Drive yourself on your Pacific Adventure, and you can please yourself. After immersing yourself in Vancouver you’ll journey from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo. You’ll drive the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler, to explore glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snowy peaks, before meandering back to Vancouver. And everywhere you stop you’ll stay in hand-picked luxury.
Vancouver enjoys a spectacular setting amidst the Coast Mountains, the Burrard Inlet, and the Strait of Georgia. The city itself offers cosmopolitan restaurants, great shopping and sight-seeing opportunities, plus the chance to explore the shops, market and chocolatiers of Granville Island. You can even take a seaplane to a dinner date beside a picturesque lake, have a picnic overlooking Howe Sound, try your hand at salmon fishing, indulge in a spa or play a round or two of golf.
Stay: Three nights in the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel.
Time to head for the wide open horizon. Drive onto the ferry at Horseshoe Bay and set sail for Nanimo. Take the road westwards and experience the wild Pacific coastline where high-rolling waves make their first landfall since Japan! Further on you’ll find sweeping beaches and an exclusive hotel in a dramatic Pacific Rim setting – the perfect base for whale watching and black bear observation trips.
Stay: Three nights in the ultra-luxurious Wickaninnish Inn with its Aveda spa
Your next stop is Whistler, but in this case the journey is as exciting as the destination. You’ll drive along the Sea to Sky Highway, with its astonishing views over Howe Sound and the Coast Range Mountains. The cascading Shannon Falls and the great granite Stawamus Chief Rock are equally inspiring and in Whistler itself you can take the Gondola and an open chair lift to a 7000 feet viewpoint – the perfect place to admire the region’s glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snowy peaks. Later in your stay you can also take the Whistler Explorer, and a helicopter flight over the jaw-droppingly scenic lakes, rivers, glacial flows and towering peaks of Blackcomb and Whistler Mountains.
Stay: Three nights in the Four Seasons Whistler.
Today you drive back to sophisticated Vancouver for your return flight.