British Columbia’s Vineyards, Mountains and Remote Lodges

British Columbia’s Vineyards, Mountains and Remote Lodges

Our flexible 14-night fly-drive holiday showcases some of British Columbia’s breath-taking scenery and experiences. Explore the vibrant and multicultural city of Vancouver, with its impressive modern skyline, urban parks and mountain backdrops. Drive through mountain passes and deep canyons, fertile valleys and premier wine country. Hike, bike or horseback ride through areas of outstanding natural beauty, or simply relax lakeside and enjoy the peace and solitude in British Columbia’s wilderness.

    DAY 01

    UK - Vancouver

    Vancouver

    On arrival at Vancouver’s International airport you will be transferred to your downtown hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we recommend spending time on Vancouver’s beautiful waterfront and visiting Gastown in the evening, a charming historic area will a great choice of bars and restaurants. Accommodation Options

      DAY 02

      Vancouver

      Vancouver

      Your Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour allows you the flexibility to see what you want to see at your own pace. It’s a great way to orientate yourself in the city and visit some of Vancouver’s highlights including Granville Island’s famous food markets and Stanley Park, where you can visit the First Nations Totem Poles. Other highlights include historic Gastown, English Bay and Chinatown. Accommodation Options

      Kelowna
        DAY 03

        Vancouver - Kelowna (240 miles)

        Kelowna

        This morning you will collect your rental car and make your way out of Vancouver through the Fraser Valley. The landscape changes from coastal cedars and tall firs to high mountain passes and canyons as you drive through Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. Descend to Okanagan’s Valley where fruit stalls line the roadside and where some of North America’s premium wines are produced. Accommodation Options

        Kelowna
          DAY 04

          Kelowna

          Kelowna

          Today is free for you to explore this beautiful region further or simply laze by the lakeshore and enjoy the hotel’s amenities. Activities in this area include biking, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, ziplining and golf, as well as wine-tasting tours. Accommodation Options

          Field
            DAY 05

            Kelowna - Field (250 miles)

            Field

            Depart Kelowna for your scenic drive to Canada’s Rocky Mountains. Follow the Trans-Canada Highway past the Eagle River and through Revelstoke where you may wish to stop for lunch. Continue through the spectacular Glacier National Park of Canada, with deep valleys filled with ancient forests. Follow the Kicking Horse River on to Yoho National Park where you will spend the next three nights. Accommodation Options

            Field
              DAY 06

              Cathedral Mountain Lodge

              Field

              Cathedral Mountain Lodge is set on the Kicking Horse River and surrounded by outstanding natural beauty. Here you can choose to relax on your deck and enjoy the peace and solitude, paddle out on Moraine Lake using one of the lodge’s canoes, or try something a little more adventurous such as river rafting or horseback riding. Accommodation Options

              Field
                DAY 07

                Cathedral Mountain Lodge

                Field

                Another full day to explore Yoho National Park. Stop by Emerald Lake, or take the gentle hike to the impressive Wapta Falls and visit the Upper Spiral Tunnel Scenic Viewpoint. Over the border in Alberta, Lake Louise is only a 25-minute drive from the lodge and Banff is under an hour, so can both can be explored in one day. Accommodation Options

                Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park
                  DAY 08

                  Field - Clearwater (285 miles)

                  Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park

                  Head back through Glacier National Park of Canada and Revelstoke before turning off the Trans-Canada Highway and travelling along the North Thompson River towards Clearwater. Two nights are spent at Alpine Meadows Resort, a charming resort of log chalets and homes located on Hallamore Lake. Accommodation Options

                  Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park
                    DAY 09

                    Wells Gray Provincial Park

                    Clearwater and Wells Gray Provincial Park

                    Wells Gray Provincial Park is just a one-hour drive from Alpine Meadows Resort. This scenic park offers an array of outdoor activities including white-water rafting, kayaking, hiking, horseback riding and scenic flights. The park is most famous for its 39 named waterfalls, including the thundering Helmcken Falls, which cascades 141 metres into the canyon below. Accommodation Options

                      DAY 10

                      Clearwater - Tyax Wilderness Resort (235 miles)

                      Chilcotin Mountains

                      Today you will pass through varied landscapes, from lakes along Highway 24 to petrified forests on Highway 97. As you turn on to Highway 99, stop to explore Historic Hat Creek Ranch where original buildings still stand from the 1860’s Gold Rush. Spectacular scenery appears as you drive through the dramatic Fraser River Canyon; continue past Carpenter Lake and into the South Chilcotin Mountains. Accommodation Options

                        DAY 11

                        Tyax Wilderness Resort

                        Chilcotin Mountains

                        Your resort is a true back country retreat, surrounded by rugged mountain scenery, stunning glaciers and pristine lakes. Explore Tyaughton Lake in a canoe or on a stand-up paddle board, and look out for local wildlife including bears and eagles. Hire a mountain bike and head out on one of the single-track biking routes, or simply relax and enjoy a body treatment at the resort’s spa. Accommodation: Tyax Wilderness Resort Accommodation Options

                          DAY 12

                          Tyax Wilderness Resort

                          Chilcotin Mountains

                          Outdoor adventures are what Tyax specialises in. You can choose from a variety of experiences, including guided mountain biking tours or horseback riding excursions for riders of all levels. You can even opt to take to the skies on a floatplane tour for an aerial view of the jaw-dropping wilderness and the Southern Chilcoltin Mountains. Accommodation Options

                            DAY 13

                            Tyax Wilderness Resort - Whistler (145 miles)

                            Whistler

                            Wend your way back through the Southern Chilcotin Mountains to Lillooet and continue along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Canada’s premier ski resort of Whistler. This lively resort is as popular in the summer as it is in winter. The pedestrian-only village offers an incredible choice of boutiques, bars and restaurants alongside a vast range of summer and winter activities. Accommodation Options

                              DAY 14

                              Whistler

                              Whistler

                              Enjoy a full day exploring Whistler. A highlight is the Peak-2-Peak Gondola, the world’s longest free-span gondola ride that connects Blackcomb Mountain and Whistler Mountain on a 1.88-mile journey. On your chairlift ride up to the Peak-2-Peak keep a lookout down below for Black bears which are often seen in this area. Accommodation Options

                                DAY 15

                                Whistler - Vancouver (85 miles)


                                Today you will return to Vancouver for your flight back to the UK. The drive along the Sea-to-Sky Highway takes you along the edge of the beautiful Howe Sound. Stop at Shannon Falls and ride on the Sea to Sky Gondola. Follow the Panorama Trail to Chief Outlook for spectacular views of Howe Sound and mountains.
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