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Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

1. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Make the most of your time in Vancouver on this ultimate sights and landmarks tour. With a local guide, visit some of the city’s popular highlights, as well as hidden gems only the locals know about.  The tour starts with a trip to historic Gastown, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood. Soak up the atmosphere as you explore the streets, and see the famous Gastown Steam Clock. Next, travel through vibrant Chinatown and onto Queen Elizabeth Park, home to epic views of the North Shore Mountains. Head to Granville Island next for a stroll around the city’s most famous food market. Later, take a walk along Kitsilano Beach and marvel at stunning views across English Bay and downtown. Peruse the many antique and boutique stores that line the shore, or grab a bite to eat. The tour ends with a stop at Stanley Park to see the impressive collection of totem poles, and a final look at the epic views of the city and the North Shore from Prospect Point.

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Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

2. Vancouver Highlights 4-Hour Private Tour

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel, or from the port in Vancouver, and then start your private sightseeing tour of the city at Library Square. Admire the public library's original architecture, built in 1995 and a prominent feature of movies such as "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and TV series, including "Battlestar Galactica." Then, stroll around historic Gastown and see Water Street, where fancy coffee shops mingle with restaurants and gift stores. Continue to Canada Place, location of the landmark Vancouver Convention Centre and Cruise Ship Terminal, where 5,000 tourists a day disembark from their Alaska cruises to spend the day in the city.  Continue to Stanley Park and experience the most visited natural park in British Columbia. Take a look at the iconic Totem Poles and get panoramic views from Prospect Point. Look over the Pacific Ocean, and at the mountains of North Shore, and see the commercial port and beautiful Lions Gate Bridge from the highest point in the park. Next, drive through a major shopping district and along Beach Avenue to English Bay to encounter the first beach in the city. En route to Granville Island, drive through the Olympic Village, where 2,400 athletes stayed during the Winter Olympics 2010. Reach Granville Island and stop to wander around the art studios, craft galleries and Granville Island Public Market, where you can find unique hand-made products and fine dining delights. Take a 15-minute walk through Queen Elizabeth Park to get panoramic views of the Vancouver skyline and North Shore mountains. See the stunning Bloedel Floral Conservatory, where around 500 species and varieties of plants from deep jungle to desert climates are kept in the glass dome. Explore Vancouver's Chinatown, established in 1885 and declared a National Historic Site of Canada in 2011. Today, it is the second largest Chinatown in North America after San Francisco and a hive of activity and popular tourist attraction. Then, get complimentary drop off at any hotel in downtown Vancouver or at the cruise terminal.

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Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

3. Vancouver: 1.5-Hour Guided Sunset Tour

Explore Vancouver as the sky changes color and the sun goes down, seeing the city from two different perspectives. This 1.5-hour guided tour will take you to the most beautiful parts of the city in a coach with panoramic view windows. Start at Prospect Point in Stanley Park and look out over the Burrard Inlet, Vancouver’s North Shore, and Lionsgate Bridge.  Then, it’s off to the popular English Bay where many people will still be catching some of the last rays of sun. The highlight will be stopping at Queen Elizabeth Park, the highest point in Vancouver, where you can get views of the park, the city, and North Shore.   Historic Gastown will be the last stop in your evening — this original settlement is now a National Historic Site. Cobble-stone streets, the original working steam clock, and local artisans will be there to greet you as you enter the area. End your tour here to continue exploring on your own, or continue a little further to end your tour in Canada Place.

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Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

4. Vancouver: Botanical Gardens Tour and Museum of Anthropology

On this day tour of Vancouver, visit the Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Nitobe Memorial Garden, Museum of Anthropology, and Queen Elizabeth Park. Experience the eye-popping colors of the four seasons. After being picked up at your accommodation, visit Van Dusen Botanical Garden, learn about plants from every corner of the world, from the lowlands to the highlands, from the rain forest to regions with deciduous species. Study both the fragile ecosystem and First Nations influence found here. Next, at Queen Elizabeth Park, stroll the manicured gardens of the Little Quarry and the Main Quarry. Watch the dancing water fountain. Take advantage of photo opps with the Photo Session, a bronze figurative sculpture of a man photographing three people, by J. Seward Johnson, Jr. At the next stop, the Museum of Anthropology, learn about world arts and cultures with a special emphasis on the First Nations peoples and other cultural communities of British Columbia. See original carved totem poles, First Nations longhouses, and the works of masters such as Bill Reid and Susan Point. Take a short walk over to the Nitobe Memorial Garden via the Asian Centre and its Japanese landscaped garden and architecture. See Japanese flora and visit an authentic tea house. View cherry blossoms in spring, and fall colors in autumn.

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4-Hour Private Tour of Vancouver's Gardens

5. 4-Hour Private Tour of Vancouver's Gardens

Start this private morning or afternoon tour with pick-up at your hotel. Make your first stop at the beautiful Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's China Town. The Chinese have a totally different perspective on what a garden should be and must be seen to be understood. Take a little walk around Chinatown to see novelties like the "World's Narrowest Building" and Chinese spice and medicine shops. Next, leave the downtown area and travel to the highest point in the city, the spectacular Queen Elisabeth Park. Admire the sunken gardens and sweeping panoramic views of Vancouver, the mountains, and the sea. Originally a rock quarry for the early development of downtown, it is now a spectacular garden and viewpoint. Finally, enjoy the breathtaking Van Dusen Botanical Garden and amazing array of what nature has to offer. This mature 22-hectare (55-acre) garden features displays of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Specific garden areas are planted to illustrate botanical relationships, such as the Rhododendron Walk, or geographical origins, as in Sino Himalayan Garden. These areas are set amidst rolling lawns, tranquil lakes and dramatic rockwork with vistas of the mountains and Vancouver cityscape. If you wish, take advantage of the wonderful restaurant at Van Dusen Botanical Garden for dinner (not included in tour fees). After this, return you to your hotel.

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Vancouver: Private Full-Day City Tour with Alpine Adventure

6. Vancouver: Private Full-Day City Tour with Alpine Adventure

Discover Vancouver's must-see sights in style on this fantastic round-trip tour. After being picked up by your local guide from your hotel, you will set off to explore everything Vancouver has to offer, from the totems of Stanley Park to stunning panoramic views of the city from Queen Elizabeth Park, with its beautiful sunken gardens.  Ask your guide for recommendations for the best restaurants in town. After a delicious lunch, the adventure continues in the afternoon with a drive across the famous Lions Gate Bridge to the foot of the mountains. Visit the world-famous Capilano Suspension Bridge, where you can participate in a thrilling treetops adventure or a dramatic cliff-hanger walk.  After exploring the bridge, you will then be whisked to the top of the Grouse Mountain alpine area, where you can enjoy plenty of free time to discover everything the site has to offer. Visit a refuge for endangered wildlife or, depending on the season, have some fun ice-skating on the mountaintop. Following an exhilarating day, sit back and relax as you are transferred back to Vancouver in style.

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Vancouver: Private Full-Day City and Gardens Tour

7. Vancouver: Private Full-Day City and Gardens Tour

Discover Vancouver's must-see sights in style on this fantastic round-trip tour. After being picked up by your local guide from your hotel, you will set off to explore everything Vancouver has to offer, from the totems of Stanley Park to stunning panoramic views of the city from Queen Elizabeth Park, with its beautiful sunken gardens.  Ask your guide for recommendations about the best restaurants in town. After a delicious lunch, take a turn around the spectacular Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden in Vancouver's Chinatown. Enjoy a gentle stroll around Chinatown and see the world's narrowest building, or visit Chinese spice and medicine shops.  Your final stop of the day will be at the Van Dusen Botanical Garden, with its amazing variety of plants in picturesque landscape settings. Walk through different zones to learn more about plants from different geographical origins, such as in Sino Himalayan Garden. If you're looking to experience Vancouver at your own pace, then this is an unmissable opportunity.

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Vancouver: City Highlights Private Tour

8. Vancouver: City Highlights Private Tour

Enjoy a complimentary pick up at your hotel or cruise terminal in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Sprinter van. You will visit places of interest in Vancouver, the best the city has to offer, including Stanley Park, the largest and most beautiful urban park in North America, the Totem Poles, and Prospect Point. At English Bay, you will see stunning views of the ocean and its surrounding beach area. Next stop, Granville Island. Explore old workshops, mills, warehouses, all transformed into unique gift shops, restaurants, a brewery, a market place, and see street performers. At Queen Elizabeth Park, view Vancouver at 152 metres above sea level, the highest point in Vancouver, with spectacular views of the park, city, and mountains. Then proceed to Chinatown to explore Shanghai Alley, the Sam Kee Building, and the Chinese Garden. Finally, visit Gastown, and learn the early history of Vancouver, take photos of the Steam Clock and Gassy Jack.

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Vancouver: 4-Hour Highlights Private Sightseeing Tour

9. Vancouver: 4-Hour Highlights Private Sightseeing Tour

Seeing Vancouver in a small private group is a great option when you first arrive, to get to know the city. Small groups are the way to go. This personalized private, half day (min 4 hours) tour starts with a morning or afternoon pick-up at your hotel and features such highlights as: Stanley Park and the Lions Gate bridge with stops at displays of Native totem poles and view points. (Or anywhere else you like.) China Town - The second largest in North America, Chinatown is one of Vancouver's oldest neighborhoods and a fascinating place to explore. (You will think you are in the far east) Gas Town - Vancouver's earliest business district, lovingly restored with shops and galleries. Granville Island - Art and fashion Mecca. (Great place for coffee.) Entertainment and Business districts - Where the fashionable are seen.

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Vancouver: Full-Day City Tour and Wine Tasting

10. Vancouver: Full-Day City Tour and Wine Tasting

From your hotel, start your full-day tour through the heart of Vancouver. See sites such as Stanley Park with its Native Totem Poles and the viewpoint overlooking the iconic Lions Gate Bridge. Enjoy plenty of time to walk around and for additional stop requests. Next, head to Granville Island. Famous for its art, it features many galleries, theaters, street performers and a public market. Continue by traveling through newly redeveloped Yaletown, Chinatown and Gastown, Vancouver's restored and oldest business district. Hear some suggestions from your guide for a lunch spot before taking in the view of the city from Queen Elizabeth Park's viewpoint. From there, head into the wine growing region outside the city. Savor unique tastes as you visit 4 local vineyards before returning to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Queen Elizabeth Park

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 87 reviews

Ian is a fantastic tour guide. He is so friendly, funny and informative. I really enjoyed this tour, I would highly recommended it to everyone - especially solo travellers like myself! 10/10!

Kim was our guide and she was very knowledgeable with humor on the side. She also gave us lots of local tips and recommendation about which places to eat. I would highly recommend this tour!

We were only in Vancouver for one full day and this tour was a great way to get a sample of what the city has to offer. Our tour guide, Kim, was outstanding!

The tour was great! We had the best tour guide. Meaghan was very knowledgeable and nice! She was funny too. The best tour guide ever. Highly recommended.

We had a great time. The tour guide was so knowledgeable, patient, respectful, helpful and professional. We learned so much thank you