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Program #17749RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.

Itinerary for Sep 7 — Sep 12, 2014

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Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are large and comfortable Studio Suites with Two Queen Beds (or one Queen bed when desired), with separate sitting area. There is a privacy divider between the two areas. LCD television with cable channels and DVD player. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Free local calls. In-room safe. Complimentary newspapers. Private mini kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and cookware/dishes/utensils. En suite bathroom with shower/tub combination. Bath amenities include hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes. Clock radio and iron/ironing board. Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: On-site Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Sauna, Fitness Center, Game Room, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Library, Indoor Swimming Pool (all year), Room Service, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, On-Site ATM Machine, Shuttle Service (free), Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Airport Shuttle (arranged for a fee). Free Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms. Parking Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs approx CAD $12 per day (subject to change).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by season
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-663-7515 for rates, reservations and extended stay options. Be sure to identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 07 - Welcome, Orientation, and Get Acquainted
Afternoon: Welcome and Orientation Activities

Dinner: Dinner at Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Evening: Get Acquainted Activities

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are large and comfortable Studio Suites with Two Queen Beds (or one Queen bed when desired), with separate sitting area. There is a privacy divider between the two areas. LCD television with cable channels and DVD player. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Free local calls. In-room safe. Complimentary newspapers. Private mini kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and cookware/dishes/utensils. En suite bathroom with shower/tub combination. Bath amenities include hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes. Clock radio and iron/ironing board. Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: On-site Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Sauna, Fitness Center, Game Room, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Library, Indoor Swimming Pool (all year), Room Service, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, On-Site ATM Machine, Shuttle Service (free), Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Airport Shuttle (arranged for a fee). Free Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms. Parking Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs approx CAD $12 per day (subject to change).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by season
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-663-7515 for rates, reservations and extended stay options. Be sure to identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 08 - BC & Victoria History / Empress Tea / Chinatown E...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Morning: Morning presentations set the stage to learn about the rich history of the Garden City and the Province. Then, a horticulturist puts Victoria's unique micro-climate and legendary passion for gardening in context for your multiple garden explorations throughout the week.

Lunch: Special Event: Enjoy grand tradition of Afternoon Tea in the majestic Empress Hotel . Savor the award-winning Pastry Chef’'s authentic and memorable delights - from your very first sip of the secret blend of Tea at The Empress, right through to the freshly baked raisin scones served with heavy cream and strawberry preserves.

Afternoon: Head out on foot for an expert guided exploration of historic Chinatown including the "Gates of Harmonious Interest", and the famously narrow "Fan Tan Alley" and more!

Dinner: Special dinner out in the heart of Chinatown featuring traditional Cantonese, Szechuan and Western-style dishes served with excellent, friendly service.

Evening: Optional evening harborside stroll with Group Leader to points of scenic and cultural interest.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are large and comfortable Studio Suites with Two Queen Beds (or one Queen bed when desired), with separate sitting area. There is a privacy divider between the two areas. LCD television with cable channels and DVD player. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Free local calls. In-room safe. Complimentary newspapers. Private mini kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and cookware/dishes/utensils. En suite bathroom with shower/tub combination. Bath amenities include hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes. Clock radio and iron/ironing board. Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: On-site Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Sauna, Fitness Center, Game Room, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Library, Indoor Swimming Pool (all year), Room Service, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, On-Site ATM Machine, Shuttle Service (free), Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Airport Shuttle (arranged for a fee). Free Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms. Parking Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs approx CAD $12 per day (subject to change).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by season
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-663-7515 for rates, reservations and extended stay options. Be sure to identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 09 - Fort Rodd Hill Historic Site and Fisgard Lighthou...
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Morning: Field trip to explore the coast. First, visit the Fort Rodd Hill National Historic site including the picturesque Fisgard Lighthouse. Built in 1860, Fisgard Lighthouse celebrated its 150th birthday in 2010, and was the first lighthouse built on Canada's West Coast.

Lunch: Special group lunch at the oldest pub in British Columbia. The food is made from scratch using the best and freshest ingredients, using herbs and vegetables from their own organic culinary garden.

Afternoon: Explore the stately Hatley Castle with its incredible gardens on the grounds of Royal Roads University. Learn the unique history of James Dunsmuir who commissioned Samuel Maclure, a Victorian architect, to design the Castle. Field trip concludes with exploration of the Japanese, Italian, and Rose gardens on the Castle grounds

Dinner: Dinner at Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Evening: Take an optional evening walk to “Fisherman’s Wharf, “ a colourful little fishing village on the water.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are large and comfortable Studio Suites with Two Queen Beds (or one Queen bed when desired), with separate sitting area. There is a privacy divider between the two areas. LCD television with cable channels and DVD player. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Free local calls. In-room safe. Complimentary newspapers. Private mini kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and cookware/dishes/utensils. En suite bathroom with shower/tub combination. Bath amenities include hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes. Clock radio and iron/ironing board. Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: On-site Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Sauna, Fitness Center, Game Room, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Library, Indoor Swimming Pool (all year), Room Service, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, On-Site ATM Machine, Shuttle Service (free), Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Airport Shuttle (arranged for a fee). Free Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms. Parking Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs approx CAD $12 per day (subject to change).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by season
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-663-7515 for rates, reservations and extended stay options. Be sure to identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 10 - Parliament Building Exploration / Abkhazi Garden ...
Parliament Building Exploration / Abkhazi Garden / Government House Gardens

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Morning: A docent guides you on a field trip through the magnificent Parliament Building, focal point of Victoria's Inner Harbour. The Royal BC Museum follows your visit to the Parliament Building. The Royal BC Provincial Museum highlights the natural and cultural history of the region through an array of unique galleries. The museum features millions of authentic artifacts and specimens displayed in highly realistic diorama's, giving visitors the experience of another time and place.

Lunch: Lunch at Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Afternoon: Field trip to the Abkhazi Japanese Garden for exploration and afternoon tea amidst one of Canada's Most Significant Garden Creations. This exquisite heritage home and garden was created by the Prince and Princess Abkhazi in 1946 when they married settled in Victoria after living separate lives touched by both privilege and tragedy. The Abkhazis worked together on their creation for over 40 years, and it is now owned and managed by the Land Conservancy. Conclude the afternoon with exploration of the nearby Government House Gardens.

Dinner: Dinner out on own to explore Victoria's splendid array of Pacific Northwest and eclectic world cuisine.

Evening: Free evening to explore Victoria or relax at the hotel.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: With our convenient location in the heart of downtown Victoria, the largest city on Vancouver Island, BC, you can take a leisurely stroll along Victoria’s famous Inner Harbour, shop for treasures on Antiques Row or make business connections in Victoria’s nearby downtown core. Just step outside the hotel doors and into the celebrated sites of downtown Victoria. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, the Royal BC Museum is just around the block. Take in views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Olympic Mountains. There’s so much to see and do right at our doorstep! Enjoy yourself in the Royal Scot Hotel & Suite’s beautiful indoor pool, whirl pool, sauna and exercise room. Have some fun in our billiards room or gather with friends for a hand of bridge or a movie in the games room. We offer free wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. For your convenience our courtesy shuttle is available to take you anywhere within Victoria's downtown core. After a full day, rest easy in the cozy comfort of the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites and feel at home in downtown Victoria.

Contact info:
425 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W7 Canada
phone: 800-663-7515
web: www.royalscot.com

Room amenities: Our rooms are large and comfortable Studio Suites with Two Queen Beds (or one Queen bed when desired), with separate sitting area. There is a privacy divider between the two areas. LCD television with cable channels and DVD player. Complimentary wireless Internet access. Free local calls. In-room safe. Complimentary newspapers. Private mini kitchen with refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and cookware/dishes/utensils. En suite bathroom with shower/tub combination. Bath amenities include hair dryer, makeup/shaving mirror, and complimentary toiletries. Bathrobes. Clock radio and iron/ironing board. Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: On-site Restaurant, Bar, 24-Hour Front Desk, Newspapers, Grounds, Non-Smoking Rooms, Elevator, Safe, Heating, Baggage Storage, All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private), Sauna, Fitness Center, Game Room, Pool Table, Hot Tub, Library, Indoor Swimming Pool (all year), Room Service, Business Center, Laundry, Dry Cleaning, Souvenir/Gift Shop, Tour Desk, Fax/Photocopying, On-Site ATM Machine, Shuttle Service (free), Vending Machine (drinks), Vending Machine (snacks), Airport Shuttle (arranged for a fee). Free Wi-fi is available in the hotel rooms. Parking Public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed) and costs approx CAD $12 per day (subject to change).

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Rates vary by season
Please contact the hotel directly at 1-800-663-7515 for rates, reservations and extended stay options. Be sure to identify yourself as a Road Scholar participant.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 11 - Butchart's Garden's--National Historic Site of Ca...
Butchart's Garden's--National Historic Site of Canada / Emily Carr House / Musical Farewell Performance

Breakfast: Breakfast at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Morning: Field trip to explore the world class Butchart's Garden. Spend the morning strolling the Japanese garden, rose garden, the amazing sunken garden, and more!

Lunch: Enjoy special lunch buffet at the Blue Poppy Restaurant at Butchart Gardens

Afternoon: Upon return to the Inner Harbour, we'll visit the Emily Carr House, a National and Provincial Historic Site dedicated to the art, writings and life of renowned Canadian artist, Emily Carr.

Dinner: Dinner at Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Evening: Special Musical Farewell performance by local artist.

Lodging: Royal Scot Hotel & Suites

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 12 - Farewell / Departures
Breakfast: Breakfast at the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites.

Morning: Farewell and Bon Voyage! Program concludes after breakfast - approximately 9:30 AM. Hotel check out is 11:00 AM.

Meals Included: Breakfast


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5 nights of accommodations
13 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Performances

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