DAY 1 – June 4

Seattle to Victoria

Upon your arrival at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport you will be transferred to Pier 69 in downtown Seattle to board the ferry to Victoria.
Enjoy a scenic 2 hour and 45 minute ferry ride though the beautiful Puget Sound and the Salish Sea.
Transfer to your downtown Victoria accommodation and meet your hostess, Darcie Guarderas!
After getting settled in, enjoy a short walk to dinner at the Blue Crab Sea Food restaurant.

Note: You will need a passport to enter Canada and re-enter the United States upon return.

Accommodation: Victoria – Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
Check In Date: 4-Jun-2020
Check Out Date: 6-Jun-2020
Meals: Dinner

Victoria has a whole lot to offer. Nestled between Fisherman’s Wharf and the beautiful inner harbour, our new Urban Style Hotel concept at Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina by APA is yours to enjoy. This hotel in Victoria features a spectacular oceanfront location, providing one of the most captivating views in the area – Letting guests soak in the natural beauty and historic splendor of Victoria, right from their hotel accommodations. The hotel is situated on the lively outer harbour, featuring a full-service 52-slip marina, award winning restaurant and gorgeous event spaces.

All hotel guests are welcome to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service within the downtown core. Many of our well-appointed guest rooms & suites feature breathtaking harbour views. The rooms come with complimentary wireless Internet and a range of modern amenities. Electric Bidet Seats(TOTO® Washlet), 55” flat screen TVs and traditional welcoming origami cranes, a symbol of hospitality, are standard throughout all. Most offer Juliet or patio-style balconies. These high quality amenities are signature features of APA Hotels in Japan and unique to APA’s Urban Style Hotel concept.

Day 2 – June 5

Victoria Sightseeing

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Light breakfast in the hotel followed by a Victoria Foodie Walk with Andy of Victoria Food Tours. This 2-hour tour begins at 11:00 a.m. at the Victoria Public Market and includes stops at The Harmonious Gates of Interest, Fan Tan Alley, Market Square, Bastion Square, Trounce Alley, Government St., the Inner Harbour Causeway and Parliament Buildings. Depending on the day, there will be between 6-8 food tastings along the route, as we discuss the history and quirks of beautiful Victoria, B.C. Tastings can include bread, pierogis, meatballs, craft beer, macarons, chocolate, and much more!

Tonight’s treat is dinner and a live jazz performance at Hermann’s Jazz Club. This legendary establishment has roots in the local jazz scene going back over 40 years and has hosted numerous international acts such as David Vest. Get lost in the smooth music, relaxed atmosphere and of course
superb dinning.

Day 3 – June 6

Cobble Hill – the Cowichan Valley

Accommodation: Nanaimo – Coast Bastion Hotel
Check In Date: 6-Jun-2020
Check Out Date: 7-Jun-2020

Enjoy a convenient location and beautiful ocean views from one of the best downtown Nanaimo hotels. Located near the BC Ferries Terminal on Nanaimo’s inner harbour, the Coast Bastion Inn is steps away from the seawall walk-way, Swy-a-lana Lagoon, specialty stores and quaint cafes.
Whether traveling to Nanaimo for a weekend escape or business function the Coast Bastion Inn has all the amenities and services you’ve come to expect from Coast Hotels & Resorts. Receive oxygen therapy and treatments at the Pure Spa & Oxygen Bar, get pampered and look your best at Tan’s Hair & Nail Studio and stay in shape at our fitness centre. Take in a contemporary west coast designed dining experience at Minnoz Restaurant & Lounge. Featuring the freshest local seafood and meats, pasta  dishes, gourmet breakfast and tapas.

Activity: Cobble Hill – the Cowichan Valley
Start Location: Victoria
End Location: Nanaimo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Today, your first stop is at Merridale Farm that produces farm-crafted cider, spirits, and fortified ciders. Made from 100% undiluted apple juice that is grown and produced at this Cobble Hill Farm, in the heart of Cowichan on Vancouver Island. The farm is home to a cidery, distillery, eatery and a tasting bar. You will have a farm tour followed by tastings and then lunch.Continue to the Blue Grouse Estate Winery comprised of 65 acres tucked away on a sunny Vancouver Island slope in the Cowichan Valley, named from a Salish First Nations word meaning “the warm land”. At Blue Grouse, their winemaker has been active in the farm-to-table movement for 20 years and they strongly support the efforts of local food producers.

You will combine locally made cheese and charcuterie boards daily with snacks and gather in their licensed outdoor picnic area with some perfectly matched Blue Grouse wines for a picnic.

Your next stop is at the Westholme Tea Company. The Westholme Valley is also located in the Cowichan region on Vancouver Island, nicknamed “the warm land” by the Coast Salish people. This fertile landscape creates a unique micro-climate that fosters the growth of Camellia Sinensis- tea plants, a first of its kind in Canada. The teas and hand-crafted ceramics unite taste and tactility in the simple ceremony of drinking tea and the owners have added some unique Westholme influences to inspire delight in every brewed cup.

After you check into your hotel spend your evening at leisure.

Day 4 – June 7

Qualicum – Fanny Bay

Accommodation: Parksville – The Beach Club Resort – Bellstar Hotels & Resorts
Check In Date: 7-Jun-2020
Check Out Date: 8-Jun-2020
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast; offering every guest an unparalleled vacation experience. Rated 4 stars by Canadian Star Quality Accommodations, guest rooms offer private balconies. Spectacular Ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor. The hotel’s amenities include: seaside pool and hot tub, fitness centre, Stonewater Spa, and Pacific Prime Restaurant with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk.

Activity: Qualicum – Fanny Bay
Start Location: Qualicum
End Location: Parksville

Start the day with a drive to the Morningstar Farm and Cheese Factory. A guided tour will feature the whole milk production process from meeting the calves to a close-up demonstration of the robotic milker in action. You will learn about cheese making while watching the cheesemakers working before enjoying guided cheese and fruit and berry wine tasting session. In the late 1990s, Clarke and Nancy Gourlay returned from years of living overseas to French Creek, the scenic region between Parksville and Qualicum. The location was ideal to raise their 3 sons near family and to explore their dream of making Swiss-style artisan cheese on their own farm. That dream became a reality when, in 2001, founded Little Qualicum Cheeseworks on a leased dairy farm, milking a handful of cows, and making cheese in a renovated school portable.

In 2004 the Gourlays were able to purchase their own 90-acre dairy farm in the same area – Morningstar Farm. Over the years of change and growth, the Gourlays have remained committed to their passion for quality local food, sustainable agriculture, animal welfare, and providing a fun and empowering experience to all visitors of the farm and to customers of their cheese across British Columbia.
Time is allotted to stop in Qualicum Bay for lunch. Sit on a number of patios and enjoy the breathtaking ocean scenery. Some suggestions are the CView Restaurant & Lounge and Qualicum Beach Inn.

From Qualicum Bay, we head to Fanny Bay Oyster facility. Started by three local farmers, Fanny Bay Oysters got its name in the 1980s from the beautiful landscape in the Baynes Sound. 30 years later they are a part of the Taylor Shellfish Family of Farms and continue to grow incredible shellfish in the same waters. Visiting their original Seafood Shop in Fanny Bay is the best way to get the freshest shellfish in British Columbia. As the largest producer of shellfish in Canada, Fanny Bay pride themselves on providing the best, sustainable products grown in the cold, clear waters of the British Columbia coastline. We will tour the facility before driving a short distance to the Fanny Bay Inn, built in 1938 and serving great food, drinks and local oysters for the past 80 years. With a beautiful location overlooking Baynes Sound, on the scenic old coastal highway, this is a perfect stop for dinner.

Day 5 – June 8

Parksville – Victoria

Accommodation: Victoria – Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel
Check In Date: 8-Jun-2020
Check Out Date: 9-Jun-2020
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Victoria has a whole lot to offer. Nestled between Fisherman’s Wharf and the beautiful inner harbour, our new Urban Style Hotel concept at Coast Victoria Harbourside Hotel & Marina by APA is yours to enjoy. This hotel in Victoria features a spectacular oceanfront location, providing one of the most captivating views in the area – Letting guests soak in the natural beauty and historic splendor of Victoria, right from their hotel accommodations. The hotel is situated on the lively outer harbour, featuring a full-service 52-slip marina, award winning restaurant and gorgeous event spaces. All hotel guests are welcome to take advantage of the complimentary shuttle service within the downtown core. Many of our well-appointed guest rooms & suites feature breathtaking harbour views. The rooms come with complimentary wireless Internet and a range of modern amenities. Electric Bidet Seats(TOTO® Washlet), 55” flat screen TVs and traditional
welcoming origami cranes, a symbol of hospitality, are standard throughout all. Most offer Juliet or patio-style balconies.

Activity: Parksville – Victoria
Start Location: Parksville
End Location: Victoria

The Beach Club Resort hotel is located on the site of the historic Island Hall Resort and features the most luxurious hotel rooms in Parksville, on Vancouver Island’s east coast; offering every guest an unparalleled vacation experience. Rated 4 stars by Canadian Star Quality Accommodations, guest rooms offer private balconies. Spectacular Ocean and mountain views, thoughtful amenities, and feature beautifully appointed West Coast décor. The hotel’s amenities include: seaside pool and hot tub, fitness centre, Stonewater Spa, and Pacific Prime Restaurant with its famous beachfront patio just off the Parksville Beach Boardwalk.

On the way back to Victoria stop in the village of Coombs and visit the Old Country Market which started as a roadside fruit stand in the 1950s providing fresh produce to travellers heading to the west coast of Vancouver Island. Over the years it has evolved into a Vancouver Island landmark with a mixture of shops and eateries for locals and visitors alike and it also has those famous goats on the roof!

Continue your way south and head to the always beautiful Butchart Gardens. When Robert and Jennie Butchart came to live at Tod Inlet on Vancouver Island, they named their home ‘Benvenuto’ – Italian for ‘welcome’. Jennie began a lifelong project to create a garden. With great vision, she transformed the barren limestone quarry into what is now 22 hectares (55 acres) of breathtaking gardens. Spend your time at leisure in the Butchart Gardens or partake in Afternoon Tea (additional cost paid locally) available from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM or lunch (additional cost paid locally) available from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Reservations are highly recommended and may be booked through the Butchart Gardens website.

Your final West Coast dinner will take place at Deerholme Farm. This 4 hour dining experience is as farm to table as you can get, with a focus on local Cowichan Valley products. Bill Jones is the owner of Deerholme Farm and is a renowned chef who has cooked in Michelin- starred restaurants in France and England. Tonight’s dinner will be unique to the season, local products and cooking styles of the region making it an event to remember!

Day 6 – June 9

Depart Victoria

Start Location: Victoria End
Location: Seattle
Meals: Breakfast

After you check out from your hotel board your private transfer to the downtown Victoria ferry terminal.
Take the ferry from Victoria to Seattle.
Your final private transfer is from the Seattle ferry terminal to the Seattle airport.

Tour Includes

  • Roundtrip Coach transfers from Seattle Airport to Ferry
  • Roundtrip Ferry from Seattle to Victoria – Economy Class
  • Roundtrip Coach transfers from Ferry to Victoria hotel
  • Private Coach Transportation
  • Services of a Professional Tour Director Accommodation as listed (based on availability)
  • Attractions as listed
  • Luggage Handling (1 bag per person)
  • Meals listed (including customary gratuity)
  • 2 Complimentary Packages based on Twin Share

Tour Does not Include

  • Gratuities to driver (recommend $3-$4 per person per day per person)
  • Gratuities to guide (recommend $5-$7 per person per day per person)
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals not listed
  • Attractions not listed
  • Credit card payment fees, where applicable
  • Airfare – domestic and international Travel insurance

Terms & Conditions

Please read the following Terms and Conditions carefully.

Payment of a deposit represents your acceptance of the following Terms and Conditions:

1. $3,151 per person based on double occupancy (land only)
2. $565 single supplement
3. Maximum 12 passengers plus Chef Mark and Sara Pridgen (trip will not depart unless at least 12 passengers are confirmed)
4. 50% deposit/payment required to reserve your space (first come first serve). This trip will sell out; please contact Susan Hammond with Endless Travel to drop off your check. Email: susan@endlesstravel.net or office number is 303-674-6616, extension 1.
5. Final payment due no later than 02/20/2020 paid by check or credit card.
6. Mandatory travel insurance not included.
7. If you prefer to pay by credit card, then a 3.6% credit card processing fee will be applied.
8. Minor changes to this itinerary are possible due to availability.

Registration and Payment
Receipt of initial payment confirms your space on the culinary tour. The check needs to be made out to “Endless Travel” and will be held until you are notified that the trip is “a go.” Once your reservation deposit has been paid, you will receive a confirmation email and further information to help you plan your trip. Your deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited if you cancel your trip reservation. Cancellations must be in writing by either letter to Endless Travel or email to susan@endlesstravel.net. Cancellations become effective on the date they are received by Endless Travel.
We reserve the right to cancel reservations that are not paid in full at any time after the final payment is due. If you make your reservation after the final payment due date, payment in full will be required immediately.

The check for your deposit should be mailed to:

ATTN: Susan Hammond, Endless Travel
28265 Hwy 74, Unit A
Evergreen, CO 80439

Changes to Your Reservation
If you make any changes to your reservation from 30–59 days before the trip start date, a $100 per person administrative fee will apply. Changes are subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed. If your reservation changes from double occupancy to single occupancy, you will be charged the single occupancy rate.

Mandatory Trip Insurance
For your protection and because the trip’s cost is based on the number of participants, it is the policy of Endless Travel that each participant purchase travel insurance. Upon receipt of your deposit and the trip is a “go”, we will send you an insurance quote. If the travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your deposit, pre-existing medical conditions may be covered.

Arrival and Departure Dates
It is your responsibility to make sure you arrive in Seattle on the specified trip start date. We cannot refund part of your trip if you arrive late or leave early. Upon request, Susan with Endless Travel will assist you with booking any pre/post trip accommodations. One Group Transfer to and from the airport will be provided,

Responsibility
The liability of Endless Travel, individually or jointly, is strictly limited. It is your sole responsibility to obtain and have available the proper travel documents that are necessary for your trip.

In no event will Endless Travel be liable for amounts in excess of the amounts payable to Endless Travel in accordance with the terms hereunder, nor will Endless Travel be liable for any consequential indirect or incidental damages arising from this agreement. Endless Travel purchases accommodations, transportation and other services from independent suppliers not under our control. We serve only as agents for these suppliers in securing trip arrangements, and therefore will not accept responsibility and liability for wrongful, negligent or arbitrary acts or omissions of these independent contractors, their employees, agents or representatives.
Endless Travel is not liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, or delay that may be caused by events not within our control including but not limited to, without limitation, acts of terrorism, war, strikes, and defects of any vehicle, adverse weather conditions, natural disasters or the negligence or default of any third party.