British Columbia: Vancouver Island, Victoria & the Saanich Peninsula
Cycle into the soul of Pacific Canada during this serene Vancouver Island sojourn. Uncover the beauty of Vancouver Island during this Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation, riding coastal routes and rail trails from Victoria to the lake-dotted Saanich Peninsula forests.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 32|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
6-day Self-Guided Air+
5-day Bike Vacation Only
Per person, double occupancy
British Columbia: Vancouver Island, Victoria & the Saanich PeninsulaYou’ll ride breathtaking routes and old railway lines into coastal forests that spill into the sea. Experience bike-friendly Victoria, nestled on serene waters surrounding the Saanich Peninsula. Follow the historic Galloping Goose trail past bucolic pastures, fertile farms, and a stunning canyon. Along the way, peruse the magnificent Butchart Gardens, take refreshing dips in pure crystalline lakes, and learn about the First Nations Salish people. Pace yourself. You’ll want to savor every moment of this Self-Guided Bicycle Vacation.
What to Expect
This tour offers a combination of easy terrain and moderate hills and is ideal for beginner and experienced cyclists. Rides are on relatively flat paved roads and bike lanes within the city and suburbs of Victoria and into countryside and along the coast, in places on extremely hard packed gravel. Please verify your bike selection for this tour as it is not always possible to change bikes once you arrive on tour. Travel with your friends and family—we can accommodate multiple guests on this self-guided vacation. Our 24/7 support system is available if needed.
- Daily Mileage: 15 - 32|
- Biking: 2 - 5 hr
- Get a true feel for Canada as you ride from world-class, cosmopolitan Victoria into a pristine natural world
- Follow the breathtakingly scenic Pacific Marine Circle Route from Victoria to Sooke
- Learn about the First Nations Salish people through the artwork you’ll see in hotels and galleries
- Experience the history, architecture, and British heritage of Victoria, British Columbia’s splendid capital city
- Experience Vancouver Island’s raw rainforest beauty, stunning rocky coast, distinctive cuisine, and diverse culture and history
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Bike Vacation Only
|Roundtrip international airfare|
|Detailed information for your independent travel to/from arrival and departure airports|
|One night in Vancouver in a conveniently located hotel with breakfast included|
|4 nights in boutique hotels|
|4 meals: 4 breakfasts|
The Listel Hotel
Vancouver’s Listel Hotel is as renowned for its original artwork as it is for its sophisticated design and warm hospitality. Located in the West End, the eco-friendly, air-conditioned, boutique property infuses your stay with a healthy dash of culture while its award-winning restaurant Forage and Timber serves sustainable fare with flair, using ingredients that are locally sourced and always fresh. Each well-appointed room is elegant and stylish, inspired by the energy and vitality of Vancouver’s arts scene and adorned with works by Canadian and international artists.
Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront
Located in the fashionable Coal Harbour district of downtown Vancouver, the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront boasts a stylish design and award-winning hospitality. The walking trails of Stanley Park, the city’s famed rainforest park and a National Historic Site of Canada, are a short drive away, while the rest of Vancouver waits right outside your door. You can enjoy international cuisine at the hotel’s P2B bistro & bar and indulge in the indoor pool and hot tub. Each room has been thoughtfully designed with a blend of traditional comforts such as climate control, and the latest technology, providing views of the harbor, the waterfront, or the cityscape.
Hotel Grand Pacific
Elegant and refined, the Hotel Grand Pacific—named a Top Ten City Hotel in Canada by Travel + Leisure—is one of the few hotels located on Victoria’s picturesque Inner Harbor. Fisherman’s Wharf, the city’s downtown restaurant and shopping district, Chinatown, and the British Columbia Legislature and Parliament buildings are all nearby. Large rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and soaker tubs offer views of the city while you enjoy complimentary bottled water and fresh fruit. Enjoy the many offerings of this air-conditioned lifestyle hotel, including a large swimming pool, athletic club, and walks to the sea wall. Linger over the creative fare at The Pacific Restaurant or take afternoon tea on the terrace.
The Magnolia Hotel & Spa
Just steps from Victoria’s Inner Harbor, the 5-star Magnolia Hotel & Spa offers refined décor with a mix of modern and traditional furnishings. Large, air conditioned rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows offer views of the city while you enjoy complimentary bottled water and fresh fruit. Soaker tubs, complimentary WiFi, an on-site restaurant, and coffee, tea, and cool drinks always available in the lobby ensure a lovely stay in a convenient location close to the waterfront and lively Chinatown.
Sooke Harbour House
Beautifully set on the Juan de Fuca Strait and boasting panoramic views of Washington State’s Olympic Mountains, the charming Sooke Harbour House is one of Vancouver Island’s premier resorts. Its common areas and 28 rooms are graced with original artwork, antiques, and handcrafted furnishings that evoke the spirit of the Saanich Peninsula. This eco-friendly property is just steps away from the Whiffin Spit, the arc of land jutting into the Sooke Basin where sea lions have been known to bask. Savor seasonal, organic, and creative cuisine sourced from local farms and fishermen, flavored with rare herbs from the house’s three-acre garden. Take “Tea by the Sea” in the afternoon and relax in comfort in your individually styled room.
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