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Experience BC - Wineries & Walks

11 nights from £1,489 per person Including Flights - available 2018 & 2019

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Overview

This itinerary balances the joys of wine tasting and “Farm to Fork” cuisine, with walking off all these indulgences by hiking through stunning countryside, up mountains and around lakes. Enjoy the great outdoors at your own pace, choosing hiking trails according to your energy and mood, in the city, through Provincial Parks, along the shores of sparkling lakes or along mountain paths. Visit the vibrant coastal city of Vancouver, the mountain resorts of Whistler and Sun Peaks and Kelowna – the heart of Canada’s favourite wine region. This is a suggested flydrive itinerary which we will be happy to tailor to your interests, timescales and budget.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a Foodie walking tour in Vancouver, sampling the best of the regional and global cuisine available in this lovely city
  • Hike through the alpine meadows of Sun Peaks, through gorgeous displays of wildflowers Spend time in Canada’s number one wine region, the Okanagan Valley, enjoying both the lovely lakes and the wonderful wineries
  • Experience the wide variety of hiking trails in, around and above Whistler, with spectacular mountain vistas, pristine forests and glistening lakes - check out our suggestions here Hiking Trails in Whistler


Itinerary Overview

Fly into Vancouver stay 3 nights – Whistler 3 nights – Sun Peaks 2 nights – Kelowna 3 nights – Return flight from Vancouver

Details

Day 1

Fly to Vancouver

Fly to Vancouver and check in to your hotel for three nights.

Overnight: Georgian Court

Days 2 & 3

Vancouver

You have two full days in Vancouver and there are some great foodie tours that we can recommend. Gastronomic Gastown is a three hour walking tour, but with the emphasis on the food, you’ll actually be walking for less than a mile in total. Gastown is known as the “historic” neighbourhood of Vancouver, crammed with characterful bars and restaurants. You will sample all sorts of regional specialities, paired up with craft beer and interesting wines. We also love the Food Truck Tour, which is two hours of six different tastings. You’ll meet the chefs and the food artisans as you sample fantastic food from around the world.
But for a foodie staying in Vancouver, Granville Island really is a must-visit. Explore the various shops and stalls offering fresh, local, seasonal produce. Either visit independently or book a tour to help you savour a real taste of British Columbia.There are some great walks through Vancouver and our favourite is from Canada Place to Stanley Park along the seawall. As you walk you’ll see all the activity of the wide open harbour with its beautiful mountain back drop, such as floatplanes taking off and landing and vessels of all shapes and sizes from small sail boats to giant cruise ships, as well as the marina filled with swanky cruisers. When you reach the park, you can choose to visit the aquarium or enjoy a guided trolley ride through the park.

Overnight: Georgian Court

Day 4

Vancouver – Whistler (75 miles)

This morning pick up your hire car and head out of the city. Before you leave the city limits you might want to visit the Capilano River Regional Park for a stroll along the pretty trails to the Capilano Suspension Bridge. 230 feet above the river. You could try out the Treetops Adventure, consisting of seven suspension bridges taking you into the heart of the forest. Continue along the Sea to Sky Highway with beautiful vistas of the coast and mountains. Another great stop about an hour out Vancouver is the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish. Take the 10 minute gondola ride up to 885 metres to enjoy the sweeping views of the Howe Sound and surrounding mountains. Once at the top you can either just enjoy the views from the viewing platforms, or take one of the easy trails through the coastal forest. Then continue into the mountains to the lovely year-round resort of Whistler.

Overnight: Aava Whistler Hotel

Days 5 & 6

Whistler

Whistler is a superb base for some fabulous hikes, with superb alpine hikes with stunning views on both mountains – Whistler and Blackcomb – accessible from the Peak to Peak Gondola. Or enjoy walks through the valley, with wonderful trails through the forests and alongside the lakes, taking in such sights as Brandywine Falls and Garibaldi Lake. All the trails are well marked and guides are easy to download. As well as the great outdoors, you can also enjoy a wonderful culinary experience in this congenial mountain resort. There are a couple of foodie tours we can book for you, such as the Whistler Finer Tings walking tour takes you through four courses in four different restaurants including visiting an impressive 15,000 bottle wine cellar.

Overnight: Aava Whistler Hotel

Day 7

Whistler – Sun Peaks (221 miles)

This morning get back onto Highway 99 through the valley along the Fraser River before picking up Highway 1 running alongside Kamloops Lake, then upwards into the mountains and Sun Peaks Resort. You can break the journey by stopping in the tiny community of Lilloeet, where you could enjoy lunch at the Fort Berens Estate Winery, enjoy a stroll along the two bridges trail and even have a swim in Seton Lake. Then continue onto Sun Peaks and check into your hotel. You might want to time your itinerary so that you are in Sun Peaks over a weekend, as through the summer they have some great events and live music.

Overnight: Nancy Greene's Cahility Hotel

Day 8

Sun Peaks

Beautiful walking trails await you in Sun Peaks – the Wonderful Wildflowers loop takes you through the stunning colours of the alpine wildflower meadows, or the Tod Lake Adventure will take you through thick forests to the serene beauty of Tod Lake. We could also book a guided walking tour for you, including a ride up the Sunburst chairlift for a spectacular alpine hike.

Overnight: Nancy Greene's Cahility Hotel

Day 9

Sun Peaks – Kelowna, Okanagan Valley (138 miles)

It’s back down to the valley today, and in particular the Okanagan Valley, widely regarded as one of the best wine making regions in Canada due largely to the sunny climate. Stretch your legs with a walk through Myra Canyon Park or Waterfront Park along the banks of impressive Lake Okanagan. There’s a massive range of restaurants to choose from for your dinner tonight, from cosy bistros to smart wine bars and including cuisines such as Farm to Fork, Asian, European and traditional Canadian.

Overnight: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

Days 10 & 11

Kelowna

No stay in this region would be complete without a trip to a winery. There’s a particular tour we recommend taking in an eclectic mix of wineries and most importantly including transportation! The Okanagan Valley is very much the playground for Canadians, who come here to enjoy the sunshine, the food and activities on the lakes.

Overnight: Delta Grand Okanagan Resort

Day 12

Kelowna – Vancouver (243 miles)

Today it’s time to head back to Vancouver. You can either drive straight to the airport and fly home, or have another day or two in Vancouver.
 

  • International flights to Vancouver
  • Fully comprehensive car hire
  • Personalised printed roadbook
  • 11 nights accommodation as detailed above on a room only basis (or similar)

What’s not included

Activities and excursions – we can book these for you, here is a selection, with approximate prices per person:

  • Vancouver - Granville Island Market Tour (2 hours) £65 including lots of food tastings
  • Vancouver - Gastronomic Gastown Tour (3 hours) £120 including lots of food tastings
  • Vancouver - World’s Best Food Truck Tour (2 hours) £65 including lots of food tastings!
  • Vancouver – Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park Admission £38
  • Squamish – Sea to Sky Gondola Admission £34
  • Sun Peaks – Guided Hiking £22
  • Kelowna – Winery Experience Tasters Tour (4 hours) £87

The weather information shown below refers to the first stop on the tour, call us and speak to one of our travel experts for the most up-to-date forecasts and weather details for your tour.

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