The Sip & Soak is a perfect romantic getaway for couples or to hang out with friends and meet like-minded people! Discover the beautiful and, as of yet relatively undiscovered, Kootenay Mountains with stops at two Hot Springs. We’ll tour through the Okanagan Valley and cross Arrow Lake by ferry to Naksup, with stops at two wineries for a tour and wine tastings! * Note – participants must be 19 or older to sign up for this tour.
This is a small group, personal tour with limited availability so we strongly suggest you book well in advance.
Our Sip & Soak Tour is the “secret” tour getaway that you’ve been looking for!
Day 1 – Travel from Vancouver to Nelson in the Heart of the Kootenays
7:00 am Meet at the corner of Cordova St and Seymour St
This morning we travel through the Fraser Valley and past Hope where Stallone filmed his classic Rambo hit First Blood. Next we traverse the Crowsnest Highway through Manning Provincial Park to the sunny Okanagan Valley.
1:00 pm Lunch stop in Osoyoos.
In the afternoon we visit our first winery, Ancient Hills, to sample some tasty local wines. You may want to pick up a bottle or two of your favourites for the next 2 nights…
As we leave the South Okanagan we travel into the scenic Kootenay Mountains with plenty of great vistas and beautiful scenery!
6:00 pm Arrive at our hotel in the quaint and very artsy village of Nelson. Free time in the evening for a stroll along the lakefront or to explore the town. Nelson is famous for the number of artists and craftspeople living there. You may want to pick up a picnic lunch for tomorrow so that you can enjoy it on the shore of Kootenay Lake.
Day 2 – Nelson to Nakusp
8:30 am Depart hotel and pick up breakfast (included).
This morning we journey along the shore of beautiful Kootenay Lake to the hamlet of Ainsworth where we enjoy a soak in the Hot Springs Pool, complete with a Hot Springs Cave, overlooking Kootenay Lake. Simply Stunning!
9:30 am to 11:30 am Ainsworth Hot Springs
After the hot springs, we continue along the shore of Kootenay Lake to our lunch stop where you can have a “Pub Fare” lunch or a picnic lunch by the lake.
Once we are refreshed and ready to go we continue north following Kootenay Lake to the little Village of Kaslo. At Kaslo, we turn west to go up, over, and through the Kootenays to New Denver on Slocan Lake. We follow the shores of this pretty mountain lake as we continue our traverse of the Kootenay Mountains and cross Arrow Lake by ferry to the Village of Nakusp.
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm Nakusp Hot Springs
5:30 pm Check in to our hotel in Nakusp
Free time in the evening for a stroll along the waterfront park or explore the village.
Day 3 – Nakusp to Vancouver
8:00 am – breakfast at the hotel (included)
This morning we take a scenic drive down the shore of Arrow Lake to the ferry at Fauquier. After crossing Upper Arrow Lake we continue our tour through the mountains to Vernon at the north end of the Okanagan Valley.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Lunch stop in Vernon
This afternoon we tour south through the Okanagan Valley, BC’s summer playground and heart of BC’s famous Wine Country. We have a rest stop in Merritt in the Nicola Valley before the final leg of our journey over the Coquihalla Highway (made famous for it’s winter conditions in the TV show Highway Through Hell) to Vancouver.
6:30 pm Arrive back in Vancouver
*Times are estimated to the best of our ability and are subject to change.
- Manning Park
- 2 wineries in the Okanagan Valley
- Ainsworth Hot Springs
- Nakusp Hot Springs
- Okanagan Valley
- The mountain village of Nelson
- Many gorgeous mountain lakes and valleys!
- 2 nights hotel accommodation – Nelson & Nakusp
- All tips and taxes
- Transportation in a mini coach
- Wine tour and tasting at Nk-Mip and Ancient Hills
- 2 breakfasts
- A fantastic tour guide
- Tons of amazing sightseeing
- Meals (other than those mentioned above)
- Medical and travel insurance
- Any other expenses
What to Bring:
- All weather clothing. Note that it can be cool in the mountains even in summer
- Swimming suit & towel. If you have a second swimming suit we suggest you bring it as we are doing 2 hot springs on Day 2 and it’s better not to have to put on a wet swim suit for the 2nd hot spring!
- ID / Passport / Student ID
- Proof of medical insurance
- Good walking shoes
- Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc)
- A water bottle with a lid
- Your camera!
- A sense of FUN & Adventure!
$475 (Cash) $495 (Credit Card)
This price is based on 4 per room sharing 2 queen beds. If you are looking for romance, you’ll want to upgrade to a more private room.
Room Upgrade Costs
- Double room upgrade (2 people in a room with 2 queen beds) – $70
- Triple room upgrade (3 people in a room with 2 queen beds)– $30
No solo traveller room upgrades available.
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