Special-Interest Trips

Both Vancouver and Victoria are fit, outdoors-oriented cities with plenty of opportunities to explore urban activities alongside soft adventures. You'll find special low-impact walking tours and ecotours in and around Vancouver and Victoria. Organized tours of various sorts are also available in Whistler, and they're especially popular in and around Tofino and the Pacific Rim National Park on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Escorted General-Interest Tours

Escorted tours are structured group tours, with a group leader. The price usually includes everything from airfare to hotels, meals, tours, admission costs, and local transportation.

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Uniglobe Specialty Travel (tel. 800/455-0007 or 604/688-8816; www.uniglobespecialtytravel.com) in Vancouver offers multiday escorted tours of Vancouver and Victoria, highlighting the major attractions in both cities. Globus Tours (tel. 866/755-8581; www.globusjourneys.com), one of the largest tour companies in the U.S., provides escorted tours throughout Western Canada, including Vancouver and Victoria, as part of a larger west coast itinerary.

Package Tours

Package tours are simply a way to buy the airfare, accommodations, and other elements of your trip (such as car rentals, airport transfers, and sometimes even activities) at the same time and often at discounted prices.

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One good source of package deals is the airlines themselves. Air Canada Vacations (tel. 888/247-2262; www.aircanadavacations.com) offers an array of package deals covering a whole series of travel bargains ranging from city packages to fly/drive tours, escorted tours, motor-home travel, and ski holidays. Other airlines with Canadian package holidays include American Airlines (tel. 800/321-2121; www.aavacations.com), Delta (tel. 800/800-1504; www.deltavacations.com), Continental Airlines (tel. 800/301-3800; www.covacations.com), and United (tel. 888/854-3899; www.unitedvacations.com).

Several big online travel agencies -- Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, and Lastminute.com -- also do a brisk business in packages.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.