Vancouver and Canada's Coastal Mountains with Okanagan Wineries Self-Drive
- Whistler Peak2peak Gondola Ride
- Food & Wine Tour of Gastown
- Admission to Hat Creek Ranch
After enjoying your day and evening in Vancouver you will head along the scenic Sea-to-Sy highway to Whistler. Take advantage of all the activities available in this charming alpine resort before heading out for your delicious dinner. Your next evening will be spent in the resort town of Sun Peaks before spending a couple of days in Kelowna, testing the quality of their wine! All good things must come to an end, time to meander back to Vancouver.
Upon arrival in Vancouver transfer (not included) to your downtown hotel. The remainder of your day is at leisure to explore Vancouver on your own. Canada’s third-largest metropolitan centre, Vancouver is a busy port city with a thriving multi-cultural ambience. The city is located in a spectacular setting with the Coast Mountains across Burrard Inlet to the north, and the waters of the Strait of Georgia to the west. Restaurants, shopping, nightlife, a mild climate and a cosmopolitan atmosphere make Vancouver a favourite tourist destination.
This morning depart Vancouver along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls and the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs. Arrive into Whistler by early afternoon.
This charming alpine resort is nestled between world-renowned Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains. Enjoy an extensive range of summer activities from golf on one of the 4 championship designer golf courses, water activities on any of the 5 lakes or numerous rivers, to mountain top dining or just relax and enjoy some of the many fine café’s and restaurants in this European inspired alpine village. Experience the beauty of Whistler Blackcomb’s alpine environment via the Peak.
Adventure on Whistler Mountain. Take the Peak 2 Peak Gondola to Whistler Mountain’s sub-alpine and then rise to over 7,000 feet via Whistler’s premier open chairlift. At the top of the Peak Chair, guests will be treated to unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes, snow-capped peaks and more. Gondola dates of operation: May-Sep, Summer dates are subject to change due to factors such as weather and snowpack if gondola is not operating a refund will be issued.
In the evening join the Finer Things Dinner Tour, featuring 4 delicious courses at four award-winning Whistler restaurants: Bearfoot Bistro, Hy’s Steakhouse, Quattro, Rocky Mountain Chocolate and FireRock Lounge. Included is a visit to an impressive 15,000-bottle wine cellar where guests learn to sabre champagne. If you are looking to treat yourself to Whistler’s best fine dining, this is the tour for you.
Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail, and onto Cache Creek where you stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek (included). From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation in the resort town of Sun Peaks.
Today, a full day tour will show you around some of the best and oldest vineyards in the Okanagan. You will be picked-up at your hotel this morning and visit a minimum of 5 wineries. Each winery has its own personality and wines that they specialize in. You will visit Mission Hill Estate Winery, which is the flagship of this region and never fails to impress – wine tasting is included. Next is Mt. Boucherie Family Estate Winery, a family-owned and operated winery that is home to many award-winning wines. Your tour continues with a lunch at the Old Vines Restaurant at Quails Gate, which was recently named one of the Top 100 Restaurants in Canada by OpenTable. More wineries will be explored in the afternoon before going back to Kelowna. This tour includes: minimum five wineries, gift card for lunch, all tasting fees, picnic platter of gourmet cheeses and crackers.
An amazing trip awaits you today, from Kelowna 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 self-drive ends upon arrival into Vancouver.