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We are going to have 2 full days in Vancouver before we sail in June to Alaska. Can anyone give us advice as to the best way to get around Vancouver and over to Victoria. We don't want to have to rent a car. Also, any suggestions of things to see or places to eat in Vancouver would be greatly appreciated.
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We got our hotels thru Priceline bidding 4* for downtown Vancouver. We got the Hyatt and the Sheraton Wall on Burrard St. You can walk to Canda Place where the ships dock and walk around. See the beautiful Pan Pacific Hotel, Convention & Exhibition Centre and IMAX that are there. Both our hotels had the Double Decker HOHO bus stop which was very convenient. The ticket is for 2 days and there are about 30 different stops. We stopped in Stanley Park and went to the Aquarium, loved it. Stanley Park also has a free park tour bus so we took that then back on the HOHO bus. We had a wonderful dinner at the restaurant in the Hyatt called Mosaic. Getting to Victoria is an all day experience. Others will have more info on that since we went there only when we docked there. Have a great time!
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Hi there, I live in Vancouver and will be happy to help. Priceline is a great option for hotels in Vancouver. I highly recommend Stanley Park and the Aquarium. If you google, Victoria Day Trips, you'll find some coach tours that go over for the day. It's approx. 100 minute ferry ride, but the ferry terminal is about an hour outside of Downtown which makes for along day there and back.

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We really enjoyed Van. while there in Sept. 08.

We have a ton of info on the area like maps etc.

I have some links that may be of use to you.

Also, please see the pics we have at
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The first few are of Van but see the ones with the sightseeing bus and get their number/website. Their tour looked very nice. It would be hard to get to Victoria on your own via mass transit as it can take 1.5 - 2 hrs. so these tour buses are an excellent way to relax.

There is a helicopter service that can get you to the island but that can get expensive.

Do get the all day or multi day pass for the train/bus in Vancouver. It is much easier. Take the train to Canada Place and get on the ferry then city bus to Grouse. It is awesome up there!! It is easy to get to by the local mass transit. Just a short train then ferry then bus up the mountain.

http://www.grousemountain.com

http://www.granvilleisland.com/en/

[/url]http://www.bigbus.ca/

http://www.vancouvertrolley.com/

http://www.translink.bc.ca/

http://www.transitbc.com/regions/vic/schedules/map.cfm?region=0&

http://www.pacificcoach.com/[url]

Hope this helps!! Just ask if you need more info or help mapping the city.

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Hello, I'm not the OP, but I really appreciate the info you all have posted!

We'll be in Vancouver for two days and want to see as much as we can.
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IMHO I think one of the best things to do if you want to see Vicotria is take a Harbour Air flight from Downtown Vancouver to Downtown Victoria. It's only an hour flight and the take offs and landing are breathtaking.

Another "don't miss" would be to rent bicycles and peddle through Stanley park.

BTW it's very easy to taxi around in Vancouver

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THe HeliJet is a nice option, particularly to save time, tho it is a bit expensive.

The ferry ride across to Victoria is fun! Have luch, take pictures etc.

Personally we saved our $$ for the helicopter tour in Alaska.

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We are going to have 2 full days in Vancouver before we sail in June to Alaska. Can anyone give us advice as to the best way to get around Vancouver and over to Victoria. We don't want to have to rent a car. Also, any suggestions of things to see or places to eat in Vancouver would be greatly appreciated.
A day trip to Victoria is about 12 hrs. I did a trip to Victoria

in Feb 08 , it took us almost 12 hrs .

Some suggested Helijet or Harbor Air. The flights could be held up by

weather .

There is plenty in Vancouver to keep you busy for for

two days.
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We are going to have 2 full days in Vancouver before we sail in June to Alaska. Can anyone give us advice as to the best way to get around Vancouver and over to Victoria. We don't want to have to rent a car. Also, any suggestions of things to see or places to eat in Vancouver would be greatly appreciated.
A day trip to Victoria is about 12 hrs. I did a trip to Victoria

in Feb 08 , it took us almost 12 hrs .

Some suggested Helijet or Harbor Air. The flights could be held up by

weather .

There is plenty in Vancouver to keep you busy for for

two days.
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