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12 Days Food and Wine Tours Canada

  • Vancouver - Victoria - Nanaimo - Osoyoos - Naramata - Kelowna - Harrison Hot Springs

Stunning Culinary Holiday and Wine Tasting in Canada

Explore the unique diversity of British Columbia and taste the resulting complexities of its wine and food. Visit historic locations, breathtaking natural settings, and take delight in Canadas cultural heritage. From stunning scenery and steamy springs, to waterfalls and whales, Canada has got it all. See it, sip it, sample it, and study it all with the guidance of a sommelier and local growers of world class wineries. Bask in the best of British Columbia and its valleys, island style!

Highlights

  • Gourmet winemaker's dinner
  • Explore the stunning location of Vancouver
  • Visit and taste your way through world class wineries
  • Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens and a 400 feet high waterfall
  • Experience the freshness and flavor of a farm-to-fork dinner
  • Samples at bakeries, cheese delis, farms
  • 12 nights accommodation
  • Daily delightful breakfast
  • 11 days with instruction
  • English
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Best Western Cowichan Valley Inn (one night)

Located on picturesque Vancouver Island with a relaxed atmosphere and featuring a restaurant, bar, heated outdoor pool, and fitness center. Comfort and convenience carry over into your room where you are greeted with cable satellite on high definition TVs, complimentary wireless internet, a mini fridge, and coffee maker.

Harrison Beach Hotel in Harrison Hot Springs (one night)

Grab a glass of wine or a snack from your kitchenette and relax on your balcony with panoramic views of the lake. Or choose to go inside your comfortable room and watch a movie on your DVD player or go online with complimentary Wi-Fi. Then, head over to the heated indoor pool, jacuzzi, fitness center, or restaurant.

Hotel Eldorado Kelowna (one night)

This boutique hotel is located on the Okanagan Lake with its own marina and within a short walk to the beach. Keeping its water theme going, it includes an indoor pool, hot tub, and steam room. Complete the evening at the onsite fitness center or at the restaurant and bar with lakefront views. Afterward, head to your comfortable room with includes Wi-Fi and cable TV.

Inn at Laurel Point in Victoria (two nights)

Situated on the waterfront in the Inner Harbor, you will be able to relax out back with a view or take a walk and explore the surrounding areas, with museums, parks, and plenty of opportunities for shopping and entertainment. Then come back and enjoy the indoor pool with incredible views of the harbor or head to your room and your own balcony with water views, free Wi-Fi, and flat TV.

Naramata Heritage Inn (one night)

Spoil yourself with the charm and personal touches that come along with a boutique heritage hotel. Replace the television with a glass of wine and enjoy the large wrap around balcony with views of the lake or garden. It also features a spa, wine bar, and patio restaurant, focusing on house-made pastas and flatbreads.

St. Regis Hotel in Vancouver (three nights)

This modern hotel is conveniently and centrally located in downtown Vancouver, with the Skytrain five minutes away by foot. It features an onsite bar and restaurant, as well as access to a state-of-the-art gym located across the street, the Steve Nash Sports Club. Guest rooms include flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary worldwide phone calls.

Watermark Beach Resort in Osoyoos (two nights)

This conveniently located and quiet resort is situated along the water, yet it also features a swimming pool with water slide, as well as two outdoor hot tubs and an outdoor patio. There is also a steam room, fitness center, and wine bar. Each room comes with free Wi-Fi, a kitchenette, and private balcony with fantastic views of either the lake, the mountains, or the city.

Day 1 - Vancouver

Welcome to Vancouver! A city defined by its rich culture, thriving diversity, and breathtaking views. Vancouver offers entertainment, history, and more outdoor activities than you could ever imagine, all packaged and nestled between stunning snow-capped mountain peaks and the sparkling Pacific Ocean. You will be met at the downtown Saint Regis Hotel in Vancouver in the lobby at 19:00. Welcome dinner at a restaurant close to the hotel. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2 - Vancouver Island

After breakfast, transfer to Tsawwassen for a scenic 90-minute ferry ride to Vancouver Island. Visit the beautiful Butchart Gardens, established in 1904 and wander the paths of 50 acres of floral finery. Lunch included at the gardens. Drive to downtown Victoria, the capital of British Columbia. Dinner on your own and overnight in downtown Victoria.

Day 3 - Victoria

  • Spend the day on your own exploring Victoria. Have lunch and dinner on your own and overnight in Victoria.

Day 4 - Cowichan Valley

Drive up north along the scenic coast to beautiful Cowichan Valley, renowned for the quality of its fresh produce. It is home to a growing number of vineyards and wineries. You will make a visit to one of the local wineries for tasting of wines special to this region. The dry, warm summers and moist, mild winters are reminiscent of the Mediterranean climate which provides ideal growing conditions for a variety of grapes and produce. Cowichan Valley is often referred to as the Provence of Canada. Fertile valleys, mountains, and pristine lakes come together to form a backdrop of incredible beauty and timeless tradition.

Visit a local cidery for tasting and lunch. Continue to the quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay, North Americas first Cittaslow community. Take a stroll in the harbor, visit the well-known bakery and cheese deli. The day will end on a delicious note with a local farm-to-fork dinner, tucked away in the rolling hills. A renowned chef from the area, using flavorful local ingredients and wine will create a mouth-watering and memorable meal guaranteed to tantalize the taste buds! Overnight in Nanaimo.

Day 5 - Okanagan Valley

Take an early ferry back to the mainland and drive east through the panoramic Fraser Valley, a thriving agriculture area with picturesque farms nestled into natural wilderness and fields. Your first stop of the day is a visit to the Historic Fort Langley and Village, situated on the banks of the Fraser River. The fort is a national historic site and the birthplace of British Columbia. It is home to the first European settlement in south western British Columbia and played a major role in the development of what is now, the province of British Columbia. Catch a glimpse of life from the time of the gold fields, traders and trappers.

Afterwards, explore the charming village of Fort Langley with its many antique stores and boutiques. Lunch on your own. You will stop at Bridal Falls on your way to Okanagan Valley, a breathtaking view of the Fraser Valley. The 400-feet falls, the sixth largest in Canada, tumble down the mountains face at Bridal Falls Provincial Park. On the way to the Okanagan, you will pass through the Similkameen Valley. The fertile soil and sunny climate of this region allow farmers to grow exceptional fruits and vegetables and this makes it one of the finest growing areas in North America.

The valley is rich in western heritage and gold mining history. Gold was discovered in the Similkameen River in the 1850s and today, ranching and agriculture are the dominant industries. The town of Keremeos is known as the fruit-stand capital of Canada. Visit one of the many fruit wineries in the area. Upon arrival in the Okanagan Valley, you will stay overnight at a lakefront resort in Osoyoos, Canadas warmest area. Dinner on your own.

Day 6 - Osoyoos

Have a free morning to relax or to go shopping. Have lunch on your own.In the late afternoon you will visit NkMip Heritage Cultural Center. Built into the hillside, this cultural center features stunning views of the southern Okanagan Valley. Learn about the Okanagan First Nations habitation with on-site tours of a traditional village, performances and interactive displays. You will be treated to a traditional dinner experience with wines from NkMip Wine Cellars, North Americas first Aboriginal owned and operated winery. Overnight in Osoyoos.

Day 7 - Okanagan Valley

You will be joined by a wine sommelier for the day who will share their knowledge and passion for the Okanagan wines. Before you leave the southern Okanagan, you will stop at Osoyoos Desert Centre. This extraordinary habitat and Canadas only desert, is one of North Americas most fragile and endangered ecosystems. Despite its small size, it is a true desert environment with native plants and reptiles. A guided walk on an elevated boardwalk highlights the natural features.

Visit Tinhorn Creek Winery for wine tasting (winner of more than 250 international medals) and lunch at their renowned restaurant Miradoro (voted one of the best winery restaurants in the world by Wine Access magazine). You will continue north and stop at various wineries along the way, including several beautiful boutique wineries. The vineyards are situated on the hills overlooking Okanagan Lake, a truly spectacular setting. You will arrive at picturesque Naramata village by the Okanagan Lake, and spend the night in a historic heritage inn which includes a gourmet winemakers dinner.

Day 8 - Kelowna

Begin the day by driving north to tour some of the many wineries around Kelowna. Do a tour and tasting of Mission Hill Family Estate Winery, recognized as world class by the International Food & Wine Magazine. Mission Hill offers spectacular panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, awe-inspiring architecture and award winning wines.

Visit an artisan cheese maker, a family operated dairy selling various selections of premium cheeses. Enjoy a spectacular lunch and tasting at Summerhill Pyramid Winery, offering beautiful views over Okanagan Lake. This winery features organic wine-making at its best and is Canadas largest certified organic vineyard. Afternoon free to relax or to go shopping. Dinner on your own and overnight at a lakefront hotel in Kelowna.

Day 9 - Harrison Hot Springs

Transfer back east through the majestic mountain range. On the way, you will stop in a small town for lunch on your own. You will arrive at the final destination for the day, Harrison Hot Springs. With a spectacular lakeside setting, this town was settled in the 1850s and is known for its natural hot springs and mountain views. It is a peaceful getaway for relaxation. Dinner on your own and overnight at a lakefront resort in Harrison Hot Springs.

Day 10 - Vancouver

A leisurely return to Vancouver via back-country roads. Upon arrival in Vancouver, there is free time to discover this vibrant city. Lunch and dinner on your own. Overnight in downtown Vancouver.

Day 11 - Vancouver

The day will be spent exploring Vancouver with a city sightseeing tour. Visits include Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Capilano Suspension Bridge or Grouse Mountain. Capilano Suspension Bridge & Park is Vancouvers oldest tourist attraction, originally built in 1889; it stretches 137 meters across and 70 meters above Capilano River. This hanging bridge takes you to the serenity of a west coast rainforest and Canadas award-winning attraction, Treetops Adventure.

Ride the Skyride Aerial Tram to the Top of Grouse Mountain, 1100 meters up with spectacular views of the city and the Pacific Ocean. Visit the Wildlife Refuge, home to two orphaned grizzly bears. Take an eco-walk through an old-growth forest, enjoy a logger show, and more. Lunch on your own. Farewell dinner at one of Vancouvers award winning restaurants. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 12 - Vancouver

  • Free time for shopping and sightseeing. Late afternoon airport transfer.

This retreat will take place in British Columbia region, Canada.

On this tour you will be served daily breakfasts, three lunches consisting of two courses or buffet, and four dinners with 3-courses or buffet including dessert, plus one five-course winemakers dinner.

Okanagan Valley

The beautiful sun-drenched Okanagan, also referred to as "Napa of the North", is one of the warmest areas of Canada and the main grape-growing region in the country. Lush vineyards dotted along this spectacular stretch of landscape; freshwater lakes, sandy beaches, mountains and desert. It has rapidly grown to become one of the most popular wine destinations in the world. It was recently voted the Number One Wine Destination in the World by Viator, a popular travel website on their Travel Blog.

Okanagan wines are among the finest in the world, earning recognition from connoisseurs around the globe. There are more than 140 wineries in this region, each with its own unforgettable character and ambience. Some wineries provide a complete experience to visitors, combining award-winning restaurants that use local organic ingredients and first-class luxury accommodation.

Famous for orchards brimming with luscious fruit, the valley is filled with farmer's markets selling fresh, locally-grown produce. Apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries, plums and prunes are all grown in the Okanagan. The export of fruits from this area is worth more than 100 million USD, a significant contribution to the Canadian economy. Breathtaking views, lush gardens, desert centers and unique landscapes create a foundation for some of the most alluring agri-tourism attractions in the Thompson Okanagan.

The area is well-known for its culinary excellence with an impressive range of fresh local foods. BCs farmers, vintners, chefs and artisan producers have a great standing on the international food scene. For food lovers this is the place to experience and taste various delicious local food. The following are the most popular wine grape varieties:

White wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Ehrenfelser.

Red wines: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon.

Icewine: Canada has the toughest Icewine standards and is the largest producer in the world.

Vancouver

Vancouvers mild west coast climate and gorgeous setting creates a year-round paradise for outdoor activities, such as strolling through its many parks and gardens or enjoying something more active like skiing, golfing and sailing, often all in the same day! With its dramatic location between the Coast Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver is one of the worlds most beautiful cities; a modern, multi-cultural metropolis at the edge of rugged wilderness.

Victoria

  • Please note that these activities need to be reserved in advance.
  • Enjoy afternoon high tea at the historical Empress Hotel, famous for its elegant tea service in true British tradition and served to over 75,000 visitors annually.
  • Take a spectacular whale watching tour where you will encounter orcas and other sea life animals. An experience to treasure!
  • Visit Royal British Columbia Museum and experience the history of British Columbia, the first European settlers and the First Nations People.
  • 1 winemakers dinner (5-course)
  • 3 lunches (2-course or buffet)
  • 4 dinners (3-course or buffet)
  • 11 nights in 4-star hotel accommodation
  • All admissions
  • All taxes
  • Daily breakfast
  • Desserts at dinners
  • Expert tour guide throughout tour
  • Meal and driver gratuities
  • Motor coach transportation during course of tour
  • Wine sommelier - 1 day in Okanagan Valley
  • Wine tastings and winery tours
  • Anything not specified as included
  • Lunches and dinners not specified as included
  • Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages
  • Optional activities and entrance fees
  • Personal expenses
  • Tour guide gratuities
  • Transportation and airfare to and from destination
  • Transportation to and from airport to hotel at start and end of tour
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Fly into Vancouver International Airport (YVR) and transfer to downtown St. Regis Hotel in Vancouver either via taxi, shuttle or Skytrain.

Distances

  • Vancouver International Airport (YVR) - 25 minutes

Georgia, United States

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