Experience the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver, the quaint scene at Victoria and the coastal, relaxed feel of Courtenay in the beautiful, tranquil surroundings of the Comox valley - one of the most scenic corners of the world... Consistently ranked one of the most liveable cities in the world, based on its warm climate, beautiful scenery and modern infrastructure, Vancouver is a gem on the Pacific Ocean just waiting to be explored. Explore Whistler & the beautiful landscape with your private expert guide before you board on a seaplane ride over to Victoria on Vancouver Island - the most northern Mediterranean climate in the world. The capital city of Victoria is "more English than England", with high tea, proper dress, lavish public gardens and pomp and circumstance where you will be transported to a bygone era. Enjoy a whale watching tour to see some of the amazing marine life that live in these waters and spend some time wandering through the picturesque centre of town.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with a professional guide who will meet you in the International Reception Lobby (IRL) located outside of customs.
You will be provided with a pre-departure package which will include all necessary information that you will need for your trip including materials such as vouchers, maps, train tickets (if relevant) etc.
Consider taking a cruise along the harbour, a day trip to Victoria on Vancouver Island, an adventure filled day whale watching, a panoramic flight, or a day trip to Whistler crossing over the Capilano Suspension Bridge and forest canopy walkway. All of these options are available on a private or shared basis. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if any of these interest you.
At the hub of this international centre of commerce, culture and natural beauty is the cosmopolitan Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver (4*), rising above the Pacific centre's 100 fine shops and featuring the award winning YEW restaurant and bar. The hotel has recently undergone an extensive renovation and reflects the comfortable, elegant style of this quietly sophisticated urban centre with 373 classic, residential guest rooms, including 66 suites, all featuring large windows overlooking the city's stunning scenery and landmarks. The high level of service that you would expect at a Four Season's property is in evidence and the extensive facilities include an indoor-outdoor pool, state of the art gym and garden.
Enjoy a half day (6 hrs) private tour discovering the outskirts of Vancouver in North Shore where you will get into stunning nature in the area of Grouse Mountain. After being picked up at your hotel, you will cross Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, see Cleveland Dam and Capilano Reservoir, the source of Vancouver’s drinking water, get to experience Grouse Mountain Skyride where you rise to a viewpoint of 1200 metres (3,700 feet) above the city in an enclosed gondola. At different times of the year there are special exhibitions on such as a lumberjack show, grizzly bears at the Refuge for Endangered Wildlife, theatre presentations, sleigh rides, ice skating, and a great view (admission included). Then brace yourself for the Capilano Suspension Bridge and Park (admission included). Cross the world’s longest suspension foot bridge and experience the new “Treetops Adventure” forest canopy walkway. Then enjoy the atmosphere at Lonsdale Quay - a market for shopping, with crafts, as well as seafood etc. At the end of the tour you will be brought back to your hotel.
Enjoy a full day (12 hr) private tour to discover the great mountain village of Whistler and Shannon Falls. After being picked up at your hotel, travel along the majestic Howe Sound via the spectacular Sea-to-Sky Highway. There will be a brief stop at Horseshoe Bay, B.C. ferries terminal before continuing onwards. Then view the picture perfect Shannon Falls - At over 1,000 feet it is one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada. At Squamish there will be some time at leisure for you to have a coffee at leisure (not included). Upon arrival at Whistler, enjoy some time shopping in the village or take the gondola lift to the top of Whistler or Blackcomb mountains. (Olympic ski mountains!!) (time permitting and additional cost). On the return trip we'll visit the West Coast Railway Heritage Park. (additional cost) before dropping you off at your hotel at days end.
Enjoy the short transfer from Vancouver to Victoria by seaplane.
Travel back in time to the 1800's when Robert Dunsmuir built the historic Craigdarroch Castle. A fine example of superb Victorian architecture. Enhance your Grand City Drive with a stop at this significant Canadian heritage treasure with outstanding examples of Victorian furniture and artifacts.
The Fairmont Empress rises regally on the banks of Victoria's Inner Harbour and represents the center of British Columbia's Capital City. The Resort has been completely restored to her turn-of-the-century beauty and displays the grandeur of a bygone era, her facilities and services meet the needs of today's traveler. The Fairmont Empress features 477 luxuriously appointed guest rooms and suites, with magnificent views of the city, courtyard or spectacular Inner Harbor. No stay at The Empress would be complete without a visit to one of the magnificent Victoria restaurants in this historic hotel. Whether you partake in the coveted English ritual of Afternoon Tea, savor the famous curry buffet in The Bengal Lounge or sample award-winning food and wine in The Empress Room. For a full-body massage or a full-body workout, their luxury hotel in Victoria has a fully-equipped gym and indoor heated pool and whirlpool area.
Enjoy an exhilarating shared three hour whale watching tour on board a fast speed zodiac. Zodiacs or "Rigid Hull Inflatable" are world known for their excellent design and safety. Before boarding, you will be fitted with a Coast Guard approved neck to ankle "cruiser suit". These suits provide comfort, safety and protection from the elements and are worn over your street clothing. The 12 passenger Zodiacs are powered with twin engines and are equipped with high tech safety equipment, as well as Hydrophones (our onboard acoustic system to hear beneath the vessel). After having been assisted onboard your 28 foot vessel, you will be offered gloves, goggles and sunscreen should weather conditions require. After a safety briefing and questions/ comments with your Shipper, off you go! Orcas (or Killer Whales) are commonly seen in the local waters off Victoria in April, May, June, July, August and September, and there is over 97% probability of seeing Orcas in the summer months. Other marine life you may encounter are Humpback Whales, Grey Whales, Minke Whales, Dall’s Porpoise and Harbour Porpoise! Bald Eagles soar above the seas and Sea Birds fly close to the water looking for food. You may have an opportunity, if the conditions are right, to listen to the Orcas in the area with the onboard hydrophones which pick up the actual sounds (such as clicks and whistles) that the Orcas make when they are socializing. This is sure to be an exciting and fun excursion!
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
Enjoy a float plane from Victoria to Vancouver.
Enjoy a private transfer in a luxury vehicle with professional driver.
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