South Pacific Wonders! March 6-20, 2018
Highlights: Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Sydney, Sydney Opera House, Christchurch, Mount Cook National Park, Queenstown, Milford Sound, Arrowtown with Optional 3-Night Fiji Post Tour Extension
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You will begin the adventure of a lifetime as you cross the International Dateline into the ultimate vacation! Your tour opens in Cairns, the tropical gateway to one of the world's most spectacular natural attractions and a World Heritage site - The Great Barrier Reef. Explore the reef from your base on Green Island and enjoy a glass bottom boat ride, stroll the island walking rails, relax on the beaches, snorkel or just watch the fish and sea turtles swim past from the pier. Come to know the history of Australia's original inhabitants at the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Center where you'll see traditional dances, learn how to play a didgeridoo or even throw a boomerang. Get up close with crocodiles at Hartley's Croc Farm and a cruise on the lagoon and watch for crocodiles before enjoying a delicious Aussie barbecue. On to Sydney where the you can see where the original colonists first settled during a tour of the city and discover one of the world's most fascinating architectural sights as you take a guided tour of the Sydney Opera House. Enjoy an additional day of independent exploration in Sydney and say farewell to Australia as you take in the sights during a delightful dinner cruise of Sydney Harbour. The next stop is Christchurch, New Zealand. See firsthand how the city known as "the Garden City" is recreating itself after a devastating earthquake in early 2011. Make yourself right at home in the evening when a New Zealand family welcomes you into their home for dinner! Enjoy some leisure time to explore Christchurch on your own. You may wish to visit the International Antarctic Centre to learn about the 7th continent, or simply relax and enjoy what the city has to offer. Traverse the spectacular countryside to New Zealand's most famous national park, Mount Cook. Continue to Queenstown and enjoy a stop at a local fruit stand to gain an inside look at the produce of New Zealand and later that evening soak in the breathtaking views during a gondola ride to dinner at the Skyline Restaurant. En route to Milford Sound, enjoy the rugged grandeur of the Hollyford Valley where you will travel through ancient beech forest via the Homer Tunnel. During a cruise of the breathtakingly beautiful Milford Sound, you will see why this fjord is one of the most visited sights on the South Island. Next stop is Queenstown, where there are several options to enhance your tour. Shop or people-watch in the village; enjoy an optional and exhilarating jet boat ride on the Shotover River; or join the optional "Journey through Middle Earth' tour which take you through the majestic Remarkable Mountains and the breathtaking Queenstown countryside showcasing many of the spots where the Lord of the Ring movies were filmed. Relax on your touring day as you set off for the beautiful turn-of-the-century Gold Rush settlement of Arrowtown where you can explore independently and stroll its quaint, historic streets. Next, explore the Central Otago region where many of New Zealand's best wines are grown and produced. During a stop at a local winery, visit their storage cave for a tasting of some of their famous wines. Your tour ends, leaving you with many pleasant memories of wonderful adventure!
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CANADIAN ROCKIES & GLACIER NATIONAL PARK!
August 5 – 12, 2018
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Get ready for an adventure that brings together the beautiful expanse of the prairies, the soaring majesty of the Canadian Rockies and the brilliance of the Glacier National Park. Your tour opens in the province of Alberta where you will journey south to the prairie lands while enjoying distant views of the spectacular Rockies. Continue traveling south while passing through quaint villages and travel on roads traversed by grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, moose and elk! Next spend a day experiencing Glacier National Park, a naturalist’s paradise then onto Banff to soak in a backdrop of wonderful wildlife and the majestic Canadian Rockies. Your stay in Banff will include a luxurious 3-night stay at the grand Fairmont Banff Springs, known as the “Castle in the Rockies”. A wonderful day of sightseeing awaits as you set out along the unforgettable Icefields Parkway and behold lofty waterfalls, rushing rivers, glacial peaks and snowcapped mountain ranges. Your tour will leave you with many pleasant memories of your journey to two of the world’s most beautiful areas: the incomparable Canadian Rockies and Glacier National Park
Special Travel Presentation
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Time: 4:30 pm
College of the Canyons Foundation
University Center Room 301
26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd, Valencia, CA 91355
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