Itinerary in brief:
- 3 nights Seattle
- 2 nights Victoria
- 3 nights Vancouver
Day 1: Arrive Seattle
On arrival in Seattle you’ll make your own way into the city, where you’ll check into your hotel for three nights.
Days 2 & 3: Seattle
Seattle is a city full of nature – built between two lakes just where the North American continents starts splintering into the sea and full of trees and parks that keep the residents connected with nature all year long, it’s no wonder its’ nickname is “The Emerald City”. Spend your time here exploring the famous Pike Place Market, looking out for the independent coffee shops and tiny craft breweries that make this city famous before heading up the Space Needle for panoramic views over the harbour.
Another highlight of Seattle is the music scene – basement jazz clubs and grunge bars are dotted throughout the city so why not drop into one after dinner one night? You’ll have plenty to keep you busy for these two days in Seattle but if you want to get out into the Pacific Northwest, we can book you a day trip to explore Mount Rainier National Park or Lake Washington – just ask!
Day 4: Ferry to Victoria
After spending your last morning in Seattle you’ll jump on the ferry over to Victoria on Vancouver Island, Canada. On arrival in the main harbour, you’ll make your own way to your hotel, where you’ll check in for two nights.
Day 5: Victoria
Spend the day wandering through Victoria – it’s a very walkable city so you can make your way between the Royal British Columbia Museum, full of fascinating exhibits about the First Nations and Butchart Gardens, which are a kaleidoscope of colour in the summer. After a morning exploring downtown, head to the harbour for a glass of wine while you watch the musicians on the waterfront and the floatplanes taking off as they head off to the rest of Vancouver Island. If you really want to get out and explore, the waters around the city are home to orcas as well as visiting humpbacks and southern right whales – we can book you a whale watching tour, just ask!
Day 6: Ferry to Vancouver
Take one last walk along the Victorian waterfront before hopping on the ferry to Vancouver. On arrival, you’ll be transferred to your hotel where you’ll check in for three nights.
Days 7 & 8: Vancouver
Vancouver is a fresh outdoorsy city – no matter the weather you’ll want to get outside and explore. Start in Gastown, where you can roam the historic streets popping into tiny art galleries and boutique shops before moving on to Chinatown for a delicious dim sum lunch. After taking in these two iconic neighbourhoods, head to Stanley Park for the afternoon – the best way to get around is cycling, so why not rent a bike head to see the colourful totem poles at Brockton Point or English Bay Beach to relax in the sun.
There are plenty of museums to enjoy if you are interested in the history of this region (the Museum of Anthropology is especially good for First Nations artefacts) or if you love food then head down to Granville Island Public Market, where you can browse the stalls, picking up all sorts of goodies from local BC cherries to fresh baked pastries. Getting out of the city here is easy – make sure you visit the Capilano Suspension Bridge as it hangs precariously over the river in the North Shore.
Day 9: Depart Vancouver
Today is the last day of the trip – you’ll make your own way to the airport for your onwards flight with wonderful memories of your trip to Canada and Seattle.