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Vancouver Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, May 2015

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There aren't too many cities in the world that offer Vancouver's combination of big-city lifestyle and outdoor fun in such cheek-by-jowl proximity. Ski in the morning, sail in the afternoon, and still make it back to town in time for a cocktail or three. No wonder it's one of the cities that routinely tops those lists of the world's greatest places to live.

Beyond the breathtaking snowcapped crags, city-hugging beaches and dense waterfront forests lies a comparatively young metropolis that's still trying to discover its true identity. Vancouver is a city of new immigrants - wander the streets and you'll hear a dozen different languages. The city also attracts young professionals and artists from the eastern provinces who come here to enjoy its recreation and laid-back sophistication.

Day 1: Vancouver City

 If you're only in town for a brief amount of time, take a morning tour of Vancouver to see all the highlights - Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gas Town, Lookout Observatory and Granville Island. Or travel at your own pace with a choice of a hop-on hop-off trolley tour, jumping on or off at 24 stops, or the open-top or double-decker hop-on hop-off bus tour . If gardening's your passion, go behind the scenes on a very special private tour of Vancouver's gardens, including a classic Chinatown garden, sunken gardens and botanical gardens. And at sunset, one of Vancouver's tip-top must-do experiences is a Grouse Mountain sunset tour, riding an aerial tramway high above the forest for breathtaking views over Vancouver as the sun goes down.

Day 2: Vancouver Country

Vancouver is seductively poised for countless day trips, including personalized private tours . Closest to home are Capilano Bridge and Grouse Mountain and the neighborhood eco tour   of Vancouver's surrounds, including the Maplewood Flats bird sanctuary, Deep Cove and Mount Seymour Provincial Park. Victoria Island and Butchart Gardens  is the top tour from Vancouver, combining Victoria's downtown attractions and one of the most beautiful landscaped gardens in the world. Traveling further afield, ride a train to Whistler for a day of pristine Canadian beauty.

Day 3: Vancouver Adventure

Vancouver is brilliantly positioned to take a scenic air tour. Capture stunning aerial views of the city by seaplane, tour British Columbia's rugged Fjordland by seaplane, and even go whale-watching from Victoria by seaplane. Spot more whales on a Vancouver whale-watching cruise by high-speed boat – and look out for porpoises, Minke whales and sea elephants. There's more ocean wildlife to spot on a Howe Sound Sea Safari, with spectacular views of Vancouver from the water. Anyone can take a small group kayaking adventure in a two-seater sea-kayak, and after reward your intrepid nature with a salmon barbecue on a deserted island.

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Whistler Small-Group Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 229 Reviews

Leave the city of Vancouver behind and enjoy a full-day small-group tour to the famous resort town of Whistler! You'll journey past huge mountains, see the ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $108.87

Vancouver City Sightseeing Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 410 Reviews

Hit some of Vancouver's most popular sites on this 4-hour sightseeing tour. Wind through Stanley Park, Chinatown, Gastown, Granville Island and more, while ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.33

British Columbia Super Saver: 5-Day Tour of Vancouver, Whistler and Victoria

4.5 star rating: Recommended 30 Reviews

Combine four tours over five days with this Vancouver Super Saver to experience the best of British Columbia. See top Vancouver attractions such as Stanley ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $351.51

Vancouver Super Saver: City Sightseeing Tour plus Whistler Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

Combine a Vancouver sightseeing tour and a day trip to Whistler with this Vancouver Super Saver. See top Vancouver attractions such as Stanley Park and Gastown ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $160.20

Vancouver Highlights Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 34 Reviews

On this popular 5-hour bike tour of Vancouver, ride on dedicated cycling lanes for most of the easygoing route, and stop to hear tales of the city from a ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $76.21

Sea-to-Sky Highway Day Trip from Vancouver: Shannon Falls, Britannia Mine and Gondola Ride

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Immerse yourself in British Columbia’s rugged mountainous beauty on this tour from Vancouver to the natural and historical attractions along the Sea to Sky ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $85.54

Vancouver Harbor and Indian Arm Lunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 55 Reviews

See the sights of Vancouver’s waterfront while you dine on a four-hour lunch cruise. Travel through Vancouver Inner Harbor and Burrard Inlet, before heading ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.25

Snorkeling with Seals in Nanaimo from Vancouver

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Many people can say they’ve seen seals from the shore or aboard a boat, but rarely does anyone get the chance to interact with them. Now you can! This ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.04

Private Tour: Whistler Day Trip from Vancouver

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

Enjoy Whistler at anytime of year on this private and personalized tour from Vancouver. Although well known for being a great North American ski destination, ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $170.73

Vancouver City Tour with Vancouver Lookout Admission

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

First time to Vancouver? Get your bearings on this half-day tour by comfortable coach for a great intro to the seaport city. Admire the sails of Canada Place, ...  Read more

Location: Vancouver, Canada
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $59.10

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