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Vancouver: A Signature City

Program Number: 2678RJ
Start and End Dates:
8/22/2010 - 8/27/2010; 5/18/2014 - 5/23/2014; 8/10/2014 - 8/15/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/3/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,285.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Set amid a backdrop of snow-flecked coast mountains, lush rain forest, and sandy beaches, Vancouver is spectacular by nature. Steadily earning accolades as one of the world’s most livable cities, Vancouver boasts stunning parks and seawall trails, rich history, and remarkable cultural diversity. Go behind the scenes with local experts to get an insider's look at the distinct historical, architectural and cultural communities that give the city its unrivalled cosmopolitan nature. Explore well-known and hidden treasures, from a Ming Dynasty-styled rock garden and bustling sea port to eclectic neighborhoods and markets.




Highlights

• On an expert-led exploration, delve into Vancouver's art and cultural scene, its fascinating neighborhoods and history, and rich Aboriginal culture at the Museum of Anthropology.
• Savor signature dishes at Vancouver's top restaurants and locally inspired food shops while hearing behind-the-scenes stories that will showcase the best of West coast cuisine.
• Explore the temperate West Coast forest with expert ecologist as you stand amongst the some of the tallest old-growth red cedars and Douglas firs. Enjoy the vista of ocean, mountains, ancient totems along Stanley Park's famous Seawall.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-2 miles daily. Public transportation is used to traverse this coastal city.




Date Specific Information

5-18-2014, 8-10-2014, 9-28-2014

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Vancouver (British Columbia)

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Vancouver for its breathtaking hiking and biking trails and majestic views of the tree-lined waterway, the Strait of Georgia. With distinctive neighborhoods, top-rated restaurants and a thriving theater and arts scene, Vancouver is also a sophisticated destination. It is renowned as one of the world’s best cities.



Accommodations
Comfortable downtown hotel.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
John Atkin

John Atkin is an author, historian and heritage advocate who has been fascinated with Vancouver since moving to the city over 30 years ago. He if the co-founder of the Heritage Vancouver Society, has contributed to a documentary on the city, and has appeared regularly on television and radio, including CBC Television and CTV’s Canada AM. John is the author of four books on Vancouver, including “Strathcona: Vancouver’s First Neighborhood,” and is an editor for the B.C. Historical Federation.
 
Sara Mitchell

As a proud third generation Vancouverite, Sara Mitchell is delighted to share her city’s beautiful landscape and history. She inherited her interest from her grandfather, a well-known Vancouver pilot who had photographed British Columbia from the 1920s-onward. The other side of Sara’s family is Australian, so at an early age she began trips Down Under that inspired further travel to Egypt, Turkey, Israel, Germany, England, Mexico and the United States. Sara’s creative experiences range from singing in a band for many years, acting for film and television and writing scripts. In 2011, she completed a screenwriting residency at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre in Toronto and is currently working with a producer to bring her latest project to light: a script based on her travels.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Executive Hotel - Downtown
  Vancouver, BC 5 nights
 Executive Hotel - Downtown
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is very close to the Vancouver Seawall and only 8 blocks from the centre of downtown. The hotel can hold luggage if required due to a late flight.
  Contact info: 1379 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R5 Canada
phone: 604-688-7678
web: www.executivehotels.net
  Room amenities: Coffee maker, internet hookup, TV, clock radio, new furnishings, fridge and blow dryers in rooms.
  Facility amenities: Fitness facility, outdoor hot tub, wheelchair accessible, dining room, outside deck on 9th floor, and lounge on site.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call hotel Ask for current pricing and availability.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Call hotel Ask for current pricing and availability.
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 pm at hotel. Check with front desk regarding which meeting room the program begins in. You will be staying at Executive Hotel - Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after lunch at hotel at 12:30 p.m. You will be staying at Executive Hotel - Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. As of June 2009 a passport is required for all travel (by air, land and sea) to and from the United States. A valid passport will be required from all passengers at US border crossings Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.A signed waiver is required from participants.
  Parking availability:
Yes. Parking is approx. $15 per day at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver
  Nearest highway: Highway 1 - Trans Canada
  Nearest airport:  Vancouver International
  From End of Program
  Location: Vancouver, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Vancouver

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Checker Cabs
phone: 604-683-4567

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $10
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

   

Taxis available at train station or use call box.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Sky Train/Canada Line
phone: 604-953-3333

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$7 - $10 CDN
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

35 - 45 minutes 

   

From the airport take the Skytrain (25 minutes to downtown) there will be signage depending on where you get off, directing you to the Canada Line. Any airport staff member will direct you. Get off at the Yaletown/Roundhouse station and take the C23 Davie St bus (with the same ticket) west to Davie and Howe and walk 1 blk south to hotel or walk across the street and take the C21 bus going west on Pacific, get off at Pacific and Howe and the hotel is 1/4 blk north.

 

Vancouver

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

The cost is approximately CAD$25 - $30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 to 30 minutes from the airport to the hotel 

   

At present time airport shuttle service is no longer offered to the hotel. Taxi service is readily available from the airport to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the border or airport From the airport: Head away from the airport on Grant McConachie Way. This takes you over the Arthur Lang Bridge and on to Granville Street. Follow Granville Street over the Granville Bridge. Follow into downtown and turn left just over the Granville Bridge at Drake. Go one block and turn left again onto Howe. Go immediately into the right hand lane and pull into the Executive Hotel driveway. Parking is available for an extra cost of approximately $7.00 CDN per day From the border: The Peace Arch crossing is usually the best for passenger vehicles these days. Take Highway 99 north through the tunnel. The highway becomes Oak Street and you cross the Oak Street Bridge. Continue north to 41st Avenue; turn left and go over to Granville Street. Turn right and follow Granville Street and eventually go over the Granville Bridge. Follow into downtown and turn left just over the Granville Bridge at Drake. Go one block and turn left again onto Howe. Go immediately into the right hand lane and pull into the Executive Inn driveway. If you take this option, please get a map prior to attempting to drive in the city.
Equipment Requirements: Good walking shoes, outfitted for rain (Gortex jacket or umbrella), binoculars (if interested in birding).
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: Check-In and Orientation/Introductions
(Sunday, August 22)
   
 Afternoon: Check-In
 Dinner: Dinners on this program often (but not always) start with the following: Grilled Salmon with Okanagan Apple Salsa and Wild Rice Medley. Accompanied by a soup or salad and a dessert.
 Evening: Group introductions 7:15 - 8:15.
   
Accommodations: Executive Hotel - Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Vancouver City by Coach/Steveston Fishing Village
(Monday, August 23)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are served with coffee and tea and include a selection of the following each day: Assorted juices, assorted fresh fruit, freshly baked assorted muffins, oven fresh croissants, brown and white toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, hash brown potatoes, hot cereal or cold cereal are often provided.
 Morning: Coach tour of Vancouver covering areas such as Stanley Park, Yaletown, the old Expo 86 site, Chinatown, Gastown, Lions Gate Bridge, English Bay and the West End, Vancouver Public Library square, Robsonstrasse, business district, city architecture, and the downtown core.
 Lunch: Sandwich, soup/salad with coffee and tea as well as rolls and butter and a dessert.
 Afternoon: Travel to Richmond and the fishing village of Steveston. Enjoy a cultural presentation at Az-Zahraa Mosque and a visit to the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Learn about this area built on the Fraser River delta.
 Dinner: Sirloin Steak Baseball Cut with a Red Wine Glaze. Accompanied by a soup or salad and a dessert.
 Evening: With author, historian and heritage advocate John Atkin. John is a well known speaker on the city. For more information check out www.johnatkin.com. Discussion on culture, the economy of BC, the medical system, the arts and a brief history of the city and province.
   
Accommodations: Executive Hotel - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture/Vancouver Museum/Historic Chinatown
(Tuesday, August 24)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are served with coffee and tea and include a selection of the following each day: Assorted juices, assorted fresh fruit, freshly baked assorted muffins, oven fresh croissants, brown and white toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, hash brown potatoes, hot cereal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Walk to small ferry, to transport us to the Vancouver Museum for a second lecture with John Atkin and museum tour (www.vanmuseum.bc.ca). This day focuses on the history of the city and its cultural make up.
 Lunch: Lunch at a Chinese restaurant. Vegetarian and meat meals provided. Mixed menu. No MSG
 Afternoon: Bus to Dr. Sun Yat Sen Gardens for guided tour of gardens followed by walking tour in Chinatown and its markets. See www.vancouverchinesegarden.com for more information.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore local fare (at own expense).
 Evening: Presentation on Captain Vancouver, English origins.
   
Accommodations: Executive Hotel - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Temperate Rainforest Walk/Museum of Anthropology at UBC
(Wednesday, August 25)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are served with coffee and tea and include a selection of the following each day: Assorted juices, assorted fresh fruit, freshly baked assorted muffins, oven fresh croissants, brown and white toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, hash brown potatoes, hot cereal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Field Trip Bus to Lower Seymour Conservation Area. This is an outside walking tour of a temperate rainforest ecosystem and provides an overview of the natural environment of the pacific west coast.
 Lunch: This day often, but not always, is a bag lunch day that is eaten in the field (depending on weather). Sandwich, juice / water and dessert are provided.
 Afternoon: Museum of Anthropology Bus to Museum of Anthropology, guided tour of one of the most popular museums in Canada. Learn about the people who resided on the west coast pre-European contact. This is followed by free time to explore on your own. www.moa.ubc.ca.
 Dinner: Butternut Squash Ravioli. Accompanied by a soup or salad and a dessert.
   
Accommodations: Executive Hotel - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth Park
(Thursday, August 26)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are served with coffee and tea and include a selection of the following each day: Assorted juices, assorted fresh fruit, freshly baked assorted muffins, oven fresh croissants, brown and white toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, hash brown potatoes, hot cereal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Field trip to Queen Elizabeth Park. This beautiful park is a reclaimed landfill and now one of the city’s most beautiful sunken gardens (see www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/queenelizabeth/)
 Lunch: Sandwich, soup / salad with coffee and tea as well as rolls and butter and a dessert.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the city on your own. Staff will help you in locating what it is you wish to do.
 Dinner: Grilled chicken with a brandy apricot sauce. Assorted vegetables of the season medley roasted nugget potatoes accompanied by a soup or salad and a dessert.
 Evening: Final evening activity and good byes.
   
Accommodations: Executive Hotel - Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Granville Island
(Friday, August 27)
   
 Breakfast: All breakfasts are served with coffee and tea and include a selection of the following each day: Assorted juices, assorted fresh fruit, freshly baked assorted muffins, oven fresh croissants, brown and white toast, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausages, ham, hash brown potatoes, hot cereal or cold cereal.
 Morning: Field trip for those not departing early to Granville Island to look at the arts community there. See www.granvilleisland.com for more information.
 Lunch: Sandwich, soup / salad with coffee and tea as well as rolls and butter and a dessert. Program Ends
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Vancouver, BC Other Suggestions
Other suggestions include the Vancouver Aquarium, Sky train, Grouse Mountain, Canada Place, Science World. All can be easily found by doing a Google search for these names and adding Vancouver after it. You have one free evening and an afternoon to discover the city on your own.
  Vancouver Art Gallery
The art gallery is a popular spot for participants to go to on their afternoon off. It is the largest art gallery in western Canada, presents national and international exhibitions of works by a range of artists, from groundbreaking contemporary visionaries to historical masters. The Gallery is internationally known for one of its most important holdings: more than 200 major works by the British Columbia artist Emily Carr, the world's most significant collection of Carr's work. For additional information, visit www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
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.

What’s included in this Road Scholar program?



Except for the occasional meal on some programs, Road Scholar programs are all-inclusive. That means there are no extra “options,” no passing the hat for tips and no surprises. From lectures and field trips to gratuities and accommodations – the price you pay up front is the price you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:


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