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Victoria, BC

British Columbia’s capital, Victoria boasts Canada’s mildest winter and thus has the country’s fastest-growing retirement community. 
Victoria lies in a beautiful natural setting on Vancouver Island, surrounded by hills and overlooking the snow-clad Olympic mountains. It is a charming city with the atmosphere of a seaside resort. With its turn-of-the-century buildings and tweed and wool shops, you might be inclined to think Victoria is a transplanted corner of Britain! It is a wonderful city for those who love to walk, and active seniors with an appetite for adventure will find a vast array of delightful side trips at their disposal (in addition to the many included in our program). 

Christmas in Downtown Victoria is a festive time of year with roaming carolers, trolley rides, parades and special events. We will enjoy the season in style, with a special High Tea at Abkhazi Gardens, a Christmas Brunch, a Christmas Dinner and a special New Year’s Eve Dinner and celebrations. So this Christmas don’t bother with your passport, exchange rates or bottled water and come with us to the jewel of the North Pacific – Victoria!

Our hotel in Victoria will be the Royal Scot Hotel & Suites. This superior Canada Select 4-star, AAA 3-diamond hotel is perfectly located one block from the Inner Harbour and within easy walking distance to the BC Parliament Buildings, downtown and Empress Hotel. The hotel has an  indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, exercise room, billiards and games room, an onsite restaurant and lounge, gift shop, guest laundry facilities, free wireless internet and a free shuttle service that runs from the hotel to the downtown core for the exclusive convenience of hotel guests.

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 sightseeing tour of Victoria including a visit of the beautiful Abkhazi Gardens for Afternoon Tea.
A walking tour of Victoria’s fabled Inner Harbour area with an entertaining local guide.
Enjoy the magic of Christmas at the famous Butchart Gardens. Take in the spectacle of tens of thousands of coloured lights combined with the natural beauty of this world renowned garden, which features the ever-popular Twelve Days of Christmas displays. Afternoon Tea is included at the Gardens. Today we also visit the Victoria Butterfly Gardens, an indoor tropical paradise which also features tropical fish and birds, ornate plants and an exquisite orchid display.
A guided tour of The Robert Bateman Centre - an exhibit of original works by the world’s greatest wildlife artist. This collection is the largest ever assembled for public view.
We visit the world-renowned Royal BC Museum – complete with a turn-of-the-century replica town completely decorated for Christmas. A highlight will be the IMAX Theatre presentation.
Chinatown by Night – After a presentation on Chinatown’s history, we’ll walk through Fan Tan Alley and enjoy the tales of a local guide. Dinner is included at a traditional Chinese restaurant in the heart of Chinatown.
Miniature World is one of Victoria’s most popular attractions. We view over 85 exciting miniature dioramas and displays, including the World’s Largest Dollhouses circa 1880, the Great Canadian Railway, one of the world’s largest model railways, the World of Dickens, Olde London Towne of 1670, and much more.
We travel to Chemainus for lunch and a special Holiday Show performance at the Chemainus Theatre.
A Special Christmas Day Brunch with all the trimmings at our hotel.
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