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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS:

Butchart Gardens; Victoria City Tour; Chemainus Murals; Meares Island; Big Tree Trail; Hot Springs Cove; Horne Lake Caves Provincial Park; Wildlife Tour

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Dates & Prices

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Prices are in US Dollars (USD), before taxes (see note below, if applicable) - All pricing reflects twin-sharing, per-person pricing for the TOUR AND INTERNAL FLIGHTS ONLY; however, we can book flights from your home airport to join the tour for an added cost. Contact us for a no obligation quote.


Start DateEnd DatePriceMore Info
Sun 17 Jun 2018Sat 23 Jun 2018 $2695 USD
Mon 10 Sep 2018Sun 16 Sep 2018 $2695 USD

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the tour price, single supplement (if chosen), and extras nights (if any) and is not included in tour price.

Optional Single Supplement: $640 USD (number of singles limited).


Tour Overview


Regions visited: North America
Countries visited: Canada


Full Itinerary

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Day 1 Arrive in Victoria, BC
Victoria, located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island is the gateway to Vancouver Island’s rugged coastlines, quaint towns and vast, untouched wilderness.

First settled in 1843 and named after Queen Victoria of England, Victoria was once the capital city of British North America, and is now the capital city of the province of British Columbia. This old British city has transitioned in to a beautiful modern city, young at heart and home to a thriving foodie and art culture. Meet your fellow travelers tonight at a Welcome Dinner!

Overnight: Coast Victoria

Included Meal(s): Dinner

Day 2 Victoria: City Tour - Butchart Gardens - Nanaimo
This morning we enjoy a sightseeing tour of Victoria and uncover the history of this old British city while showcasing it transition to the modern city it is today. We explore Oak Bay, the harbourfront, Beacon Hill and Chinatown, the second oldest Chinatown in North America.

We conclude our tour with time to enjoy the incomparable beauty of Butchart Gardens. At one time the site of large limestone quarry, as the limestone deposits became exhausted, Jennie Butchart began transitioning her husband Robert Butchart’s empty quarry in to the spectacular gardens we experience today. Showcasing an extensive and diverse variety of plants and flowers throughout of the many areas of the gardens, visitors today are left in awe.

Departing Victoria we take a short drive north to the town of Chemainus, now known for its thriving arts community, the town was once on the verge of economic collapse. As a way to save the town and rejuvenate it, a series of murals were created to showcase the history of the town which are now featured throughout the town. A local guide will meet us to take us on a tour of some of these murals and explain the significance and history of each masterpiece.

This evening we arrive in Nanaimo, a bustling coastal city and haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in an authentic local delicacy, Nanaimo Bar; a chocolate and custard filled sweet treat that is sure to leave you wanting more.

Overnight: Coast Bastion

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 3 Nanaimo - Tofino
This morning our journey turns we journey to the west coast of Vancouver Island, soon arriving in Tofino. Located on the edge of Clayoquot Sound, surrounded by Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, Tofino is an eclectic town loved by all; a laid back destination for beach lovers, exceptional surf conditions draw adventurers and the untouched rainforest for nature lovers to enjoy. We take a water taxi across a small area of water to Meares Island, now a protected area, was once in great danger of clear cut logging. In the early 1980’s local residents of Tofino, the Nuu-chah-nulth First Nations and concerned environmentalists fought the logging companies to save this centuries old forest.

On Meares Island, we explore Big Tree Trail, surrounded by towering trees that are over 1000 years old and fern covered forest floor. We learn about the islands eco system as we make are way along the trail to the spectacular Hanging Garden Tree. With a circumference of 18.3 metres and a towering height of over 42 metre, this tree, a Western Red Cedar is believed to be 2000 years old and one of the oldest living trees in the world. Take some time to explore the trail at your leisure before we return to Tofino on water taxi.

Overnight: Best Western Tin Wis Resort

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 4 Tofino Area
This morning take some time to experience Tofino and its surrounding area as you choose with some time at leisure. This afternoon, rejoin the group as we embark on an exciting excursion to Hot Springs Cove. Situated in Maquinna Provincial Park, Hot Springs Cove is accessible only by boat or seaplane. We will travel by boat through Clayoquot Sound with the possibility to see many locals along the way – whales, black bears, seals, sea lions and sea otters are often spotted along this incredible coastline.

Enjoy plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surrounding beauty of Hot Springs Cove, often referred to as Mother Nature’s Hot Tub. Soak in the geothermal heat of the natural, salty water with refreshing steaming raindrops falling on your face. Relaxed and rejuvenated we once again travel through the beauty of Clayoquot Sound and return to Tofino.

Overnight: Best Western Tin Wis Resort

Included Meal(s): Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 Tofino - Campbell River
As we bid farewell to Tofino, we make our way back to the East Coast of Vancouver Island. After a scenic drive, we experience Horne Lakes Provincial Park, located in the heart of Vancouver Island the park is home to more than 1000 natural, protected caves. A park guide will meet us and leaf us on a tour of the caves to discover the crystals and ancient fossils firsthand for the opportunity to leave about the unique geology of featured in the park. (An alternative, self-guided, above-ground option is offered to those who prefer not to go underground).

Later today we arrive in Campbell River, known as the ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ and an important coastal city located on the edge of Discovery Passage and the famed Inside Passage. Like most towns and cities on the island, Campbell River has a rich Aboriginal heritage, whose influence is showcased throughout the area.

Overnight: Coast Discovery Inn

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 6 Campbell River Area
We visit the Museum at Campbell River today, a modern museum recognized as one of the best in Canada focuses on the impressive history of the region with interactive exhibits focused on Aboriginal Culture, Pioneer life, and the logging and fishing industries that have richly impacted the life of people in Campbell River.

This afternoon we board a zodiac boat and travel in to the Discovery Passage and the surrounding islands. We explore the shoreline, and discover the wildlife of the region including, Sea Lions, Black Bears, Eagles and so much more as we learn about the intriguing history of the Discovery Passage.

Overnight: Coast Discovery Inn

Included Meal(s): Breakfast and Dinner

Day 7 Departure from Campbell River
Our incredible journey through Vancouver Island concludes this morning as we bid farewell to the island and fellow travellers. Travellers who want to extend their journey might consider adding tour AVSC, Vancouver & the Sunshine Coast, to follow this trip (connecting ferry costs will apply).

Guests can choose to fly out of Campbell River or Victoria. If choosing Victoria, please do not book flights departing earlier than 2:00pm.

BON VOYAGE!

Included Meal(s): Breakfast

Tour Map

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*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.


Hotel List


The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.


Coast Victoria Hotel

Rating: 4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation4 Star Accommodation
Location: Victoria
Country: Canada

This modern waterfront hotel is a 2-minute walk from Fisherman's Wharf Park and a 10-minute walk from the British Columbia
... Buildings. The contemporary rooms feature flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking equipment.
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Coast Bastion Hotel

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Nanaimo
Country: Canada

Off the Trans-Canada Highway, this upscale, contemporary hotel is a 6-minute walk from the Vancouver Island Military Museum. Featuring hip
... and balconies with harbour or city views, the colourful rooms offer free Wi-Fi, 47-inch flat-screen TVs and coffeemakers.
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Best Western Tin Wis Resort

Rating: 3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation3 Star Accommodation
Location: Tofino
Country: Canada

This beachfront hotel is an 11.3-km drive from Long Beach Golf Course and 29.6 km from Pacific Rim National Park.
... modern rooms and suites feature ocean views, complimentary WiFi and flat-screen TVs
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Trip Information

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Inclusions

This tour will be operated by our sister company, Anderson Vacations

'Tours of Distinction' Category
These tours are defined by their incomparably unique itineraries, featuring ‘off the beaten path’ destinations and immersive experiences. An intimate group size allows us to stay in smaller, centrally located, unique and boutique style inns, lodges and hotels, utilize traditional local transportation and dive deep into each destination’s local culture and traditions.

Expert Tour Leader
Maximum 21 passengers
Unique inns & 3-4 Star boutique hotels
Mini coach & comfortable local transport
Variety of ‘off the beaten path’ experiences
Breakfast and dinner daily and most gratuities included (Tour Leader Gratuities excluded)
Daily dining in unique local restaurants

Airport transfers for all travellers regardless of whether or not you have booked your air through us (this is an exception to our usual policies pertaining to transfers). Early arrivals/late departures will also receive transfers so long as they book their extra accommodation at the group hotel through us.

Exclusions

The customary "end of trip" gratuity for the Tour Leader is not included in your tour price.

Airfare to the start point / from the end point is not included; contact us for a quote or you may book your own once our tour is "guaranteed." Travel Insurance is not included - call us for a quotation (or you may purchase your own).

A 5% Canadian tax (GST) will be levied on the tour price, single supplement (if chosen), and extras nights (if any) and is not included in tour price. These additional amounts will be listed separately on your invoice.

Seasonality and Weather

June-September is the driest and warmest time of year in the region, with warm days and cool nights with low humidity. Summer daylight hours are long and maximize sightseeing. Rain and fog is always possible, especially along the coast, but one can expect fine weather overall.

Transport and Travel Conditions

Ground transport provided by deluxe touring coach.

This is a busy tour, but not strenuous. One must be prepared for some early starts and full (scenic!!) travelling days. Roads are excellent, but some slow and winding sections should be expected.

Please note that this tour can be followed preceded by tour AVSC, Vancouver & the Sunshine Coast (extra connecting ferry charge would apply).

Accommodation

Our preferred hotels are listed in the tour itinerary (we may substitute of a similar quality if necessary); all accommodation is no less than 3-star standard. We always receive great reviews about the hotels’ cleanliness, service, accessibility, and convenience/location.

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Staff and Support

Tour Leader throughout, driver/s, local guides as necessary/appropriate.

Group Size

Maximum 21 plus Tour Leader