Specially prepared for Alexis & Michael
July 4th – San Francisco to Vancouver
This morning you’ll depart on an early morning flight from San Francisco to Vancouver. Arrival in Vancouver will be at 10:00am. After you will pick up your rental car at the airport, you’ll drive to your hotel in downtown where you’ll be spending the next 3 nights. Your hotel for your stay is the Ramada Limited Downtown Vancouver. It is only 2 blocks from the popular Gastown area and close to most other attractions, like the Waterfront and Robson Street. Another option would be the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa which is located close to Robson Street and would also allow you to walk to most places in the city. The Century Plaza would increase the price for the total cost of your journey by about $ 90.00. Both of these hotels are in good locations with the Century Plaza having more amenities like the Spa and larger rooms. At the Ramada hotel your daily Continental Breakfast is included.
July 5th – Vancouver
Today you’ll have the entire day to explore Vancouver. Some of the places to see are the Queen Elizabeth Park, VanDusen Botanical Garden, Stanely Park and a stroll around Granville Islands where you’ll find quaint shops, restaurants and a local market with unique foods and goods. These are just a few options as there are also museums and other activities available.
July 6th – Vancouver
Today I would recommend you venture out to the surrounding areas of Vancouver. A visit to Grouse Mountain is a must. You can either hike up the mountain or take the Gondola both ways. On top you’ll have breathtaking views of the entire Vancouver area. On your way back into the city stop at the Capilano Suspension Bridge, which stretches 450 feet across and 250 feet above the Capilano River.
July 7th – Vancouver to Tofino on Vancouver Island
Today you will be leaving Vancouver and drive across the Lion’s Gate Bridge to the Horse Shoe Bay Ferry Terminal. From here you will take the British Columbia Ferry across the Straight of Georgia to the small town of Nanaimo on Vancouver Island and continue driving across the island to the amazing Pacific Rim National Park where you will be staying in the small community of Tofino. On the way you will be driving through some of the most stunning scenery, passing crystal clear lakes, rivers and mountains. Your home in Tofino will be the Long Beach Resort & Lodge, situated right on the ocean and is perfect for long walks on the beach.
July 8th – Tofino & Pacific Rim National Park
Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park are absolutely breathtaking and one of my personal favorite places to spend a weekend. There are some wonderful trails if you like hiking or simply visit some of the beaches and if you are brave, go for a swim in the Pacific Ocean.
In Tofino you have an array of options for sightseeing. Personally I would highly recommend to do a guided kayak tour which will give you a close up experience of the marine life, small islands and inlets in the area.
There is also the option to go whale watching while in Tofino either by boat of by float plane. A float plane ride will give you some amazing views of the area.
July 9th – Tofino to Victoria
After checking out from your cozy hotel, you’ll begin your drive to Victoria, the capital of British Columbia with a distinct British flair. The drive will take you about 5 hours.
Along the way stop at Cathedral Grove Park and admire trees which are over 800 years old.
Upon arrival in the afternoon in Victoria you’ll be checking in at your hotel the Executive House Hotel. The hotel is situated just one block from the waterfront and is behind the famous Empress Hotel. This hotel is right in downtown and we are able to offer a one bedroom suite, which is included in the quote below.
July 10th – Victoria
Spend today enjoying Victoria. Walk the quaint streets around town, enjoy the harbor front or go whale watching. This time of year you’ll have a good chance of seeing Orcas in the area. You can also visit the Royal BC Museum which always displays new Exhibits and Galleries. After walking around why not come back to the hotel and enjoy a nice spa treatment and evening go out for a nice dinner. Victoria has many wonderful restaurants and depending on what your preferences are I’d be more than happy to make suggestions.
July 11th – Victoria
This morning drive to the famous Butchart Gardens. It’s a great place to spend the morning and part of the afternoon and enjoy the beautiful flowers and plants. In the afternoon spend your remaining time at your leisure.
July 12th – Victoria – Vancouver/flight home
After breakfast and maybe a last stroll to the harbor front, you’ll be driving to the Victoria Swartz Bay Ferry Terminal. Here you’ll be taking the British Columbia Ferry back to Tsawwassen on the mainland.
The one hour and half crossing will take you through islands and across the Straight of Georgia. With a little bit of luck you might even see some Orcas.
The drive from the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen to the Vancouver International Airport only takes about 30 minutes. Upon arrival you will be returning your rental car and check-in for your flight to San Francisco departing at 7:10pm. Departing from Vancouver you’ll get to see the Coast Mountain Range and the city of Vancouver one more time before continuing on your journey back home to San Francisco.
Here is a wonderful video about Tofino
Price for this itinerary: $ 3,482.00 for both of you.
– Return Airfare San Francisco to Vancouver
– All Hotels as listed (Ramada Hotel in Vancouver)
– Breakfasts during your stay at Ramada Hotel in Vancouver and the Long Beach Resort & Lodge
– Rental car for the entire stay (Fullsize)
– Ferry tickets from Vancouver to Nanaimo & Victoria to Vancouver
– Entrance fees for attractions like Butchart Gardens, Capilano Suspension Bridge, Museums etc.
– Parking fee at the Ramada $ 25.00 per day. There is no parking fee for any of the other hotels.
– Any personal expenses
You will receive an extensive document package from us before your departure which will include detailed instructions and maps for your journey as well as a lot of information for each destination pointing out attractions and places to see. Throughout your entire honeymoon you will also have the peace of mind that you can contact me any time should you have any questions or need assistance.
As this is a custom designed itinerary we can make any changes you might like to have made so that this journey will be everything you are hoping for it to be and give you the most memorable honeymoon possible.
Thank you very much for allowing us to create this initial itinerary for you. – Ales