The UVic Torch · University of Victoria Alumni Magazine · Spring 1998


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South American Tapestry

Surveying the spectacular beauty of Rio de Janeiro from the heights of Sugarloaf mountain, marvelling at the roar of rainbow-crowned Iguassu Falls, cruising Lake Titicaca to visit ancient Inca islands, and strolling the wide boulevards of Buenos Aires are just some of the highlights of the Alumni Travel Program's 15-day tour to South America next October 30. There's also an optional three-day extension to Cuzco and Machu Picchu, the mysterious lost city of the Inca's set high in the Peruvian Andes.

Dr. Martin Collis of UVic's Physical Education department will host the tour. A well known speaker, author and entertainer on the subject of health and wellness, Collis believes that laughter is the best medicine. He will give an entertaining and informative talk to the group before departure.

In Rio de Janeiro passengers will stay four nights at the beachside Sheraton Rio hotel and experience the Brazilians' joyous lifestyle at a "Carnival in Rio" dinner and show. Included is a tour by cog wheel train to the heights of Corcovado Mountain to view the statue of Christ the Redeemer and savour the magnificent view.

Passengers will venture into the lush Argentinean rain forest to view legendary Iguassu Falls -where 275 waterfalls form a spectacular horseshoe over a mile wide and 200 feet tall-and stay two nights at a first class hotel just a short walk from the rainbow-misted falls.

There's a three-night stay in Buenos Aires which includes a journey through the Argentinean countryside to spend a day at a gaucho ranch, two nights at La Paz and two nights at Lake Titicaca.

The fare for the 15-day tour is $5,079 Cdn. from Vancouver. Cost of the three-day Machu Picchu extension is $945.

Bavarian Alps, Four Romantic Rivers & Paris

The breathtaking German Bavarian Alps, a comfortable riverboat tour through Germany, Luxembourg and France and three nights in enchanting Paris are the highlights of a 15-day tour through the heart of Europe departing next August 22nd.

The group will fly to Munich and drive to the Grand Hotel Sonnenbichl perched among Germany's highest peaks. There's time to explore the alpine town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and its surrounding meadows and fields. Hundreds of hiking trails lead to the nearby hills and a cable car can be taken to the top of Wank mountain. Included are tours to fairytale Neuschwanstein castle, the village of Oberammergau, and to Munich, one of Europe's most important cultural centers offering opera and theatre, as well as outdoor markets, beer gardens, boutiques and antique shops.

At Eberbach on the Neckar River passengers board the Switzerland II for a seven-day cruise through the heart of Europe, with stops at delightful river towns. There's an optional tour to Heidelberg (its carefully preserved medieval architecture is a reflection of feudal Europe). At Mainz passengers can join a walking tour of this 2,000 year-old Roman city.

Much narrower than the Rhine, the Mosel River winds its way through vineyard clad hillsides. Of course there are stops for wine tasting in castle courtyards and at Trier to explore its Roman history.

In Saarsburg, Germany, passengers disembark and continue through the French countryside for sightseeing, lunch and a visit to a wine cellar in French Champagne country. Then it's on to Paris for a three-night stay at the historic Grand Hotel located near the Opera and the Louvre. There's even an optional tour to Giverny and the beautiful landscape that inspired the Impressionists.

The UVic group will travel with a group from Harvard University and Harvard professors will present lectures aboard the Switzerland II on the area being visited.

Cost of the 15-day tour is $5,305 Canadian from Vancouver if booked by May 20th.

For information on both of the above tours call Edith Knott at (250) 721-4322 or toll free 1-800-808-6828.

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