Vancouver and Canada's Coastal Mountains with Okanagan Wineries Self-Drive
Holiday Ref: 16508
There is nothing like embarking on a truly magical Canadian tour where you can experience the best of this amazing country. Your car hire is included allowing you to hit the open road - the most amazing way to see Canada in a way that will rival any other method of transport. This tour allows you to see the very best of the vastly different destinations of Vancouver and Whistler allowing you to truly enjoy the different experiences they both offer.
Based on May 2019 - other dates available May – October 2019 - call for details!
Upon arrival in Vancouver transfer (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 ambiance. 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 favorite tourist destination. Overnight : Vancouver
This morning collect your hire car anddepart 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. Overnight : 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 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. Overnight : Whistler
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 Ranch (included). From here travel a short distance to your overnight accommodation in the resort town of Sun Peaks. Overnight: Sun Peaks
The highway follows the North Thompson River into the dry interior grasslands and the city of Kamloops. At this point the highway begins the long descent into the hot, dry interior, initially through ‘cattle country’ then down into the orchard country of the Okanagan Valley. Set on the shores of Lake Okanagan, over 90 kilometres long, Kelowna has become a large lakeside resort, with long, hot summers. 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. 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, gourmet vineyard or lake side lunch,and a full tour of one of the wineries plus hotel pick-up and drop-off. Overnight : Kelowna
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 whereover 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
Venture beyond the Steam Clock and experience the authentic Gastown. Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood is laden with iconic restaurants, legendary drinking establishments, and passionate people. Take Gastown like a local as we weave through the cobblestone maze of past and present, tasting and discovering something unique inside every door. Inside an old tack shop, indulge in a classic Neopolitan-style pizza - officially VPN certified and winner of “Vancouver’s Best Pizzeria.” Through restaurant-filled alleyways, we reveal a modern tea shop with storied roots and one-of-a-kind high tea service. At the original site of Vancouver, we pay tribute to the father of Gastown in fitting fashion - with comfort food and cheerful pairings!
Your tour route is filled with picturesque points, but you’ll certainly want your camera close by for our sweet ending. These plated desserts are out-of-this-world in taste and presentation!
Your flexible city tour offers up the highlights of downtown Vancouver, including major attractions, and scenic points of interest with live commentary. Choose to Hop-Off at any of the 20 plus stops, and Hop-On again to continue the tour. Highlights of the route include English Bay, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the Entertainment District.
Today your adventure comes to an end when you check out of your Vancouver hotel and transfer (included) to Vancouver Airport for your flight back to the UK