Featuring the best of BC’s Interior
One of our newest itineraries, this might just be one of our best trips of the year! It certainly takes “off-the-beaten-track” to new limits! Just north of Vancouver you will find the Cariboo Chilcotin Mountains; sparsely populated by humans and vibrant with wildlife. Nestled within these mountains is the Echo Valley Ranch and Spa. A working ranch and resort, Echo Valley is a tranquil space of beauty. Take a couple of days to enjoy the beauty of the valley and explore the history of this region with its surprisingly strong connection to Sacramento.
- Spend 2 nights in comfort and luxury surrounded by the beauty of the Chilcotin Mountains at the Echo Valley Ranch
- Step into the Gold Rush at Barkerville Historic Town and Park, with living history characters, and storytellers. Ride the stagecoach, visit with craftsmen, and enjoy the show.
- Participate in a cooking demonstration, ride horseback through the wilderness, relax with a Thai massage at the Echo Valley Ranch
- Visit a First Nation site – Xats’ull Heritage Village; and a Gold Rush-era site – Hat Creek
- Dine next to the Fraser River, doze next to the South Thompson River
- Roundtrip airfare to Vancouver/from Kamloops in addition to air between Vancouver and Prince George
Please note: Because of the remote nature of some of the places visited, it is recommended travelers are in stable health with good mobility as we will often be walking over rough gravel paths.
This vacation requires a valid passport!
An early morning flight to Vancouver provides time for some fun in the city before departing for the more remote areas of British Columbia. Explore Vancouver by SkyTrain, water taxi and foot. Stroll through Yaletown and ride the water taxi along False Creek to Granville Island Market. Pick up something in the marketplace for dinner, find a seat along the waterfront and enjoy the view. Fairmont Airport Hotel
This morning catch a short flight to Prince George. Lunch will be waiting at the Northern Lights Winery, located on the banks of the Fraser River. Walk through this unique “vineyard” featuring raspberries, blackberries, goji berries and other fruits used in the locally produced wines. Travel south along the Cariboo Waggon Road, following the Fraser River, this afternoon to Quesnel. Sandman Hotel – 2 nights (L)
Immerse yourself into the history of the area as you travel back in time to 1862 in Barkerville. Walk the unique streetscape of 100+ heritage buildings and even pan for some gold of your own. Most importantly, learn about a few Sacramento men and their role in the “settling” of Barkerville. (D)
Continue along the Waggon Road with stops at the Sugar Shack for a beavertail treat, a visit with an elder at Xats’ull Heritage Village, and a cup of proper English Tea before a journey into the mountains. Yes, we leave the pavement behind and travel an hour on a dirt road into Echo Valley. Once at the ranch, you will be greeted by the official welcome committee…the ranch dogs! Surrounded by the Southern Chilcotin Mountains, your companions for the next two days will be the ranch animals, along with the exceptional staff: a world-class chef, Thai massage therapists, and yes, even ranch wranglers. You will find that the comfortable rooms, warm hospitality, and tranquil beauty make it easy for you to settle in each night. Echo Valley Ranch – 2 nights (L,D)
Echo Valley Ranch is a unique blend of three cultures: Canadian Western, Thai, and First Nations. Everything at the ranch, activities, food and furnishings, honors these traditions. On this full day at the resort choose from a massage, cooking demonstration, horseback riding, nature walk, or maybe just sitting on the porch. Sorry folks, no shopping experiences here; just Mother Nature at her best! (FB,L,D)
Return to the Waggon Road and a further taste of the Cariboo Gold Rush with a brief stop at the historic Hat Creek Ranch before arriving into Kamloops. South Thompson Inn and Guest Ranch (FB,L,D)
Stroll along the river this morning, or take in an optional visit to the Wildlife Park (as time allows), before your mid-morning flight. Return with a fresh view of British Columbia’s back roads, wildlife, rivers and mountains in your memory. This is a fantastic journey into the heart of the province. (FB)
Featuring Tioga Pass and Bodie State Historical Park
Featuring covered, reserved seating for the Grand Floral Parade
First offered as a holiday excursion in 2013, it has been often requested by our Christmas crowd ever since, so we are pleased to bring A Coos Bay Christmas back for a return engagement.
This is an all-coach trip. Travel north to Ashland/Medford the first day. There’s a lunch break in Redding and tonight you’ll partake in the annual Christmas Feast at the Winchester Inn. The six-course meal comes with carolers and costumed staff.
The next morning (Christmas Eve), before departing for the coast, make an early morning visit to Harry & David’s. As is our Christmas shopping tradition, we have negotiated a little gift card to get you started on your expedition. Travel to the coast, stopping in Bandon at Washed Ashore, a most unique place that makes art out of ocean trash. At Cranberry Sweets, your sponsored-shopping activities continue. Finish the day at The Mill Casino/Hotel in Coos Bay. Dinner tonight is a Crab Fest (other options available), as the Dungeness season will have just started.
Christmas Day brings our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, an ecological tour of the area and a visit to Shore Acres State Park. Not only is there an interesting story, there is a wonderful display of Christmas lights. A holiday feast is planned.
The trip home takes you down the Oregon Coast, with shopping stops at Misty Meadows Jams and the House of Myrtlewood. Spend the night in Eureka and head home through the redwoods.
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