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12 Days | 11 Nights
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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.
Meals: 30 total, 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners

The following meal choices available when requested in advance: Vegetarian.

If you have dietary restrictions due to medical requirements, please call (800) 454-5768, to see if we can accommodate your needs.

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Executive Hotel Vintage Park Vancouver: Vancouver, BC, 1 nights
Type: Hotel

Description: The Executive Hotel Vintage Park is the only wine themed hotel in Vancouver. It is a four-star, eighteen story tower hotel complex located in the attractive South end of Downtown Vancouver. The hotel's setting is perfect for starting a day with a relaxing stroll along False Creek and English Bay up to Stanley Park or taking a water taxi to Granville Island. The trendy Yaletown and Broadway corridor are located just minutes away from the hotel. Upon their return, guests can enjoy our hosted wine receptions where they can have a taste of wines produced by one of the best known wineries from the Okanagan Valley.

Ship Information: N/A

Contact info:
1379 Howe St
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R5 Canada
phone: 604-688-7678
web: www.executivehotels.net/downtownvancouverboutiquehotel/

Facility amenities: :: Complimentary Internet Service for overnight guests :: Complimentary in-room coffee & tea :: In-room safe :: Mini-business centre in the lobby area :: In-room iron and ironing board :: Evening complimentary wine tasting (Mon-Sat, 5pm-6pm) :: Valet & dry cleaning service (fee)

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability
Contact Road Scholar Travel Services at 800-241-1404 or via email at travelinfo@roadscholar.org

Check in time: 3:00 PM

Seaport B&B: Sandspit, BC, 1 nights
Type: Bed and Breakfast

Contact info:
371 Beach Road
Sandspit, BC Canada
phone: 250-637-2215
web: www.moresbyexplorers.com/seaport

Room amenities: Alarm clock

Facility amenities: 8 spacious guest rooms built in the spring of 2011, large covered deck and lots of space to enjoy the great ocean views. Common area with phone equipped with voicemail, coffee maker and a variety of teas. No internet access, but it is available at locations nearby.

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

Island Roamer: Queen Charlotte Islands, 8 nights
Type: Cruise Ship

Description: Ship features large inside seating area on deck and an extensive library. Double and single stable kayaks and two motorized zodiacs for shore excursions. Vessel is large enough for comfort and privacy and small enough to ensure a wonderful rapport between participants and crew.

Ship Information: Each ship is a 60 ton motor-sailor, ketch rigged. Built as large yachts with wonderful woodwork and large windows, these vessels meet all the requirements of the Canadian Ministry of Transport passenger vessel regulations. Designed by Stan Huntingford and built by Cooper Yachts in the 1980's, these vessels are sister ships with the same hull and nearly identical layout. Their design, safety and comfort make them ideal for travel in remote areas - each vessel has twin diesel main engines, a generator for electricity, and well equipped galley. In addition each ship is rigged for sailing with three working sails. This is not a 'sailing' trip per se, but a natural history trip, where traveling aboard a large yacht and the opportunity to sail are additional highlights. Each ship measures 20 meters in length, 5 meters wide and extends over 2 meters below the water. The main mast is over 22 meters above the water.

Contact info:
c/o Bluewater Adventures
#3 - 252 East 1st Street
North Vancouver, BC V7L 1B3 Canada
phone: 604-980-3800
web: www.bluewateradventures.ca

Room amenities: Each cabin has an opening porthole for fresh air, reading lights, smoke detectors, drawers and a hanging locker for storage of personal effects.

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

Bathroom: Shipboard facilities are 3 heads (toilets) with hot showers. Every cabin has a head closeby. It is important to remember that a boat is totally self contained and in wilderness areas not always near a water supply. We ask you to conserve water.

Best Western Sands by the Sea: Vancouver, BC, 1 nights
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.

Ship Information: N/A

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 iron board, hair dryers.

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 two bars on site.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Check for availability.
Please contact the hotel directly.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

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11 nights of accommodations
30 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 10 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
16 Field trips
2 Flights during the program


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