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A winter holiday in Canada? Sure! In mild and sunny Victoria, BC

British Columbia’s capital, Victoria, boasts Canada’s mildest winter and thus has the country’s fastest-growing retirement community. 
It lies in a beautiful natural setting on Vancouver Island, surrounded by hills and overlooking the snow-clad Olympic mountains.  This charming city has managed to retain the atmosphere of a seaside resort, and is most appreciated by those who love to walk. Active seniors will find a vast array of delightful side trips at their disposal (in addition to the many included in our program.  So this winter don’t bother with your passport, exchange rates or bottled water and come with us to the jewel on the North Pacific – Victoria! 

Our hotel is the Royal Scot Hotel and Suites - a 4-star, 3-Diamond hotel, located one block from the Inner Harbour and within easy walking distance to the Legislative buildings and downtown. The hotel has an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and exercise room. There is also a restaurant and lounge, gift shop, billiards/game room, guest laundry facilities, free Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service that runs from the hotel to the downtown core. The hotel also offers an extensive activity programme for long-stay guests. You’re invited to enjoy movie nights, afternoon tea, evening bingo and even a wine and cheese social. All rooms have flat screen TVs, quality robes, safe, iron and ironing boards and complimentary newspaper. 

Three types of rooms are offered:
   * The Standard Room (1 or 2 Queen Beds) has a microwave, small fridge, coffee maker, kettle, dishes and utensils.
   * The Studio Suite, ideal for couples or singles, has a comfortable seating area, fully equipped kitchen, dining table and chairs. The bedroom with a Queen Bed is set apart with a partition wall.  
   * The One Bedroom Suite has a separate bedroom (2 Twins or 1 King Bed), living room and a full kitchen/dining room.

* This tour is suitable only for the active traveller who enjoys walking.

Itinerary / Excursions

A tour of the highlights of Victoria including a visit of Craigdarroch Castle.
A walking tour of Victoria’s fabled downtown area with an entertaining local guide.
A tour to famous Butchart Gardens, a 50-acre showplace comprising various incredible gardens. Lunch is included (afternoon tea menu). We also visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, with tropical fish, birds and an orchid display.
A full-day tour to Sooke, including a visit of the Sooke Museum where we discover the West Coast as it was hundreds of years ago and learn about the first settlers. A special lunch will be included today.
We visit the world-renowned Royal BC Museum – complete with a ceremonial Bighouse and turn-of-the-century replica town. A highlight will be the IMAX movie presentation.
Afternoon Tea at the Pendry Inn & Tea House. A magnificent Victorian manor house with old-world charm.
A guided tour of The Robert Bateman Center – an exhibit of original works by the world’s greatest wildlife artist.
A full-day tour to the charming seaside community of Sidney, including a visit to the BC Aviation Museum. After our included lunch we will enjoy some time to explore the shops in Sidney.
Victoria Harbour Ferries – Choose between 2 narrated routes - an Inner Harbour Cruise, (stopping at Fishermen’s Wharf) or a cruise up the historic Gorge Waterway. You may join your choice of cruise any time during your stay in Victoria. Your Tour Manager will provide the tickets.
Chinatown by Night – After a presentation on Chinatown’s history, we’ll enjoy a guided walk through Fan Tan Alley, and a traditional Chinese Dinner.
Miniature World features over 80 exciting miniature displays, including the World's Largest Doll Houses circa 1880, the Great Canadian Railway, one of the World's Largest Model Railways and Olde London Towne of 1670.
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