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    Tour map

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    Whistler Village, British Columbia

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    Vancouver, British Columbia

  • Victoria Inner Harbor

  • Whale watching

Exploring British Columbia – 9 Days / 8 Nights

 

Enjoy three distinctive places while Exploring British Columbia. Whistler is a world-class alpine ski destination in the winter, but summer brings out the beautiful native flowers and wildlife. Rail travel has returned between Vancouver and Whistler! This luxurious 3 hour, narrated ride past mountains, towns, and waterfalls is fascinating. Vancouver is a bustling city bursting at the seams. It has everything! Excellent shopping, delicious restaurants, and plenty of exciting “must see and do” attractions. Your travel between Vancouver and Victoria by boat includes whale and marine mammal watching. Staying in Victoria, you feel like you are in England with all of its charm. A city tour of Victoria is provided for you and includes the famous Butchart Gardens. Then a seaplane will take you from Victoria to the sea terminal in Vancouver at the international airport. From there, you will be transferred to the main terminal, where the Fairmont Vancouver Airport Hotel is located.

Independent travel

Whistler, Vancouver, Victoria
Daily Departures, except Sunday and Monday

 

Day 1 – Arrive Vancouver/Whistler
Welcome to beautiful British Columbia! After claiming your luggage you will be on your way to Whistler. The ride takes about 2.5 hours from the Vancouver Airport to the village of Whistler. Travel through downtown Vancouver, through Stanley Park and cross over the Lions Gate Bridge, and in no time you will be on the “Sea to Sky” highway. Sit back, relax, and enjoying the scenery of beaches, waterfalls, mountains, and sea.
Overnight – Whistler

Day 2 – Whistler
The village of Whistler is a delightful mountain resort. There is so much to see and enjoy, all within an enchanting, alpine setting. Whistler is home to many shops and restaurants, and golfers can choose to play on three different courses. We have you confirmed for a short nature walk today.
Overnight – Whistler

Day 3 – Whistler/Vancouver Sea to Sky train
Your morning is at leisure. You will be picked up at the hotel and transferred to the rail station, where you will board the Sea to Sky Train for your incredible journey back to Vancouver. We have confirmed you in Whistler Service.  As you travel past rivers, waterfalls, and mountains, a delicious lunch will be served.

Some of the highlights of your rail tour are: Black Tusk – A prominent mountain peek formed by an old volcano; Tantalus Mountains- jagged snow-capped peaks rising above the rails; Shannon Falls –a spectacular waterfall cascading 1,000ft down a mountainside; Cheakamus Canyon – You will ride across the trestle above the raging river; Howe Sound – A scenic ocean inlet along the railroad tracks; Coast Mountains-forested mountain peaks rising from the ocean.

Upon arrival into North Vancouver, you will be transferred to your hotel in downtown Vancouver. Here, you will have everything right at your doorstep – shopping, restaurants, entertainment and sightseeing. Gastown is just steps away from your hotel, where you will find restaurants that suit every taste and budget.
Overnight – Vancouver

Day 4 – Vancouver
There is so much to see and do in Vancouver. We have included a hop on/off city tour that allows you to decide what to see and do, and how much time you want to spend at each stop. The continuous-loop tour takes approximately 2 hours and makes numerous stops.
Overnight – Vancouver

Day 5 – Vancouver
Your hop on/off pass is good today too, or you may choose to explore some of Vancouver’s many other sights that are not on the hop on/off tour such as: Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain. Enjoy!
Overnight – Vancouver

Day 6 – Vancouver/Victoria
It’s an early morning today, but well worth it. There are a few choices of transportation from Vancouver to Victoria. We have chosen the best! Board the “Ocean Magic” for your 4 hour sightseeing journey to Victoria. Complimentary hot chocolate, coffee, donuts and muffins are provided. The chance of seeing whales and other marine mammals is better than 90%! Your hotel is centrally located and close to the Houses of Parliament. At night the Parliament buildings are etched in lights and the entire harbour area is simply enchanting.
Overnight – Victoria

Day 7 – Victoria & Butchart Gardens
No visit to Victoria would be complete without seeing Butchart Gardens. The gardens have been dazzling visitors since 1904, and boast 50 acres of flora and fauna. Following your Butchart Gardens tour, your afternoon and evening are at leisure.
Overnight- Victoria

Day 8 – Victoria/Nanaimo
You will have time to walk around the Victoria prior to your seaplane departure to Vancouver. A mid-afternoon flight on Harbour Air’s seaplane will take you back to Vancouver. It takes about 30 minutes and it is an awesome experience. You will land at the sea terminal near the international airport and be transferred to the main terminal. From there you can make your way to your hotel.
Overnight – Vancouver (airport area)

Day 9 – Vancouver/Home
Your hotel is located inside the main terminal, which makes check-in for your flight very convenient.

Tour Highlights:

  • Arrival Transfer – Vancouver Airport to Whistler
  • 2 nights – Whistler
  • 3 nights – Vancouver
  • 2 nights – Victoria
  • 1 night- Vancouver Airport (Richmond area)
  • Whistler nature / wildlife tour
  • Rocky Mountaineer’s “Sea to Sky Climb” in Whistler Service from Whistler to Vancouver
  • Transfer – rail station to hotel in Whistler
  • Vancouver hop-on/hop-off city sightseeing tour
  • Victoria and Butchart Gardens tour
  • Whale watching excursion from Vancouver to Victoria
  • Harbour Air float plane Victoria to Richmond
  • Baggage handling and housekeeping in Whistler
  • Maps and destination information
  • Hotel, rail & GST taxes as applicable

Dates & Rates – 9 Days / 8 Nights

  • Package begins daily, except Sunday and Monday
  • Rates are in US Dollars, per person, double occupancy

 

Staying at all Fairmont Hotels:
Chateau Whistler, Waterfront, Empress, Vancouver Airport

Season Land Only
June 2 – August 27, 2018 on request

 

Staying at all Delta Hotels:
Whistler Village Suites, Vancouver Suites, Victoria Ocean Pointe Resort, Vancouver Airport

Season Land Only
June 2 – August 27, 2018 on request

CUSTOMS/IMMIGRATION – PLEASE NOTE: ALL U.S. CITIZENS MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT FOR TRAVEL TO OR FROM CANADA AS OF JANUARY 08, 2007.
You clear Canadian Customs and immigration at your first point of entry into Canada. Customs and Immigration clearance is generally a quick and simple process. Please note that Non-citizens should carry a valid passport and check with their local Canadian Council for visa requirements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
If transfers are included in your tour package, vouchers have been provided. Present your vouchers to the bus driver.

GENERAL DRESS
Be casual and comfortable. Comfortable shoes are a must. We suggest flat shoes with rubber soles on the train, as this makes getting around easier and safer.

BEDDING REQUESTS
We are pleased to pass your requests to our hotels, but we cannot guarantee that the hotels will be able to accommodate these requests. Please keep in mind, that often hotels are filled to capacity.

VOLTAGE
Electricity is on the same current in Canada as in the states – 110 volts. If you are traveling on VIA Rail, bedrooms have a small sink and outlet for small appliance use like razors.

HOTEL CHECK-IN TIMES
When planning your daily activities, please keep in mind that your hotels are generally not available for check in until mid afternoon. If you arrive and cannot check in, we suggest you leave your bags with the hotel bell desk and go off to explore the city!

UNUSED SERVICES
Based on your tour service selections, Cartan has reserved and paid for these tour services. Services, which you elect not to use, are not refundable. In the event a service cannot be used for reasons beyond your control, a refund will be issued provided the service supplier has agreed that they will refund or credit Cartan Tours. Based on the service suppliers’ refund to Cartan Tours, requests for qualifying refunds must be made in writing and will be processed less a $35.00 handling fee.

INCIDENTALS
Incidental charges such as valet, telephone calls, beverages, and room service must be cleared before leaving the hotel. If you have made calls with a credit card or called collect, you may still have charges to clear. The hotels will appreciate your clearing them before you leave.

CHANGING MONEY
Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Canada. To avoid carrying large amounts of cash, we suggest you use your credit cards. Change the amount of money you feel you will need for general day-to-day activities. We find you get the best rate of exchange when you exchange money at a bank. Most people find it convenient to change money at the airport bank when they arrive.

GOODS AND SERVICES TAX
Cartan Tours pays GST on all taxable inclusions; however, we are not required to pay GST on hotel stays for non-Canadian visitors. Thus, there is no GST rebate due on hotel rooms reserved and paid by Cartan Tours.

TIPPING 
Tipping percentages and policies are as in the States. A very acceptable tip for a meal is 15%. When dining, always check to ensure the service charge has not been added to your bill. You will see a tax charge that averages 12 – 17%. Service, if charged, should also be listed. Although menus frequently specify their policy on tipping, if unsure, feel free to ask.

It is customary in Canada to leave a small tip for the chambermaid. We suggest $1.00 per room per night. Baggage handling we suggest $1.00 – $2.00 per bag.