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Bowen Island Float plane

Tastes of Vancouver & Victoria

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,605 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Combine the culinary delights of Vancouver and Victoria with the excitement of whale watching

Highlights

  • Take in the sights of Vancouver including Robson Street, Stanley Park Granville Island and historic Gastown
  • Go in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales and other marine wildlife
  • Enjoy a unique walking tour of downtown Victoria combining history and modern food
  • Escape by seaplane from downtown Vancouver to tranquil Bowen Island for a memorable seaside dinner
  • Join a luncheon cruise to Indian Arm and the Silver Falls

In Brief

  • 2 Nights Vancouver
  • 2 Nights Victoria
  • 3 Nights Vancouver

About

Recommended for:
City | Natural world | Wildlife

Spend time in Vancouver and Victoria with time to explore the cities and combine with some true gastronomic experiences, as well as experiencing downtown Vancouver and travelling out to Bowen Island by floatplane.

Day by day itinerary

Days 1-2
UK to Vancouver

Start your trip in style with VIP and complimentary access to the airport lounge  before boarding your day flight to Vancouver. On arrival we recommend joining the Skytrain which takes you to the heart of Vancouver in just 25 minutes. Check in to your hotel on Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront. Enjoy your panoramic vistas before perhaps indulging, sampling one of Vancouver’s excellent Japanese and Chinese eateries, or some fresh fish on the seafront promenade.

Stay: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (Superior) 

Day 3
Vancouver to Victoria

Depart Vancouver this morning on a driver guided coach tour to Victoria. Cruise across the Georgia Strait through the beautiful Gulf Islands with BC Ferries.Arriving on Vancouver Island, tour to Butchart Gardens and stop to enjoy these magnificent gardens. Tour scenic Ocean Drive, Uplands, Oak Bay, University of Victoria as well as a Victoria City Tour before being taken to your choice of hotel. 

Stay: Inn at Laurel Point (Superior) 

Day 4
Morning Whale Watch tour

Today take to the water, your coastal excursion is an exhilarating round trip of 50 to 80 kilometres in search of Orcas, minke whales, grey whales, porpoises, harbour seals and other marine wildlife. Aboard a 14-metre ocean cruiser or a custom-built Zodiac boat that offers high speed with extraordinary stability giving you an exhilarating, safe and intimate whale watching experience, commentary is provided by a Marine biologist. On return to Victoria your time is free to explore this very British design city.

Stay: Inn at Laurel Point (Superior) 

Day 5
Victoria to Vancouver

This unique walking tour of downtown Victoria combines a history lesson with modern food. You’ll explore Victoria Public Market, Chinatown, and the emerging Design District while stopping modern local businesses. Start the tour at the historic Hudson Bay Building, now the home of the bustling Victoria Public Market. Here you’ll get a tour of the market that includes a coffee from a local roaster, a savoury hand pie from Victoria Pie Co. and a unique version of poutine, a traditional Canadian dish from Sutra. This is the only place outside of Vancouver that you can experience food designed by Vikram Vij, one of the most famous chefs in Canada. Then head to Chinatown and visit the Chinese Public School built in 1909 and devour steamed Bao buns from a local business. After exploring Dragon Alley you’ll head towards the emerging Design District, stop at two new modern culinary stops including a delicious sandwich from Salt & Pepper Fox and a local craft beer from iconic Philip’s Brewery. Swing back along historic Store street to explore and taste your way through Fan Tan Alley, Market Square and end on a sweet note next to the new and modern Johnson Street Bridge. A great tour to sample modern local cuisine whilst getting the history and stories of one the oldest neighbourhoods in Victoria, departing late afternoon to return to Vancouver.

Stay: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (Superior) 

Meals: L

Day 6
Vancouver and Bowen Island

Enjoy free time in the city today before heading to downtown Vancouver's vibrant Coal Harbour to escape by seaplane to tranquil Bowen Island for a memorable seaside dinner in the early evening, at Snug Cove, Bowen Island. Enjoy an included casual meal at Doc Morgan’s restaurant where the Doc's crowded chowder and a Pesto wild sockeye salmon burger are local favourites. Enjoy ocean views before boarding the ferry from Snug Cove to Horseshoe Bay and be met by your included transfer, then experience the city lights as you return to downtown Vancouver.

Stay: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (Superior) 

Meals: D

Day 7
Vancouver and Indian Arm Luncheon Cruise

Enjoy a morning at leisure before joining the M.V Harbour Princess from the Harbour Cruises dock in Coal Harbour, enjoy a luncheon cruise which travels through Vancouver’s inner harbour, the Burrard Inlet, and then north into the spectacular setting of Indian Arm. Nestled within the Coast Mountain range, the area was once heavily glaciated, leaving behind a spectacular landscape featuring lush green forests protecting this inlet from the open ocean. Enjoy a wonderful catered lunch as you cruise by the panoramic vistas, the pristine Silver Falls, large waterfront homes, privately owned islands, wildlife and more. Return to downtown Vancouver in the late afternoon

Stay: Pinnacle Vancouver Harbourfront Hotel (Superior) 

Meals: L

Day 8
Vancouver to UK

A final morning in Vancouver and the chance to explore before boarding the Skytrain to Vancouver airport for your overnight flight back to the UK, arriving on day nine.

Meals: B

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

8-day tailor-made holiday from £1,605 pp incl. flights

Superior

Low Season

from £1,605 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £2,385 pp. incl. flights

Includes

  • Complimentary UK airport executive lounge access
  • Return flights between UK and Vancouver
  • 5 nights accommodation in Vancouver
  • 4 hr sightseeing tour of Vancouver*
  • Admission tickets to the Vancouver Lookout tower*
  • 5 hr guided tour to Victoria including ferry crossing, visit to Butchart gardens and Victoria City tour
  • 2 nights accommodation in Victoria
  • Victoria History, food and markets tour
  • 3 hr Whale watching excursion by zodiac from Victoria
  • Transfer from Victoria to Vancouver
  • Evening dinner and floatplane excursion to Bowen Island
  • Luncheon cruise from Coal Harbour to Indian Arm 

*on days that the Vancouver and Vancouver lookout tour do not operate, the tour will be replaced by a 5 hour Vancouver and Capillano Suspension Bridge tour

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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