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Coastal Mountain Culinary and Wine Tour

Reference CTS15777
9 nights from
£1429 pp
May - September 2020
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All the highlights of British Columbia all covered in one experience including some wonderful food and wine.  Start your tasting adventure in Vancouver before your visit to Osoyoos.  A centre for gold mining in the 1800s, it is now a region laden with orchards and vineyards, so a winery tour is a must.  Next off to Kelowna where you will do a full-day tour around more amazing vineyards.  The time now to relax a absorb the scenery at Sun Peaks and the alpine resort town of Whistler.  A dinner tour including some of Whistler’s top restaurants caps off your incredible journey.  Last stop Vancouver.

Return flights from the UK
Car rental
Accommodation for 9 nights
Gastronomic Gastown Tour (minimum age 19 years)
Wine Tour of the Osoyoos Wine Region with hotel pick-up
The West Side Story Tour (minimum age is 19 years)
Admission to Historic Hat Creek
Peak to Peak Gondola Ride
Finer Things Dinner Tour (minimum age 19 years)
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!

An amazing trip awaits you today, from Vancouver to Osoyoos. Leaving the Pacific Coast, the canyon opens into the broad fertile Fraser Valley. From Hope, climb the Crowsnest Highway making your way through the forest-clad Cascade Mountains. Ranching country surrounds Princeton, a town situated at the junction of the Tulamen and Similkameen rivers. A centre for gold mining in the 1800s, it is surrounded by ghost towns and abandoned mines. Further on is Hedley, a charming community that has gone from boom to bust since the gold bonanza of 1898. Keremeous is blessed with fertile soil, a mild sunny climate and an efficient irrigation system; the areas orchards, ranches and vineyards have British Columbia’s longest growing season. Osoyoos, on the lake of the same name, is said to be Canada’s warmest fresh water body of water. Once an arid landscape, irrigation has transformed the Osoyoos region into fruit-laden orchards and vineyards.

Today enjoy a winery tour of the Osoyoos and Oliver regions and visit wineries along the Black Sage bench and the Golden Mile. This tour will include 5 of the following wineries: Adega on 45th, 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. Gourmet lunch is included.

Departing Osoyoos, make your way north along Highway 97, tracing the wine road passing through Summerland, Peachland, Westbank. Continue north past Penticton, which is Salish for ‘a place to live forever’. With 2000 hours of sunshine a year, the climate nurtures bountiful vineyards, orchards and fruit fields. Finish in Kelowna.

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 at around 10am 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 of five wineries, a gift card for lunch, all tasting fees, picnic platter of gourmet cheeses and crackers.

This morning depart the Okanagan Valley From Kelowna and travel north on Highway 97 to the hot, dry interior and British Columbia’s “cattle country”. Pass through Kamloops, located on the shores of the Thompson River and made famous during the height of the fur trading days between 1795 and mid 1800’s. Continue north from Kamloops to your overnight destination, the alpine resort of Sun Peaks.

Begin the day travelling along Logan Lake route to the Gold Rush Town of Cache Creek, where you stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek (included), which literally takes you back to the days of the Gold Rush. Continue the journey south to Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail and ‘Mile Zero’ of the Old Caribou Wagon Road during the Gold Rush Years. Now the area is home to the largest Canadian producers of the medicinal plant, Ginseng. Departing Lillooet travel the Duffey Lake Road to Whistler.

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 cafés 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.

Depart Whistler at your own leisure along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Vancouver. 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 in Vancouver and proceed to your selected hotel.