The Argentinian presidentâ€™s official residence is painted pink. Political compromise added local colour.
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Cover photo: Statue In front of the La Casa Rosada in the Plaza De Mayo La Casa Rosada—the President of Argentina’s official residence—was painted pink sometime in the late 1800s, reportedly in order to defuse political tensions by mixing the red and white colours of the country’s opposing political parties. An alternative explanation suggests that the original paint contained cow’s blood to prevent damage from the effects of humidity. Source: Wikipedia
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Aconcagua is the highest peak in the western and southern hemispheres. It’s one of the “Seven Summits.”
Argentina: Culture and Geography May 7 to 27, 2013 Argentina, the eighth largest country in the world, and second largest country in South America, has been named “El país de los seis continentes” (the Country of Six Continents) due to its strikingly diverse geography, history and culture. However, because of its turbulent politics, economic ups-and-downs, and geographical isolation, Argentina has remained well off the beaten travel path, its charms known only to the adventurous traveller. During our three-week stay, we will explore the rich cultural heritage and diverse geographical regions that this country has to offer. We will have the opportunity to observe and
Photo: Aconcagua (6,962 m) in the Andes mountain range, seen from Valle de las Vacas
experience the cultural sophistication of Buenos Aires as well as the topographical beauty of the pampas, the rain forest on the Brazilian border and the wine-producing regions of the Andean Northwest. This exciting tour will include a tango lesson at the traditional Escuela Argentina de Tango; a show at the elegant Teatro Colón; possibly a live soccer or polo match; a visit to the Plaza de Mayo (where the Madres do their weekly round to remember their “disappeared” sons and daughters); a stop at Evita’s tomb in the Recoleta cemetery; a visit to the wineries of Cafayate, where we will sample Argentina’s
unique TorrontĂŠs grape; a traditional asado criollo feast at one of the great estates on the pampas (home of the legendary gaucho); a guided walk through IguazĂş Falls National Park to explore the rich flora and fauna of the rain forest; and several free days for shopping and exploring Buenos Aires on our own time before we return home. Date: May 7 to 27, 2013 Cost: Air and land $ 6,200 Tuition $ 1,425 + $171 HST Total tour cost $ 7,796 Single supplement $1,800 Course Code: ASTS059 DEPST N02
Orientation Course A six-session orientation course will be held on Thursdays, March 28 to May 2 from 7 to 9 pm.
Academic Resource Christine Forster first came to the University of Victoria as a visiting sessional lecturer in 1998 and has been teaching Spanish language and Latin American culture courses in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies ever since. Although she was born in England and raised mostly in Canada, Christine developed a special interest in Argentina during the last year of her secondary education, which she spent at a public school in the Province of Buenos Aires. After returning to Canada, Christine completed a graduate studies program in contemporary Latin American literature and music, and now spends her free time hosting a local Latin music radio show. She visits Argentina regularly for professional as well as personal reasons.
Culture and Geography
(subject to change and rearrangement) Tuesday, May 7 Victoria to Houston We depart Victoria this morning on United Airlines via San Francisco and Houston. In Houston we transfer to our overnight flight to Argentina. Photo: The houses of La Boca are a riot of brilliant colours.
Wednesday, May 8 Buenos Aires Arrival into Ezeiza International Airport this morning, where we will be met by a travel representative and transferred to our hotel in the Recoleta barrio (district) for five nights. Remainder of the day free. This evening we will enjoy a welcome dinner at Restaurant Las Nazarenas. (D)
Thursday, May 9 Buenos Aires After breakfast this morning we will meet our guide at the hotel for a half-day city tour viewing southern and historical sights. The tour ends at Buenos Aires’ oldest coffee shop, the famous Café Tortoni. Here our group will sit and sample traditional coffees and pastries. We return to our hotel to relax and freshen up and prepare for the evening and our private tango lesson at Escuela Argentina de Tango. Our local guide and vehicle remain at our disposal during this day. (B,L)
This evening the group will dine at El Viejo Almacén and enjoy a private tango show. (B,L,D) Monday,May 13 Buenos Aires–Northwest Argentina Morning check out from our hotel and transfer to Jorge Newberry Airport to catch Aerolinas Argentinas flight #2454 departing at 12:15 pm from Buenos Aires, arriving into Salta Airport at 2:30 pm. We meet our local tour guide and transfer 110 km to Purmamarca, where we stay for two nights. Remainder of the afternoon is free. (B)
Friday, May 10 Buenos Aires Our guide will meet us this morning and show us Buenos Aires’ leading museums including MALBA and Museo Evita where we will end the half-day tour with a lunch. In the afternoon we will visit the Palermo neighbourhood or “barrio” for an opportunity to visit shops and a scheduled visit to Tamara Lisenberg’s jewellery design workshop. This evening the group will dine at Milion Restaurant (Parana 1048). Return to hotel. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, May 14 Purmamarca–Quebrada De Humahuaca– Purmamarca Full-day excursion from our hotel into the Jujuy Province and explore Quebrada de Humahuaca. The narrow mountain valley is on the UNESCO heritage list. Along the way we will stop at Maimará and Tilcara. Entrance into Pucara de Tilcara and museum. Lunch en route during this excursion. Round trip distance is approximately 150 km. Return to hotel and stay overnight. (B,L)
Saturday, May 11 Buenos Aires Today our guide will show us northern and residential areas on a half-day city tour including Recoleta Cemetery and artisan fair and Museo de Bellas Artes. The afternoon is at leisure. Optional Puerto Madero and shopping on Florida Street or possibly a polo match (schedule pending). In the evening the group will visit Teatro Colon for a performance. (B)
Wednesday, May 15 Purmamarca–Salinas–Salta We depart our hotel in the morning and drive north to visit Salinas Grandes (distance 130 km). After our visit in the salt desert, we travel the same road back and head south to Salta (distance 220 km). We arrive at our hotel in Salta in the early afternoon, where we stay for two nights. Remainder of the afternoon is free. Tonight dinner and folklore show at La Vieja Estación. (B,D)
Sunday, May 12 Buenos Aires After breakfast our guide will meet us and take the group to San Telmo, the oldest barrio of Buenos Aires. Our lunch will be at Antigua Tasca de Cuchilleros. We will also visit La Boca barrio which shows a strong European heritage. Return to the hotel in the afternoon.
Thursday, May 16 Salta This morning we will explore the city of Salta with our guide including a visit to the High Mountain Archeological Museum. In the afternoon we will take the Sky Ride (Teleférico de Salta) up to Mount San Bernardo and have time to visit the summit. (B)
Friday, May 17 Salta–Cachi–Cafayate After checking out from our hotel in Salta we head south towards Cafayate. Our bus will leave the main road and explore Parque Nacional de los Cardones. This park shelters endangered species such as vicuñas, ”taruca” or “huemul del norte.”The road we travel to Cachi is called Cuesta del Obispo and covers an incline from 5,000 feet to 11,000 feet in only 13 miles of serpentine road. We arrive in Cafayate later this evening, where we stay for two nights. (B) Saturday, May 18 Cafayate Half-day winery tour, visiting two vineyards in this area famous for Torrontes, a white wine varietal closely identified with the region. Afternoon is at leisure and time to explore the town. (B) Sunday, May 19 Cafayate–Salta–Iguazu This morning is free. Later check out from our hotel and drive two hours to the Salta Airport, to catch our flight #2812 operated by Aerolinas Argentinas. Depart from Salta at 4:25 pm, arriving into Iguazú at 6:15 pm. Transfer from Iguazú Airport to hotel and stay for three nights. (B) Monday, May 20 Parque Nacional do Iguaçu (Brazil) Half day tour from the hotel to visit the Brazilian side of the UNESCO-listed falls and the Parque Nacional do Iguaçu. Return to hotel and rest of day at leisure. (B) Tuesday, May 21 Parque Nacional de Iguazú (Argentina) Full-day tour from the hotel to visit the Argentinean side of the Iguazú Falls.
Wednesday, May 22 Iguazú–Posadas–Buenos Aires We leave Iguazú after breakfast to visit San Ignacio Ruins and Wanda Mines. Lunch is en route. In the afternoon we arrive at Posadas Airport for our flight to Buenos Aires. Departure is at 4:48 pm with Aerolinas Argentinas flight #2557, arriving into Buenos Aires at 6:18 pm.
Short transfer from the airport to our hotel, where we check in for our four-night stay. Dinner this evening at Parilla La Cabrera. (B,L,D) Thursday, May 23 Buenos Aires Full-day tour to Tigre and Delta on private boat with lunch. Return to our hotel in the afternoon. This evening we have a private dinner and tango show at Esquina Carlos Gardel with guide. (B,L,D) Friday, May 24 Buenos Aires (Los Cardales) Full-day excursion, Fiesta Gaucha at Santa Susana Ranch. The ranch Santa Susana is located in Los Cardales, a traditional Estancia at the pampas. Whether strolling in a typical one-horse carriage called a “sulky,” or just riding horseback, the beautiful landscape and its growing crops will make you feel this land’s wild beauty. Culminate this extraordinary day with an exhibition and mix-up of matched-together horse herds (tropillas), and an autochthonous horseback sport called “carreras de sortijas” (ring-races), all of which show the remarkable dominance exerted by a gaucho on his horse. (B,L,D) Saturday, May 25 Buenos Aires Today is the National Holiday 25 de Mayo. There are many festivities throughout the city. Restaurants and other attractions are typically well visited. You can be a part of this holiday and see Argentineans celebrate and commemorate their revolution of 1810. (B) Sunday, May 26 Buenos Aires–Houston Later check out of the hotel this morning. Today is your last opportunity to browse the shops for unique local gifts and souvenirs. Transfer to the international airport for your overnight flight to Houston. (B) Monday, May 27 Houston–San Francisco–Victoria Arrive in Houston this morning, where you will transfer to your flight to San Francisco and connecting flight to Victoria.
Noah kicked the Turkish Van cat off the ark for being playful. Or so goes the tale.
Central and Eastern Turkey May 11 to 30, 2013 This three-week archaeological tour includes highlights of Central and Eastern Anatolia. We begin our journey in Istanbul, where we spend three nights before flying south to Pamukkale with its spectacular white limestone hot springs and the ancient city of Hierapolis. We then head south by coach to Antalya, the gateway city to the Turkish Riviera, and visit the ancient cities of Perge and Aspendos. On our way to Cappadocia, with its fairy chimneys, Goreme Open Air Museum and the underground city of Derinkuyu, we will overnight in Konya, home to the whirling dervishes sect. After three nights in Cappadocia we drive to Tarsus, the birthplace of Saint Paul.
Travelling eastward to Gaziantep, we will visit its ancient kale (citadel), the Coppersmithsâ€™ Bazaar and the Archaeological Museum. We then make our way to Adiyaman for an overnight stop and at sunset, an ascent of Mt. Nemrut, with its colossal statues and spectacular views. From here we drive to Urfa, considered by some to be the birthplace of Abraham, and visit the ancient city of Harran, with its mud beehive houses, and the prehistoric site, Gobekli Tepe, the worldâ€™s first temple. We then fly from Urfa to Ankara, the capital city of Turkey, where we spend our final two nights before our return journey home.
Photo: A souvenir stall in the heart of Istanbul 7
Date: May 11 to 30, 2013 Cost: Air and land $4,800 Tuition $1,225 + $147 HST Total tour cost $6,172 Single supplement $640 Course Code: ASTS080 DEPST N01
Orientation Course A seven-session orientation course will be held on Wednesdays, March 27 to May 8 from 7 to 9 pm.
Academic Resource Chris Mundigler is a local archaeologist and anthropologist with degrees in classical history and archaeology, as well as communications (journalism and photography). Since 1994 Chris has taught numerous courses in archaeology, anthropology and ancient history for UVic’s Division of Continuing Studies, bringing ancient and medieval history alive by sharing with his students his first-hand field experiences and passion for his work. As well, he was the academic resource for previous DCS tours to Italy, Greece, Spain and Morocco, Egypt, Turkey, Peru and Easter Island, and the Four Corners.
Itinerary Central and Eastern Turkey (subject to change and rearrangement) Saturday, May 11 Victoria–Vancouver–Frankfurt Depart Victoria this afternoon, connecting in Vancouver to our overnight flight to Frankfurt. Sunday, May 12 Frankfurt–Istanbul Depart Frankfurt this morning, arriving in Istanbul around 5 pm, where we are met and transferred to our hotel for three nights. Rest of day at leisure. Dinner this evening. (D) Monday, May 13 Istanbul After breakfast we drive to Eminonu pier and visit the Spice Market. We then embark on a private boat for our sailing on the Bosphorus. Lunch at a local restaurant. Sail to the Asian side under the Bosphorus bridge and visit Camlica Hill and Beylerbeyi Palace. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant near the hotel. Return to hotel by bus. (B,L,D) Tuesday, May 14 Istanbul Today we have a full-day historical city tour including visits to the Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. After lunch we continue the tour and visit Topkapi Palace (except harem) and Archaeological Museum. (B,L) Wednesday, May 15 Istanbul–Denizli–Pamukkale Early check out and transfer to Ataturk Airport for our flight to Denizli. Upon arrival we are met by our national Turkish tour guide. We will have breakfast before departing on our excursion to Aphrodisias in Geyre and visit the Temple of Aphrodite and Roman Stadium. Lunch in Geyre and transfer to our hotel for overnight. Remainder of day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)
Thursday, May 16 Pamukkale–Antalya Today we visit Hierapolis and the Travertines (cliff basins) and waterfalls. We then drive to Antalya with a stop for lunch en route. Check in to our hotel for three nights. Dinner at the hotel this evening. (B,L,D) Friday, May 17 Antalya This morning we drive to the east plains of Antalya, once called Pamphilla Region. First we visit Perge, the ancient city famed for its stadium and colonnaded streets. Walk through the old paths; see the citadel, acropolis, and agora. Continue eastward to Aspendos and witness the striking, wellpreserved Roman theatre, which is still intact, and visit the Roman aqueducts. Lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we visit old Antalya and the archaeological museum. Return to the hotel and dinner. (B,L,D) Saturday, May 18 Antalya In the morning we drive to Termessos, an ancient Pamphillan city which lies atop the Taurus Mountains. Climb some distance and see the ruins of the city, the sarcophagi, and the amphitheater. Afternoon is at leisure. (B,L,D) Sunday, May 19 Antalya–Konya Depart Antalya by coach to Konya. After arrival in Konya we visit the Mevlana Mausoleum and mosque. Lunch at local restaurant followed by a visit to Karatay Medresesi and Ince Minare. Afternoon check in to Hotel Anemon (or similar) and dinner. (B,L,D) Monday, May 20 Konya–Cappadocia We depart Konya this morning for Cappadocia with a visit to the Neolothic site of Çatalhöyük and a stop at Sultanhani to
visit the largest Caravanserai in Anatolia and to have lunch. Arrive in the afternoon at our hotel in Cappadocia for three nights. Dinner this evening. (B,L,D) Tuesday, May 21 Cappadocia After breakfast we visit the Kaymakli Underground City, Soganli Valley, Mustafapasa (Sinassos) and Urgup town. Lunch at a local restaurant and then we return to our hotel. Performance of the whirling dervishes this evening. The dance of the whirling dervishes is called “Sema.” Sema is a part of the inspiration of Mevlana, as well as part of Turkish custom, history, beliefs and culture. (B,L,D) Wednesday, May 22 Cappadocia After breakfast we visit Goreme Valley, Uchisar castle, Zelve and Pasabag. Lunch during this program at a local restaurant. Return to hotel and overnight. (B,L,D) Thursday, May 23 Cappadocia–Gaziantep We leave early today and drive three hours to Tarsus to visit Cleopatra’s Gate, St. Paul’s Well and the Grand Mosque. Lunch during the program in Tarsus. We then drive another three hours from Tarsus to Gaziantep and check in to our hotel where we will have our dinner this evening. Two nights in Gaziantep. (B,L,D) Friday, May 24 Gaziantep Our full-day program in Antep includes a visit to the Archaeological Museum (ancient ruins of Zeugma and mosaic museum), the Gaziantep castle and Zincirli-Kemikli Bedestens (Coppersmith’s Bazaar). Lunch at a local restaurant during the program. Return to hotel. (B,L,D)
Saturday, May 25 Gaziantep–Adiyaman After breakfast we drive straight to Adiyaman. Check in to the hotel and then have lunch. In the afternoon we transfer to Nemrut Mountain by minivans and watch the incredible sunset at the summit. Return to our hotel and overnight. (B,L,D) Sunday, May 26 Adiyaman–Sanilurfa We depart Adiyman this morning to visit ancient sites in the area. On the way to Urfa we stop and visit the Atatürk dam. We arrive in Urfa in the afternoon; check in to our hotel and have dinner. (B,L,D) Monday, May 27 Sanilurfa After breakfast we drive to Harran and see the incredible beehive houses. Harran, according to the Bible, was the site where the prophet Abraham spent a few years with his family before moving on to Israel, the Promised Land. Lunch en route and return to Urfa (Edessa), the birthplace of Abraham. We continue our tour and visit Gobekli Tepe, an archaeological site of massive carved stones, built by prehistoric people and believed by some to be the world’s oldest temple; Balikli Gol; and Halil-ur Rahman Mosque. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, May 28 Sanilurfa–Ankara After breakfast we transfer to Sanliurfa Airport for our 11:25 am Turkish Airlines flight to Ankara, arriving at 12:45 pm. Meet and greet by our local guide; transfer and check-in to our hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon we visit the Atatürk Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight at hotel. (B,L,D) Wednesday, May 29 Ankara After breakfast we will visit the Ankara Castle, Anatolian civilizations museum, Temple of Augustus and the Roman bath. As well we have a guided walk through the old Ankara market. Lunch during the program at a local restaurant. Return to hotel and our farewell dinner. (B,L,D) Thursday, May 30 Ankara–Victoria Early transfer from the hotel to Ankara Esenboga Airport for our return flight home.
Georgia O’Keeffe was born on a farm. Early influence?
Art History of the Southwest: Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico May 24 to June 1, 2013 Join us to discover the unique qualities of the desert which have inspired artists for thousands of years. In the 20th century New Mexico was the spiritual home for internationally renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe, and a rich source of inspiration for Lawren Harris, who also made New Mexico his home in the late 1930s. Santa Fe and Taos, New Mexico attracted writers and artists of the Bloomsbury Group as well, most notably D.H. Lawrence. We will travel the special landscape of the American Southwest with a particular focus
Photo: cow skull hanging on adobe wall, Santa Fe, New Mexico
on both the indigenous cultures, particularly the Hopi, Zuni, Tewa and Navajo, and the life and works of Georgia O’Keeffe. Flying from Victoria to Phoenix via San Francisco, we will visit galleries and museums such as the Heard in Phoenix and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. Included will be dedicated trips to historic sites such as Taos Pueblo, Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch near Abiquiu and writer D.H. Lawrence’s cabin on his ranch near Taos. We will also have time to explore and enjoy Santa Fe as our base for much of the tour. En
route to Santa Fe in our own air-conditioned coach we will stop in Sedona and the red desert, with an overnight in Flagstaff. Our flight home will depart from Albuquerque, where we will spend our last night of the tour. Date: May 24 to June 1, 2013 Cost: Land package $2,535 Tuition $830 + $99.60 HST Total tour cost $3,464.60 Single supplement $640 Course Code: ASTS069 DEPST N02
Orientation Course A three-session orientation course will be held on Tuesdays, May 7, 14 and 21 from 7 to 9 pm.
Academic Resource Kerry Mason is an art historian and author who lectures at the University of Victoria in the Department of History in Art and for the Division of Continuing Studies. Her courses focus on various topics of Canadian and BC art history with a particular emphasis on Emily Carr and northwest coast art. From its inception in 1977 through 1988 Kerry was the curator of the Emily Carr Gallery in Victoria for the Province of British Columbia, including 27 different exhibitions of Emily Carr’s life and art. She produced several articles and a book for Oxford University Press: Sunlight in the Shadows: the Landscape of Emily Carr. Kerry has curated and co-curated many exhibitions, including the Royal BC Museum’s major Emily Carr exhibition in 2001–2002, Emily Carr: artist, author, genius. As well, Kerry has served as president of the Community Arts Council in Victoria and as a director for a decade.
Itinerary Art History of the Southwest: Georgia O’Keeffe in New Mexico (subject to change and rearrangement)
Friday, May 24 Victoria–San Francisco–Phoenix Depart Victoria this morning via United Express to San Francisco with connecting service to Phoenix. Early afternoon arrival. Met on arrival and transferred to the iconic Arizona Biltmore Hotel for a two-night stay. Unwind from your flight by exploring the 39 acres of gardens and swimming pools. Saturday, May 25 Phoenix Entrance to the Heard and Phoenix Art Galleries today including a docent tour. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant this evening. (D) Sunday, May 26 Phoenix–Sedona–Flagstaff We leave Phoenix by coach this morning and travel to Sedona, stopping for a walk in the red desert en route. Continue to Flagstaff and overnight at the Fairfield Inn, or similar. Monday, May 27 Flagstaff–Santa Fe We travel by coach today from Flagstaff to Santa Fe. Check in to the Inn of the Governors for a four-night stay. (B) Tuesday, May 28 Santa Fe–Ghost Ranch Excursion This morning we visit the home of Georgia O’Keeffe. From there we continue to Abiquiu and tour the landscape of Ghost Ranch and see the scenes and actual locations of her paintings. This afternoon we visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe. (B)
Wednesday, May 29 First we visit D.H. Lawrence’s cabin on the ranch near San Cristobal, about 20 miles northwest of Taos. Next we take a tour of the Taos Pueblo followed by free time in Taos to browse the galleries and bookstores. (B)
Saturday, June 1 Albuquerque–Denver–San Francisco–Victoria Depart Albuquerque this morning via United Express to Denver with connecting service to (B) San Francisco and Victoria.
Thursday, May 30 Santa Fe All day free to explore museums, galleries and shops. (B) Friday, May 31 Santa Fe–Albuquerque We depart Santa Fe this morning for Albuquerque, stopping en route to visit Sandia Peak and take the 15-minute tramway ride to the top to marvel at the 11,000-square-mile panoramic view of New Mexico. Overnight at the Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town. You will have time to explore the Old Town before our farewell dinner at the Antiquity Restaurant. (B,D)
Photo: San Felipe de Neri church in Albuquerque’s “Old Town.”
Edinburgh Castle sits on top of an extinct volcano. Everyone relax now.
Theatre in Scotland and England September 18 to October 6, 2013 This is the 10th theatre tour to Britain with Dr. Michael Booth, beginning in Scotland and moving south to England, taking in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, York, Stratford-uponAvon and finishing up in London. In each of these centres we go to the theatre, the principal focus of the tour, although the sightseeing element is also important. The pace is unhurriedâ€”only one hotel stay is shorter than three nights, and travel is by private coach. Since the British theatres are always late in choosing their repertory, the actual selection of plays for the tour will be necessarily delayed but will be announced as soon as possible.
Date: September 18 to October 6, 2013 Cost: Air and land $4,735 Tuition $1,250 + $150 HST Total tour cost $6,135 Single supplement $900 Course Code: ASTS023 DEPST N10
Orientation Course A seven-session orientation course will be held on Wednesdays, July 31 to September 11 from 7 to 9 pm.
Photo: The city of Edinburgh at dusk, seen from Calton Hill
Academic Resource Michael Booth, professor emeritus, was chair of the Department of Theatre at the University of Victoria from 1984 to 1995. Before that he spent eight years as founding chairman of the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Warwick in England, and has wide and varied experience of the British theatre. He was educated at Victoria College, the University of British Columbia, and the University of London, where he received his PhD in 1958.
Itinerary Theatre in
Scotland and England
(subject to change and rearrangement) Wednesday, September 18 Victoria–Glasgow We depart Victoria this afternoon for a short flight to Vancouver; change terminals in Vancouver and fly overnight from Vancouver to Glasgow, via London. Thursday, September 19 Glasgow Today we arrive at Glasgow Airport where we will be met and transferred to the hotel where we will be based for the next three nights. Once we have checked in the rest of the day is free to relax or to explore some of the city. We will stay at the Hotel Indigo Glasgow (or similar) for three nights. Friday, September 20 Glasgow This morning we embark on a city tour of Scotland’s largest city. What Glasgow lacks in historical interest compared to its rival city Edinburgh, it makes up for in style and culture.
This vibrant and energetic city has undergone rejuvenation over the past few decades, and the result is a fantastic blend of internationally acclaimed museums and galleries, and some stunning architecture. We will see The City Chambers located on the Victorian-built George Square and Glasgow Cathedral which was dedicated in the presence of King David I in 1136. Then we’re off to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum which houses one of Europe’s great civic art collections. We will then return to the hotel to freshen up before heading out for a welcome dinner in one of the nearby restaurants. (B,D) Saturday, September 21 Glasgow Today we have free time to further explore the city and take in some of the stunning architecture or spend some time shopping in what is probably the best city in Scotland to shop. In the evening we see a performance at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. (B) Sunday, September 22 Glasgow–Edinburgh This morning we travel to Edinburgh, making a stop en route at Pollock Country Park. The park is Glasgow’s largest park just three miles from the city centre and includes gardens, woodlands and plenty of wildlife including highland cattle. The park also includes two other attractions: Pollock House, which contains much original furniture as well as some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain. Also in the park The Burrell Collection houses a world-famous collection of art, tapestries, furniture, textiles, ceramics, stained glass and sculptures from medieval Europe and beyond. We then continue to Edinburgh for three nights. (B)
Monday, September 23 Edinburgh This morning we have an orientation coach tour of Edinburgh. The city centre has two distinct parts: The New Town to the north has Princes Street, the main shopping street, whilst the Old Town south and east of castle ridge is brimming with history as you explore the atmospheric cobbled streets and alleys. After lunch you have some free time to explore or to relax. You could visit the historical Edinburgh Castle, which sits majestically upon a volcanic rock at the top of the famous Royal Mile, the magnificent Palace of Holyrood House, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence in Scotland, or head to Leith Docks where you can visit the royal yacht Britannia. This evening we will see a performance at the Royal Lyceum Theatre— Scotland’s premier producing theatre. (B) Tuesday, September 24 Edinburgh–St. Andrews–Edinburgh Today we have an excursion to St Andrews where we will spend the day exploring. The small town of St Andrews is probably most famous throughout the world as being the “Home of Golf” and we will see the famous “Old Course.” The medieval centre of St Andrews has many narrow alleys and cobbled streets, one of which leads to the now-ruined St Andrew’s Cathedral, which was once the largest in Scotland. Next to it the Church of St Regulus has a spiral staircase which you can climb to the top of a 108-foot tower, offering stunning views of the town and its surroundings. We will also see the University of St Andrews, founded in 1412; it is the oldest in Scotland and still one of the top universities in Britain, often compared with Oxford and Cambridge. (B)
Wednesday, September 25 Edinburgh– Newcastle Today we depart Edinburgh for Newcastle with a stop in Northumberland, England’s most northern county. Here you can walk along Hadrian’s Wall. We will also stop in Hexham, a historic, bustling town in the heart of the Tyne Valley, for lunch, where we will also see Hexham Abbey, the historic centrepiece of the town. We then continue to Newcastle, the commercial and industrial capital of the northeast, where we will be based for two nights. (B) Thursday, September 26 Newcastle–Durham–Newcastle Today we visit Durham and see Durham Castle and Cathedral, which form one of the most stunning city panoramas in Europe, having been given World Heritage Site status. We will then be taken to Crook Hall and Gardens, just a short distance away from the city’s bustling marketplace. With the 13th-century medieval hall as a backdrop, we can enjoy wandering through the beautiful gardens. In the evening we will see a performance at the Theatre Royal Newcastle, one of the finest and most historic theatres in the UK. (B) Friday, September 27 Newcastle–York After breakfast we depart for York, travelling through the dramatic moorland scenery of the North Yorkshire Moors, and make a stop off in the seaside resort of Whitby. We will see the dramatic ruins of Whitby Abbey, which dates back to AD 657, perched on a cliff top looking over the bay. We will then travel to
Robin Hood’s Bay south of Whitby, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Britain. We continue to York for a three-night stay. (B) Saturday, September 28 York Today we have free time to explore York. York centre is enclosed by the city walls and The Shambles is York’s oldest street. The narrow medieval cobbled street is lined with 15th-century Tudor buildings which lean into the street so that their roofs almost touch. York Minster is the largest medieval cathedral in Europe. Built between the 1220s and 1470s the present cathedral has all the different stages of Gothic architecture. In the evening we will see a performance at the Grand Opera House York. (B) Sunday, September 29 York This morning we have an excursion to Castle Howard, Yorkshire’s finest historic house and estate. Home to the Howard family for over 300 years, Castle Howard is a magnificent 18th-century residence set within 1,000 acres of breath-taking landscape in the Howardian Hills. We will then travel back to York and have the afternoon free. (B) Monday, September 30 York–Stratford-upon-Avon This morning we depart for Stratford-uponAvon. On the way we will make a stop at the incredible stately home, Chatsworth House. The estate is set in 25 square miles of beautiful gardens with spectacular fountains and newly commissioned sculptures. The house itself includes displays of rare treasures, art collections and a restored Georgian oak staircase. After lunch we will continue on to Stratford-upon-Avon, where we will have some free time. In the evening we will see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Three nights in Stratford. (B)
Tuesday, October 1 Stratford–Warwick–Stratford After breakfast we travel to Warwick—the county town of Warwickshire, most famous for its magnificent castle which may well be Britain’s greatest medieval attraction, with lavishly decorated state rooms, towers, ramparts and of course, the dungeons. We will also have some free time to explore Warwick. In the evening we will see a performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. (B) Wednesday, October 2 Stratford Today we have some free time to explore the birthplace of Shakespeare. If you wish, you can visit Holy Trinity Church, the burial site of the Bard. This afternoon we will see a matinée performance by the Royal Shakespeare Company. In the evening the group will have a farewell dinner. (B,D) Thursday, October 3 Stratford–London After breakfast, we depart for London. On the way we will make a stop in Oxford. Three nights in London at the Holiday Inn Bloomsbury. (B) Friday, October 4 London Free day to explore London.
Saturday, October 5 London This morning is free; in the afternoon we see our final theatre performance in the world-famous London West End. (B) Sunday, October 6 London–Victoria After breakfast we will transfer to London Heathrow to catch our flight home.
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Exploring World Heritage in Vietnam and Cambodia September 30 to October 20, 2013 Discover Vietnam’s past and present travelling from Hanoi, its political and cultural capital, south to Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong River Delta, via the ancient imperial capital Hue and the bustling old trading port of Hoian. The Cham culture, which dominated central Vietnam, can be experienced through its Hindu and Buddhist art on display in Danang and Nhatrang museums. Dalat, where the last Nguyen emperor Bao Dai had his palace, was built by the French as a resort centre in the Central Highlands.
In Cambodia, we will visit the capital Phnom Penh, with its royal palace complex and National Museum, and Siem Reap located near the world-famous temple of Angkor Wat. This tour features the following World Heritage sites in Vietnam and Cambodia: • Ha Long Bay • The Complex of Hué Monuments • Hoi An Ancient Town • Angor Archaeological Park with Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom
Photo: Junks in Ha Long Bay 18
Date: September 30 to October 20, 2013 Cost: Air and land $4,730 Tuition $1,370 + $164.40 HST Total tour cost $6,264.40 Single supplement $1,095 Course Code: ASTS082 DEPST N01
Orientation Course A six-session orientation course will be held on Tuesdays, August 20 to September 24 from 7 to 9 pm.
Academic Resource Paula Swart, PhD, is currently Adjunct Curator (Asia) at the Museum of Anthropology at UBC. She has led numerous tours around the world for National Geographic and also led a Continuing Studies tour to China in 1989.
Itinerary Exploring World Heritage in Vietnam and Cambodia (subject to change and rearrangement) Monday, September 30 Victoria–Vancouver Depart Victoria this evening via Air Canada to Vancouver. Tuesday, October 1 Vancouver–Hong Kong Depart Vancouver via Cathay Pacific early this morning, bound for Hong Kong. Wednesday, October 2 Hong Kong–Hanoi Arrive in Hong Kong this morning and connect via Cathay Pacific to Hanoi with a
morning arrival, where we will be met and transferred to our hotel for a two night stay. The afternoon is at leisure. (D) Thursday, October 3 Hanoi Today we have a city tour of Hanoi, visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One-Pillar Pagoda and the Temple of Literature before continuing to the Ethnologic Museum. In the afternoon enjoy a cyclo-pousse and walking tour in the old quarter of Hanoi and visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple. Evening water puppet show. (B) Friday, October 4 Hanoi–Halong Bay Transfer to Halong Bay and board a Bhaya shared junk (deluxe cabin) for an overnight cruise. Enjoy a Vietnamese buffet lunch as the Bhaya Classic heads to Bai Tu Long Bay and Am Tich (Teapot) Islets and Vung Vieng fishing village. You visit the fishing village by local rowing boat and then return to the vessel for free time. Bhaya Classic cruises through the bay to its overnight anchorage near Ho Dong Tien. Vietnamese cooking demonstration on the sundeck. Sumptuous set-menu seafood dinner on board. Watch a movie on the lounge deck, or retire to your cabin. (B,L,D) Saturday, October 5 Halong–Hanoi–Hue Start your day with Tai Chi on the sundeck while tea and coffee are served. Bhaya Classic weighs anchor at 7 am and cruises through the beautiful bay to Halong. Buffet brunch is served on board. Disembark at Tuan Chau Marina and return to Hanoi with a stop at Dong Trieu ceramic village. Transfer to the airport for your evening flight to Hue, the royal city of Vietnam’s last ruling dynasty. Transfer to your hotel for a two night stay. (Brunch)
Sunday, October 6 Hue Sightseeing in Hue today, including a boat trip on the Perfume River to visit Thien Mu Pagoda. Visit the Imperial Citadel and Dong Ba market. We also visit the Khai Dinh and Tu Duc Mausoleum. Dinner at Les Jardins de la Carambole restaurant. (B,D) Monday, October 7 Hue–Danang–My Son–Hoian Morning visit to the An Dinh palace before departing for Danang via the Hai Van Pass. Visit Cham Museum at Danang. Lunch at a local restaurant. Drive to My Son, the former Champa Kingdom. Stay two nights at the Hoi An Beach Resort or similar. (B,L) Tuesday, October 8 Hoian Spend the full day in Hoian. Take a walking tour around the ancient town, then visit the Phuc Kien hall, Japanese covered bridge, Tan Ky old house and a silk workshop. This afternoon enjoy a boat trip on the Thu Bon river. (B) Wednesday, October 9 Hoian–Quy Nhon Overland to Qui Nhon visiting Cha Ban on the way. Stay two nights in Quy Nhon. (B) Thursday, October 10 Quy Nhon In the morning we visit Twin Tower (Thap Doi), built at the end of the 12th century. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Friday, October 11 Quy Nhon–Nathrang Morning transfer to Nathrang. Afternoon visit to Long Son Pagoda and Po Nagar Cham Towers. Accommodation for two nights in Nathrang. (B,D)
Saturday, October 12 Nathrang This morning we take a boat cruise to offshore islands in Nathrang Bay. Afternoon free. (B) Sunday, October 13 Nathrang–Dalat Morning at leisure. In the afternoon we depart for Dalat, a cool mountain resort and one of the most popular in Vietnam. Spend two nights at Dalat Hotel Du Parc. (B) Monday, October 14 Dalat Discover some of Dalat’s attractions, history, culture and unique architecture. View some of Dalat’s spectacular landscapes and visit sites such as the old railway station. Then explore the historic Bao Dai King’s Summer Palace, Hang Nga’s “Crazy House,” a seemingly fairytale castle. Afternoon visit to Lat village. (B) Tuesday, October 15 Dalat–Ho Chi Minh–Cu Chi Transfer to the airport for a morning flight to Ho Chi Minh City. On arrival transfer to the Cu Chi Tunnels, an amazing complex of underground tunnels used during the Vietnam war. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Ho Chi Minh and visit the Reunification Palace and take a panoramic tour to see Notre Dame Cathedral and the post office, built by an Eiffel student. Two nights in Ho Chi Minh City. (B,L,D) Wednesday, October 16 Ho Chi Minh–Caibe–Vinh Long–Ho Chi Minh Take a coach trip to Caibe, then embark on a cruise along the Mekong River. The trip includes a visit to the canal where the floating market of Caibe takes place and to a familyrun business making rice paper and corn flakes of Vietnamese style. Lunch at a local restaurant. Complete the experience with a
folklore music performance. Return to Ho Chi Minh City in late afternoon. (B,L) Thursday, October 17 Ho Chi Minh–Siem Reap Transfer to the airport for the flight to Siem Reap. Afternoon visit of Ta Phrom, then visit by the South Gate of Angkor Thom, the famous Bayon, Baphuon, Royal Enclosure, Elephants Terrace and the Terrace of the Leper King. Accommodation for two nights at Angkor Paradise Hotel or similar. (B,D) Friday, October 18 Siem Reap Morning visit to Angkor Wat. This afternoon we visit Banteay Srei, stopping en route at a village to learn how to farm a rice field and how to collect sugar palm. Continue to Banteay Samre temple. This evening visit Angkor Night Market, the only true night market in Siem Reap. It harbours more than 100 shops and stalls offering a wide range of goods; the atmosphere is peaceful and relaxing. (B,L)
Saturday, October 19 Siem Reap–Phnom Penh We transfer to the airport for a mid-morning flight to Phnom Penh. This afternoon visit the Royal Palace, Silver Pagoda, National Museum and Tuol Sleng. Accommodation at the Hotel Juliana. (B,L,D) Sun. Oct. 20 Phnom Penh–Hong Kong–Vancouver–Victoria Early morning transfer to the airport for your Dragonair flight to Hong Kong with connecting Cathay Pacific flight to Vancouver and Air Canada to Victoria. Arrive same day.
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