Tour Info

Tours, tours, tours and more tours!

If you want to go as a group or an individual, Rail Travel Tours has you covered!  We have also recently added Rail + Coach Tours for maximum flexibility to see some areas of this great country that are no longer serviced by passenger rail service. Additionally, we can arrange and book custom tours just for you - give us a call!

GROUP

Group Tours are full, planned-out tours including excursions, restaurants and hotels. Join our Tour Managers and fellow guests on Group Tours to some of the most interesting places in Canada. Our Tour Manager will take care of all the details while you relax and watch the incredible scenery go by. Group Tours include train travel, hotels, transfers, excursions and most meals. Some days there is built in free-time for you to explore a destination, or try a unique restaurant in an out-of-the way place.

INDEPENDENT

Independent Packages are a great option if you don't want to have a Tour Manager onboard helping with the small details.  We plan out the trip for you and provide a lot of useful information, tips, excursion ideas and even restaurants we have enjoyed in the past. While there is an itinerary to follow, when you are overnighting in cities and towns, you are on your own to explore the sights as they fit your tastes and interests.

RAIL+MOTOR COACH

Rail+Motor Coach Tours are new for Rail Travel Tours. These are tours that combine both Rail and Highway Coach travel to ensure a fun and safe experience for all our guests. With some trains not running on the days we need, we resort to comfortable and modern Highway Coaches to transport our guests for a portion of the tour.  That said, we will always have a rail component to every tour we create and provide.

For each of the tours, you will see additional tags that identify the Season the tour takes place - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, or 4 Seasons and the Accessibility of the tour:

Easy
Easy accessibility open to all. Designed with everyone in mind, no matter their mobility. Minimal amount of walking with some stairs to climb.
Moderate
A little more challenging compared to easy tours. Moderate amount of walking, some stairs to climb, climbing in and out of large spaces.
Challenging
Mobility and Accessibility will be challenged on these tours. May include walking, many steps and some climbing up, in and around the attractions and side-tours. At times longer periods of walking, climbing and stairs. Getting in and out of boats, buggies or other forms of transportation as part of attractions.

Train Sleeping Accommodations

The sleeping accommodations while on board are varied, and offer the right mix of relaxation and privacy to your trip. There is nothing like falling asleep to the gentle motion of the train as we travel through the Canadian landscape. All sleeping accommodations have access to a shower on the train and access to the Park car with it's bullet lounge and scenic dome. (Subject to equipment being used)

Berth (Section)

The Berth is the most economical way to have sleeping accommodations on the train. While there is less privacy than a cabin, you still get a great night's sleep and have access to all the sleeping cars and park car on the train. The washroom facilities are shared with this type of accommodation.

The Berth (aka Section) is your daytime relaxing area, and at night converts into your sleeping quarters. There is an upper and a lower section - the upper requiring a ladder to get into the bed.
The Via crew will setup and take down the beds - all you have to do is relax.
Berth during the day. Relax and watch the scenery go by.

Cabin for One (Roomette)

The Cabin for One is excellent for the individual or friends travelling who may want their own privacy and includes an in-cabin sink and toilet. There are upper and lower Roomettes that either have a pull down bed (upper) or a pull out bed (lower) - but you need not worry as the Via attendant is always available to assist in setting up your bed for the night.

During the day watch the world go by, relax, read, play a game on your phone - all in the comfort of your private roomette.
Perfect privacy and room for a restful night.
Just the right amount of space for privacy and relaxation.

Cabin for Two (Bedroom)

The Cabin for Two is an excellent way to watch the world go by during the day, and then have a restful sleep at night. The bunk-style beds are set up and taken down by your Via attendant. To get to the top bunk, a ladder is utilized. There is a separate bathroom for each bedroom with a sink and toilet, just off of the room and with a separate door. During the day comfortable chairs are set up so you can watch the unfolding scenery go by. The Via attendant will discuss with you when you want your room converted for sleeping, or you can ask for it to be converted at any time while on the train.

During the day the beds are put away and you can relax on comfortable chairs.  The best part is the Via attendant takes care of everything for you!
The Via crew will set up and take down the beds - all you have to do is relax.
Diagram showing your day/night space along with your private sink and toilet in it's own bathroom.

Cabin for Three (Drawing Room)

If you are travelling with more people, or would like extra room to relax, then the Cabin for Three is the way to go. There is a longer couch and a single chair to accommodate up to three people in this room. The beds are setup and taken down by your Via attendant. There is a separate bathroom for each bedroom with a sink and toilet, just off of the room and with a separate door. During the day a comfortable couch and chair is setup so you can watch the unfolding scenery go by. The Via attendant will discuss with you when you want your room converted for sleeping, or you can ask for it to be converted at any time while on the train.

Plenty of room for all three of you to relax and watch the landscapes unfold. Your own private sink and toilet adds to your comfort.
The Via crew will setup and take down the beds - all you have to do is relax.
With three beds are more room - everyone is comfortable!

What our Customers Have to say!

"A very different interesting trip, excellent information on all things rail related. Outstanding organization and careful attention to detail, very accommodating!"
Margaret & Al Pickering
"Exceeded our expectations! We will book on another tour sometime in the future."
John Galilee
"Well planned tour...a true holiday adventure."
Nancy Hunter
"Have more-save me a space!"
Marie Gauthier
"Will recommend to Friends"
Gord Wyllie
"Loved the fact that there was some surprises - we could not predict what would happen Daryl and Ken you were super!!!"
Jan Gauthier
"Beyond our expectations!! The Whole trip was fun, educational… a total diversion from daily life. We saw elephants to elk in abundance. Ken's talents as a tour leader are noteworthy. His calm, professional manner, supplemented with humor and an ability to adapt to or re-arrange the schedule to meet our special needs was obvious to all…Hope to do this again soon."
Sandy & Harvey Walker
"A TON OF FUN, Had a great time and every one, staff and passengers were TOPS"
Bernice Bacon
"I really enjoyed everything we did and the "Skeena" was a relaxing no rush trip-great scenery, staff & passengers became like family at the end of the trip." " Enjoyed the whale watching trip…caught a glimpse of grizzly bear, saw a deer swim across the water in front of the boat, saw some large seals on rocks and lots of Bald Eagles lined up."
Mr. & Mrs. R. Stobart
"VIA staff were friendly and courteous" "In general this tour was good value and we are glad we came"
Mr. & Mrs. G Newton
"Much better than expected, excellent value"
Jerry Cluthe
"Really appreciated the Budd car and the view. Thanks for a lovely trip"
Anne Tirpack
"Educational and fun"
Allan Crossley
"Great Canadian Trip! Everyone should try it! Go see for your self!"
Shirley Crossley
"So Enjoyable – Such a good experience (quite historical) deeply appreciated a fine experience – Thank You."
Carl Hultin

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