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Optional Private Excursions available for purchase

Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!

Vancouver: Bowen Island by Land, Sea & Air - (4-hours)
Highlights:
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.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Private vehicle, driver/guide gratuity, BC Ferry tolls, seaplane flight from Bowen Island to Vancouver Harbor, gourmet box lunch, and all taxes.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.

 
Vancouver: Private Vancouver's Ultimate City & Nature Tour - (6 hours)
Highlights:
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.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Private vehicle, driver / guide gratuity, gourmet picnic lunch and all applicable fees.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Vancouver: Private Vancouver with the Kids - (6 hours)
Highlights:
This 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 Steller sea lions, sea otters, and other local marine life. Alternatively, you might want to visit Capilano Suspension Bridge—the world's longest suspension footbridge—and experience the forest canopy walkway. Next, continue 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!

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Private vehicle, driver/guide gratuity, admission to Vancouver Aquarium or Science World, gourmet box lunch.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Vancouver: Private Different faces of Vancouver (4-hours)
Highlights:
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.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Driver/guide gratuity.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Vancouver: Private Day Tour to Victoria by Land & Sea - (12-hours)
Highlights:
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.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Luxury Van and driver/guide, ferry tolls, admission to Butchart Gardens, driver/guide gratuity, gourmet box lunch and all taxes.
 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Vancouver: Private Day Tour to Victoria by Floatplane & Private Vehicle - (9 hours)
Highlights:
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.

Tour can operate:
Anytime while in port.
 
Inclusions:
Includes roundtrip scheduled floatplane flights, vehicle and driver for 3.5 hour tour of Victoria, Butchart Gardens admission, driver gratuity, Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Empress Hotel (gratuity included) and all taxes.
 
Please note: 
Butchart Gardens is self guided; your driver / guide will wait for you outside.

 
Not Included:
Anything not listed as included.
 
Vancouver Highlights Private Tour - 4 hours
Enjoy the best of Vancouver on this personalized tour, perfect for pre or post cruise tour. See the highlights of the downtown core plus the unique neighborhoods of Chinatown, historic Gastown and fashionable Yaletown. Immerse yourself in Stanley Park and “see” the stories of Stanley Park’s Totem Poles. Pass by English Bay, visit Granville Island Market and The Lookout for 360° views of the Vancouver and coastal mountains. No lunch included.

Highlights:
  • Robson Street Shopping District
  • Stanley Park
  • English Bay Beach
  • Granville Island Marketplace
  • China Town
  • Historic Gastown
  • Yaletown
  • The Vancouver Lookout

Tour Duration:  4 hours
Tour can operate: Both, morning and afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes these tours are accessible for clients with folding wheelchairs and if traveling with a companion for assistance.  (Generally specific mobility levels of clients are assessed prior to booking)
Physical Activity Level: Light and Moderate

Inclusions: 
Driver/guide gratuities included
entrance to the Vancouver Lookout
Pick-up and drop-off at individual downtown hotels and the Cruise Terminal (instructions are provided on quote and final booking confirmation document)

Not Included:  entrance to other attractions not listed are not included *possible to customize itinerary and include additional components at cost.
Vancouver Mountain Adventure - 8 Hours (with Step-On Guide, admissions included)
Explore the city highlights and then travel into the local mountains, visit Vancouver's original tourist attraction - the Capilano Suspensio Bridge. Spend time exploring our temperate rainforest and learn all about Salmon at the Fish Hatchery. Your tour continues its climb up Grouse Mountain where you'll take the Skyride to the Peak of Vancouver with breath-taking views over the Lower Mainland and Coast Mountain Range. After time well spent in Vancouver's backyard, your guide will drive you back to downtown and your hotel. No lunch included.
 
Highlights:
  • Stanley Park
  • Granville Island Marketplace
  • Historic Gastown
  • Robson Street Shopping District
  • English Bay
  • Capilano Suspension Bridge
  • Capilano Fish Hatchery
  • Grouse Mountain and Skyride
Tour Duration: 8 hours
Tour can operate: Morning and afternoon
Wheelchair Accessible:  Yes these tours are accessible for clients with folding wheelchairs and if traveling with a companion for assistance.  (Generally specific mobility levels of clients are assessed prior to booking)
Physical Activity Level: Light and Moderate
 
Inclusions: (include any info regarding transportation to/from the Cruise ship in this section)
  • Driver/guide gratuities included
  • Entrance to Capilano Suspensions Bridge/Park
  • Pick-up and drop-off at individual downtown hotels and the Cruise Terminal (instructions are provided on quote and final booking confirmation document)

Not Included:  entrance to other attractions not listed are not included *possible to customize itinerary and include additional components at cost
Vancouver Stanley Park Bicycle Tour - 3 hours
Stanley Park is truly one of the most beautiful parks in the world.

Highlights:  This unique tour includes a perfect mixture of both trail riding and seawall cruising. Highlights include in-depth information about the biodiversity of the temperate rainforest, the history of the coastal First Nations and their legendary totem poles, as well as an abundance of hidden treasures and stories that the park has accumulated over its 125 year history. Stanley Park is also uniquely situated with incredibly scenic views of downtown Vancouver, the North Shore, The Lion's Gate Bridge, as well as English Bay and the Westside.  The guides will weave you down the pristine forest trails that criss-cross through the park, and give incisive information about our amazing wilderness city. This is definitely more than just a ride in the park. You will walk or ride away with a deeper understanding of both Vancouver and its green treasure. An easy 9-10 km ride on dedicated bike trails. We always ride at a relaxed pace to take in the sights, so anyone with moderate fitness can easily do this ride.

Tour Duration:  3 hours

Tour can operate: 10 am 

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions: Bike, helmet, bike delivery, tour guide, and gratuities.

Not Included:  Additional admissions not listed as included are possible to customize itinerary to include, and any additional components.

 
Best of Downtown Tour (Formerly Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour) - 3 hours
The Best of Downtown (Formerly Guilty Pleasures Gourmet Tour) showcases over 5 of downtown Vancouver's award-winning restaurants and food shops on a three-hour food tasting and educational walking tour.

Highlights: Guests sample gourmet food paired with wines and beer, meet award-winning chefs and food artisans and learn about Vancouver's food trends, gourmet events, culture and architecture. Guests also receive a Vancouver Gourmet Guide with special discounts.
 
Some of the treats featured on this gastronomic adventure include the best dim sum in Vancouver at Kirin Chinese Restaurant; salmon sashimi on crispy rice, mini burgers, and North America's best gelato from world-famous Bella Gelateria. Guests will also taste award-winning cheese, chocolate and wine at Vancouver's gourmet specialty grocer and stroll along the city's gourmet restaurant street and trendy shopping neighbourhood.

Tour Duration:  3 hours

Tour can operate: In the afternoon

Physical Activity Level: Moderate

Inclusions: 5 courses, 14 tastings, 5 alcoholic drink pairings, 8 stories, 3 hours of pure bliss, Guide Gratuity. Note: Substitute tastings available for vegetarians and pescetarians with advance notice. Tasting locations are subject to change without notice.

Not Included:  Additional admissions not listed as included are possible to customize itinerary to include, and any additional components.


 
Granville Island Market Tour - 2 hours
Get early access into Vancouver's most popular food and cultural attraction on this exclusive Granville Island VIP Market Tour!

Highlights: Beat the crowd and enjoy the opportunity to get up close and personal with market merchants. The tour runs at 9am on weekends as this is the best time to experience the buzzing market when merchants are setting up for the day and the crowds have yet to swarm the market. You'll also get the opportunity to visit two secret foodie spots we don't offer on our regular Market Tours. Tour highlights include: locally-cured meats, small production local cheeses, and freshly-baked artisan bread. Touring the Granville Island Public Market is one of the most authentic ways to experience Vancouver.

Note: Tastings subject to change depending on availability.

Tour Duration:  2 hours

Tour can operate: Saturday & Sunday at 9:00am

Physical Activity Level: Moderate 

Inclusions: 2-hour tour of the Granville Island Public Market, 21 tastings of regional foods, 12 stories, Guide Gratuity.

Not Included:  Additional admissions not listed as included are possible to customize itinerary to include, and any additional components.


 

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