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Vancouver: Attractions by Twilight Guided Tour with Dinner

1. Vancouver: Attractions by Twilight Guided Tour with Dinner

See the natural beauty and culture that makes Vancouver an attraction to the world. Experience Capilano Suspension Bridge, and the Vancouver Lookout, and enjoy dinner atop Grouse Mountain. End the night with a narrated driving tour of different neighborhoods. Begin your tour with pickup from your guide from your downtown Vancouver hotel. Head to the Vancouver Lookout, where you will be whisked up 553 feet in a glass elevator to experience a 360-degree view of the city as the sun begins to lower before returning to ground level. Once you are back on the ground, venture outside the city and bask in the stunning scenery of the surrounding mountains and landscapes, where the famous Capilano Suspension Bridge awaits you. Muster up the courage to cross the swinging bridge 230 ft. above the river. Next, get your adrenaline pumping at the Cliffwalk. Then, board the gondola Skyride up to the peak of Grouse Mountain. While you are atop the famous mountain, you will be treated to a delicious and scenic twilight dinner at Altitude Restaurant. Then, with your appetite satisfied, your guide will introduce you to the world-famous natural beauty of the west coast on a drive through Stanley Park. Here, you'll take in breathtaking ocean views, lush rainforest, and majestic mountains. Finally, listen to a narrated drive through Gastown. See the Steam Clock, art galleries, and restaurants located in beautiful Victorian buildings. Then, see Chinatown, buzzing with traditional Asian bakeries, dim sum restaurants, cocktail bars, and fashion shops before concluding back at your hotel.

Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

2. Vancouver: 2.5-Hour Gastown Walking Food Tour

Walk through the cobbled stone streets of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood and taste local foods on this Gastown food tour. Enjoy local craft beer, Japanese Kar-age style chicken, freshly made Sicilian Tortellini with local wine, and more. After meeting your storytelling guide for the day, start exploring the city alongside locals while learning local facts and little-known stories about Vancouver. Get to know more about its Wild West history, dating back 150 years. As you walk, taste a variety of local bites, including crispy and sweet chili cauliflower, Canadian poutine (handmade fries topped with cheese curds and gravy) wine, organic soft ice cream, waffles, and award-winning cheesecake.

Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

3. Vancouver: Guided City Highlights Tour

Enjoy a half-day tour that fulfills the ultimate downtown Vancouver bucket list. Explore a checklist of must-see highlights that a visitor needs to experience firsthand in order to better understand why Vancouver is frequently ranked among the world's best places to live. Witness the city highlights including but not limited to: Jack Poole Plaza, English Bay, and will stop at Stanley Park and Granville Island. Receive a personalized adventure with experienced guides and entertaining live English commentary. Choose an optional walking tour in Stanley Park. Travel by comfortable mini-coach with a maximum of 24 guests.

Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

4. Vancouver: City Highlights Tour

The Vancouver city highlights tour offers a personalized way to see the best of this beautiful city on the west coast of Canada. With your professional, certified guide, make multiple stops in Vancouver, including Stanley Park, Granville Island, Gastown, Chinatown, Robson Street, and the English Bay Vancouver Harbour. Explore the city’s art, historic landmarks, and shopping venues.

Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

5. Vancouver: Lost Souls of Gastown Tour

Venture into Vancouver's earliest and most gruesome history on this 90-minute walking tour. Designed for adult audiences, the experience is both a walking tour and a theatre piece. Every story is grounded in documented Vancouver history, taken from the city archives. The plotline is woven together as the tragic tale of one person's life, ending in a dramatic finale in the heart of Gastown's Maple Tree Square.  Do not expect a ghost tour or conventional walking tour – this is an experience that will pull you so deep into the swirling lamplight and darkened alleys of Gastown’s murky past you may have a hard time finding your way back out… As you travel along cobblestone streets you'll visit our city's oldest hotel - the Victorian, learn the truth about the historic Gastown Steam Clock, see how Vancouver looked before and after the Great Fire, explore notorious Gaoler's Mews, and walk down the back alleys of Water Street to famous Maple Tree Square. Every one of Gastown's must-see sites and landmarks is visited on the walk.

Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

6. Vancouver & Capilano Suspension Bridge Sightseeing: Half-Day

Vancouver’s fascinating past and present come together in this engaging tour that traverses through urban cityscapes, seaside parks, and ancient rainforests. Begin with the highlights of downtown, including Canada Place, home of the 2010 Olympic Cauldron.  Wind through impressive modern and historic architecture, past the Arts and Financial Districts and the fashion mecca of Robson Street. Enter the 1,000-acre urban rainforest, Stanley Park, for a unique perspective of the city from a quiet forest setting. Continue across the Lions Gate Bridge to Vancouver’s scenic North Shore and the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Don’t miss the impressive collection of First Nations artwork and the historic Story Centre.  From the spectacular Cliffwalk, gaze out over towering cedars and the Capilano River winding through the valley far below. Take an exhilarating walk across the Capilano Suspension Bridge to the other side, where many unique and informative experiences await, including the TreeTops Adventure.  Do not miss the amazing Cliffwalk above the canyon. Return to downtown Vancouver via Stanley Park and English Bay, and get ready to engage all of your senses as you step out into Granville Island Market. This market is an artisan haven for all things local and handmade, including delicious food, coffee, tea, eclectic artwork, and West Coast music.  Carry on through bustling Chinatown, a tribute to the Far East. Continue to historic Gastown, the heart of Vancouver, where it all began.

Vancouver Bicycle Tour

7. Vancouver Bicycle Tour

Explore Vancouver's highlights on a guided bike tour to the city's top sights and districts. See more in less time as you peddle by Beaver Lake and along English Bay. Take a ferry across False Creek and view the Olympic Village complex and Gastown.  Meet your group at the bike rental shop in downtown Vancouver and put on your helmet. Listen to a safety briefing before taking off along flat, protected bikeways. Travel at a leisurely pace, allowing you to soak up the city's vibrant culture. Start with a tour of the world-famous Stanley Park including the stunning seawall and the mesmerizing forested trails within. Wave to the beavers at Beaver Lake and marvel at the towering trees. Cycle through English Bay, home to some of the hottest beaches in the city. Hop on a ferry over False Creek to discover amazing food and art at Granville Island. You'll have a one-hour break, leaving you time to find some lunch in the area. Travel along the seawall that follows False Creek. Take in the city skyline framed by the North Shore Mountains. Pass by the Olympic Village complex and Science World. Hear about Expo ’86 and the 2010 Winter Olympics. Finally, travel back in time to check out Vancouver’s vibrant Chinatown including a visit to the Dr Sun Yat Sen Chinese Gardens and history-rich Gastown. Learn about the city’s beginnings as a logging outpost and hear about infamous Gassy Jack. See Vancouver's first pub before heading to the seawall and making your way back to the bike shop through Coal Harbor. One last look at waterfront provides a great view of marinas and seaplanes taking off and landing.

Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

8. Vancouver: Gastown Scavenger Hunt and City Highlights Tour

Get to know the Gastown area in Vancouver at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour. You'll explore the city on foot and get points for solving different types of tasks: Find sights: You will use hints to find the best sights and hidden gems throughout the city. The map function in the app will help you get there. Solve questions: Once you’ve arrived at the place you’re looking for, you’ll be asked questions about the sight. Most of the time, the answers are hidden in signs, pictures, etc. A great and fun way to learn new things about the city. Have fun: During the adventure you can also expect exciting photo tasks that require a lot of creativity. If you master the snapshots, you will be rewarded with points. Along the way, you’ll reach amazing places like the “Gassy Jack Statue”, the "Gastown Steam Clock”, the “Waterfront Station” and many more. After you book the game, you’ll get a game code via email with instructions on how to play. Head to the “Maple Tree Square” and use the code to unlock the game in the app. The tour ends at the “Harbour viewpoint”. The experience is not limited in time. You can explore the city at your own pace and take breaks. Just download the Explorial-App, go to the starting point, and you’re ready to start with the game. The tour lasts on average about 1-2 hours.

Vancouver: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

9. Vancouver: Half-Day City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Jump on a fun and easy-to-ride e-bike tour through Vancouver. Cycle along Stanley Park and cruise the Seawall with stunning views of the Downtown skyline and the North Shore Mountains. Visit the iconic Totem Poles and lush Beaver Lake, where wildlife abounds. Make use of your electric boost and ride up to the Prospect Point lookout, the highest point in the 1000 acre park, overlooking the Lion’s Gate Bridge, and on clear days you can see all the way to Vancouver Island.  After leaving the park, cruise along and check out some iconic neighborhoods on the False Creek waterfront, including Yaletown and Olympic Village. Both neighborhoods are award-winning developments known for their modern style and eco-friendly design. Finally, make your way to Chinatown and Gastown, two of Vancouver’s oldest neighborhoods. Your guide will share stories about the city’s roots amongst the city’s oldest buildings before heading back to the starting point. This e-bike tour makes use of Vancouver’s extensive separated bike trails, with 95% of riding on routes without cars and a maximum group size of 10 riders. This tour does not stop at the Granville Island Market, so going there in the morning is a great way to pair your day of exploring.

Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

10. Vancouver: Highlights Tour with Lookout and Capilano Bridge

Explore all of Vancouver's hotspots in just one day with a comprehensive bus tour and special landmark visits. Ride around the most popular districts as you learn about their history from your guide. Take in panoramic views of the city from Vancouver Lookout and cross the Capilano Suspension Bridge. Enjoy a fully narrated ride around the Gastown and Chinatown areas, the modern buildings of Vancouver Harbor, and the sandy beaches of English Bay. Enjoy a quick history lesson at the Stanley Park totem pole display and wander around the art community on Granville Island. Step up to the Vancouver Lookout observation deck for the most privileged views of the city and its surrounding landscape from above. Hold on tight as you trek across the swaying Capilano Suspension Bridge and look down at the trees through the glass floors of the Cliffwalk.

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,120 reviews

We highly recommend this tour! Vancouver is beautiful! Our tour guide Alex was very informative, knowledgeable and fun to be with. Our kids had a lot of fun. The bus was big enough for the whole group and we were all comfortable in it. 5 stars!

This tour was great. The food, drink, and historical knowledge all made this a tour to remember! We highly recommend this one!

Excellent bike tour of Vancouver. No matter the weather they provide you with the necessary equipment to make it possible.

Was a very nice tour! We really like it! Have a good food with amazing information about the city

Very great tour and Capilano bridge was incredible!!