Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver and charming Victoria—vital cities replete with multi-cultural history, arts, and scenic wonders.

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Vancouver and Victoria

Gems of Western Canada

7 days from $4,995

Explore cosmopolitan Vancouver and charming Victoria—vital cities replete with multi-cultural history, arts, and scenic wonders.

or Call 855-330-1542

Overview

Cosmopolitan Vancouver and charming Victoria are vital cities replete with multi-cultural history, arts, and scenic wonders.

Highlights Include

  • Vancouver: Enjoy curator-led tours of the impressive Museum of Anthropology, home to important cultural work of the First Nations people, and the Art Gallery of Vancouver. Take walking tours of Victorian Gastown and Chinatown and a culinary tour of Granville Island’s Public Market. Discover the scenic urban refuge of Stanley Park.
  • Victoria: Trace the history of Old Victoria and the Inner Harbour during a walking tour. Take in the impressive floral displays of Butchart Gardens and the exhibitions of history and nature at the Royal British Columbia Museum.

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Arrive in Vancouver

Individual arrivals at the Century Plaza Hotel. Gather for opening remarks and a welcome dinner with your Smithsonian Journeys Expert. (R,D)

Day 2 — Vancouver

Begin each day with the Century Plaza’s breakfast buffet. Afterward, a member of the Vancouver Planning Commission joins us for a discussion of Vancouver from past to future. Next, a local expert leads a tour of Vancouver, including Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, dating to 1867 when it was the city’s first downtown core. Today, the district retains its historic charm and independent spirit with Victorian architecture housing a thriving fashion scene, one-of-a-kind galleries and some of the most exciting culinary fare in Vancouver. Discover Stanley Park, a unique urban refuge featuring rainforest, beaches, half a million trees, a 5.5-mile Seawall, and the famous Totems. Then cross the Lion’s Gate Bridge, a Natural Historic Site of Canada, and take the gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. Enjoy lunch at the summit, which offers stunning views of Vancouver, the Strait of Georgia, and the rugged Coast Mountains. This evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 3 — Vancouver

Visit Granville Island this morning. Technically a peninsula, Granville sits just south of downtown. An industrial hub in the early 1900’s, today the neighborhood is one of the city’s most important cultural districts with theaters, craft studios, and artisan workshops. The biggest draw on Granville Island is the Public Market. The vast indoor market houses endless rows of stalls, which feature fresh produce, gourmet foods, baked goods, and seafood. A tasting tour will easily serve as lunch, then take some time to explore the outdoor artisan stalls that ring the market. Next, visit the Museum of Anthropology (MOA), housed in a spectacular building on the cliffs of Point Grey. The MOA showcases world art and cultures, especially of First Nations peoples. Explore highlights of this magnificent collection on a curator-led tour. The evening is at leisure. (B,L)

Day 4 — Vancouver

This morning explore the Vancouver Art Gallery with a curator. The strength of the Gallery’s collection lies in its modern and contemporary work, which often highlights the majestic landscape of British Columbia. After time for a relaxing lunch on your own, continue to Chinatown for a walking tour of this bustling district. Featuring bright facades and street markets, this center of Chinese culture is home to traditional restaurants, markets, temples, and gardens as well as a vast business district. Discover the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, a refuge of tranquility. The first garden of its kind ever built outside of China, this ornate landscape of jade-colored ponds, stone pathways and traditional gardens and halls was built in 1986 by 52 Chinese craftsmen. Savor a dinner of Chinese specialties. (B,D)

Day 5 — Victoria

This morning take the 95-minute ferry ride across the Strait of Georgia to the city of Victoria on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. The capital of British Columbia, Victoria offers a charming mix of colorful gardens, heritage charm, and New World experiences. This afternoon, take a guided walk of Old Victoria and the Inner Harbour, tracing the history of the city through its heritage architecture. Then check into the Chateau Victoria Inn & Suites just one block from the Inner Harbour. Tonight enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at a local favorite. (B,D)

Day 6 — Victoria

Spend a full morning at Butchart Gardens, a Canadian National Historic Landmark Site. Learn about founder Jennie Butchart’s early designs for the garden, which she conceived over a century ago. Still in the Butchart family, the 55-acres of floral display gardens are managed today by her great-granddaughter. After lunch at the gardens return downtown and visit the Royal British Columbia Museum, where galleries trace the natural history, local history, and First Nations’ history of British Columbia. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure before a celebratory farewell dinner this evening. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Victoria

This morning, depart Victoria for the airport to return home. (B)

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)