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Extension: Victoria-Jewel of the Pacific Northwest

Program Number: 16819RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/31/2013 - 6/3/2013;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Price starting at: $798.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 5; 3 Breakfasts, 0 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Discover the treasures of Western Canada’s oldest city. Victoria’s history as a thriving commercial and naval port and the seat of colonial and provincial governments is reflected in stunning features throughout the city, from the Gold Rush-era mansions to delightful Butchart Gardens and the grand Empress Hotel. Examine the architecture of historic neighborhoods like Rockland, developed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Learn the story of Robert Dunsmuir, a Scottish-Canadian miner, industrialist and politician.




Highlights

• A local expert reveals the colorful story of Butchart Gardens as you walk among its stunning floral displays and fountains.
• Discover the neighborhoods of Victoria where governors, merchant barons and other elites built their luxurious homes.
• Enjoy a behind-the-scenes visit to the Empress Hotel, a landmark chateau-style hotel that has hosted royalty and was a favorite of Rudyard Kipling.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, mostly on flat terrain. Some (optional) stairs at historic sites.



This program may only be taken as an extension to Program #3844 Canadian Explorer.




Date Specific Information

5-31-2013

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Itinerary Summary

Ferry to Victoria, 3 nights; departure




Victoria

This provincial capital on Vancouver Island is blessed with spectacular scenery and a mild climate year-round. Home to Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel, Victoria is rich in First Nations history, marine coastal ecosystems, cultural attractions and European charm that dates to its years spent under British colonial rule.



Accommodations
Hotel in the Inner Harbour neighborhood surrounded by lovely parks; indoor pool, sauna and exercise room.
Meals and Lodgings
   Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
  Victoria, British Columbia 3 nights
 Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Type: Full Service 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. Take a horse and carriage tour of Victoria with family and friends, create memories at Beacon Hill Park, and 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 V8V1W7 Canada
phone: 180-066-3751 x5
web: www.royalscot.com/index.html
  Room amenities: Our guest rooms include daily newspaper delivery, comfortable lounge chairs, coffee maker with complimentary coffee, tea and cookies, complimentary high speed wireless Internet, iron and ironing board and bathrobes.
  Facility amenities: Our Guest Service Amenities include: Business Services Available Coin-Operated Guest Laundry Courtesy Shuttle between the Hotel and downtown Victoria daily Indoor Swimming Pool Hydrotherapy Pool Exercise Room with a variety of Fitness Equipment Billiards and Games Room Hotel Parking (for a fee) High speed Wireless Internet in all Guest Rooms and Hotel Common Areas Hotel Gift Shop Jonathon's Restaurant
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Group will be picked up at the program hotel in Vancouver and will travel as a group by ferry from Vancouver to Victoria to start the program; arrive at hotel at 2:00 pm. You will be staying at Royal Scot Hotel and Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Breakfast is at 7:30 am. Program ends after breakfast in Victoria. Independent departures from hotel; check-out is 12 noon. You will be staying at Royal Scot Hotel and Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A passport is required for ALL travel to/from Canada. A US law known as the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) requires those traveling to/from the United States by land & sea to also have a passport or other appropriate secure documents (NEXUS card). Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for information.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Victoria, British Columbia
  Nearest city or town:  Victoria
  Nearest airport:  Victoria International Airport
  Transportation to site: You will be picked up at the hotel in Vancouver and will travel as a group by ferry from Vancouver to Victoria to start the program. Please contact Road Scholar Travel Services for assistance with air travel at: 1-800-854-3418; travelinfo@roadscholar.org. Hours of operation: 9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. For assistance with pre/post add on hotel accommodations, medical/travel insurance, car rentals, or to customize your extended stay please contact Denise Tracey at Maritime Travel, toll free 1-888-905-5959 or by email at dtracey@maritimetravel.ca.
  From End of Program
  Location: Victoria, British Columbia
  Transportation from site: By Air Shuttle service – Shuttle service to Victoria Airport (YYJ)is provided by AKAL Airporter (shuttle). They provide daily 1/2 hour service to & from airport to all hotels and motels in Greater Victoria and to and from Victoria International Airport. Approximately $21 CDN per person one way. Shuttles operate from 4:00 am until midnight or until last flight clears. Reservations are required or recommended. Contact AKAL Airporter, Phone 250-386-2525 or 877-386-2525, Email: info@victoriaairportshuttle.com, www.victoriaairporter.com Taxi from the hotel to the Victoria International Airport (YYJ) is approximately $55 CDN and takes about 30 minutes. Bus and Taxi drivers will exchange US currency. By Ferry BC Ferries offers service between Victoria and Vancouver and other mainland ports. BC Ferries - Phone: 1-888-223-3779 from anywhere in North America, email: bcferries.reservations@bcferries.com, www.bcferries.com/ The Victoria Clipper offers service between Victoria and Seattle. Victoria Clipper – phone: 800-888-2535, www.clippervacations.com. Coach and Ferry There is regular bus service from Victoria to Vancouver, including stops at the Vancouver International Airport (YVR)then on to the main bus station. Board the coach right from the Pacific Coach Lines (PCL) bus terminal in Victoria (a five minute walk from your hotel, taxis are also available for approximately CAD$ 5-$6). For more information and to reserve this service, please contact PCL at 1-800-661-1725, by Email: info@pacificcoach.com, or visit their website at www.pacificcoach.com. Coach approximately CAD$40.00 plus taxes; Ferry approximately CAD$15.00 plus applicable taxes. Total travel time is 3.5 hours (subject to change). By Car • Car Rentals are available at all airports from several of the major companies, Avis, Hertz, National, etc.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Ferry to Victoria/Orientation/History of Victoria
(Friday, May 31)

Note: Ferry travel distance is approximately 1 hour and 35 minutes. Accessible washrooms are available on board the vessel.



   
 Afternoon: The group will travel by BC Ferry from Vancouver to Victoria. From Vancouver, we will sail across the Georgia Strait between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay, through the magnificent scenery of the southern Gulf Islands. There is opportunity to see killer whales, porpoises and other marine mammals on this route. Check-in and program orientation.
 Dinner: Welcome dinner at hotel.
 Evening: LECTURE: An in-depth lecture will introduce you to historic Victoria - capital of British Columbia and western Canada's oldest city. Established by the Hudson's Bay Company, the post was eventually named Fort Victoria, after the Queen of England, and quickly grew into a commercial and naval port and the seat of colonial and provincial governments. Today, Victoria is a global destination and is home to people of many different origins, cultural traditions, languages and religions and it welcomes them all.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Harbor Walk/Empress Hotel/Free Afternoon
(Saturday, June 1)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Explore Victoria's historic harbor with a local expert. EXCURSION: Tour the Empress hotel. Learn of its history and past famous visitors.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: There will be free time this afternoon to explore the city; take tea at one of the numerous tea houses or the historic Fairmont Empress, or tour the spectacular castles within the city.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to sample from one of the many fine dining establishments in Victoria or join the Group Leader at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Free evening to explore the Inner Harbour or relax at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 3: Butchart Gardens/Royal BC Museum
(Sunday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at tne hotel.
 Morning: LECTURE: A short talk by your group leader outlines the colorful family history of Butchart Gardens, the development over the last 100 years and an orientation to the layout of the specific gardens. FIELD TRIP: We board the bus to explore the renowned Butchart Gardens in full bloom. Learn the story of Jennie Butchart who crafted this gem from a limestone quarry. Discover the beauty of her Rose, Japanese and Italian gardens. Fifty-five acres of wonderful floral display are open to the public, offering spectacular views from the many paths that meander through the four main gardens.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to explore local fare or join the Group Leader (at a local restaurant).
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Royal BC Museum. Discover the proud history of the First Nations peoples of British Columbia and learn about the influence of European settlers on their cultural background.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at a Victoria restaurant over looking the harbor.
 Evening: Farewell activities.
   
Accommodations: Royal Scot Hotel and Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Independent Departures
(Monday, June 3)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel is at 7:30 am.
 Morning: Program ends after breakfast. Independent departures from the program hotel in Victoria; check-out is 12 noon
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Victoria, British Columbia Empress Tea
Indulge in one of Victoria's grandest traditions - Afternoon Tea at The Fairmont Empress. For almost a century, the majestic lobby of this landmark hotel has played host to England's most beloved ritual - the taking of Afternoon Tea. Award-winning Pastry Chef D'Oyen Christie works his magic, ensuring an authentic and memorable experience - from your very first sip of our secret Tea at The Empress blend tea, right through to his freshly baked raisin scones served with clotted cream and strawberry preserves. Served in the relaxing atmosphere of the elegantly restored Tea Lobby, overlooking Victoria's sparkling Inner Harbor in the stately Harborside Room or under the hand-painted ceiling of the Library, Afternoon Tea is an absolute 'must do' for all who visit Victoria. For additional information, visit www.fairmont.com/empress/GuestServices/Restaurants/AfternoonTea.htm
  Legislative Tour
The Legislative Tour strives to provide an enjoyable and informative experience for all visitors focusing primarily on the role of the Legislative Assembly and MLAs and the history of both the province of British Columbia and the Legislative Buildings. The Legislative Tour Office staff promotes access to the Legislature and encourage a sense of pride and unity in the province. The goals are to foster an understanding of the legislative process, an awareness of B.C.'s political heritage and an appreciation for the beauty and significance of the Legislative Buildings. For additional information, visit www.leg.bc.ca/
  Royal BC Museum
The Royal BC Museum Corporation is one of the foremost cultural institutions in the world. The museum was founded in 1886; the archives in 1894. Our archives, exhibits and galleries change and grow as our understanding grows, and we endeavour to share our knowledge in original and exciting ways. Each exhibit and gallery tells important stories about British Columbia and provides an engaging and thought-provoking window on the province's past, present and future. For additional information, visit www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/MainSite/
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Victoria, A History in Photographs


Author: Peter Grant


Description: 1996, PAPER, 112 PAGES, $14.95 The story of Victoria, British Columbia from its days as a mining colony to its development into a city. Nearly 150 archival photographs are organized together with a short text. (Item no. CND117) Available through Longitude in New York. Call 1 (800) 342-2164.



The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: 2007, PAPER, 450 PAGES, $43.95 A general history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. The author weaves portraits of major personalities and events into a readable overview. (Item no. CND116) Available through Longitude in New York. Call 1 (800) 342-2164.



A Traveller's History of Canada


Author: Robert Bothwell


Description: 2010, PAPER, 220 PAGES, $14.95 An admirably concise march through Canadian history by Robert Bothwell, who has also written "Canada and Quebec: One Country, Two Histories." Compact, easy-to-read and covering from prehistoric times to today, it's a useful introduction to the country, designed specifically for travelers. Available through Longitude in New York. Call 1(800) 342-2164





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