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British Columbia Vineyards Self-Drive

Reference CTS15770
6 nights from
£1159 pp
May - September 2020
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Begin your journey exploring the coastal town of Vancouver and its culinary scene.  Head through the Fraser Valley to the Okanagan region, the fruit and wine area of British Columbia, for a tour showcasing the some of the best and oldest vineyards.  Your adventure will continue along the shoreline to Osoyoos where you will visit 5 more amazing vineyards.  Time to head back to Vancouver after a great few days exploring BC’s wine country.

Return flights from the UK
Car rental
Accommodation for 6 nights
Gastronomic Gastown Tour (minimum age 19)
The Westside Story Tour (minimum age 19)
Wine Tour of the Osoyoos Wine Region with hotel pick-up
ABTA and ATOL protection

Itinerary

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 ambience. The spectacular setting invites you outdoors; explore the restaurants, shopping, galleries and museums, nightlife, entertainment and more.

Eat and drink your way through Vancouver’s #1 foodie district, just like the locals love to do! Indulge in the boozy, foodie, historic neighbourhood with Canadian poutine, Vancouver’s best pizza, wicked desserts, cocktails, craft beer, wine and more! Gastown is Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood, laden with iconic restaurants, quirky pubs, and historic spaces. To uncover the alleyways and doors that hold Gastown’s gems, a Foodie Tour can’t be beat!

Departing Kelowna continues south along Okanagan Lake, keeping 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 fruits 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 Lake.

An amazing trip awaits you today from Osoyoos to Vancouver. 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. Your journey ends upon your arrival into Vancouver.

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