Bus tours are an ideal way to explore a city while remaining safe from the reaches of overzealous canvassers and pesky bands of paparazzi-physicists. Today's Groupon allows you to see Vancouver without the intrusion of camera-wielding Bohr quoters: for $22, you get a 2.5-hour Express City Highlights Tour of Vancouver from Big Bus (a $45 value). Groupon purchasers can pay Big Bus an extra $10 to upgrade to the full 4-hour version of the tour if desired.
Big Bus's fleet of winter-equipped behemoths weave through the city, allowing passengers to take in views of Vancouver's culturally significant spots and surroundings. Sights to be seen on the 2.5-hour City Express tour include Gastown, Chinatown, the Robson Street shopping district, the Canada Place cruise ship terminal and Winter Games Torch, English Bay, Vancouver Harbour, and Stanley Park. Buses depart at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. daily during the winter, with pick-ups at or near downtown hotels. Seize this opportunity to see Vancouver at your own pace, all while drying out snowy capes and drenched tear ducts in the bus's cozy interior.
Big Bus Ltd.
Rain or shine, for 362 days out of the year (depending on if it's a leap year), Vancouver's streets teem with Big Bus's fleet making their daily stops around the city's sites. Customers pile aboard for 90-minute Hop-On, Hop-Off tours that trek down a route that wends past Vancouver's most compelling attractions, enabling guests to create flexible sightseeing outings that proceed at a convenient pace. Tour leaders transport passengers past 22 city landmarks, such as Stanley Park, Granville Island, and Gastown, letting passengers spring out of their seats before picking up ticket-holders and tumbleweeds eager to make their way across the city.