Vancouver is situated in an exceptional natural environment and is often cited as one of the best cities in the world to live, work, visit or invest in. Travel with your local guide by bus through Vancouver’s downtown core en route to the Museum of Anthropology. See some of the city’s most notable neighborhoods and hear about points of interest along the way.Lunch: Box lunch at the Museum of Anthropology including a selection of sandwiches, fruit, a cookie and a bottle of water. Participants can eat their lunch in the cafeteria or outside on the patio (weather permitting).Afternoon: Explore the Museum of Anthropology and gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Discover one of the world's outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls and feast dishes are displayed in the Great Hall, while smaller (but equally magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic and other materials are exhibited in the galleries. Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.Dinner: Dinner will be at Dockside restaurant on Granville Island. Free time after dinner to explore on your own or return to the hotel.Lodging: Best Western Sands by the SeaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Continue with an exploration of Chinatown and its brightly colored facades, street markets, and the buzz of modern-day Cantonese commerce. Built by Chinese people to authentically reflect their culture and traditions it is still predominantly populated by Chinese people. (Unlike San Francisco's Chinatown which was built by their Chamber of Commerce to attract tourists.) Discover Chinatown's rich heritage, vibrant culture, and incredible food markets while exploring the colorful streets and alleys. Sample traditional Chinese tea or indulge in steamed rice cakes and warm apple tarts from a traditional bakery. Learn about the Millennium Gate, a four-pillar, three-story high, brightly painted arch spanning Pender Street which was erected in 2002 to mark the millennium and commemorate the Chinese community's role in Vancouver's history.Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.Afternoon: Then visit Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden with an expert on Asian history and culture. The Garden is the first of its kind outside of China and an authentic representation of an age old garden tradition which reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The Garden is characteristic of the private spaces within a Ming scholar's residence. With its asymmetrical arrangement of rocks and plants, its winding paths and corridors, and the vistas that overlook its courtyards, the Garden emulates the rhythms of nature.
Dinner: Dinner at Adesso Bistro.Lodging: Best Western Sands by the SeaMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner