Let’s get started on our exciting Seattle to Vancouver adventure with a two night stay at the luxurious Warwick Hotel located in the heart of Seattle in the lively upbeat Belltown district just a few blocks away from the Space Needle, and only a seven minute walk away from the famous Pike Place Market, Seattle’s original farmers market created in 1907.
Inspired by Seattle culture the hotel’s comfortable guest rooms come with and a host of modern amenities including 49”flat screen TV, Bluetooth Multimedia Centres, Italian marble baths and stunning views of downtown Seattle from their floor to ceiling windows and Juliet balconies. The Warwick hotel also has a lively on site restaurant, a heated indoor swimming pool with hot tub, a 24 hour fitness centre and the popular Margaux Bar. It’s a fantastic jumping off point and a great start to your adventures.
First stop has to be the Space Needle, a Seattle icon that was built for the 1962 world fair with stunning views over Elliot Bay and towards the Cascade mountains from the Needle’s observation deck. Once you’ve seen all that the Space Needle has to offer be sure to take a ride on the Seattle Centre Monorail as it weaves its way between the cities skyscrapers above the busy streets below on its way to the Westlake Centre.
Other popular attractions include the Seattle Aquarium, the Seattle Great Wheel, the Museum of Flight Seattle, Pike Place Market and the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) where colourful exhibits delve into the history of indie video games, Nirvana, the Seattle Seahawks and lots more – the kids will love it! If time permits take a ferry ride across the stunning Puget Sound and just sit back and enjoy the bracing fresh air and breath-taking scenery.
Take the Victoria Clipper Ferry from Seattle to Victoria, and stay at the Chateau Victoria Hotel, for an authentic experience. Well-appointed in downtown Victoria, you won’t have to travel far to get to popular Victoria attractions. The hotel’s recently upgraded pool and new Jacuzzi hot tub is the place to unwind after the journey from Seattle; keep the energy flowing and workout in the exercise room, which overlooks the bright and airy pool area. Dine in at Victoria’s only rooftop restaurant, Vista 18 West Coast Grill and Bar, on the 18th floor, boasting views of the Juan de Fuca Strait and Olympic Mountains, as well as divine dishes and creative cocktails. Clive’s Classic Lounge is the perfect spot to enjoy unique cocktails crafted by master bartenders.
Contemporary guestrooms come equipped with chic décor and plenty of amenities, including complimentary Wi-Fi, pillowtop beds, down duvets, luxurious linens, coffee and assorted teas, flat screen TV, air conditioning and a mini fridge. Steeped in family history, the Chateau Victoria Hotel is the ideal place for an authentic stay in Victoria.
Get your cameras ready to snap some unforgettable pictures of marine wildlife as you head on a whale watching tour from Victoria. On this three hour adventure you’ll journey 80 kilometres from the coast to explore the world from the whales’ perspectives. Minke and Grey whales, as well as orcas migrate in these waters, but you’ll also get the chance to see other marine creatures, including harbour seals and porpoises. In Victoria itself, there are plenty of things to see and do. The Royal BC Museum showcases natural history exhibits; Beacon Hill Park is a serene place to relax surrounded by beautifully-landscaped gardens, ponds and trees. Craigdarroch Castle offers an elegant break from the outdoors, with guided tours taking you around this Victorian mansion, built by wealthy coal baron Robert Dunsmuir. Today, it’s a National Historic Site of Canada, offering an insight into Canada’s past.
There’s no better place to end your trip than in Vancouver, especially at the Pinnacle Hotel, which is fabulously situated opposite Vancouver’s harbour, giving many rooms and the indoor pool spectacular views of the harbour and mountains beyond. Also featuring an upscale bistro and bar with a chic atmosphere, fitness facilities and complimentary Wi-Fi, your stay in Vancouver will be luxurious from check-in to check-out. Modern, spacious city view rooms offer floor to ceiling views with magnificent views of Vancouver’s skyline, a 37 inch HD TV, Keurig coffee maker and plush beds. City view rooms are offered with one King-size bed or two doubles, making them well-suited to families and couples alike.
Vancouver is home to unique treasures including the city’s oldest district, Gastown, which boasts independent boutiques, restaurants, bars and art galleries in lovingly-restored Victorian buildings. Other popular Vancouver attractions include Vancouver Art Gallery, the place to be for culture vultures, with exhibitions from historic and contemporary artists, and The BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can experience amazing sporting achievements and relive the 2010 Olympic Games. Head to Stanley Park to bird watch, with a vast array of species including bald eagles and one of the largest Pacific Great Blue Heron colonies in North America. The Beaty Biodiversity Museum at the University of British Columbia is a superb place to explore over 500 exhibits, with insects, birds, fish, fossils and everything in-between.
With a diverse range of experiences, from the Space Needle in Seattle to whale watching in Victoria and shopping in Vancouver, there’s something for everyone to love. Relax by hotel pools or immerse yourself in local living and discover each destination’s hidden gems. Call one of our travelplanners 020 3542 8888 to book this superb multicentre offer today!