British Columbia Valley Vineyards Circle Tour
Start and end your trip in vibrant Vancouver where you can experience one of the most diverse and multi-cultural cities in the world. One day three you will collect your hire car and set off on your journey into British Columbia. Stay and sample the wineries and stunning scenery that this part of Canada has in abundance.
Available from May - September 2017. Flights available from your local airport. Why not extend your stay pre or post tour or add an Alaska Cruise. Call our specialists today!
Upon arrival into Vancouver transfer (own cost) to your hotel. The day is yours to discover the coastal city of Vancouver. Canada’s third-largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a multi-cultural ambiance. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more. Overnight : Vancouver
Pick up your hire car and depart Vancouver this morning travelling through the fertile Fraser Valley to the Thompson Okanagan Region, the fruit and wine centre of British Columbia. Travel along the Coquihalla Highway, which crosses some of the most dramatic scenery in the region. You will also pass through the rugged cattle ranching country of the Merritt area. At Merritt continue your day travelling along the Coquihalla Connector, Highway 97C to Kelowna. On arrival, visit one of the many wineries in the Kelowna area or perhaps start with a visit to the Wine Museum (admission by donation). This specialty museum offers exhibits, programs and special events that highlight the history of B.C.’s wine industry. The knowledgeable staff can assist you with the selection of wines from over fifty BC Wineries. Overnight : Kelowna
Leave the city behind and take a relaxing tour into the countryside where we combine the best of the Lake, the Valley and the Vines (included). You’ll experience the wineries we call hidden treasures and sample a selection of the Okanagan’s finest wines. Featured wineries will include four of the following: Sumac Ridge, Thornhaven, Dirty Laundry, Greata Ranch, Hijas Bonitas and Rollingdale. This tour includes: tastings at a minimum of four wineries plus hotel pick-up and drop-off. Overnight: Kelowna
Departing Kelowna continue south along Okanagan Lake, keep watch for the legendary “Ogopogo” as you travel the scenic shoreline. During today’s travels you may wish to stop at one of the many roadside fruit stands that dot the highway as well as visit some of the famous vineyards, as you are now in the “Valley of Vineyards”. Continue south along Highway 97 to the community of Osoyoos, the most southern town in the region located just minutes from the Canada/USA border. Known as Canada’s only “Pocket Desert”, it boasts the warmest average temperature in the country and sits on the shores of Canada’s “warmest freshwater lake”, Osoyoos. Overnight: Osoyoos
Today enjoy a hop on / hop off winery tour of the Oliver wineries along the Black Sage bench and the Golden Mile where you choose the wineries you would like to stop at. Wineries will include: Adega on 45th, Black Hills, Burrowing Owl Vineyards, Cassini Cellars, Castoro de Oro Estate Winery, Church & State Wines, Desert Hills Estate Winery, Gehringer Brothers Estate Winery, Hester Creek Estate Winery, La Stella, Maverick, Mooncurser, Nk’Mip Cellars, Oliver Twist Winery, Road 13 Vineyards, Silver Sage Winery, Stoneboat Vineyards, Tinhorn Creek Vineyard Overnight: Osoyoos
An amazing trip awaits you today, travel via the Okanagan Connector to the Coquihalla Highway. Along the way stop at any of the roadside stalls offering cherries, apples, apricots, pears, peaches, grapes and plums for sale during the long summer days. Turning onto the Coquihalla Highway climb to an elevation of 1244 metres where over 10 metres of snow can fall in an average winter. You will witness incredible feats of engineering as you travel through the Great Bear snow shed, crossing the Dry Gulch Bridge (over 280 metres long and 175 metres high). Begin descending from the summit pass through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from bright sunlight on the high rock faces to misty coastal cedars and tall firs in half an hour. Approaching the Pacific Coast, the canyon opens into the broad, fertile Fraser Valley. Overnight : Vancouver
Your journey through British Columbia ends today upon check out of your hotel.