2367

Your tour begins in Toronto and a visit to Niagara Falls. From Toronto you will join the Canadian, VIA Rail’s premier transcontinental train. Spend the next three days and nights on this classic trip across Canada’s heartland.

You will visit Jasper National Park, Columbia Icefield, Lake Louise and Banff National Park. From Banff National Park travel over Kicking Horse Pass on the Continental Divide. 

Take the ferry crossing to Victoria with sightseeing including the famous Butchart Gardens.

This exciting 15 day Canadian Train Odyssey tour comes with a 7% discount saving when you book direct with Cosmos. Call on 0330 8088 351 and quote the Travel 55 code TR55C.

Travel 55 in association with Cosmos. To book call direct on 0330 8088 351 and quote Travel 55 code TR55C you will then receive a 7% discount from the Cosmos brochure price. 

At a glance

Niagara Falls Sightseeing cruise.

Toronto Sightseeing.

Via Rail Journey on VIA Rail’s the Canadian in Sleeper Plus class 

Jasper National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park.

Columbia Icefield Ice Explorer ride on the Columbia Icefield.

Banff National Park Orientation tour; stay overnight inside the park.

Victoria Sightseeing; visit Butchart Gardens.

Vancouver Sightseeing; Stanley Park.

Professional tour director; on Tour 8965—crew member service while cruising on Holland America’s MS Volendam

Transportation: Private bedroom on VIA Rail’s the Canadian®train from Toronto to Jasper in Sleeper Plus class; ferry crossing to/from Vancouver Island, Holland America’s MS Volendam on Tour 8965; private, deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach while touring with free Wi-Fi.

Hotels: Twin-bedded rooms with private bath or shower, hotel taxes, service charges, and tips for baggage handling. Listed hotels or equivalent

Toronto - Chelsea Hotel, Toronto

VIA Rail The Canadian® Train - guests overnight on the train in Sleeper Plus class

Jasper - Lobstick Lodge

Banff National Park - Irwin’s Mountain Inn

Kamloops - Quality Inn Kamloops

Victoria - Royal Scot Hotel and Suites

Vancouver - Sandman Suites 

Alaska cruise extension - Holland America's MS Volendam

Meals: On Tour 8960—1 breakfast (B), 2 continental breakfasts (CB), 3 brunches (BR), 3 dinners (D); on Tour 8965—7 breakfasts (B), 6 lunches (L), 7 dinners (D) 

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When it comes to showing you the best of North America, Cosmos goes the extra mile. In addition to our private, first-class coaches, we use a variety of transportation for an out-of-this-world experience. 

Sweet dreams

After a day of travelling, you want to relax at a comfortable, clean, and attractive hotel, while getting great value for your money. With this in mind, we have hand-picked your hotels throughout North America. Depending on the location, some hotels offer complimentary morning coffee or breakfast.

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At the heart of every great Cosmos tour are the friendly, knowledgeable folks who show you around and help you maximise your free time. We partner with the most professional Tour Directors and Local Guides to give you the richest experience possible.

Sights and sounds

Our packages include guided sightseeing and scenic highlights that reveal the best of North America. Cruise through the spectacular Gulf Islands, gaze across the Grand Canyon, or walk through history in New England. Enjoy inside visits of the must-see sights with knowledgeable Local Guides who bring each destination to life.

Time to relax

No one enjoys a holiday where every second is spent on a schedule. We build free time into every Cosmos holiday, so you can eat, shop, and explore the way you want. Your Tour Director can offer suggestions for things to see and do—or you can join one of our many outstanding optional excursions.


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