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Fly to Vancouver, one of North America’s most dynamic and livable cities
Begin your family adventure with a flight to Vancouver, British Columbia. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Vantage representative who will assist you with your transfer to our hotel in downtown Vancouver. This afternoon, feel free to explore some of this bustling city at your leisure. In the evening, you’ll meet other families and travelers at a Welcome Reception & Dinner at the hotel.
Vancouver city tour and thrills on the Capilano Suspension Bridge
After breakfast, enjoy a morning city tour, which includes Stanley Park, Chinatown, English Bay, and admission to the Capilano Bridge. Originally built in 1889 with hemp ropes and cedar planks, today this popular landmark is a unique and thrilling way to admire the beauty of this area. The incredible views from this famed span are a perfect preview of the natural splendor that awaits.
Family Feature: After crossing the Capilano Bridge, kids of all ages can traverse the rainforest via a series of 7 suspension bridges and treetop platforms as high as 110 ft; participate in the Kids' Rainforest Explorers Program; and even check out a treehouse!
We’ll return to the hotel for lunch on your own, and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to explore. One popular choice among travelers is Granville Island, a former industrial center that has been completely transformed into a vibrant center of markets, entertainment, and great food.
Venture to Whistler and marvel at the pristine panorama from the Peak 2 Peak Gondola
Today, enjoy a full-day excursion as we follow the Sea to Sky Highway to the mountain resort of Whistler. The route we’ll take is replete with breathtaking vistas, so we’ll stop along the way to take some photos and enjoy a short walk to Brandywine Falls, a beautiful 230-foot cascade.
Family Feature: Then, arrive at Whistler-Blackcombe Resort and hop on the Peak 2 Peak Gondola, which will whisk us between the peaks of the mighty mountains for which the resort is named. The jaw-dropping views from this gondola, which holds the world record for longest span between two towers for a cable car, will have us reaching for our camera and standing in awestruck silence.
At the terminus of the ride, we’ll enjoy a delightful lunch on the mountain. We return to the hotel in time for dinner, and your evening is at leisure.
Please note: The Peak 2 Peak Gondola begins operation in late May.
A morning at leisure and soaring in a seaplane to Victoria
After breakfast, we’ll have the morning free to explore some more of Vancouver, or simply relax and enjoy lunch on our own. Your Adventure Leader can offer suggestions on great places to enjoy a bite to eat. Family Feature: In the afternoon, you’re in for a thrill when you board a seaplane from Vancouver to Victoria. This short but scenic flight allows you to see the natural and urban treasures of this region from above — be sure to keep an eye out for whales in the water! We’ll arrive in Victoria and transfer to our hotel, where we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner.
A walking tour of Victoria and the brilliant colors of world-famous gardens
Join a walking tour of Victoria this morning. The capital of British Columbia, Victoria enjoys a stunning mix of ocean and mountain vistas. We’ll then visit Butchart Gardens and Victoria Butterfly Gardens.
Family Features: At the Butchart Gardens, the Rose Carousel menagerie — the animals of which were handpicked by the great-granddaughter of the garden’s founder — will no doubt enrapture them. The Victoria Butterfly Gardens will fascinate the younger members of your crew, as they watch the beautiful, free-flying butterflies, not to mention walking around its tropical gardens full of birds, turtles, and fish.
Enjoy special accommodations on a high-speed ferry to Seattle
Today we head for the energetic city of Seattle, the last leg of our North American adventure. Family Feature: Depart Victoria via the Victoria Clipper, a high-speed ferry with multiple viewing decks and amenities, for a relaxing way to take in the sights. Best of all, we’ll enjoy Comfort Class seats, which include priority check-in, complimentary snacks and nonalcoholic beverages, and the best views on the ship. Savor an included lunch on board before arriving in Seattle, where we’ll be transferred to our deluxe hotel. Dinner is included this evening.
Please note: The timing of the ferry ride will be either in the early afternoon or early evening, depending on your departure date. Travelers will enjoy lunch or dinner on the ferry, depending on the schedule.
Modern marvels, mind-blowing art, and chocolate in Seattle
Family Feature and Active Feature: Embark on a city tour, which includes stops at Ballard Locks as well as Theo’s Chocolate Shop.
Return home or begin your extension
After an included breakfast at the hotel this morning, transfer to the airport for your flight home. Or, if you have purchased the post-trip extension, you’ll remain in Seattle.
Important Notice: The above day-by-day itineraries are preliminary and therefore subject to change. If changes occur while on tour, you will be notified by your Vantage Adventure Leader or regional expert.
Please Note: The hotels listed are preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract our hotels a year in advance, unforeseen situations do occasionally occur. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality and value will be substituted. You will receive verified hotel information with your final itinerary. The hotel ratings are based on the hotel and a leading travel industry authority on hotels throughout the world.