THE VANCOUVER SEVENS
11th & 12th March 2017
THURSDAY 9th MARCH
Check in at your chosen UK airport for your flight to Vancouver. On arrival transfer to your chosen hotel where 4 nights accommodation have been reserved on a Room only basis. Remainder of the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel facilities and explore the local area.
FRIDAY 10th MARCH
Full day at leisure. Vancouver offers a wealth of excursion opportunities including a cable car up to Grouse Mountain (Vancouver’s own mini ski resort), a tour of Granville Island Market or a visit to Stanley Park.
SATURDAY 11th MARCH
The Vancouver Sevens 2017
Transfers available if required
SUNDAY 12th MARCH
The Vancouver Sevens 2017
Transfers available if required
MONDAY 13th MARCH
Check out of your hotel. At leisure until your transfer to the airport for your return evening overnight flight to the UK. (Alternatively you can opt to extend your stay in Vancouver, or travel to Whistler or across to Vancouver Island).
TUESDAY 14th MARCH
Arrival back into your chosen UK airport
|from £1295 – per person sharing in a twin/double room – Single supplement (£295)
Based on 3.5* Century Plaza Hotel
|from £1410 – per person sharing in a twin/double room – Single supplement (£395)
Based on 4* Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel
VANCOUVER SEVENS HOTELS
VANCOUVER – 3.5* Century Plaza Hotel (4 nights from 9th March)
This property is 10 minutes walk from the beach. This all-suite hotel in downtown Vancouver features a full-service spa, a 24-hour fitness centre and comedy club. Beyond Restaurant & Lounge is on-site and suites include a kitchen or kitchenette. A microwave and a refrigerator are provided in each suite at the Century Plaza Hotel & Spa. A coffee maker and 40″ flat-screen cable TV are available in the suites as well. Century Plaza Spa contains a large indoor pool and steam rooms. The hotel also includes a hair salon. Beyond Coffee features Italian coffee and a variety of snacks and desserts. Shopping on Robson Street is within a 10-minute walk from the Century Plaza Hotel. The stylish boutiques of Yaletown are a 15-minute walk from the hotel. English Bay’s beaches are also nearby.
VANCOUVER – 4* Sheraton Wall Centre Hotel (4 nights from 9th March)
This property is 9 minutes walk from the beach. The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, located in the heart of Vancouver, is a short walk from business and entertainment neighborhoods, Robson Street shops and Yaletown restaurants. All rooms offer floor-to-ceiling windows with vews of the city, English Bay, and the mountains. Free WiFi is provided. The rooms and suites at Sheraton Wall Centre offer 42 – 55 inch flat screen TVs, electronic safes, and are equipped with irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, makeup mirrors, luxury bath amenities, lush bathrobes, and a “build-your-own” refreshment centre. An indoor pool, a hot tub and a garden are also featured at the hotel. There is also a gym and a business centre. Guests can dine at the on-site restaurant, Café One. Bar One restaurant features an international selection of wines and a West Coast food menu. Nearby popular attractions include the Vancouver Art Gallery, Granville Island and Stanley Park.
3 NIGHTS’ WHISTLER SKI RESORT
|from £349 – per person sharing in a twin/double room – Single supplement (£249)
Based on 3* Listel Hotel
HOTEL UPGRADE: 4* Hilton Hotel & Suites £489 per person sharing – Single supplement (£389)
3 NIGHTS’ VICTORIA, VANCOUVER ISLAND
|from £249 – per person sharing in a twin/double room – Single supplement (£149)
Based on 3* Embassy Inn Hotel
HOTEL UPGRADE: 4* Hotel Grand Pacific £269 per person sharing – Single supplement (£169)
Vancouver was recognized as the top city in Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine’s 2014 World’s Best Awards.
The city was also named the Top Destination in Canada in TripAdvisor’s 2014 Travellers’ Choice awards, and was chosen as the world’s “Most Liveable City” in 2010 by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), a title it has been awarded eight times since 2002.
Vancouver offers travellers both outstanding opportunities for outdoor adventure and the sophisticated amenities of a world-class city. Take advantage of the city’s oceanside location, with plenty of green space and many recreation opportunities in the mountains 20 minutes north of downtown. After a busy day, linger over a glass of BC wine and a locally inspired meal, or unwind at one of Vancouver’s unique spas.
While this sea-level port city is known for its temperate climate, the surrounding snow-covered slopes are perfect for winter sports and breathtaking views of the city twinkling below. Vancouver is one of the few places in the world where it’s possible to ski in the morning and sail in the afternoon.
For thousands of years the Coast Salish people have called the area now known as Vancouver home. Their history and cultural traditions, upholding a deep respect for nature and humanity, are tightly woven into the city’s cultural fabric.
In 1792, Captain George Vancouver explored the Burrard Inlet, today the shores of the city, and wrote of the area’s “innumerable pleasing landscapes.” But it was the discovery of gold that drew substantial European settlements to the region.
In 1827, the Hudson’s Bay Company set up a trading post on the Fraser River, east of present-day Vancouver. By 1858, the gold rush on the Fraser River brought thousands of prospectors to the area. The influx of pioneers would continue.
Perhaps the city’s best known pioneer is Vancouver legend “Gassy Jack” Deighton. He established the area’s first saloon in 1867 on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet; the area became known as Gastown. Nearby, legendary Stanley Park was officially opened in 1888, named for Lord Stanley, former Governor General of Canada.
Important developments like the Canadian Pacific Railway in the 1880s greatly boosted the growing area, and meant a substantial influx of Chinese workers. It was the promise of this coast-to-coast connection that led the province into Confederation in 1871. When the railway line was near completion in 1886, the town of Granville was incorporated as the City of Vancouver. Its position as a transportation hub ensured its dominant role in the province’s economic and social life.
A century later the city staged a 100th birthday party of international proportions, hosting the Expo ’86 World Exposition. For an urban centre whose growth has been directly linked to developments in transportation, the event’s transportation theme was particularly poignant.
Today, Vancouver’s cosmopolitan appeal can be attributed to its international population of citizens; there are Aboriginal populations as well as British descendants, Chinese, Japanese, German, Indo-Pakistani, French, Italian, Dutch, Scandinavian, Ukrainian, Filipino and Greek, among other diverse nationalities.
In February and March 2010, Vancouver was the host city for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. As a world-class city, Vancouver continues to draw the world’s great nations together in a celebration of human spirit and achievement.
Renowned for its scenic beauty and endless opportunities for outdoor activities, Vancouver is also a cosmopolitan city with all the urban amenities fine dining, shopping, museums, galleries, music and theatre.
Hit the nightclub scene or wander through ethnic enclaves. Visit the aquarium, take a city tour or stroll through Stanley Park, the city’s urban wilderness, or explore the surrounding area on an interesting driving route.
Don’t miss the year-round markets or fail to take in a hockey game. Festivals? There is always something to celebrate in Vancouver. If all else fails, there is always that fabulous outdoor life the city is renowned for.