Nature of Alaska by Tall Ship
Like to see Alaska’s natural grandeur with just a few (rather than few thousand) others? Cruise on the classic West Coast tall ship, Maple Leaf. These small-ship trips, offered by Maple Leaf Adventures, focus on Alaska’s natural and cultural history. Instead of casinos and stage-shows, entertainment is offered by the dolphins that play in the ship’s wake. Camaraderie is the laughter and discussion of the day’s adventures over fresh prawns and tiramisu.
Maple Leaf trips take a small groups, with expert naturalists and chefs. Stops include Juneau, Ketchikan and Sitka, as well as visits to estuaries with wild beaches, forests and plenty of wildlife watching.
Getting there: May 30-June 10 or June 12-23; $4,500 includes accommodation, meals and shore excursions. Call 1-888-599-5323 or visit www.mapleleafadventures.com.
Mystical Allure of Japan
A 20-day tour of Japan with Adventures Abroad is an excellent introduction to the classic sites of this fascinating land, with some relatively unknown, special places that help reveal the true nature of its sophisticated culture. The tour begins in fascinating Tokyo then continues to the ancient capital of Kyoto. Visit Hiroshima before leaving the island of Honshu for the southern island of Kyushu, truly a world apart from the rest of Japan.
Though Japan has a reputation as an expensive place to visit, an extensive use of the famously efficient rail system keep costs in check, and adds an element which for many becomes a highlight of the experience.
Getting there: Oct. 2-21: $5,571 (land only). Call 1-800-665-3998 or visit www.adventures-abroad.com/uvic.php.
The Way of Saint James
There has been overwhelmingly positive feedback for Adventures Aboard and their walking tours of the well-worn paths and lanes of El Camino de Santiago, a thousand-year-old route of pilgrimage through the peaceful hills of Northern Spain. The 16-day tour covers about 124 km of el camino by foot and road with accommodation in quaint country inns and paradores.
Other highlights include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao as well as Pamploma and San Sebastian. This is a nicely-paced ramble with mostly two-night stays, vehicle support, and well-spaced non-walking days to soak it all in.
Getting there: Oct. 3-18; $3,472 (land only). Call 1-800-665-3998 or visit www.adventures-abroad.com/uvic.php.
Visit www.alumni.uvic.ca/travel for the complete 2006/2007 Destinations Guide. The UVic Alumni and Friends Travel program generates financial support for students and alumni programs.
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