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Vancouver Holidays

Holidays in Vancouver

Breathtaking oceanfront city

Surrounded by sandy beaches and spectacular mountains, Vancouver combines the best of outdoor life with a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Set off on an outdoors adventure with a holiday to Vancouver, and see another side of Canada.

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Essential information for Vancouver

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English
Currency
Canadian Dollar $
Official currency of Canada
Flight information
Vancouver (YVR)
9h 35m
Direct flight
Flight schedule
Fly from London Heathrow to Vancouver Airport with Air Canada

Do I need a visa?

Yes. If you’re arriving into or transiting through Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. 

Find out more about Travel Visas here »

Not to be missed

Perhaps one of the best things to do in Vancouver is to orientate yourself on a sightseeing tour. Buy yourself a pass, valid for 2 days, on the Hop On Hop Off Trolley and explore at your own pace the delights of Gastown, Chinatown, Stanley Park, Granville Island, Robson Street, English Bay and more. 

Highlights of Vancouver

Vancouver, aka ‘Van City’ combines the outdoor life with a vibrant city. Here are its best attractions:

  • Hop on the Vancouver Trolley to see historic Gastown, Chinatown, Granville Island, Stanley Park, The West End and other key sights.
  • Explore Beacon Hill Park, the historic James Bay and North America’s second oldest Chinatown in the provincial capital of Victoria, on Vancouver Island. Walk down Fan Tan Alley, the city’s narrowest street at just 0.9 metres wide.
  • Take a Floatplane to Vancouver Island and board a Zodiac vessel to go whale watching.
  • Head to Grouse Mountain and take a one-mile aerial journey above the forest on Skyride.
  • Explore Butchart Gardens, Victoria, home to the world’s greatest floral displays.
  • Enjoy a family day out at Vancouver Aquarium, the largest of its kind in Canada.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Katharine Hepburn and Hollywood stars at the art deco Rosewood Hotel Georgia.
  • Get some retail therapy on Robson Street or treat yourself in Yaletown’s fashion boutiques.
  • Dine on fresh salmon sushi, explore world cuisine and see live cooking shows at Granville Island Public Market and visit Canada’s first microbrewery.
  • Dine at the eponymous restaurant of David Hawksworth — a top Vancouver chef at the Rosewood Hotel.
  • January–February: The city hosts the International Performing Arts Festivals (PuSh).
  • June: The Vancouver Dragon boat Festival and colourful ceremonies take place.
  • October: The Writers Fest brings writers and poets to Granville Island. 

Fancy a cultural trip to Vancouver? Take a look at our Vancouver holidays now and book a great Canadian escape with Virgin Holidays.

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Your holiday may be affected by travel restrictions or cancellations

We are continually reviewing our flying schedules, taking into account the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice against all non-essential travel. Depending on when you are due to travel, your holiday may be affected and we’ll email you to let you know.

Latest Foreign & Commonwealth Office repatriation travel advice


Over the past few weeks, we have repatriated our customers from overseas who wanted to come home.  

Please visit this page to keep up to date with the Government’s travel advice on returning to the UK, and to register for email alerts.
 

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Your next holiday is only a click away - our website has thousands of hand-picked options ready to book. But if you need more help, just give us a call on 0344 472 9499.

Looking for inspiration? Explore our destinations and holiday types and save your faves to your very own Wishlist. Or dive right in to our 2021 holiday offers.

For extra piece of mind, new bookings made before 31 August 2020 for travel up 30 April 2021 also have the flexibility to amend free of charge. If you need to change don’t worry, you can move your holiday as far out as 31 December 2021 subject to availability.

How would you like to talk to us?

With many customers needing our help, we are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Stay tuned for the latest updates


Rest assured; we will notify you as soon as we know if your holiday has been affected.  

We are prioritising those customers due to travel before 06 October 2020. Log in to Manage my booking where you can message us about your options or you can give us a call. Bear in mind you may have to wait longer than expected. We continue to review this and working to open up these options to more customers. In the meantime check out our FAQs to see if this can help answer any immediate questions.

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Let’s talk


If you need to speak to us to change or cancel your booking, and you are due to travel before 06 October 2020, please log in to Manage my booking to call or message us. 

Payment flexibility


Don’t worry if you’ve missed a payment or just need a little more time to pay; we have options available to help you. If your holiday is going ahead as planned, you can continue to pay for your holiday in Manage my booking, even if travelling in less than 12 weeks. If you’re unsure, you can delay any additional payments by choosing a new time to travel by requesting a call back in Manage My booking for one of our team to look at options. If your holiday is more than 6 months away, you may wish to set up a Direct Debit to spread the cost. This can be arranged whilst rebooking or afterwards in Manage my booking.

We're flexible with your holiday plans


We understand that you may wish to change your holiday plans and we appreciate the need for flexibility. 

We'll be in touch by email letting you know how to register to change your holiday plans. You can also log into Manage my booking to find the details there. 

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

You're good to go


If we haven’t notified you of any changes, your holiday will be going ahead as planned but if you prefer to move your holiday to a later time we can help. Log in to Manage my booking to request a call back to amend your holiday. Please bear in mind we’ll work through requests in departure date order so may take longer than usual for us to get back to you

Please look out for emails from us or visit our dedicated Covid-19 (Coronavirus) page for the latest updates.

Thank you for your patience and understanding


Payments are being prioritised based on when the request was made, working in order from March 2020 onwards. We will always try to process refunds at the earliest opportunity, for requests before August our maximum timeframe is 120 days. As we are steadily reducing the maximum processing time for each new request, for refund requests made in August, we expect the maximum processing time to be 80 days, from the date the refund is requested. For those requesting a refund in September, we expect it to be processed within a maximum of 60 days, and then reduce to 30 days for refunds requested in October, before returning to normal levels.

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To finalise the amendment, one of our customer advisors will phone you. We need to work through amend requests in departure date order so we can prioritise those with the most imminent travel plans, so you may have a longer wait than usual until we’re able to ring you back. We will help everyone that wants to move their holiday.

I returned early from holiday and have further questions?


You can contact our team by emailing feedback.backhome@virginholidays.com to discuss options on unused portions of your holiday. If you need to contact our team about amending an existing holiday or requesting a refund please log in to manage my booking.

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