Lillooet | Credit: Destination BC / Hubert Kang
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Lillooet | Credit: Destination BC / Hubert Kang
Christina Lake | Credit: Destination BC/Hubert Kang
Pemberton | Credit: Tourism Pemberton/Craig Barker
Kootenay National Park | Credit: Destination BC / Kari Medig
Nelson | Credit: Destination BC / Dave Heath
Emerald Lake | Credit: Destination BC / Dave Heath
Radium Hot Springs | Credit: BC Bird Trail/The Number Creative
Sea to Sky Gondola | Credit: Destination BC / Heath Moffatt
Vernon | Credit: Destination BC
Canada

Best of British Columbia Self-Drive (Tour code: 13767)

Starts and Ends
in Vancouver
Travel Periods
01 May 24 - 10 Oct 24
Experience
Travel Style
Independent Holiday Packages
Embark on an extraordinary Rainforest to Rockies self-drive journey, across ever changing landscapes in British Columbia.

Highlights

Experience big city vibes, small town culture, laid back locals, unique tucked-away places to stay, and hidden gems around every turn.

Drive along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway between Vancouver and Whistler

Experience the awe-inspiring Sea to Sky Gondola, offering breathtaking bird's-eye views of Howe Sound sprawling before you

Explore the majestic mountain passes into Yoho National Park

Known as Canada's desert, Osoyoos invites you to experience a unique blend of sun-soaked landscapes, award-winning wineries, and warm hospitality

Freedom of choice excursions in the beautiful town of Whistler

11 days
From
AUD 3,163
per person, twin share
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Overview

Commence your journey through the stunning landscapes of Western Canada, starting in Vancouver and winding along the Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler. Revel in the highlights, including Shannon Falls, Stawamus Chief Rock, and the Sea to Sky Gondola. Choose from diverse excursions in Whistler, whether it's a serene canoe tour, a bike tour, or an exhilarating Peak 2 Peak Gondola adventure.

The adventure unfolds through spectacular drives, wine tours in Kelowna, and exploration of Yoho National Park's awe-inspiring beauty. Find tranquility at Emerald Lake Lodge, followed by visits to Radium Hot Springs, the charming town of Nelson, and the unique desert town of Osoyoos. Delve into Osoyoos' desert landscape at the Osoyoos Desert Centre and savour leisure days exploring local wineries.

The journey concludes with a scenic drive back to Vancouver, showcasing the beauty of the Fraser Valley. This itinerary promises a harmonious blend of nature, adventure, and cultural discovery in the stunning landscapes of British Columbia.

Peace of mind booking plan
  1. ENTIRE Cooling-Off Period
  2. ENTIRE AUD Prices
  3. ENTIRE Change of Mind
  4. ENTIRE Industry Accredited
  5. ENTIRE On Ground Support
  6. ENTIRE Australian Owned

Inclusions

2 nights in Whistler at Listel Hotel (or similar)
2 nights in Kelowna at Prestige Beach House
2 nights in Field at Emerald Lake Lodge
1 night in Radium Hot Springs at Prestige Radium Resort
1 night in Nelson at Prestige Lakeside Resort
2 nights in Osoyoos at Watermark Beach Resort
11 days intermediate car rental including GPS
Sea to Sky Gondola Ride
Full day Kelowna Wine Lovers’ Tour
Freedom of Choice Days
Freedom of Choice

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days.

Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day, as follows:

  • One "Freedom of Choice" tour on day 2

Expand the itinerary below for more details.

Please note, if more than one room is selected during the booking process, our team will contact you afterwards to discuss options.

Day 1 Vancouver Whistler

Depart Vancouver this morning along the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway to Whistler, home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games. Highlights along the way include the cascading Shannon Falls, the Stawamus Chief Rock where climbers from all over the globe migrate to climb the granite cliffs and the Sea to Sky Gondola where incredible bird’s-eye views of Howe Sound sprawl before you. At the top, enjoy access to several interpretive walking trails, viewing platforms and the on-site restaurant and tea house. Continue onto Whistler to arrive midafternoon.

Overnight in Whistler at Listel Hotel (or similar)

Vancouver → Whistler
Sea to Sky Highway | Credit: Destination BC

Day 2 Whistler

Personalise your day by choosing one of three Freedom of Choice options below.

Overnight in Whistler at Listel Hotel (or similar)


Freedom of Choice Options

  • River of Golden Dreams Canoe Tour:

    This summertime paddle takes you on an enchanting canoe journey from Alta Lake to Green Lake. Wildflower-lined banks, old-growth forests and local wildlife are all part of your passing tableaux.

OR

  • Guided Whistler Valley Bike Tour:

    Explore some of Whistler’s best scenery by bike on one of the Valley Trail Bike Tours. Learn about Whistler’s history, geography and view key nature spots along the way with naturalist adventure bike guides.

OR

  • Whistler Peak 2 Peak Gondola:

    Experience the beauty via the Peak Adventure on Whistler Mountain as you soak in the unbelievable views of glaciers, extinct volcanoes and snow-capped peaks.

Whistler
Peak 2 Peak Gondola | Credit: Destination BC / Blake Jorgenson

Day 3 Whistler Kelowna

Begin your spectacular drive on the Duffey Lake Road where you will see breathtaking views of Joffre Glacier. Continue on through Lillooet, known as the land of the Gold Rush Trail, and onto Cache Creek where we recommend a stop to visit the Historic Hat Creek. From here travel towards the sun & vineyards of Kelowna. Over 2,000 hours of sunshine and only 13” of precipitation annually allows for a wide range of outdoor activities and grape growing for various wines.

Overnight in Kelowna at Prestige Beach House

Whistler → Kelowna
Historic Hat Creek | Credit: Destination BC / Blake Jorgenson

Day 4 Kelowna

Tour into the countryside combining the best of the Lake, the Valley and the Vines. Experience the wineries we call hidden treasures and sample the Okanagan’s finest wines.

Overnight in Kelowna at Prestige Beach House

Kelowna
Kelowna | Credit: Destination BC / Andrew Strain

Day 5 Kelowna Field

Your destination today is Yoho National Park. The word Yoho is the Cree word expressing awe. This 1313 sq. km national park is filled with gem-coloured glacial lakes and waterfalls, snow-covered peaks and dense forests of western red cedar and western hemlock. Historic railroads, spiral tunnels within mountain sides and steep rock faces where mountain goats roam are just some of the sights to be seen. Other Yoho marvels include a natural rock bridge over the Kicking Horse River, Hoodoos, some of Canada’s highest waterfalls and the Burgess Shale fossil find where over 120 marine animal species dating back as far as 530 million years were discovered.

Overnight in Field at Emerald Lake Lodge

Kelowna → Field
Yoho National Park | Credit: Destination BC / Dave Heath

Day 6 Emerald Lake Lodge

Located on the shores of the famous pristine lake, surrounded by some of the Rockies most impressive peaks.The lodge built of hand-hewn timber and featuring massive stone fireplaces and includes a formal dining room and quiet reading and sitting rooms. From the upper or lower large verandahs, enjoy the serene views of this wilderness landscape.

Overnight in Field at Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake Lodge
Emerald Lake | Credit: Destination BC / Dave Heath

Day 7 Emerald Lake Lodge Radium Hot Springs

Today your destination is Radium Hot Springs, which borders Kootenay National Park and the mighty Columbia River, and offers guests a recreational playground unparalleled in beauty and amenities. The Columbia River Valley is home to dozens of golf courses, endless hiking and fishing opportunities, and the breathtaking scenery of both the Rocky Mountains to the east, and the Purcell Mountains to the west.

Overnight in Radium Hot Springs at Prestige Radium Resort

Emerald Lake Lodge → Radium Hot Springs
Radium Hot Springs | Credit: Kootenay Rockies Tourism / Mitch Winton

Day 8 Radium Hot Springs Nelson

Highway 95 will lead you to Cranbrook, the ‘Key City to the Rockies’. Along the way visit Fort Steele Heritage Town, a local settlement whose name was changed in 1888 to honour Superintendent Samuel Benfield (Sam) Steele of the North-West Mounted Police, who peacefully reduced tensions between the Ktunaxa and the white and Chinese settlers who were relatively new to the area. In Cranbrook, the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel is famous for the restored complete set of the TransCanada Limited, a million-dollar train set built in 1929.

Continuing on the way into Nelson, take a short detour over to Harrop and back to experience the Harrop Proctor Cable Ferry. Surrounded by the Selkirk Mountains, set on the shores of Kootenay Lake and clustered with some 350 heritage buildings, Nelson’s storybook charm and stunning scenery create the quintessential small town setting. Perhaps enjoy an evening cruise on the S.S. Moyie paddle wheeler.

Overnight in Nelson at Prestige Lakeside Resort

Radium Hot Springs → Nelson
Ktunaxa elder in Cranbrook | Credit: Destination BC / Kari Medig

Day 9 Nelson Osoyoos

Today continue travelling westward to Osoyoos, Canada’s only deserttown. Visit the unique Osoyoos Desert Centre to experience this phenomenon, and check out the Osoyoos Museum, winner of the “best small town museum” in BC. With expanses of orchards and vineyards, lake swimming and boating, this area has all the amenities a visitor could ever want.

Overnight in Osoyoos at Watermark Beach Resort

Nelson → Osoyoos
Osoyoos | Credit: Destination Canada

Day 10 Osoyoos

The grasslands and bald hills outside the town of Osoyoos are an extension of the Sonoran Desert that runs as far south as Mexico and creeps north to form Canada’s only arid desert. We suggest taking a guided or unguided 1.5km boardwalk through Canada’s desert landscape at the Osoyoos Desert Centre. Learn about the sensitive ecosystem which is home to 100 rare plants and 300 animals found nowhere else in Canada. The Centre also features an interpretive facility with hands-on exhibits and a native plant demonstration garden. Another option is to head out for the day to visit the many wineries of the Osoyoos and Oliver region along the Black Sage bench and the Golden Mile.

Overnight in Osoyoos at Watermark Beach Resort

Osoyoos
Osoyoos Desert Centre | Credit: Destination BC / Hubert Kang

Day 11 Osoyoos Vancouver

Today, join the Coquihalla Highway and climb to an elevation of 1244 metres where over 10 metres of snow can fall in an average winter. You will witness incredible feats of engineering as you travel through the Great Bear snow shed, crossing the Dry Gulch Bridge (over 280 metres long and 175 metres high).

Begin descending from the summit pass through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the province. This dramatic change of environment is always exhilarating, as you go from bright sunlight on the high rock faces to misty coastal cedars and tall firs in the space of half an hour. Approaching the Pacific coast, the canyon opens into the broad fertile Fraser Valley. Your epic journey ends upon arrival into Vancouver.

Accommodation

Listel Hotel Whistler

Whistler
Just steps from the mountains, and at the heart of Whistler Village, the Listel Hotel Whistler offers the perfect base for your alpine adventure. Friendly, knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer questions, offer tips and advice on the area, and make sure your stay is comfortable and relaxed. With spacious rooms, free WiFi, personalised ski and snowboard valet service, plus complimentary bike storage in summer, a stay at the Listel offers everything you are looking for.

Prestige Beach House

Kelowna
Situated directly across from Kelowna’s famous Hot Sands Beach and just two blocks from the main downtown hub, the Prestige Beach House is an ideal hotel for both leisure and business needs. Conveniently located downtown near the base of the W.R. Bennett Bridge, the hotel is close to tourist attractions, businesses, shopping, and recreational areas. Take a short walk along the waterfront to Prospera Place, Lake City Casino, Kelowna's cultural district, and many other attractions and shopping boutiques.

Emerald Lake Lodge

Emerald Lake
Set on a 13-acre peninsula on Yoho National Park’s Emerald Lake, this upscale lodge is 13.4 km from the Canadian Rocky Mountains Parks World Heritage Site and 14.8 km from Mount Field. The posh rooms feature private balconies with lake views, wood-burning fireplaces and coffeemakers, plus sitting areas. A refined restaurant serves regional cuisine, and there's a seasonal bistro. A stately lounge features a stone fireplace, plus an oak bar from an 1890s saloon. 

Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort

Radium Hot Springs
In the beautiful village of Radium Hot Springs, the Prestige Radium Hot Springs Resort is conveniently located minutes away from the world-famous Hot Springs Pools. Radium is perfectly situated on the Columbia River, nestled between the Rocky Mountain and Purcell Mountain ranges. The hot springs are what have traditionally drawn visitors to Radium, but this area has also become known for its golf courses, wildlife, and countless outdoor activities.

Prestige Lakeside Resort

Nelson
With its waterfront location conveniently located within walking distance to downtown, the Prestige Lakeside Resort in Nelson offers the best of both worlds. Relax in the resort’s greenspace and enjoy the view of the Kootenay lake and Selkirk mountains, or enjoy nearby water activities such as kayaking or boating. 101 guestrooms are offered in the resort with a large variety of room types to suit every traveller’s needs. 

Watermark Beach Resort

Osoyoos
This hotel offers spectacular views of Osoyoos Lake and the city, surrounded by an impressive variety of outdoor recreational activities. Discover the South Okanagan 'good life' at the resort that defines easy living. You're steps away from everything: the beach, dining, shopping, marina, and groceries for your fully equipped gourmet kitchen. Relax in your condo-style suite with every comfort you can dream of, or enjoy Canada’s warmest weather either poolside or on the beach.

Additional information

Official language
French & English
Local currency
Canadian Dollars

Excluded

  • International airfares and taxes
  • Domestic airfares and taxes, unless otherwise specified in our holiday package
  • Visa expenses, processing and issuance fees
  • Meals other than as specified in our holiday package
  • Road tolls
  • Travel Insurance or expenses of a personal nature (mini-bar, phone call, laundry, etc.)
  • Tips or gratuities to guides, drivers, porters, hotel, restaurant or boat staff, etc.
  • Or any other travel expense that has not been included in our holiday package
  • One-way car rental fees (if applicable). If any one-way surcharges apply, this will be advised at the time of booking and is payable locally upon collection of the vehicle.
  • Car rental rates exclude optional coverage such as Personal Accident Insurance Plus (PAI Plus) and Personal Effects Protection (PEP).

FAQs

Who are Entire Travel Group?

Welcome to Entire Travel Group. We offer exceptional travel experiences across our extensive range of Entire Holiday Packages, Entire Group Journeys, Entire Rail Journeys, and Entire Cruise Journeys. With our industry-leading Peace of Mind Booking Plan, you can Book Now with flexibility and confidence.

Entire Travel Group is celebrating over 50 years of passionately delivering unique and memorable travel experiences. We are an Australian, family-owned, award-winning business with a friendly team ready to match your expectations to the perfect holiday experience.

Entire Travel Group used to be known by the individual brands shown in the footer of the website. The company has not changed, but we have amalgamated under one brand - Entire Travel Group.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

Is Entire Travel Group Australian owned and operated?

Entire Travel Group is proudly Australian family owned and operated and as it stands today represents 50 years of experience, progress, and evolution. We proudly support the community with our long-term commitment to many important charity organisations. We were awarded the best operator in our class at the most recent National Travel Industry Awards.

Is Entire Travel Group industry accredited?

Entire Travel Group is both ATAS and CATO Accredited. ATAS is actively administered by the Australian Travel Industry Association (ATIA). The Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) is the trade association representing the land supply sector of the Australian Travel Industry.

Does Entire Travel Group have industry awards?

Entire Travel Group was honoured at the 2023 National Travel Industry Awards with Most Oustanding Wholesaler - Product / Service.

As our team works tirelessly to deliver exceptional holiday experiences, it was exciting to have this acknowledged with the highest recognition. The award is also a testament to the quality of our partners around the globe, and we take this opportunity to thank them for their tremendous support of our customers.

Are the Entire Travel Group holiday packages exclusive?

In some cases, we are the sole representative in Australia for the overseas travel operator. In other circumstances the product developed has been exclusively built for Entire Travel Group and can’t be found elsewhere.

What’s unique about Entire Travel Group Holiday Packages?

  • They are not group tours with set departures - they are pre-designed, purpose built, independent holiday packages full of unique and memorable experiences.
  • Our holiday packages have been exclusively built for us in collaboration with our handpicked suppliers, who also offer full on-ground support for the clients.
  • We are offering unique travel experiences which cannot be found elsewhere.
  • Many packages include our “Freedom of Choice” options which allow you to tailor the holiday experience. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.
  • They include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan.
  • A wide selection of our packages are compliant with the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Covid Safe Travels.

Our motto for Independent Holiday Packages is start your holiday when and with who you want!

Our Independent Holiday Packages are NOT group tours with set departure dates. Group Tours have specific set departure dates, and of course, you are travelling with unknown passengers in a coach. These tours are great for certain travellers and there are many reputable tour operators providing a wide range of options around the world.

At Entire Travel Group, our focus is Independent Holiday Packages. Available daily, they are pre-designed, purpose built, packaged itineraries full of memorable experiences delivered by our hand-picked local partners.

Our holidays suit every demographic, from couples to singles, to retirees to families and everyone else in between.

Why travel with Entire Travel Group?

Of Entire Travel Group's attributes, we have settled on "When Experience Matters" as the quality we believe adds the most value to our customers. We have the experience to ensure your itinerary makes the dream holiday possible. Our continually enhanced technology allows our team to provide a quality customer service experience, and our partnerships with outstanding operators ensure we are confident of the on-ground experience for our customers.

For more details please visit - About Us | Entire Travel Group

How does the Peace of Mind Booking Plan work?

Our Peace of Mind Booking Plan allows you to book with confidence in the new international travel environment. With low deposits, a cooling off period and a flexibility period where you can cancel and rebook later, we really do have you covered.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

Is there a cooling-off period?

Look for packages with our Peace of Mind Booking Plan logo on the website.

  • We understand that occasionally plans may change, so we give you the confidence to proceed with a cooling off period.
  • You may cancel for any reason within 7 days, where you will receive a 100% refund of your $100 per person deposit.

For more details please visit - Peace of Mind Booking Plan | Entire Travel Group

What is Freedom of Choice?

At Entire Travel Group we understand that our customers have their own personal tastes and interests - so throughout our packages look for “Freedom of Choice” which gives you the ability to tailor your holiday from the various experiences offered on selected days. Like a sommelier matching wine to a meal, we have used our experience to carefully select and offer the right experiences in each location.

The Freedom of Choice options are included in the package price, and the price remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

Our Freedom of Choice program offers flexibility, by allowing you to choose from different options on pre-selected days in the itinerary.

  • Our per person price includes one tour on each Freedom of Choice day in the itinerary.
  • The price of the package remains the same regardless of the choice you make on each day.

For more details please visit - Freedom of Choice | Entire Travel Group

What is Book Now?

Book Now offers you the ability to make a reservation on our website for Holiday Packages that include our Peace of Mind Booking Plan. But it’s not just a static offer – you have complete flexibility from travel dates, passenger numbers, single supplements, room upgrades, optional extras, flexible booking terms and more.

  • Our team will contact our overseas suppliers and confirm all arrangements.
  • A Confirmation from our reservation system will be sent in the coming days.
  • The Booking Number on this confirmation supersedes the website reference.

What forms of payment can be used at Entire Travel Group?

  • To confirm a booking using our on-line Book Now process, a credit card must be used to pay the refundable deposit.
  • For additional payments on the booking, Entire Travel Group supports bank transfer, credit card, TravelPay B2B, PaymentGate.
  • For further details please visit our Payments page.

How secure is the Entire Travel Group's on-line payment portal?

  • Entire Travel Group have partnered with TravelPay to ensure secure on-line credit card payments.
  • TravelPay is a level 1 PCI DSS compliant, which gives you peace of mind that your payment card data is in safe hands.
  • Entire Travel Group does not store any credit card information.

For more details please visit - Security and Compliance - TravelPay

Can you book my international airfares?

On some Islands Holiday Packages (e.g. Fiji), it is practical to include flights, so where we have done this it is indicated by the plane icon.

However, on the majority of our Holiday Packages, we do not include international flights.

We found that many customers may prefer to:

  • Travel on a specific airline of their choice
  • Have the flexibility to book flights with Frequent Flyer points
  • Select flight dates that may be different to our Holiday Package start/end dates
  • Use a Travel Credit already held with the airline
  • Use their travel agent for this service

We are able to assist with flights on any Holiday Package, so please just notify us during the Book Now process or contact our team.

Should I take travel insurance?

Travel insurance is strongly recommended. During the Book Now process please confirm you require assistance, and our team will be in contact with you.

What should I do before travelling?

Before you travel it is your responsibility to ensure you have the appropriate documentation including visas. If you are travelling on a passport other than Australian or New Zealand, you will require a permit to re-enter Australia. It is your responsibility as the traveller and/or travel booker to meet all government entry requirements.

For more information please visit - Before you travel | Entire Travel Group

How does a Travel Agent make a booking?

Please visit the Entire Travel Group's Agent Portal. We are here to support our industry partners with a range of informative updates, marketing collateral for campaigns and a reward & recognition program.

How do I start a Booking?

  • On any page that has Book Now simply follow the booking process.
  • You must select the Travel Agent tick box and provide correct details.
  • To confirm a booking only the refundable deposit is required.
  • An agency credit card must be used for this initial payment.

How do I contact Entire Travel Group?

For more information please visit - Contact us | Entire Travel Group

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