Canada·September 29 - October 5 2024

The Gems of Canada: Vancouver & Romantic Victoria

Vancouver and Victoria offer us the Pacific Ocean, spectacular gardens, cultural diversity and culinary wonders

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Overview

Situated amidst the striking juxtaposition of mountains and ocean, Vancouver and Victoria beckon outdoor enthusiasts, culinary aficionados, and urban explorers alike. These two cities, each with its unique charm, offer a captivating fusion of natural wonders and cultural diversity, making them must-visit destinations in Canada. Vancouver, framed by its scenic surroundings, seamlessly balances the buzz of city life with the breathtaking landscapes of the west coast. Whether you're drawn to the dynamic urban energy or the dramatic outdoor vistas, Vancouver has something for everyone. Vancouver's foodie scene is a diverse and vibrant tapestry of culinary experiences. From fresh seafood to global flavors, the city offers a wide array of incredible options. Explore farm-to-table eateries, savor Asian fusion delights, or enjoy markets serving up delicious bites. With a focus on local, sustainable ingredients, Vancouver's restaurants are a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a taste of the Pacific Northwest. Victoria named THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD in 2023 by Conde Nast Traveller. A charming gem just a ferry ride away, adds to the allure of this coastal experience. With its historic architecture, vibrant gardens, and British-inspired charm, Victoria offers a unique contrast to Vancouver's urban landscape Must-visit spots in Vancouver include the iconic Stanley Park, Granville Island Public Market, and diverse neighborhoods like the West End, Gastown, Yaletown, and Chinatown. In Victoria, explore the enchanting Butchart Gardens, the historic Inner Harbor, and the quaint streets of Old Town. Embark on a dual adventure in Vancouver and Victoria, where each city unveils a tapestry of experiences that will leave you enchanted.

Highlights

Take a gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain

Take a gondola ride up to Grouse Mountain

Walk across the longest suspension bridge in the world

Walk across the longest suspension bridge in the world

Participate in a whale watching adventure

Participate in a whale watching adventure

Visit the famous Butchart Gardens

Visit the famous Butchart Gardens

Treated like a Queen at High Tea

Treated like a Queen at High Tea

Visit the iconic Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria

Visit the iconic Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria

Itinerary

Here's a day-by-day itinerary of the trip

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Vancouver

Day 1: Sunday September 29, 2024

As you touch down at Vancouver International Airport, the beginning of your adventure unfolds seamlessly. Grab a taxi at the taxi stand, ensuring a hassle-free journey that takes just under half an hour.

Arrive in the heart of downtown Vancouver, where L'Hermitage Hotel  awaits to welcome you. Check-in and take a moment to relax and settle into the luxurious surroundings.

Later in the day, around 4 pm, we'll gather for an immersive walking tour of Vancouver's jewel – Stanley Park. Explore the lush landscapes, old-growth forests, and scenic waterfront that make this park a true urban oasis. As the sun begins to set, we'll embark on a journey that intertwines nature and city life.

Following our exploration, indulge in a culinary delight as we head to dinner at the hotel's restaurant L' Orangerie. Here, the vibrant flavors of Vancouver will complement the camaraderie of our group, creating a perfect ending to your first day in this captivating city.

Anticipate a day filled with discovery, relaxation, and the beginning of lifelong memories.

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Dinner

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Vancouver

Day 2: Monday September 30, 2024

Start your day on a delightful note with a light breakfast at the hotel before embarking on an adventure on The Prince of Whales whale-watching Cruise through the enchanting Gulf and San Juan Islands in search of magnificent Orcas, majestic humpback whales, and a myriad of marine wonders, including sea lions, porpoises, and perhaps a sighting of a bald eagle or two.

In the afternoon, our journey takes us to Granville Island, where we'll rendezvous with our private Vancouver Foodie Tour guide. Get ready to explore the region through the lens of your taste buds. Indulge in exceptional bites that showcase the diverse culinary delights of Vancouver.

After a flavorsome afternoon, we'll return to the hotel for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. Whether you fancy unwinding at the spa, cycling through the picturesque Stanley Park, or indulging in some retail therapy on Robson Street – the choice is yours.

Dinner tonight awaits at Anh and Chi, an award-winning Michelin Bib Gourmand Vietnamese restaurant. Indulge in a gastronomic journey that promises to be the perfect ending to a day filled with adventure. 

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Breakfast

Food Tour

Dinner

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Vancouver

Day 3: Tuesday, October 1, 2024

Wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated after a restful night's sleep. Begin your day with a leisurely breakfast at the hotel's restaurant, setting the stage for an exciting day of exploration. 

In the mid-morning, gather in the hotel lobby as we embark on an adventure to Vancouver's North Shore, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Our first stop is the renowned Capilano Suspension Bridge, an exhilarating outdoor experience that has captivated guests since 1889. Before reaching the bridge, we'll visit the Capilano Salmon Hatchery to delve into the fascinating world of Vancouver's iconic fish. 

Prepare for breathtaking views as we ascend to the peak of Grouse Mountain via the scenic Skyride Gondola. Lunch awaits at Altitudes Bistro, providing a casual yet scenic dining experience. 

Surrounded by stunning natural scenery, explore endless hiking trails and witness the impressive Lumberjack shows. The highlight of the day includes observing Grinder and Coola, the resident grizzly bears, in their natural habitat. 

After an exciting day of adventure we will return to the hotel for some rest and relaxation. Cap off the day with a delightful dinner of your choosing, as tonight's dining experience is on your own terms.

Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Not Included

Dinner

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Victoria

Day 4: Wednesday, October 2, 2024

Today marks the beginning of our journey to the charming city of Victoria. Let the day unfold with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, setting the perfect tone for the adventures that lie ahead. After savoring a morning feast, we'll bid farewell to our current abode and make our way to the ferry terminal for a scenic ride over to Vancouver Island.

Picture this: Lunch aboard the ferry, surrounded by breathtaking views as we sail towards our destination. The hour-long ferry ride promises not just a journey but an experience, creating the perfect prelude to the wonders awaiting us.

Upon reaching Vancouver Island, our home for the next three nights will be the charming Abagail's Inn. Abagail's combines old world charm and romantic luxury. Prepare to be enchanted by its timeless elegance and regal ambiance. Take a moment to refresh and rejuvenate.

As the day unfolds, we'll reconvene for a Harbor front walking tour, immersing ourselves in the rich history and scenic beauty that Victoria has to offer. The evening will end with dinner at Fathom a casual eatery with West Coast inspired bistro fare.

Get ready for a day filled with discovery, scenic beauty, and culinary delights as we embark on our Victoria adventure.

Included

All meals

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Victoria

Day 5: Thursday, October 3, 2024

Our day begins with a sumptuous breakfast, setting the stage for a day filled with enchanting experiences. Let the ambiance of this beautiful setting enhance your morning as we indulge in a delightful culinary affair.

Post-breakfast, our journey takes us to the exquisite Butchart Gardens, Butchart Gardens, a world famous 55 acre display garden was created by Jennie Butchart in 1909. Imagine the skill and creative spirit that transformed a limestone quarry into a National Historic Site of Canada. Colors, scents, and artistry will awaken all of your senses as we tour this magnificent garden. Pause midway at the original Butchart family residence for Afternoon Tea at the Dining room. Savor a selection of delectable treats and aromatic teas in the elegant surroundings creating a moment of pure indulgence.

Following our Afternoon Tea, let’s spend a little more time strolling though the Gardens and then back to the hotel to unwind and relax. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the charming neighborhood or a moment of tranquility in your room, take the time to embrace the serenity.

As the day gracefully transitions into the evening, we will reconvene for a delicious dinner at Finn's Seafood & Chops. Let the evening unfold with culinary delights in the company of newfound friends, creating memories that will linger long after the night concludes.

Prepare for a day where luxury, natural beauty, and culinary excellence seamlessly converge.

Included

All meals

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Victoria

Day 6: Friday, October 4, 2024

After a hearty breakfast, embark on a Majestic Victoria Day Tour that promises a day filled with enchanting exploration. Our first destination is the awe-inspiring Craigdarroch Castle, a majestic testament to Victorian architecture and historical significance.

Traversing the charming Inner Harbor comes next, offering leisurely strolls along the waterfront. Take in the iconic sights along the way. Immerse yourself in the rich history of British Columbia at the Royal BC Museum before embarking on a picturesque drive through Victoria's oldest residential neighborhood, James Bay.

The lively ambiance of Fisherman’s Wharf awaits as the next enchanting stop, with its colorful houseboats and local eateries beckoning exploration. Seek tranquility in Beacon Hill Park's lush greenery before delving into the vibrant culture of Canada's oldest Chinatown.

As our scenic drives unveil historic streets and coastal beauty, a carefully arranged lunch break allows you to savor the finest culinary offerings. 

After a wonderful day, we will head back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation before our final farewell dinner together at Cafe Brio, an Italian inspired rustic west coast restaurant, being a Victoria favorite for over 25 years. 

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Victoria - Vancouver

Day 7: Saturday, October 5, 2024

It's bittersweet to announce our incredible trip is ending. Following a delightful breakfast, our next adventure awaits as we board the ferry back to Vancouver. If you are flying home tonight please make sure you have  booked an evening flight.

Rest assured, transportation to the airport is easily accessible at the Vancouver ferry terminal. Taxis will be readily available to ensure a smooth journey.

The bonds formed during our exploration promise to evolve into lasting friendships, adding an extra layer of significance to the journey we will have shared.

You'll Be Staying Here

L'Hermitage Hotel

L'Hermitage Hotel

L’Hermitage Hotel Vancouver is a luxury boutique hotel located on the corner of Robson and Richards Streets in the very heart of Vancouver’s shopping and business district. 

Abagail's

Abagail's

Abigail's Hotel is quietly situated on the edge of the bustling downtown core and is three short blocks from Victoria's inner Harbor, within walking distance of all the major downtown attractions and restaurants.

Hosts

Kathy Machnik

Kathy Machnik

While Montréal is where Kathy calls home, she views the world as her oyster. Kathy is a former commercial and private flight attendant who revels in the adventure of travel and the opportunity to immerse herself in diverse cultures.  Whether with her husband and three daughters, with a group of girlfriends or by herself, she delights in discovering hidden gems off the beaten path. Whenever possible, her feisty rescue dog Frankie tags along!  A lover of all things food and wine, Kathy is also an avid tennis player, yogi, Ayurvedic enthusiast and gardener who is passionate about wellness and art.  She loves to entertain, put together a beautiful meal and gather with family and friends to celebrate all the good things life has to offer. 

 

Erika Mortell-Mason

Erika Mortell-Mason

Erika is originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, born and raised. While she now lives in Honduras, she still has a deep love and passion for Vancouver. Erika loves to travel, loves the outdoors, loves food and loves exploring new cultures. Erika, as you may know, is also the concierge for Girls Guide to the World. 

Price

Private Room

Private Room

Everyone gets their own fabulous room

FROM$6,695

Add Ons

Arrive one day early in Vancouver

Arrive one day early in Vancouver

Includes one night early and breakfast at L'Hermitage Hotel

PRICE$530.00

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Mountain air and ocean breeze

British Columbia, Canada


Vancouver and Victoria are two prominent cities in the province of British Columbia, Canada, known for their stunning natural beauty, diverse cultures, and vibrant communities. 

British Columbia, Canada

What's Included

What's Included

All meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary

All activities stated in the itinerary

Two glasses of beer or wine with dinner

Accommodations at a unique, 4-star or better hotel

Round trip ferry tickets

Expert guides, entrance fees, and trip leaders

A small group experience

All in country transport as indicated in the itinerary

Airport transfers to and from the airport

Spa treatments

Travel or medical insurance (required)

Personal souvenirs or other purchases

FAQs

You should fly into Vancouver's International Airport. 

The trip officially starts on the afternoon of September 29th but consider arriving a day early so you have time to relax before the trip starts. If you do decide to arrive early, please let us know and we will take care of your booking and make sure that you stay in the same room as you will be in when the trip starts. 

At the end of September and early October, temperatures typically range from 50 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and may drop to around 46 to 57 degrees Fahrenheit in the evening.  

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The Gems of Canada: Vancouver & Romantic Victoria

Canada· September 29 - October 5 2024· 6 nights

FROM$6,695/pp