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A spectacular self-drive tour of Vancouver Island`s Pacific Coast, taking in picturesque Victoria, the famous pristine sandy beaches of Tofino, or perhaps explore the rainforests on a selection of well groomed trails, before relaxing at the oceanfront resorts of Parksville and Campbell River. If this wasn`t enough excitement, drive to Whistler, blending the charm of an alpine village with the amenities of an urban centre. Whistler has an abundance of hiking and biking trails, and for those that prefer a slower pace - lakes, pools and spa's. End your stay in Vancouver, from the cobblestone streets of the Gastown District to Little Italy and Chinatown, Vancouver will offer you a truly international flavor as well as a delightful combination of the old and the new.
Pacific Coast & Whistler Highlights
* Return flights from the UK
* Car Hire
* Return BC Ferries Vancouver - Vancouver Island
* 4 nights Vancouver hotel
* 2 nights Victoria hotel
* 1 night Parksville hotel
* 2 nights Tofino hotel
* 2 nights Campbell River hotel
* 2 nights Whistler hotel
* Victoria Whale Watching Excursion
* Tofino Coastal Bear Watching Excursion
Day 1 Arrive Vancouver
On arrival at Vancouver Airport, transfer to your chosen hotel. Transfer not included
Day 2 Vancouver Sightseeing
Day at leisure in Vancouver. Why not take in a bicycle ride around the seawall at Stanley Park, Vancouver City Tour or take the aquabus to Granville Island
Day 3 Vancouver to Victoria
Pick up your hire car this morning and drive over to Vancouver Island and make your way to your chosen hotel in Victoria. Car - Intermediate size car . BC Ferry crossing tickets for car and passenger are included
Day 4 Victoria Exploring
Day at leisure to explore Victoria. Visit Butchart Gardens, take a flightseeing trip on a seaplane or take time to do some shopping! You may even wish to pre-book a whale watching trip.
Day 5 Victoria to Parksville
Drive to Parksville, have relaxing afternoon at the Beach Club with some beautiful picture postcard views or for those that a bit more active explore some of the best biking and hiking trails on offer.
Day 6 Parksville to Tofino
Travel to Tofino - Imagine, all in one place, fishing, kayaking, whale watching, bear-watching, bird watching, camping, hiking, storm-watching and First Nations cultural touring. Surfing is big here, and Tofino was named the best surf town in North America in Outside Magazine’s 2010 Editors Choice awards.
Day 7 Tofino Exploring
Day at Leisure - take in some of the best beaches in Tofino for a swim or a stroll - Chestermans's Beach, Cox Bay but don't miss out the sunset at Tonquin Beach. There are also many boat trips on offer.
Day 8 Tofino to Campbell River
Travel to Campbell River for a 2 night stay at Painters Lodge in an oceanview room that overlooks the Inside Passage, lookout for wildlife and the cruise ships that pass by. We highly recommend taking the free water taxi from the Lodge over to Quadra Island for some exploring.
Day 9 Campbell River
Spend your day at leisure, we recommend taking the free water taxi from the lodge over to April Point on Quadra Island for some exploring. There are various wildlife tours you can book also.
Day 10 Campbell River to Whistler
Return to the mainland via the BC Ferries Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay Crossing and drive the sea to sky highway route to your chosen hotel in Whistler. Passenger and car ferry tickets included
Day 11 Whistler Exploring
Whistler has some spectacular views, it is a must do destination and a popular holiday destination for locals. There is so much to see and do - Peak 2 Peak Gondola ride, Helicopter ride for a birds eye view of the mountain rangers, glaciers and lakes, not to mention the endless hikes and trails.
Day 12 Whistler to Vancouver
Drive from Whistler to Vancouver, drop off your hire car and make your way to your downtown hotel in Vancouver
Day 13 Vancouver Sightseeing
Spend your last full day taking in the local sights and attractions.
Day 14 Fly Vancouver to UK
Make your way to Vancouver Airport for your overnight flight back to the UK