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Program #21054RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Equipment Requirements
Supportive/comfortable footwear, good walking shoes are recommended, breathable, yet comfortable clothing suitable for daily walking, raincoat and/or windproof jacket (lined for cooler temperatures), umbrella.

Itinerary for Jul 20 — Jul 25, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, July 20 - Arrivals and Orientation
Afternoon: Independent arrivals to the Vancouver hotel. Check-in is after 4:00 p.m.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel. This evening's dinner will commence at approximately 6:00 pm.

Evening: Following dinner, you will meet for introductions, a review of the program and site orientation.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, July 21 - Cycling in Stanley Park/Vancouver Aquarium
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk at English Bay.

Morning: Cycling in Stanley Park. Traverse the park and seawall by bike during an exploration of Stanley Park, a breathtaking park which remains unspoiled and a testimony to the giant trees which occupied the site of Vancouver in its former days. Learn about old growth forests, and the natural west coast atmosphere amidst a back drop of majestic cedar, hemlock and fir trees which transports visitors to an environment rich in tranquility. World famous landmarks in the park will also be discussed including Lost Lagoon, totem poles, various monuments and sculptures, and the 5.5 mi seawall which encircles the entire park.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in Stanley Park.

Afternoon: The Vancouver Aquarium is Canada's largest aquarium and home to more than 70,000 creatures including dolphins, sea otters, anacondas, three-toed sloths, eels and more. Learn about the region's marine life in a special program that adults and kids alike will love. Go behind the scenes and get up close and personal with the animals and the people who train them. Learn about the habitats and lifestyles of dolphins, beluga whales, sea lions, sea otters, sea turtles and other sea creatures.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we will have some fun with games and outdoor activities, including swimming, at nearby Stanley Park.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, July 22 - Museum of Anthropology/BBQ Lunch/Paddling the Bur...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk along the seawall.

Morning: Explore the Museum of Anthropology and gain a remarkable glimpse into the lives of the indigenous peoples of the northwest coast of British Columbia. Discover one of the world's outstanding collections of Pacific Northwest Aboriginal artifacts. Massive totem poles, carved boxes, bowls and feast dishes are displayed in the Great Hall, while smaller (but equally magnificent) pieces in gold, silver, argillite, wood, ceramic and other materials are exhibited in the galleries. Canada's largest teaching museum is located in a spectacular building overlooking mountains and sea, and its collections, exhibitions and programs are renowned for providing insight into the cultures of indigenous peoples around the world.

Lunch: Enjoy a traditional salmon BBQ shore lunch.

Afternoon: Leave the city behind to explore Burrard Inlet and Indian Arm, an 18 kilometre fjord that extends north from Burrard Inlet in Vancouver. The park area was once heavily glaciated, leaving behind a spectacular landscape featuring rugged, forested mountains, several alpine lakes, and numerous creeks and waterfalls, including the 50-metre high Granite Falls. We'll travel the protected waters of Indian Arm in traditional canoes while our Coast Salish guides share traditional songs, stories and identify ancient village sites along the way.

Dinner: Dinner on your own.

Evening: Enjoy some free time to relax or explore more of Vancouver. Walk along the seawall to Stanley Park, take the grandkids swimming, ascend Grouse Mountain on the gondola or see Vancouver from atop the lookout.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, July 23 - Whale and Marine Safari/Granville Island
Note: We will be taking a brief (5 minute) ferry ride from English Bay to Granville Island. During your time on Granville Island, participants should expect to walk just over 1 mile and stand for short periods of time (10 minutes) for interpretation en route.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Today we set sail from historic Granville Island in downtown Vancouver, to explore the diverse wildlife of the Pacific Coast in their natural habitat. We'll travel down False Creek and into English Bay, where the views of Vancouver, the Coast Mountains and Stanley Park are unparalleled. From English Bay, we pass the Fraser River estuary into the Strait of Georgia. From here we explore the Gulf islands in search of the resident Orca Whale pods and other wildlife along the way.

Lunch: Lunch on board the boat.

Afternoon: Granville Island is known for its eclectic mix of artisanal food shops and studios. Discover this urban oasis filled with fine waterfront restaurants, theatres, galleries, studios and children's activities. Take some time to independently explore Granville Island and the Market. Visit the Kids Market with all kinds of fun activities - make a craft, or shop in the many toy and child themed shops; visit the pond and play on the boat and watch the ducks and geese; or cool off at the largest free water park in North America. Street Performers add to the Island's festive atmosphere; clowns and jugglers, musicians and magicians, balloon artists and face painters, flame throwers and fire eaters, comedians and thespians.

Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.

Evening: Tonight we will have some fun with games and outdoor activities, including swimming, at nearby Stanley Park.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Best Western Sands by the Sea is conveniently located one half block from the beach at beautiful English Bay and three blocks from Stanley Park's 1,000 acres of trails and gardens. Three bus routes stop at the front door for easy access to other parts of town.

Contact info:
1755 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1W5 Canada
phone: 604-682-1831
web: www.bestwesternsandshotelvancouver.com

Room amenities: In-room coffee makers, iron and ironing board, hair dryers, air conditioning, FREE high speed wireless Internet access, iPod/iPhone/iPad Clock Radios, mini fridges, 100% non-smoking, voice mail.

Facility amenities: Hotel amenities include a sauna and exercise room. Same-day dry-cleaning and laundry service is available, and there is a laundromat six blocks from the hotel. Restaurant and bar on site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for availability & rates.
Please contact the hotel directly on your own OR if you require personal assistance contact Maritime Travel toll free at 1-888-905-5959. A service fee MAY apply.

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, July 24 - Street Eats Food Adventure/Free Afternoon/Farewel...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Optional morning walk.

Morning: Partake in Canada Top Chef's favorite Street Eats Adventure - sample fresh seafood plucked from nearby waters, sweet, juicy Berkshire pork, and fiery chocolate cookies - just some of the things you will enjoy on the World's Best Street Eats Tour. Find out how Vancouver street eats has evolved into one of the nation’s gourmet street food destinations. Savour internationally and classically Canadian, locally inspired food including the Burger Bus' Bison burger, the best Japanese style hot dog ever, hot smoked wild salmon, pupusa and yuca fritas, fried rice balls to die for and fiery chocolate Diablo cookies that will have you drooling.

Lunch: Lunch on your own.

Afternoon: Take some free time to explore independently. Options include museums and galleries (Vancouver Museum, Maritime Museum, Telus World of Science, Vancouver Art Gallery, Bill Reid Gallery); gardens (Van Dusen Botanical Gardens, Queen Elizabeth Park); or outdoor activities such as kayaking or hiking.

Dinner: Farewell dinner and special wrap-up activities.

Lodging: Best Western Sands by the Sea

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, July 25 - Independent Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Participants depart in the morning at their leisure. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vancouver, BC
Grouse MountainTake the Gondola to the top of Grouse Mountain. If you want a real challenge - or at least a serious workout - try the Grouse Grind. A 2.9-kilometre (3700 ft) trail straight up to the top of Grouse Mountain. When you do the Grind, it's recommended you wear hiking boots and carry water. For those in good shape the hike takes about an hour. An average time would be between one and a half to two hours. The world record for doing the Grind is under 27 minutes! It's free to hike up, but it's not wise (or advised) for you to hike back down so you'll need to pay for the gondola ride to the bottom ($10 - 15 CDN for gondola ride). The Grind is open from late Spring to early Fall, dependent on weather and trail conditions.
For additional information, visit: www.grousemountain.com
Museum of VancouverMuseum of Vancouver (MOV) creates Vancouver-focused exhibitions and programs that encourage dynamic conversations about what was, is, and can be Vancouver. Permanent exhibits tell the city’s stories from the early 1900s to the late ‘70s and are complemented by contemporary, groundbreaking feature exhibits. MOV is located in scenic Vanier Park, set against a spectacular vista of ocean, city skyline, and mountains.
For additional information, visit: www.museumofvancouver.ca
Vancouver Maritime MuseumVisitors enjoy the Vancouver Maritime Museum’s many permanent and changing exhibits, the famous RCMP schooner St Roch and Children's Maritime Discovery Centre. The Maritime Museum tells the stories of Canada's ties to the Pacific and the Arctic. As a centre for life-long learning, the Museum interprets our ongoing interaction with the sea through exhibitions and programs for people of all ages. Visitors will discover rich maritime history and traditions and there’s so much to see and do for landlubbers and old salts. Explore the many exhibits on pirates, shipwrecks, lighthouses, early fur trade, fireboats, Vancouver warships, deep-ocean exploration, coastal and transpacific steamship lines, and so much more.
For additional information, visit: www.vancouvermaritimemuseum.com
Vancouver Zodiac AdventuresImmerse yourself in the pristine scenery and coastal wildlife of British Columbia. On this 3-hour tour, your guide will take you deep into Howe Sound to explore the many islands and inlets. Once there, you will encounter seals and sea lions, visit seabird nesting sites and discover bald eagles. Also be on the lookout for porpoises! Returning to Coal Harbour you will be treated to breathtaking views of downtown Vancouver, English Bay, Stanley Park and the Lions Gate Bridge. The tours are guided by a certified naturalist/skipper and depart from the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver dock.
For additional information, visit: www.princeofwhales.com/vancouver-departures/vancouver-zodiac-adventure-tours/

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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