Vancouver, Whistler, Victoria Island and Whale Watching!
June 23 – 28, 2017
Cost: $250 per person flat fee
all “Your Choice” expenses are at your own discretion – see below
Application Deadline: May 31, 2017 To request a spot on this trip, all travelers must complete a Trip Application. All applications will be reviewed and you will be notified of results within 72 hours.
This trip is a “Your Choice” Package experience
What does the “Your Choice” Package mean? The “Your Choice” Package offers maximum flexibility to manage your own itinerary and travel budget. As the traveler, you pay a low flat-fee to Wanderlust:Wanderlearn for providing the general travel itinerary, the group of traveling companions, a 24/7 on-site WanderLead, and making standard travel reservations (accommodations, transportation) – and you’ll even get a W:W trip t-shirt!
All costs incurred for the trip are pay-as-you-go directly to the provider (to the hotel, to the restaurant, etc). These pay-as-you-go costs would include lodgings, intra-country transportation, and activities. This allows maximum customization of the itinerary and freedom to choose activities and accommodations that may suit your personal needs. Flights to and from the destination are not included. Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms.
“Your Choice” Package highlights:
- 24/7 on-site WanderLead with local knowledge for the duration of the trip. Your WanderLead for this experience will be Wanderlust:Wanderlearn Founder and former Vancouverite Simone Kuzma
- Small group trip! Allows you to enjoy the destination up close and personal!
- No worries planning – all the planning will be done for you including reservations for all nights’ accommodations, reservations for all ground transportation, etc. All you have to do is show up!
- Trip T-shirt!
Enjoy the Vancouver on a shoestring or champagne budget – it’s up to you! All costs incurred for the trip are pay-as-you-go directly to the provider (to the hotel, to the restaurant, etc). These pay-as-you-go costs would include lodgings, intra-country transportation, and activities. This allows maximum customization of the itinerary and freedom to choose activities and accommodations that may suit your personal needs. Flights to and from the destination are not included. Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms. For this trip, you can expect your costs to be:
- Accommodations: $150 USD total (7 nights, shared occupancy)
- Public Transportation: $20 USD total
- Optional Museums, Tours, etc: $40 – the sky’s the limit!
Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where you can lie on a warm beach and ski the mountain slopes in the same afternoon. A land with beauty unrivaled, Vancouver is best experienced on foot while hiking the mountains, on the water whale watching as the sun sets over the Pacific, or taking in a delicious meal in one of Vancouver’s kitschy, eclectic neighborhoods. A gem on the western coast, Vancouver is a treat for anyone. Come join us as we explore this fantastic region on a budget!
Your lead for this experience will be Wanderlust:Wanderlearn’s Founder Simone Kuzma. A world traveler, she lived for many years in Vancouver. She knows this area like the back of her hand and can show you the best off the beaten path and will share with you her favorite local finds!
Experience the W:W Difference!!!
W:W trips are different than what you will find anywhere else. Our trips emphasize travel experiences and cultural education as well as immersion in the local destination. W:W travelers are mentally active and are curious about the world around them. By learning how to travel and interact with locals, you will break down the cultural barriers to appreciate and absorb the world around you in a whole new way! Come and live the W:W EXPERIENCE!
Limited Group Size
All Wanderlust:Wanderlearn trips are small groups only (think 6-15 travelers). We do this so that you can have an up-close-and-personal, hands-on travel experience. The small group size also allows for truer cultural immersion and one-on-one learning opportunities with your WanderLearn Lead. This all makes a better experience for YOU and for the group as a whole.
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Day 1: Flight to Vancouver, Canada Friday June 23, 2017
We recommend taking an after-work evening flight, arriving into Vancouver Friday night by midnight. Please see “FLIGHTS” section below for more details.
Day 2: Vancouver, Canada Saturday June 24, 2017
After a good night’s sleep we’ll start our day exploring Stanley Park. Located just west of downtown on the ocean, it’s a gorgeous area to relax in. We’ll then head downtown to explore this famous “City of Glass” form the inside out. After lunch we’ll take a water taxi to False Creek and Granville Island and make a stop at the Market there for dessert! We’ll then set out on foot to the kitschy, eclectic neighborhoods of Kitsilano and take in the Saturday night vibe of VanCity!
Day 3: Vancouver, Canada Sunday June 25, 2017
Today we’ll spend the day north of Vancouver in, you guessed it, North Van! Built into the sides of mountains, North Van is simply gorgeous! After taking a ferry across the harbour, we’ll stop for breakfast at Lonsdale Quay. With our bellies full we’ll take a short trip north to the world famous Capilano Suspension bridge whered you can tough the tree tops with your fingertips! Afterwards we’ll head over to Grouse Mountain to watch the sunset on the bright lights of the city below!
Day 4: Whistler/Blackcomb, Canada Monday June 26, 2017
Today we’ll pack our lunches for a day in the mountains! Whistler/Blackcomb is most well known as one of the world’s best ski resorts, but in the summer it provides world famous hiking! We’ll spend a full day in the area and you’ll get to take your pick of hikes in Garabaldi Provincial Park – stunning! My personal favorite hike is the Musical Bumps Hike, where you’ll follow the Singing Pass Trail and cross Flute, Oboe and Piccolo Summits!
Day 5: Victoria Island, Canada Tuesday June 27, 2017
While the previous day was all about the mountains, today will be all about the water as we take a whale watching tour to Vancouver Island! Keller whales love the calm waters between Vancouver and Vancouver Island and in mid summer you are almost guaranteed to spot these magnificent beasts! Once we get to Vancouver, we’ll visit the gorgeous town of Victoria and the world renowned Butchart Gardens.
Day 6: Vancouver, Canada Wednesday June 28, 2017
On our last morning in Vancouver you may wish to spend a few hours souvenir shopping or getting one more fix of delicious Vancouver coffee. You may then chose to depart Vancouver anytime on Wednesday June 28, 2017. Please see “FLIGHTS” section below for more details.
Please note that a general level of fitness is required for this trip. We’ll be walking…A LOT! Bring comfortable shoes. We will also be recommending a number of hikes int he mountains – while you can take your choice of a 1 hour or 8 hour hike, you will need to have a general level of fitness to take part in the recommended activities.
Please do not book your flights until you have submitted your application and received written notification of your confirmed reservation onto this Wanderlust:Wanderlearn trip.
Flights are not included in the price of this trip.
Recommended flight times:
- to Vancouver, Canada: Please ensure you arrive into YVR – Vancouver no later than midnight on Friday June 23, 2017
- depart Vancouver, Canada: You may depart from YVR – Vancouver anytime you wish on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Would you like to stay in an A-frame cabin with kangaroos just outside your window? How about a medieval castle in Europe? Maybe a Japanese style “pod” hotel? Wanderlust:Wanderlearn has made its mark by introducing travelers to a whole new concept of “standard accommodation”. On this trip you will have the opportunity to try out such unique accommodations – but don’t worry, you’ll never have to sacrifice the important stuff! All W:W approved accommodations must meet strict safety and cleanliness requirements and have exceptional reviews. Please note, all accommodations will be shared.
Gratuities are not included and recommended as per standard tourism norms.
VISA / PASSPORT
A valid passport is required for US citizens traveling to Canada. You are responsible for ensuring you have a valid passport and all required travel documentation.
For more information about entry into Canada: US Department of State – Canada