Vancouver City Break
Holiday Reference: 16507
Hugged by white snow-capped mountain peaks and surrounded by the peaceful waters of the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island is a universally agreed "must-see" destination. A trip to this coastal city will allow you to experience the best of both worlds; a modern city with its finger on the pulse in the midst of some of nature’s most spectacular scenery.
No matter what your taste, Vancouver’s cuisine will excite all of your senses. The reputation of the city’s culinary scene is world-renowned, and the multi-cultural options on offer seem never-ending. From fresh seafood to local produce, Vancouver’s chefs only use the very best, and ‘farm-to-table’ dining is more of a lifestyle than an evening meal. Pair your meal with acclaimed wines from lush Okanagan Valley and sample local delights at craft breweries – we promise you will be delighted by it all.
Departure dates available throughout 2018 & 2019 - call for details!
Upon arrival into Vancouver, transfer (included) to your overnight hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight: Vancouver
Today your tour begins with an introduction to downtown including Canada Place, and Robson Street. Wind through historic and modern architectural wonders en route to Stanley Park, a 1,000-acre natural oasis, surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. View the First Nations Totem Poles, and gaze upon rainforest and shoreline scenery on the way through the park. Get the camera ready for a photo stop at Prospect Point, with a great view of Lions Gate Bridge. Continue to the English Bay beach area, followed by the eclectic Granville Island Market. Top off this adventure with a glass elevator ride 169 metres above the streets, at the Vancouver Lookout, for views of the ocean, the Coastal Mountains, the city and rugged shoreline. This tour is a great introduction to the scenic and historic highlights of Vancouver.
Discover 5 of Vancouver’s award-winning restaurants and food shops on a food tasting and educational walking tour. Guests sample gourmet food paired with wines and beers, meet award-winning chefs and food artisans and learn about Vancouver’s food trends, gourmet events, culture and architecture. Guests also receive a Vancouver Gourmet Guide with special discounts.
Some of the treats featured on this gastronomic adventure include the best dim sum in Vancouver at Kirin Chinese Restaurant; salmon sashimi on crispy rice, mini burgers; and North America’s best gelato from world-famous Bella Gelateria. Guests will taste award-winning cheese, chocolate and wine at Vancouver’s gourmet specialty grocer and stroll along the city’s gourmet restaurant street and trendy shopping neighborhood.
View the spectacular British Columbia coastline by land and ship, followed by a stop at Butchart Gardens en route to the British inspired city of Victoria. Board a BC Ferries vessel at Tsawwassen terminal for a 90-minute sail through the serene beauty of the Gulf Islands. Marine wildlife sightings from the outdoor ship decks are common, especially eagles, sea lions and whales. Arrive on Vancouver Island and continue to the Butchart Gardens. The city of Victoria boasts many impressive architectural wonders, including the iconic Parliament Buildings and the Fairmont Empress Hotel. Visit the unique shops and cafes of Government
Street and Chinatown. Stroll along the Inner Harbour for prime ocean views, and enjoy some free time to take in the city. Return on the bus to Vancouver by ferry to conclude this diverse tour.
Today is free to relax or explore more of the city. Take a stroll along the seawall to Stanley Park and visit the aquarium, or walk some of the trails. Or simply people watch as you sip a coffee.
Your tour today is all about adventure, as you take in the natural wonders surrounding Vancouver. Begin with a traverse through the green urban oasis of Stanley Park, and across the historic Lion’s Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s North Shore. At Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, stand above an old growth cedar forest and the Capilano River. Experience the awe of natural surroundings, view First Nations Artwork, and feel the rush of adrenaline at the Cliffwalk attraction. The Treetops Adventure walk showcases the beauty and diversity of the Capilano coastal rainforest. Continue to the Capilano River Hatchery, a project dedicated to several species of BC salmon and trout. Learn about the life cycle of salmon, with opportunity to view hatching and juvenile fish before they are released into a nearby river. Spectacular Grouse Mountain is next, offering up ever changing views as the Skyride ascends to the peak. Explore the wildlife refuge, awesome chainsaw carvings and learn about the local wildlife at the Theatre in the Sky. Be amazed and enchanted by the forests and mountains surrounding Vancouver on this memorable tour.
Check out of your Vancouver hotel and transfer (included) to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK