Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Gulf Islands, Biking tour

Gulf Islands, Biking

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Victoria and Vancouver Island are a cyclist's paradise with lots of options for moderate and more challenging rides
  • Ride loop out to Ten Mile Point, visiting historical sites along the way
  • Cycle north along a cycle path to Swartz Bay before crossing by ferry to Salt Spring Island
  • We’ll ride a route that gives us outstanding views of Trincomali Channel with the snow-capped Coast Range mountains as a back-drop
  • A water taxi to Galiano Island, and a visit to Montague Park
  • A walk up to the top of Mt. Galiano, where views are outstanding

Short Description

Tucked between the mainland of southwestern British Columbia and Vancouver Island is an archipelago of islands known as the Canadian Gulf Islands. Each has its own charm, with natural history and coastal scenery unique in North America.

Starting from Victoria on Vancouver Island, we visit the smaller islands of Salt Spring, Galiano and Mayne as we explore the pastoral island life. Whether by bike, on foot, or by kayak, you will be seduced by this unique island charm. We’ll stay in inns and hotels that are welcoming and dine on inspired Pacific Northwest cuisine.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Victoria
End City Vancouver

Travel Theme

Cycling & Biking

Destinations

Canada

Cities & Attractions

Vancouver

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Trip Includes

  • Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
  • 6 nights lodging
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches, and all dinners but 1
  • Entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
  • Detailed map and route instructions
  • All baggage transportation
  • All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off including sea-plane flight to Vancouver at end of trip (see arrive/depart cities)

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Itinerary

Day 1& 2: Victoria

Your hotel is included on arrival day and we will meet at 2:00 pm for bike fit and a short warm-up ride. Victoria and Vancouver Island are a cyclist's paradise with lots of options for moderate and more challenging rides. The second day we’ll ride loop out to Ten Mile Point, visiting historical sites along the way. We will dine in one of Victoria's best restaurants, a short walk from the harbour.

Days 3 & 4: Salt Spring Island

Today we cycle north along a cycle path to Swartz Bay before crossing by ferry to Salt Spring Island. There is lots to see and do in Ganges, full of artisan shops and galleries. The second day we’ll ride a route that gives us outstanding views of Trincomali Channel with the snow-capped Coast Range mountains as a back-drop. There may be an option to cross to Mayne Island to explore it's treasures. Ganges is filled with excellent restaurants including several with live folk singers. It's that kind of island!

Days 5 & 6: Galiano Island

We begin the day with a water taxi to Galiano Island, and a visit to Montague Park. For hikers, we’ll lead a walk up to the top of Mt. Galiano, where views are outstanding (see photo in slideshow above). On the second day, start your day with a yoga session or swim followed by a ride out to the west end of the island where a pristine beach awaits. Finish the day with spa and massage. Dinners at the Galiano Inn will be memorable and we'll finish the trip as we always do, with a celebratory dinner with festivities.

Day 7:   

For those departing, we decided the best way to end a trip like this was to offer a scenic flight by sea-plane back to Vancouver.

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Additional Information:

Note:

Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation

Activity Level:

Moderate

30-50+ km; (20-30+ miles) daily

Van supported

Terrain:

Gently rolling with some short steep hills.

Trip ID#:

GulBikGre

Trip Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Passport and Visa Charges
  • Personal Expenses

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