BC Spa & Winelands Circle

Self-Drive Holiday

 

Holiday Overview

Couple at Evolve Cellars Vineyard, Okanagan Lake - Destination BC/Kari Medig

 

An incredible fly-drive adventure through British Columbia, starting and ending in Vancouver and encompassing some of Canada’s finest wineries and most spectacular scenery.

Experience world-class service at Sparkling Hill Resort, a health and wellness resort offering a variety of spa treatments and access to a team of professional health consultants. Explore the renowned region of Kelowna, home to more then 25 wineries, on a guided wine-tasting tour.

What’s Included

Featured Experience

Sparkling Hill Resort, BC

 

A shimmering jewel set high in the hills overlooking Lake Okanagan and the Monashee Mountains, this holistic health and wellness spa resort offers refuge and relaxation in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. With its uniquely modern and comfortable rooms, spa and wellness amenities, and delicious farm-to-table dining, Sparkling Hill is the ideal place to unwind in supreme luxury and comfort.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Fly to Vancouver

Collect your car at Vancouver Airport. Spend the rest of the day exploring this fascinating city which has so much to offer! Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 2: Ferry crossing from Vancouver to Victoria

Today, you catch the ferry over to Victoria, BC’s capital city. The ferry is a great way to enjoy the scenery with Vancouver on one side and the Islands around you. If you are lucky, you might even spot some whales on your way! Overnight in Victoria.

Day 3: Best of Victoria Day Tour

Your journey begins with the scenic sights of the city including a visit to the Craigdarroch Castle. After your time at the Castle, the next stop is the charming seaside village of Sidney, home of Victoria Distillers. At Victoria Distillers, you will be given a tour and witness how they make their gin. No visit would be complete without a tasting of local gins followed by a delectable Fairmont Empress lunch. Afterwards, you will have the opportunity to do a wine tasting at Church & State Winery. Complete your day with a visit to the world famous Butchart Gardens!

Day 4: Ferry back, on your way to Fraser Valley

Located less than 100 km from downtown Vancouver, the Fraser Valley is an agricultural wonderland. Over half the province’s agricultural activity is centered here, including nearly 30 vineyards and 15 wineries. The wineries are dedicated to producing some of the most acclaimed wine labels in the province, from unique fruit wines and delicious sparkling wines to fresh, fruit-forward table wines. The winery experience is not limited to tastings – several also offer culinary experiences such as farm tours and bistro dining.  1 night in Chilliwack.

Day 5: Chilliwack, Fraser Valley to Osoyoos

Chilliwack is a vibrant community; rich in history, outdoor adventures and farm experiences. Wander the great outside on one of its numerous hikes, spend an afternoon golfing, or fish along the mighty Fraser River with a glass of wine from the area.

Day 6: Osoyoos

Today you will be picked up from your hotel to enjoy a winery tour of the Oliver wineries along the Black Sage bench and the Golden Mile where you choose the wineries you would like to stop at. You will visit 3 wineries before lunch. Gourmet lunch is included at one of the wineries and then after lunch you will visit 2 more wineries.

Day 7: Osoyoos to Kootenay area

Don’t leave Osoyoos without stopping the natural phenomenon Spotted Lake. The surface of the lake is made up of 365 spots in the summer, which change shape, colour, size. “Try and spot the heart shaped circle in the middle. This place is so unique and something tourists rarely see.”

Make you way to southeastern corner of British Columbia, to Kootenay region, home to a pristine stretch of rivers, lakes, waterfalls, beaches, mineral hot springs, alpine meadows and snow-capped mountains. Although it is a relatively new viticultural area, ground crops were first planted in the region many years ago, which led to the cultivation of orchards and today, in select microclimates, grapes have been grown since 1995. 2 nights in Castlegar.

Day 8: Castlegar, Kootenay Area

People come to Castlegar for the area’s exciting outdoor recreation and parks. Cycling the fantastic Columbia and Western Railway corridor between Castlegar and Christina Lake is especially appealing, as well as golfing at the championship Castlegar Golf Club. Castlegar locals love their city and their sports, producing numerous special events and tournaments throughout the year. This is also a great place to stop and taste the wines they offer in the area.

Day 9-10: Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa

Stay at Sparkling Hill Resort for a healing, wellness retreat experience. The serene views of Okanagan Lake and the Monashee Mountains provide the backdrop to your visit. Sparkling Hill is renowned as a leading destination spa resort for wellness travel in North America where you can maintain, improve or kick-start a healthy lifestyle and increase your overall sense of well-being. Offering a range of wellness amenities and services unprecedented in North America, Sparkling Hill Resort provides a healing retreat from your normal environment and a mental break from the stresses of daily life. With a stunning location, resort inclusions, farm to table dining philosophy and holistic spa treatments, Sparkling Hill strives to educate guests on enhancing their personal journey to whole body wellness. Sparkling Hill Resort invites you to immerse in the healing power of water in the 40,000 sq. ft. KurSpa – one of the largest spas in North America, and to benefit from the best of traditional services and modern healthcare at the Wellness Clinic which combines the services of naturopathy, integrative medicine and spa treatments.

Day 11: Sparkling Hill Resort to Kelowna

Home to more than 25 wineries, this world-famous region has become synonymous with wine, and for good reason.  BC’s first vines were planted in Kelowna in 1859 by Father Pandosy. Kelowna also boasts the province’s oldest continually operating winery, Calona Vineyard (est. 1931). Many of the first families of the BC wine industry call this area home such as Gray Monk Estate Winery’s Heiss’ family, the Cipes of Summerhill Pyramid Organic Winery, and the Stewart family of Quails’ Gate Winery. Several wineries in the region also offer exceptional culinary experiences, some with year-round dining options. 2 nights in Kelowna.

Day 12: Kelowna

Explore the hidden treasures of Kelowna’s Lakeshore Wine Route on a guided tour. From Cedar Creek Estate Winery, to St. Hubertus Estate Winery, to the replica of the Pyramid of Egypt at Summerhill Pyramid Winery and Tantalus Vineyard. It is an eclectic group of wineries to discover. Included are tasting and tours at 4 wineries, van transportation, complimentary chilled bottled water, coolers for wine storage, and wine guides.

Day 13: Kelowna to Vancouver

Continue to be blown away with awe-inspiring scenery as you head back to Vancouver. Overnight in Vancouver.

Day 14: Fly back home - End of the Tour

Your tour ends upon checkout from your Vancouver hotel. Spend some time buying last minute souvenirs before heading to the airport for your flight home.

What’s Included:

This 14 day trip to Canada starts at £2,673 per person (based on two people sharing) and includes…

  • International flights from the UK based on economy class
  • 13 nights’ accommodation, including 2 nights at the Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa
  • 14 day intermediate car hire with fully inclusive insurance
  • Ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay
  • Ferry from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen
  • Best of Victoria Day Tour
  • Golden Miles Tour, Osoyoos
  • Tasters Tour, Kelowna
  • Duration: 13 nights/14 days
  • Departure Point: London Gatwick
  • Airline: West Jet
  • Hotel Rating: 3-4*

Price based on departures 28th May 2023 (please note prices & availability are subject to change).

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