Vancouver is a grand international city. Even if you’re just passing through as you embark or disembark an Alaska cruise, we can make the transition from the airport to your ship comfortable and luxurious with or without a tour en route. If you have a free day prior to or after your cruise, enjoy a guided Vancouver city tour with a picnic lunch. You can even upgrade the experience to include your own private helicopter! Any way you choose, you’ll savor Vancouver in the comfort of our private guided luxury SUVs.
Vancouver’s Ultimate City & Nature Tour (6-hours)
This private tour explores both the downtown core and the North Shore, and includes a gourmet picnic lunch to be enjoyed along the way. You’ll discover the metropolis of the city from the business district to trendy Yaletown; get a feel for the city’s multi-cultural nature in the Asian Market, legendary Chinatown, and historic Gastown; and discover the thriving residential community known as the West End as you head into Stanley Park to see the famous West Coast Totem Poles. Continuing over the Lions Gate Bridge to the North Shore, you’ll visit the tranquil setting of the Lynn Canyon Suspension Bridge and tour the Capilano Salmon Hatchery, where you will learn all about the life cycle of the Pacific Salmon. The grand finale will be a walk through the Coastal Rainforest of the Capilano Canyon to discover lichen, moss, ferns, and flowering plants growing under the mantle of some of the oldest and largest Douglas fir, Cedar, and Hemlock trees in the Lower Mainland.
This private tour will reveal the side of Vancouver that is sure to impress the kids and teach them a thing or two along the way! You’ll experience the Totem Poles in Stanley Park and find out more about West Coast Native Culture as you look for seabirds, rabbits, squirrels, and seals. A stop at the Vancouver Aquarium is an excellent way to discover the underwater world; kids love the baby Beluga whale, Steller Sea lions, sea otters, and other local marine life. Alternatively, you might want to visit Science World, which has five galleries of fun that explore various themes and include dizzying visual illusions. Next, continue on to Granville Island and the only market in the world devoted entirely to children—where adults are only allowed when accompanied by a child! The Kids Market sells wooden toys, art supplies, kites, puppets, stuffed animals, glitzy costumes, handmade clothes and more, and boasts both a giant indoor Adventure Zone and a 50-year-old Canadian Pacific caboose. Finally, choose from over 200 flavors of frozen homemade treats at the Casa de Gelato!
This private tour explores different aspects and areas of Vancouver, highlighting the city’s physical and cultural diversity. First, you’ll discover West Coast living in the West End residential area, which enjoys the highest restaurant density and the best views in the city. You’ll glimpse the city’s mixed native and European past in Stanley Park and Gastown. Continuing over the Capilano River Canyon, you’ll experience a magnificent Rain Forest Adventure. Finally, you’ll venture through Chinatown. The intriguing sights and fragrances will come alive as you explore the centuries-old herbal culture of a Chinese pharmacy and admire the beauty of the jade, ivory, china, and silk of the orient.
This private excursion will provide you with an exciting Vancouver experience on foot, on water, and in the air—all in one day! Start your day with a scenic and leisurely drive along English Bay and Marine Drive, with spectacular views of West Vancouver homes and the city. On arrival at Horseshoe Bay, you will board a ferry for the short ride to Bowen Island. There, you will embark on a one-hour (two-mile) interpretive nature walk from Snug Cove through the rainforest. Your destination will be Killarney Lake at the foot of Mt. Gardner, and you will be treated to a gourmet box lunch in an idyllic setting along the way. Returning to Snug Cove, you will have free time to explore the quaint village prior to boarding a floatplane and returning to downtown Vancouver. The views en route may just be the highlight of your day! Add two hours of classic sightseeing in downtown Vancouver to get a complete “city and nature” experience.
Stanley Park and Seaside Biking Adventure (3-hours)
On this private tour, you’ll cycle along the Stanley Park Seawall and the Seaside Bicycle Route—arguably the world’s most beautiful urban bike path, and a great way to experience the beauty of Vancouver. Just minutes from downtown, the Stanley Park Seawall separates Stanley Park from the ocean. With your adventure guide, you will cycle along the paved path past the famous Brockton Point totem poles, under the Lions Gate Bridge, and along two of the city’s most popular beaches to English Bay. Approximately 6 miles in length, the seawall path boasts spectacular mountain, ocean, forest, and city views. Continuing on the Seaside Bicycle Route, you’ll pedal past parks, marinas, and by some of Vancouver’s elegant condos and town houses. You’ll stop mid-way for a tasty gourmet box lunch, then continue on to Yaletown, a formerly industrial area dominated by warehouses and rail yards that has been transformed into one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in the city. Marinas, parks, high-rise apartment blocks, and converted heritage buildings comprise the impressive urban regeneration project.
On this private sightseeing tour of the “City of Blooms,” you will visit world famous Butchart Gardens, cruise along scenic Marine Drive, and tour several other highlights of beautiful downtown Victoria. Your day begins with a short drive to the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal, where you will embark on a scenic 90-minute ferry ride through the Gulf Islands to Vancouver Island. Watch out for wildlife en route, as you may see whales, porpoises, and seabirds in the Strait of Georgia. Upon arrival in Swartz Bay, you will head to the 50-acre Butchart Gardens to stroll through the Sunken Garden, the English Rose Garden, the Japanese Garden, the Italian Garden, and the Show Greenhouse. Afterwards, it’s on to downtown Victoria, home to the Royal BC Museum, the Empress Hotel, the Parliament, and Chinatown. Finally, you’ll enjoy a driving tour along spectacular Marine Drive past a Tudor seaside hotel, Victoria’s premier golf course, Beacon Hill Park, and the posh neighborhoods of Uplands and Oak. You’ll stop for a gourmet picnic lunch en route.
Day Tour to Victoria by Floatplane & Private Vehicle (7-hours)
This private sightseeing tour of the “City of Blooms” begins with a private transfer from your hotel to the Vancouver floatplane terminal for your scheduled floatplane ride to downtown Victoria—a 35-minute flight that will see you soar over Stanley Park and the Gulf Islands. In Victoria, you will be met by your guide and driver and taken to the 50-acre horticultural showplace that is Butchart Gardens; stroll through the Sunken Garden, the English Rose Garden, the Japanese and Italian Gardens. Afterwards, your guided tour will continue as you explore Victoria’s Old Town and the oldest Chinatown in Canada. You may also choose to visit Antique Row; Craigdarroch Castle; the gardens at Government House; or quaint Oak Bay before returning by way of scenic Marine Drive. Finally, you will be delivered to the Fairmont Empress to enjoy Afternoon Tea in the Tea Lobby—a tradition since 1908. There will be time on your own afterwards to shop, pop into the Royal British Columbia Museum, or simply stroll around the Inner Harbour before making your way back to the seaplane terminal for your return flight to Vancouver. There, you will be transferred by private vehicle back to your hotel.